Interior, Mare Street, London – completed October 2017
1934 took on a full renovation of a one-bedroom apartment in a Victorian Mansion block (Borough of Hackney, London). It consisted of a stripping back to the bare bones; a redesign of colour scheme; sourcing of doors; sourcing and designing furniture; bathroom refit; designing and installing of a new kitchen. 1934 also took on role as project managers and liaised with all trades-people involved.
It was important to integrate some pieces of furniture that the clients already owned, and to use budget-appropriate-materials. We used this as a starting point and decided that pine was a good choice for furniture, and kitchen surfaces. This acted, along with the colour, as a link between the rooms.
To satisfy the need for a comfortable domestic space, we picked up on influences from various sources. Simplicity and colour were important in both inter-war European developments in interior design, and in the work of American Shakers. It seemed fitting to look at both as points of reference. Sensitive, tactile, and purely functional.
We commissioned Dean Edmonds to design and make some wall lighting. For this he modified his “Baffle lamp” to fit onto walls in the Kitchen, Living Room, and Bedroom. Also, for the bedroom, Edmonds made a clothes rail: powder-coated tubular steel with pine shoe shelf. We commissioned Harriet Vogeler to create some linen Roman blinds to fit the largest windows in the flat.
Thank you to Richard and Danny for making this project as enjoyable as it was. Another big thank you to everyone else involved, namely: Yoav and Chris, Harriet, Dean and Natsumi.
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All photography by Ruby Woodhouse
Floor plan by Lazenby Architects, London.