industrial vibe #25

Gritty urban décor that's both funky and family friendly. Check out this refined- edgy townhouse.

Get the look The dining table, bench and wall light are by Minale + Mann’s The Workshop. The pendant is Davey Lighting’s 7630 Square. The tattoo-style artwork, second from left, is by Angelique Houtkamp at Nelly Duff. The cushions are from The Conran Shop and the brass Form bowl is by Tom Dixon at Heal’s.


A late Victorian townhouse in west London. The ground floor has a drawing room, kitchen-diner, library and WC. The lower-ground floor houses a bathroom and living room. The first floor has a guest bedroom, bathroom and two childrens’ bedrooms. The master suite is on the top floor.


Open-plan is a dirty word in Sebastian Mann’s home. He gets more excited when a house retains a bit of traditional modesty, with private, individual spaces that slowly reveal themselves and tell a story as you walk around it.

Sebastian and his wife Patrina aren’t ones to settle for a cosy lifestyle. With previous home countries including Cambodia, Australia, Fiji and Dubai, their west London family pad was never going to be a cutesy Nappy Valley number.

So when Sebastian, managing partner of design firm Minale + Mann, reworked this townhouse, he decided to honour its late Victorian roots – while stirring in a generous handful of industrial grit for good measure. Warehouse lighting, stark tones, brass, free-flowing art and roughed-up textures lighten charcoal-grey rooms – it’s a compelling remix.

This kitchen is designed to work hard – with loads of storage and a fierce gas hob for stir-fries – but it can play hard too. There is ample room for the children’s toys at the garden end of the room.

Glam materials such as quilted leather and brass could sit easily in a subterranean nightclub, but in the dining area (shown above), they’re blasted with sunlight to create a family-friendly space.

Get the look The kitchen, custom-made by Minale + Mann, features a Carrara marble island, Leicht units, Buster + Punch handles, a Quooker tap and a Smeg cooker. The porcelain tableware is by Sophie Conran for Portmeirion at John Lewis. For a similar copper jug, try Stelton.

When the couple bought the property, it was merely a bedraggled two-storey house with rotten windows and a half-hearted loft extension. Reviving it began with gutting the building, during which time the family rented nearby. But rather than create a standard, knocked-through double reception room, Sebastian’s impulse was to preserve the separate identity of each space.

The front room was returned to its traditional use as a drawing room – the public face of the house – while the more personalised library and kitchen-diner are to the rear.

Get the look The pendant lights are Hooked 1.0 by Buster + Punch. The white Organic bowl is by French Connection Home. Angel Flowers provided the house plants. For a similar stool, try Elemental.


From the hallway, you can see into the drawing room. Hallways are often neglected, so Sebastian decided to let the two spaces speak to each other. A glazed wall links them without losing their sense of separateness.

Get the look The framing is painted in Railings eggshell and the walls in Pavilion Gray emulsion, both by Farrow & Ball. This is the Wingback Remix armchair and The Rockstar whisky bar, both by Buster + Punch. For a similar glass dome, try

In this grown-up scheme, designed as a formal meet-and-greet space, bold features are softened by ethereal marble tones.

Refined yet industrial is how Sebastian describes the house. This aesthetic runs through all the rooms, with their elegantly urban, grey backdrops.

Get the look The large painting by Gareth Edwards was procured by art consultant Miff Crockford. The sofa is from B&B Italia. For a similar ottoman, try Porada. The pots on the windowsill are from French Connection Home. The cushions include the Beginning, second from left, by Jessica Zoob for Black Edition by Romo. Gandia Blasco’s Sail Taupe rug is available at Heal’s. Minale + Mann sourced the untreated white oak flooring. For similar planks, try Ecora.

Artwork by John O’Carroll in layers of wax, resin, aluminium and steel shine out from the graphite-coloured walls, while untreated oak flooring adds natural warmth.

Get the look The wax and the grey artwork are by John O’Carroll and the small painting is of Venice, where Sebastian and Patrina got married. The Etoile marble fireplace is from English Fireplaces. Ochre’s Club Chair is paired with Jessica Zoob’s It’s Complicated cushion for Black Edition by Romo. This is a vintage Twenties table lamp. For similar, try Anglepoise. The rug is by Linie Design at Heal’s.

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The built-in storage, made in black MDF, with a library-style ladder, incorporates a clever display area.

Get the look This is John O’Carroll’s textural artwork. For a similar side table, try The French Bedroom Company.

An elevated mezzanine section above the bed adds an extra dimension to the loft for a hotel-suite feel. Family photos and mementos line the shelves.

Get the look The headboard was upholstered in quilted velvet by Minale + Mann. The pink bed linen from Loaf is teamed with a Fringe throw in Soft Grey by The Linen Works at Heal’s. The Valencia side table is by BoConcept.

Master en suite

Slate flooring sets a dark and moody backdrop for hip hotel-style additions.

Surfaces in slate, lava stone, wood, brass and marble hone the rough, custom-made theme and link textures throughout the house. For Sebastian it’s a more sophisticated way to create a feeling of unity and flow than just knocking down walls.

Get the look The metro brick tiles are from Material Plans. For a similar bath, try CP Hart. The bath towel by Khadi and Co is available at The Conran Shop and Aesop’s hand wash is from Twentytwentyone.

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Photography / Paul Massey

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