By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie

RENOWNED artist and set designer, Tony Hornecker, has decided to live his days in a beaten-up garage in the heart of East London – but not all is what it seems

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Videographer / Director: Adam Gray
Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote
Editor: James Thorne

The 43-year-old has managed to totally transform the dingy living space into a topsy-turvy wonderland that features the likes of a glitter ball from a Kylie Minogue tour and a baby’s diaper that hangs from the living room ceiling.

Tony’s previous work has been displayed at The Royal College of Art and The Royal Opera House – but he remains most fond of the magical world he has created at home.

The decorated artist began his work on the garage 15 years ago and continues to change up the themed rooms to this day.

Tony told Barcroft TV: “I don’t really know how it ended up like this.

“It started out as an attempt to build a sort of New York style loft apartment when I first moved in here 15 years ago.

“It was a big and dirty blank space. I remember walking down here one October evening and seeing this roller-shutter door half kind of pulled down and peering underneath and seeing this big space.

“And everyone thought I was completely mad. I spent the first six weeks washing out of a bucket and trying to turn it into something that was vaguely like a home.

“Slowly over the years it’s just evolved from different spaces.

“From Kylie Minogue’s glitter balls to all kinds of layers and layers and layers of objects.

“Still to this day I don’t think anyone can fail to not be moved by this space.”

Tony, who lives on his own, opens his house to the public from time to time, holding pop-up restaurant nights where he entertains a number of guests and cooks food for them in his tiny kitchen.  

A staircase made of rickety chairs leads to Tony’s bedroom where he has to crawl through a tunnel-like entrance just to get some sleep and his downstairs bathroom sits inside an old wardrobe. 

Tony admits that he could not work a full time job and maintain the quirkiness of his home, as he constantly feels the need to redecorate and find new ways to develop his space. 

He said: “You come down this dark cobbled street and then you crawl into this sort of space that doesn’t look terribly interesting from the outside.

“And then, all of a sudden, you’re overwhelmed with things and lights and music and atmosphere.

“There’s a lot of my childhood here, there’s a lot of things from my own family.

“It’s a project that’s been going on for 15 years and doesn’t really end.

“I never pay more than like a fiver for anything really – so it’s worth nothing, but everything.”