As before long as this pair stepped inside of this Arts and Crafts home in London’s leafy Muswell Hill, it was really like at very first sight. “We knew immediately that it was a very distinctive home,” reveal the duo—a pair of creatives with two small children and beloved pet dog. “It had these fantastic vibes and something about it felt pretty common to us. All the original options ended up however intact, which includes the gorgeous tiled hallway, stylish cornices, and amazing fireplaces…. It hadn’t been touched for a extended time.”
The pair termed on Ross and Emma Perkin of Emil Eve Architects following slipping for the practice’s clean up nevertheless characterful design and style, as nicely as the pair’s sensitive and inventive technique to mixing outdated and new. As for the home, it wasn’t just the period of time particulars that the Emil Eve clients uncovered alluring: “The width of the house was also uncommon we’d been hunting at Victorian terraces that had been much narrower, but the proportions of these Edwardian Collins houses was pretty attractive,” the couple points out. “Despite its spaciousness, it had a quite cozy and cottagey really feel.”
The house’s intriguing backstory, even so, went perfectly outside of architectural categorization. The home was beforehand owned by the artist and trainer Maurice de Sausmarez (who taught the likes of artist Bridget Riley and inventor James Dyson) and his wife, a colorist in her own suitable, who remained in the house until eventually the couple bought it in 2018. They had remaining their stamp on the house also, many thanks in component to a lovely designed-in kitchen area dresser—now painted pink by the new house owners. A pastel drawing of the kitchen by Sausmarez sits subsequent to the first dresser, marking the record of the household.
“We desired the dwelling to be modernized, but without the need of compromising the first characteristics or amazing atmosphere,” add the proprietors. “Nor did we want a generic glass box trapped on the back, or for the residence to really feel also “done up.” Having said that, it was critical to open up up the kitchen area and eating home to accommodate all the youngsters, mates and relatives that we like coming in and out of our dwelling. So we had been looking for an architect who genuinely understood our adore of interval specifics as properly as our drive for room. We’re also avid collectors, so we wished clever methods to keep and screen these objects.”
Emma Perkin adds: “For this project we required to attract immediately on Arts and Crafts aesthetics as very well as the worth that the movement positioned on craft, materiality and considerate notice to element.” The designer was specially inspired by William Morris’s Crimson Residence, a crucial Arts and Craft dwelling positioned in southeast London. “Our preferred part is the mezzanine level in the loft—it seems present-day but is primarily based on the historic Pink House’s settle, which is an outstanding piece of household furniture combining a bench, exhibit cabinet and a raised platform accessed by a ladder,” Emma notes. “We adore how this reimagined framework enabled us to conceal a rest room and big storage locations behind its attractive stable ash paneling, as well as a hidden staircase that leads you up to a top secret window with views out toward Alexandra Palace.”
Just as equipment-dominated output was eschewed in favor of craftsmanship and individuality for the duration of the Arts and Crafts movement, the new timber-lined extension speaks the same language. The Perkinses selected oak and handmade terra-cotta tiles, both of those supplies typical of the Arts and Crafts era, but reinterpreted with contemporary crisp detailing. All through the house, walls and soft furnishings are adorned in vintage William Morris prints, combined with contemporary patterns by Molly Mahon, Ottoline, CommonRoom, Svenskt Tenn and Property of Hackney, with motifs of flora and fauna tying the historic and contemporary prints jointly.
“The finish result is a pretty satisfying combine of aged and new,” the owners replicate. “The major ground feels extra fresh and present-day, although the rest of the dwelling encapsulates the past and you can sense the heritage in it. We enjoy that each area has its personal identity and that the whole put does not truly feel much too ‘done’. It is these a cozy put to be and we nonetheless pinch ourselves that we are living listed here.”