All Things Should Have Stories: A Richly Hued London Flat (With an Ikea Kitchen Too)
For some rationale this 7 days I’ve had the starting of that Wallace Stevens poem in my head: “One ought to have a brain of winter…” But it’s a perception of autumn that seems to fill a initially-stage flat in London that Julie despatched to me not long ago. That and some Portuguese affect.
The flat is the vision—and home—of architects Lionel Serious de Azúa (a single third of Red Deer) and Sophie Rose (founder of Studio Thorn). “So we were the joint shoppers and designer/architects,” Lionel wrote to me by e mail. “The flat is in an ex-area authority pre-war housing block. It was previously owned by another person who had been there because the ’80s and remaining a good deal of the current format. We removed a partition amongst the residing space and kitchen area and eradicated approximately almost everything other than the doors and woodwork.”
With the interiors newly opened up, the layout-minded few turned in direction of the fittings and finishes. “The inspiration was drawn from Sophie and my travels in Portugal the earlier years,” claims Lionel. “We loved the juxtaposition of utilitarian finishes (stainless steel) and standard sorts (azulejos and deep oaks and mahoganies).”
There are Portuguese tiles in the cookspace and bath, and the palette feels like drop embodied: muted earth tones, a dim wood ground, a russet-coloured powder place. And the stainless kitchen is—surprise—Ikea.
Consider a seem:
Photography by Adam Firman, courtesy of Crimson Deer.