The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA


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20th Century Living RoomsPage 5

Towards the end of the century, warehouses and industrial buildings were being converted into apartments known as lofts. These spaces often had high ceilings with large metal-framed windows, exposed brickwork and iron columns, and were typically furnished with contemporary design and modern 'classics' dating from the middle of the century. The large open-plan living space typically included a kitchen with a 'breakfast bar' and stools for informal meals, as well as areas for dining and sitting. Elements of this so-called loft-style, such as pale wooden flooring and one wall painted in a brighter, accent colour were adopted in many homes with a more traditional layout. Here, kitchens were often installed in larger rooms than previously and combined with a living space to create a 'family room', which was becoming more central to the household's activities than the traditional living room.


1990s Room, Geffrye Museum, which represents a middle-class Londoner's loft style apartment in 1998.

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