One of the questions I get asked a lot is how to mix modern, Nordic inspired interior design, with a very traditional British style home. So when I read about the ER Residence, a recently refurbished flat within a Victorian terraced house in North London, I knew I had to share the amazing results with you.
Created by architects, and homeowners, Jonty Hallett and Madeleine Ike of Studio Hallett Ike, this fantastic reconfiguration and rear extension, has totally transformed this inner-city space.
As well as providing them with an extra 16sqm, the hand-charred English Lark clad structure, is cleverly divided into a relaxing second bedroom come work area, and a light-filled sunken dining room perfect for friends and family to gather in.
For me, the way the new rooms effortlessly flow into the original ones proves it is possible, in just a few well thought through design moves, to achieve that timeless pared-back Nordic look and feel, no matter what type of home you live in.
By sanding down the original floorboards to expose their natural grain, preserving the original tiled fireplace, and painting the walls and plaster cornice in a pale grey and white, these classic features now become the perfect backdrop for their collection of contemporary pieces.
In the living room, beneath the ‘Three-Arm’ Serge Mouille pendant light, sits an “LCW’ plywood chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. Prints, from personal favourites, The Poster Club sit alongside rugs and furniture from much-loved IKEA, while floor and table lamps from New Works, Menu and HK Living add the softest ambient light after dark.
Meanwhile, in the newly created dinning room and bedroom, Douglas Fir plywood has been used to create contemporary wall panelling, and bespoke seating and storage, including the most perfect secret hideaway for Luna the cat.
Again, these spaces feature future-proof investment pieces from the likes of &Tradition, Flos and Carl Hansen & Son, creatively connecting the old and new together.
I’m sure you will agree that the clean, calm ER Residence with its enduring Nordic style will be one project we can all come back to time and time again for ideas and inspiration no matter where in the world we call home.
To find out more about the ER Residence and the company behind this project, visit the Studio Hallett Ike website.
All photographs by Stale Eriksen for Studio Hallett Ike.
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