A Tale of Two Styles: Proper Victorian on the Outside, Modern Zen on the Inside

Ed and Reema Stanbury are the co-founders of BLOK London, a boutique gym that, according to Vogue U.K., “is not a regular gym; it’s a cool gym.” Its three locations offer cool classes like “Animal Movement” (which “draws on the basics of animal motion”) and “BLOKBreath” (“dedicated to unlocking the benefits of conscious breathing”), alongside more mundane practices like barre, yoga, and pilates. Its Shoreditch location even has a cool artist-in-residence.

Naturally, the spaces, all designed by architecture and interiors firm Daytrip Studio, are cool, too. So when it came time for the couple to renovate their home, a run-down Victorian in the Lower Clapton neighborhood of London, they tapped Daytrip yet again.

“We asked them to create a home that was sensitive to the period and maintained all the original features but with a contemporary twist,” says Reema. “We wanted a house that was calm, light, and the perfect canvas for us to add our own touches.”

To this end, the architects added lightwells to invite in more natural light; they excavated the basement to create a large open kitchen and sitting room; they added an attic guest suite; and they created a cohesive palette of off-whites (a mixture of pale Farrow & Ball colors in the rooms and lime washes in the corridors and basement, says Reema). Daytrip also enlisted Sophie Pearce of Béton Brut and Laura Fulmine of Modern Art Hire to decorate the home with rare vintage modern pieces, and architectural lighting studio There’s Light to provide lighting solutions.

Now that the home is done—and exquisitely cool, may we add—it’s on the market for £1,775,000. Come take a tour, then go to The Modern House for the complete listing.

Photography courtesy of The Modern House.

Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Exterior Above: The traditional Victorian facade belies what’s inside—an ode to modernity.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Kitchen Above: The basement level features polished-concrete flooring throughout and even extends seamlessly to the garden, just beyond the sliding doors in the kitchen.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Kitchen Above: Evora marble tops the bespoke Douglas fir kitchen cabinets.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Kitchen Above: The powder-coated brass faucet is from Studio Ore. “All the metalwork in the house—from ironmongery, brassware, towel rails, handrails on the stairs, and down to the letter box and locks on the windows—have all been either powder-coated in oyster white or treated in an antique bronze,” says Reema.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Kitchen Above: A lightwell from the street-side garden gives a boost of natural light.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Kitchen Above: The view from the kitchen into the combo dining area and sitting room.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Den Above: A Mario Bellini “Camaleonda” sofa, circa 1970, from Béton Brut, provides plush seating.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Den Above: A Noguchi lamp sits atop a Stovax wood-burning stove set in a custom polished-concrete surround. (See 11 Times Noguchi Lamps Stole the Spotlight, Plus 5 to Buy.)
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, LivingRoom Above: A 1940s sofa was reupholstered in sheep’s pelts for the living room on the parlor floor. The furniture in the home is largely from Béton Brut, a store that specializes in rare modern designs from France, Italy, Netherlands, and Scandinavia.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Living Room Above: A 1950s Theo Ruth “Congo” chair from the Netherlands.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Living Room Above: An Axel Einar Hjorth “Lövo” table, designed for Nordiska Kompaniet, makes a perfect desk.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Master Bedroom Above: The master bedroom, Reema’s favorite room in the house, takes up the entire second floor and has ample built-in storage. A pair of vintage Scandinavian brass sconces flank the custom bed.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Master Bath Above: A steel and glass partition separates the bedroom from the master bath. The custom vanity unit is from Iusso Stone.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Master Bath Above: Large Calacatta marble tiles on both the floor and the walls.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Landing Above: A Gerrit Rietveld “Steltman” chair from the Netherlands on the landing of the top floor.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Guest Room Above: Aside from the master bedroom on the second floor and the two bedrooms on the third floor, there’s a guest room with ensuite bathroom on the attic floor.
Powerscroft Road Victorian by Daytrip Studio in The Modern House, Guest Room Above: A skylight brings in more light.

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N.B.: This story is a rerun; the original piece ran on November 8th, 2019.

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