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The Clapton Laundry

Stylist and author of interior books Ashlyn Gibson and her theatre director partner Matthew Lloyd bought the Clapton Laundry in 2015 after a 3 year search for a building to renovate in East London.


London, UK

GAP Interiors/Dan Duchars/Interiors Design: Ashlyn Gibson

Feature No:   3792 

Qty of Images:    35 


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Hidden behind a facade of Victorian terraced houses the former factory occupies urban backlands colonised by artists and creatives. Over 2 brainstorming sessions with an architect friend the design scheme was born - to flood the former light industrial unit with overhead light and to create a timber house within a house that would be home to a series of bedrooms and bathrooms with some outside space. The aim of the project was to create a live work space that truly worked as a family home and an inspirational hard working space. The site was originally home to 2 industrial units and a passage way that linked it together with a series of other warehouses. A 9 month renovation project saw a large open space with factory skylights taken back to the brick and the interior structure of a smaller light industrial unit demolished leaving only the original outside walls standing. Ashlyn and Matthew bought influences from their travels in Japan together with a love of rustic style and the use of reclaimed materials. Timbers that were taken out were reused for pieces of furniture including a rum shack on wheels and planters or stored for future projects. A textured palette of reclaimed mahogany, Romanian Pine, old gymnasium flooring together with shuttered concrete and concrete worktops all made one site formed the framework of the renovation. Over 6 months the couple made trips to Reclamation fairs, design fairs and scoured Ebay for door handles and reclaimed lighting. The original parquet flooring was retained and original front doors repurposed as doors to a new roof terrace. Working with artisan makers a blackened steel fireplace was designed to sit on a concrete hearth and utilitarian framework was made for concrete kitchen worktops. Ashlyn and Matthew launched Laundry Productions to create and host site specific events including immersive circus performances, supper clubs, acoustic music evenings, talks and workshops. The space is used for fashion, interior and music shoots. Sustainable and ethical brands and independents are championed with preferential rates.



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