Inn style: Hostem open New Road residence in Whitechapel

A curated residence in Whitechapel available for long or short stays
New Road residence is a project initiated by Hostem founder James Brown and artistic director Christie Fels, a curated residence in Whitechapel available for long or short stays
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With our London address books bursting with grand heritage establishments and a slew of new design hotels, it’s easy to dismiss the notion of a private, charming getaway on the edge of Zone 1 in the British capital. The newly opened New Road residence in Whitechapel seems set to change all that though (at least for a few lucky guests at a time), with its premise as a laissez-faire guesthouse experience working in exact opposition to the attentive presence of night porters and room service that falters between efficient and overbearing elsewhere.

New Road is a labyrinthine 18th-century townhouse that was once a linen merchant’s store; its current transformation the brainchild of James Brown and Christie Fels (respectively founder and artistic director of the Shoreditch-based lifestyle and fashion boutique Hostem), whose aesthetic leanings towards mid-century furniture, the 'wabi-sabi' method, and the more organic movements in contemporary art converge in the eccentric 265 sq m space.

Designed as a destination for couples, families and friends seeking a leisurely London weekend of a different sort, the three-storey self-contained residence is a tranquil design haven configured for comfort and relaxation within the same cadre of polished, artisanal imperfection that defines the wares found at Hostem’s Redchurch Street store. Whilst there the likes of Loewe, Yohji Yamamoto, Thom Browne and MA+ garments hang alongside handmade tailoring by weaver Amy Revier, here Hostem’s tactile, purist narrative is extended through furniture pieces from the likes of Valentin Loellmann (his blackened oak stools, for one) to Pierre Jeanneret’s iconic writing desk. On the walls, it’s expressed via a selection of abstract contemporary artworks curated by London gallerist Stuart Shave – whose painting and sculpture edit includes pieces by Paul Lee, Linder and Richard Tuttle.

Whilst New Road’s meticulous, pared-back visual atmosphere is no doubt a feast for the eyes, thankfully its guests shan’t be left wanting in the bed, bath and table department either – as comestibles from nearby providore Leila’s Shop stock the galley kitchen (with wine by Primeur’s Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim) and Italian crushed linen bedding awaits after one’s bath in the free-standing claw-foot copper tub. The living room comes replete with a fireside bookshelf stocked with nostalgic British novels, and its explicit exclusion of a television set seems all too appropriate to the alternate reality proposed here. It whispers 'switch-off'. And that’s the kind of command to which today’s busy traveller will be all too happy to comply.

Left, a view of the dining area and walled garden and Right, a view of the second bedroom window bay

Pictured left: a view of the dining area and walled garden featuring Hans Wegner's 'Heart' chairs, Found's wooden wheel table and a bespoke linen sofa in dark green. Right: a view of the second bedroom window bay, featuring Pierre Jeanneret's 'Administrative' desk and his 'Office' armchair, both designed for administrative buildings, circa 1960

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Dining table and chairs in raw and skin by Faye Toogood

The living room (foreground), study and library (background). Featuring artwork by Paul Lee, Moongate, from 2015 and two Untitled silkscreens by David Noonan from 2014; 'Roly Poly' dining table and chairs in raw and skin by Faye Toogood

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Left, a view of the study shelves, featuring Oswald Haerdtl's and Right, a view of the top floor laundry room entrance

Pictured left: a view of the study shelves, featuring Oswald Haerdtl's 1925 'Lobmeyr Candy dish G' in mouth-blown Muslin glass on the top shelf; Oswald Haerdtl's 1925 'Lobmeyr Candy dish I and III' in mouth-blown Muslin glass on the second shelf; J & L. Lobmeyr Drinking Service No. 267 'Alpha' water tumbler in mouth-blown lead free crystal on the third shelf, and Studio Formafantasma's engraved Drinking Set No. 284 'Alphabet' on the bottom shelf. Right: a view of the top floor laundry room entrance, featuring Max Lamb's 'Polyester Chair 3'

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View of the house's kitchen, which features kitchen accessories from Crane and Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading co

View of the house's kitchen, which features kitchen accessories from Crane and Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading co

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A selection of complimentary red and white wine as well as a comprehensive cellar have been carefully selected by Primeur restaurant

A selection of complimentary red and white wine as well as a comprehensive cellar have been carefully selected by Primeur restaurant co-founder Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim

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The original staircase leads to a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom and dressing room with a free-standing copper bath and wrap-around wardrobes

The original staircase leads to a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom and dressing room with a free-standing copper bath and wrap-around wardrobes

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A serene and earthen colour palette includes deep greens, warm reds and pops of chocolate or chartreuse in the bedrooms

A serene and earthen colour palette includes deep greens, warm reds and pops of chocolate or chartreuse in the bedrooms

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New Road residence is situated within the Myrdle Street conservation area off Whitechapel Road, just 20 minutes away from central London

New Road residence is situated within the Myrdle Street conservation area off Whitechapel Road, just 20 minutes away from central London

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INFORMATION
For more information visit New Road’s website (opens in new tab) and Hostem’s website (opens in new tab)

Photography: Courtesy of Hostem

ADDRESS

33 New Road
Whitechapel
London, E1 1HE

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