London-based interior design practice Daytrip Studio has a way of creating immaculately stylish interiors that nevertheless looks effortless and informal. “Powerscroft Road”, a renovated Victorian terraced house of subtle sophistication in Clapton in northeast London, exemplifies this talent as well as a mastery of materials and tonality. Tiptoeing between the past and modernity, the interiors are imbued with a refined and calm sensibility that manages to combine the soothing gracefulness of craftsmanship and the clean cut polish of modernism.
Daytrip Studio’s renovation respects the house’s Victorian charm, treating the original building fabric with discretion and simplicity. The decorative cornicing and existing floor boards have been meticulously restored, openings between rooms have been widened and fitted with minimalist steel doors by Crittal, while new light-wells increase natural light penetration wherever possible.
The most radical part of the renovation proved to be the excavation of the basement which has created a spacious, light-filled lower grown kitchen and living room seamlessly connected to the garden by floor-to-ceiling glazing and a continuous polished concrete floor. Featuring a beautifully crafted bespoke kitchen in Douglas fir and honed Evora marble, the space’s tonal subtlety and minimalist ease is reflected in the design of the landscaped garden by Lauren Finch of Tyler Goldfinch.
A palette of subdued colours and soothing textures such as pale, lime-washed walls, off-white powder coated metalwork, polished concrete floors and natural wood finishes swathes both the old and new parts of the interiors in sublime elegance, as do the classic Calacatta marble and deep blue crackle glazed Lavastone respectively adorning the master and family bathrooms. An eclectic selection of antique, mid-century and contemporary furniture pieces selected by Sophie Pearce of Beton Brut and a carefully curated art collection of tactile beauty and minimalist grace, courtesy of Laura Fulmine from Modern Art Hire, further enhance the sense of craftsmanship and finesse. Daytrip Studio often partners with artists, designers and makers to complement and enrich their designs and this project ultimately proves to be no exception.