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sneak peek: wiz wharton

by anne

we have the fabulous skinny laminx (aka heather moore, whose sneak peek you can see here) to thank for the tip when it comes to second last sneak peek today- wiz wharton. besides having the coolest name ever, wiz is a freelance scriptwriter and reader who divides her time between writing and consultancy work (you can find her book here). today she’s sharing pictures of her incredible 1960s east london home. click here to see more, full-sized images of her home. [thanks, wiz!]anne

[above: this is ren’s corner of the living room, hence the décor and furnishings! the mini Tulip Table and mini pantons are a wonderful proportion for little hands whilst the vintage sewing box on legs makes an ideal storage unit for arts and crafts materials. artwork on the left is by ren, complimented by a vintage stretched piece of rupert bear fabric. the teak lamp and g plan sideboard (just seen) add warmth to the scheme.]

The bedroom, featuring framed original London Transport signs from the wonderful Haydn at London Transport Original Signs. The framed vintage line diagram of the notorious Northern Line reminds me of many a painful commute to work before I turned freelance!

A corner of our living room. The shelving system is a Weber from Denmark. The Eames rocker is an early upholstered shell. The Kindt-Larsen chair was another ebay purchase and features the skinny armrests and organic shape. I have always liked the idea of mixing vintage with modern and the Habitat tripod light and Ikea rug sit well with their mid-century companions.

The panelling to the hallway was original to the house and was painted white to open up the space. The print is by Japanese artist Shinzo Katoh. The framed “Eep” teatowel is by the fabulous Heather Moore from Skinny Laminx and also features in the bedroom in the olive colourway. The shelving unit is vintage Danish. It has coloured apertures behind the shelves. . . My side of the bed! I find antlers one of the most beautiful design in nature; these are a vintage pair dating from 1936. The vintage library drawers benefit from the addition of some chunky casters which make them super portable. The Habitat MacLamp is an original, one of about six that we own! There’s something iconic about their simple flawless design.

Our beloved Poul Cadovius Royal shelving system. This was an ebay buy that came all the way from Canada! It makes a practical and beautiful storage solution without imposing on valuable floor space. On the shelves a selection of pieces, ranging from Cathrineholm storage canisters to a wooden fruit bowl from MOMA and a Habitat wooden childrens’ bus.

This is my writing space in the bedroom. I would love to have a dedicated office but this does very nicely. The table and chair are original and quite rare James Leonard’s. Designed for schools in the 1950’s a lot of them were destroyed to make way for more recent (and far uglier!) designs. It’s a much debated point whether Prouve or Leonard was the first to pioneer the characteristic compass type leg shape seen on both the table and desk. I love the patina and marks on both these items as I can imagine the history these had in the classroom throughout their original lives. The poster is of the iconic Olivetti Valentine typewriter, designed by Ettore Sottsass, available in London from the Design Museum. The yellow MacLamp is another from my collection. . .The hallway features a Bertoia side chair. The bureau was bought with the coloured handles already done; a quirky take on an essentially traditional and utilitarian piece of furniture. I had the wall colour especially matched to one of the shades on the Lucienne Day cushion cover!

Tomado wall shelving system featuring part of my ever growing Cathrineholm collection. There is something wonderfully pleasing about the symmetry of colour of these objects when grouped together. The glass storage jars with teak lids are from my new favourite vintage cyber haunt, H is for Home. The pull down ceiling light is an original Guzzini from the 1960’s which replaced an almost identical but completely derelict version that we inherited with the house!

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  • An awesome interior on a fantastic website !! Very well done Wiz! Don’t forget that your blue Eames rocker will be mine one day!! I hope you had as much fun taking your photos as you did for me and a certain Bitchingetc cover! LOL! Lots of love…x

  • I’ve seen many pics of your house before but seeing them altogether here really gives me an idea of how ever so lovely your house is!!

  • Wow, thanks so much everyone. I was saying to Anne how I felt intimidated by the other beautiful homes on here and didn’t feel worthy of being on Sneak Peeks but you have all made my day, truly! Your comments brought a lump to my throat.
    Griffo and Bobble, my eternal love for you and Bitching Etc – a fantastic forum for interiors nuts like me!!!
    Okay, the rug is from Ikea, believe it or not and is called the Alvine Triangel. The map cushions are from Habitat here in the UK (I think you can order online!). They were designed for children but I just had to pinch them for the bed being yellow and all….LOL!
    Thanks again, everyone!!

  • Are those Rude Osolnik candlesticks along with the catherineholm vessels?

    Your house is beautiful and totally inviting.

  • Loved seeing even more pics of your lovely home. The catherineholm collection looks fab and if Griffo doesnt get the Eames rocker I’m next in the queue please :-D
    you have a very good way of mixing things together its very impressive well done ! see you over on BE !!!

  • These pictures are beautiful, but I have to say that the “Not in Service” sign stopped me…why on earth would you put that over the bed? Isn’t that very bad feng shui? Self-fulfilling prophecy and all that…

  • Hi Kallie, thanks for the comments! I am actually half oriental so grew up with the whole concept of Feng Shui. I actually prefer to think of the sign as ironic (it was my version of birth control)rather than bad luck as I actually think supersititions like Feng Shui are more likely to become “self-filfilling prophecies” and stop you asserting your personal choice and freewill in the world. I embrace everyone’s right to have an opinion and that’s just mine! :)

  • I really like the secretary as it is a great update of a classical furniture piece. This is something that can fit in well in any room and still be functional while hiding a messy desk.

  • Argh – that is the red wooden child’s bus that I regretted not buying while in Dublin! To be fair, I wanted the black cab and the ambulance as well….and I have no children….

    But still :)

    Why is there no Habitat branch in the US?!

  • Wow wiz, I finally get to see what your house looks like, it is gorgeous. Wish I could get you here to put your design touch to my humble home in Auckland.

    I definately do not have the eye you have.

    (big sis) Jan X

  • I just bouhgt a Kind-Larsen chair on Craigslist. I thought it was a Finn Juhl design. what was the final sales price on ebay?

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