Interior designer Lucy Currell had plenty to work with when it came to creating a look for the first finished apartment of Empress Works.

“I want it to be in keeping with the industrial style of the building,” she says, citing details such as its striking concrete ceilings.

Reflecting the development’s location right beside the Regent’s Canal was important too, influencing her decision to opt for a “natural colour palette” that would evoke the idea of “being at one with nature” when at home here. Meanwhile, the furniture has a “really sculptural” feel, a nod to the awesome presence of the 19th-century gas holders next door.

Bethnal Green is familiar territory to Lucy, who grew up nearby and set up her studio just along the canal in Stratford three years ago. She returned to the UK after graduating from the New York School of Interior Design and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else than East London.”

“The scene is fresh and always changing. There’s a vibrancy and a vitality,” she says, singling out current favourites Bright, a neighbourhood restaurant on nearby Westgate Street, and interiors store A New Tribe, where she picked up some of the homewares you’ll find in the show apartment at Empress Works.

Lucy Currel, Studio Iro

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