From Hovel Heartache to Delightfully Designed Homes
Spatial design company Foreign Bear
Studio began when Genevieve McGill and Phil MacMahon bought and
renovated a dilapidated Victorian flat in the up-and-coming borough
of Hackney in East London. What was initially a first home together
in a then-unfashionable area of the city ignited in the couple a
thirst for interiors and renovation. It allowed the duo to indulge
their passion for design while engaging their ability to see
through the most neglected and derelict spaces to the home that
Hours were spent salvaging the original Victorian staircase and rejuvenating the sash windows: budget-conscious methods that have become a motif through their design projects today. With this first home came a bigger adventure, the beginnings of their new business.
From minimalist and timeless designs to the more quirky details,
their projects encompass perfect craftsmanship and technical
accuracy. This is balanced with their own unique furniture designs,
curated finds from their travels and upcycled objects from
flea-markets and auction rooms, that give their spaces a unique
design flair on a budget.
Alongside their ingenuity for conceiving and constructing individual homes, Foreign Bear Studio offer a custom design service that fuses the contemporary with the traditional, allowing their designs to evolve organically into a collection of unique and stylish spaces that tailor to the demands of city living.
Architecturally aware, their interiors aim to showcase space-enhancing solutions by using high-quality materials and innovative lighting schemes that create bold, dramatic yet intimate spaces.
Read bios -
'My time at art college was spent experimenting (and messing around) with old furniture, seeing how I could stack old chairs up on top of one another or suspend them in mid air, teetering beside a huge wardrobe balancing on it's side. I still experiment with furniture today, it's just now it's my job.
Genevieve Mc Gill
'As a child my grandmother instilled in me a love of seeking out a bargain on the auction room floor. Her pub 'Nancy's' in Donegal is testament to her life's project, and now every nook and cranny in our home reveals another gem from a day spent scouring the local flea markets as well as treasured pieces we've collected over the years. The love of finding that bargain runs in my Donegal blood!'