‘Postmodern playfulness’ is how this London property by Sanderson Studio is described, with living spaces wrapping around a leafy courtyard garden and stark brickwork juxtaposing exposed timber and rounded edges.
Designer Daniel Sanderson specialises in using wood in his designs, borrowing elements of postmodernism (usually associated with plastics and man-made fabrications) and a hefty dose of inspiration from Memphis maverick Ettore Sottsass to create his own Stoke Newington home, dubbed Brickfields.
The three-bedroom Hackney house encapsulates all of these elements in one structure and is described as the ‘culmination’ of his favourite things.
‘I built the house on what used to be two gardens,’ the designer told The Modern House, as it brings Brickfields to market for £1.65m. ‘I didn’t want to create a pastiche of the terrace that runs down this road, but I looked at the typology of the conservation area. I wanted some nice references to the local fabric, so there are nods to the past – the bricked-up windows, for example.’
Interiors feature exposed timber roof trusses, slate-coloured brick and entirely bespoke fixtures and fittings made by Sanderson himself. This includes the staircase, linings, furniture and the kitchen.
‘I’ve loved returning to my roots – I studied architecture at the Royal College of Arts – but I’m not an architect’s architect. I’m interested in the intersection of design, where the relationship between architecture, art and furniture establishes a coherent space.’
The London property has two rooms on the lower ground floor that could be used as workspaces or guest rooms (they open onto the courtyard through French doors) while one of the bedrooms is presently set up as a workshop for the furniture designer, offering inspiration for its many uses.
Read his interview with The Modern House and tour the house in the gallery above.