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ESSENTIA L REA DING FOR WA REHOUSE L I V I NG ICONIC ARCHITECTURE
Pioneering projects by Herzog & de Meuron
Plywood makes a play, marble rocks and
Smart monochrome makeovers and bright
Design tips from real homes with style and a
and creative cargotecture across the UK
concrete gets a luxurious new look
ideas for stylish summer living
tour of the worldâ€™s largest warehouse district
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WELCOME TO WAREHOUSE HOME ISSUE TWO When my husband and I bought our warehouse home in South East London, we had been drawn to the unique heritage and character of the building, but we knew very little about the local area. In the following months, we discovered a number of unique and unusual enterprises in our quiet corner of the capital. Several make an appearance in this issue. A short walk west along the river is one of my favourite buildings, the former Bankside Power Station - now Tate Modern. Given the tremendous success of this industrial conversion it’s remarkable that it stood derelict for almost 20 years and faced demolition. Pioneering architects Herzog & de Meuron are now on site at Tate Modern again, realising an ambitious extension to their original scheme. We learn more about their vision for the monolithic power station on pages 6-7. On a smaller scale, our new neighbours The Shipping Press inspired us to explore other creative initiatives in the UK based in cargo containers
Directors Peter Cliffe-Roberts Sophie Bush
(pages 8-9). You’ll spot the inﬂuence of ‘cargotecture’ elsewhere in the issue too. Since the launch of Warehouse Home last year, we’ve received emails from readers all over the country and much further aﬁeld. From Liverpool to London, Canada to China, the feedback to Warehouse Home has been overwhelmingly positive. Wherever you live and whatever your style, we’ve worked tirelessly to source original ideas and inspiration for your home. We’re also thrilled to be launching our debut design collection (pages 4-5), created exclusively with warehouse homes in mind. We hope you enjoy Issue Two of Warehouse Home and look forward to hearing which features you’ve particularly liked. Issue Three will be published in November, when we’ll also reveal our second design collection. Until then, you can ﬁnd regular inspiration from our team online at mywarehousehome.com and stay up to date by following us @mywarehousehome on Twitter and on Pinterest.
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Our Editor has ﬂagged her favourite designs for a warehouse home. Look out for the stamp of approval! We have also highlighted Warehouse Home exclusives.
Warehouse Home was a proud media partner at May Design Series and Clerkenwell Design Week this year. Look out for some of our favourite ﬁnds.
Crane Cushion & Insulator Cushion
A Desk & A Stool
Leeds based designer Anthony Hughes founded his eponymous homeware brand in 2013. His ﬁrst collection, Industrious Living, was inspired by the industrial landscapes of the North and features graphic prints and photographic designs. For the Warehouse Home collection, Anthony designed the new Crane cushion in vibrant pink and grey and the monochrome Insulator cushion. Both designs are digitally printed onto luxury cotton. £58 each including pad.
Living in a small London ﬂat, Alex Swain was unable to ﬁnd functional and affordable furniture. Inspired by his love of typography and natural materials, Alex designed the beautifully simple plywood A Stool. The modernist A Desk quickly followed, reminiscent of architectural drawing boards with its tilting desktop and pen tray. For Warehouse Home, Alex has created a new version of the A Stool in oak and a striking version of the A Desk with blue linoleum desktop. A Desk £675, A Stool £150.
Factory Twenty One
Plywood Planter & Oak iPad Holder
Numeric Form Enamel Sign
Factory Twenty One, in Sussex, specialises in creating affordable, eco-friendly household products. Founder Christopher Berry combines traditional manufacturing techniques and modern processes. Christopher has designed a practical plywood planter and an iPad holder in oak for Warehouse Home. The iPad holder is a perfect desk accessory but it could also be used in the kitchen for referring to recipes and growing herbs. Planter £29.99, iPad Holder £34.99.
In 2014, award-winning design studio Here Design launched a new homewares company, Ink Works. Inspired by British craftsmanship and manufacturing, their range includes furniture, tableware, signage, graphic art and stationery. Ink Works collaborated with us to create numbered typographic enamel signs based on the Warehouse Home font. Manufactured using traditional processes, each sign is screen printed by hand and then ﬁred in the furnace. Numbers 0-9 are available. £175 each.
WAREHOUSE HOME CAPSULE COLLECTION We’re celebrating the publication of Warehouse Home Issue Two with the launch of our debut design collection. Over the last few months, the Warehouse Home team has worked closely with nine different talented British designers and brands to produce an exclusive range of furniture and accessories. This new Warehouse Home collection draws on the latest interior design trends and has been carefully crafted to suit stylish modern homes and warehouse conversions alike. The designs are only available from the new Warehouse Home e-shop. For more information and to order a bit of Warehouse Home for your home, visit mywarehousehome.com/shop PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUN LEE / STYLING BY ZOE BREWER
Industrial Clothes Rail
Plywood Pegboard & Desk Tidies
Carla Muncaster has grown a one woman interior design consultancy into a thriving bespoke furniture business. From a workshop in the heart of Manchester’s industrial quarter, Inspirit Deco produces industrial style furniture using reclaimed scaffolding boards and steel piping. For our debut collection, Inspirit Deco has created a sturdy steel-framed industrial clothes rail with factory inspired powder-coated orange details and practical castors. £695.
Since graduating in interior architecture, Swiss designer Nikki Kreis has worked in London, Berlin, New York and Sydney. She founded Kreisdesign studio in 2012 and specialises in carefully crafted contemporary furniture and accessories. Nikki collaborated with Warehouse Home on a colourful new interpretation of her popular plywood pegboard and added vibrant colours to her plywood desk tidies. Pegboard £170, Desk tidies from £20 each.
Made By Mrs M
The Electrical Shop
Battersea Power Station Cushion
Diamond Cage Light
After many years working in the City, and with a young family at home, Kate Marsden was keen to return to her creative roots. A fashion and textiles graduate, Kate launched Made By Mrs M in 2011, and now produces a colourful range of mid-century inspired fabrics. Kate has transformed a photographic image of the iconic Battersea Power Station into an exclusive graphic print cushion for Warehouse Home, in two different summer colours. £40 each including pad.
The Electrical Shop was established by co-founders James Borley and Greg Avis with the simple philosophy of bringing affordable, beautifully designed and well-made lighting to the masses. For Warehouse Home, The Electrical Shop has produced an exclusive new version of its popular Rough Diamond cage light. The industrial character and geometric lines of the lacquered steel cage are offset by a vibrant neon orange-pink ﬂex. Hang in clusters for maximum impact. £79.
S H O P T H E C O L L E C T I ON
Stationery, plants and iPad not included. For more information, including P&P, visit mywarehousehome.com/shop
Visit the brand new Warehouse Home e-shop at mywarehousehome.com/shop and explore the full Warehouse Home capsule collection online.
Choose your favourite designs from our collaborations with nine exciting British designers and brands. Remember, they are only available via Warehouse Home!
Order exclusive and limited edition furniture and accessories for your home. Find unique gifts for friends and fellow design enthusiasts.
The Shipping Press Limited Edition Prints An unconventional studio housed in a converted shipping container in a south-east London boatyard, The Shipping Press provides small scale letterpress, printmaking and book binding. Established in 2014 by Jack Blake and Barbara Salvadori, The Shipping Press naturally takes much of its inspiration from its unique environment. For the debut Warehouse Home capsule collection, The Shipping Press designed a Limited Edition series of three shipping container screen prints, available individually or as a set. From £50 for a single print.
(Above, from left) Industrial clothes rail by Inspirit Deco, £695; Diamond cage light by The Electrical Shop, £79; A Desk by ByALEX, £675; Crane cushion by Anthony Hughes (showing front and reverse), £58 each including pad; Oak iPad Holder by Factory Twenty One, £34.99; Numeric Form enamel sign by Ink Works, £175; Plywood planter by Factory Twenty One, £29.99; Limited Edition print by The Shipping Press, £50; A Stool by ByALEX, £150; Battersea Power Station cushions by Made By Mrs M, £40 each including pad; Plywood pegboard by Kreisdesign, £170; Limited Edition prints by The Shipping Press, £50 each; Plywood desk tidies by Kreisdesign, from £20 each; Insulator cushion by Anthony Hughes, £58 including pad. All mywarehousehome.com/shop
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HERZOG & DE MEURON
Herzog & de Meuron Architekten is founded in Basel, Switzerland
Completion of Tate Museum of Modern Art, London
Royal Gold Medal
Completion of CaixaForum, Madrid, and Beijing National Stadium
Tate Modern London / Completion Due 2016 Bankside Power Station was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and built in two phases between 1947 and 1963. Decommissioned in 1981, the derelict giant often faced demolition. But in 1994 it was announced that the former power station was the intended venue for a new Tate gallery for modern art. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron were selected to realise the ambitious conversion because their proposal retained as much of the original character of the building as possible. “Our strategy,” reflects Jacques Herzog, “was to accept the physical power of Bankside’s massive mountain-like brick building and to even enhance it rather than breaking it
or trying to diminish it. This is a kind of Aikido strategy where you use your enemy’s energy for your own purposes. Instead of fighting it, you take all the energy and shape it in unexpected and new ways.” Work commenced in 1995. Huge long-dormant machines were removed from the site and the building was gradually stripped back to its steel structure and brickwork. The cavernous former turbine hall became a dramatic entrance and display area, and the
former boiler house was transformed into galleries. Cast iron details and unfinished wooden floors sensitively reflected the original aesthetic. But contemporary additions, such as the glass light beam along the roof, provide a subtle yet striking contrast to the building’s original masonry. This latest phase of the Tate Modern development will transform the iconic power station yet again. A new pyramidal building is being constructed, to the south of the power station.
“Our strategy was to accept the physical power of Bankside’s massive mountain-like brick building and to even enhance it rather than breaking it or trying to diminish it.” Jacques Herzog
Designed as if “growing out of” the original building, the extension is both raw and refined, with band-like windows set into a brick lattice facade. Where the turbine hall defined the previous conversion, the vast oil tanks beneath the new building are sure to be regarded as its centrepiece. Used to store oil for the power station’s turbines, these enormous, raw industrial underground drums form unique new gallery spaces. Situated directly across the Thames from St Paul’s, Tate Modern has often been referred to as something of an industrial cathedral. On completion of this ambitious extension, it will certainly be an even more popular destination for design devotees.
INDUSTRIAL STRENGTHS t is 20 years since Herzog & de Meuron were selected to design London’s Tate Modern. Remarkably, when the Swiss architects won the competition for the project in 1995, many in the British media were baffled. The selection compounded their confusion at Tate’s decision to convert a derelict power station into a modern art gallery. And several expressed surprise that Tate had not selected a British architectural firm to create a contemporary landmark for London. But when it opened in 2000, Tate Modern was heralded as the centrepiece of the capital’s millenium celebrations and was fast adopted by the nation as one of its most cherished cultural and architectural icons. Today, Tate Modern is the world’s most visited modern art museum. It is one of the UK’s top three tourist attractions and generates an estimated £100 million in economic benefits to London annually. A formidable duo, architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron first met when they were just seven years old. Their practice, founded in Basel in 1978, now comprises six international
offices, employing 41 associates and around 420 collaborators. During the last two decades, Herzog & de Meuron have built up a substantial portfolio of global projects and achieved international renown. Highlights include the nest-like Beijing National Stadium, gravitydefying CaixaForum in Madrid and monumental Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. But their largest project, and the one for which Herzog & de Meuron are perhaps still best known, remains Tate Modern. Herzog & de Meuron are currently back on site on London’s South Bank, driving an ambitious new extension to Tate Modern that will transform the Bankside Power Station yet again. “It is exciting for us to deal with existing structures,” says Jacques Herzog, “because the attendant constraints demand a very different kind of creative energy.” Herzog & de Meuron’s combined creative energy and extraordinary vision have transformed the fate of this and several other neglected giants. Their lighthanded approach and sensitive preservation of the buildings’ original industrial features is deceptively simple. It is actually brave and bold.
CaixaForum Madrid / Completed 2008 CaixaForum seems to levitate. The classified brick walls were the only material of the former power station that Herzog & de Meuron could utilise. And so in order to insert the new architectural components of the CaixaForum Project, they began by surgically extracting the parts of the buliding no longer required. By removing the base of the building, a new covered plaza was created under the brick shell, seemingly floating above street level. The spaces above and below the plaza function
as separate entities. The multi-storied building above houses the new entrance lobby, galleries, a restaurant and administrative offices. Meanwhile, the subterranean space beneath the plaza is the discrete home to a theater, service rooms and parking spaces. Most striking of all is the sculptural exterior of CaixaForum, incorporating the former power station’s brick walls to subtly reflect the rooftop silhouettes of the surrounding buildings.
The Tate Modern Project London © Herzog & de Meuron and Haves Davidson; Tate Modern London © Herzog & de Meuron; Tate ModernTurbine Hall: Tate Photography; Elbphilharmonie west elevation April 2014 © Thies Rätzke; CaixaForum Madrid © Robert Hösl Jacques Herzog quotes: pritzkerprize.com
“A building is a building. It cannot be read like a book; it doesn’t have any credits, subtitles or labels like a picture in a gallery. In that sense, we are absolutely anti-representational. The strength of our buildings is the immediate, visceral impact they have on a visitor.” Jacques Herzog
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Hamburg / Completion Due 2016 Standing majestically on the western tip of Hamburg’s HafenCity, at the mouth of the river Elbe, an astonishing new Herzog & de Meuron project is nearing completion after ten years in construction. At its base, the Elbphilharmonie comprises a brick-built 1960s warehouse, the Kaispeicher. But extruded from this simple red brick form, a contemporary glass addition rears up, wave-like, to an imposing 110 metres
in height at the Kaispitze (the tip of the peninsula). The glistening surface of this undulating structure is punctuated with gill-like openings and balconies and reflects the tones and tides of the surrounding waters. The heart of the Elbphilharmonie will be the Grand Hall, a world-class concert hall with seating for 2,100 guests and an internal height of 50 metres. The remarkable building will further include recital halls, a luxury hotel, a restaurant
and 45 apartments. An elongated escalator will transport visitors through the entire warehouse, past a panorama window. In the space between old and new, at the top of the Kaispeicher and beneath its glass extension, an expansive plaza will offer 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding harbour and the city. An imposing new landmark, Elbphilharmonie symbolizes the transformation of Hamburg’s docklands.
ContainerVille Regents Canal, London Set along the bankside of London’s Regents Canal, ContainerVille was launched in 2014 with the speciﬁc aim of offering affordable workspace for start-ups and small businesses. Within close proximity to London’s Silicon Roundabout, the development is home to enterprises ranging from cupcake companies to IT ﬁrms. ContainerVille tenant Paul Vowels, founder of the fantastic new online rug and lifestyle emporium woven.co.uk explains “we found the canal-side location and set up unique and inspiring. Like our business, it’s a little bit different.” 30 shipping containers, stacked on two levels, are ﬁtted out to function as modern workspaces overlooking the water. The outside space has been landscaped to further encourage socialising and collaboration between the tenants. estateofﬁce.com SHIP TO STUDIO
District 10 Seabraes Yard, Dundee A £1 billion project, Dundee Waterfront is the second largest regeneration project in Scotland and one of the top twenty such projects in the UK. It includes the redevelopment of the former railway yard Seabraes - earmarked to become the centre of Dundee’s creative industries, just a few minutes’ walk from the new V&A and the city’s arts and design universities. On its completion, District 10 will comprise ten container buildings speciﬁcally designed for early stage creative companies. The ﬁrst of these, Building 01, is already complete. Constructed from 37 repurposed shipping containers, it can accommodate 15 companies, with shared kitchen facilities encouraging collaboration between occupiers. Its ﬁrst tenants include luxury luggage label LAT_56. dundeewaterfront.com
Decommissioned shipping containers that once travelled the globe are being repurposed worldwide for innovative architectural schemes. The sizeable steel cuboids are sustainable, secure and relocatable, making them practical building blocks. Across the UK, from smaller modular structures to entire container communities, colourful cargo clusters are giving a home to creative studios and start-up spaces. With several box-based initiatives on our doorstep, we shipped out to explore the phenomenon.
From small side cabinets to more sizeable storage, there’s a real feel for freight this season. Containers and crates are as stylish and fun as they are solid and functional. We’ve packed in four of our favourites.
The Sharp Project Thorp Road, Manchester Launched in 2011, The Sharp Project has found an innovative new use for a previously redundant distribution centre. Housed within the former Sharp Electronics warehouse, it offers over 200,000 sq ft of workspace, as well as ﬁlm, television and music studios and production spaces. Stacks of shipping container units within the warehouse are now home to over 60 businesses from across the creative digital sector, generating a vibrant collaborative and competitive atmosphere. Manchester has long been regarded as the UK’s emerging media city and The Sharp Project acts as a springboard into the industry for start-up companies. Its tenants include CGI and ﬁlm makers, gaming start-ups, digital agencies and graphic designers running projects for clients worldwide. thesharpproject.co.uk
Landry Packing Crate bedside table This quirky cabinet is part of a range by Italian designers Seletti. We like the irreverant juxtaposition of the packing crate body with the ornate Baroque style legs. It’s fun furniture, whether displayed individually or as a set. £595, outthereinteriors.com
The Shipping Press South Dock Marina, London
District 10 Photography: Ged Young; The Sharp Project: Neilson Reeves Photography
Just along the river from the Warehouse Home ofﬁce is London’s largest marina. Secluded in a corner of its busy boatyard, we recently met a small community of creatives who have claimed shipping containers as their workspaces. In this Thameside haven, away from the bustle of the capital, printmakers Jack Blake and Barbara Salvadori have transformed a second storey container into a tranquil studio. “Our work is naturally inspired by our studio’s unconventional setting,” Jack told us. Struck by The Shipping Press’ colourful maritime related and cargo inspired designs, we commissioned a Limited Edition series of shipping container screen prints. The three prints are available exclusively as part of the Warehouse Home capsule collection (see pages 4-5 or visit mywarehousehome. com/shop). theshippingpress.tumblr.com
Container City Trinity Buoy Wharf, London Trinity Buoy Wharf is just a short boat ride from the Warehouse Home ofﬁce, and only half a mile from Canary Wharf. It boasts fantastic views of the Thames, the O2 Arena and the Docklands skyline and is home to London’s only remaining lighthouse as well as a number of colourful container buildings. In 1996, Urban Space Management won a competition to develop the historic but derelict Trinity Buoy Wharf into a centre for the arts and creative industries. Their versatile modular Container City™ system reduced the building costs and time and minimised the need for concrete foundations on the historic site. The once rundown area of London’s Docklands has now been transformed into a thriving creative community of over 350 people, including tenants such as English National Opera and the Royal Drawing School. trinitybuoywharf.com
Kontainr Hand crafted from decommissioned cargo containers, including the bar locking system, this cabinet offers heavy duty storage for your home or ofﬁce. The vibrant yellow ﬁnish and bold design make a real statement. £659, reasonseasontime.co.uk
Pandora container cabinet These modular cabinets, made in the Netherlands, were inspired by brightly coloured cargo containers. Available in any RAL colour, stackable and with the option to add wheels, they’re endlessly customisable. Unit pictured €6,714, sandermulder.com
Beverly Hills coffee table This one-of-a-kind table was crafted from a repurposed pine crate once used to ship artwork from Los Angeles to London. It’s lined with pages from a 1924 French illustrated dictionary and mounted on tapered orange legs. £620, crateive.co.uk
Earliest evidence of textile dyeing – traces of red ochre – found at large settlement at Çatalhöyük in modern-day Turkey.
Frequent references in the Bible, such as ‘the Lord said to Moses, tell the Israelites to collect for me violet purple and scarlet yarn’.
Scarlet, made from the insect Coccus ilicis, becomes the official colour of the cardinals’ robes - by special decree of Pope Paul II.
Chemist William Henry Perkin accidentally discovers ﬁrst aniline dye, mauve, while trying to synthesise quinine from coal tar.
Dye chemist Otto N. Witt proposes a theory of colour, ﬁnding that the presence of certain groups within a molecule is sufficient to produce colour.
Following decades of research, the German companies BASF and Hoechst ﬁnally start manufacturing synthetic indigo.
Chemical companies based in Germany dominate dye manufacturing. Britain secretly imports khaki dye for army uniforms from Germany.
More than 7,000 synthetic colorants are presently in commercial use and more than 500 000 tonnes are produced each year.
CIRCLE OF BRIGHT
Our June issue is a celebration of colour. From vibrant primary shades to delicate pastel hues, we’re demonstrating how easy it is to bring colour into an industrial scheme. Warehouse conversions with original features have character and grit, so don’t be afraid to make bold choices. Contrast raw steel and exposed brick with bright accent shades for an instant contemporary update to a heritage home. Cobalt blue and buoyant orange are essential shades this summer and paired together, they’re electric! Vintage and industrial designs are also showing a softer side in sunshine yellow and fresh shades of green and mint. Explore our spectrum.
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SUMMER COLOUR 20.
His Master’s Eye 27.
“Colour is one of the most dynamic elements in design and decoration. Even its absence makes its presence felt. Subtle and allusive or bold and invigorating, there’s nothing like it to add spice to life and soul to your surroundings.” In his latest book, Terence Conran explores the full science and spectrum of colour, from defining spaces to creating unity or contrast. This is an essential guide to embracing colour in your home. Conran on Colour by Terence Conran, published by Octopus Books, £25, octopusbooks.co.uk
1. Small Nantavia Gouvy stool in blue, £144, amara.com; 2. Lyngard Ceramics Monroe pendant in blue, from £155, heals.co.uk; 3. Blue metal school lab desk, £750, lassco.co.uk; 4. Montana modular wall mounted storage in Marocco blue lacquered MDF by Peter J Lassen for Montana, £1,540, aram.co.uk; 5. Conﬂuences sofa, from £3,204, ligne-roset.co.uk; 6. Shades cushion in petroleum by Louise Roe, from £80, culow.co.uk; 7. String Pocket shelving in cobalt blue, £109, nest.co.uk; 8. Kaymet classic ribbed tray in cobalt blue, £78.95, thegiftedfew.com; 9. Steel wall clock in blue, £70, conranshop.co.uk; 10. Pantone 18-2120 honeysuckle pink metal storage box by Seletti, £15, aplaceforeverything.co.uk; 11. Diamond cage light by The Electrical Shop for Warehouse Home, £79, mywarehousehome.com/shop; 12. Corner stripe standard pillowcase in orange poppy, A$34.95, aurahome.com.au; 13. Industrial wooden pigeonholes, £550, homestuffwithhistory.com; 14. Navy 111 chair in persimmon orange, £272, conranshop.co.uk; 15. &New robot side table in orange, £299, ariashop.co.uk; 16. Battersea Power Station cushion in orange by Made By Mrs M for Warehouse Home, £40 including pad, mywarehousehome.com/shop; 17. Hanging factory lamp in orange, £175, outthereinteriors.com; 18. Industrial orange metal framed stool, £55, mayﬂyvintage.co.uk; 19. Truman task ﬂoor light in burnt orange, £69, made.com; 20. Giant 1227 Vivid in citrus yellow, £2,400, anglepoise.com; 21. FL513 stool in New York taxi yellow, £145, junctionﬁfteen.com; 22. BF02-1 three-seater pew bench with back stained yellow, £750, bainesandfricker.net; 23. West 24th Street coffee table, £650, crateive.co.uk; 24. Titan size 3 pendant in yellow with etched glass visor, £369, originalbtc.com; 25. Big library cushion by Louise Roe, from £80, culow.co.uk; 26. Tolix A chair in yellow by Xavier Pauchard, £250, conranshop.co.uk; 27. Blu Dot Hot Mesh bar stool in green, £195, heals.co.uk; 28. USM sideboard two doors in green, £1,199, aram.co.uk; 29. Normann Copenhagen small Box Table in blue green by Peter Johansen, £110, lollipopshoppe.co.uk; 30. Wrong for HAY Brackets Included in dusty green, from £39, reallywellmade.co.uk; 31. The Candy Collection lamp in aluminium and ‘la vella’, £225, auxilium-salvage.com; 32. NET small table in mint by Benjamin Hubert, £700, moroso.co.uk; 33. Mocha macchinetta in mint, £17.50, allgoodgifts.co.uk; 34. AGA City60 traditional in pistachio, from £4,995, agaliving.com
Colour wheel image: Moses Harris “Prismatic Colour Wheel” Published in M. Harris, The natural system of colour, London c. 1785. Hand-coloured etching, 192 mm x 288 mm. ©Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: John Hammond. www.racollection.org.uk
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Meccano gives boys the secrets of the world’s wonderful engineering structures. F R A N K H O R N B Y , I N V E N T O R , M E C C AN O
HOLE IN ONE
(Top row, from left) Gubi La Pedrera H20 pendant lamp in light blue, £139, houseology.com; Naked chair, £300, deadgoodltd.co.uk; Tolix H low stool in sulfur yellow, £111, madeindesign.co.uk; Eco Drum lamp in retro orange, €310, willemheeffer.nl; (Middle row, from left) Gubi Matégot trolley in blue grey, £629, thelollipopshoppe.co.uk; Hartô Alfred wall storage, £100, madeindesign. co.uk; (Bottom row, from left) LED grid pendant in orange and metal, £880 each, hollowaysoﬂudlow.com; Ferm Living cabinet in mint, £325 each, nest.co.uk; Gubi Matégot Dedal Bookshelf in yellow, £239, thelollipopshoppe.co.uk; Sled drawer unit by Michael Marriott, from £1,495, verygoodandproper.co.uk
The Nuts and Bolts of Good Design Meccano was invented in 1898 by Liverpudlian clerk Frank Hornby. The father of two young boys, Hornby was inspired to design a collection of metal parts and perforated tin pieces that would enable them to build replicas of the unloading cranes in Liverpool’s busy docks. The wide appeal of the construction system clearly apparent, it was developed and marketed under the brand ‘Mechanics Made Easy.’ In 1907, the name Meccano was patented and the first factory opened in Liverpool. The brand experienced meteoric growth and by 1951, the Meccano plant in Belleville, France, was producing over 500,000 boxes per day. Today, a new Meccano furniture range channels the original ethos of Meccano and supersizes it for the home. There are 21 assembly parts for building desks, stools and storage in nine different colours. Construct, customise and reconfigure colourful industrial designs for your home and have fun doing it! We assembled this yellow and grey Meccano chair in the office and found that a Bolt desk light made the perfect partner. Meccano chair, £202, hollowaysofludlow.com; Tonone Bolt desk light by Anton de Groof, £236, scp.co.uk
Illustration, far left: Meccano Rocking Chair Model No.196: First papered in 1916 as an American prize winning model (Meccano USA), it was later incorporated into the No.3 set manual in 1916 and then the No.5 set manual and featured until 1927/8.
Perforated metal has a lightness that is both physical and visual. Stamped holes in sheet metal can enhance acoustics and create a variety of light effects, making punctured metal a practical and appealing way to channel an industrial look at home. Choose from any of these perforated metal designs in pastel shades and bright summer hues and score a hole in one with this season’s trend.
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SEVEN DECADES OF DESIGN
Canteen Utility Chair
DCW Plywood Chair
By Egon Riss for Isokon Plus
By Charles & Ray Eames
By Sori Yanagi
By Klauser and Carpenter for Very Good and Proper
From £1,071, aram.co.uk
From £454, heals.co.uk
By Barber & Osgerby for Isokon Plus £1,515, skandium.com
These plywood classics are just as popular today.
From £258, twentytwentyone.com
Husband and wife team Steve and Eliza launched their Brighton-based design company in 2011. Catching up with Baines&Fricker at Clerkenwell Design Week in May, we found plenty to admire in their latest collection. The simple form of the SB01-1 chair was inspired by a silhouette in a poster for a 1935 Zurich exhibition, “Der Stuhl” (The Chair). It’s accompanied by an inviting bench and a selection of stools and tables, all made exclusively from plywood and with the subtle addition of colour. bainesandfricker.net
Birkwood Scotland Birkwood Scotland is a family business, based in Highland Perthshire. Expert cabinet makers, they specialise in working with solid birch plywood and plastic laminate. “Plywood has always been my favourite material to work with,” explains founder Mark. “It’s versatile, with a lovely grain finish.” The wood is combined with laminate, which is manufactured in hundreds of colours and styles, to create simple yet striking bespoke kitchens and furniture. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, these plywood designs will stand the test of time. The Tiger Who Came To Tea plywood and yellow laminate kitchen, from £1,800 per m, birkwoodscotland.com
Primary colours are on point for these perfect plywood designs, accentuating the simple planes.
VENEER AND FAR Plywood might look light as a feather, but make no mistake - this light-hued wood hides a distinctive strength and durability. Its warmth, texture and sustainability also make plywood a firm favourite with designers. Iconic plywood designs, such as the Penguin Donkey, have been in production for over 70 years. Now several contemporary pieces also promise to become collectables. For a playful take on ply this summer, pick creations with a fun pop of primary colour. Au natural or with a colourful twist, there’s no question veneer will go far.
1. SB01-2 Bench, £410, bainesandfricker.net; 2. SB01-1 Chair, from £280, bainesandfricker.net; 3. SBO1-4 Stool / Side Table, from £210, bainesandfricker.net; 4. SBO1-3 Stool / Bench, £360, bainesandfricker.net; 5. Streamline original bookend in sunﬂower yellow, £18.95, weamofurniture.co.uk; 6. Iittala Vakka large storage box, £199, ariashop.co.uk; 7. Embrace in birch by John Green, £275, amara.com; 8. Ash faced plywood laundry bin, £115, universalexpert.co.uk; 9. Medium Tube lamp, £20, untothislast.co.uk; 10. ByALEX A Desk with blue linoleum desktop for Warehouse Home, £675, mywarehousehome.com/shop
Photography by Thebe Mor
Harvested from the bark of mature trees in southwest Europe and northwest Africa, cork is a sustainable, renewable and eco-friendly material that is extremely versatile. It’s lightweight, water resistant and fire resistant too. Not to mention the fact that it looks fantastic! S ta c e y S h e p pa r d , D e s i g n b l o g g e r , t h e d e s i g n s h e p pa r d . c o m
Designers have been developing fantastic new applications for cork in the past few years. From furniture and accessories to unusual lighting, an increasing emphasis on sustainability in design has made cork a popular choice. Cork is flexible and strong and, with its raw finish and tactile quality, it’s a particularly interesting material for an industrial setting. High street and high end, there are clever accessories to suit every budget. This furniture’s corked. And we like it.
Perfect Perch Inspired by and designed for use in urban spaces, Marco is a sturdy collection of furniture with a quirky twist. The range comprises a small stool and bar stool, as well as a bench and a set of tables. Each piece is crafted from beech plywood and cork, the combination not only visually pleasing and practical, but also good for the environment. A simple and understated flash of colour completes the Marco collection’s contemporary look. Marco stool, €160; Marco bar stool, from €216, ubikubi.ro
(Above, from top) Innermost cork pendant, £89, amara.com; What a corker! Mirror, from £150, danielschofield.co.uk; Vitra Cork Family Model B, £324, nest.co.uk
(Right) The new SINNERLIG collection, designed by Ilse Crawford for Ikea, features 30 items of affordable yet stylish furniture and accessories in cork. The range will be available at Ikea stores and online from August. SINNERLIG cork furniture collection by Ilse Crawford, from £50 for a stool, ikea.com
Occasional table fluo in pink €595, bleunature.com
Fossil table From £535, thesofaandchair.co.uk
Stump form £1,740, craignarramore.com
With a strong focus on natural materials in design this season, the humble tree stump has been resurrected and brought indoors. Every stump is unique, the knots and grain of the wood adding to its character and making a simple stool or side table a stylish addition to any home. We were felled by these three fine specimens. Bleu Nature have combined the natural beauty of wood with a vibrant neon paint for a contemporary look, while Craig Narramore’s pewter fused bog oak stump also has an ultramodern appearance. The ancient petrified wood stumps in The Sofa & Chair Company’s Fossil Table range are over 25 million years old and have been left unadorned. So, why settle for an ordinary side table? Branch out.
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Plants not only enhance home decor, they make our living environment a healthier place. Terrariums are an easy way to integrate greenery into our homes and sturdy little plants like succulents and cacti can live very happily with minimal attention. Enjoy the reward of a lively dash of green in your home.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE photography by sun lee / styling by zoe BREWER
From high street to high-end, faux botanicals of all shapes and sizes are now so realistic that it is easier than ever to bring greenery into your home. Tall and tropical leaves, waxy succulents and clusters of cacti are this season’s must-have plants and their spiky shapes perfectly complement an industrial interior. But these no-maintenance faux fronds are also an ideal solution for any home where outdoor space is scarce. Fill hanging planters and window boxes or create simple yet stylish centerpieces. In a small corner of our warehouse home, we experimented with luxe copper tones, geometric planters and vintage vessels and found that gardening is not just for the green fingered.
Life In Miniature If you have limited or no outdoor space, or want to bring the outdoors in this summer, it is time to embrace the terrarium trend. The easy-to-maintain miniature gardens have been growing in popularity in recent months, with several stylish yet affordable options appearing from high street brands like Urban Outfitters (Above: Urban Grow winter greenhouse terrarium, £50, urbanoutfitters.com). At half a metre high, these unique new ‘Supersize Aztec’ terrariums from expert supplier The Urban Botanist tower above standard options and make striking centerpieces. Their strong geometric shapes are ideal for industrial spaces. From £145 fully assembled with real plants, theurbanbotanist.co.uk
Supersize Cube £155 fully assembled
(On floor, from left) Green carboy, £32, sugdenanddaughters.co.uk; Large florists bucket, £30, pedlars.co.uk; Large Mohave cactus, £208, abigailahern.com; Large medicine bottle, £20, turnerandcox.co.uk; Vintage glass flask in grey, £34, decorum-shop.co.uk; FEJKA artificial potted plant, herbs, £5, ikea.com; Vintage glass flask in green, £36, decorum-shop.co.uk; Large glass dome, £54.50, roseandgrey.co.uk; (Inside glass dome) FEJKA artificial potted plant grass, £3, ikea.com; FEJKA artificial potted plant bird’s nest fern, £3, ikea.com; Danish wooden crated beer bottles, £65, turnerandcox.co.uk; Tall French bottle, £70, turnerandcox.co.uk; Copper vase, £48, pitfieldlondon.com; Small chemistry bottle, £15, turnerandcox.co.uk; Perforated metal box, £49, littleparis.co.uk; (In box) Old pharmacy bottle, from £30, sugdenanddaughters.co.uk; (On box) Succulents in plain vintage book, £29.50, beauxfaux.com; Esterban tall green d glass vase, £30, habitat.co.uk; Palm springs stem, £11.50 each, abigailahern.com; Large chemistry bottle, £22.50, turnerandcox.co.uk; Metal work desk, £475, turnerandcox.co.uk; (On desktop, from left) Oversized recycled green glass vase, £25, eclectdesign.com; Staghorn stem green, £21.50, abigailahern.com; Succulents in plain vintage book, £29.50, beauxfaux.com; Mini copper patina lantern, £145, conranshop.co.uk; No.1 brown glass bottle, £7.50, anartfullife. co.uk; (In the drawer) Vintage flask in brown, £28, decorum-shop.co.uk; Faux potted echeveria, £30, coxandcox.co.uk; Urban grow diamond terrarium planter in gold, £35, urbanoutfitters.com; (Inside terrarium) House by John Lewis artificial mini echeveria with stalks, £8, johnlewis.com; Bottle in chemist’s display, £27, littleparis.co.uk; Hay kitchen scissors, £5, scp.co.uk; House by John Lewis artificial mini cactus, £8, johnlewis.com; House by John Lewis artificial mini echeveria £8, johnlewis.com; No.3 brown glass bottle, £18, anartfullife.co.uk; Milled edges plant leaves, £8.50 each, hollys-house.com; Natural twine, £6.50, labourandwait.co.uk; Tarred jute twine, £6.50, labourandwait.co.uk; Cactus in glass cloche, £79, grahamandgreen.co.uk; (Hanging, from left) Steel diamond hanging basket, £75, anartfullife.co.uk; (In basket) California bud stem in sage green, £3, abigailahern.com; California bud stem in lime green, £3, abigailahern.com; Three tone tin pendant light, £95, frenchconnection.com; NLXL Lab Greenhouse wallpaper by Erik Gutter, £249 per roll 9m x 48.7cm, designwharf.com; (On radiator) Copper watering can, £48, nookshop.co.uk
Top left of page: Aztec Penta, £59.95, theurbanbotanist.co.uk
Supersize Hexagon £195 fully assembled
miXed media R E A L O R FA U X , MARBLE MAKES A STAT E M E N T
Detail from Marble hexagon poster, €24.95, lilesadi.com
Marble suits all interiors. It brings a dash of glamour to an industrial environment and ﬁts perfectly with the current desire to use longlasting, natural materials. Whether you use real stone for a classic look or give a nod to the current trend by incorporating a marble-patterned textile into your scheme, marble’s classic colours will never date. Throw in a dash of copper or brass for an ultra-modern, industrial chic twist. Kate Watson-Smyth, Interiors Writer & Stylist, madaboutthehouse.com
Chopping board and cheese board £38 and £22, attpynta.com
Marble mug by Gary Birks £12,rockettstgeorge.co.uk
&Tradition marble light pendant SV2 £189, goodhoodstore.com
E15 ENOKI side table in mint with bianco carrara marble top £678, reallywellmade.co.uk
Triangle grey marble trivet £59, conranshop.co.uk
‘Marble’ rug, 2m x 2.4m, by Michaela Schleypen £4,750, frontrugs.com
Menu marble wall clock in black £219, scp.co.uk
Classic rock Marble has made a welcome comeback, inspiring a diverse range of homewares. With its natural reﬁnement and timeless quality, the sophisticated stone complements any contemporary interior, but it’s particularly striking in an industrial scheme. Marble accessories, tactile and versatile, make a statement when paired with concrete, wood or metal. Faux marble ﬁnishes, reﬂecting the distinctive veins of the ancient rock, are an affordable and quirky way to channel the trend. Real or faux, marble is a solid investment this season.
Essenza Romeo double duvet set £80, amara.com
Core single pendant in Carrara marble and Nero Marquina marble £125 each, terencewoodgate.com
Marble cushion £37.50, barkerandstonehouse.co.uk
A frame pictureframe A4 in Indian green marble and light fossil marble €109 each, newworks.dk
On The Rock Carrara marble glassware £65 each, leebroomstore.com
Zen Deck Mounted 3 Hole Basin Set with Swan Spout, Finished in Polished Copper & Carrara Marble £1,689.60, thewatermarkcollection.co.uk
Faceted green marble knobs £12 per pair, hollys-house.com
The golden age is before us, not behind us. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
The award-winning Holloways of Ludlow kitchen design team returned to Clerkenwell Design Week this year to showcase a striking kitchen island in concrete and brass. Created in collaboration with French design studio Concrete LCDA, the oversized island unit was crafted using a single piece of authentically raw concrete and features drawers with an un-lacquered solid brass trim. The drawers’ brass ‘finger bars’ continue uninterrupted around the unit, providing an elegant geometric contrast to the industrial chic concrete panels. The tactile worktop is formed from a single slab of poured concrete and an inset brass trivet is a practical yet stylish finishing touch. From £3,500 for a small kitchen island, hollowaysofludlow.com
Raw concrete defines an industrial scheme. But new technologies and treatments have given it a refined new look that’s raised the bar. Inlaying flecks of gold, clustered crystals, fine fabrics and veins of precious metals, innovative designers are transforming concrete from humble to highend. From the tactile contrast of concrete and linen to the visual appeal of neutral plaster paired with gleaming geometric inlays, if you’ve been seeking industrial luxe, look no further. We’ve picked the perfect panels. CONCRETE DECISIONS
(Clockwise, from top left) Impasto metal, £70 per sq m, surfaceform.com; Impasto gold, price on request, surfaceform.com; Concrete with copper, price on request, ollymason.com; Linen infused concrete, from £750 per sq m, tactilityfactory.com; Crystal bead infused concrete, from £750 per sq m, tactilityfactory. com; Polished plaster with brass inlay, price on request, surfaceform.com; Linen & Stitch infused concrete, from £750 per sq m, tactilityfactory.com; Concrete and golden leaf, price on request, concrete-beton.com; Crystal bead infused concrete, from £750 per sq m, tactilityfactory.com
Complementary Copper & Concrete (Top) C1 copper pendant light, from €699, gantlights.de; (Bottom) ‘Copptlery’ concept design by Albert Marin & Roser
i n d u st r i a l D E TA I L S for DINING WITH A DIFFERENCE
Salt & Pepper Pipes £30, stolenform.com
Pipe Egg Cups Set of two, £20, stolenform.com
Water Manhole Coasters Set of two, £25, stolenform.com
Elec Manhole Coasters Set of two, £25, stolenform.com
It’s time to let the light in. Vivid blue and bright orange are ideal for the summer and offset raw industrial features. Inspired by the original loading doors in this East London warehouse conversion, our stylist Zoe Brewer selected a palette of pale and cobalt blues and used orange as an accent colour to create a relaxed entertaining space: “The powder coated steel table is the focal point, its industrial frame complemented by crockery modelled on cogs and machinery shapes. With the sun streaming in, this is the perfect setting for lunch with friends warehouse style.”
(From left, against back wall) Single speed bike in blue enamel, £520, tokyobike.co.uk; Indonesia & China geographical map, £105, turnerandcox.co.uk; (On radiator) Where Chefs Eat, Stylist’s own; Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift - Clothbound Classics, £14.99, conranshop.co.uk; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Clothbound Classics, £14.99, conranshop.co.uk; The Odyssey by Homer – Clothbound Classics, £14.99, conranshop.co.uk; (Hanging) Thorlux pendant light in light grey, £275, turnerandcox.co.uk; Vintage style café chair in blue, £195, theoldcinema.co.uk; A-Frame all aluminium bench, 150cm x 130cm x 75cm, in BS colour 697 light admiralty grey, £1,974, jennifernewman.com; (On table, from left) Bistro napkin in blue, £25 for set of four, villeetcampagne.co.uk; Hay medium Kaleido tray in red, £25, nest.co.uk; Hay x-small Kaleido tray in mint, £9, nest.co.uk; 1970s American mason salt & pepper set, £15, deepuddy.co.uk; Diesel Living with Seletti Machine Collection large glass, £27 for set of three, do-shop.com; Large soda syphon in blue, £75, conranshop.co.uk; House by John Lewis large stackable tumbler in teal, £3.50, johnlewis.com; Diesel Living with Seletti Machine Collection porcelain soup plate, £60 for set of three, do-shop.com; Diesel Living with Seletti Machine Collection porcelain fruit bowl, £43 for set of three, do-shop.com; By Handmade large glass tumbler in blue, £6, johnlewis.com; Diesel DIY cutlery, £42 for set of four, saatchistore.com; Fluoro twine in neon orange, £3, pedlars.co.uk; Diesel Living with Seletti Machine Collection large porcelain jar, £52, do-shop.com; Diesel Living with Seletti Machine Collection extra large porcelain jar, £55, do-shop.com; (In vase) Palm Springs stems, £11.50 per stem, abigailahern.com; House by John Lewis large stackable tumbler in teal, £3.50, johnlewis.com; Small hexagonal marble tray, £40, hollys-house.com; Opinel Bon Appétit table knife in orange, £48 for set of four, conranshop.co.uk; Box planter all aluminium on braking castors, 45cm x 45cm x 50cm, in RAL colour 2008 bright red orange, £402, jennifernewman.com; (In planter) Floreo large faux grass bunch, £40, habitat.co.uk; (In foreground, on bench) Bistro napkin in blue, £25 for set of four, villeetcampagne.co.uk; Where Chefs Eat by Joe Warwick, £14.95, designmuseumshop.com; Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thakeray – Clothbound Classic, £14.99, conranshop.co.uk
Gas Manhole Coasters Set of two, £25, stolenform.com
t e r e n c e c on r an on b l u e
Cornflower Heart, £36 for 2L, paintbyconran.com
Blue’s complementary colour is either orange or yellow. In tandem with blue, both can form the basis of electric, vitalizing schemes. Blue and orange has a crisper, more contemporary feel.
Stand and deliver Sometimes all it takes is a simple idea. Frequently moving between different cities and often disposing of furniture as a result, Kyle Hoff and Alex O’Dell were inspired to find a solution. They designed a table leg with a simple F clamp, which could convert different surface materials into functional modular tables, enabling easy transportation and endless customisation. Their Kickstarter campaign last year received over $250,000 in backing from supporters in more than 30 countries. Now in production, the legs ship internationally, so all you need to do is source a tabletop (we recommend an old door or reclaimed timber for a strong industrial look). The legs are manufactured with American steel in Detroit and are available in two different lengths, powder coated in the three primary colours. The legs take their name from Kyle’s father, grandfather and greatgrandfather, who were all steel mill workers. Set of four Floyd legs, from $179, thefloydleg.com
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From left: Ercol Goldsmith dining chair in turquoise, £175, florrieandbill.com; Neon orange desk notebook, £8, paperchase.co.uk; Urbanears Plattan indigo headphones, £50, conranshop. co.uk; Concrete by William Hall and Leonard Koren, £29.95, designmuseumshop.com; Black diary and The Story of Art, Stylist’s own; Palette 01; Black and White by Viction:ary, £34.50, designmuseumshop.com; Where Chefs Eat book, £14.95, designmuseumshop.com; Pyschopomps by Polly Morgan, Stylist’s own; Animals, Men and Myths by Morus; Cup and saucer, Stylist’s own
Dropped Pollen, £36 for 2L, paintbyconran.com
Dandelion Puff, £36 for 2L, paintbyconran.com
Black sleep Decorating with a crisp monochrome palette adds drama to any space. And, as our stylist Zoe explains, “A monochrome scheme goes hand in hand with geometric design. It also creates the perfect invitation for a bright pop of the colour of your choice.” Styling this London loft apartment, we channelled the monochrome trend and teamed it with strong geometric patterns and graphic prints. Shots of brilliant yellow and grey, together with select wooden accessories, add further interest to the sophisticated scheme. The distinctive frame of the contemporary industrial style bed set the tone for our bedroom, the headboard’s shape echoed in the chevron prints.
(On walls, from left) Plywood yellow print, £50, alfredandwilde.co.uk; Plywood black and white print, £50, alfredandwilde.co.uk; Chevron throw, £265, hollys-house. com; Abacus king size bed, £995, heals.co.uk; (On bed, from back left) Above & Beyond Together pillowcases, £39 for set of two, anartfullife.co.uk; Biella noir & alabaster duvet cover, from £99 for single, designersguild.com; Ferm Living Remix bed cover, £249.95, goodhoodstore. com; Symmetry cushion, £55, amindseye.co.uk; Reverse chevron cushion, £60, amindseye.co.uk; Lara linen bath towel in yellow, £17.99, linenme.com; (On floor, from left) Vitra toolbox in warm grey, £28.50, aram.co.uk; (In toolbox) Vintage London guide, Stylist’s own; An East London Companion by Herb Lester, £4, nookshop.co.uk; Tools notebook in yellow, £22, conranshop.co.uk; 15 minutes timer, £20, theschooloflife.com; Tea for one table in black, £145, designk.co.uk; Pappelina Honey 70cm x 160 cm warm grey and vanilla rug, £99, homearama. co.uk; ByALEX A Stool for Warehouse Home, £150, mywarehousehome.com/shop; (On the stool) Ink Works Numeric Form enamel sign for Warehouse Home, £175, mywarehousehome.com/shop; Toolkit For Life vol.1 box set, £60, theschooloflife.com; Chevron coffee cup and saucer, £24, amindseye.co.uk; Time brick in grey and yellow, £60, conranshop.co.uk; (On floor) The Philosopher’s Shoe, £179, theschooloflife.com; Pinocchio standing light £1,150, diagonalfurniture.com; Anthony Hughes Insulator cushion for Warehouse Home, £58 including pad, mywarehousehome.com/shop; Tomado style magazine rack, £90, diagonalfurniture.com; (In magazine rack, just seen) Concrete by William Hall and Leonard Koren, £29.95, designmuseumshop.com; Palette 01: Black and White by Viction:ary, £34.50, designmuseumshop.com; 1950s American cinema card, £12.50, pedlars.co.uk
Conran on Colour, by Terence Conran, published by Octopus Books, £25, octopusbooks.co.uk
photography by sun lee / styling by zoe brewer
T E R E N C E C ON R AN ON Y E L L O W
In its purest, clearest form, yellow is a primary – a colour that cannot be made by mixing other colours together. This makes it a bold, graphic choice for adding impact in contemporary interiors.
In the frame
HANGING PRETTY These minimalist clothes rails are a stylish contemporary take on the traditional valet. Handforged in iron by Swedish designer Annaleena Leino, they are suspended from the ceiling using simple hooks. Showcase favourite garments or hang your outfit for the following day. With or without clothes, these geometric rails make an impact. From 1,900 SEK, annaleena.se
Rated Racks Draw a line under fussy bedroom accessories and reach for bold and graphic solutions. Against a white brick wall, smart black frames in geometric shapes create a Manhattan mood. These modern racks are a great way to tidy away magazines and bedside reading. Choose one, or mix and match all three shapes. Steel magazine racks, £24 each, anartfullife.co.uk
Sharp Seating Above, from top: Tomado style magazine rack, £90, diagonalfurniture.com; An East London Compendium by Herb Lester, £4, nookshop.co.uk; Time brick in grey and yellow, £60, conranshop.co.uk and Toolkit For Life vol.1 box set, £60, theschooloflife.com; Nomess Alu Slinger hanger, £19 for pack of ﬁve, goodhoodstore.com and Chevron throw, £265, hollys-house. com; 15 minutes timer, £20, theschooloflife.com
When is a chair not a chair? When it’s a clothes rail. If your clothes don’t always make it back into the wardrobe at the end of the day, then you need this seat-shaped storage solution. The simple metal frame is powder coated in graphite or off-white and is the perfect place for clothes and bags at the end of a busy day. The Sacriﬁcal Chair somehow makes sloppy look stylish. Now that’s clever design. Sacriﬁcial Chair, $180, thingindustries.com
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A R I ST O T L E
(Right) Hay Mags soft modular sofa, £2,417, nest.co.uk; (Below, from left) Montana wall hung wardrobe in white and Tokyo yellow lacquered MDF by Peter J Lassen, £3,639, aram.co.uk; HoSpazio series, from £3,148, letea.it; Vitra Kast shelf unit in multicolour, £6,506, nest.co.uk
Shape shifting From the practical to the playful, with many of us living in smaller apartments, ﬂexible modular furniture designs are increasingly valued. Savvy storage solutions are essential in homes where space is at a premium. And the ability to reconﬁgure furniture is particularly convenient in spaces that are dual purpose, such as open-plan living-dining areas and studies which double as guest rooms. Stacking, sliding, slotting together, these latest designs can be endlessly and effortlesly adjusted and reconﬁgured to meet your needs. These are the multi-purpose modules for the modern day.
This Pie Chart System comprises different sized pie-like segments which can be combined or used individually as side or coffee tables. Optional container sections maximise storage space. Made from solid wood and plywood, and available in a variety of vibrant colours, this modular system is simple, playful and highly versatile. Pie chart system, from £254 for an oak quarter, hfurniture.co
Swiss Ingenuity Successful Swiss company USM is the leading name in modular furniture, its renowned system the finest example of form following function. Available in 14 colours, USM’s timeless designs are ideal for the home and office and enable endless customisation. The patented USM ball joint allows for a frame that can be built in any square or rectangular format and a unit that can be continually modified and extended. Long favoured by architects and creatives, USM’s acceptance into the Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2001 confirmed it as a true design classic. The brand celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. (Above, from left) USM Haller pedestal in golden yellow, £766; USM Haller storage with two drop down doors in golden yellow, £1,148, usm.com; (Below) The patented USM ball joint is integral to the modular furniture design.
(Left) Artful Kids alphabet factory blocks £110, notonthehighstreet.com (Right) Tom Dixon cast factory money box £95, selfridges.com
Retro child’s chair, £75, roseandgrey.co.uk
Brooklyn industrial green tall shelf with wheels, £279.90, maisonsdumonde.com
Nicolas child’s bed in red, £189.90, maisonsdumonde.com
Children's metal storage crates with wooden top, £75, blueticking.co.uk
Take A Seat
Locker double wardrobe, £225, next.co.uk
(Above, from left) Large wooden framed abacus, £145, turnerandcox. co.uk; Vintage French map, £105, turnerandcox.co.uk; Enameled École sign, £390, pedlars.co.uk; Vintage tinplate Triang toy train, £145, lassco. co.uk; 1940s vintage steel child’s chair, £175, lassco.co.uk; (On the chair) Hay wooden ruler, £7, nookshop.co.uk; Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray - Clothbound Classic, £14.99, conranshop.co.uk; The Odyssey by Homer - Clothbound Classic, £14.99, conranshop.co.uk; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - Clothbound Classic, £14.99, conranshop.co.uk; French Solainor milk bottle, £20, lassco.co.uk; Hay wooden ruler triangle, £29, goodhoodstore.com
COLOUR IN Sturdy furniture and clever storage are essential building blocks for children’s rooms. Hard-wearing vintage industrial pieces look great and will last. We’ve counted up some colourful additions for any cool kid’s space, including characterful and capacious storage solutions that will make clearing up after your little ones seem like child’s play. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUN LEE / STYLING BY ZOE BREWER
These tubular steel and plywood chairs have been given a colourful update with hand-painted stripes. School’s deﬁnitely in for summer. Striped British school chairs, £165 each, oliviascott-taylor.com
WA R E H O U S E H O M E P R O M O T I ON
Design on the wild side: A special acid treatment was used to achieve the unique and tactile effect on this industrial dresser with a difference.
Following the success of their debut collection last year, the Belgian design duo behind Barak’7 have released a distinctive new industrial luxe collection for 2015. Key pieces include a bar cabinet guaranteed to get every party started and an impressive industrial dining table. There is also a new range of ‘wild’ metal cabinets with a rockstar edge and outdoor furniture with an industrial twist. View the full collection online and order direct from barak7.co.uk
Clockwise from top left: Industrial bar cabinet ‘apero’, £1,999; Industrial table with large black wheel, £1,299; Industrial dresser ‘wild’, £1,599; Industrial garden chair with carbon ﬁnish, £119, and industrial garden table with carbon ﬁnish, £149; Industrial round armchair, £229; Industrial TV stand ‘live with character’, £649
Take A Turn A trip to the toolshed inspired designer-maker Becky Creed to create The Turned Paper Collection. The 27-year-old contemporary craft graduate had often watched her father, a furniture maker, using traditional woodworking tools and techniques. Working on her debut lighting collection, she had experimented with a variety of different materials but was particularly keen to pursue a recycled and sustainable option. By layering and bonding together dozens of sheets of recycled and hand dyed paper, Becky found she could create a solid block of workable material which could then be shaped and turned on a traditional lathe. “The first time I used the lathe,” she remembers, “I was knocked out by a piece of flying material!” Fortunately, she recovered and persevered. Becky uses chisels and sandpaper to finely craft each paper block into a cylindrical light, the process revealing a unique marbling effect. We were immediately struck by Becky’s distinctive lighting and saw a solution for the waste copies from our first print run. We commissioned Becky to create 50 Limited Edition Warehouse Home pendants. Each light is crafted from 15 newspapers and ﬁnished with a natural ﬂex and brass ﬁxture. The lights are available “au natural”, made solely from the newspaper, or with the addition of a hand painted blue interior and ﬂecks of recycled blue card. They are approximately 25cm in length and 12cm in diameter. So, now there’s another way to enjoy Warehouse Home! £100 each, mywarehousehome.com/shop
Lighting Tips Available in a wide variety of classic colours and vibrant shades, round and twisted fabriccovered ﬂexes are a cost-effective way to complete the lighting in your home. Whether you are suspending a vintage shade or hanging clusters of bare bulbs, it is important to pick the right cable in a complementary or contrasting colour. These cords made the cut. photography by sun lee / styling by zoe brewer
BRIGHTS AND LIGHTS
(On the railings, from left) Fabric cable light fitting with brass E27 holder in electric blue, pink & white, bright green, £13.95 each, all pictured with ferrowatt squirrel cage filament light bulb, £7.95 each, all thegiftedfew.com; (On the spools, from left) Nostalgia Lights round fabric cable in midnight blue, £3.60 per m, nooklondon.com; (Twisted on top of the spool) Light grey fabric covered flex, £7.20 per m, felixlightingspecialists.co.uk; Nostalgia Lights round fabric cable in monochrome, £3.60 per m, nooklondon. com; Pea green braided cable coloured flex 3 core twist, £4.80 per m, urbancottageindustries.com; Elephant grey braided cable coloured flex 3 core twist, £4.80 per m, urbancottageindustries.com; Yellow braided cable coloured flex 3 core twist, £4.80 per m, urbancottageindustries.com; Fabric cable for lighting in orange & white, £3.79 per m, dowsingandreynolds.com; Medium grey fabric covered flex, £7.20 per m, felixlightingspecialists.co.uk; Nostalgia Lights twisted fabric cable in electric blue, £4.45 per m, nooklondon. com; Nostalgia Lights round fabric cable in peacock blue, £3.60 per m, nooklondon.com; (Loose on the floor) Forest green round coloured fabric cable, £7.50, uniquesTR.com; Fabric cable for lighting in ‘vanilla ice cream’, £3.79 per m, dowsingandreynolds.com; 6 vintage large American spools, £16 each, deepuddy. co.uk; 3 US spools, £16 each, pedlars.co.uk
Hang a single bare bulb on a coloured cord as a striking bedroom reading light. Suspend low over a bedside table and use a heritage style ﬁlament bulb for a warm glow that will create an inviting ambience.
Pair a brightly coloured ﬂex with a vintage light shade for a look that is both suprising and contemporary. A pale or pastel coloured enamel shade will look amazing teamed with electric blue or neon pink.
Whether it’s a ﬂea-market ﬁnd or an old heirloom, give a vintage lamp a new look with a colourful cable. Try bright yellow or a chevron pattern for a cool contrast and instantly transform your table lamp.
micro trend: from toolshed to ta b l e t o p
Vintage wood plane lamps, from £55, theupcycledlightingco.uk
MACHINE AGE FACTORY LIGHTS
Machine components and cog-inspired shapes complement warehouse interiors and bring a dash of factory chic to any space. From repurposed motors and engine parts to finely tooled precious metals and porcelain modelled on machinery, lighting is taking on a distinctly industrial edge. Tarnished and polished, serrated rings and screw details make these sculptural and stacked lamps stand out. We herald a return to the Machine Age.
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PYLON AND OFF These remarkable wall lights are crafted from upcycled 1930s glass pylon insulators. Cut from an American electrical pylon, the green glass insulators were originally designed to shatter, which created an obvious challenge when they were being crafted into wall lighting. The cast metal housing, also original, was added for
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wall mounting. The bulbs can readily be changed. However, we think a simple lightbulb, as shown here, complements the piece perfectly. Each heavyduty wall light weighs 6kg and will make a striking addition to any space. This is a sconce with a difference. Vintage green glass pylon wall light, £384 each, felixlightingspecialists.co.uk
The constituent parts of this candlestick were originally part of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull car during the 2010 Formula One season. The shaft alone has covered 2,553 kilometres and helped Vettel win his first of four consecutive world championships.
From left: Nostalgia Lights super globe LED silver cap, £53, nooklondon.com; Inﬁniti Red Bull Racing small table lamp (pictured without shade), £2,400, racinggold.co.uk, pictured with Ferrowatt squirrel cage ﬁlament light bulb, £7.95, thegiftedfew.com; Nostalgia Lights small globe LED gold cap, from £28.20, nooklondon.com; Inﬁniti Red Bull Racing candlestick, £1,200, racinggold.co.uk, pictured with True Grace dinner candle in black, £3, johnlewis.com; Upcycled pulley table lamp, £165, theoldcinema.co.uk; (Pictured on a loose cog) Industrial tea light holder in gold, £39, swingingmonkey.co.uk; Tom Dixon Cog tall candle holder, £120, selfridges.com; Layshaft and gear Renault F1 lamp in black and silver (pictured without shade), £399, mementoexclusives.com, pictured with Ferrowatt squirrel cage ﬁlament light bulb, £7.95, thegiftedfew.com; Diesel Living With Seletti Transmission medium candle holder, £67, do-shop.com, pictured with True Grace dinner candle in black, £3, johnlewis.com; Tom Dixon Cog candelabra, £225, selfridges.com, pictured with True Grace dinner candle in black, £3, johnlewis.com; Tom Dixon Cog tea light holder cylinder, £50, selfridges.com; ‘Theo’ custom-made upcycled turbo lamp, £395, refunked.com, pictured with standard bayonet bulbs (stylist’s own); Tom Dixon Cog tea light holder cone, £50, selfridges.com; (Pictured on a loose cog) Industrial tea light holder in silver, £39, swingingmonkey.co.uk; Industrial tea light holder in black, £39, swingingmonkey.co.uk; Nostalgia Lights small globe LED gold cap, from £28.20, nooklondon.com; Loose cogs and machine parts courtesy of mementoexclusives.com
Chip Of The Old Christopher, “Chip”, Hall has turned an occasional hobby into a successful sideline. “I’ve always been a tinkerer,” he reﬂects, “I like ﬁnding discarded parts and pieces and trying to think of a new use for them. I enjoy that challenge” An engineer by day, Chip often ﬁnds nuts, bolts and offcuts that inspire a project. It’s his engineering background that makes his lamps so interesting. Faucets ﬁtted to lamp bases serve as dimmer switches, and steampunk inspired pipe details aren’t simply decorative, they connect gears and gauges that move. “The ﬁrst lamp I made was simply for a friend. I pinched a metal sugar pot from the canteen at work and used it as the shade.” Just one year later and Chip is taking two or three commissions at a time. We admire Chip’s personal approach to each project and his honest enjoyment of creating a lamp that “makes somebody smile.” Bespoke table lamp, from £100, facebook.com/upcycled-hall/
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Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.
Chisel & Mouse portrait: Alun Callender. Image accompanying quote: Bow Quarter by Jayson Lilley, from £19.95, 29.7cm x 42cm, eastendprints.co.uk
Brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley, co-founders of Chisel & Mouse, are on a self-proclaimed mission to “bring great architecture into your living room”. Handmade in Sussex, each scale plaster model combines traditional (chisel) and contemporary (mouse) techniques - sculpting, moulding and casting together with CAD and 3D printing techniques. Our favourite industrial forms include the unmistakable twin-chimneyed silhouette of Battersea Power Station and Gateshead’s Baltic Mill. These modern miniatures have big reputations. chiselandmouse.com
From Top: Battersea Power Station, £140; Bankside Power Station, £140; AEG Turbine Factory, £140; Baltic Mill, £85
From Bristol to Battersea, Britain’s industrial icons are being immortalised in bold graphic prints. Choose digital and screen prints in summer brights and embrace colour blocking for your walls. In their depiction of towering chimneys and factory forms, these minimalist prints create maximum impact. Take your pick, they’re hot off the press.
1. Gas Holder Bath limited edition Giclée print by Michael Lewis Design, £10, 6in x 8in, etsy.com 2. Truman Brewery Brick Lane digital print by Jayson Lilley, £19.95, 29.7cm x 42cm, eastendprints.co.uk 3. Tate Pink III 2013 limited edition lino cut print, £195, 21.5cm x 28.5cm, paulcatherall.com 4. Battersea Power Station ﬁne art print by People Will Always Need Plates, £15, 40cm x 27cm, magnoliabox.com 5. Dockside Cranes digital print, £15, 21cm x 29.7cm, rolfeandwills.com 6. Nodding Donkeys 2 colour limited edition screenprint, £30, 16.5in x 11.7in, theinkery.co.uk
T WO T ON E T O M E In her latest book, renowned interiors stylist Hilary Robertson celebrates the stylish simplicity of a monochromatic scheme. With a glimpse inside the homes of international artists, architects and designers, Robertson demonstrates that the classic combination of black and white can be employed in a variety of ways, from “shades of pale” to “the dark room”. Whether you already embrace a monochrome palette in your home, this beautiful book will help you see your next scheme in black and white. Monochrome Home, by Hilary Robertson, published by Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99, amazon.co.uk
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This foundry style cast iron basin stand adds an instant industrial touch to the bathroom. It’s also available with a beige granite basin, but we’re drawn to this stainless steel finish. Industrial Pedestal with metal bevelled basin by Stone Forest, £4,941.50, westonebathrooms.co.uk
A monochrome bathroom is a chic and timeless choice and suits spaces of all sizes. Channel a hip hotel effect and complete the look with heritage and industrial style fixtures that are built to last. It’s time to give the smallest room in the house a big-impact makeover.
Transport For Bathrooms Tube Typography Fired Earth has selected the most significant and striking tiles from London’s Underground stations and reproduced them for the home. The tiles are made by the same English works that produced the originals, at the World Heritage site in Ironbridge, Shropshire. They’re crafted using the old moulds and employ the traditional typeface found in the station passageways. The smart black and white typographic signs are ideal for a monochrome bathroom (although they would look just as smart in a contemporary kitchen too). Choose from four famous and familiar phases, including this eye-catching ‘Way Out’ signage, or commission a bespoke design to suit your space. We’re on board with these designs. ‘Way Out’ signage, £394.99; ‘Mind the gap’ signage, £74.99, both firedearth.com
1. OT26_range Ort mono basin mixer Available in sleek black or a summery mint shade, this new Italian tap design is simple, streamlined and stylish. £211, antoniofrattini.it
2. G7C Saint Germain 3 hole basin mixer in H48 Satin Bronze Lacquered metal
The industrial details on this THG tap are reminiscent of steel piping and bolts. The valve cross handles complete the effect. £1,156.80, thg.fr
Radiate Style Radiators are often overlooked as a functional ﬁxture in a bathroom. But the addition of a traditional cast iron radiator can complete a look. The traditional detailing on this new Terma Oxford radiator, showcased during May Design Series, will complement any heritage home. The cast iron ﬁnish is at once industrial yet sophisticated. The Oxford radiators are crafted in the original way in Poland and hand-ﬁnished by expert craftsmen. Over the coming months, Terma plan to offer
a wide range of colours and ﬁnishes, from the classic to the contemporary, including galvanised brass and copper effects. If you’ve been looking to replace your bathroom radiators, this is plumbing with aplomb. Oxford small cast iron radiator in “metal alive”, from £440, 10-section radiator, terma.pl
3. JEE-O wall basin mixer with progressive cartridge hammercoated black/matt Terma has manufactured bathroom radiators for 25 years. Each is crafted to the highest standard.
A sure winner for anyone hankering after Manhattan loft industrial style. The matt black ﬁnish is timeless. £1,233.60, westonebathrooms.com
“I love finding unique and unusual vintage accessories that complement the character and heritage of my home. I inherited some of my favourite things, but it’s always fun finding original pieces at fairs and on my travels. Flea Market Secrets, by Selfridges buying manager Geraldine James, is an indispensible guide for anyone who loves to hunt for antiques, vintage and retro pieces, at home or abroad. With tips on how to distinguish treasure from trash, advice on restoration and original ideas for display, I’ve picked up many useful tips!” S o p h i e B u s h , E d i t o r , Wa r e h o u s e H o m e Flea Market Secrets, by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books, £19.99, amazon.co.uk
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Sure signs Our Editor’s home in a Grade II listed mill provided her with the inspiration to launch Warehouse Home. In her living room, exposed brickwork and steel columns are offset by a strong monochrome palette, with accent pieces in pillarbox red and a variety of vintage finds. Here are some easy ways to achieve a similar look.
1. Giant Electric station wall clock in black, £275, newgateclocks.com; 2. Vintage ruler coat rack, £59.95, rockettstgeorge.co.uk; 3. Orson two seater sofa in tudor red, £499, made.com; 4. GPO Retro 746 push button black vintage style telephone, £32, hurnandhurn.com; 5. London destination bus blinds, from £8, pedlars.co.uk; 6. Industrial mesh cupboard, £825, vincentandbarn.co.uk; 7. Industrial factory cart coffee table, £575, alexanderandpearl.co.uk; 8. Old military trunk, £200, scaramangashop.co.uk; 9. Vintage WWII military spirit level (customisable as a light pull), £14.95, thegiftedfew.com; 10. Starkey table lamp, black and brass, £45, made.com
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A L A STA I R H E N D Y Everything in my kitchen was selected based on ergonomics and economics. I chose to use concrete because there’s something very honest about its raw industrial qualities. A lot of the furniture and accessories were originally used in workshops, factories or schools. The hardwearing nature of these pieces really appeals, particularly in a kitchen. And of course the natural patina that comes with age adds so much character that you simply don’t ﬁnd on the high street. Using unﬁtted furniture makes the space practical and workable. I like being able to change the set up when I need to. I’m also a great organiser and very pedantic, so ﬁling drawers, even in the kitchen, are essential!
Chef’s table On a visit to Alastair Hendy’s London loft, we found more than just good food cooking in the kitchen. The celebrated chef and food photographer was an early adopter of industrial style and has been using steel furniture and concrete in his home for over 20 years. In his kitchen, brushed metal complements cast concrete, while vintage furniture completes a look that is pure workshop chic. 1.
This old artisan’s workbench has been transformed into a statement kitchen island, complete with sink. The iron vices are authentic and the wooden worksurface has been thoroughly cleaned but not restored, ensuring it retains every scratch and scrape of original character. Olmo G, €6,000, manoteca.com
Images of Alastair Hendy’s Kitchen: Michael Paul Photography
Hot To Pot Italian pasta pot ﬁllers provided the original inspiration for this new tap by The Watermark Collection. Made by hand in Brooklyn, the tap is ﬁnished in gunmetal - which looks fantastic against concrete. The crank style on/off handle completes the industrial strength design. Elan Vital articulated kitchen spout with hydro progressive mixer in gunmetal ﬁnish, £1,618.80, thewatermarkcollection.co.uk
1. Hubert Terry 90 cream Anglepoise lamp, £75, raspberrymash.co.uk; 2. Peggy wallpaper in concrete, £45 per roll, 52cm x 10cm roll, minimoderns.com; 3. Industrial Question Mark light, £282, tony-miles-industrial-designs.myshopify.com; 4. Vintage metal ﬁling cabinet, £255, arkmidcentury.co.uk; 5. 1006 Emeco navy chair, £470, conranshop.co.uk; 6. Point de rencontre concrete table by Matali Crasset, £3,480, concrete-beton.com
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Kaiserkai
WHERE TO VISIT
Hamburg is home to the largest warehouse district in the world. Built between 1883 and 1928, the Speicherstadt, meaning “city of warehouses”, is located in the port of Hamburg and stretches for almost a mile along a network of canals. Neo-Gothic red brick warehouses tower over the waterways and humpbacked bridges, many of them still used to store goods such as cocoa, coffee, tea and aromatic spices. Keen to visit the Speicherstadt, we took a trip to Hamburg and found there was much to admire in Germany’s second city.
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The regeneration of HafenCity is currently Europe’s largest inner city development project. Among the internationally renowned architects involved in the redevelopment of Hamburg’s HafenCity, it is Herzog & De Meuron’s project that is the most widely anticipated. Standing beacon-like at the entrance to Hamburg’s harbour, Elbphilharmonie is a landmark of significant civic pride. Due for completion in 2017, even unfinished this remarkable structure is certainly worth a visit. The sheer scale of the former warehouse and its colossal iceberg-like rooftop extension immediately impresses. However long you stay in Hamburg, make time to marvel at this incredible architectural feat. elbphilharmonie.de
Speicherstadt Hamburg, mediaserver.hamburg.de / Christian Spahrbier; Elbphilharmonie west elevation April 2014 © Thies Rätzke; The Box photography courtesy of Lea Lüdemann and Gerhard Castenow
WA R E H
H A M B U R G STAT S 2 N D L A R G E ST C I T Y I N G E R M AN Y 2 N D L A R G E ST P O R T I N E U R O P E L A R G E ST WA R E H O U S E D I ST R I C T I N W O R L D 1 3 4 M I L L I ON T ON S O F G O O D S S H I P P E D P . A . P O P U L AT I ON : 1 . 8 M I L L I ON ( C I T Y ON LY )
WHERE TO STAY 25hours Hotel HafenCity Überseeallee Within a short walk of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s International Maritime Museum and the historic warehouses of the Speicherstadt, 25hours Hotel HafenCity is an ideal place to drop anchor. The hotel’s proximity to the harbour inspired much of its decor and the relaxed seaman’s club ambience. From the moment guests arrive at the reception desk, constructed from plywood packing crates, the modern maritime details are evident. In the cosy “cabins”, the wallpaper depicts colourful tales from life at sea and the minibar and desk are housed within a steamer trunk, complete with log book. Borrow the hotel’s bikes to explore the area. Afterwards enjoy the panoramic views of Hamburg from the rooftop Hafen sauna, housed in a decommissioned shipping container. After two nights on board at 25hours Hotel, we certainly left feeling ship shape. 25hours-hotels.com
WHERE TO SHOP LYS Vintage
Hamburg’s close proximity to Scandinavia is particularly evident in this excellent design shop. Lys, meaning light, displays vintage originals and re-issues from the 1950s and 1960s alongside contemporary designers, both Nordic and international. Among our favourite brands, Gubi, Hay and Ferm Living’s latest collections are displayed in a gallery-like experience. This is certainly a shop to linger in. We found it hard to leave. lys-vintage.com
Altes Mädchen Lagerstraße
WHERE TO DRINK
Situated on the appropriately named Lagerstraße, Altes Mädchen serves over 60 different craft beers from around the world, in addition to the house Ratsherrn brews. Which is probably reason enough to visit. But beside the excellent food and drink, the brewpub’s atmospheric setting, in a lofty 19th century animal market, also explains its popularity with locals and visitors alike. Be sure to arrive early to secure a coveted seat at the central bar or sit outside on a sunny evening in the bustling beer garden. altes-maedchen.com
WHERE TO EAT + SHOP
The Box Borselstrasse Hamburg is replete with design shops and trendy stores. But one of our favourite finds was The Box. An eclectic destination for “furniture and other good things”, The Box is set within a listing building in the redeveloped 19th century Borselhof factory. The striking industrial space is filled with high-end design temptations, quirky curiosities and original vintage furniture. A bookstore, two galleries and a buzzy little cafe / bar hosting live music and readings offer further opportunity to stay a little longer. thebox-hamburg.com
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