Fostering community inside and out

By Jo Weaden
March 26, 2020

Designed to foster a sense of community both inside and outside, The Makers development in Shoreditch offers contemporary living with the added benefit of communal facilities. The collaborative show apartment from Londonewcastle and Lema features a warm colour palette with 1920s detailing.

Named after East London’s creative community, The Makers is a new residential development in Shoreditch by Londonewcastle. The developer has collaborated with Italian furniture brand Lema to design the show apartment, a three-bedroom flat offering urban living that aims to highlight the benefits of openness and sharing.

The development features a number of private communal facilities including a screening room, two landscaped garden terraces, a gym, a treatment room and three lounges.

“What makes the supply special for The Makers is that, for the first time in London, the home and contract divisions have worked in deep synergy to offer buyers a complete lifestyle project,” says Angelo Meroni, president at Lema.

The chosen pieces from Lema had to complement the interior designed by Woods Bagot, with a background material palette that takes inspiration from the 1920s featuring smoked oak doors, brass detailing and oak plank flooring.

Lema partnered with N20 Arts and Osborne & Little for wallpaper and fabrics, Gong for lights and G.T. Design for carpets to furnish the apartment.

The interior offers “a chromatic range of warm and earthy tones with some pieces from the contrasting tones, contributing to defining the sophisticated materiality of the whole project,” explains Meroni.

Visitors are met by a Victoria console in white marble by Roberto Lazzeroni and a six-element Mirage mirror designed by Tokujin Yoshioka as they walk through the front door.

Leading through to the lounge, the modular Snap sofa designed by Francesco Rota sits in the centre of the room, alongside two vintage style, Bice chairs by Lazzeroni.

A Canaletto walnut table top sits on a dark metal lacquered bronze base, accompanied by Bai Lu chairs from Neri & Hu, mimicking the dark and brass tones of the light that floats above them.

A modular custom T030 system by Piero Lissoni sits behind the dining area, finished in deep red and black that adds to the richness of the interior.

The master bedroom combines shades of blue, grey and flashes of orange, mixed with rich woods such as walnut and stained oak.

With the Novelist desk by Christophe Pillet that looks out through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The second and third bedroom share a similar palette, featuring grey fabric upholstery, midnight blue bedside tables, and pale pink accessories.