Sometimes, creating a cohesively designed space can feel like a Sisyphean task when there are roommates to consider. Just when you think things are settled, someone brings in a new find or wants to change the wall art. Photographer purchased this apartment in East London in 2007 and immediately welcomed roommates Julius and Naomi. Luckily, the three settled into a style groove, choosing pieces that felt comfortable and weren’t too precious. It helps that Jo loves to change things up and brings home new finds from her travels or castoffs found in the street. Thanks, Jo, Naomi and Julius! — Amy A.
Image above: This is “the rotation wall.” I often have images left over from an exhibition, or before I sell an image, it goes up in Julius’ room. He doesn’t seem to mind that the images change quite a lot. Julius bought the chair from .
Image above: My bedroom.
Jo Metson’s home continues after the jump…
Image above: This is Julius’ room; again, he’s hosting images of mine left over from an exhibition. It is from a series of images I’ve been working on for the past five years with set designer .
Image above: The photo wall makes me happy every time I look at it. The flat is incredibly light, and when the sun heats up the photos, they all curl away from the wall, which I strangely like. The chairs at the dinning table are my granddad’s old boardroom chairs from the brewery he worked at. They are unusual yet very comfortable.
Image above: I love bright colors and patterns. Most of the stuff in the hallway was bought whilst away on jobs. The rug was bought when I was working in Jordan. The fabrics are mostly from Tanzania and China.
Image above: I found the dead butterfly in the mountains in Tanzania. I thought it was beautiful and managed to carry it all the way back without it being crushed. I tend to collect a lot of random objects, some of which my flat mates aren’t too keen on, like the dead butterfly.
Images above: We have one huge wall in the flat that needed a ginormous ladder to put all the pictures up. Two of the photographs are by my great friend Stephi Jung. I think her work is beautiful. I’ve also bought a couple of prints from . Tonji is a good friend of mine, and I really like collecting the work of people I know. The drawers I bought from Kempton market. They were very tatty and cheap, so I sanded them down, and they cleaned up really well.
Image above: There is constantly amazing food in the flat. Naomi loves to bake and cook. The cake dome is always full. A good friend of hers runs an amazing , and the two of them are always testing out new recipes. It’s great!
Image above: I can’t resist buying fabrics, but I can’t sew very well. So Naomi and I collaborate together, as she can properly sew. She has a lovely sewing area, with loads of fabrics, ribbons and bits. We made all the cushions for the flat.