Craft may be the new luxury, but at its roots it’s the honestly of materials, integrity of purpose and simple aesthetic that make the heart sing, and not always the hefty price tag. These values are found in this modern farmhouse with terracotta lights by the Hand&Eye Studio.
Owner-architect Lucy Marston has designed this modern farm conversion, which was awarded the Grand Design House of the Year. Built from timber and red brick, it’s a fresh take on a traditional long house, a contemporary farmhouse in tune with the open landscape that surrounds it.
Inside it is a home full of the depth and warmth of a period building. Lucy says ‘I wanted to design something that fitted into the family of buildings that formed a relationship with them. I wanted a similar palette of materials: red brick, timer, red pantiles. I wanted it to look and feel like a farmhouse in Suffolk and to feel timeless – just a simple farmhouse, all done very honestly.’
It’s a real tribute to superb Suffolk craftsmanship and lighting by architect-designer Tom Housden for the Hand&Eye Studio really fits into this considered space with its honest design aesthetic. The pendants are hand made in the UK using the warm hues of kiln-fired terracotta.
London based Hand&Eye Studio designs and produces the work of practising architect Tom Housden. Each item is designed by the studio and then produced in collaboration with small British manufacturers, all of whom are masters of their craft.
Catch the full house story in House & Garden, April 2014.