Riverside Cottages, Chiswick, London
2015 – 2017
Commission for a private home in a historically-significant home on the River Thames in London. The Chiswick Mall Orangery is part of the same project. The project involved the design of rooms throughout a series of interconnected 19th century cottages as total environments, incorporating bespoke ceramic tiles, handrails and stained glass; the design of a ceramic-clad fireplace with matching grill and fire-irons, surmounted by slate and micro-mosaic panels adapted from the Night Orchids series; the fabrication of a range of stained glass windows throughout the buildings' other rooms; the introduction of eight different types of clear mouth-blown glass to the windows kept clear of coloured glass; Venetian glass smalti and Roman-set stone flooring; and the incorporation of historical stained glass into key areas of the fabric of the building. The scheme was recognised by The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London, at the the Company's 2021 Triennial Awards for Brickwork, Roof Slating and Tiling & Wall and Floor Tiling, awarded a Wall and Floor Tiling Award Special Commendation for the 'unique 3D glazed ceramic blocks and tiles, including hand crafted ceramic handrails and glazed skirtings'.
"My aim with Chiswick Mall and Eyot Cottage was to contextually relate to the genius loci of that address and to interpret what was born there, the Arts and Crafts Movement, in the language of modernity. And it's kind of what you'd call a very grand cottage, more of a row of cottages knocked into one, with low ceilings, many rooms, and everything's beautifully made. I found a reference in an unexpected book that they had been the shared home of Christopher Whall and Charles Spooner, Arts and Crafts architect and artist, and Ernest Jackson lived there and their families. This is where the phrase 'Arts and Crafts' was actually born. So the house had a special meaning. I delivered that project with a great deal of deliberate thoughfulness – it's one of the most modest projects, in scale, that I've done, but it's one of my favourites of them all." – Brian, 2020