This house looks like the doll's house we let our imagination run wild on as a child and we still think back to it with a smile, the only difference is that this is a real house. The Victorian detached house in south-east London is the living and working space of design duo 2LG Studio. Old, dark colours and rotten wood had to make way for baby pink colours, curved furniture and striking patterns.
In 2015, when Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe bought the four-bedroom building in Forest Hill, it was in a dilapidated state. Several window frames were rotten, there were holes in the ceiling and there was no central heating system. The challenge of renovating the house in a sensitive way only made them rub their hands even more.
"Small enclosed rooms were enlarged into one room and were given a series of light, pastel-coloured walls."
The plan was clear: they would create custom made spaces so that they would be able to express and present their design perspective. Each element used by the duo was inspired by found objects and prints from within the house as well as their own design travels.
The pink bathroom that was already there, retained. The small oppressive kitchen with vinyl floors and broken cupboards was transformed into an open kitchen – designed in collaboration with John Lewis from Hungerford – which is now anchored by two curved storage volumes with a similar curved sink in between. In the middle of the open kitchen is a pole-shaped table that 2LG Studio, in collaboration with artist Olivia Aspinall, made of Jesmonite inlaid with large pieces of turquoise aggregate. The chairs of the Danish furniture brand Menu complement the whole perfectly with their forest-coloured velvet fabric.
"Each element was inspired by found objects and prints from within the house as well as their own design travels."
The old building from 1870 underwent a true metamorphosis. Small enclosed rooms were enlarged into one room and were given a series of light, pastel-coloured walls. Different shades of pink Moroccan tiles were also used to decorate the large chimney. This gives a spotted effect that is in line with the rest of the house.
A design that Imagicasa appreciates a lot!