Many Time Zones: One Philosophy – Designer Thomas Griem
Having clients in multiple time zones is nothing new for international interior designer Thomas Griem. In fact, the German born, London based designer travels regularly between various projects as far flung as London, Hong-Kong, Russia, Ibiza, and several major European cities. “I never get tired of it,” says Griem, adding, “I remain really interested in how people live.”
Griem who studied architecture at Berlin’s Hochschule der Kunste; came to London to continue his education in architecture at the University of Westminster. After school he and a design colleague built a studio 20 people strong and, in 2011, he began his own firm – TG Studio. “I believe the most important thing to a successful practice is to listen to your clients and be patient,” says Griem. Residential design, TG Studio’s focus, can be client intensive, especially for those clients newer to the process of working with a designer. “I sit down with clients and explain how I see our working together,” says Griem. While Thomas Griem may be international, his German upbringing might contribute to his design philosophy, “design has to add value. It should be simple and logical, it has to survive and give longevity – only then is it intelligent and clever.”
Griem’s design philosophy can be seen in action for recent client Arran Patel, a technology consultant. The three bedroom home occupies one of three penthouse apartments in London’s 65-unit iconic St. Pancras Hotel. The hotel, on the historic register, required the floorplan to remain largely unchanged; however, the kitchen, bathroom, and finishes were transformed.
The first floor of three contains a casual open kitchen plan with dining and tv/entertaining area. The Arabescato stone acts as a vertical feature behind the TV. The dining table and chairs are from Poliform, the sofa from Zanotti, and rug from The Rug Company.
At the base, the main staircase contains a series of custom built-in cabinets with a small sitting nook.
Wide Oak plank floors throughout the home are from Schotten and Hansen. Kitchen imagined by Gemini Design featuring Gaggenau appliances with Arabescato stone backsplash and Pietra Serena counter top.
The middle level, floor two, holds more entertainment spaces, including a pool table as well as a bedroom and bathroom en suite.
The master bedroom is located on the top floor (third). It is an open plan with an electric closeable partition.
The master bathroom features two stone sinks, stone nooks. The bathroom is clad in Portuguese Travertine stone.
A walk-in closet is part of the master en suite.
Thomas Griem can be reached via TG Studio.