Industrial Vibe #3

This Victorian meets New York loft-style home is full of surprises – including a large fig tree growing through the middle of it…

Get the look: The artwork is by Alain Diot.


A four-storey late-Victorian terrace in north London. The house comprises a large living, kitchen, dining and study area on the ground floor. On the mezzanine above is a study area, leading to the first floor with two bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom. There are another two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. Downstairs in the basement is a wine cellar that holds over 500 wines, a home cinema and WC.

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From the outside, the house resembles a fairly routine late-Victorian terrace, so the interior comes as an eye-opener.

Visitors walk through the front door into a huge, stripped-back, opened-up, industrial living space of bare brick and wood that contains the kitchen, dining and living area.

Get the look: This is the Swallow artwork by Roger Taylor at Jamm Gallery.

But what really makes the space unusual is the metal staircase, full-length up-and-over windows and enormous fig tree snaking through the middle of the house up to the glass roof. The tree was there before the house and is staying firmly put.

The stairs have a subtle ombre effect; light grey to to match the pale grey flooring at the bottom, getting gradually darker to match the dark grey floor on the mezzanine.

The house is full of thoughtful details like this, and everything is ingeniously configured. There are even two envelopes for ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ post in the hall and coat pegs in descending order of height for each family member.


Taking centre stage of the house is the dining area, with an open-plan living area on the right.

Get the look: The kitchen is the Cesar Maxima 2.2 designed by Ben Jones of Espresso Design. All the appliances are by Miele. This is the Table B dining table by BD Barcelona. The Vitra Panton S chairs are available from John Lewis.


The kitchen is sleek, functional and ultra-modern in design.

Get the look: Kitchen design is by Ben Jones of Espresso Design. The artwork, Petrol Pumps, Toulouse by Barry Cawston, is from the Hampstead Affordable Art Fair. The metal bowl is by Tom Dixon.


The full-length up-and-over window opens right up like a garage door to make the house airy on hot days.

Every centimetre of space is utilised; even CDs are out of sight and stored away behind the art in the living room.

Get the look: For a similar vintage football table, £2,995 from RS Barcelona at The Conran Shop. The copper pendant lamps are by Tom Dixon. The smaller hanging lamps were designed by home owner.

The collection of Tom Dixon pendants make a striking display.

Get the look: The Met sofa and chair are from Cassina. This is the B1 speaker from Vivid Audio. The table is bespoke. The side table is the DLM (Don’t Leave Me) model by Hay. The cushions and throw are from Heal’s.


This floor connects the living areas to the sleeping spaces and houses a light, open-plan home office (image at the top of this page).


This room has another huge up-and-over window and possibly the best view in the house with a panorama over north London.

Self-expression is allowed here. The cupboard was chosen because it looks like locker room furniture.


The wardrobes are bespoke. The design (which conceals inset handles) is based on dandelion seeds being blown in the wind. Inside, the wardrobes are meticulously arranged with a space for everything.

Get the look: For similar wardrobes, find a recommended cabinet maker locally to build to your own design via

The exposed brick walls are in keeping with the rest of the house and continue the industrial, stripped-back theme.

Get the look: These are I-Night System Inclinart side tables by Presotto. The cushions and throw are from Heal’s. This is the Boy on a Swing artwork by Dan Parry-Jones, bought from Edgar Modern.


This space is designed to be fun yet practical, with plenty of storage.

Get the look: The taps and shower are by Vola. The bathtub is from Ma Salle de Bain. The double basin is from CP Hart.

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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