Dennis Severs house

Monday, 26 October 2009

Over the weekend I went to the Dennis Severs house. I'd been before a few years ago, but was passing by and it's definitely worth a trip back. Dennis Severs came over to England in the 1970s from his native California, and set about refurbishing this East end house in varying historic styles.

The house tells a story and was described by David Hockney described as one of the world's greatest works of opera. Each room lit by candles, and rich with scents of oranges, logs fires and even dust creates a powerful atmosphere.

This room had a really festive look, and I loved the silhouettes that had been placed behind the curtains.

image from London town

The house has an abundance of stunning still lives - each one like a painting in its own right.


The remarkable thing is that in a 1970s, 80s, and 90s London Dennis Severs completely lived this life - using chamber pots, candlelight and driving around London in a horse and carriage.

image from Richard bryant

To fnd out more click here The house also has a Silent Night on various nights in December where you can sip mulled wine as you wander through the house.

All other images from the Dennis Severs flickr photostream

1 comment:

Mlle Paradis said...

Lovely pics! Are they all yours? I visited there several years ago - it's truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Even though it's sort of a time capsule i.e., enduring, everything in it seems terribly fragile which must be one reason why it feels so special.