Porteous Studio holiday home in Edinburgh
Photography: ZAC and ZAC

Porteous Studio is designed as a tranquil retreat for Edinburgh visitors and proves that, sometimes, simplicity is best.

The open-plan apartment – available to rent from £120 per night – is the first project completed by local design studio Izat Arundell, who have applied a philosophy of ‘quiet architecture, craft and food’ to its interiors.

Porteous Studio is dominated by carefully chosen materials and muted colours, including clay plaster walls that keep humidity at optimum levels, and sliding wooden slats that separate the bedroom. Designers Eilidh Izat and Jack Arundell have been careful to reference local materials, crafting furniture from an East Lothian oak tree, and choosing velvet limestone tiles that echo the cobbled street outside.

‘Quiet and considered architecture is both graceful and timeless,’ says Arundell. ‘We try to showcase natural materials and the structure of a building or component, which emphasises the honesty of the design.’

Porteous Studio holiday home in Edinburgh
Photography: ZAC and ZAC

Accessories are kept to a bare minimum – although guests are provided with kitchen essentials, as well as a locally and seasonally sourced breakfast.

Izat Arundell converted the Edinburgh apartment from a disused garage and workshop which, once stripped back, revealed old windows and doors that had been boarded up, and stone steps buried beneath plywood.

Porteous Studio holiday home in Edinburgh
Photography: ZAC and ZAC

‘We wanted to create a experience for our guests, rather than a short stay apartment,’ adds Arundell. ‘We want the studio to gain a patina through use. This character should add to the space and the story.’

Porteous Studio – close to Edinburgh Castle and a short walk from Waverley station – will also host a series of events and supper clubs throughout this year, in partnership with other designers and craftspeople.

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