Rodi? Davidson Architects has transformed a pair of artists’ studios that may have once belonged to the famed JMW Turner into a lofty family home in London . Located in Chelsea, London on a street where many celebrated artists took up residence in the 19th century, when rents were still relatively affordable compared to other parts of town.
It is named Turners Studio as a blue plaque on the side of the building suggests that these particular studios were occupied by the painter between 1811 and 1829, although the claim is unsubstantiated Lol.
Rodi? Davidson’s transformation celebrates many of the qualities that made the buildings suitable for painting. High, sloping ceilings and large skylights allow natural light to flood the interior, including a large new basement floor. Surfaces are kept light and bright, creating a blank canvas for displaying brightly coloured paintings and objects.
The architects had previously worked with the clients on their former home, located on the same street, which was completed before the couple had children.
The brief for this new project was to create a home big enough for four. They wanted to retain aspects of their previous home life while also creating a home suitable for a growing family. They also wanted to frame their collection of art.
Artworks are dotted across the walls, including on the exposed, whitewashed brickwork that forms the rear of the original facade. Their bright colours are matched by patterned sofas and royal blue dining chairs in the living space.
Interior designer Suzy Hoodless also added plenty of colour downstairs, from the splatter-style wallpaper in the children’s rooms to the deep red hue of the master bedroom.