At a time when the lived-in look has entered and taken over in just about all of our homes, here’s an inspiring, rarefied version on the theme. London architecture firm Jonathan Tuckey Design—a member of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory—was presented with a four-story Regency townhouse, the longstanding home of a couple who work in the art world and have two young kids. The place was “very well used,” according to project architect James Moore, and the requested top-to-bottom refresh set out to embrace rather than erase the family’s visible clutter.
“The scheme is really about creating a backdrop to their busy lives, introducing functional storage for their many objects—a curated chaos—while also developing themes as one moves through the house,” Moore explains. Of course, it helped that the family’s belongings include David Hockney prints and antique Venetian mirrors. As art collectors, the owners were particularly attuned to establishing a mood-setting palette, and wanted, says Moore, “for their art to speak—and for the architecture to have a dialogue alongside it.”
Working with approximately 300 square feet on each floor, the architects wanted to make each space more flexible—”to liberate the walls and floors”—and also to create a sense of being on a journey. While selecting finishes and colors, the design team looked to the early 20th-century abstract art movement known as Purism: “the intention was to introduce varieties of spaces—dark, light, introspective, and distorted using color and the abstracted forms of Purist artworks as a device.” Curiouser and curiouser? The results, particularly as captured in these photographs, have an intriguing down-the-rabbit-hole quality. Join us for a look around.
Photography by Dirk Lindner, courtesy of Jonathan Tuckey Design.