House of Grey’s Multi-Sensory Design in a London Apartment
Louisa Grey creates interiors that promote wellness. Her design firm, House of Grey, practices what she calls “circular salutogenic design,” which translates as living quarters that are healthful to humans and gentle on our planet. And lovely to be in, too.
A recently completed residence in London’s Gasholders building in King’s Cross exemplifies the House of Grey way: working in a palette of pale shades and soft, wooly textures, Grey swaddles her clients in spa-like calm and quiet. All materials are natural and ethically sourced. In lieu of latex paint—which is petroleum based even if low VOC—Grey collaborated with Bauwerk on her own line of limewash. At a time of extreme crisis and suffering, join us for a look at an otherworldly cocoon.
Photography by Michael Sinclair, courtesy of House of Grey.
Shown here, a white-oiled ash bench by Sebastian Cox, Mazo WNG chairs, and a 1950s Italian hanging light. The Afghan wool rug is the Umbra design; see more in our posts Natural Fiber Rugs by Armadillo x House Grey and Trend Alert: Modern Wall Hangings in Wintery Shades of White.
All of House of Grey’s rugs are made for padding around on barefoot. This one is the wool and silk rug is Perilune from Armadillo.
Above L: A pleated linen curtain encloses an area near the entry with a duel purpose: it serves as a “welcome area” with a shoe bench, and also as a bar for entertaining. Above R: The bench arm’s carved “bowl” can hold keys or drinks.Above L: The enclosed balcony is furnished with a Faye Toogood Roly Poly Sofa on a Terr rug, and potted plants supplied by indoor landscapers L’Appartement. Above R: Franky Farra Frond and Symmy Templeman are the two creatives behind L’Appartement. Based in Peckham, they specialize in “combining unique indoor plants with furniture, design, and architecture.”Above L: “A space must provide warmth and comfort at a base level,” writes Grey. “This requires making choices about finishes and materials most suited to the building. Only then can you add layers of sensory experience.” Shown here, a paneled wall with an art niche outside of one of the two bedrooms. Above R: A ceramic sculpture by Re Jin Lee and 3D painting by Edith Beurskens.
The walls here are finished with Graphenstone, a revolutionary eco paint that absorbs CO2. Frama’s T-Lamp stands on Kristina Dam Studio’s powder-coated steel Curved Side Table, currently $425 marked down from $500, at DWR.
The bedside table is Ilse Crawford’s Companions Side Table for De La Espada (its removable cork bowl is for stashing small items). The sconce is Serge Mouille’s classic Antony Wall Lamp.
More by House of Grey: see Louisa Grey’s own Victorian terrace house in Kitchen of the Week: Serenity in a London Remodel.