The Modern House and Farrow & Ball meet Tom Morris in his Barbican flat

The Modern House and Farrow & Ball meet Tom Morris in his Barbican flat


I think to wake up and to see a colour that you really, really love on the wall or a certain fabric that you love or certain belongings that you picked up along the way: I think it’s just these little touch points during the day make life much more pleasant. My name is Tom Morris, I’m a journalist and design consultant. We are in the Barbican Estate. Architecturally it’s brutal and it’s quite
gritty, and on a day like this it can look quite grim, but it’s such a successful example of high-density housing right in the centre of a city. The architects, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, were very encouraging of each flat becoming something of a machine for living in that would adapt over time and could be used by each resident to show their personality. And especially in this apartment: it’s very bright and there’s windows everywhere
so it has an amazing capacity to really handle anything you throw at it. Living so central, I’m surrounded by glass and by concrete and by metal and I felt it necessary to bring some nature inside, which led me to
bring in more earthy colours. Whereas in the kitchen and in the loo I think I wanted to have something with a bit
more colour and certainly most of the things I own are green and blues so it’s just a way of bringing through those colours into the rest of the apartment. I mean I frustratingly change pictures, furniture and things in here the whole time. But I think as you go through life and you go away for another trip and you bring a new favourite thing back houses should evolve with you. And colour too, and I think all these things add to the colourful fabric of your life in your home.


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