Houzz Tour: A Fitzrovia Mews House Gets a New York Loft-style Makeover
This former office building in the heart of London has been transformed into a versatile live-work space for a busy freelance photographer
‘There were still desks in here when we started,’ recalls Thomas. ‘But the brief was simple: the client wanted a comfortable, New York loft-style space with a touch of British charm. It also had to function as a studio for his work.’
During the six-month renovation process, Thomas completely gutted the interior – which is set over three floors – and reconfigured it to make way for a glorious open-plan living space, as well as extending a number of windows down to the floor to allow natural light to pour in and create the loft feel the client desired.
To achieve the open-plan space, Thomas managed to navigate tricky fire regulation requirements by using the very latest misting technology. ‘Luckily, this technology is now approved by building regulations, which meant we didn’t have to have a cumbersome escape staircase or fire doors,’ he explains. ‘There are very few doors in the flat at all, which really enhances the sense of openness.’
For the interior, a pared-back colour scheme of cream and taupe was chosen to complement exposed brickwork, while touches of vibrant colour were introduced to add interest and depth to the scheme.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here A professional photographer
Location Fitzrovia, London
Year built Rebuilt in the 1970s
Year renovated Completed in 2013 after a six-month renovation
Designer Thomas Griem of TG-Studio
Size 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
That’s interesting The building was previously used as an office
Metal balustrades were then fitted to the exterior and painted in dark grey to give the property a more industrial vibe.
Balustrades painted in Railings, Farrow & Ball.
To give the illusion of more space and higher ceilings, Thomas also played with the proportions of the flooring. ‘We ran the oak floorboards up the wall and then brought the wall above out a little so we could hide some LED lighting behind it. It enhances the height of the room, and also adds a touch of glamour to the space,’ he explains.
Touches of vibrant colour, such as the green lacquered TV cabinet and turquoise armchair, add further depth and interest to the space.
Green lacquered TV cabinet, TG-Studio. Viscose rug, Jacaranda Carpets & Rugs. Wooden Araton footstool; Milano sofa, both Flamant. Gala coffee table, Habitat. Walls painted in Elephant’s Breath, Farrow & Ball.
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To complete the kitchen, Thomas chose sandblasted granite for the worktops and island. ‘It’s very tactile, but the effect is very subtle and beautiful,’ he says.
The black and white photograph on the far wall was taken in Africa by the owner.
Kitchen, Doca. Leather Drouot armchair, Maisons du Monde. Max floor lamp, Flamant. Big Irony dining table, Zeus. Dining chairs, Billiani. Lampe de Marseille by Le Corbusier, Nemo.
Pimlico sofa; Perf table lamp by Diesel With Foscarini, both The Conran Shop. Loop table by Hay, Made in Design. Cyborg Cozy armchair, Magis. Kubrik coffee table, Habitat. Black No 214 wall lamp, La Lampe Gras, available at Made In Design.
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Taiga wardrobe, Maisons du Monde. Gervasoni Gray 45 bedside table, The Conran Shop. Binic bedside lamp, Foscarini.
Hollo bedside table in matt gold, Petite Friture. Lean wall lamp in black and gold by Orsjo Belysning, Nest.
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The dark-stained timber floor and 1930s-style fixtures and fittings give the scheme a classic, masculine look, which is softened by pools of natural light pouring in from the large window by the freestanding bath.
Bath taps and shower, Lefroy Brooks.
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