The house is part of a mid-Victorian terrace in the Kentish Town conservation area, part of the tidal wave of development that swamped the old London villages in the 1880s. It was bought by our clients, a young creative couple (he a theatre designer she a ceramicist), with a shared, eclectic, design aesthetic to be their “forever” home. The property had been denuded of every original feature, and as such was a blank canvas for them to stamp on their own personality.
The main direction of the brief was that as much as possible should be reclaimed and recycled, with a strong emphasis on nature, natural materials and natural light to bring the outside in.
Antique oak flooring was fitted throughout the ground floor, and had been salvaged from the BBC Bush House in Shepherd’s Bush. Likewise, we sourced the Portland stone slabs in the garden from a local reclamation yard after they been had salvaged from a building somewhere close by.
Old, part glazed, oak, internal doors with brass glazing bar details and door furniture were sourced to separate the kitchen from the sitting room, and the new Crittall doors to the garden were adapted to take antique brass door furniture to match.
The kitchen taps are reclaimed, and so are the kitchen light fittings, while the oak drinks cabinet in the kitchen was sourced from the French House.
The sitting room focal point is the acid yellow, Arts and Crafts movement, ceramic fire surround which the clients found dismantled in a box in a junk shop, and which had to be reassembled like a jigsaw puzzle.
A mixture of antique and mid-century furniture, dramatic Hermes wallpapers and 1940s style fabrics from House of Hackney give the rooms a layered and considered feeling, as if they have evolved over decades rather than just over a few months.