It was love at first sight when we first caught a glimpse of this open plan, industrial loft apartment.
Embracing the gifts of high ceilings and endless streams of natural light, the space is cleverly zoned to act as a social and cohesive hub. Put quite simply, this is industrial living at its best.
The visionary behind the loft is Nia Morris who was a founding Director of both Studio Ohm and Cloud Design Studios and more recently, Nia Morris Studio.
Here, the talented designer tells us why her own home inspires her approach and why ‘escape rooms’ are becoming more popular in interiors…
Where do you find your design inspiration?
I usually start with a single item that I love – which might be a piece furniture or a light fitting or even a surface finish such as a beautiful tile- and build up the design around it.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
The main mistake that I see is to assume that eclectic means anything goes. A successful eclectic scheme requires a careful consideration of how each piece works together – there actually needs to be some sort of common thread – whether it’s a shape, a colour , a pattern – that ties it all together. The impact that a well designed interior makes is usually due to the way the pieces interact with each other – so that’s essentially what you need to focus on.
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
I try not to be too drawn into particular trends although I am loving the current popularity of metallics – bronze, copper etc.
I think perhaps the current trend for marble will die down in favour of materials such as terrazzo and terracotta. In my own home I am using reclaimed hexagonal terracotta tiles for the floors.
I am seeing a demand for escape rooms – comfortable small spaces for reading etc -to counter the still popular open plan living spaces and provide a calm refuge.
What does home mean to you?
My own home is fantastically important to me- I am so influenced by my immediate surroundings that it is essential to come back to a place that feels calm, is beautiful and functions well. In designing homes for myself and my clients I try to really think about how the occupant will live and to make sure that the space is designed to make day to day functions as effortless as possible.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
I have a pair of huge eighteenth century fan shaped mirrors in my bedroom that have moved with me to four different houses. They are currently hanging in an industrial loft space but weirdly work really well there. I absolutely love them.
I have some fantastic blown up photos of my children when they were small. A friend ,who was then a news photographer, took them and he just let the children run wild, dress up and generally create chaos. The results are quirky to say the least but they are amongst my favourite things.
My latest purchase is an old Turkish threshing sledge which I can’t wait to hang in the house I am renovating in Gloucestershire. The materials are fabulous – weather beaten wood embedded with smooth polished chips of bleached stone -I love to think of that journey from agricultural implement to sculptural wall hanging.
Where is your happy place in the home?
I love the kitchen. I often work here rather than my office. There are always people drifting in and out and I have had so many happy gatherings here.
A perfect Sunday is….
At home in Gloucestershire pottering around in the space that we fondly call the garden which is in reality, currently, an untamed wilderness.
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