Living a Fantasy: A House for Essex by Grayson Perry and Charles Holland

Commissioned by Living Architecture, which builds vacation rentals in the U.K., artist Grayson Perry worked with Charles Holland, then director of Fashion Architecture Taste, on A House for Essex in the village of Wrabness. Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

The rear vestibule’s floor mosaic by Paul Marks tells part of the house’s story about the fictitious Julie May Cope. Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

The motor scooter that killed Julie hangs as a chandelier in the living room. Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

A bedroom features Perry’s portrait of her in a wool tapestry produced on a digitally controlled loom. Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

His ceramic sculpture of her surveys the living room’s fumed-oak parquet. Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

A Julie sculpture and a weather vane, both polished cast aluminum, top two of the house’s gables in a brass-copper alloy. Wall tile beneath is hand-cast faience. Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

In the living room, custom wallpaper by Perry runs above the wool tapestry “Friends All Agreed They Were “A Perfect Match.” Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

A pendant fixture by Jean-Louis Domecq hangs in the kitchen. Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

Tub fittings in a bathroom are brass. Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

The house sits on 1 acre with a view of the River Stour where it flows into the North Sea. Photography by Jack Hobhouse.

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