HOXTON, EAST LONDON
MARK LEWIS INTERIOR DESIGNER
Our client appointed us to help him create a 'New York loft-style' apartment in a building originally used as a furniture warehouse in the 1960s.
The building had already been converted into flats but when our client took it over, it was in a very poor state of repair. He knew exactly the kind of effect he wanted us to create: an industrial flat that reflected the original generation and environment.
Together with the client and designer, Mark Lewis, we created a comfortable but edgy living space, complete with exposed pipes, bare brickwork and concrete finishes.
We completely stripped the space, taking it back to the shell of the building. Apart from enabling us to install new services, this also meant we uncovered a lot of original features which we were able to incorporate in the final build. For example, some heavy double doors in the living area, with an 'arm' from a furniture winch acting as the handle.
A hidden area at the rear of the flat, turned out to be an old lift shaft. We turned this into a walk-in wardrobe, using the original lift doors and some salvaged pub door handles.
Space for storage on site was virtually non-existent. This isn't unusual for projects in city locations; it just means we add another layer when planning the logistics.
We were delighted to work on this remarkable project, and with such inspirational people. No wonder it continues to attract media attention, including its own chapter in Best Warehouse Flats