all his own work - frosted polycarbonate
Lujo Brieva's home is his entire universe.
Each floor of a reconstructed Victorian railway station in north London has a different part of his life.
On the first floor there are metal workshops and galleries, and anyone interested in his work can make an appointment to visit.
His quiet attic
The stylish apartment occupies the second floor while the top
The floor is handed over to the studio, hired to a professional musician, or used for a collaboration between Brieva and former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera (
Their first album will be released this spring).
In these three-
That 38-story brick house-year-old architect-
Life of designers, eating, sleeping, playing music, meditation and exercise (
There's even a punch-
The bag hanging in the gallery, Brieva used to be a martial arts champion in his hometown of Columbia, where he works).
This is also where he makes lighting, furniture, and building parts for which he is getting fans
Much wider than his rock.
Star Circle of friends.
"When I got married to Chrissie Hynde, we moved for six years every year," he said . ".
Now I prefer to have a manageable space.
"When Brieva bought the Kensal Rise building, it was in poor condition.
He vandalized the interior and began to stamp his personality on the property.
The ground floor was transformed into a bright, airy gallery with golden wood floors and pale walls.
Industrial machinery is installed in the nearby metal workshop, and the studio is equipped with all the latest electronic magic.
Then he turned his attention to the middle of the sandwich: his home.
Brieva is not lazy at all. on hard labour.
He deepened the color of the original wood floor with a special varnish
The wooden board purchased at the building salvage yard was fitted with a bulky French radiator and a stone was madeand-
Wooden grid floor in kitchen space. He made copper-
Kitchen cabinets and sapele countertops.
He separated the bedroom from the living room.
The bathroom is equipped with a frosted polycarbonate panel and a density cardboard wardrobe and a screen.
"They are much lighter and safer than glass screens, and I like the light they send out," he said . ".
Light is a big theme in the Brieva universe.
The little red bulb creates a ruby pool under his glass
Top of the table.
A white round Limestone Basin sits on a square red light
A glowing box like an altar in the bathroom.
Moroccan lanterns cast shadows
The pattern on the wall beside his bed.
His decorative steel support softened the electric beam.
When the fairy lights on the wall
A pair of blue lights
Indian Glass Bell
The jar adds magical light.
"I like the symbolism of light," Brieva said . ".
"For me, it works on many different levels.
It makes the room look more sexy and mysteriousand bigger.
Think about the interior of the cathedral.
Brieva arrived in London in 1988 to complete his construction training in Colombia.
He worked for a large construction firm, but soon got tired of the design of the office.
He started working on sculptures and worked with designer Mark razier for several months
Jones, learn the technical details of welding and other metal processing skills.
His research with Professor Keith Crichlow, a Master of Architecture, led to a project to design temples and hospital complexes in India.
He then teamed up with an interior designer who was specially installed for the cruise.
After deciding to leave the company to work, he now begins accepting private commissions for projects both inside and outside the home.
His own apartment was full of things he did downstairs. from steel-legged, slate-
Table on top and slender steel
The Fi speakers are located on the exterior balcony of the building decoration.
"I can make almost anything in metal," he promised . ".
The client listened to him and ordered chandeliers, wall lights, dining tables and chairs, railings, balconies, and kitchen and bathroom accessories.
A customer in Kensington ordered marble, glass and stainless steel stairssteel.
The other commissioned a mirror, lighting and bathroom equipment.
The intensive nature of his work does not seem too expensive.
Torcheres costs around £ 300, coffee tables £ 600, and tables with indoor lights £ 2,000.
As a demonstration of his talents, the building is not working very well.
Brieva made almost all fixtures or furniture.
It is particularly striking that the apartment is filled with a feeling of almost tangible peace.
When you walk around one or two gears, it will expand automatically.
Brieva will tell you that it all has to do with the "sacred geometry" of his work. Circles -
Symbol of Heaven
Sitting in the square (earth).
The metal cross of his torcheres has a Trinity spike.
The glowing red Venetian glass Church-like stained-glass effect. And so on.
It doesn't matter if you agree with this philosophy. It's the clean-
The tailoring and decoration style of Brieva's works and its self
Self-confidence that is attractive to his clients exists.
"I like to create an extra perspective through symbolism," he insists . ".
"I want the response to my work to come from the heart, not the mind.
When I asked him why he replied, "because my job is to create the center of the universe . "a home -for people.
"Like the universe he created himself --in-one property.
You can make an appointment to visit the seminar/Gallery of Lujo Brieva (020-8960 2794)