Artists’ Houses

Don’t you just love them?

The holy grail of interior photography is shooting houses that just work; and artists’ houses always have the right balance, I find. I recently visited Gumuchdjian Architects’ project that won the 2010 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize. It’s a fantastic remodelling of a 1950s house. The architecture is awesome: a concrete extension that draws Todd Longstaffe Gowan’s exotic garden inside; a sweeping top-lit staircase and a continuum of spaces that flow seamlessly in architectural heaven. The interior has that laid back harmony and effortless chic that I just love.

Meanwhile in Brighton another artist’s house exudes a cool character. It was the brainchild of Barry Surtees: an artist, design aficionado, motoring devotee and great guy. I heard of the house from Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs, although seeing it in the flesh is another story. It is an assault on the senses, in a fantastic way. Whether it’s the Ducati 916 on the wall, the kaleidoscopic Roche Bobois’ Mah Jong sofa or the stunning 75ft bedroom pod, you can’t help but be amazed. Enjoy!

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