50 Fairchild house.(London case study house 01)
The Client: Art/Earth/Tech a fledgling community advocating playful, mindful & focused living.
The brief: wood, stone, mindful living.
When we began to design this space we kept two things in mind, one: Our philosophy: To always respect the space and the era it came from, allowing period details to express themselves never covering or hiding.
Two: Create a space that in itself is a practice of conscious existence, translating a word & a concept into physical characteristics that will encourage the daily practice of living mindfully.
Phase one, Removing: We began by gently removing all recently added interventions & fixtures, toxic materials, plastic & laminate floors, uncovering pipes and electric conduit. ‘300 bags of rubble where taken down 5 floors in the elevator’
Phase Two, Fixing: Application of raw plaster to the walls, fitting the parquet floor boards ‘rescued from a school built in 1908 in Yorkshire’, hand sculpting micro cement shower, hand sculpting micro cement cooker area, fitting of 100 year old query tiles into shower & toilet room.
Phase Three, Finishing: We sought to find art & antiques that we feel are connected to the space. Pieces that share a soul even though they had not yet coexisted, always remembering that first and foremost this space is English, working class and built for a 1950s family. When objects and space belong together they create an environment that is not purely decretive but rather an environment steeped in deep feeling and meaning.
The bathroom sink, a marvellous example of Shanks before Shanks merged with Armitage to form the brand we know today as Armitage Shanks. The underside is dated September 9th 1932, the taps; brass with non concussive valves, they have the most delightful movements.
The Kitchen sink, we chose this circa 18th century stone sink to bring a feeling of earth to this 5th floor space & because The experience of the water hitting the stone as you bathe the dishes is one of immense peace. A constant reminder to the residents that all mundane activities can be a celebration of beauty.