In this issue, frequent Dwell contributor Iain Aitch wrote about the renovated Victorian home of Jamie and Becky Norton in Stoke Newington, London. “I loved the drop that architect William Tozer made from the living space to the dining area,” he says. “Simple,but it really makes the space work.” Aitch writes for several newspapers in the UK, and works as an artist, author, and creative consultant.
What’s your favorite item in your kitchen?
“My SimpleHuman Butterfly recycling bin, which manages to be both elegant and efficient.”
British photographer Julian Broad has contributed to Vanity Fair for 25 years. He got his start with commissions for Arena and The Face magazines. Though he primarily shoots portraits,he segued into architectural photography to document the Norton Residence in London for this issue. Broad was drawn to architect William Tozer’s updated design for the kitchen, which includes “a huge window at the end—perfect for watching squirrels.”
If you could add one thing to your kitchen, what would it be?
“I’d quite like a kitchen designed around a bank of green Fritz Haller cabinets.”
To capture a family’s modern apartment, photographer Jason Larkin traveled from London to Hamburg, Germany. The centerpiece of the space is a black Vipp kitchen system. “I really enjoyed how the residents opened the house up by removing walls and creating larger, brighter spaces,” he says. “The beautiful matte-black surface of the kitchen is stunning.” Larkin is known for his social documentary projects that merge environmental portraiture and landscape photography.
What’s your favorite item in your bathroom?
“My bathtub—it still sometimes feels like a luxury to have one.”
New York City–based design writer Tim McKeough visited a Manhattan apartment, renovated by Workstead, for this issue. “I was blown away to hear that the owner once lived in a mud hut in Mali. It’s almost hard to believe his home then and his home now—a beautifully designed, prime Tribeca waterfront apartment—are on the same planet.” McKeough is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and Elle Decor, among others.
If you could add one thing to your bathroom, what would it be?
“My wife and I just completed a renovation. One of the best extras we added was electric radiant heat under the stone floor. Even my four-year-old son now protests when a bathroom floor is too cold.”
Dwell contributing editor Kelly Vencill Sanchez has written about architecture and design for Architectural Digest, Coastal Living, New Mexico Magazine, and Luxe. She reported a story about a renovation of a 1960s house in Reno, Nevada, for this issue. “When residents Chip and Susie Hobson told me they waited eight years to redo their kitchen, I knew immediately we were kindred spirits,” she says. “There are boxes of beautiful floor tile in my garage just waiting to be laid that may or may not have been there for several years.”
“It’s more a matter of what I would take away. That’s one of the things I loved about Jack Hawkins’s renovation for the Hobsons—no clutter and a place for everything.”