The Beldi · London, UK
A former shoe factory in Shoreditch has been luminously transformed into a holiday home by Zoe Chan Eayrs and Merlin Eayrs; a wife and husband duo whose approach to design is truly holistic.
The ‘Beldi’ apartment measures over 3000 square meters, and sits above the bustle of the streets below amongst the treetops. Its evolution, first to a home, and later to a holiday rental, came about organically. After purchasing the property, Chan Eayrs and Eayrs moved in—but not before removing all of the partitions that had been added to the space by the previous owner. For a year they lived in what was effectively a large, empty factory. They used this time to acclimatize to the space and to reimagine its design accordingly. The result is a thoughtfully curated apartment with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an expansive open plan living, dining and kitchen area. The apartment’s lime plaster walls are adorned with artworks from Stephen Wright and Faye Weiwei, and is furnished with designs from Poul Kjærholm and Mario Bellini (amongst others). From the dark green drapes to the oak brush cabinetry and the clay tiles; a majority of the finishes have been custom-made for the space and draw upon the couple’s friendships and their rich history of travel.