Situated on a verdant inner-city street, Hawthorn House by Fiona Lynch Office uses materiality and artisanal objects to serve and reflect the proclivities of its owner. Retaining its distinct 1970s townhouse exterior and Spanish roof tiles, the structure both nods to an architectural style evocative of LA and is rejuvenated for contemporary living in Australia.
Organic shapes reign throughout Hawthorn House, reflecting the owner’s desire for both everyday comfort and the ability to entertain by creating an effortless flow of movement. In the dining room, a monochromatic beige wall serves to support the fluid shapes and rich materiality of the furnishings, which convey an air of tranquillity and sophistication. The space uses a diverse range of textures to inspire an elegant atmosphere. The lacquered finish of the dining table complements the smooth surface of a tinted mirror and the Cristallo Rosa onyx marble bar. Complete with brass joinery and the warmth of timber elements, the room becomes a feast of tactility.
The kitchen highlights a passion for raw and refined natural forms. Italian Vaticano marble displays swimming granular textures that dominate the primary focal point of the kitchen, whilst natural light animates the ruched leather that hugs the island. Select pieces of art are scattered throughout the home. Sol by Hattie Molloy gives life to the kitchen countertop with its terracotta make-up and reinforces the narrative of using organic materials to blend harmoniously within the room. Raw materiality is a consistent theme in the residence, hand-worked metals are used for lighting and detailing, and various timbers such as oak are carried across the joinery and flooring.
The living area blurs the line between functionality and aesthetics. The room references the 1970s origin of the house and features furniture choices that are chic, comfortable and play with both muted and saturated hues. The space promotes the casual and relaxed low-level living popular in the bygone era. The curvaceous seating acts as a counterpoint to the linear coffee-table and the neutral palette of the walls and floor allow the curated pieces to pop.
As with the rest of the home, the bedroom leans upon organic shapes, muted tones and robust materials to create a calm and grounded atmosphere. The adjacent bathroom explores texture with polished jade tiles laid alongside granular terrazzo. White porcelain amenities provide a silky, satin finish that offer a dynamic yet relaxed dimension.
Hawthorn House navigates the balance between function, form and artistry. Each space is a dynamic experience achieved through textural and compositional contrast, which is elevated by furnishings that support the intrinsic vision of the residence.