Prize winning Dutch architect Bart Eyking (pic below) is a welcome addition to Notting Hill. With all the refurbishments and not many new homes being built, he has switched focus and found a niche market with his design studio EYKING doing houses for clients from start to finish. Architecture, design and interiors. He also has a furniture company called Studio Lawrence with a fellow architect, which he started because: “We couldn’t find furniture for our spaces. Then people started to phone up and wanted to buy the furniture, so we turned that into a separate business.” His gorgeous studio/flat in Bassett Road is full of finds from Portobello, gorgeous mirrors, brass and glass tables, incredible bronze statues. Eyking is a big fan of Golborne Road too, where he loves perusing the eclectic collection in Les Couilles du Chien (just translated that as ‘the dog’s bollocks’ if you didn’t already know).
He nearly didn’t arrive in our leafy streets. When he was an architecture student in Delft he wanted to work in Paris: “That was the place to be, Mitterand was building a lot of these amazing spaces. Rem Koolhaas had must made this design for the [Paris] library, it wasn’t built but everyone was talking about it and studying it.” Having done some new builds in Holland he travelled to London several times to see a friend and loved the antiques and fashion, so instead of Paris he ended up here and has stayed 10 years. New builds here are less and less common, and although Eyking is building in Holland, here it’s different, he’s working on older buildings. “We do it all. I can give a price at the start. I take it on turnkey.” He says people prefer his company to do the whole job as trust in contractors has gone down. At the moment Eyking’s studio is designing a fashion shop at the new Canal Studios near Tom Dixon on Ladbroke Grove and the designs look great. Here’s his website … bart-eyking and the furniture is at studiolawrence