I’ve recently been considering moving from my 1930s King’s Cross flat into somewhere new. I always find myself veering towards old, period properties for their unusual details, charm and little eccentricities. For me, new builds can so often be lacking in character, with generic, homogenous features and penny-pinching space standards. Not so for young, London-based studio Chan + Eayrs, which has branded itself as both architect, interior designer and developer. It has just completed its first project in New Cross, south east London.
The New Cross Lofts are dreamy, with thought put into every little detail – from the exquisite herringbone brick exterior, that references surrounding Victorian terraces, to the cast concrete benches inside.
Standing on the plot of a former garage on the corner of Pagnell Street and New Cross Road, the building comprises two work studios on the ground floor and two apartments above. A lofty winter garden connects the spaces and floods the spaces with light.
A soft, neutral colour palette is seamlessly brought together with lime-washed oak floors, walls painted in Rolling Fog by Little Greene and exposed concrete. Large black framed windows give an industrial feel, while vintage furniture stop the spaces feeling chilly.
Chan + Eayrs was set up by Zoe Chan and Merlin Eayrs, both graduates of the Architectural Association in London, in 2015. Spurred on by a belief in the home as an all important backdrop to one’s day-to-day life, and uninspired but the design quality and diversity of the housing options available in London, Chan + Eayrs was set up to create a new breed of homes with unique architecture and interiors, set within some of the most emerging areas of London, often on raw, derelict sites. You might even recognise their Herringbone house in Dalston.
They’re definitely ones to watch!
‘We believe that simple things like the natural light that fills a space and awakens your spirits, to the sensation of cool stone under your fingertips, or a glimpse of a framed tree through a window, enriches life in a way that is priceless. Our designs shape not only a beautiful home but a beautiful experience that can be felt everyday,’ says Chan + Eayrs.