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Oceanair took on a challenging project for a Grade II listed building with varying window shapes, sizes and inclines to great success.


Pearl House is a large and luxurious Grade II listed residential property, located in North London. Over five years, architects 6A successfully transformed the interior, giving it both a contemporary look and feel. Oceanair worked alongside SMC, the company responsible for all system integrations during the development.


In addition to hallways, staircases and reception rooms, blinds and curtains were required in 11 rooms. A quirky interior design, there were many windows of differing size, shape and incline.

Windows located at the top of high ceiling walls presented a particular challenge, while the restrictions imposed upon the property as a listed building, made blind concealment difficult.

In particular, shutters located in the music room left little space for blind installment, whilst the requirement for curtains covering windows greater than 20 foot high, made manual operation unfeasible.

The greatest challenge was a set of curved walls, incorporated within which (at ceiling height) were large curved windows. Serving to separate two bedrooms from a centrally naturally lit corridor, the requirement here was to control the level of light that came in through the windows and into the bedrooms.


Oceanair was able to meet the interior design brief, sourcing sheer and blackout fabrics to desired specifications. Lined, pencil pleated curtains, and roller blinds were installed throughout the property. Providing a degree of choice, multiple blinds, complemented by curtains, were installed in most apertures.

To ensure the project ran smoothly, Oceanair sourced electric blind specialists and appropriate motors by application. This included low profile roller blind solutions for areas were installation space was limited and powerful yet discrete electric curtain track systems for heavy curtain deployment.

Electric motors were also used for those blinds that were out of reach, or for practicality, such as in the dining room, library and music room. Roller blind hardware and fabrics were specially sourced to match the interior decor; blending in seamlessly.

Assisted by a specially developed retraction system, electric blinds were installed to deploy horizontally over curved walls and windows. Bottom stacking blinds ensured maximum privacy and the flow of natural light.

Oceanair’s turnkey service comprising of a full survey, consultation and installation, ensured that the project was delivered on time and in full.

“It’s always a pleasure working with Oceanair. Once again, their in-house design service has managed to overcome the challenges imposed by the architecture of this property, and interior design requirements. We are delighted with the work undertaken,” says Robin Courtenay, managing director, SMC.





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