Warehouse Home Issue Three, Published November 2015
“One of the first bombs dropped on London at the start of the Blitz landed very close to where I’m sitting now writing this Editor’s Letter. A glance at World War II bomb damage maps reveals how much of the city was devastated by the Luftwaffe’s intensive and prolonged attacks. This Grade II listed warehouse, built in 1883, sustained some damage. But most of the nearby docks, timber yards and warehouses were completely destroyed. On the 75th anniversary of the Blitz, we admire remarkable buildings that survived and which have been restored by pioneering architects SimpsonHaugh and Partners. Whether you live in a warehouse conversion or you’re channelling an industrial look, our team has searched high and low for unique and unusual designs for your home. The strong historic connections between warehouses and international trade make map related decor, nauticalia and maritime lighting particularly fitting for warehouse homes. The latest riveted metal and wood effect wallpapers will create a striking backdrop in any space. A renewed appreciation for craftsmanship is celebrated in this issue of Warehouse Home, as we meet businesses preserving the time honoured practices of glassblowing and metal forging. We also visit talented artisans of East London. Britain’s remarkable warehouses and factories – those that survived World War II – are among the last vestiges of our nation’s rich industrial past. That heritage, these buildings, should be protected – because “so much of our future lies in preserving our past.” This warehouse, my home, inspired a publication that has now been read in over 50 countries. I hope you enjoy the third issue of Warehouse Home.”
– Sophie Bush (Founder & Editor, Warehouse Home)
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