Sage Studio North London Studio
Sage Studio opened in 2018, we started in one of our founders apartments in Kensinton then within 6 months we moved into our other founders back shed, turned studio in North London. We soon out grew that studio and started the hunt for a larger space in October 2020. With Covid and the large check list we wanted in a studio space it took nearly a year to find the right space.
In August 2021 we found our new space in Harringay. The space was abandoned for several years, so when we came to view the space we really had to use our imagination to see the potential in the building. But it had the square footage we wanted, the parking and it was close to an underground!
Once we signed on the dotted line we started planning our renovations. We stripping the inside down to the studs, removing all old electrical and plumping as well as the drop ceiling in the kitchen space and studio 2.
We wanted to make the space warm and cozy with a homie feeling. Trying to get as far away from the shinny white wall and surfaces that give the ‘clinical’ feeling a lot of other commercial studios out there have. As our name is Sage Studios we decided on the color scheme of sage green, warm white, gold and natural warm wood tones.
For the reception space we changed the old car port into a welcoming front area with large double doors, paneling and a lovely little bistro set for those nice days in the sun. Going through the front doors you come into the front office where we have beautiful wingback chairs, large area rug, textured wallpaper, vintage frames and cameras and warm lighting. Behind that is the main office for our lovely creative director and equipment room.
Going through the reception you move into our communal kitchen area that we outfitted with two new windows and higher ceiling. For the kitchen we brought in a beautiful natural wood counter top with a white farm style sink, sage green cabinets and gold hardware, the back splash we imported ties from Spain with vintage patterns in a bronze finish. The walls are completed with a mixture of new and vintage frames showcasing images from our portfolio and we have a ledge with our camera collection. We also can’t forget the abundance of plants and our fish tank that houses guppies and mini catfish.
The bathroom we completely remodeled with a custom white and gold tile backsplash on our accent sage green wall, same natural wood counter top as the kitchen, a white water basin and a gold waterfall tap. As well as a new window and lovely white and grey geometric floor tiles. The space came together with a retro round mirror, more plants, pictures and gold accessories.
Studio one had a lot of changes as well. The walls were covered in 10cm thick plastic panels hiding the natural brick walls, with a drop ceiling and large double doors going into the car port. Once we removed the panels, ceiling and busted through the double doors we enlarged the space enough to be able to have 3m width backdrop with space on either side. For the walls we cleaned up the brick and white washed them, the ceiling we raised to its max height and brought in new electrical all over the space. In the space we took from the double doors leading to the car port we turned into our make-up and hair stylist area as well as our changing area. We finished the space with a custom made barn door to close off the studio from the communal space and grey concert flooring.
Studio two was one of the largest transformations in the space. It had a 6ft ceiling resting on top of the windows, highly reflective old vinyl flooring, the only kitchenette that didn’t work and water boiler in the storage room. We knew right away the ceiling had to come down, what we didn’t know was the beautiful iron beams we recovered when tarring down the ceiling and exposing the brick gable ends. This left us with a vaulted ceiling that we covered in vertical paneling. We installed new wood flooring and a new kitchenette along with a Juliet balcony which means the double doors could now be opened to the yard below to bring in natural light and a nice breeze on a warm summer day.
We outfitted the studio space with a new changeroom area, make-up and hairstylist area along with a 3m wide backdrop wall supports and all the plug points you could want!
It was a labor of love, which took us three months to finish and a little bit of blood, sweat and tears. But we couldn’t be more happy with the space and hope everyone who comes to visit, work or hire it out loves it just as much as we do!
Check out our website and social media to see what we’ve been doing in these lovely spaces. We’ve captured some truly amazing images within our studio so far, including model shoots, product, ghost mannequin , flat lays and everything creative!