Reviewed by Rob Fiehn, Society Trustee
By Ellie Stathaki and Anna Stathaki. Published by Frances Lincoln
House London is a book about, well, houses in London. This might seem like a niche approach to architecture and interiors but there is a huge variety amongst this residential typology across a single city. Hidden behind Georgian, Victorian and Twentieth Century facades lies a landscape of creativity and experimentation.
Sisters Ellie and Anna Stathaki have decided to document 50 contemporary extensions and interiors across the capital, which demonstrate the multitude of ways that home owners and architects have put their individual stamps on properties. This range of design responses is divided into five distinct sections: 21st Century Modern, Raw and Industrial, Crafts and Heritage, Colour and Pattern, and Minimalism. This might seem simple enough but within each category there are many different approaches, with no two repetitive homes. The book, however, is united through elegant writing and photography that creates a harmonious tone and no hierarchy between the various styles.
From Japanese sliding doors to Greek statues, from golden fireplaces to green concrete baths, there is a lot of inspiration for home owners in this book. The sheer scale can be a lot to take in but, like me, I think many readers will be drawn to the projects that reflect their personal tastes. I found myself revelling in the Colour and Pattern section. I wish my house could feature the bold colours of Mo-Tel House by Office S&M, the exuberance of Mountain View House by CAN (recently seen on the Grand Designs/RIBA House of the Year) or the rich sophistication of Up-Side-Down House by Collective Works. Despite all this, there are moments from other sections which are undeniably beautiful, such as the pared-back abode that is Bavaria Road Studio by West Architecture in the Minimalism section or the rough-and-ready aesthetic of Ohst by 6a Architects in Raw and Industrial.
What I’m trying to say is that the creators of this book have provided a style guide for everyone interested in different trends, looking to create a home with a little more imagination and flair.