Hoxton x Bauwerk: A New Collection of Limewash Paints, Inspired by European Cities

We’re constantly on the hunt for eco-friendly, non-vinyl-based paints, so we were pleased to (re)discover Bauwerk Colour, makers of limewash paints. The company was founded in Australia in the early aughts by husband-wife team Andreas and Bronywn Ridel, who wanted to create the world’s most beautiful natural paint. Twenty years later, Bauwerk Colour produces zero-V.O.C. limewashes using clay, minerals, and natural pigments and remains committed to its core principle: sustainability.

“We utilize a simple elemental cycle of earth, fire, water, and air,” Bronwyn says. “Limewash is a thin layer of limestone that dries on your wall by taking in carbon dioxide from the air, just as plants do. With a PH level of 14 and antibacterial qualities, it is free from biocides, formaldehydes, and preservatives.” (You can read more about it in Remodeling 101 and this DIY.)

Bauwerk Colour is also known for its collaborations with design world titans like House of Grey and Abigail Ahern. Its most recent release, the Neighbourhood Collection, is in partnership with boutique hotel group The Hoxton. The line is composed of nine earthy paints that correspond with specific locations of The Hoxton, from Berlin and Edinburgh to Amsterdam and Barcelona.

Let’s take a look.

Photography courtesy of The Hoxton.

a soft neutral gray called house represents the humble origins of the hoxton, w 14
Above: A soft neutral gray called House represents the humble origins of The Hoxton, whose first hotel was a converted parking lot in East London.

bauwerk’s limewash formula reveals organic movement and texture. 15
Above: Bauwerk’s limewash formula reveals organic movement and texture.
kino, a dark sage, was informed by the bold aesthetic of cabaret clubs, dance h 16
Above: Kino, a dark sage, was informed by the bold aesthetic of cabaret clubs, dance halls, and theaters in 1920s Berlin.

named for the historic edinburgh neighborhood, haymarket nods to the weathered  17
Above: Named for the historic Edinburgh neighborhood, Haymarket nods to the weathered sandstone townhouses in the area.

“haymarket is my favorite of all the colors,” bronwyn  18
Above: “Haymarket is my favorite of all the colors,” Bronwyn says. “It’s a perfect, modern, new putty color that sits in between beige and green and works for any interior, especially if used with a soft white neutral on the woodwork.”

a muted rose tone, charlottenberg is bauwerk colour’s interpretatio 19
Above: A muted rose tone, Charlottenberg is Bauwerk Colour’s interpretation of the shell-pink stucco facades of West Berlin.

in edinburgh’s new town, stone georgian buildings have developed a  20
Above: In Edinburgh’s New Town, stone Georgian buildings have developed a slightly green patina over time. Moss is designed to embody that moody aged finish.

“moss and house are great bridging colors,” says bronw 21
Above: “Moss and House are great bridging colors,” says Bronwyn. “They can be paired with the rest of The Hoxton Neighbourhood Collection and they will balance out the stronger tones.”

poblenou, a light gray blue, nods to barcelona’s seaside locale and 22
Above: Poblenou, a light gray blue, nods to Barcelona’s seaside locale and contemporary glass architecture.

For our original post on Bauwerk Colour—way back in 2016—see Bauwerk Color: Australian Limewash Paint.

And for more on palettes and paints, see:

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