Moving Home | Sanderson returns to Voysey House

Sanderson has returned home to the iconic Voysey House in Chiswick, London.

Set amongst the natural beauty of Chiswick, a mere stroll from Turnham Green Park, Sanderson’s new ‘old’ home, Voysey House, is magnificent and humble in equal measure. Our archive, design studio and 164 years of history have been moved back to their original home for the next chapter of design.

This Grade II* listed building, the only commercial building designed by the celebrated Arts & Crafts architect and designer C.F.A. Voysey, was originally completed in 1902 as an extension to the wallpaper factory for Arthur Sanderson & Sons. Linked via a footbridge, a fire in 1928 caused irreparable damage to the main factory but left this building unscathed.

Fast-forward nearly 100 years, Dorrington, the conscientious owner, have worked with dMFK Architects and Sanderson Design Group to restore it to its original glory, ready for future use. The building itself is a testament to the evolution of the Modern Movement in architecture, with its unique design and historical significance. This meticulous restoration has preserved its architectural history while readying it for the future.

Design in the details

The architectural and design teams have honoured the original detailing of the building, such as the ‘Voysey Green’ colour discovered on the metal windows under layers of black paint, which has been echoed throughout the entire building—a beautiful touch that pays homage to its past. The original pitch pine flooring has been painstakingly restored to reveal the soft, pale tones, unique in 1902.

Our treasured archive

The third floor of Voysey House is now home to our extensive archive of original documents. Original porthole windows provide dappled light, its unusual position is made possible due to the building’s original purpose as a wallpaper factory, capable of holding immense weight.

The next chapter

Our design studio now proudly sits on Sandersons Lane, Chiswick, which remains central to the Arts & Crafts movement. Whilst Arthur Sanderson and his family lived nearby in what is now Chiswick library – gifted to the community by Sanderson himself, many other illustrious figures of the day, including William Morris, were neighbours close by in Hammersmith.

A work in progress for over two years, the doors of Voysey House have been flung open, welcoming all to embrace our next chapter of design while always paying homage to our illustrious past.

posted on 03 Jun 2024 in Interiors

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