Original Habitat: Catherine Teatum

Catherine Teatum’s London home perfectly reflects the bold and modern designs she creates for her womenswear fashion label, Teatum Jones. We caught up with the Creative Director as she gave us a tour of her fashionable yet functional pad. Take a peek for yourself…

Where do you live?

I live at Garden House, which is in Grove Mews, Hammersmith, London and have lived here since 2015. I travel a lot with work, so from time to time, the property is also let out while I am away in Paris, Hong Kong, New York.

Why did you choose this particular location and home?

I have always lived in West London; my family emigrated here from the West of Ireland in the ’60s and we’ve been gradually taking over space ever since!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Can you summarise what you do for a living?

I work in fashion. I am the joint Creative Director of Teatum Jones, which is a London based womenswear label showing at London Fashion Week. I work with Rob Jones who is joint Creative Director.

Original Habitat: Catherine Teatum

Is this your dream job?

Pretty much! Rob and I always wanted to be fashion designers since we were little. When we met in Italy designing menswear we thrived on each others’ passion for storytelling and that was the beginning of working together. We came back to London and set up Teatum Jones two years later. I enjoy the freedom the most. We create fashion from human stories and our focus is textiles; bold colour and pattern. We have the freedom to explore that each season. And use our platform at London Fashion Week to tell those stories to a global audience.

What inspires you to do what you do?

Humans inspire us. We create fashion from human stories and weave those inspiring stories into the fabrics we design and develop.

How would you describe your interior style?

Eclectic. It’s a mix of my love for mid 20th century modernism with bold pattern and colour.

Original Habitat: Catherine Teatum

Does your work in fashion influence your interiors in any way?

Of course! The influence from interiors inspires our fashion and visa versa. I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with chairs and ceramics that finds it way into trims and buttons that we design for garments. The colours in ceramics can often end up inspiring the colour palette of an entire collection.

Where do you find interior inspiration?

The same place I find fashion inspiration – everywhere. Its an involuntary process being a creative, you’re constantly collecting references and information in your mind from everywhere you go and everyone you meet.

The house draws from a bold colour palette. How did you go about choosing this and what were the motivations behind the decisions?

Materially, the combinations and choices are part of the design process carried out by the architects with Noiascape as the client. My contribution to this dialogue was to reflect on how my fashion label creates a bold, modern, and polished aesthetic for the women who wear our clothes. We explore materials; their composition, their cut, detailing and their visual contrast to create striking collections each season. This process is very similar to that of the architect, where form, function, composition and materially these elements need to be synthesised. At Garden House these processes have been considered to create a varied and visual material palette, from the textured cast concrete of the master bedroom headboard, through to the deep green & red joinery pieces of the bedroom spaces. The architects wanted to create more intimate spaces to the bedrooms at ground floor, in contrast to the brighter social spaces of the living & working areas at fist & second floor, which reflected in materials choices which animate these two differing conditions.

Original Habitat: Catherine Teatum

What’s your favourite interior trend at the moment?

I am in love with big green indoor plants at the moment. For both the aesthetic and the health benefits.

Are you a Habitat Voyeur?

I think everybody is a habitat voyeur. I love discovering other spaces and gathering ideas for how to improve my own.

Whose home do you most admire?

My grandparents. They built their home with their own hands mostly from raw materials and it is still standing today, over a hundred years later. I am always impressed with how efficiently they ran such a small space with many people inhabiting that space. They could have passed on a lot of advice to the modern rental market about how to organise small spaces!

What does Habitat mean to you?

There used to be a Habitat in Hammersmith Kings Mall years ago when I was younger. I recall following my older sister around there on a Saturday as she loved it so much and we’d create a mental shopping list of all the items we would love to have in our home when we were older.

Which Habitat products do you love and why?

Ceramics and crockery, because they’re a perfect mix of the right proportion, colour and material.

Original Habitat: Catherine Teatum

What’s your favourite thing about your home?

Without a doubt it has to be my bed. I lead a very busy schedule with early rises, many evening engagements and lots of travel so when I crash on my bed I have a moment of true relaxed happiness, which is always deeply appreciated!

What do you enjoy doing at home to relax?

I’ve recently become obsessed with making my own organic beauty products so at the weekends I’ll usually be found in the kitchen with lots of jars around me cooking up a night cream or a face balm on the stove.

Tell us about your most treasured possessions? What’s the story behind them?

My most treasured possessions are those with meaning and history behind them so that would be letters and photos from my very large family and partner. I’ve also acquired 7 paintings from one of my favourite artists Tom Leamon, now also a close friend, which I treasure very much as each one has been acquired at a poignant moment point in my life.

What’s travelled with you from home to home?

My Teatum Jones clothes, my photos and my books. None of those can ever be thrown away. I particularly love the library space in the Garden House which houses my books, photos and ceramics.

Where is the heart of your home?

The living space is the heart of the home. It’s the social space, the space where I spend time with friends and family, and is connected to the study and garden room, where I go to work and relax. It is three spaces in one, which are fluid and connected, but can be separated when I need to be alone to think, to design, or simply to listen to music.

The living and study spaces are also where I spend most of my time. In the morning I get up around 6am, have a coffee and watch the sun rise in the east as it casts shadows on the interior. From the study space I spend my mornings working and can watch the city outside as it wakes, with the Hammersmith & City line trains in my view from the study. The garden room, at roof level, is connected to the study and the living space by a white metal bridge. It’s a planted space which provides a soft visual outlook to the living and dining spaces below, and provides a massive amount natural daylight to social spaces at first & second floor.

Original Habitat: Catherine Teatum

If you could re-live one moment in this house what would it be? Tell us about your favourite memory.

The first evening I had my whole family over for dinner, there are more than 20 of us when we all get together and it’s chaotic but lots of fun.

Is this your perfect habitat?

I would never usually say anything is perfect because I think as a designer you’re always looking to improve on things be it aesthetically or spatially, however I do actually think this is my perfect space. The mix of beautiful design, inspiring materials, fluidity of space and ease of working and living harmoniously have really brought about a peacefulness and harmony to the way I live that I haven’t experienced before.

Original Habitat: Catherine Teatum

Tell us something interesting about yourself that not many people know.

I have 3 concert flutes. I used to play the flute classically when I was younger and at one point considered a career in music.

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