This is one of the most charming and interesting projects I have seen in a while. I love basically everything about it: the colors, the materials, the level of customization, the space itself.
The Beldi, originally a shoe factory, is now a converted loft space in Shoreditch, a buzzing area in East London. The apartment was designed by a husband and wife due of architects, Chan and Eayrs.
Chan and Eayrs concentrate on one project at a time and they design houses for themselves, living onsite during the entire building and decorating process. They have decided to work for themselves and not for any other clients in order to be able to realise exactly what they have in mind, without comprises. Since 2004 they did four houses or homes as they call them.
Being an interior designer or an architect is not always as exciting and glamorous as people think in fact. The creative part of the job goes hand in hand with relentless dealing with the clients, the suppliers, the artisans and sometimes even with the neighbours!
Last week I went to presentation of a project by Neri and Hu Studio, sponsored by Elle Decor Italia. The architect who was there to represents the studio underlined that a good part of their job is convincing the client about the necessity of an expense or the rightness of an idea. This is practice means hundreds of emails.
Neri and Hu is an internationally established firm that can offer to give ultimatum, most of us have to compromise.
It is not a case that three quarter of the amazing houses that you see in the interiors magazines are own houses. This is much easier in fact, if you have the budget, to create what you have in mind when you don’t have interferences.
The Beldi is available to be rent as a holiday house in Airbnb or as a location.
Check one of +deco previous post for some more green inspiration.
(Photographs from Chan+Eayrs website)