Bohemian loft in London | Nathalie Goris

Belgian interior designer Nathalie Goris renovated an partment in a busy street in the heart of London into a unique white minimalist space filled with books, art objects and abundance of light.

Photography © Thibault De Schepper 


The apartment is located in a busy street in the heart of London. An overwhelming sense of peace prevails when entering the secret Japanese garden; the entrance to the apartment. It is one big space with huge windows front and back, which provides all places with an abundancy of light.

Although everything is painted white, the cladded walls in the living area, kitchen, office space and bedroom give the space a more warmly feel. Bathroom and washroom are covered in a cement based waterproof cladding. Even the bath is completely made out of the same material. The floors in both bathrooms are covered with cement tiles that were recovered from an old home. The old oak floors were reused from a big country house. 

The owner is a real art lover who loves to read, so we built a giant library in the office area where all books and art objects can be displayed. An unconventional desk was placed in the middle of the room; it is an old table that used to be a cutting table for fabrics. We adjusted it a little and now it is the perfect desk. It can even be used for big dinner parties, because the kitchen contains a table that only dines four people. Because of the open space, the kitchen had to have a very homey space. This is why we chose to work with a built-in fridge, and the appliances are hidden behind oak doors that you can slide in while cooking.

Most of the furniture was found in antiques shops. Except for the made-by-measure sofa and bed, those were made from old smoked oak, with cushions made out of used linens, found in Asia. The curtains were made from fabrics found in Nepal.

The living room is located next to the garden. Reading a book slow motion lying in the hammock is like sitting under an olive tree in the south of France (or almost…). The sofa is big enough to sleep two, for when the owner’s family comes to visit.

Source: Nathalie Goris