Austere Yet Fancy Apartment Becomes An Artist’s Hermit Retreat
Being an artist can be easy at times but the unconventional nature of this occupation means that there’s a lack of organization and a lack of well-defined concepts. Artists don’t work in offices, don’t have cubicles and don’t follow the same rules as accountants, developers or other professionals. All of this may make artists seem cool and free of worries but finding a suitable place to work can be a real struggle in this case. One artist seems to have found a great solution.
This is a 26 square meter apartment located on the first floor of a Victorian house in London. It belongs to an artist who went to Spheron Architects for help with the interior design. His request was for the architects to transform the apartment into a living and working environment that would be comfortable and functional but that would also look and feel secluded and solitary in order to allow his to focus on the creative process.
The architects used a design strategy that could also suit other efficiency apartments. The interior design of the studio is composed of wooden cabinets, large mirrors and net curtains. They called this project the Urban Hermitage. It’s a home and workspace in one, featuring two large units at either end of the space. One of units is covered with folding mirror panels. These panels hide a Murphy bed, a wardrobe and additional storage, keeping all of these things out of sight and out of mind most of the time.
The other unit is made of wood and conceals the kitchen and the entrance to the bathroom. The only other pieces of furniture, besides these two huge units, are a small wooden desk and a very simple-looking chair. The artist chose to only be surrounded by the ussentials and by this type of solitary and monastic seclusion in order to better focus on his work and to bring remoteness into the urban setting.
The walls of the apartment have a rough and unfinished look, with an exposed concrete surface. They’re complemented by the dark-stained wooden floor that adds a warm touch to the decor and also by the soft net curtains that cover the windows.