The Financial Times Goes Inside ‘Maison Colbert’

Charlotte and Philip Colbert lounge in their main room designed by Buchanan Studio at Maison Colbert. © Michael Sinclair

Neo-Pop artist Philip Colbert and Filmmaker and writer Charlotte Colbert show off their new home in Spitalfields, East London to the Financial Times. A 15,000-square-foot abode filled with cartoon lobsters and plush uteruses, the home is an ode to their romantic and creative partnership, meshing their artistic practices with all the comforts of home.

“We had a vision, so it was a question of finding someone to help us realize it collaboratively” Says the 43-year-old artist, who turned to Buchanan Studio to create a space for the couple that matches their Brand with functionality. Thus, Maison Colbert was born.

The double-height living room on the second floor. Above the Buchanan Studio x Philip Colbert hand-carved lobster-motif fireplace is Vietnam Diptych by Jeff Keen; above that is Black Strap (Red Fly) by Rose Wylie. The sofa and armchairs are by Oliver Gustav. The marble coffee table is Buchanan Studio x Charlotte Colbert, built by Elite Stone. All planting is by Conservatory Archives © Michael Sinclair

The Financial Times

The journey through Maison Colbert begins in a cobbled inner courtyard and an ascent to the hallway, from verdant and dark into dreamy and light. The hall is decorated with Italian frescoes (you might spot painted eyeballs within the vines) amid remnants of classical statues (former stage props), two marble lobster busts and an indoor boob fountain: arcs of water spout from the nipples.

A bar area and concierge desk decked in red and pink stripes, and the tasselled room keys hanging on the wall are inspired by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel – a purely surrealist touch that will likely bring a smile to the faces of friends and family invited to stay. “The humour takes you off-guard. ‘A concierge desk? What the hell is this?’” says Angus Buchanan, who wanted to add “vitality” to the low-ceilinged entrance hall.

L’oiseau amoureux sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle in the games room, with Flower Studies From The Lobster Land Museum, 2021, by Philip Colbert on the wall © Michael Sinclair
Buchanan Studio velvet curtains on the fourth-floor landing, with a view through to the “silicone boob” bath © Michael Sinclair
The “Uterus” bedroom, with a Buchanan Studio x Charlotte Colbert bed. Upholstery by Ben Whistler and bedlinen by Buchanan Studio. The marshmallow side tables are by Charlotte Colbert © Michael Sinclair
Concierge desk and bar designed by Buchanan Studio, with etched glass by Rupert Bevan and bespoke glasses by Laguna-B. The sculpture on the bar, Golden Balls, 2021, is by Charlotte Colbert. Ceiling mural by Ian Harper © Michael Sinclair
Motherhood sculpture in flocked ceramic by Charlotte Colbert. Light fitting by Jamb © Michael Sinclair
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