By Clara Baldock
Moored at St Katharine Docks in London, this large steel barge dates back to the 1930s. It has since been converted into a contemporary houseboat, offering views of the marina and Tower Bridge. Along with an extensive 50ft foredeck, the lower and upper deck include a sauna, five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
But how best to furnish it? Here FT Residential tackles this design dilemma by dressing the interior in both classic and contemporary styles.
Founded by mother and daughter duo Anna and Nathalie, the London Basin Company’s designs draw inspiration from cultures and countries across the world. This hand-finished, charming Clarabelle basin is made from the finest porcelain and features elements of ancient Chinese motifs.
Katharine Pooley’s elegant gravy boat is handcrafted in Thailand from a nautilus shell and lined with sterling Indian silver.
Oka’s traditional-style Saddle lantern is made of aged buffalo leather with brass details. Generous in size, it measures 62cm high but can still easily be moved about with its leather handle.
£295 (not including candle)
From Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi’s abstract Woolgathering tapestry series, ‘Battle of Harapouri’ imagines a Japanese sea battle between humans and sea creatures. Saksi uses traditional jacquard weaving techniques and creates mythical and dreamlike worlds through his work, which has been showcased in galleries and museums across the world.
Measures: 170cm x 190cm
Limited edition of six
Balineum’s decorative ceramic tiles are handmade and painted in the Florentine countryside by its Italian partner Riccardo Barthel. This group of Bizantino tiles, from the Series S collection, are available in 27 glaze colours and inspired by the seaports of the Mediterranean.
£11.10 per tile
Handcrafted by artisans in the UK, the Polperro vase captures the mercurial swirls of the sea and is available in a range of rich, ocean-inspired colours.
Designed by Federico Otero for Cocoon Fires, the sleek Aeris fireplace can not only be adjusted to six different heights and rotate 360 degrees, but can also double up as a drinks cooler if filled with ice. It is also a more eco-friendly option as it uses smoke-free biofuel.
Made in Italy, Paola Lenti's abstract Cocci side table in stainless steel features a single tile hand-decorated by ceramicist Nicolò Morales.
Atelier Vime’s whimsical Constellation mirror is handmade in Provence from natural rattan and wicker. Part of the Editions collection, which draws on the expertise of wicker craftsmen, it comprises five mirrors or can be custom made.
From its catalogue, Broste Copenhagen’s egg-shaped hanging chair brings minimalist cool to indoor and outdoor spaces and is made in a honey-toned rattan.