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Empress Mews

Empress Mews. Interior design by Forster Inc. London
Empress Mews. Interior design by Forster Inc. London
Empress Mews. Interior design by Forster Inc. London

Empress Mews was a multi-function working space: rental apartment above, food photography studio below. When the owner decided to move back in with their family I was asked to help make the whole space coherent and fit for purpose, resolving clutter downstairs with a streamlined and easy to use storage system whilst also updating the tired upstairs.

A new kitchen was installed upstairs, and the space completely reconfigured to open up the dark corridors. Glazed panels were created to allow natural light into the staircase, along with a mezzanine area above the studio which improved flow and visibility around the space, without interrupting shoots.

As well as rearranging the downstairs space to make it more efficient, I designed a range of bespoke storage units in natural materials to give the space a homely, calming feel. A comfy client area was created alongside the photography kitchen with a projector and some vintage second-hand mid-century furniture. Accents of colour were used to augment the concrete, white and wood, including the lush olive natural Marmoleum flooring, which as well as being durable and easy to clean is CO2 neutral from cradle to gate.


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