Owl Interior Design | Behind the scenes of our Coppermaker Square show home
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Behind the scenes of our Coppermaker Square show home

Sustainable design and local makers at the forefront

We were delighted to be asked to design a show home for the new residential development Coppermaker Square in Stratford, East London.

No compromise on style

It was important for us to show that choosing to design sustainably doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style, even in a rented home. Every piece for this two-bedroom apartment was therefore carefully chosen; by either being made from sustainable materials, recycled, upcycled or made or sourced locally – including the beautiful artworks seen throughout produced by local artists.

Photo by Megan Taylor

The playful colour palette we chose reflects the intended inhabitants – the apartments are aimed at young professionals looking to rent in an exciting ‘new’ area of London, and our brief was to design it for two female sharers.

Local artists

We are always excited to include brilliant local, London artists, designers and makers in our projects. For the Coppermaker Square show home, we selected some artists that we’ve had our eye on for a while.

Tuft Luck studio

East London based artist Kara Rose Marshall creates art inspired by old western films and seventies pop culture. Each piece is made from her home in London.

Harry Watmough

Photo by Megan Taylor

The shapes in ‘Whose Got The Minerals’ (above) represent minerals which are the building blocks in nature. The original design came from a subconscious doodle.

Amelia Mullins

Designer, painter and textile artist Amelia Mullins’ work has been exhibited alongside Grayson Perry. We knew we wanted to include some of her signature colourful pieces in this project.

Nikki Edwards Studio

Photo by Megan Taylor

A local Hackney based artist, Nikki Edwards specialises in mosaic pieces, transferring digital mark-making into sculpture. We love this piece that we chose as the focal point for the living area of the apartment.

Sustainable fabrics

Discover the sustainable fabrics suppliers we chose for the apartment.

Colours of Arley

An East London based independent fabric brand, Colours of Arley is manufactured in a family workshop in a small Cheshire village where everything is produced to order, meaning there’s no waste. These sofa cushions (above) were made by us using eye-catching fabric by Colours of Arley. Their fabric also appears in various other places throughout the apartment.

Yarn Collective

Yarn Collective creates natural and recycled textiles. We chose their fabric for both bespoke headboards – seen above with Colours of Arley stripes, and below with a design by Beatrice Larkin.

Beatrice Larkin

Beatrice Larkin is a textile designer based in Margate, Kent. The fabrics she designs are woven in small runs at a Jacquard mill in Lancashire and then washed and finished in the Yorkshire Dales.

Bespoke pieces by Owl

The project wouldn’t have been complete without some of our signature bespoke pieces. These can be seen in the two headboards – one distinct style for each bedroom, using the sustainable fabric suppliers mentioned above, the bedside tables (below), cushions, and a playful desk that we designed using Smile plastics.

Bespoke headboard and bedside table with our upcycled lamp

Photo by Megan Taylor

Bespoke desk by Owl, using 100% recycled plastic

We chose Smile Plastics to create this playful desk that has been designed to fit a small space, whilst still looking stylish. Smile Plastics are made from 100% plastic waste such as PET plastic bottles, chopping boards and packaging material.

Upcycled pieces

We upcycled lamps for the bedrooms, as well as a statement piece for the living area – a sideboard that we painted bright pink to give it a second lease of life.

Discover more of the project over on our Instagram.

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