Happy Weekend! I hope you have had a wonderful week? I have only one link to share this week below, so I hope you enjoy - wishing you a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to!
Having come across Function + Form a few months ago and reading about their last creative gathering I knew I had to keep my eyes peeled for their next one.
Function + Form is a wonderful new collaboration by Tiffany Grant-Riley of Curate and Display and Annie Kruse of Stylejuicer. Tiff and Annie have created these gatherings held only a few times a year, so that like-minded creatives who might not otherwise have the chance to meet can connect in a smaller, more intimate setting, encouraging open conversations and the opportunity to learn about the work of an admired designer. Luckily I managed to nab a last-minute spot on their second gathering, the first for 2016, a tour of two London homes with Houzz for a further look into the design and use of design in two very different spaces.
I arrived at Ottolenghi in Spitalfields where I was warmly greeted by Tiff and Annie as everyone started to arrive. My nervousness of meeting new people quickly eased as the conversation flowed and I was welcomed into a group of talented women. While devouring a few slices of Ottolenghi’s delicious cakes, we were introduced to Emmeline and Vicky from Houzz UK, an online renovation and design platform, connecting homeowners with home professionals, who would be taking us through the homes.
First up, a short walk to the Georgian home of Architect Chris Dyson. Always in awe of the facades of the buildings when walking the streets of London, I often wonder about the many stories these homes must hold from such a different time, so having the opportunity to look inside of one was wonderful.
Chris and his family live and work in the four storey townhouse, which was originally built in 1719, and as I made my way through and up to the top level, I noticed every floor bathed was in the light, revealing the many details of the now Grade II listed building that have been lovingly restored. Warm furnishings featured throughout and I was easily picturing myself curling up on the sofa in front of the fire with a good book in winter or sitting on the terrace in summer while taking in the views out over the city.
We then made our way over to Hackney to view a more modern home housed in an old school house. I have always loved the feel of industrial spaces and often dream of one day living in one.
Owned and renovated by Laura Lakin an interior designer, retaining the old school house industrial feel was important while designing it with a monochrome palette in mind.
Laura also wanted the space to remain open and light so she was initially keen to knock down all of the walls to have one big open space, however, knowing she was going to be sharing it with a friend she wanted to keep the second bedroom. To maintain the light and open feel while encompassing the need for privacy, Laura installed steel windows internally, placing them in the second bedroom allowing the light to flow through achieving the feel of open plan.
I was in love, it was an amazing space. The beautiful big windows were definitely a strong feature throughout, complementing Laura’s overall objective of wanting to highlight the architectural details. It was inspiring to see how a seemingly small space has been reconfigured enhancing its original features as well as making it a very functional space to live and work in.
It was so nice to be welcomed both by Chris and Laura into their homes, thank you to Houzz for the opportunity. I left feeling inspired, not just by these amazing spaces, but by everyone I met, it was such a wonderful group - a huge thank you to Tiff and Annie for creating such a wonderful gathering.