What do you get when you cross a passion for minimalism, an upsettingly natural gift for design, and a meticulous attention to detail to make the eye of a tiger look somewhat myopic? You get this.
Almost 1800 sq ft of dreamily modern factory space, arranged over two levels and kitted out in seriously sexy style. We don’t use the s-word that often, but we can’t leave it out here. A one-bedroom apartment the size of many four-bedroom houses: if that ain’t sexy, what is?
Haybridge House, close to Clapton Common and in what is fast becoming the place to live away from the tourists, was built in 1910, quite possibly – but not certainly – as a factory making tin boxes for toy cars. Fast forward to the 1980s, it was snapped up by a property developer, who then went into receivership. Further forward to the 90s, when another enterprising soul had the use changed to live/work and, hey presto, 20 cor-blimey lofts and a bunch of happy new residents.
So far, so east end.
Now let’s rack things up a notch and pay a visit to 2005 when the current owner bought this unit and set about taking away everything that had come before and creating the most modernist, slickest and futuristic-est pad with a capital P, A and D.
Can you imagine a 4.2m freestanding black glass island with an inset bath and basin? Can your mind sail across an ocean of highly crystalised white glass as your living room floor? Glass sections cut into the mezzanine filling the lower space with light? Remote controlled lighting zones? A downdraft extractor rising out of the kitchen worktop? Or, get this, neighbours that actually talk to each other?
Well it’s all here, and more.
Every inch of this minimalist, modernist, mecca shines with star quality; it is, in every sense, highly polished. So much so, it’s appeared in photo shoots, films, commercials and music videos. The apartment is as cinematic as it is cool, with even the live/work classification a slice of paradise; with no specified requirement for either usage, meaning you’re free to live in or work in as much of the space as you want. 80/20, 50/50, double or quits, the choice is yours.
Wander outside to Clapton Common and Springfield Park, or enjoy a pint and Sunday lunch at the Anchor & Hope just down the road on the banks of the River Lea. Train it in to Liverpool Street (12 mins) for all things corporate, or London Fields (1 stop) for everything hipster.