Carefully arranged to maximise the space and light, this South East London apartment, with its open-plan layout and large floor to ceiling windows, is ideal for housing the owner's collections of pottery, glass and art.

To utilise the space available, the layout has been intelligently configured into separate ‘zones’ using grouped furniture that maintains a view from the front door right through to the outside.

Large spaces are painted white and smaller areas a soft muted grey to create a sense of depth. The warm oak flooring is laid throughout the entire open-plan living space. A mixture of mid-century furniture and simple contemporary pieces complement each other, creating a retro yet modern feel.


A Componibili storage unit by Kartell and a small teak drawer unit provide space for a set of the owner's collections, including glassware by Danish design company Normann Copenhagen and Finnish designer Alvar Aalto for Iittala.

Dining Area

A Muuto pendant light, by Swedish designer Mattias Ståhlbom, hangs above an Ercol drop leaf dining table, which is bathed in natural light and surrounded by greenery.

Sitting Area

The colours in the painting by Finnish artist Henry Wright are mirrored in the cushions and Marimekko fabric used on the sofa. A vintage bookshelf houses an eclectic array of objects, including a pair of Staffordshire ‘Wally dugs’ found in a market in Greenwich and vintage glass pieces bought in Sweden and Finland.


The workspace houses a simple white desk that sits neatly within a recess at the end of the living space. Brightly coloured objects, including a vintage typewriter and several pot plants provide vibrant pockets of colour against the light grey back wall.


The large bookshelf acts as both a storage/display area for a collection of books and other objects, as well as a room divider between the dining area and the workspace.