Pop culture meets Land of Oz fantasy – with a few fabulous fripperies thrown in for good measure – in this converted industrial Spitalfields home

Get the look The sofa is a bespoke design by Ligne Roset at Harrods. The First Lady needlepoint throw pillow and vases are by Jonathan Adler. The operating theatre lamp was found at Spitalfields Market – for similar, try Shoreditch Lighting. The pendants were installed by the property developer Chapman Button. The Jade painting is by Sharon Pinsker. You can purchase her work at MASS does concrete flooring like this.

The property

A converted factory in London’s Spitalfields. There is a living room, kitchen, dining room and study, plus two bedroom suites, a bathroom and a courtyard garden.


Tongue-in-cheek artwork, punchy design combos and architectural surprises – not to mention some glittering pop star hand-me-downs – have dragged this converted factory out of its grey, industrial past.

The owners (a film director and restaurateur) immediately clicked with the vision of Chris Dyson Architects, which set out to retain the building’s working-class roots with brick, steel girders and factory-floor proportions, blending them with contemporary glass walls and blocky concrete.

They first viewed the building when it was little more than a shell but it meant they got a say in things like the flooring and layout. They also had the help of an ‘amazing’ builder, Liam Cullen of Cullen Carpentry. Now it hums with a new energy.


The work zone is divided from the main living area by glass walls, which keep the flow, but allow privacy via a curtain.

Get the look The ormolu desk was an eBay find. For similar, check out And So to Bed. Buy the Louis Kartell Ghost chair in Glossy White at Amara. The chair cushion is by Eliot Ward. Check out 1066 Pianos for bespoke grand pianos like this one.

The table lamp was an impulse buy from nearby Spitalfields market.

Get the look This Marilyn Monroe photograph is by Eve Arnold. Her work is available at the Halcyon Gallery. The roll-front cabinet is from The Old Cinema. The chandelier was an antique from Follies in Folkestone. For similar, try The Chandelier & Mirror Company.


The central hallway serves as an ever-changing gallery. Alison Carmichael’s advertising-savvy art mixes with Jonathan Adler designs and, just for fun, there’s a yellow bust of Andy Warhol, which the couple spotted in a market in Israel.

Get the look Mahzerandvee at Etsy does colourful resin busts like this one. On the Wall Antiques could source a triple oval overlapping mirror for you


Magnus Hastings’ photo of drag artist Vanity Faire, aka ‘Dorothy’, was part of an exhibition Why Drag? and reflects the film director owner’s life-long love affair with Technicolor.

Get the look The kitchen was made bespoke with a Miele oven and hob and a Samsung fridge-freezer. For a kitchen like this, go to Kuche. For similar chairs, try Alexander & Pearl. The Heavy concrete pendant lights are by Benjamin Hubert for Decode.


The table is ‘A great macho number: the more dented and worn it gets, the better it looks,’ says the owner.

Get the look This is the Boston table by Timothy Oulton at Harrods. The living wall is by Treebox. You can purchase this Tiered fruit and flower bowl from N1 Garden Centre


The couple have embraced the factory bones of the building, but embellished it with gleam, colour and decorative flourishes. The mirror was mounted on to an easel to get round the issue of the curved wall and the love seat was reupholstered.

Get the look The Roche Bobois love seat was reupholstered by David Scotcher Interiors in Butterfly Parade fabric by Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild. The bed is by Timothy Oulton at Harrods. The pillowcases are by Lush Designs. The mirror was sourced from Swag Antiques. The Anglepoise lamps are from John Lewis. Turner & Cox does industrial storage units like this one.

Butterfly bright colours are set against steely greys – the ultimate mix of pretty with gritty.


Steely grey, matt tiles set the tone for the home’s bathing spaces.

Get the look The bath is by Roca. These are the Porcelain Brick D tiles in Taupe from Tower Ceramics. You can buy a similar Psycho-themed Bates Motel towel set from Amazon.

The vintage Sylvester the Cat statue is a reminder of the owner’s great love of cartoon classics.

Get the look The shower is by Roca. For a towel-warming radiator like this one, check out the Poll Chrome from The Radiator Company. Etsy sells vintage-style cartoon statues like this.

See more work by Chris Dyson Architects at

Photography / James Merrell

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