Personal Statements: East London Homes

Personal Statements: East London Homes

people think of East
, they tend to imagine warehouse conversions with high
ceilings and exposed brickwork and artists living in their studios.
Though I have seen some beautiful flats in former factories that
are reminders of the area’s industrial past, there is so much more
to this eastern side of the city.

What struck me most in making this book is the sheer diversity
of homes in the area. I encountered a Georgian house sensitively
restored over many years and a self-made eco house built on a
budget; I witnessed unique architectural feats and an urban cottage
that feels like it could be in the countryside. The variety of
spaces has been a constant surprise.

As stylish as they are, these buildings are not design
statements, they are personal statements. Artist Sue Kreitzman
surrounds herself with her work, hanging it on red and yellow
walls; whereas for photographer Ed Reeve a minimal space, free from
clutter, is more stimulating. Ceramicist Ana Kerin is inspired by
the natural shapes and imperfections of the objects in her home,
while interior designer and stylist Kentaro Poteliakhoff has a
place that sees a constant flow of quirky vintage
bound for his shop.

The rich history of East London – this loose collection of
districts that grew out of the old
East End
– has helped shape its contemporary, eclectic energy.
The area has always been a melting pot of cultures subject to
constant change, and this sense of movement feeds into the present
day. A hummus factory, a cheese fridge, a coffin workshop, a gin
distillery and a rotten old garage, among others, have all been
reimagined by their dwellers and turned into striking personal

It has been a real privilege to visit 29 of the most creative
homes in East London, and talk to their residents about what
inspires them. I’ve met owners and renters, families and flatmates.
I’ve heard from people who have undertaken extensive DIY projects
with remarkable results, and those who have worked with
world-renowned architects. But what unites them is that they have
all thought passionately about what home actually means to

Making your home special is not to do with how much you spend or
following a certain trend, but in finding an energy that matches
your lifestyle and bringing that to life.

East London Homes is published
by Hoxton Mini Press

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