Graham & Justin's World
Graham and Justin live in the London design district of Clerkenwell in an extraordinary and stylish industrial art deco warehouse which they allowed us to snoop around. Graham is a kick-ass lawyer and Justin is co-founder of Borough Kitchen, the kitchen shop chain which began life in colourful and historic Borough market and is a gold mine of irresistible kitchen gadgets.
In between all-consuming work schedules, the couple have found time to collect fascinating artworks, vintage design furniture and hot-footed their way around some of the World's most exotic destinations - all this combined has created a truly individual, considered and, I'm sure you'll agree, chic interior style. This enviably stylish couple welcomed us into their home and here give us a window onto their world.
Describe your interior style in five words.
Comfortable, functional, warm, monochrome, woody.
What’s your most lusted after interior item?
Graham: Aside from some pieces of art, I would love a Pierre Jeanneret office chair. We also saw some amazing gold tall cylinder floor lights in Sri Lanka which were amazing.
Favourite piece in your own home and why?
Graham: For me, the 1980’s console table. I saw this when walking past a store window in Shoreditch and just loved the combination of the smoked glass, the slightly tarnished warm gold and the architectural lines. I am really liking 80s furniture at the moment.
Justin: Currently our kitchen stools: when one of us is cooking, the other can hang out and then we eat dinner together there, side-by-side without having to set the table.
What does home mean to you?
A place to express a bit of what I am feeling - what I buy for home will depend on some of my experiences (travel, mood, people I meet) and how this has influenced me - I recently came back from South Africa and brought back an old carved wooden figure by an indigenous tribe created as love letters and I also recently finished watching Deutschland 83 and have been buying lots of white Bisque German porcelain.
At the same time, home is a very social space and a great space in which to throw a big dinner or party with good friends.
Confess to one guilty purchase you’ve made for your home.
Graham: Probably the Hermes green lacquered tray which is on our coffee table – its lovely but there is nothing in it.
Favourite city and why.
Justin: Even though I'm from Canada, I'd still have to say London - it’s just amazing and there is no where else like it. Vibrant without being abrasive.
Where would be your dream place to live, if not London?
We've talked a lot about spending some time living in L.A. We love it there - there's so much going on there now in terms of food and the art scene and I think there would be something great about living in the sunshine, by the coast and I like the relaxed vibe.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Sri Lanka. It feels like it is still very much unspoilt by big ticket tourism. It was also the first big holiday we went on together and so it will always be special. The food, the architecture and the people are amazing. The Geoffrey Bawa house in Colombo is also a source of interior inspiration – the poured white resin floors throughout the house are incredible.
Name an object in your home that you couldn’t live without.
Graham: The vintage rosewood bench, from Columbia. We bought this from a gallery near Alfie’s antique market and love it. We got the leather cushion made to fit and I love the black leather against the rich colour of the vintage rosewood.
What one thing would you buy for your home if money were no object?
Justin: Nan Golding’s Ballad Series
Favourite places to visit in London?
For a drink: The Connaught in Mayfair for a martini is a pretty hard place to beat. For food: We love the Eagle on Farringdon road on a work night - it is very relaxed and no frills and the food is delicious. Or the Rochelle Street Canteen in Shoreditch. To see: I love Frieze Masters when this is on – it is such a great event and being able to see incredible pieces of art from galleries all over the world in one place is great. Getting preview passes to beat the crowds is well worth it.
What are you aspirations for the next 12 months?
Justin: We opened our third Borough Kitchen store in Chiswick earlier this year so we are focussed on make this a success as well as growing our online store.
Which is your favourite Charlotte Frances London print design?
In love with the Angus print - it's a bold pop of colour, a great accent for a monochrome household.
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