Tag Archives: London

Public toilets turned into architect’s dream home


Well, your initial thought might be what I was thinking too. No matter how cool this house is going to look, I am not sure if I could ever live in what was once a public restroom. But London-based architect Laura Clark went for it and after long legal battles bought the old restroom from the local council, and revamped the space into her dream home.

The place before. Now there are some original features you might want to get rid of instead of preserving……
image source: telegraph.co.uk

The place after. I am beginning to see what she was thinking
image source: telegraph.co.uk

The garden is where the stairs to the ladies restrooms were. The entry to the men’s is now her front door.
image source: telegraph.co.uk

The flat has no windows, only roof lights. But it still seems bright and airy. I really hope she managed to get rid of any lingering odour though. All in all I am impressed with her pezzaz, or chutzpah if you will, but am not sure I would call it worth it. To be honest, I find the decor a bit dull.

Read the whole story here.

Soucre: telegraph.co.uk

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Restaurant designer David Collins dies


David Collins, founder of the well-known London-based interior design studio with the same name, died last Wednesday after a short battle with skin cancer. Collins was best known for the design of famous restaurants including The Wolseley, Nobu, Massimo in London and many more in the USA and abroad. He also designed for various hotels and wellness facilities as well as the occasional residential project.

 

Massimo Restaurant and Oyster bar designed by David Collins. Image source: Dezeen.com

A message on his website reads “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Collins following a short but valiant battle with cancer.”

 

$480.000.000 London home for sale.


I checked by bank accounts but am short about $479.999.999. Pity, because otherwise I could have afforded this lovely little pied-a-terre in posh Kensington, London that’s on the market for 300 million GBP…. It’s got 45 bedrooms spread out over a total of 7 stories and boasts a view of London’s Hyde Park. It was owned by Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the deceased Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Now as we all know sultans and such are famous for their understated class and sense of style…NOT! So no surprise that this house is whispered to be decorated with gold leaf.. Classy right?

$480.000.000 home in London’s Hyde Park

Kenneth Grange: Making Britain Modern


Britain’s leading product designer, Kenneth Grange, designed many household products used in homes throughout Britain and beyond. Kodak Cameras, Kenwood food mixers, the London Taxi; they are all the product of his talent. The Design Museum in London is showcasing a retrospective celebrating his 50 year career. Beware of Nostalgia! The exhibition lasts up to October 30th.

Kenneth Grange designed Kodak Camera

If you like product design, you’ll like this book. Design: The History and Practice of Product Design. Available in the Homevoyeurs webshop for $47,45 and eligible for free shipping!

Ink Calendar by Oscar Diaz


Loving this! A calendar that indicates the passing of days by ink absorbed by paper. One a day, the numbers are filled with ink until at the end of the month, the paper is full. Every month has its own color ink, representing the season. December for instance in blue, while spring is orange/red. (which in my book represents autumn actually) Unfortunately the calendar is not for sale, but was produced as a prototype for the London Design Festival. The design is by Oscar Diaz

Ink Calendar by Oscar Diaz

Sit on a London bus


The red London Bus is one of London’s principal icons. In particular the archetypal red rear-entrance double-deck Routemaster type is recognised worldwide. This type of bus is now only used on two heritage and touristic routes, but the vehicle will remain one of London’s most iconic symbols.

These great London bus cushions celebrate the icon and make it part of you home; anywhere in the world.

Selfridges London Bus cushion

Selfdridges & Co sell this one at £97.50. It is also available with the London black taxi and Bobby icons.

ASDA London bus cushion

At ASDA, this one is a bit cheaper at £7. I am having a hard time to find online retailers for this item. If anyone can help me I´d greatly appreciate it.

Debenhams London Bus cushion

At Debenhams, this graphic cushion sells for £20.

We Loves Cushions London Bus cushion

Welovecushions.co.uk sell this in their online shop for £24.99.

Ultraluxe.ca London Bus cushion

Canadian webshop Ultraluxe.ca sell this flowery and patchwork-esque cushion for $34,95

Baby-bedding.com.au London Bus cushion

This one at $16,95 with Australian baby website Baby-Bedding.com.au.

4M London Bus cushion

A very hefty $265 for this photo-printed cushion at 4M.

Not enough London transport for you? Check out some of the books on London design in the Homevoyeurs webshop. For instance London Transport Posters; a Century of Art & Design. For sale at $41,32 and eligible for free shipping.

London Transport Posters By David Bownes and Oliver Green

What can one buy across the globe for €100.000


They used to have this feature on a show I used to watch or in a magazine I used to read. Or I still watch the show or read the magazine but they just stopped with this specific feature. I for, but I do remember loving it; comparing house prices across the globe.

I thought I’d make it interesting and start with a figure so low that in some cities likely nothing can be bought with this kind of money; €100.000,-. My search starts in my home town Amsterdam. Online real etate search engines come back with mainly garages and parking spaces. A garage here can be on the market for as much as €85.000,-, depending on the area.

One house in particular caught my eye. It’s a 60m2 (650 square feet) one bedroom flat in a leafy southern suburb of the city on the market for €98.000,-.  The flat has hardwood parquet floors throughout and has a two south (!) facing balconies. With its proximity to public transport, one can be in the city center within 20 minutes. Also, local shops and facilities are excellent with a popular shopping center a few minutes walking away. Across the hall from the apartment is a separate storage room that can double as a study or guest room.

nice floors!

nice floors!

The catch; the apartment is fo sale only for those above the age of 55 and is what they call a service flat. This means that a communal charge of €375 one gets security, a 24/7 service desk, access to communal recreational areas, window cleaner, medical assistance etc.

Further to that, very little to be found in our price bracket in Amsterdam…..

Moving on, across the North Sea, to London! Now there’s a city notorious for it’s insane house prices… Because I feel that at least the address should still officially have London in it, I limit myself to areas within the main circular roads.

Oddly enough, online searches in London result in many surprising finds. One of them is a houseboat in Ice Wharf Marina on the border of King’s Cross (bad) and Islington (very nice!) It therefore has easy access to public transport and is a short walk away from fashionable Upper Street. It’s tiny, with a maximum width of 1.83m, yet offers romantic potential.

 

It's very pretty, but I wonder how high the ceiling is...

It's very pretty, but I wonder how high the ceiling is...

All in ll it’s more or less 19m2, which is a little over 200 square feet. Small? Yes. Charming? Yes. And all this for £80.000,- which is £500 under our budget!

That bedroom would not fit MY bed..

That bedroom would not fit MY bed..

The bedroom is hardly that. And I am not sure why there need to be two loos though… Maybe create one small bathroom and create a cupboard bed where he extra loo is now?”

I had to share this one with you by the way. It’s a tiny studio flat in posh and swanky Hampstead for a little over our budget at £99.800,- It measures less than 10m (110 square meters), with the main room measuring 2m40 2m70. It can do with some good decorating tips to make this a dream home. Maybe the tiny homes feature of Apartment Therapy can help the buyer with that?

2.4x2.7 meters....

2.4x2.7m.....

Moving on to New York City.. the city that never sleeps and according to some that is because too many people can’t afford to sleep there. 

I will never forget one of the bachelors in the first series of he Bachelorette inviting Christa to his studio flat in Manhattan. The horror on her face at such tininess was classic.

I am very curious what NYC has to offer for up to €100.000, which is approximately $129.000. The first couple of sites either tell me that unfortunately my search has not shown any results. On another site the first studio apartment I stumble across is on the market for $685.000….. so far not so good.

I decide to try to look on the real estates listings site of the New York times. There are actually a few available options for this money. Even on the island of Manhattan proper. On the most Northern tip, in historic(as the agent calls it) Hamilton Heights (I think that might be realtor’s lingo for gang ridden). It’s a 2 bed, 1 bath apartment comprising 820 square feet (about 72m2). There is a sitting room, separate dining room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. The main parts all face south to allow lots of sun to enter. It’s on the market for $125.000.

With the same agent a 2 bed, 1 bath is for sale in the same building. The building is a low income co-op with strict income restrictions and does not allow buyers with more than 120% median income.Unfortunately there are no pictures of the properties but this is a street view.

Looks a bit West Side Story-ish don't you think? Isn't that where Tony got shot?

Looks a bit West Side Story-ish don't you think? Isn't that where Tony got shot?

I’ll go more exotic next time. But for now, this will do.