Every home tells a story. Our Raaga Home Tour series is about getting a peak into peoples homes and discovering their story. The story of where they’ve been, what they’ve seen and what they love.
The first in our series is the lovely & eclectic home of Ana Perez. Ana’s gorgeous apartment is set in a 1920’s converted former polytechnic building. The building was converted in the 90’ by Allies and Morrison; a renowned architectural firm; who made sure that the buildings original features were retained. The apartment boasts of 4m high ceilings, original windows and a lot of sympathetic architectural detailing, not to mention Ana’s exquisite collection of paintings picked up on her various travels.
Read on to see Ana’s stunning north London pad and to know more about her love for modernist design.
Name: Ana Perez
Number of years in the property: 18
When one walks into your home, what is the first thing that catches their eye?
Ana: The space and light are always remarked on instantly. The height of the ceilings and the light coming in from the double-aspect Crittall steel windows are features people love. There are also some very large doors that draw attention: one hinged door is almost 4 metres high and there is a sliding one that is almost as long.
What do you think best describes the style of your home?
Ana: It’s a modernist conversion with nods towards the sorts of flexibility you might find in a gallery space. However, it has kept some of the original features, such as the Crittall windows, along with additional modernist features: aluminium edging and door frames; bespoke doors and door frames; floating panel walls; there are several mezzanine storage spaces.
‘Raaga’ is a Sanskrit word that means beauty, melody & harmony. What brings ‘Raaga’ to your home?
Ana: We love the crisp and clean architecture that is repeated throughout the flat; that alone brings harmony and melody to our life. In terms of objects, we love our Gabbeh rug we have had for 15 years: traditional yet modernist and playful. Our Vitsoe shelving is also an important feature for us.
What is the favourite part of your home and why?
Ana: The staircase and foyer to the building are quite special, and certainly make a statement. In terms of our own flat, we love our living room, which is a large cube-shaped space with a double aspect through those huge Crittall windows to both one of the internal courtyards and the green spaces behind the building (where there is a wild flower garden where people, including us, grow vegetables and herbs). The room also features a huge sliding door to our daughter’s room (which is opened and closed at breakfast and bedtime), as well as an opening through to the kitchen space.
Which is the one thing that you picked up on your travels that holds a special memory for you?
Ana: We have bought several engravings on our visits to Edinburgh whilst attending the Festival Fringe.
Where do you get most of your home inspiration from?
Ana: We like modernist styles and love reconditioned industrial pieces as well as mid-20th century furniture. To be honest, we try to derive our inspiration from the flat – it has such a strong personality that we would like to preserve and highlight. So, obviously, modernist and industrial pieces (from whatever era) tend to suit our home.
Which are some of your favorite places to shop for your home?
Ana: We love Designers Guild and have bought many furnishings from them over time. We love Columbia Road Flower Market for flowers, nic-naks and art works (one such which is currently residing over our bed). Alfies Antique Market, The Conran shop, and Skandium are also places close by we tend to shop in and of course we love the vibrancy of DesignRaaga.
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