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New Cross Studios Provide Well Lit Workspaces in Wabi Sabi Style

New Cross Studios Provide Well Lit Workspaces in Wabi Sabi Style

Serene and sincere, these apartments offer a beautiful balance of minimal furniture in rich materials and textures.

Isobel McKenzie
Written by –
Isobel McKenzie
on August 16th 2017
Originally from London, Isobel is enthralled by the curves and lines that make up a city. It's fascinating to see how modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks muddle together. Her Instagram feed @Isobel_McKenzie is usually full of spiral staircases and tall buildings. Can also be found on Twitter.. sometimes.

New Cross Lofts


Michael Sinclair

It’s hard to believe that this laid back modern home in the bustling and trendy New Cross London district was formerly an old burned-out garage. Design duo Zoe Chan and Merlin Eayrs converted this space into a set of well-lit apartments; studios offering concrete walls and gorgeous wide open spaces that fit with a Wabi Sabi aesthetic.

Herringbone pattern facade for London apartments |

The exterior facade exhibits a distinctive herringbone pattern, in order to showcase the large windows that flood in plenty of light to the apartments. New Cross is located south of the River Thames, in the borough of Lewisham. The nearby Goldsmiths University provides a vibrant creative hub of design and colorful inspiration, with the result that it’s a fun neighborhood and the birthplace of New Rave.


These apartments, designed by Chan + Eayrs, have an access point through a communal stairwell. The staircase is finished in concrete and polished plaster walls, as can be seen in the soft lit photos.

Concrete stairs and polished plaster with pink walls |
Outdoor corridor with concrete stairs and polished walls |
Concrete communal stairwell and polished plaster walls |
Industrial style beams for skylit communal stairwell |

A trip to Marrakesh inspired the blush walls. Also known as the Rose City for its pink walls, the town garners its paint from the pigment of local clay.

Calming minimal apartment with wabi sabi aesthetics |

In the interior of the home there are simple panels. They help the built in storage and access points seamlessly blend together. It creates an overall feeling of space and width; that everything joins together naturally.

Pink walls and minimal lines |
New Cross Lofts designed for wide open space and plenty of light |
Minimal kitchen and dining room, with blush pink walls and vintage furniture |

Each apartment has a similar layout to the other. The striking features are the well fitted kitchen, coupled with minimal calming materials. Lime-washed oak floors give the room a serene feel.

Distressed furniture in minimal open plan apartment |

Undeniably the frosted glass panes in the lower half of the steel windows are a suitable look for this minimal home. They provide privacy but nonetheless let in lots of light. A built-in bench provides plenty of storage underneath. Overall the room oozes effortless cool.

Mirror, planter and candle vignette with in-built bench|
Plant and ceramic display in London home |
Minimal bedroom with steel windows and mix and match furniture |

Chan and Eayre describe their design approach as “relating to the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi. They draw upon the beauty of the texture, patina and imperfection in natural materials and juxtapose them with clean contemporary volumes and spaces.”


The Wabi Sabi aesthetic is one based on asymmetry, simplicity and an appreciation for the integration of natural objects and processes. This minimal approach to decoration across the lofts can be understood in these Wabi Sabi terms. Darker tones are reflected in the distressed and vintage furniture.

Brightly lit living room with lounge chair and arabesque carpet |
Balcony to the communal stairway with plenty of light |
White bathroom with small tiles |

From the designers:

Utilizing Chan’s investment skills, they buy their own sites, which allows complete creative freedom over each project, and then as trained architects they collaborate with traditional craftsmen and builders to shape the sites into bespoke one off homes.

Polished plaster wall and concrete staircase |

With attention to the appreciation of simple materials, combined with rosy walls and contemporary fittings, the New Cross Lofts provide a relaxing and creative space bathed in natural light.


Keen to see more minimal home designs? Check out this minimal open plan home with an excellent garden view. Minimal not your thing? Take a tour through this gorgeous French duplex in Paris with luxury materials and striking walls.



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