Renovating a home never comes without a few hiccups and halts, but this impressive South London project by Fraher & Findlay involved more than a fair share of complications. Dubbed the “Artists’ House” on account of the clients’ creative backgrounds, the building’s listed historical status meant that all plans had to be legally approved, and in fact, the architects’ application to move the kitchen from the basement to the parlor floor was at first rejected. “After a robust case was presented…at the final hour,” according to the brief, “the application’s recommendation was overturned and listed building consent granted.”
Phew. Another major challenge: the unique crescent shape of the building. “We were not working with regular or orthogonal shapes of spaces, so everything had to be bespoke,” explains Fraher & Findlay design director Lizzie Webster. Going custom meant, though, that she and the clients were able to tease exactly what they wanted from the home: an open, modern, and family-friendly design set inside a classic, if atypical, shell.
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Photography by Adam Scott, courtesy of Fraher & Findlay.
How many patterned tiles is too many? Anki Linde and Pierre Saalburg of Paris-based LSL Architects say to each his own limit—and that the couple who own this rambling Paris apartment happen to have a higher threshold than most.
These clients—she’s a film director/writer, he’s co-owner of a satirical newspaper, and they have two kids—approached the remodel of their Rue de la Rochefoucauld quarters with a playful spirit, and the architects responded in kind. “Each space is designed as if it has its own identity and story to tell, sometimes indifferent to each other,” says Linde. And yes, tile plays a starring role, some painted monkeys, too.
Photography by Katrin Vierkant, courtesy of LSL Architects.
Linde describes the space pre-remodel as “refurbished for some banker in a sterile, cheap style,” but it came with preserved “point de hongre” (solid oak parquet) floors, marble fireplaces, and plaster moldings, all of which they repaired. The painting over the living room mantel is by Swedish artist Orjan Wickstrom. The reading light is from Ikea.
The monkey-patterned walls mark the entry to the kids’ quarters.
The mirrored cabinet to the right conceals the fridge and other storage: “it’s the place where things you don’t want to look at go.”