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ESSENTIA L REA DING FOR WA REHOUSE L I V I NG ICONIC ARCHITECTURE
Sir Terence Conran and Tom Bloxham MBE
Brass, copper and concrete are must-have
Inspiration for every room, from reclaimed
Award-winning restaurant design, real homes
on preserving Britain’s rich industrial heritage
materials for lofts and warehouse conversions
and vintage to contemporary and industrial
with style and Liverpool’s new Titanic Hotel
WELCOME TO WAREHOUSE HOME... hree years ago, my husband and I bought our home in a Grade II listed warehouse in South East London. I remember the first time we caught sight of the enormous Victorian warehouse on the bank of the Thames. The sheer scale of it was so impressive. But on closer inspection it also revealed surprising and beautiful original details inside, remnants of its previous life. The building continues to have an effect on me, even now. And I am clearly not alone. Every day, I pass people pointing out the huge dormant cranes and water towers and obviously trying to imagine the former warehouse in its working heyday. I think most of us share a sense of fascination and pride for Britain’s rich industrial past, reflected in these historic buildings. On pages 4-5, Terence Conran recalls the transformative moment in 1981 when he first caught a glimpse of the derelict waterfront warehouses of Shad Thames. Since that day over 30 years ago, he
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has been instrumental in the restoration of many of London’s most iconic warehouses. These imposing industrial buildings have unmatchable character and a quality that leading property developer Tom Bloxham describes as “grit” (page 6). Whether you want to embrace a strong urban loft look with concrete and steel or prefer to complement the heritage features of your warehouse home with vintage originals, our publication aims to provide all the essential interiors inspiration you might need. From high street brands, to the handcrafted and high-end, we have spent months sourcing unique designs and decorative ideas. I hope you enjoy this launch issue of Warehouse Home as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you. Please get in touch to let us know what you particularly like. Issue Two will be published in June 2015. Until then, you will find regular inspiration from our team online at mywarehousehome.com. And you can also stay up to date by following us @mywarehousehome on Twitter and Pinterest.
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THE VISIONARY Terence Conran has masterminded the restoration and redevelopment of many of London’s most iconic warehouses. In an exclusive feature for Warehouse Home, the internationally renowned designer recounts his remarkable vision for the transformation of Butlers Wharf and shares his passion for giving new life to the old Victorian warehouses he refers to as beautiful “old ladies”.
Photography courtesy of Conran and Partners Words by Terence Conran / Edited by Sophie Bush
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he very first time I saw Butlers Wharf, I fell in love. I instantly knew that it was a fantastic development opportunity. Curiously, I spotted it from the river in the summer of 1981 on a cruise along the Thames for an office party. You have to remember that in those days Butlers Wharf was a pretty desolate area. There was little reason to visit other than for the views of Tower Bridge. But the moment I saw these wonderful derelict warehouses on the south bank of the Thames, the party was over for me. My mind was doing cartwheels over the possibilities, which were just beginning to formulate in my imagination. The next day, I raced over to visit the site. I was overwhelmed and quite smitten by the rough and robust Victorian industrial architecture. The waterfront buildings and the streets behind had been used to grind and store spices and the air was still richly fragrant with their smells. We managed to buy the site for £3 million. But frankly that was the easy part. Our architecture practice, then called Conran Roche, created the masterplan for a mixeduse scheme combining new buildings with the sensitive restoration of the old ones. There would be homes, shops, restaurants, workshops, offices and a new Design Museum in a 1950s banana warehouse. We had difficulties with the planners, then the expensive and unpleasant realisation that the principal part of Butlers Wharf only had proper foundations at one end. Finally, there was the crippling recession of the mid-eighties. It was a very difficult and stressful time for us all and our full vision for the site was never truly realised. Although today Butlers Wharf is a financially successful development and a thriving part of London, I sometimes dream of what it could have been, both aesthetically and in terms of creating a unique community. I still remember the howls of derision when I first announced my plans to open my restaurant Le Pont de la Tour at Butlers Wharf. I was repeatedly told that nobody would ever cross the river to eat lunch, much less dinner. I showed Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (Le Caprice, The Ivy, The Wolseley) the ground floor warehouse space where I intended to create Le Pont de la Tour. And apparently they spent the duration of their taxi ride home
together belly laughing and saying “dear old Terence Conran has lost it.” Nearly 25 years later, and having hosted dinner at Le Pont de la Tour for the likes of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair among many others, I think I can now allow myself a rueful smile, if not a belly laugh. The practice of breathing new life into these beautiful “old ladies”, taking historic buildings and transforming them for new uses, has been one of the constant threads running through my whole career. In addition to warehouses, there have been empty garages, unused basements, an old printworks, a tyre factory and abandoned arches under a railway bridge in New York. Even in the early Habitat days some of the stores were located in previously disused spaces; a church in Tunbridge Wells, a 1920s cinema on the Kings Road and a Spitfire Factory in Chester. I remember for the first Habitat the landlord threw in the basement free of charge as he did not think anybody would ever have a use for it! At the heart of it, I suppose I am easily seduced by quirky, eccentric spaces, often off the beaten track. They may have been rejected as too difficult to develop by others, but they tend to offer cheap freeholds or low rents and, most inspiring of all, there is the opportunity to kickstart an area’s regeneration. Saving an old building, giving it a new lease of life and seeing an area thrive as a result gives everybody involved a degree of pleasure that an entirely new project might not perhaps inspire. It might not be on the scale of Butlers Wharf, but I can honestly say the day I purchased Michelin House was the happiest day of my life. Designed by the Michelin engineers from their factory at Clermont-Ferrand in France, not architects astonishingly, it is a flamboyant representation of the achievements, hopes and aspirations of a company that contributed to the future of motoring and much more besides. A building like this would never be built in modern times. Not only is it filled with charming ceramic and glass details and embellishments, but it is also the first pre-cast concrete building
“Britain has such a rich and glorious heritage. And I feel particularly proud to have played a part in renovating and rejuvenating key elements of our industrial past.”
A life of design
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OPENS CONRAN & COMPANY
OPENS FIRST HABITAT STORE ON FULHAM ROAD IN CHELSEA
CATCHES FIRST GLIMPSE OF BUTLERS WHARF FROM THE THAMES
OPENS FIRST CONRAN SHOP AT RESTORED MICHELIN HOUSE
Bibendum and Old Bengal Warehouse: Photography by Paul Raeside
in the UK with gently sloping floors, allowing tyres to roll from the rear of the building to the tyre fitting bay at the front. The site of the first Habitat store was just over the road from the Michelin building and over the years I had fallen in love with the delightfully quirky Art Deco architecture. I dreamt about transforming it into a wonderful shop and, of course, a first class restaurant. I wrote endless letters to the Michelin headquarters in France asking them what they intended to do with the building as it appeared to be unused. One glorious day in 1985, I finally learned they were prepared to sell. I promised their Managing Director that I would restore the building to its former glory and that Michelin would be proud of the building when it was finished. I committed to repairing all the original features, including the stained glass windows, the Bibendum-esq light fittings and the damaged faience tiling on the façade. Michelin agreed to sell. Our enthusiasm had won the day. Michelin House was converted into a Conran Shop and a first class restaurant and oyster bar. I think when you are inspired by a building and have an excellent design team around you then the results can be surprising and beautiful. I have always felt there is a great deal of synergy in the contrast between modern design and existing architecture. The Conran style has always been eclectic, mixing antique furnishings and flea market finds with the very best of contemporary style. I take great pleasure in putting modern furniture in period spaces as I think it helps make modernism more interesting. I think this approach can be enjoyed at Michelin House. However, the same applies to our interior design work and architecture. When you apply your own style and taste to a building and avoid becoming a slave to its history then you have a good foundation for creating something rather special. The key is finding synergy between the old and the new. Shoreditch derives its special character from the way the old and the new rub shoulders. Both end up looking and feeling better for it. I think Boundary embodies this. That is certainly how I felt when I first clapped eyes on the Victorian warehouse and former printing works - I could not wait to start work. The building had been left unoccupied for many years and at first glance it was obvious that parts of its structure had become slightly dilapidated. We were aware it was a huge job we were taking on. But on closer inspection we discovered the original 1893 configuration had barely changed since its inception and the potential and creative opportunities immediately lifted our spirits. We preserved the most attractive industrial features and, in many ways, it was these that led the creative process. We restored the original brickwork, both inside and out, and made sure the vast scale of the spaces remained a key part of the architecture. The double height basement with pavement light wells and alcoves makes Boundary restaurant one of the most spectacular and inspiring places to eat in
London. Meanwhile, the original sash windows provide an abundance of natural light for the hotel’s individually designed bedrooms. There were so many challenges at Boundary, but every single one of them was absolutely worthwhile. Creating an environmentally friendly building in a Victorian printworks and insulating a 120-year-old building in a modern way is not easy. The main and most important element in this regard is the building’s bore holes. Working with the Environment Agency, two 120 metre bore holes were drilled below the floor in the restaurant. One collects water and energy from the London aquifer and the other returns the same untainted resource after it has been used to operate air conditioning, refrigeration systems, ice machines and various other equipment throughout the old building. One of my favourite projects for D&D London was Old Bengal Warehouse. Built between 1768 and 1771, it was the first of the British East India Company’s storehouses on the Thames and would have been stuffed brim-full with spices, tea, cigars and port. Poet Laureate John
Masefield once remarked that it held “the wealth of the world and London’s power”. Working on a building of such rich history and majestic beauty is the sort of project that really keeps you going. When D&D London purchased the Grade II listed Old Bengal Warehouse building and enlisted the help of Conran and Partners in renovating it, the whole team were thrilled. We designed four spaces that pay homage to the warehouse’s exotic, mercantile past. Today, it comprises New Street Wine Shop, Fish Market, New Street Grill and the Old Bengal Bar. I particularly like the interior of the Old Bengal Bar, which takes its cues from the more stylish of London’s clubhouses, by way of Brooklyn. The walls are raw brick and the ceiling is dark wood; deep red leather sofas beg to be sunk into. Britain has such a rich and glorious heritage. And I feel particularly proud to have played a part in renovating and rejuvenating key elements of our nation’s industrial past. Gutsy and raw Victorian warehouses and factories have now been sensitively and imaginatively converted in most British cities. Many designers
are, like myself, attracted to these robustly engineered buildings that truly reflect the energy and entrepeneurialism of the Victorian era. I have never been particularly enthused by the worst of Victorian opulence, but I think we have demonstrated that modern designers can take the very best of the period’s industrial creations and turn them into something positive and inspirational for contemporary life. Butlers Wharf has changed beyond belief since I first caught sight of it all those years ago. I often wonder how different my life, and that of Southwark, would have been had we opted for a more conventional office party in a restaurant, rather than a river cruise. The regeneration has spread to other parts of the area and put Southwark on the London map as a destination for Londoners, tourists and businesses alike. On a warm summer evening, there is nothing I enjoy more than a stroll along the riverside. With the restaurants and bars of Butlers Wharf spilling out on to the terraces and the buzz of happy chatter filling the air, it really is one of the best places on earth, never mind London.
1. The 1950s banana warehouse in Shad Thames which was to become the Design Museum 2. Bibendum Restaurant, Michelin House 3. Rooftop Bar & Grill, Boundary 4. Completed in 1873, Butlers Wharf was once the largest warehouse complex on the Thames 5. During the early nineteenth century, working horses were stabled close to Butlers Wharf 6. Fish Market, Old Bengal Warehouse 7. Boundary, Shoreditch
OPENS DESIGN MUSEUM
OPENS PONT DE LA TOUR
OPENS CANTINA DEL PONTE
OPENS BUTLERS WHARF CHOP HOUSE
OPENS BOUNDARY ON NEW YEARS EVE
OPENS OLD BENGAL WAREHOUSE
THE INNOVATOR Urban Splash has been credited with pioneering innovative urban regeneration and has gained particular acclaim for transforming post-industrial towns in the north of England. Based in Manchester, the firm has been responsible for the redevelopment of decaying industrial warehouses and mills and dilapidated Victorian terraced houses. We spoke to Chairman and Co-Founder Tom Bloxham about creating new legacies for our cities and their iconic buildings.
On completion in 1873, Lister Mills was the largest silk mill in the world. The Grade II* listed building still dominates Bradford’s skyline. The contemporary metal rooftop addition was inspired by the weave of silk threads. COMPLETION DUE 2016/17 PLYMOUTH
Constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. It is considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain and the largest collection of Grade I listed military buildings in Europe. Urban Splash has already been involved with the site for ten years.
*From the Ephebic Oath, sworn by the young men of ancient Greece.
om Bloxham cares deeply about Britain’s cities and their potential. “I hate seeing identical high streets, with the same shops and the same fascias,” he declares passionately. “We should celebrate the diversity of Britain’s cities. And what makes our cities so unique is their historic buildings. Like me, many people feel very strongly about these heritage buildings. They play a huge part in local civic pride – and rightly so. They might have fallen into disrepair, but often they still have tremendous promise and a very long possible future. They have worn the badge of history and time well. Properly restored, they could continue to do so for many years to come.” The conversion of former industrial buildings into residential schemes is a more recent phenomenon in the UK than in the USA and Tom recalls that Urban Splash’s pioneering attitude to their restoration was not initially shared. “We kickstarted the loft living revolution in the 1990s. But when we first started developing loft apartments, nobody thought it would catch on. They were in old buildings, located in city centres. Our cities at that time were pretty grim and nobody really wanted to live there. But the urban renaissance that has taken place in the last few years is amazing. Around 70% of the population today do not look at new build homes. That is quite an indictment of house building in this country. Meanwhile, the scale and quality of these heritage conversions compares very favourably with most new-build flats. Former mills and warehouses have high ceilings and offer large open spaces with the potential to be reconfigured or used in a variety of ways. Frankly, they tend to be much more interesting than a new build.” Tom confirms that people who buy or rent in warehouse conversions or loft apartments usually have a keen eye for design and a passion for architecture and history. But above all, he explains, “they are seeking a home with individuality, style and grit.” The restoration of heritage sites and listed buildings comes with many challenges, as well as offering exciting opportunities. Urban Splash works with such renowned and respected architects as Foster + Partners, Glenn Howells and ShedKM as well as running select competitions for locally based designers and emerging talent. When looking at a heritage property, however, Tom summarises that the overarching Urban Splash approach is quite simple. “Whatever is good is restored and celebrated. Where we have to make interventions (for example, to insert new services, fire escapes, extensions), we always try to do so in an uncompromisingly contemporary manner. In this way, visitors can immediately appreciate what was original and enjoy what has been added. I am excited by that visual stimulation – the juxtaposition of the old and new. It is about leaving behind a legacy. By restoring a heritage property we are ensuring its legacy lives on for many years to come. But we are also starting a new legacy, with the modern day additions to the site. They will stand the test of time too. When you think about it, most buildings are adaptations, evolving and changing over time. So it is perfectly appropriate to complement older features with the very best of 21st century design and technology. In their time and in their way, these old buildings would have been groundbreaking. Today, we have a much wider colour palette and range of materials available to us. To draw on contemporary innovations and materials during redevelopment is entirely in-keeping with the pioneering ethos behind the buildings’ original construction.” Over the coming months, we can expect to hear a lot more from Urban Splash. There are, Tom coyly intimates, “one or two” heritage projects under consideration, as well as flexible and customisable new housing and at least one possible hotel scheme. There will be further projects across the country, however Tom is clear that his guiding principle will always remain the same. “I shall not leave my city any less, but rather greater than I found it.”* urbansplash.co.uk
Albert Mill dates from 1869. The Grade II listed former cotton mill is one of the last remaining Victorian mills in the heart of Manchester.
tip/3 EILEEN GRAY FOLDING SCREEN
USM SIDEBOARD TWO DOORS
USM modular storage is Swiss designed and made to the highest quality. Their systems can be re-configured and added to endlessly to suit your changing needs. £1,199
To divide spaces in an informal, elegant way I would use a couple of Folding Screens by Eileen Gray. They feature perforated metal panels in a high-gloss lacquer finish. £2,850
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the acclaimed contemporary furniture store Aram. First opened by designer Zeev Aram in 1964 on the Kings Road, in 2002 the store relocated to a large contemporary warehouse conversion in the heart of Covent Garden. Zeev Aram has an uncompromising eye for innovative design, bringing together iconic brands and design classics and supporting and showcasing new emerging talent. 50 years since its launch, the Aram store is still regarded as an essential destination for leading designers and design-conscious homeowners alike. We spoke to Zeev Aram’s daughter, and Director of the Aram Store, Ruth Aram. She shared her interior styling tips and recommended these statement designs from aram.co.uk specifically for lofts and warehouse homes.
TIP 1 Open-plan living at its best is both rewarding and liberating, but a blank canvas without the usual spatial constraints can be difficult to visualise. To allow the space to evolve and develop over time, it is best to choose elements with built in flexibility.
TIP 2 Warehouse spaces often benefit from high ceilings and great natural light so they can take some vibrant colour – do not be afraid to experiment! If the envelope is relatively neutral then some well-chosen pops of colour can enrich the home environment.
TIP 3 ELISEE CONSOLE TABLE
I love the Elisee pure breed console in new glossy red – it is a bold statement with humour and wit which contrasts nicely with industrial architecture. £1,650
In association with
I believe less is more so if you are contemplating what furniture to put in your wonderful light filled warehouse space, I would recommend starting slowly with one or two great pieces of modern design that you love.
SPOTTING EMERGING TALENT In the lead up to this our launch issue, we were proud to be invited to support emerging design talent as a media partner of Tent London 2014. Our Editor, Sophie Bush, reflects on the creations of two designers which really stood out. Heavy-duty industrial materials and simple functional forms characterise these surprising, striking works. Both designs transform the humble into the high-end. Both would look very much at home in an urban loft or warehouse conversion.
Jeonghwa Seo / South Korea
Ben Storms / Belgium
The Material Container Series uses twelve materials in fifteen distinctive combinations. Designer Jeonghwa Seo has deliberately selected materials for their tactile qualities and because they are not usually used for furniture. Every piece in the collection is crafted in a unique way and by a different craftsman, depending on the selected material. While the wooden stool or table is turned on a lathe, the brass and copper versions are welded and the aluminium interpretation is sand-cast in various finishes. The contrasting tops provide the perfect finishing touch. Collectively and individually beautiful. jeonghwaseo.com
I was immediately struck by In Vein. While the original workshop trestle table is the epitome of simplicity, practicality and mobility, Ben Storms has reimagined it entirely. Cast iron and leather trestles support a surprisingly light luxurious marble sliver of a tabletop. But the table also has a secret secondary function. Prop the tabletop upright against the wall and it reveals, on its underside, a full length mirror. At two metres in length and one metre wide, this is a sizeable piece of furniture. But I think it is the remarkable design that packs the biggest punch. benstorms.be
THE RECLAIMERS We meet four British designers who are recycling and reusing, helping us reduce our carbon footprint and raising the style stakes at the same time. From salvaged metals, reclaimed timber and vintage treasures come contemporary industrial creations and timeless quirky designs. These reappropriated pieces are part of an increasingly popular aesthetic and answer a common call for distinctly individual homeware and interiors. All hail, the reclaimers.
The Rag and Bone Man / Margate Paul Firbank originally studied metalwork with the intention of customising bikes and motorcycles. But his passion for repurposing led him to branch out into crafting bespoke furniture, lighting and accessories. He launched The Rag and Bone Man at Tent London 2011 and sold all of his pieces within three days. The rest is reclamation history. Paul reworks abandoned mechanisms, machinery and scrap into unique contemporary pieces, each with a strong industrial look and entirely new purpose. Every item is a one-off, individually tagged with a serial number and the date on which it was completed. Invest in a future heirloom from this twentieth century “totter” and you will certainly not be disappointed.
1. ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT DESK LAMP Made to order from £750, theragandboneman.co.uk 2. LEATHER RACHET BAR STOOL £1,500, theragandboneman.co.uk 3. THE LOVESEAT Price on request, theragandboneman.co.uk
Factory Twenty One / Eastbourne
Christopher Berry is passionate about creating original and affordable decorative pieces. With a degree in furniture and product design and a fascination with medieval furniture, Christopher combines modern processes and traditional techniques to craft a collection of beautiful and practical wooden items. Christopher also places great importance on the fact that the Factory Twenty One collection uses sustainable or recycled wood. The majority of the collection is handcrafted from reclaimed industrial pallets including coloured pallet pendant shades and the planter and clock featured here, launching exclusively in Warehouse Home.
SOLE HANGING WALL PLANTER £19.99, factorytwentyone.co.uk
QUIRKY S COMPONENT
JESSICAFOUNDIT / Ludlow Jessica Jackson believes in creating interesting things from old, abandoned and undervalued objects. Materials include past treasures from the lofts and garages of friends and family, occasional junk shop finds and generous donations. From reclaimed timber to old musical instruments, everything is carefully restored and recycled and given a new lease of life as lighting and candlesticks. As a social enterprise, a percentage of the business’ profits go into a local recycling scheme. Jessica also runs creative recycling workshops, with a focus on supporting and educating those from disadvantaged backgrounds. We find Jessica’s commitment to the cause inspiring and have really fallen for her quirky creations.
1. DARK HORSE TABLE LAMP Made to order from £375, jessicafoundit.com 2. COOLING OFF PERIOD CANDLESTICK £25, blackbough.co.uk
Photography by Jody Daunton, Damian Griffiths
DRAB TO DAPPER
Dapper Frank’s / York
HANGING CLOCK £39.99, factorytwentyone.co.uk
When Calum Balding struggled to find distinctive furniture for his family home, he simply began adapting items he had inherited and restoring unusual vintage pieces he found on his travels. Dapper Frank’s is named after Calum’s grandfather and it is his hope that he can one day involve his three-year old son Frankie too. Whether reviving a battered old trunk or reworking a vintage coat rack, Calum clearly takes pleasure in restoration and upcycling. Entirely self-taught, he has a keen eye for the potential of a piece. Calum is currently hard at work on a new collection of his own designs. He calls his pieces “vintage with swagger”. Well, they cut the perfect dash with us.
1. VINTAGE HALL STAND Made to order and customisable, from £425, dapperfranks.co.uk 2. COPPER PIPING WELLY RACK From £49, dapperfranks.co.uk
PURE CLASS Interiors trends are moving away from high shine in favour of warmer tones and pleasing patinas. Chrome and gold are yesterday’s news. Rose-hued copper and brushed brass are the new must-have metals, bringing understated glamour with an industrial edge. From stand-out seating to striking lighting and cool culinary accessories, we review our favourite statement pieces.
1. House Doctor DK Aston brass pendant light £75, bodieandfou.com
2. Bloomingville copper pendant lamp £185, designvintage.co.uk 3. Tessellate brass wall light £275, habitat.co.uk 4. Copper baskets set £139, idyllhome.co.uk 5. Isaac iron armchair in copper £85, grahamandgreen.co.uk 6. Bloomingville brass hexagon tray £95, scandinaviandesigncenter.com 7. Copper plated hexagonal table £318, outthereinteriors.com 10.
8. Madam Stoltz large brass stool £85, miafleur.com Madam Stoltz small copper stool £68, miafleur.com 9. FRAMA 90° wall brass £218, dohmus.com 10. Brass salad servers £42, hollys-house.com
Sheffield-based designer Daniel Schofield launched his beautiful new Tarnish Collection in September, during London Design Festival 2014. The range of solid brass functional items has been designed with a simple surface treatment to build a narrative, says Schofield. Each brass plate, vase and container is mirror polished to a high shine but then only laquered on one half. The untreated half will tarnish with time and handling, creating an effect, a story, that is unique to both that item and its owner. From £70, danielschofield.co.uk
T1 CONCRETE PENDANT LIGHT / from €149, gantlights.de
BURST BY ROUGH FRONT / from £150 per sq m, kazaconcrete.com
Elegant lighting combining rough cast concrete and a gold interior.
Concrete tiles with subtle textures, available in a variety of colours.
MR FAHRENHEIT / €49, sweatshopdeluxe.com Handmade concrete candleholder inspired by humble plumbing pipes.
SET IN STONE Concrete was a strong trend at this year’s design shows. We saw it cast in bold geometric forms and beautiful sculptural shapes, polished to a smooth finish and etched with delicate details. Designers from all over the world demonstrated the versatility of concrete. Whether you choose to inject small industrial touches into your home or embrace an all over urban edge, there can be no better environment in which to channel this trend than a loft or warehouse conversion. We have rounded up the latest concrete designs. Here they are, rough and ready.
HEAL’S DISCOVERS MAYA CONCRETE STOOL BY TOM PARFITT / £595, heals.co.uk Made from 90% recycled material and offering storage space for magazines.
ROSIE CONCRETE KNOBS / $15.97 for a set of two, kastconcrete.com These concrete knobs were specially commissioned by Warehouse Home and handcrafted by Kast Concrete in Ohio. They are named after the American cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, who appeared on colourful inspirational posters throughout the Second World War, championing the women working in factories as part of the war effort.
YELLOW AND GREY If raw concrete homeware feels a little too stark for you then there are a wealth of designs, both large and small, incorporating colour. Our favourite combination is soft grey concrete paired with vibrant yellow. Take a look at these funky finds.
Nud Base concrete and empire yellow lampholder £57, goodhoodstore.com Magis Chair One with concrete base £415, nest.co.uk
E3 dining table £2,300, setworkshop.co.uk SIDE TABLE / price on request, bentudesign.com Frank candlestick £20 per pair, andymurraydesign.com
Jura kast concrete basin £950 basin only, lowinfo.com
Stockholm (Fragments) set of 4 coasters £33.82, afutureperfect.gr
Chinese experimental design studio Bentu brought their versatile cement side table to 100% Design 2014 in London. The simple open cubes can be fitted with colourful metal legs or stacked in groups as big-impact shelving.
Industrial Influence / From the factory floor There is a strong industrial feel to the creations of French lighting designer Marine Breynaert.The original inspiration came from her grandfather’s car plant in Bordeaux. Marine became fascinated by the shapes of the motors assembled there and carved out a workshop space within the factory where she could experiment with raw parts and recycled materials. Using mixed metals such as brass, steel and copper, Marine crafts stacked lamp bases of varying heights and combinations. The metals are offset by marble and delicate coloured glass. Each statement lamp is topped with perforated sheet metal formed into a shade and fixed with rivets. Bespoke lamps, from £700 each, hollowaysofludlow.com
1. GALVANISED ANGLED RETRO ZINC SHADE
2. ZACH METAL INDUSTRIAL LIGHT IN BLUE
With the bulb holder set to the side of the shade’s apex, this cone lamp hangs at an angle and directs light both sideways and downwards. 29cm diameter, £112.80 shade only, urbancottageindustries.com
Modern aluminium and iron pendant with a strong industrial shape and copper grill. Shown here in navy blue but also available in grey and matt iron finishes. 40cm diameter, £274.95, shoreditchlighting.co.uk
3. 1930s BENJAMIN ENAMEL PENDANT LIGHT
4. SOLID COPPER FACTORY PENDANT
Vintage industrial pendant lamp, fully rewired for modern use. Light grey enamel with original manufacturer’s label. Ideal for indoor or outdoor use and as stylish now as in the 30s. 38cm diameter, £94.99, thegiftedfew.com
Shown here in solid copper, this beautiful polished shade is also available in spun solid brass. Crafted in the UK, it is available in two sizes, 35cm and 43cm in diameter. 43cm diameter (shown here), £258 shade only, copperandsilk.com
FACTORY WORKS Functional industrial lighting has transitioned from the factory to the home. Originally designed to cast accurate directional light for workers, salvaged shades now hang above kitchen islands and dining tables. Meanwhile, modern interpretations of classic utilitarian shapes are being crafted in coloured enamels or spun from rose-hued copper for a look that is chic and contemporary. Vintage and modern, we cast a light on factory shades.
Photography by Charlie Surbey Styling by Carole Poirot and Sophie Bush
THE HISTORY BULBS Heritage style bulbs are increasingly popular. These Factorylux filament bulbs have been made in Switzerland since 1906. Here UK stockist Urban Cottage Industries discusses the most popular shapes. urbancottageindustries.com
LARGE GLOBE EXPOSED FILAMENT A beautiful large globe with a squirrel cage filament. Looks stunning when dimmed in a table lamp without a shade. £21.60
OVAL SPIRAL FILAMENT The filament in this bulb is hand threaded. It gives a warm and relaxing light. Perfect for wall lights and mood lighting. £19.20
7. NOSTALGIA LIGHTS EUROPEAN ENAMEL SHADE
LONG TUBE LINEAR STRIPLIGHT FILAMENT Striking long tube lightbulb with a linear filament. A real feature whether lit or unlit. Perfect for hallways and stairwells. £29.40
This understated midnight blue shade with white enamel interior looks striking hung low over a breakfast bar. 28cm diameter, £30 shade only, nooklondon.com 5. CANDY COLLECTION FACTORY SHADE
6. EASTERN BLOC INDUSTRIAL LIGHT
8. LARGE COPPER INDUSTRIAL SHADE
9. BRITISH INDUSTRIAL LIGHTING BY REVO
10. NOSTALGIA LIGHTS CLOCHE ENAMEL SHADE
Salvaged from a German factory. Available in three finishes. Shown here in a blush pink matt finish with aluminium interior. 35cm diameter, £225, auxilium-salvage.com
Polished aluminium vintage light from a factory in the former Eastern Bloc. Features the original manufacturer’s plaque. 22cm diameter, £408, skinflintdesign.co.uk
British-made and machined from solid copper. Fine spinning lines created during manufacturing remain visible. 36cm diameter, £196.80, urbancottageindustries.com
Vintage lamp dating from c.1950. Vitreous enamelled shade with polished aluminium gallery, both with the original manufacturer’s mark. 35.5cm diameter, £350, skinflintdesign.co.uk
Contemporary angled factory style shade in midnight blue with a white enamel interior and black rim. 25cm diameter, £42 shade only, nooklondon.com
When Kat and Andy Wyeth struggled to find an impressive light to hang over their dining table, they decided to make their own, converting a salvaged steel drum into a dramatic pendant. The compliments they received spurred them on to found Lichtfass Company and bring their inspired industrial lighting to market. The patented “barrellamps” are crafted from 60 litre and 200 litre drums, but “by no
means does every barrel make the cut to become a Lichtfass” says Kat. Old steel containers are individually selected for their dents, rustiness and distinctive colours. They are then sliced horizontally into three equal sections. The lamps are skillfully handcrafted in Germany to the highest quality and no two are the same. 60 litre pendant, 38.4cm diameter, €589, lichtfasscompany.com
PROCESS / PRESERVATION / PATINA Over the course of about three weeks, the steel drum sections pass through the hands of at least ten different experienced workers, slowly undergoing their transformation from distressed storage cylinders to big impact contemporary pendant lights.
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PEAR SHAPE ECO-FILAMENT CARET LAMP, E27 SCREW The low energy alternative to filament bulbs. Lasts longer than 25,000 hours, so ideal for hard to reach light fittings. £30.60
BOLD AND BRASS In a railway arch in the heart of Battersea, experienced artisans and craftsmen are “elevating the ordinary into the extraordinary”. From this workshop beneath the tracks comes showstopping design. We are filled with admiration for their latest creations, Heavy Metal and Electricity. This is pure industrial luxe lighting, rock and roll illumination. Buster + Punch just raised the bar. Come and join them.
assimo Buster Minale is a champion of British manufacturing and product design. Devoted to exquisite craftsmanship, he founded London design studio Buster + Punch in 2012. There is something slightly maverick and entirely masterful about Massimo’s daring designs. Fashioned in copper, brass, gunmetal, steel and matt black, the collection channels 80s rock and is inspired by high-end biker style. The devil, as they say, is in the detail. Tactile knurled surfaces lend a particularly gritty, industrial quality to the range. It is an effect created using the same process employed in the production of non-slip tool handles, but applied to precious metals it adds a sexiness and edginess. The final flourish then comes in the finish. The solid new Heavy Metal pendant lights are crafted in steel cut with whisky, copper soaked in olive oil and smoked bronze. Complete your dramatic lighting scheme with new Electricity switches and dimmers. They are available in a range of finishes and frankly nothing else would really cut the mustard. Clockwise from above: Heavy Metal pendant lights in copper and bronze, £125; Electricity dimmers, from £40, and switch, from £30; busterandpunch.com
FINE FIXTURES Another Country offers contemporary craft furniture and accessories, complemented by a unique lighting range. These remarkable wall and ceiling lights are introduced to the UK exclusively by Another Country. Crafted in the USA by Brooklyn
design studio Workstead, the lights fuse function, flexibility and style with a refined industrial edge. They use joints originally intended for workbench lighting in the 20th century. The Industrial Chandelier can be articulated in a large variety of ways. The Bent Wall Lamp and elegant Brass Wall Lamp are less light fixtures and more works of art. anothercountry.com
1. WORKSTEAD BENT WALL LAMP / £760
2. WORKSTEAD INDUSTRIAL CHANDELIER / £1,565
3. WORKSTEAD BRASS WALL LAMP / £1,265
WALLS AND FLOORS
GREAT WALLS Breathe new life into an unloved alcove or create a feature wall that all your friends will covet. Whether or not you go big, you can certainly be bold. From heritage maps to tin tiles, here are some of our favourite statement wallcoverings for a take-notice contemporary interior.
The wallcovering above is the result of a special collaboration between innovative wall specialists Surface View and the Museum of London. It is a poverty map dating from 1889 and depicting Paddington and Hyde Park at the time. Pictured left: You can also separately purchase the accompanying hand coloured key for the original map.
1. PHE-15 SCRAPWOOD WALLPAPER BY PIET HEIN EEK / 48.7cm x 900cm, £199, padhome.co.uk
4. YELLOW GARAGE DOOR WALL MURAL / custom-sized, from £50.40 for 150cm x 105cm, wallpapered.com
2. TIN-05 BROOKLYN TINS WALLPAPER BY MERCI / 48.7cm x 1,000cm, £219, padhome.co.uk
5. PERSONALISED ORDNANCE SURVEY VICTORIAN STREET MAP WALLPAPER / 150cm x 150cm, £165, lovemapson.com
3. STRIPED CONCRETE MURAL FROM THE TEXTURES COLLECTION / made to order, from £50 per sq m, surfaceview.co.uk
6. LONDON POVERTY MAP FROM THE MUSEUM OF LONDON COLLECTION / made to order, from £60 per sq m, surfaceview.co.uk
FLOORED Complement heritage warehouse features with hardwood floors that will stand the test of time. Offset urban loft details with unusual materials or industrial finishes. Whether you put chevron tiles in the bathroom or lay leather in your living room, these latest flooring options will all be focal points.
6. 1. CONCREATE NATURAL GREY FLOOR PANEL / £79 per sq m, concreateflooring.co.uk
5. UNFINISHED OAK WINE BARREL / from £150 per sq m, reclaimedflooringco.com
2. SAGE GREEN FLECHA TILE / £7.50 each, bertandmay.com
6. STUDDED RUBBER TILE 825 - 6192 / from £66.47 per sq m, sinclairtill.co.uk
3. URBAN CROSSWALK / $129 per sq m, imaginetile.com
7. U-COLOUR ARTISAN PORCELAIN PARQUET / £87.60 per sq m, surfacetiles.com
4. PARQUETRY IN WEATHERED STONE SMOKED / £74.94 per sq m, firedearth.com
8. VINTAGE LEATHER BELT TILE / from £72 per sq ft, tinglondon.com
GENTLEMAN’S RELISH The original Crittall windows, exposed brickwork and hardwood flooring in this Victorian warehouse home create an instantly “masculine” feel. Carole Poirot and Sophie Bush style a gentleman’s reading corner, combining vintage original treasures with statement heritage-style pieces and bold splashes of red. Pull up a comfortable chair and enjoy a dram.
Photography by Charlie Surbey / Styling by Carole Poirot and Sophie Bush From left: Erased Heritage rug by Jan Kath, £2,380 per sq m, wearefront.com; Large “H” and “O” neon signage letters from the Angus Steakhouse restaurant in London’s Leicester Square, £300 each re-wired, lassco.co.uk; (On the windowsill) Vintage brown glass apothecary and poison bottles, from £12 each, pitfieldlondon.com; Nostalgia Lights heritage style filament bulb (in box), from £10, nooklondon.com; Vintage Penguin books and Ordnance Survey maps, stylist’s own, for similar vintage maps usedordnancesurveymaps.co.uk; Hemmingway Havana leather armchair, £995, grahamandgreen. co.uk; Dark grey linen cushion, £35, homageonline.co.uk; Flying Scotsman pendant light in “Lava” (black basalt with dripping vintage gold interior), £570, aditistudios.com; Ex Bank of England bullion cart, £1,250, lassco.co.uk; (On the cart) LSA Polka metallic tumbler, set of four £28, johnlewis.com; Vintage glass decanter, from £22, pitfieldlondon.com; Andrew Martin Interior Design Review, £45, teneues.com; Medium copper vase, £11.50, rigbyandmac.com; Vintage Ordnance Survey maps as before; Pipework candelabra copper by Nick Fraser, £50, heals.co.uk; Red dinner candles, £1.50 each, pitfieldlondon.com; Vintage medium storage document cylinder (used upside down as a side table), £75, turnerandcox.co.uk; Clay vase with golden glaze, £25, homageonline.co.uk; Vintage red glass bottle, £9.50, pitfieldlondon. com; All flowers courtesy of The Fresh Flower Company, freshflower.co.uk This vintage cart was once used to move gold bullion in the vaults at the Bank of England. Extremely heavy duty, its sturdy castors and wheels were capable of supporting substantial weights. Estimated as dating from the late Victorian period, the cart still bears the mark of its manufacturer, Fairbanks & Co. Fairbanks has produced industrial trucks, carts and trolleys since the 1830s and is still in operation today.
Deconstructed Details / The beauty is within The classic Chesterfield shape is as popular as ever. Reminiscent of gentlemen’s clubs, the strong form is characterised by a rolled back, wide scrolled arms and deep-set buttons. Finished in natural linen and textured burlap, and with its wooden frame exposed, this unusual armchair combines those classic Chesterfield style characteristics with an aged effect. The light natural linen makes the armchair suitable for any home, from contemporary to country. £850, unicheinteriorfurnishings.co.uk
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modern OAK PALLET TABLE The humble builders yard pallet has been transformed into a modern centrepiece. Use one as a low-level table or stack two together. From £995, plantandmoss.com
industrial E2 COFFEE TABLE Handmade to order in London, this striking coffee table features a polished concrete surface supported by steel legs and a shelf for storage. £1,400, setworkshop.co.uk
reclaimed INDUSTRIAL STEEL COFFEE TABLE WITH INLAID YARDSTICK TOP This coffee table has a top inlaid with vintage yardsticks of different colours and lengths. It is certain to prove a popular talking point with your guests. £595, theoldcinema.co.uk
vintage INDUSTRIAL TROLLEY TABLE A wheelable wooden trolley, sourced from an old timber mill in Holland and dating from the 1950s. Vintage industrial chic table for your living room. £625, turnerandcox.co.uk
This page from left: Erased Heritage rug, £2,380 per sq m, wearefront.com; Mesh locker side table in copper finish, £289, bowlesandbowles.co.uk; (On top of the locker) Copper desk letter box, £22, anthropologie.eu; Copper bowl, £10, johnlewis.com; (Inside the locker) Books, stylists’ own; Rise & Fall School Light in polished copper with white interior, £385, davey-lighting.co.uk; Azure large sofa, £1,525, barkerandstonehouse.co.uk; (On the sofa) Morosini indigo cushions, 60cm x 45cm, £80 each, designersguild.com; Velvet and linen cushion in sage, 40cm x 30cm, £17.50, coxandcox.co.uk; Industrial low pallet table, £450, turnerandcox.co.uk; (On the table) Lup copper candlestick by Hay, £27, selfridges.com; True Grace navy dinner candles, £3 each, johnlewis.com; Large copper effect taper candle holder, £10, sainsburys.co.uk; Glass vase, £6.99, hm.com; Gilded rim red wine glass, £18, anthropologie.eu; All flowers courtesy of The Fresh Flower Company, freshflower.co.uk
As the evenings draw in, a darker palette and luxurious metals define a stylish home. Sumptuous textures and rich tones, under low lighting and the warm glow of candles, create an inviting retreat on frosty nights. Carole Poirot and Sophie Bush style an industrial luxe living space using deep indigo velvet, rose-hued copper and warm brass to offset original exposed brickwork and hardwood flooring. Come in from the cold and warm yourself in our warehouse home.
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A sofa to sink into
In the hands of sofa.com, the classic Chesterfield shape has been refashioned into a more graceful “feminine” form. Featuring longer, more elegant legs, it has a higher profile than its traditional low-level counterpart. It is now also available in this beautiful new Prussian Blue cotton matt velvet. This is the Oscar. We think it is a winner. £1,750 (as shown), sofa.com
This page from left: (On the sofa) Dark blue velvet cushion cover, 40cm x 40cm, £6.99, hm.com; Navy knitted textured throw, £30, sainsburys.co.uk; (On the coffee table) Pipework candelabra copper by Nick Fraser, £50, heals.co.uk; Brass cake stand, £7.99, hm.com; Rose gold champagne cork holder, £45, grahamandgreen.co.uk; Gilded rim stemless glasses, £16 each, anthropologie.eu; Gilded rim white wine glass, £18, anthropologie.eu; Mesh locker treble unit in copper finish, £469, bowlesandbowles.co.uk; (On top of the locker) Vintage blue headache cure bottles, £9.90 each, pedlars.co.uk; Large and small mason jars, £28 and £18, anthropologie.eu; (Inside the locker from top) Vintage blue glass bottles, from £8 each, pitfieldlondon.com; Vintage glass decanter, from £22, pitfieldlondon.com; Nostalgia Lights heritage style filament bulb (in box), from £10, nooklondon.com; (On the floor) Small and large Ebb & Flow Glow in a Dome lamps, £181 and £215, amara.com; (On the windowsill) Vintage brown glass apothecary and poison bottles, from £12 each, pitfieldlondon.com; Victorian reupholstered blue velvet nursing chair, £170, theoldcinema.co.uk; Velvet and linen cushion in atlantic deep, 40cm x 30cm, £17.50, coxandcox.co.uk; All books, stylists’ own; All flowers courtesy of The Fresh Flower Company, freshflower.co.uk
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VINTAGE LOCKERS Best for: practical storage. Vintage industrial lockers or old metal school lockers are spacious and functional. They add a strong industrial edge to an interior and are even more characterful when they display the dents and scuffs of age and frequent use. For similar try theoldcinema.co.uk
IRON SIX DOOR INDUSTRIAL LOCKER CABINET Best for: stowing slippers, shoes and boots. Turn your footwear storage into a feature with this vintage industrial style cabinet in brushed iron. With six spacious cupboards, there is plenty of room for all of your favourite footwear. £345, alexanderandpearl.co.uk
MAGAZINE HOLDER Best for: tidying away books and magazines. This wallmounted metal magazine holder is available in white and purple. It is perfect for a home office or study but equally useful as a bedside solution for your reading. £24.90, nordicbliss.co.uk
This page from left: Industrial metal serviette holder, £99, littleparis.co.uk; (On the serviette holder) Plain hand towel in rose, £12, thelinenworks.co.uk; Fringe hand towels in pale grey, £24 each, thelinenworks.co.uk; Pipe coat rack, £65, coxandcox.co.uk; (On the coat rack) Bath robe in rose, £120, thelinenworks.co.uk; French galvanised wire crate, £50, mayflyvintage.co.uk; (Inside the wire crate, from the back) Old rose linen pillowcase, 50cm x 75cm, £30, conranshop.co.uk; Blue-grey Oxford linen pillowcase, 65cm x 65cm, £30, conranshop.co.uk; Nude pink brushed cotton cushion, 50cm x 50cm, £35, homageonline.co.uk; (On the windowsill) Vintage pink glass bottle, £12, littleparis.co.uk; Antique French peach seltzer bottle, £50, mayflyvintage.co.uk; Bespoke galvanised steel pipe kingsize bed, £2,385, inspiritdeco. com; (On the bed) mug, tray and book, all stylists’ own. Opposite page from left: Vintage steel French industrial cabinet, £95, mayflyvintage.co.uk; (On top of the cabinet) Vintage Co-Op bread tins, £22 each, theoldyard.co.uk; Vintage Penguin books, stylist’s own; LSA Polka metallic tumblers, £28 for a set of four, johnlewis. com; (just visible) Ines Cole handblown glass tumbler in damson, £9, inescole.com; Flying Scotsman pendant light in pink floral, £570, aditistudios.com; English Fancy “ghost sign”, based on an original, painted by Mike Meyer, betterletters.co; (On the bed from left) Seersucker pigeon pink kingsize duvet cover, £70, habitat.co.uk; Old rose linen kingsize duvet cover, £220, conranshop.co.uk; Toulon grey kingsize duvet cover, £250, thelinenworks.co.uk; Dusty pink Lazy linen kingsize fitted sheet, £85,
he original features of a warehouse conversion, such as exposed brickwork, can often feel “hard” and “masculine”. Old and new steel furniture is especially striking in such spaces but can also feel cold. Bring warmth and soften the look by adding a variety of textured fabrics like linen, tweed and velvet and use softer colour schemes, particularly in a bedroom. Flowers and decorative glassware further enhance the “femininity” of a space, while using select vintage pieces enhances your home’s heritage features. A bespoke galvanised steel pipe bed, designed exclusively for Warehouse Home, is the focal point of our warehouse bedroom. Styling the room with a “masculine and feminine” palette of greys and blush pinks together with vintage accessories, Carole Poirot and Sophie Bush prove that industrial chic can have a soft side.
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perfect paper for a romantic bedroom This beautiful Wall Garden wallpaper is part of the new Greenhouse collection from Rebel Walls. Combining vintage hand drawn floral designs with worn timber planks, it is at once rough and rustic yet delicate and feminine, making it perfect for papering a bedroom. The flower patterns had been long forgotten, since their heyday over a hundred years ago, and were only recently rediscovered in dusty archives in France. They have been given a new lease of life by as part of this charming wallcovering. £33 per sq m, rebelwalls.co.uk
Pretty Paints Britain’s oldest familyowned paint manufacturer, Mylands, has released two limited edition paints to celebrate its 130th anniversary. Inspired by vintage champagne, Vintage No.1884 is a classic shade of off white. Rose Blush No.1884 is a delicate dusky pink. Team it with grey tones and industrial furniture for a pretty yet sophisticated scheme. £18.48 for 1 litre in marble matt emulsion, mylands.co.uk
Finding The Bottles These porcelain vintage style milk bottles come in a range of pretty pastel colours and look lovely in a bedroom filled with flowers. Try mixing and matching colours and arranging in groups on a windowsill. loaf.com; (Pillows and cushions, from back left) Old rose linen pillowcase, 50cm x 75cm, £30, conranshop.co.uk; Blue-grey linen pillowcase, 50cm x 75cm, £30, conranshop.co.uk; Nude pink brushed cotton cushion, 50cm x 50cm, £35, homageonline.co.uk; Herringbone linen rectangular madder cushion cover, 30cm x 55cm, £45, conranshop.co.uk; Linen cushion dark grey, 50cm x 50cm, £35, homageonline.co.uk; Blue-grey linen pillowcase, 50cm x 75cm, £30, conranshop.co.uk; Linen cushion dark grey, 50cm x 50cm, £35, homageonline.co.uk; (On the frame of the bed) Rough Diamond Cage with rose pink cord, £79, the-electrical-shop.co.uk; (Under the bed) Large industrial metal bins, £55 each, turnerandcox.co.uk; (In the left hand metal bin) Louise Roe Sailor Knit cushion in light grey merino wool, 50cm x 50cm, £95, culow.com; (In the right hand metal bin) Scrunch cushion in dusty pink, 65cm x 65cm, £55 including feather pad, loaf.com; Louise Roe Sailor Knit throw in light grey merino wool, 120cm x 60cm, £170, culow. com; Linen cushion light grey, 50cm x 50cm, £35, homageonline.co.uk; Original galvanised Tolix A56 armchair, £250, littleparis.co.uk; (On the chair) books and mug, stylist’s own; All flowers courtesy of The Fresh Flower Company, freshflower.co.uk
AUD$39 + shipping, urbancartel.com.au
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WATERMARK OF DISTINCTION The Watermark Collection was founded by Herman Abel in 1976. His passion for metal finishing remains at the heart of the Brooklyn company. Local artisans hand craft every fawcett, working with leading designers on ranges that are classic, contemporary and industrial. The brand is new to the UK this year. thewatermarkcollection.co.uk
WATER WORLD There is a new emphasis on bringing warmth to the wet room through less conventional wall coverings and metal fixtures and furniture. Rather than slavishly tiling every corner of your bathroom, bring in more texture. Wood is being used more generously, alongside brass and copper with softer brushed finishes. Simply adding new fawcetts is a cost-effective way to give your bathroom a stylish update, but if you plan a larger-scale revamp we have plenty of inspiration for that too.
LONDON Elegant design combining classical elements with clean lines. Perfectly complements a modern interior with heritage features. From £688.80
URBANE Distinctly industrial and contemporary design with diamond-shaped knurling detailing. With two spout and handle options. From £771.60
Barn In The City / Old barn, new bathroom
ELAN VITAL Award-winning range with a simple stripped-down aesthetic. Its parts are strongly reminiscent of ball valves and plumbing unions. From £706.80
Amsterdam-based design firm Barn in the City have made it their purpose to give new life to old barnwood. In the nineteenth century, farmers across the Netherlands built the barns on their land using pine, hickory and hemlock. In more recent years, many of these beautiful barns have fallen out of use and into disrepair. Considered a unique part of Dutch cultural heritage, each farm must maintain one of their old barns. But the others? Barn in the City salvage the grey weathered sidings and use it to craft distinctive customised furniture and wall coverings. “Iced” finishes infuse the barnwood with a cool contemporary edge. From kitchen cabinets to shower panels, these remarkable reclaimed creations make an immediate impact. barninthecity.com
BROOKLYN Featuring distinctive handles inspired by gate valves found in Brooklyn’s mid-century apartment blocks. Ideal for a strong urban look. From £781.20
POWER SHOWER Custom-made shower panel in antique white iced barn wood. Price on application, barninthecity.com UNIQUE UNIT Custom-made bathroom furniture in Iced Grey barn wood. Price on application, barninthecity.com
Soak in Style The handsome Babylon bath is hand finished in the UK. Made from solid copper, it retains its heat long after you draw a bath. It is available with a polished nickel interior. £5,700, firedearth.com
APHRODITE CYPRUS BASIN IN BRUSHED COPPER Beautiful basin with an enamel interior. £945, firedearth.com
CLASSIC CISTERN Add traditional character to your bathroom with this polished metal cistern. The front plate can be customised with your address or inscription. Bespoke high level cistern, from £1,200, chadder.com
ICONS OF ILLUMINATION
STUDY TIME Our work habits are changing. Whether full or part-time, more and more of us are working from home. The functional nature of a home office or study often means that style can be in short supply. But invest in a good desk as a focal point, bring in some top-notch task lighting and add plenty of smart storage solutions and you will actually look forward to going to work.
ANGLEPOISE TYPE 75 DESK LAMP PAUL SMITH SPECIAL EDITION A colourful new interpretation of the classic Anglepoise Type75 table lamp by Paul Smith. Elegant and fully adjustable. Limited Edition. From £149, anglepoise.com
JIELDE SIGNAL TWO ARM DESK LIGHT Originally designed in 1950 as a workshop light, this versatile lamp is available in a wide variety of colours and is adjustable in all directions. £220, hollowaysofludlow.com
The Great Indoor / It is a door, it is a table, it is a desk The unusual Indoor table is hand crafted from a set of vintage exterior wooden doors. The beautiful Italian doors date from the end of the 1800s and are solid chestnut. When they are closed, the piece functions as a dining table with space for four to six people. When open, it transforms into a spacious desk. Inside, iron straps have been inserted into the old door panels for holding paperwork. Two storage drawers, one fixed and one sliding, have also been added, with the larger drawer sliding in both
directions to create additional work space. The antique doors remain exactly as they were and the bold dash of blue varnish on their inside frames, together with their original hinges and latch, really adds to the character of this door-table-desk. Each Manoteca creation is one-of-a-kind and completely hand made in Italy. Each is numbered, signed and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. If you are looking for an investment piece, this is it. €5,000 + shipment, manoteca.com
One of a series of robust lamps designed in 1921 for use in offices and industrial environments. Always popular with artists and architects. £405.90, hollowaysofludlow.com
TIDY DESK, TIDY MIND Apparently, a cluttered working environment affects your clarity of thought. Whether you believe that or not, we think it is a convenient excuse to buy some stylish desk accessories. Choose these brass holders and you will certainly need a smart new pen to match from emerging design brand Ajoto. Or opt for industrial chic in your study with concrete and vintage mechanics boxes.
LAMPE GRAS N°211/311 ARCHITECT LAMP - RED
FERM LIVING BRASS DESK ACCESSORIES
THE PEN - BRASS SPUN
From £22, goodhoodstore.com
CONCRETE PEN TRAY
SWISS ARMY MECHANICS BOX
Cayce Eastwood produces customised stationery using a late Victorian Arab Foolscap letterpress. We are delighted with our specially commissioned Warehouse Home notecards. From £15 for a pack of ten, ceruleanpress.com
Harmony In perfect balance â€“ USM creates timeless solutions. Available from selected USM Partners. Home: London Aram Store 020 7557 7557 Nottingham Atomic Interiors 0115 965 79 20 Stockport Innerform 0161 432 4040 Contract: London Aram Contracts 020 7240 3933, Dovetail Contract Furniture 020 7559 7550, Scott Howard Interiors 020 7724 1130 Manchester Ralph Capper Interiors 0161 236 6929 Irish Republic OHagan Design +353 1 535 8555 International showrooms: Berlin, Bern, DĂźsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, New York, Paris, Stuttgart, Tokyo
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MODULAR SHELVING Swiss-made USM Modular Furniture offers flexible and functional storage solutions that do not compromise on style. Available in 14 colours and over 1,000 different configurations to suit every individual and their home. From £350. Modular shown is £5,873.03, usm.com
H500 STOOL WITH SHELF BY TOLIX £283.40, espacio.co.uk
VALISES CABINET BY CASAMANIA From £7,812, madeindesign.co.uk
BRUSHED ALUMINIUM WALL STORAGE BOARD WITH POCKETS
BROOKLYN WHEELED METAL BASKET
£35, johnlewis.com FOUR PLY BOOK SHELF BY BÉÔ DESIGN Simple and practical, this aluminium book shelf is a reasonably priced solution for storing books. A shelf and bookends in one, it is a great space saver and looks just at home in the study or beside the bed. £40, darwinshome.com
STORE FRONT Whatever you need to organise, stack or hang, there is a stylish storage solution to suit. They come with wheels, with rivets, in brushed steel or in bold colours, they are both wall-mounted and freestanding. We round up the most striking and practical ways to restore order to your home.
‘A’ CLOTHES RAIL £335 each, andnew.co.uk
BK ENDS BY WONDERSTUFF STUDIO
SPIKE - THE WILD BUNCH SHELF - BY MAGIS
USM HALLER OPEN SHELF CABINET WITH DOOR
Length 120cm, £135, madeindesign.co.uk
From £1,100.49, usm.com
These cast concrete book ends are reminiscent of 1900s wood block type. They are produced in two silicone moulds and hand polished to a fine finish. Robust yet stylish, they have the perfect look for an urban loft. £39, britishbydesign.org
BOOKEN BOOKCASE BY LEMA
LIVORNO 60 BOOKCASE BY DANESE
Make a feature of your books with this statement bookcase by Italian design brand Lema. Use the 20 oak bookmarks to suspend your tomes and mark favourite passages. Available in red or black lacquer. From £540, gomodern.co.uk
SEEKING IMPERFECTION Mark and Sally Bailey’s distinctive style has evolved over twenty five years. The creative couple behind Herefordshire-based homeware store Baileys Home & Garden popularised the now ubiquitous use of vintage crates as modern rustic storage solutions and have worked with brands such as Liberty, Conran and Habitat. Their latest book celebrates the less perfect and more personal abode.
Photography by Debi Treloar
mperfect Home began with a hand-beaten brass spoon. Discovered in Tokyo’s Japan Folk Craft Museum, the humble spoon was useful and unique. It prompted Mark and Sally to study wabi-sabi, the Japanese concept of finding beauty in the imperfect and practical. And it inspired them to embark on a global journey seeking homeowners who had embraced the ethos. Imperfect Home shows that ordinary objects, weathered and worn, battered and frayed, bring character and soul to a space, making it feel both homely and personal. Each chapter explores a decorative theme: textiles, texture, colour, the handmade and collections. Obscure finds are painstakingly repaired and repurposed. Simple everyday items are displayed alongside industrial fittings to create a striking contrast. The Victorian art critic John Ruskin once wrote that ‘to banish imperfection is to destroy expression’. It can take imagination to see the potential in objects, particularly if their original purpose was not domestic. But this beautiful books shows that the reward is a perfectly imperfect, individual home.
Imperfect Home by Mark & Sally Bailey Photography by Debi Treloar Published by Ryland Peters & Small Available from amazon.co.uk
An Imperfect Home /
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OLD WOODEN APPLE CRATES
INDUSTRIAL COFFEE TABLE ON WHEELS
OLD SCHOOL RULER COAT RACK
BESPOKE GERMAN GRAIN SACK CHAIR
Still bearing signs of life in the orchard, these crates can be stacked in groups as shelving. £28 each, baileyshome.com
A small square coffee table with distressed yellow paint and wood board top. £445, outthereinteriors.com
A patchwork of rulers with six sturdy hooks. Perfect for hallways. £59.95, unicheinterior furnishings.co.uk
Individually sourced and designed furniture in vintage linen and grain sacks. From £1,200, kellyswallow.co.uk
BICYCLE INDUSTRIAL SUSPENSION LAMP / £39
BARAK’7 Following its success on the continent, a new industrial-style collection has now launched in the UK. Belgian company BARAK’7 has its finger firmly on the pulse of the industrial trend and has developed a broad range of distinctive furniture and accessories to designer quality yet at affordable prices. Visit barak7.co.uk
hen young artists Mael Doudelet and Coralie Verheyden were handed the keys to their first home, the keyring was labelled BARAK’7. As they set about decorating their new home together, the couple found it difficult to source affordable furniture and accessories in their preferred raw aesthetic. So Mael and Coralie began to employ their artistic talents, designing their own industrialinspired pieces for their home. Their scribbles and sketches were transformed into prototypes by talented craftsmen and it began to dawn on them that their designs would appeal to other homeowners too. Then they were reminded of that keyring - and Barak’7 was founded. Robust and practical yet full of character, every piece is individually handmade and unique. Crafted from wood, metal and canvas, each piece has a distressed or “aged” finish. Some items feature stencilled details, further enhancing their vintage industrial look. There are quirky designs, such as the bicycle suspension lamp (above) and pedal bar stool (below). There is a range of smaller decorative accessories and finishing touches. From lighting to bar stools, tables to TV stands, Barak’7 have created a collection of furniture and accessories that will be conversation pieces in any home. Perfect for a warehouse conversion or loft apartment, they will also prove popular with anyone looking to add touches of industrial style to their homes. Dedicated to “smart shopping”, BARAK’7 cut out all intermediaries to sell products direct to customers, which means their prices are more affordable. Take a look at their full range for industrial-style inspiration.
1. INDUSTRIAL STYLE SIDE TABLE / £239
2. INDUSTRIAL STYLE BOOKSHELF / £1,249 3. INDUSTRIAL STYLE METAL SIDEBOARD / £776
EMBOSSED LEATHER INDUSTRIAL CHAIR / £129
INDUSTRIAL FURNITURE WITH DRAWERS / £225
PEDAL INDUSTRIAL BAR STOOL / £129
BOAT INDUSTRIAL SUSPENSION LAMP / £89
INDUSTRIAL STYLE COFFEE TABLE WITH HANDLE / £399 This height adjustable table is also on wheels for greater flexibility.
HAUTE CUISINE Current kitchen designs feature an abundance of warm, natural materials, with particular emphasis on wood. In many cases storage is completely hidden. Doors and drawers are disappearing, often handleless, into unbroken surfaces and minimalist lines. But there are glamorous finishing touches for an understated earthy-coloured backdrop. Brushed copper and brass hardware have entered the culinary space. Join us in the kitchen, something special is cooking.
BEAUTIFUL BRASSWARE For a touch of pure glamour, these stunning taps have an electroplated cyprum finish produced from 18-carat gold and copper. (From top) Tara single hole mixer and Tara ultra pivot single lever mixer, both by Sieger Design, from £769, dornbracht.com
LOVELY HANDLES Add some rock chic to your kitchen with these striking furniture handles, available in brass, steel and satin black. Hang pots, pans and utensils from this edgy solid brass hook. Furniture Handle, £30 each, Hook, £20 each, busterandpunch.com
Touch Wood / Warm oak and clean contemporary lines The new FLOAT kitchen collection from Modulnova has recently launched in the UK - and it is a thing of pure minimalist beauty. The units are crafted from Rovere Cuoio (a fine raw oak) and a Pietra Piasentina stone worksurface is suspended on top, seemingly floating. The extractor hood is formed from the same stone. The kitchen can include an aluminium and glass display cabinet and a substantial walk-in pantry with an ambient temperature for wine and food. If the kitchen is the heart of your home, and budget allows, this is certainly the finish to invest in. Kitchens from £25,000, designspacelondon.com
RETRO FIT REFRIGERATION
Above: Old newspaper advertisement for Leonard cleanable refrigerators
The Vintage Fridge Company specialises in the refurbishment of original ice boxes and vintage refrigerators. These remarkable wooden refrigerators date from the 1850s and were hand crafted from the finest timber. Sourced from across Europe and South America, each is different in size, style and character. In some cases it has taken up to two years to refurbish a fridge and refit it for the modern home. Prices vary depending on size, thevintagefridgecompany.com
TRACTOR SEAT STOOLS These upcycled tractor seat stools are made to order and will bring a touch of industrial chic to any breakfast bar. They are height adjustable and swivel 360 degrees. £490 each, theragandboneman.co.uk
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With more of us choosing to dine in, statement dining tables are increasingly practical and sturdy in design. Trestle-shapes, iron and steel bases and reclaimed timbers evoke functional workshop and factory furniture. Whether vintage or contemporary, these large solid styles are perfect for a warehouse home. Tubular steel seating complements most industrial tables, with the option to add a playful edge in modern and mismatched colours. Entertaining was never so, well, entertaining.
BMO CRUSHER INDUSTRIAL TABLE The cast iron base of this eyecatching table was once a corn crush for making animal feed. It dates from c.1910 and still features original blue paint. The top was crafted from a Dutch fork lift truck platform. £1,900, original-house.co.uk
INDUSTRIAL STYLE DINING TABLE The double trestle legs give this contemporary dining table a strong workshop look. The zinc top further enhances the industrial feel. This table is as stylish as it is practical and well suited to a family home. £495, house-envy.co.uk
Scientific Discovery /
From the lab to the dining table
British designer Charlie Major likes to create “talking points”, individual statement pieces hand crafted from various unusual and upcycled materials. There are two sides to Jekyll. The black walnut slab lifts off its sturdy low console / coffee table base and transforms into a striking centrepiece for your dining table. Vintage laboratory stands clasp heritage filament bulbs, to cast a warm light. The conical flasks will hold water, or better still wine. Your dinner guests will certainly talk about Jekyll. £2,100, muttonandflamingo.com
TAKE THE TUBE Steel tubing was first used for hospital furniture from around 1890. In 1925, Marcel Breuer designed the first Modernist household tubular steel chair, the Wassily armchair. Once revolutionary, tubular steel chairs are experiencing a revival.
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Modern twist on the Jean Prouvé classic of 1934. Plastic seat and back with powder coated steel frame. In seven colours. From £364, aram.co.uk
Hand formed from birch plywood and tubular steel, this light weight chair is both comfortable and playful. £140, primarygrey.co.uk
Airo has a powder coated steel frame and laser cut back support. With an oak, ash or walnut seat. From £220.83, junctionfifteen.com
Inspired by post-war British school chairs. Light weight, stackable, in four colours and beach or oak. From £258, verygoodandproper.co.uk
Andy Plant and Dan Morrison both have many years of experience working as artist-engineers. In 2012 the life-long friends founded BLOTT WORKS.
The BLOTT WORKS studio is based at the southern end of the Pennines, in a part of Britain characterised by its striking natural landscape and rich industrial heritage. That industrial past has clearly had a strong influence. Locally sourced mechanical parts are key ingredients for these imaginative engineers. In Andy and Dan’s expert hands, machine components and the basic concepts of common appliances are re-imagined as original sculptures with a remarkable refinement and beauty. Meeting BLOTT WORKS during 100% Design 2014, we were immediately struck not only by the quality of their craftsmanship but also by the uniquely engaging nature of their creations. These hand engineered limited-edition pieces are not only elegant, they have personalities. Invest in the disarming Baby Bustard, for example, and you know that he will be treasured by generations to come.
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LIQUORED UP East London Liquor Company has brought spirits production back to London’s East End after more than a century. Journey to a former glue factory in historic Bow Wharf, to sample artisanal infusions in an industrial chic setting. The double-distilled vodka, premium gin batch and whisky is produced on site and available from the bottle shop next door. Set aside an evening, sample the full range and do not leave empty handed. Once home, whip up this winter warmer cocktail, created exclusively for Warehouse Home. And when your reserves run low, visit eastlondonliquorcompany.com
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Plummy Choice / Winter warmer ➻ 40ml East London Liquor Company vodka ➻ 10ml vanilla sugar ➻ 10ml Pedro Ximenez Sherry ➻ 35ml plum and damson puree ➻ 10ml lime juice ➻ 1 whole egg white ➻ 3 dashes Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan Bitters
A gleaming pair of copper stills are the stars of the show at East London Liquor Company
Directions: ➻ Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker ➻ Shake once without any ice to add some texture to the egg white ➻ Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, shake and then strain into a cocktail glass ➻ Sprinkle freshly ground nutmeg to garnish and add 3 dashes of toasted pecan bitters and serve For the vanilla sugar: ➻ Add 1.5kg sugar to 1litre water with one split vanilla pod. Heat the mix slowly over a gentle heat until the sugar is fully dissolved For the plum and damson puree: ➻ Blend roughly 3 de-stoned and skinned plums and 5 ripe damsons with 100ml of apple juice ➻ Sieve to remove any damson skin. If plums are not ripe the mix can be sweetened.
Red’s True Barbecue/ Manchester The motto at Red’s is “low and slow”. A brand full of passion and attitude, strong religious references are used in connection with the meat and how it is cooked. This heavily influenced the interior decor. The space is humorous and irreverent. Strong industrial and reclaimed features combine with fairground-style lighting and bespoke neon artworks.
BLACKSHEEP FAMILY Blacksheep is an independent, international and multi-award-winning design agency based in London. Over the last twelve years, this expert practice has delivered a wide range of remarkable and successful projects within the hospitality industry. Current work includes projects in Saudi Arabia, South Africa and India. We spoke to the design firm on a self-proclaimed quest for “worldwide brilliance” and learned more about the passion and vision behind some of our favourite restaurants in the UK.
Tim Mutton / Co-Founder & Managing Director, Blacksheep
Whyte & Brown / London Tucked behind bustling Carnaby Street is a new restaurant concept. The “hero ingredients” are free range chicken, eggs and craft beer, dishes are largely traditional but there are occasional contemporary twists. The founder’s brief for the interior was a leaning towards industrial but softened around the edges. It combines industrial and reclaimed features, tempered by leather upholstery, coloured glassware and traditional kitchen features such as butler sinks.
Which clients have really excited and inspired you? First, we never look at a brief as a ‘project’ per se, we always look at the potential relationship we can have with the client. It is all about the relationship. It is a two-way street of course. What can our clients do to challenge us as designers? And how can we meet their needs by exceeding their expectations? We are inspired by all of our clients, in individual ways. For instance, Jamie Oliver is remarkable because of his brand integrity. Everything is done with honesty and humour. The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts are inspirational because they are incredibly service-orientated. Your most recent award was for Whyte & Brown. What qualities do you think particularly marked this restaurant out for the judges of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards? The individual and collective intent for Whyte and Brown was simple - alchemy. A place and a destination where the ordinary is made extraordinary through taste, touch, smell and sound. It is not only about what you see at this restaurant, it is about the memories we have made. Design is our tool to ultimately improve guests’ experiences. The industrial look is so popular at the moment and prevalent in both residential and commercial interior design why do you think this might be? We have just come from a period of austerity. People feel more comfortable retreating back to the basics. It is about stripping things back, allowing interiors to feel more purposeful and durable rather than lavish and opulent.
Jamie’s Italian & Spritz Bar/ London Located on the edge of Islington, the brief for this Jamie’s Italian was to reflect the vibrancy of the area and add a Milanese flavour. Each of the three levels has its own character. Moretti beer is on tap in the first standalone bar for the brand. The main dining space fuses industrial and Italian elements, with crackle glazed terracotta tiles and zinc panelling. The atmospheric “back room” is dominated by an open kitchen, which provides the “theatre”.
GET THE LOOK Take design inspiration from the award-winning work of Blacksheep. From fairground inspired lighting and vintage lamps to industrial style furniture, here are some features from Blacksheep projects that you can incorporate at home.
1. EAT fairground lights sign, from £695, goodwinandgoodwin.com 2. Raffaele brass pendant lamp, £540 each, fredandjuul.com 3. Industrial vintage style sideboards, from £390, hegrondecarle.co.uk 4. Harlem industrial swivel bar stool, £250, alexanderandpearl.co.uk 5. Vintage British enamel lighting, for similar skinflintdesign.co.uk 6. Ghetto superstar mirror with lights, £395, alexanderandpearl.co.uk
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CAPITAL STYLE One Fine Stay invites guests to stay in real homes while their owners are out of town. If you are spending the night in London, there is no better way to see beneath the surface of our capital than by living like a local. And it just so happens that these particular locals have great style. We dropped in to three character homes and found plenty of design inspiration. For more information, visit onefinestay.com. But before you plan your trip, take a tour with us.
VINTAGE TEA CHESTS These charming vintage wooden tea chests still bear their original stencilled production and import details. They make smart side tables. From £60, metroretro.co.uk
Hoxton Square Minimalist loft apartment with recycled touches The home of a tech-savvy app developer, this London loft combines modern rustic style with contemporary minimalism. Feature panels of exposed brickwork and wooden floors are enhanced by white walls and a monochrome palette. The decor is simple, urban, but recycled touches soften the edges. Many of the retro finds have been sourced locally, on Brick Lane and in Spitalfields Market. Upcycled wooden tea chests serve as side cabinets, while stainless steel worktops and matt black units in the open-plan kitchen-dining area are offset by a glass-topped trestle table. In the bedroom, stacks of books and bedtime reading double as the bedside tables and vintage grain sacks form an unusual rustic valance. In the bathroom, white subway tiles are complemented by blackboard painted cupboards. The apartment’s character warehouse windows afford fantastic views of London’s skyline. A bevy of trendy London bars and restaurants are a stone’s throw away.
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Long Lane II Warehouse conversion near London Bridge The original features of this former warehouse are evident throughout. Quirky creations and vintage decorative pieces have been specially sourced by the property’s owner, an actor with a keen eye for design and passion for heritage. Reclaimed furniture is juxtaposed with lovely worn antique rugs and industrial lighting.
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Nile Street Former Victorian factory in Shoreditch In the 1850s, this Nile Street property was a popular costume factory. Today, a sense of its theatrical past still remains in the playful decor of a contemporary family home. Industrial elements, touches of chrome and exposed floorboards and brickwork combine with eclectic artworks and art deco elements.
A WARM BED TOLIX A56 ARMCHAIR Get the look with this unusual bedside light, hand crafted from a vintage galvanised metal bed pan. £56, lostandfoundry.co.uk
Add a touch of industrial chic to your own kitchen with this classic chair in varnished raw steel. £183, madeindesign.co.uk
TRADING INTERESTS By the 19th century, the volume of trade passing through Liverpool’s thriving docks was substantial and Liverpool became known as the “Second City of the British Empire”. Of the 25 docks in the city by the mid-19th century, Stanley Dock was regularly one of the most profitable. Stanley Dock opens
Building of the North Warehouse is completed
1920 Images above: loading barrels of tobacco into Stanley Dock, c.1920; weighing and sampling tobacco on the top floor of the warehouse Image below: South elevation of North Warehouse c.1920
TITANIC ACHIEVEMENT The Stanley Dock Conservation Area is one of the most significant and striking parts of Liverpool’s historic dockland. Following a £36 million transformation, its Grade II* listed Victorian North Warehouse has reopened as a luxury hotel and is bringing new life to this acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site.
Historic photography courtesy of Mersey Docks and Harbour Board
With a decline in trade, Stanley Dock falls into disuse and disrepair
Stanley Dock closes
Titanic Hotel opens
Steel columns and brick ceilings are offset by a new theatre-style kitchen and a glass meat fridge at Stanley’s Bar & Grill. This is industrial chic dining at its very best.
Every one of the beautifully appointed 153 rooms features original warehouse windows and offers guests unmatchable views over the historic port of Liverpool.
Titanic Hotel overlooks the largest brick warehouse building in the world. Built in 1901 and Grade II listed, there are plans to convert the warehouse into apartments.
he renovation of Stanley Dock’s North Warehouse has involved the careful preservation of its original brickwork and ironwork, including the impressive vaulted ceilings and large warehouse windows. Titanic Hotel’s decor has been specifically designed to complement these remarkable characteristics and many of the hotel’s features pay homage to the heritage of the building. At the heart of a thriving trading port, Stanley Dock’s warehouses once received and stored thousands of barrels of rum from the New World. Today, in a well-stocked Rum Bar, guests can raise a glass of one of 60 of the world’s finest rums and toast the dockers who once worked there. Since its closure in 1985, Stanley Dock has remained a sleeping giant. The launch of Titanic Hotel is the first part of a multi-staged development plan, which includes the restoration of the South Warehouse and imposing Tobacco Warehouse. The proposed regeneration of this historic site reflects the earliest ambition for Stanley Dock and marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the historic Port of Liverpool.
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