How on earth do you go about converting all 6,000 square foot of a one-time industrial building into a habitable living space? John Crace finds out
Aircon House started out as a rocking-horse factory in the 19th century, and over the years has seen life as a stage set factory, a builders' merchants and an air-conditioning fittings factory (hence its name).
The owners, Eric Guibert and Robin Pembrooke, simply wanted more space. They certainly got it – 6,000 square feet of it.
Aircon House is charming. In this article you will see the beginning conversion efforts, but they had big plans for their home.
If you believe that cozy feeling with industrial design don’t go together then you should see this family home. This is a A double-fronted Edwardian house in north London. The distressed finish is...
We really like so many of the design choices in this cool and hip London home. The use of concrete, bricks, vintage wood and stone add lovely earth tones and textural elements to the spaces. Color is used as punctuation and an artful note and is just enough but not too much.Textile choices add a bit of sophistication as do chandeliers, wallpaper, and rugs. Mid cetnury classic furniture is sprinkled throughout .
As two Chicago Art Institute professors create a living art project in an abandoned warehouse—a home much greater than the sum of its parts—they’ve collected a “complete set” of alternative energy technologies.
A refined Chicago conversion.....
Capturing the sun
One of Frances and Jim’s motives for renovating a decades-old warehouse is to show that, with a little imagination, abandoned city buildings can be reused. In a neighborhood sitting between industrial and residential areas, their home demonstrates the elegance of reuse, the power of good design and the promise of new energy technology.
"This loft southeast of the island of Manhattan was a former clothing factory and designer Suchi Reddy was responsible for the renovation of this beautiful space. The floor still bears the traces of sewing machines, brick walls and tin ceiling have been restored and the pillars and metal beams left on display. "
Whether they’re fabricating a dining chair, designing a line for West Elm, or building out a kitchen, Amy and Brandon Phillips find ways to reveal the unique histories and characteristics of the materials within their work. “We don’t believe in enshrining the past,” says Brandon, “but we don’t need to hide it either. We can respect it.”
The talented partnership of Amy and Brandon Phillips created an inspiring renovation on a 19th Century Factory for a living and work space. We love their philosophy of embracing and showcasing the inherent features of this standout architecture.
"The couple’s large two-bedroom flat is composed primarily of stained heart-pine floors, mottled worn-brick walls, and enormous metal windows set with blue-and-white safety glass. It’s a testament to the richness of well-placed, delicately finished found materials. "
Today I am talking about modern and beautiful spaces and the apartment below is really one of my dream house. O
We bring to you another rockin conversion that combines a strongly white and modern driven interior with a beautiful texture filled building.filled with original wood floors, ceilings and incredible walls.
"Somehow the space age chairs and ornate Rococco gilded frames are calmed down by all the roughness of the raw timber, rustic surfaces and neutral colour palette.
Who says you can’t own a great apartment on the west coast? While it’s true that New York City may be the first place people think of when luxury apartment conversations come up, this SoMa San Francisco based loft proves that the Bay Area is home to some incredible apartments. This stunning space was developed by...
This is not an ordinary warehouse conversion, but an eccentric and unique living space. You can play basketball, hang out under your "live" tree, or go to your home office. The details are numerous and high end, and the space is large, open and bright. Wait until you see the architecturally awesome exterior!
Ahhhh....great job with the decor! The textures, tones and bones of this building are wonderful.
This beautiful, 6,500 square foot loft belongs to photographer Rob Brinson and his wife, Jill Sharp Brinson, a stylist and designer.Located in the King Plow Art Center, a former factory from the 1800s, the space is now used as a photography studio, a getaway and a crash-pad for the couple's friends and family.
When Christopher Reyes found his dream home on the southwest corner of Madison and Main Street in the early '90s, he had a hard time getting a bank to back him. "At that time, the banks didn't believe in Downtown. They considered it a dump and not worth investing in," said the former art student ....Memphis, Tennessee
Another interesting and very creative individual featured at Raw and Real Interior Design, Christopher Reyes. Artist and entrepeneur, "Reyes, the creator of Live from Memphis, a website, production company and artist-support organization dedicated to promoting local music, art, film and culture, works from his home office, separated from the loft by sliding Japanese doors made by Reyes out of greenhouse roofing material and found wooden racks."
""People always love it when they come here. I always tell them, 'It was a lot of blood, sweat and tears, man,'" Christopher Reyes
In Alabama, a commercial building with a multifarious past begins a fresh chapter for a young family after a modern renovation.
Love, love, love....contrasting to the student apartments around Auburn University, this industrial space was built in 1920 as a mercantile space in a thriving African-American neighborhood during segregation.The building has since hosted several pool halls, a barbershop, a Baptist church, a few cab companies, several restaurants, and, rather dubiously, a “fish shop.”
When the Hills purchased the building, they were unaware of its backstory —it was merely a termite-infested plumbing storehouse with a promising brick-and-concrete exterior. “During construction our neighbors kept coming up and sharing stories about getting their hair cut here, or eating here when it was a cafe,” David says. “We realized we had to be a little more careful. This thing had a life, a more interesting life, than we had ever imagined. We kind of stepped back a little bit and didn’t do some of the architectural moves that we originally thought we were going to do.”
The story is very interesting and the journey of renovating this building had some important messages for anyone taking on a project like this.
Eclectic loft designed by Danna B Interiors located at The Filing Station Lofts at Wynwood, Miami, Florida.
Get back to me on your favorite room....I am in love with the desk under the stairs....what about you?
This space is amazing and well executed. I am puzzled but could not determine the history of this lofty home....could be legit warehouse or wannabe, no matter, still fab. The windows, light, high ceilings, industrial vibe, modern classic furniture, rustic textured additions and shiny stainless elements, are just a few of the reasons I love this space.
Located at The Filing Station Lofts at Wynwood, Miami, Florida, this loft residence was designed by Danna B Interiors.
Benoît Jamin et Isabelle Puech, les créateurs de sacs reconnus, découvrent cet atelier délabré dans la banlieue parisienne... Ils décident de le rénover pour en faire une habitation au style industriel clairement marqué.
I don't speak French either, but this space is some raw eye candy!
isabelle puech and beno jamin are fabulous french handbag designers who live in a converted warehouse decorated in earthy/chic
Name: Matt and Mel Location: Fairfax, Virginia Size: 816 square feet Years lived in: 10 mos; Renting Is it ever the case where you visit the home of designers and find that their space isn't the coolest one on the block, filled with creative design and a beautiful harmony of eclectic trinkets? Never! And the graphic home of designer and animator Matt and Mel is thankfully no exception. The couple's warm and bright home greets you at the door with bold color choices and invites you to stay awhile and enjoy all the animated toys along the way.
Totally awesome, creative, pulled together, hip home.
Located in an old garment factory in Brooklyn, Patina vintage rentals is an innovative and interesting business model. In the words of Corrin Arasa, Founder + Creative Director, "Patina is a curated collection of vintage and handmade furniture oozing with the character and beauty that comes with age."
The young Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres chose to live in a small studio in Londrina, Brazil. The place would lodge an artist’s painting atelier and was under redecoration for over 10 years by the architect himself. The present project came to life due to several problems found in the building such as electricity mains and rewiring, wall cracks and seepage. Within a month, all wall coatings were removed and rebuilt whilst the architect decided to build a brick table and couch. “As a furniture ...
This home is visually a contrast between the massive concrete walls and furniture and the interesting textural, colorful elements of fabrics and accessories. "The design was inspired by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, a Brazilian architect who won the Pritzker prize in 2006 and famous for exploring the Brutalist Architecture, in which the architecture functional mechanisms such as hydraulic and electrical pipes are at sight. Modern and avant-garde, the whole building cost approximately U$ 6,000.00 and the low cost is due to its simplicity in architectural solutions."
Never forget In Victorian times, Tower Bridge was the gateway to London. Saffron, anise, tamarind and tea all passed along this stretch of the Thames before being tucked away in warehouses like Ivory House. This ...
In a former life this was a warehouse for spices and tea. Now it is a rental option in London's Tower Bridge neighborhood.
....curved windows, the high ceilings and exposed structure saturate the space with history....
Guess what...if you are visiting London you can rent this beautiful space!
Name: Marco Pecota & Ilse Gudino Location: Toronto, Canada Size: 2,700 square feet Years lived in: 5 years, owned Imagining what the combined efforts of an industrial furniture designer/horror magazine publisher/film maker and a professional flamenco dancer could do with a boxy mixed-use building couldn’t even come close to the dramatic reality that is Marco & Ilse’s multi-level loft. Especially considering the fact that every inch was carefully planned in a full interior demolition and re-design by Marco himself.
Lovely, interesting and well done! "This incredible space is clearly the work of artists in their element, bringing together gothic-romantic pieces with daring industrial and Spanish flavors. Never one to shy away from bold choices...."