Carl & Ben’s Modern Art Collective London Flat

updated Feb 28, 2019
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Name: Carl Blucher & Ben
Location: Hackney; London, UK
Size: 900 square feet
Lived in: 1 year; Owned

Carl has built his career curating gorgeous collections for retail stores throughout London, and his home is filled with the best furniture, art, and objects he has found. Located in a classic Victorian mansion, Carl’s flat is the exact opposite of what you expect to find in an old Victorian building. He and his partner Ben renovated the flat to include a modern open floor plan and to retain the best original features, including the unique floorboards and high ceilings.

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Carl & Ben’s Modern Art Collective Flat (Image credit: Claire Bock)
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Located in Hackney, London’s hippest neighborhood, the apartment serves as the backdrop for Carl and Ben’s carefully curated modern art collection. The walls are all painted bright white or a perfect mid-tone shade of grey so that the art is the star of the apartment. Many of the artworks lining the walls are from local East London artists, including legendary street artists Bambi and Pure Evil.

Carl treats the walls and the minimalist monochromatic furnishings as a canvas on which to frequently rearrange his art collection; this makes for a unique visual experience every time you enter the flat. Carl is from Sweden and his Scandinavian influences are authentic. His Swedish roots lend a minimalist background to vintage objects collected from around the world. With No13 Project, Carl is hoping to share his carefully curated collection of art and objects by opening his flat, allowing buyers to browse in the context of a real, working home.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Contemporary with a twist.

Inspiration: London and all of the people around me.

Favorite Element: The original Victorian features, such as the floorboards and high ceilings.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping the house uncluttered because I love collecting objects.

What Friends Say: That it is the best-looking party house.

Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen — that is my next project to tackle.

Proudest DIY: Painting the kitchen cabinets matte black — the easiest way to make an old kitchen look a bit more modern.

Biggest Indulgence: My Fritz Hansen Ro chair and footstool, and expensive art.

Best Advice: Keep to your color scheme.

Dream Source: Auction houses!

Other Inspiration: I’m addicted to real estate and I can spend hours online looking at houses and flats; my Swedish origins tend to take me to Swedish real estate websites.


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  • Chandelier: Flos 2097 in Brass
  • Sofa: No13 Project
  • Armchair and footstool: Fritz Hansen Ro
  • Coffee table: Rockman & Rockman
  • Embroidered clock: Maison Margiela
  • Eames rocker: Herman Miller
  • Heart print: Studio Yra
  • Side table: Fornasetti
  • Jielde floor lamp: vintage
  • Re-colored rug: vintage
  • Brass elephant: India
  • Sculpture: Lovebuch
  • Artwork: Kasia Bobula
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  • Chandelier: Flos 2097 in Brass
  • Table: Kristalia T-hink
  • Eames chairs: Herman Miller
  • Vintage brass candelabra: France
  • Console table: Content by Conran
  • Snoopy lamp: Flos
  • Vintage horse: India
  • Artwork: David Shrigley, Bob Gruen, Ruvan Wijesooriya, Kasia Bobula, Karolina Kling, Rebecca Hogg, François Azambourg, and Studio Yra
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  • Pendant light: No13 Project
  • Paint: Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Grey
  • Artworks: Bambi, Pure Evil, Tracy Emin, and Paul Insect
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  • Table: Innermost Origami
  • Eames chairs: Herman Miller
  • Pendant lights: Design House Stockholm
  • Artwork: Lars Norman, Lennart Jirlow, Kozyndan, Lefty Loosey Righty Tighty, and Bengt Asplund
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  • Floor tiles: Mosaic del Sur
  • Mirror: vintage 1930s
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  • Bed: Warren Evans
  • Chest of drawers: Habitat
  • Lighting: Zara Home
  • Sideboard: antique from Sweden
  • Framed art above bed: antique anatomical prints
  • Pillows: designed by Custhom for No13 Project
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  • Bed/storage unit: custom-built by Carl
  • Bergbom wall light: vintage
  • Pillows: designed by Custhom for No13 Project
  • Artwork: Karolina Kling, Ruvan Wijesooriya, and Maud Sandstrom
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