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Jun 15 16

The UK Designer Who Is Soothing Our Souls, One Interior at a Time.

Rose Uniacke's kitchen in London

Rose Uniacke believes that interiors matter. Like, really matter.

(I do too.)

The London designer’s interiors – like all considered interiors – provide us with an opportunity to transcend. Yes – that’s right – transcend. In case you missed my last post, I’m a guru now.

Put differently, I believe that the spaces we inhabit affect our psyches. I held this belief long before I visited Rose Uniacke’s website, though Rose manages to sum up the notion as elegantly as she designs – which is to say, far more elegantly than I would have managed:

Interiors matter: Interiors and the way we furnish and decorate them.  They change the way we live. They change the way we are.  They have the potential to change us, and our lives, dramatically for the better.

I would add: They allow us to transcend (there’s that word again) the lives we leave behind outside their walls.

simple, dramatic foyer design by Rose Uniacke

Rose Uniacke

It goes like this –

One moment:  we are stuck in traffic, or on a busy London Underground platform. We are frazzled, we are frustrated, we are in a hurry. There is never enough time!

Then imagine: we step inside one of Rose Uniacke’s interiors. We look around – like, really look around; we take in our new (STUNNING) surroundings. We breath deeply – because that’s what you do in a space like this.

Suddenly: we are calm; we’re at ease. Time expands to fill the space. So much space! We are luxuriating. It’s so pretty here! We deserve it. After all, we are thoughtful, elegant people, in a world of beautiful creations.

And that’s how it happens: we’ve transcended.

Rose Uniacke's London dining room

Living / Dining Room at Rose Uniacke's London home

Rose Uniacke

Rose Uniacke's London bedroom

Serene Bedroom by Rose Uniacke

Master bath in Rose Uniacke's London home

Bedroom design by Rose Uniacke

Workspace | design by Rose Uniacke

marble tub & fireplace | bathroom design by Rose Uniacke

Blush-colored Shower by Rose Uniacke

Rose Uniacke | Indoor Pool

Winter Garden by Rose Uniacke

Are you with me? In the spirit of Rose, I’ll say it again: Interiors matter.

(& she makes bloody good ones.)

Images: Rose Uniacke

Jul 22 15

#Shelfie Addition : Johanna Neurath’s Columbia Road, from Hoxton Mini Press

Columbia Road | book of photos by Johanna Neurath by Hoxton Mini Press | via @natmarchbanks

I’ve been smitten with Hoxton Mini Press since the moment I discovered the independent publisher’s first book, I’ve Lived in East London for 86 1/2 Years, on a shop display table in Pitfield London. The book, photographed by Hoxton Mini Press co-founder Martin Usborne, follows the late Joseph Markovitch on a tour through his native Hackney neighborhood as he opens up about his years in London, the city which he left but one time to visit the seaside with his mother. Amongst other things, we learn that Markovitch loves Nicolas Cage, drinks his tea with five sugars, and – thanks to a bad case of chest catarrh – has never had a girlfriend.

If the book sounds sad to you, I assure you it is anything but. Upon opening the book, a card slips out. In Markovitch’s own hand, it reads: My favourite thing about East London is… It’s always changing! Every day a new bar, a new haircut, a new police incident. Markovitch is undeniably charming, and – what’s more – he loves his home.

Hoxton Mini Press has since published numerous books – some humorous, others poignant, all quirky, collectable, and East London-centric. Columbia Road, the newest to their collection, brings us the photography of Johanna Neurath, who has visited Hackney’s famed Columbia Road flower market nearly every Sunday for the past 10 years. Rather than showing us the bright and cheerful floral shots that the #columbiamarket Instagram feed would turn up, Neurath focuses on the strange beauty of the colors and patterns left behind as the market clears out.

Though people are not Neurath’s subjects of choice, one can’t help but sense the human element in each photo; or that there’s some kind of message here – in what we consume and what we leave behind.

Columbia Road | book of photos by Johanna Neurath by Hoxton Mini Press | via @natmarchbanks

Columbia Road | book of photos by Johanna Neurath by Hoxton Mini Press | via @natmarchbanks

Columbia Road | book of photos by Johanna Neurath by Hoxton Mini Press | via @natmarchbanks

Columbia Road | book of photos by Johanna Neurath by Hoxton Mini Press | via @natmarchbanks

Columbia Road | book of photos by Johanna Neurath by Hoxton Mini Press | via @natmarchbanks

Columbia Road | book of photos by Johanna Neurath by Hoxton Mini Press | via @natmarchbanks

You can pre-order your copy of Columbia Road today, for early August delivery – or peruse the entire collection from Hoxton Mini Press here.

 

Images are from Hoxton Mini Press.

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