Interiorssneak peeks

sneak peek: holly wales + stephen smith

by Amy Azzarito

Illustrator and artist Stephen Smith of moved into this converted live/work space that was once a print finisher’s factory in October 2011. They fell in love with the home’s south-facing windows, which allow them to watch the sunrise and sunset and see planes taking off and landing across London. The apartment also has a glass roof on one side where they can watch pigeons walking overhead. The couple had a collection of objects, pictures, books, records and equipment that the large, loft-life space finally allowed them to display. Their studio space is on the upstairs mezzanine, and between their teaching gigs, they often end up working at random times during the day, making for a short, convenient walk from the office to the living room. Thanks, Holly & Stephen! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: Because the factory had to house lots of heavy machinery when it was built in the 1950s, it has solid concrete floors and high ceilings, and the interiors of each space have been adapted with mezzanine areas to define separate rooms. We’ve built a bedroom wall by hanging all of our clothes together — it’s really nice when the sun creeps through the gaps in the morning! The vintage 1960s wallpaper was found in Greenwich, London. The mobile is from the Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles.

Image above: Our collection of original artwork hangs above the bookshelves. (Holly’s motel print series is available in , and drawings are from his show at MU in 2010.)

Holly & Stephen’s London home continues after the jump…

Image above: , Holly’s seagull drawings and a collage piece from our friend . The vintage lamp is from Stephen’s family.

Image above: Our Ikea kitchen unit and storage cabinets are accented by Dulux yellow paint and a Marimekko teatowel. The pink flamingo is on long-term loan from .

Image above: The red plastic school chairs are from a vintage collection found on eBay. The vintage vase is from in Covent Garden, and the Denby coffee pot is from a street market in Hackney. Chair fabric by friends at .

Image above: A collection of postcards and pictures from around the world, collected or sent to us, including a woolen camel on a string from Kazakhstan and some nice finds from art school graduate shows.

Image above: A piece of Stephen’s work from his show at the Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery and part of our camera collection — a defunct Kodak instamatic and a fun plastic panoramic camera from the ’80s.

Image above: One day we hope to build a fully functional model railway, which will circumnavigate the entire house, delivering chocolates and pencils to us at work. This is the very first carriage we acquired — an oil tanker.

Image above: A collection of Stephen’s signs, found in Cumbria, Kent, Spain and Germany.

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