Wednesday, 23 April 2014

reclaimed materials in an East London home

In the Life&Style section of the latest Elle Decoration UK issue there is a 'at home' feature with British designer Lucy Bathurst of Nest Design. She lives in a 19th-century house in East London and has mainly designed it with reclaimed materials. I fell flat for her breakfast nook and bedroom textiles.

Her kitchen is made from old pine, copper panels, slate and reclaimed glazed bricks. She refers to it as her homage to a kitchen at Ardkinglas House in Argyll that was designed by Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer. It belonged to the best friend of her father.

Lucy collaborates with London-based architects and salvage experts Retrouvius, transforming vintage textiles into bespoke creations. 'It's so satisfying to see old or discarded materials used in a contemporary context,' she says. 'You can take something tired and make it sing again if you reinterpret it in the right way.' (p. 151)

In the dining room there are Mid-century chairs by Kai Kristiansen.

She designed the bedroom textiles herself. The cushions are made from Japanese kimono fabric and velvet. The headboard is upholstered in antique Indonesian textiles. Above it you see parts of antique oriental silk embroidery.

photo credit:
Jake Curtis for Elle Decoration UK, May 2014 via their Facebook page (these are not images that appear in the magazine)


  1. This looks absolutely beautiful and is super inspiring, Lisa! Thanks for sharing it!!

    1. I'm glad to hear you like it, Igor. I have been admiring this feature in the magazine since it arrived. She got the kitchen bricks from a reclamation yard in Staffordshire and she found the flat ones on Ebay!

  2. I can perfectly picture you in that kitchen nook, latte and book in hand, and maybe a notebook too. :)


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