Today we’re going to present you an interior design project by the atelier of architectural duo Zoe Chan and Merlin Eayrs that features unique contemporary lighting designs. New Cross Lofts consists of two lofts and two work studios, which were conceived, designed, built and furnished in their totality as an artistic endeavour of contemporary minimalism and rustic elegance.
A key aspect of this design philosophy is an appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. This is materialized through an emphasis on natural materials whose texture, patina and imperfections are juxtaposed with clean, minimal lines and volumes, as well as the use of specialized craftsmen like bricklayers, carpenters, stone-masons, blacksmiths and plasterers.
Madeleine is a stunning suspension lamp that was inspired by a flower bouquet. It will fit perfectly in every single industrial style kitchen, providing it a French touch.
For the New Cross Lofts’ interiors, the designers have chosen a palette of white hues for the walls and limed oak for the floors, which, combined with large street-facing windows and the built-in cabinetry, makes the relatively small spaces light-filled and airy.
The designers have approached the building’s exterior with the same combination of traditional craftsmanship, minimal ornamentation and modern sensibility.
Darker tones are only introduced by the window frames and an eclectic selection of furniture that include distressed wooden and upholstered pieces as well as antiques.
The polished whiteness of the walls also serves to pleasantly complement the rich texture of the oak floors which have been lime-washed to reveal their grain.
Lee is a modern floor lamp ideal for any industrial loft. Like a vintage microphone on top a stage, this standing lamp is a mid-century lighting design classic.
Light hues are also dominant in the bathrooms, which feature off-white, honed marble tiles on the walls, while the staircase that connects all the floors is treated in more earthy tones with exposed concrete steps and raw-plastered walls.
Referencing the brickwork of neighbouring Victorian houses, the facade stands out both for the considerably lighter hues and for the herringbone pattern that Chan + Eayrs have ingeniously designed both as a potential hallmark and as an architectural statement of bespoke simplicity.
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