INDUSTRIAL VIBE #19

Restaurateur Mark Hix’s home celebrates his love of art and reclaimed fixtures, with both are happily mixed with a great sense of fun..

Get the look The glazing is a Tekne design, made by Global Steel Fabrications. These are Emery & Cie floor tiles. The vintage armchairs are upholstered in a Josef Frank fabric – visit Svenskt Tenn for similar. The glass artwork, titled Loll, 2016, is by Gabriel Hartley. The work on the wall, titled Ambient Blue, is by Mustafa Hulusi.

THE PrOPErTy

A ground-floor apartment within a mid-century converted warehouse in south London. It comprises a living area, kitchen, garden room, wine room, boot room, master bedroom suite with walk-in wardrobe, guest bedroom suite and three WCs.

GARDEN ROOM

The flat only has a small patio, but the indoor/ outdoor space (above), which used to be a bedroom makes up for that. There’s a delightful sense of flow, from the open-plan kitchen and living space in the front of the flat, via the garden room that Mark created in place of an unwanted bedroom, through to the sleeping quarters, all adorned with an outstanding selection of art.

LIVING AREA

Uninspiring at first viewing, the apartment was stripped back to its bones before Mark – drawing on the expertise he’d accumulated in helping to design his restaurants – reworked the footprint to create a series of fluid zones, linked and juxtaposed by the eye-catching art that lines the walls.

Get the look The wine rack and shelving was created by Tekne; for a range of reclaimed scaffold boards, as well as upcycled fixtures using the material, visit Rugged London. Find similar wood flooring at Element7. This is a vintage Stilnovo floor lamp. Mark’s collection of vintage corkscrews was framed by We Are Facility.

Mark has made great use of reclaimed scaffold boards, both to create the bookcase, a wine rack, and also to line the ceiling in the garden room beyond. The artwork in the bookcase is actually the front of a pull-out drinks cabinet. Mark bought the cabinet from the Paul Smith shop in Mayfair and replaced ‘a horrible Chinese painting’ in the front, with this artwork.

Get the look Visit the Paul Smith shop at No. 9 Albemarle Street for one-off pieces of furniture. The artwork attached to the front of the cabinet, entitled Tiger Skin Lily, is by Mat Collishaw.

The furniture, too, has a sense of history – the sofa, for example, was Mark’s ex-brother-in-law’s and is a Seventies design from Sweden. A strict all-white decorating palette is punctuated by artwork and the colourful shades of Mark’s extensive Stilnovo lighting collection.

Get the look The large painting by the front door, entitled OWOWOW, is by Stefanie Heinze – see more of her work at Saatchi Gallery. Pamono is a good source of vintage Stilnovo lighting.

An arrangement of objects is complemented by yet another Stilnovo light fixture.

Get the look The sculpture, entitled Resilience, Homage to Mathilda, is by HIX Award finalist Geraldine Buckland.

KITCHEN

In the kitchen, another vintage piece – a wooden fridge dating back to the 1800s that was refurbished by a company called Technical Services – adds a standout element to the scheme. Mark isn’t keen on the generic, stainless-steel finishes of most modern extractor hoods, so he had the cover made to fit in with the industrial look around the flat.

Get the look The cabinetry and bronze, liquid-finish worktop were created by Tekne. The base for the island was made from reclaimed plaster pillars sourced from Retrouvius. The ‘Nice’ plate is by Tracey Emin – similar limited editions are available at the Hang-Up Gallery. The bar stools are from LASSCO.

MASTER BEDROOM

The triptych hanging above the bed makes a striking statement against the whitewashed bare-brick wall.

Get the look The artwork, entitled Desert Line, is by Susannah Horowitz. The bedside cabinet is an eBay find. Find a similar light at Trainspotters.

Behind the dividing wall is Mark’s walk-in wardrobe.

Get the look The artwork, entitled What the Fuck am I Doing? is by 2014’s HIX Award winner Felix Treadwell. The velvet-upholstered daybed was found at Renaissance London.

The mirror artwork is by Gary Webb. When Mark moved it here, it took a whole day to put the pieces back together.

Get the look See Gary Webb’s work at Galerie Mitterrand. The desk is from Swoon. The vintage chair is an eBay find.

MASTER EN SUITE

Mark has his bath freestanding in the room, but the shower is located in the space beyond.

Get the look The copper bateau bath was sourced on eBay. The photographic artwork, entitled The Grand Monkey Room, is by Karen Knorr.

To learn more about Mark Hix’s restaurants, private dining events and the HIX Townhouse in Lyme Regis, visit hixrestaurants.co.uk.

To see the roster of emerging artists exhibiting at the HIX ART gallery in Shoreditch, or to get details about the HIX Award for students and recent graduates working across all art forms, check out hixart.co.uk

Photography ⁄ James Merrell

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