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An Architect’s Minimalist Haven in North London, Maximized for Entertaining
Theo Games Petrohilos always knew he would renovate his North London apartment, so he spent the first couple of years as its steward throwing big parties and making a mess of it. But the architect and Unknown Works co-founder still wanted to be able to host convivial gatherings after he overhauled the lower-ground floor home, […]
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“As Long as There’s Continuity, You Can Go Wild”: Combining Wallpaper, Fabric, and Rugs with Vand...
Ahoy, all you color- and pattern-averse people! Come take a look at the latest from Vanderhurd, designer Christine Van Der Hurd’s London-based rug and textile company which specializes in combining kindred colors and prints. Opticality, Vanderhurd’s new block-printed linen designs, are available in the UK—the Vanderhurd shop is on Portobello Road—and at Studio Four NYC […]
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Life, Rearranged: Changing the Layout of This Victorian Changed Everything
I suspect, for architects, a house with an ineffective layout is like fingernails on chalkboard. When Anaïs Bléhaut, director of Daab Design, was brought onboard to make sense of a client’s gracious but wonky London Victorian, it was indeed the main issue she needed to get right, before all else. The good bones were there—high […]
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Forward-Thinking Architecture: A Flood-Proof Basement Flat in North London
A basement flat in Tufnell Park of north London had been vacated for some time due to flash flood damage in the floors and walls. The new owner, a journalist and home gardener, enlisted design architects Polysmiths for a full retrofit. The list of requirements was long: extending and insulating a terrace house, bringing light […]
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Kitchens of the Week: 5 Retrouvius Designs Composed of Salvaged Parts
“There’s an undeniable feel-good factor in reuse: something unloved becomes valuable again,” write Maria Speake and Adam Hills. The couple met in architecture school in Glasgow, where in the late 1980s, they watched in horror as many of the city’s Victorian tenements were razed. They’ve been neck deep in salvaged building materials ever since. Together […]
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A 1960s Brutalist Townhouse in London, Revived with Lush Greenery and Modern Minimalism
As a London-based architect, Dingle Price frequently renovates Georgian and Victorian homes, so he and his Pricegore cofounder Alex Gore were particularly piqued by the opportunity to reimagine a 1960s Brutalist townhouse. “There was not a huge amount of private modernist development in London, so that was exciting,” he tells us. “With these homes, you […]
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DIY: Make Your Own Candleholders with Wax Atelier’s Porcelain Stems
Plant a porcelain stem into a piece of cake, or, perhaps a beautiful head of cabbage, and voilà: a sculptural candleholder is born. The simple cone-shaped candle cups are a collaboration between Remodelista favorite Wax Atelier of east London and German-French ceramic artist Anja Miau whose studio is in the south of France. The concept […]
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Steal This Look: A Japanese Stylist’s Artful Dining Room in London
A while back we featured the remodeled 1930s house of Japanese stylist Yasuyo Harvey in the London suburb of Worcester Park. The character-filled dining room featuring framed botanicals by Yasuyo is full of ideas to adopt, with plywood floors and exposed plaster walls as the backdrop for a mix of vintage and new decor. Here […]
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1,000 Square Feet on a Budget: An Artist’s Loft in North London
You can do a lot with a little paint and elbow grease, and Malgorzata Bany and Tycjan Knut’s north London rental is proof. It’s a 1,000-square-foot live/work loft in a converted warehouse that Malgorzata, a sculptor, and Tycjan, a painter and art dealer, customized with recycled birch ply kitchen counters, painted Ikea cabinets, a hand-built […]
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In Memoriam: Maureen Doherty, the Founder of Egg London
We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Maureen Doherty, the founder of London store Egg Trading. For those who haven’t yet had the experience of visiting this magical store, tucked away in an unassuming mews behind Belgrave Square in Knightsbridge, now is the time to go. As Remodelista editor Christine Chang Hanway […]
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Steal This Look: Two-Tone Color in a Small London Kitchen
In a color-splashed renovation in central London from Bradley Van Der Straeten, the bright kitchen is set with mint and teal cabinets, oak, unfinished brass, and orange and grey Poulsen pendant lights. Unexpected color pairings are one of the key takeaways—and we have sources to match. Here is a list of kitchen components—from lighting to […]
the kitchen is clean and ready to be used for dinner or lunchtime, with plenty of natural light coming in from the sliding glass doors
Kitchen of the Week: A Creative Couple’s Ikea Hack in Black and White, Tiled Pantry Included
The clock was ticking. Lena de Casparis and Scott O’Donnell had six months to overhaul their terrace house fixer-upper in East London. “We could only afford to rent somewhere for that time, and we have two young daughters, so living in a building site wasn’t practical; we had to make the project happen,” says Lena. […]
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A Greatest-Hits Home for a Danish-American Couple in London
A while back Julie and I were struck by a kitchen by a young architect in London, with a springy palette of pale pinks and greens, painted white brick, and wall of steel-framed windows opening onto a terrace garden. But there was something about it we couldn’t quite put our finger on—until we emailed with […]
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On the Nose: Ffern in London, a Perfume Shop With a Sensual Aura
You can tell from the hand-hewn front door steps that there is something special happening at 23 Beak Street in London’s Soho. On entering the space—home to the Somerset-based organic perfume makers Ffern—the cacophony of the street gives way to a multi-sensory experience that is immersive and cocooning and hard to leave. “Behind all that […]
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Kitchen of the Week: A 350-Year-Old Cellar Kitchen, Redone (and Ready for Its Moment of TV Fame)
For precisely a year, we’ve been following @consideredthings, the Instagram feed of Londoners Paul West and Michelle Bower, in which they document the progress on their circa-1717 East London townhouse. Unbelievably, the house was once at risk of demolition before being rescued by The Spitalfields Trust as well as English Heritage. Now, it’s been rescued again: […]