Name: Jose Campos and Oliver Herbert, co-owners of SUPERMERCADO SHOP (plus pet finches Selena and Harry)
Location: Converted Victorian Tram depot, Southeast London
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years
Jose and Oliver can attest to the fact that finding a flat in London isn't easy. While searching for a home, they found a "very unappealing" advert for a space that looked dark and dingy — but they were intrigued that the place was described as a 'painter's mews', and, as Jose says, "after a while you get worn down and will look at just about anything."
Persistence was rewarded when they saw the space, which turned out to be a spacious loft in a converted Victorian tram works. It had lots of potential, with space for a garden, a studio, and plenty of room left over for entertaining. Now that they've made themselves at home, the apartment feels highly personal, but not cluttered. Quirky artwork, plenty of plants, and souvenirs from the couple's travels enliven the space, but they've also left plenty of room for the architecture to speak for itself.
And if you love the cosmopolitan style of Jose and Oliver's home, check out their shop, SUPERMERCADO, which features a small but growing collection of unusual items from around the world.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Eclectic, cluttered, bright and complicated.
Inspiration: Our biggest vice is travel. This year we’re planning Venice, Istanbul, India, Barcelona, and El Salvador, so travel is a major influence to everything we do. We both approach design from different places, Oliver is a sculptor and has a strong sense of composition, whereas I come from a dance background, which makes me really aware of the theatricality of the space.
Biggest Challenge: We seem to be addicted to buying houseplants.
What Friends Say: ‘It doesn’t feel like we’re in London!’
Biggest Embarrassment: The messy IKEA shelf in our studio. It serves a purpose!
Proudest DIY: Even though Oliver is a Sculptor, we’re not too keen on DIY. We’d rather find something ‘ready-made’ than put in the manual labour ourselves. We did paint our plant pots though!
Biggest Indulgence: : Our library! We’re easily tempted by a beautiful book. I think we have almost the entire TASCHEN back catalogue.
Best Advice: When looking for an apartment in London, search hard and act quick. It has the power to change your life!
Dream Sources: We wouldn’t mind borrowing a few pieces from Peggy Guggenheim’s Venice home! Or perhaps taking up residence on the set of a Pedro Almodovar movie.
Resources of Note:
• Abstract painting by Jose’s 3 year old sister
• Chanel Hijab Drawing, Oliver Herbert
• 1980’s overhead projector, found at Salvation Army
• Panted Canvas by Jose Campos
• Printed cushions by FORMA
Thanks, Jose & Oliver!
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