Home Tour | St John’s Paddington by Tom Mark Henry
St John’s Paddington by Tom Mark Henry draws on the essence of a New York loft, fusing heritage, innovation and natural materials to carve out an inherently bespoke home.
Across three intelligently executed floors, St John’s Paddington demonstrates an elegant union between the lively milieu of its city fringe locale and a rich yet calming domestic sensibility. The heritage church conversion celebrates all the unique features of contemporary living while leaning into materials that gesture the home’s genesis to cultivate clean, elegant modernity.
Optimising its relatively small footprint, St John’s Paddington assumes an atmosphere of spatial luxury that is immediately signalled on arrival through a double-height entry space channelling the hospitable ambience of a hotel lobby and continues throughout meticulously edited layouts and interior design.
Through weaving a new interior aesthetic into what was originally the manse, Tom Mark Henry has instilled a sensibility at St John’s that juxtaposes the restoration of the architecture while finding harmony through colour, texture and finishes. Within the envelope of monolithic sandstone walls and the jewelled fall of light from expansive stained glass windows, a contemporary home has been orchestrated with strong, clean lines. A range of transparencies – from gauzy curtains to reeded glass and clear glass balustrades – delineate spaces for eating, sleeping, bathing and dining.
Central to the floor plan, the petrol blue and Vagli marble kitchen embraces an aesthetic that sits harmoniously between the historic and contemporary elements, fusing them and bringing a sense of cohesion. Echoing the client’s love for hosting, the space seamlessly activates the lounge and breakfast nook to accommodate various rituals of preparing and sharing food. Overlooking the ground floor, this central level is a space dedicated to togetherness with warm timbers, a spectrum of cool blue textiles and sculptural accents that establish a dialogue with the sandstone walls surrounding it.
Fostering the heritage nature while simultaneously maintaining the bones of the building, a considered structural change closed an internal staircase and opened and maximised St John’s living space. Specialist lighting was introduced to ensure the sandstone walls were lit with indirect and discreet lighting respective of the soaring ceilings and sensitive to the overarching context of the site. A nod to the loft aesthetic is evident in new finishes, furniture, lighting and joinery throughout, essentially bringing the conversion of the home to the height of contemporary living standards.
In considering and responding to both the narrative particular to St John’s heritage and the essentials and luxuries of modern inner-urban living, Tom Mark Henry has celebrated the cultural resonance of the home, leveraging design to cultivate an atmosphere that is cohesive, enduring and deeply engaging.