When Sharon Toong of House of Sylphina and her husband found a flat in a converted factory in Dalston, a trendy area of East London, they could see the space's potential. At the time, the apartment had dark rooms that were out of proportion. The couple, both architects, knew they could make the home more functional and bring in the spirit of the neighborhood.
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To brighten up the place, Toong added bifold doors that open to the patio, a large window to the rear bedroom, and a full-height glazed wall above the stairs, which brings light into the center of the home. The ground floor's conversion to an open-plan living area added to the home's new feeling of spaciousness. The end result is a design that brings practicality to a cool, urban setting.
The kitchen cabinets mix painted and natural timber. The lower cabinets and island are topped with flamed granite counters and white ceramic tiles were installed as the backsplash. Toong focused on mixing natural materials with metallic accents throughout the home.
Copper Frandsen ball pendants hang in the staircase, which is flooded with light from the new glazed wall.
A mural that Toong spotted in Shoreditch — London's equivalent to Williamsburg, Brooklyn — inspired the choice to add an instillation to the back wall of the patio. The couple hired Bristol-based artist Andy Council to create the one-of-a-kind piece.