Best of British: Boutique Luxury Interior Design Studio Sources Local for Show Apartment at Thirty Casson Square – 25.03.21

An exclusive show apartment showcasing the best of British design, has been launched at Southbank Place’s striking Thirty Casson Square. The fully dressed show apartment has been designed by boutique luxury interior design studio, Portia Fox, set up by former creative designers at Candy & Candy who have also previously worked for David Linley and Katharine Pooley Ltd. The show apartment offers prospective purchasers the opportunity to view one of the best addresses on the banks of the Thames, surrounded by bespoke British made pieces. Prices for the final apartments left to purchase at Thirty Casson Square start from £1.15m, whilst the show apartment is available for £7.75m.

The three-bedroom sub-penthouse show apartment is located on the 27th floor and features some of the best views of the iconic landmarks of London, including the River Thames, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and the City of London. The distinctive London vistas pair perfectly with the British made and designed show apartment.

The show apartment at Thirty Casson Square is truly bespoke, with much of the furniture designed in-house at Portia Fox; it delivers carefully crafted pieces with clever contemporary twists. A common feature in British design, Portia Fox has drawn on the heritage of the area, having been inspired by the former coal and dye works, timber yards and potteries based at Southbank Place. The bespoke pieces, artwork, and colour palette which have been chosen and designed for the show apartment reflect this.

Picking up on the former dye works, the colour palette in the show apartment includes bold and vibrant blues, pinks, greens, oranges, and golds. The former coal works are represented by the use of grain blackened timber, hammered and blackened bronze finishes throughout.

The show apartment includes a number of unique statement pieces, which create an element of fun throughout the interiors. This includes a bespoke cabinet veneered in dyed blue birds-eye maple in the snug area that transforms into a bar, perfect for a warming winter drink, as well as a stunning straw marquetry dining table, featuring bold geometric coloured shapes, inspired by the brutalist architecture of the South Bank and the view of the London Eye. In addition, a sculptural marble bust can be found in the master bathroom and the lounge area boasts a colourful contemporary, organic chandelier.

The furniture designed by Portia Fox for the Thirty Casson Square show apartment has all been handmade by British makers, illustrating the quality of craftsmanship available from across the UK in locations such as Dorset, Whitby, and Newcastle, to name a few. The exquisite dining table has been crafted by a specialist maker in south west London, the bespoke leather upholstery on the striking kitchen stools has been printed in north London and the bespoke bedside tables in the master bedroom have been handmade by a cabinet maker based in Newcastle.

In addition to the furniture, much of the artwork has been sourced from British based artists. The hallway features contemporary artwork by Cornwall based artist, Diane Whalley, the second bedroom boasts a geometric collage created by Cambridgeshire artist, Nicky Knowles, and the master bedroom features poignant paintings by London based Spencer Fung.

Brian De’ath, Director of Residential Sales at Southbank Place, comments: “The launch of the sub-penthouse show apartment at Thirty Casson Square, is a fantastic step for the development. For the first time we can show people around a completed home in this building which brings together all of the best elements of Southbank Place; fantastic design, a perfect location and incredible views”.

“Portia Fox has exclusively designed the show apartment at Thirty Casson Square so that it is completely unique. The bespoke interiors are second-to-none and really reflect the quality of the remaining apartments available.”

Portia Fox, Founder of Portia Fox comments: “Through our interior design in the show apartment at Thirty Casson Square, we really wanted to reflect the soul of the area. With its music halls and theatres, South Bank is a place full of culture, so we felt that this offered an opportunity to be experimental with our design decisions; we have created pieces that inspire conversation.

The Brutalist architecture of the area inspired a sculptural and bold approach to some of the pieces we designed in the apartment, with a focus on playful geometric shapes and textures. This can really be seen in the bespoke dining table, where the shapes of the surrounding landmarks are evident.”

Developed by Braeburn Estates – a joint venture partnership between Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group – Thirty Casson Square, coupled with neighbouring building One Casson Square, are sleek towers clad in stone.

Residents benefit from exclusive access to a 18,000 sq. ft. health and fitness facility, designed in the style of a five-star hotel spa by interior specialists, Goddard Littlefair. One Casson Square also benefits from a private residents’ lounge entered directly from the main entrance lobby. This is a flexible space providing business facilities, meeting facilities, relaxation space, screening room and multi-function area. At times, parts of this facility will be available to residents on a bookable basis for private events.

Southbank Place is one of London’s best located developments within comfortable walking distance to some of the city’s most popular landmarks and iconic green spaces. Residents also enjoy excellent transport links, with direct access into Waterloo Station, which is serviced by the Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo Underground lines, as well as rail services to the South and South West of England.

Prices at Thirty Casson Square start from £1.15m, whilst the Portia Fox-designed show apartment is available to purchase for £7.75m. For further information on Southbank Place or to book a socially distanced appointment in the marketing suite / show apartment visit or call 0207 001 3600. For further information on Portia Fox visit


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About Southbank Place

Southbank Place is being developed by Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company.

About Qatari Diar

Qatari Diar is a global leader in sustainable real estate, building landmark projects of unrivalled scope and vision. We create vibrant communities dedicated to capturing the hearts and imaginations of the people we serve. These developments are conceived from our commitment to preserving and reflecting local characters and traditions and our visions have created places with a sense of identity and purpose where people aspire to live, work and visit.

Qatari Diar’s European operation is based in London, and boasts several key local projects, including a landmark residential development at the 12 acre Chelsea Barracks site in Belgravia; Southbank Place, a mixed-use joint venture between Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group situated in a prime central London location on the south bank of the River Thames; 30 Grosvenor Square, the current US Embassy in London, which will become a luxury hotel, retail and event space; and East Village & Elephant Park, a joint venture with Delancey and APG, offering more than 4000 private residential apartments for rent.

Qatari Diar seeks to harness the world’s greatest architectural and design talent in order to create sustainable communities that will stand the test of time.

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 7.5 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail and over 500 Build to Rent apartments.

CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK with over 10 million square feet of sustainable certified buildings. CWG also excels operationally having purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and zero waste to landfill since 2009.

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live/work/play on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme.

Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk.

The Company’s current £2.4bn construction activity is composed of 500k square feet of commercial properties and over 1,750 new homes for sale and rent.
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