Sans Pere is dedicated to Barney's late father, James who was drawn to Shoreditch over 30 years ago by the cheap office space on the edge of the city - there were no takers! Instead he ended up using the dilapidated warehouses for restaurants and bars and converting them into the almost cliche open plan loft apartments, thus playing a big role in the creation of Shoreditch as we know it.
Food and Property?
Food and property are James Goff's legacy and although not a natural pairing at first glance, they are certainly comforting bedfellows. When the cold, commercial, utilitarian word 'property' is replaced with 'homes' and 'work places', suddenly there is a warmth, a tactility and a humanity. And where is the heart of the home? The table of course! For it is where we break bread and gather for the best and worst of times. Few people buy a home or a work space on numbers alone, they first visit to see how it 'feels.' They imagine themselves sitting at the table on a Sunday morning with some takeaway coffees morning and a bag of croissants.