For some purpose this week I’ve had the start of that Wallace Stevens poem in my head: “One should have a thoughts of winter…” However it’s a way of autumn that appears to fill a first-level flat in London that Julie despatched to me lately. That and a few Portuguese affect.
The flat is the imaginative and prescient—and residential—of architects Lionel Actual de Azúa (one third of Purple Deer) and Sophie Rose (founding father of Studio Thorn). “So we had been the joint shoppers and designer/architects,” Lionel wrote to me by electronic mail. “The flat is in an ex-local authority pre-war housing block. It was beforehand owned by somebody who had been there for the reason that ’80s and left a whole lot of the prevailing structure. We eliminated a partition between the lounge and kitchen and eliminated practically every little thing besides the doorways and woodwork.”
With the interiors newly opened up, the design-minded couple turned in direction of the fittings and finishes. “The inspiration was drawn from Sophie and my travels in Portugal the earlier years,” says Lionel. “We cherished the juxtaposition of utilitarian finishes (stainless-steel) and conventional kinds (azulejos and deep oaks and mahoganies).”
There are Portuguese tiles within the cookspace and tub, and the palette seems like fall embodied: muted earth tones, a darkish wooden ground, a russet-colored powder room. And the stainless kitchen is—shock—Ikea.
Have a look:
Images courtesy of Purple Deer.