Here & now

A Ray of Colour and Light

02.02.2018
Explore Ptolemy Mann and PDP London Architects' artwork in 3 Sheldon Square

Now cleansing and calming, the newly refurbished ground floor Reception of 3 Sheldon Square at Paddington Central has undergone quite a transformation. Providing a welcoming space for visitors to relax and work, the Lobby is energizing and uplifting; drop by to savour the experience of colour and light throughout!

Inspired by Paddington Central’s canal waterside location, and conceived as an integrated scheme, the interwoven floor and wall elements echo throughout the area with subtle references to each other via their shared colour palette and curving forms. Our art curator, Rosie Glenn, takes a closer look at this stunning collaborative display achieved by rug designer and colour consultant, Ptolemy Mann, alongside architectural practice PDP London Architects

Undulating across the wall, the PDP designed wooden fins offer a sense of rhythm and movement, revealing, as the viewer moves, differing views of their forms. Finished in neutral and airy tones, these fins provide a subtle structure to the space, breaking up the confines of the angular walls with their rippling and flowing shapes. 

3 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central | Ptolemy Mann & PDP London
Image: 3 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central | Ptolemy Mann & PDP London

In consultation with Mann, the gaps between the fins present gentle gradients of clear blue and green tones, again disclosed, rather like an optical illusion, as the viewer shifts across the floor. Look again, cleverly concealed within PDP’s design, are elegant catalogue shelves, perfect for displaying brochures.

Extending the design and hues of the wall fins, Mann’s silk and wool rug shimmers and flows onto the ground, suggesting the subtle watery tones of the canal, and also delineating the seating plan within the reception. Hand-dyed and hand-knotted in Nepal from over 30 shades, the rug is not a rigid match to the fins, rather the artisan elements propose a living, almost breathing, organism made possible by the reflective nature of the silks used. 

3 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central | Ptolemy Mann & PDP London
Image: 3 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central | Ptolemy Mann & PDP London

Looking upwards, the vertical fin slats suggest an organic continuation towards Mann’s wall-based artwork, their grey and neutral tones reflecting the surrounding stonework.   Harmoniously combining the tonal and structural elements of both the fins and the rug, this piece, A Ray of Colour and Light, whilst monumental in scale, is a soothing and reflective evocation of the surrounding natural elements, the white tones referencing sunlight and a flowing breeze. 

3 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central | Ptolemy Mann & PDP London
Image: 3 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central | Ptolemy Mann & PDP London

Inspired? Find out more about Ptolemy Mann and her recent work via this new short film Chromaticity by Third.

To learn more about PDP London and their healthy work-life balance led architectural designs visit pdplondon.com.

We’d love to hear more about your art finds in and around Paddington, share your photos and comments via @PaddingtonCen.