It’s warm and comfortable and welcoming and lets itself be a little rough around its carefully crafted edges.
Almost everything in the room is made from oak: fast growing, hard and renewable. The consistency and soft colour of the raw timber is a counterbalance to the rough old brick and plaster of this once roaring trading house. The loading dock is now a conservatory, the warehouse a dining room.
At the centre of the room burns a small fire over which that collision is played out. A kitchen is gathered around it, and people gathered around the kitchen. Across the room, drinks are prepared at an open stone bench, as if we were at home. In the basement, once a bank vault, is a dark and delicious cave: a cellar and private dining room with its own kitchen.
We hope you won’t notice us here; that the design is just quiet and simple and feels as welcoming as it is humble.
Photographer Anna Kidman