Cos­mopoli­tan calm

THE LON­DON LOOK A pal­ette of blush pink, pol­ished con­crete and pale wood cre­ates a peace­ful oa­sis amid the ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion of New Cross, south Lon­don

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Elle Decoration - Words TR­ISH LORENZ Pho­tog­ra­phy MICHAEL SIN­CLAIR

This ur­ban home has a peace­ful pal­ette of blush pink and con­crete – we show you the easy way to get the look

Blush strokes

The walls re­sem­ble raw plas­ter but are in fact painted in Far­row & Ball’s ‘Set­ting Plas­ter’, an on-trend blush pink ap­plied in sweeps to cre­ate this dis­tressed ef­fect. ‘The colour pal­ette was in­spired by a trip to Marrakesh,’ says the ar­chi­tect Mer­lin Eayrs of Chan + Eayrs. The chair, de­signed by his grand­fa­ther, is a trea­sured fam­ily heir­loom, as is the rug – try 1st Dibs for sim­i­lar fur­ni­ture and The Ori­en­tal­ist for rugs. By the win­dow, there’s a four-me­tre-long seat cast from poured con­crete and cov­ered in a be­spoke linen cush­ion (try Tin­smiths for a sim­i­lar fab­ric). Stockist de­tails on p290

This 90-square-me­tre loft-style apart­ment,

a for­mer garage in Lon­don’s New Cross, Lewisham, is a sym­bol of the cre­ative en­ergy that is rein­vig­o­rat­ing the area. The sub­urb is the lat­est gen­tri­fi­ca­tion hotspot, thanks in part to the East Lon­don Line over­ground trains link­ing it to Shored­itch and the City, and the grow­ing im­pact of the art school, Gold­smiths, which is just around the cor­ner. Com­pleted ear­lier this year, this build­ing is the vi­sion of ar­chi­tects Zoe Chan and Mer­lin Eayrs of Chan + Eayrs. ‘ We used to live in west Lon­don, which is very beau­ti­ful, but we were drawn by the raw pulse of the south-east and the chance to add some­thing to the ur­ban fab­ric of the area,’ says Zoe.

The ex­te­rior of the prop­erty, which is clad in grey Bel­gian bricks ar­ranged in a her­ring­bone pat­tern, looks con­tem­po­rary amid the tall red-brick houses that sur­round it. Yet it has a soft­ened aes­thetic that some­how suits the neigh­bour­hood. ‘ You can’t just build an alien-look­ing box in the mid­dle of a street, you have to con­sider what is around it,’ says Mer­lin. ‘ We used brick to re­flect Lon­don’s ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture, but we didn’t want to pre­tend that the house had been here a long time, which is why we chose the her­ring­bone de­sign.’

There is an aura of calm in­side the apart­ment, thanks to the light that floods in from win­dows on three sides of the build­ing. A pale yet warm scheme of plas­ter pink paint, pol­ished con­crete (used on the stair­case) and oiled oak floors com­ple­ments the cou­ple’s pared-back, mostly 20th-cen­tury, fur­ni­ture. ‘Lon­don is ur­ban, fran­tic and largely ar­ti­fi­cial, so we wanted to counter the chaos with a calm, nat­u­ral pal­ette,’ says Zoe. ‘This apart­ment is sim­ple and lux­u­ri­ous.’ chanan­deayrs.com

Into the groove

Tongue-and-groove pan­elling clads sev­eral of the walls and com­ple­ments the painted Shaker-style kitchen units by Bri­tish Stan­dard. The wood pan­els have been painted us­ing ‘Rolling Fog’ by Lit­tle Greene, a warm neu­tral tone that works won­der­fully with the dusky pink on the walls. The floor is oiled en­gi­neered oak, which echoes the lines of the wall pan­elling – try Di­ne­sen for a sim­i­lar de­sign. The din­ing ta­ble is a vin­tage piece (try The Old Cin­ema for sim­i­lar), as are the Bavar­ian chairs, which were un­earthed at Town­house, a gallery and an­tiques shop in Lon­don’s Spi­tal­fields. For a sim­i­lar in­dus­trial-style light, try Trainspot­ters. Stockist de­tails on p290

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