Creativity in a Clapton new-build

Wily Badger stopped off at the home of two Clapton residents to share some homemade cider and discover how they managed to create their dream home on Pedro Street.

There’s no shortage of creativity and invention in the area, and it was with great pleasure that we met jewellery designer Hannah Upritchard and entrepreneur Christian Ahlert as they showed us around their beautifully customised home. While on the outside it looks little different to a standard ‘new-build’, inside it’s a treasure-trove of custom-designed cupboards, hand-made furniture and locally sourced goods.

The kitchen

Full of homemade kimchi, cider and sloe gin, freshly grown veg and Scandinavian-inspired furniture, the kitchen is both functional and warm.


Hannah rests against their custom-designed art-deco cupboards, designed and fitted by Hackney resident Tiago Almeida.



Locally-foraged produce forms the basis of much of their food, including mushrooms and sloes (for home-made sloe gin) collected from Hackney Marshes and plums from Millfields Park.


Their homemade cider, using apples picked from the Millfields Park Orchard, was rather delicious.


Rosemary from the local community garden and tomatoes picked from their garden.


The custom-made table, designed by Lars Frideen, can be increased in size to fit larger parties.

The garden


The garden with wooden patio and hand-built work studio for Hannah’s jewellery.


Tomatoes and olives growing in the garden.

The Studio

The perfect creative space for Hannah to work on her jewellery. It’s airy and allows plenty of light in.



Hannah at work.


Examples of her jewellery. See more of her work at



Animal-inspired rings.

The rest of the house

Custom-built furniture.
Painting on the wall (above) by East-end painter Luke Gottelier

Pictures by Hackney artist Adam Dant.


Bed duvet sewn by Hannah. The bed was made by Felix Davis.


Beagle towel hook (left) and hamster ‘ring hook’ (right), both made by Hannah. The latter was inspired by Hannah constantly losing her rings.


The shower room and another towel hook. The top of the shower can be scaled by climbing up the ladder above the toilet. Currently this section is just used for plants but it represents a childhood desire for their house to be fun and adventurous.


Hannah next to her illustration. The book of Bangladeshi cooking was created by Christian (for more details click here).


Bits and pieces on their shelves including home-made quilts.

Hannah Upritchard makes, sells and takes classes on jewellery. For more information see her website. Christian Ahlert is founder of Minibar Labs. For more information click here.

Words and photographs by Barney Thomas

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