121-123 Deptford High Street
London SE8 4NS
A1960s commuter train carriage has been converted into one of London’s most unique cafés by designer Morag Myerscough.
The Deptford Project café is located in the old railway yard of Deptford station – London’s first suburban railway station, built in 1836.
Myerscough was responsible for the creative concept of the train carriage, the graphic, interior and furniture design.
The interior has been kitted out with bespoke furniture (designed in partnership with artist Luke Morgan) including hand-painted stools with sitting-related slogans. The loo (also by Morgan), is set in a garden shed on the adjoining terrace and is a shrine to Elvis. Visitors are invited to photograph themselves as ‘The King’ in the painted mirror and text the pictures for display in the shed.
Commissioned by property developer Cathedral Group, the café is the first phase of The Deptford Project, a programme to bring back to life the disused railway yard and restore a listed Victorian carriage ramp that has stood derelict for some years. The carriage will act as HQ for a programme of art and design installation, music and film that will be curated on the site until construction begins in 2010 on a major new public square designed by Alison Brooks Architects and a new residential building, attached to the restored carriage ramp, designed by Richard Rogers.