My de­sign Lon­don

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Design -

JUS­TINE SI­MONS OBE was ap­pointed deputy mayor for cul­ture and the cre­ative in­dus­tries by Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan in July last year, after work­ing in the cap­i­tal’s cul­tural sec­tor for 20 years. She played a cen­tral role in de­liv­er­ing the 2012 Olympic Fes­ti­val and the Fourth Plinth Com­mis­sion.

WHERE I LIVE — AND WHY I LIVE THERE

I’ve been cham­pi­oning Ele­phant and Cas­tle since we moved there in 1999 — and now its time has come. My Vic­to­rian ter­race house is half­way down Wal­worth Road, in the Liver­pool Grove con­ser­va­tion area. There are bombed-out build­ings from the Sec­ond World War, some of the first so­cial hous­ing in Lon­don, cute lit­tle cot­tages, and new stu­dios pop­ping up. Char­lie Chap­lin was born here and Ernö Goldfin­ger’s Alexan­der Flem­ing House is at the top of the road. Min­istry of Sound is nearby. I love her­bal rem­edy shop Bald­win’s, and I can get a man­i­cure for £10 in Wal­worth Road. And my fave new café is Louie Louie (louielouie. lon­don) — great cof­fee, food, cock­tails and vinyl.

HOME DÉ­COR

I love colour and vin­tage. We have Wil­liam Morris wall­pa­per and Josef Frank cur­tains and wall­pa­per, and vin­tage 20th-cen­tury pieces of G Plan fur­ni­ture. I’ve chan­de­liers from Ro­man mar­kets and home­ware from In­dia. My part­ner is an artist so we hang his work and screen print­ing that we’ve done to­gether.

HOME­WARE TIP

Wedg­wood (wedg­wood.co.uk) is a favourite. I’m from Stoke-on-Trent and I grew up in the vil­lage next to Bar­las­ton where Josiah Wedg­wood moved all his fac­tory work­ers for a bet­ter qual­ity of life.

AMAZ­ING AR­CHI­TEC­TURE

The new De­sign Mu­seum in Kens­ing­ton. I think di­rec­tor Deyan Sud­jic and his team have done a fan­tas­tic job of bring­ing it back to life and open­ing up the streetscape. Good ar­chi­tec­ture can give life to an area — look at Tate Mod­ern.

SE­CRET SHOP

Santa Maria Novella in Pic­cadilly Ar­cade (pic­cadilly-ar­cade.com) is one of the old­est phar­ma­cies in the world. Es­tab­lished in 1612 by monks in Florence, it sells lux­ury gifts for the home, can­dles and fra­grances.

FAVOURITE GALLERY

The Lon­don Un­der­ground be­cause I think it’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary Lon­don story. It’s such a gem that Tube pas­sen­gers get these world-class artists pop­ping up as they’re go­ing down an es­ca­la­tor. It is a mas­sive gallery for more than one bil­lion pas­sen­gers on the Tube ev­ery year.

TOP ARTY HUB

Som­er­set House is like a new artis­tic mak­ing hub. The former palace now houses around 100 stu­dios (som­er­set­house.org.uk/som­er­set­house-stu­dios). In the base­ment, un­der the rail­ways arches you’ll find de­sign­ers like Gareth Pugh able to use af­ford­able workspace right in the cen­tre of town.

DREAM PROP­ERTY

The Stan­ley Picker House on Kingston Hill (stan­leyp­ick­ertrust. org), or in­deed any mod­ernist build­ing by Ken­neth Wood. Stan­ley Picker was a col­lec­tor and the open­plan house, com­pleted in 1968, was de­signed by Wood to dis­play his art col­lec­tion and host Picker’s gath­er­ings. I’m al­ways on the Liv­ing Ar­chi­tec­ture site (liv­ing-ar­chi­tec­ture.co.uk) — great for book­ing birth­day cel­e­bra­tions and hol­i­days.

BEST MAR­KET

East Street Mar­ket off Wal­worth Road is in­cred­i­ble. And just op­po­site South­wark Play­house there’s food mar­ket Mer­cato Metropoli­tano (mer­catometropoli­tano.co.uk) with or­ganic food and lots of Ital­ian pro­duc­ers.

FAVOURITE SHOP

The Store, Alex Ea­gle’s new place in Soho (alex­ea­gle.co.uk) sells fur­ni­ture, art, de­sign, pho­tog­ra­phy, ce­ram­ics, fash­ion and rare books, all se­lected by Alex. It’s part of The Vinyl Fac­tory, which also runs 180 The Strand cre­ative space and stu­dios.

Favourite new lo­cal café: Louie Louie in Wal­worth Road “for great cof­fee, food, cock­tails and vinyl”

Favourite gallery: art on Lon­don Un­der­ground can be viewed by up to a bil­lion pas­sen­gers a year

Get fresh: East Street Mar­ket off Wal­worth Road is a Si­mons favourite. “It’s in­cred­i­ble,” she says

Home dé­cor: Si­mons loves colour and vin­tage at home, in­clud­ing wall­pa­pers by Wil­liam Morris

Home­ware joy: Pres­tige Pan­ther vase, £4,000 (wedg­wood.co.uk)

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