An Enduring Contrast – Rozelle Terrace by Jillian Dinkel Designs
Rozelle, NSW, Australia

Photography Pablo Veiga
Interior Design Jillian Dinkel Designs
Words Bronwyn Marshall

Balancing contrast and refinement, Rozelle Terrace is imagined based on principles of honesty, quality and considered nuances. Jillian Dinkel Designs combines both a sense of drama with a mature and enduring approach to conjure a space untimed by fashion or trends, that will becomethe backdrop for the years to unfurl within.

Located in Sydney’s Rozelle, the same named home sees the reworking of the interiors of an early 2000’s townhouse. With no significant or notable architectural or heritage details to consider or highlight, the resulting space reflects a modern approach. While still referencing key classical and known triggers for successful movement, functionality and the generation of a truly unique space, the design conjures its own identity. Tasked with creating what the client describes as ‘a work of art’, Jillian Dinkel Designs’ approach was steeped in the traditional teachings of her regular work with heritage homes and an understanding and appreciation of materiality and its expressive qualities. Through key selections, surfaces and the resulting geometries, Rozelle Terrace conjures its own personality and becomes an identifiable destination within the home.

Through key selections, surfaces and the resulting geometries, Rozelle Terrace conjures its own personality and becomes an identifiable destination within the home.

Built by Prekaro Projects, Rozelle Terrace is an expression of craft, which is reflected in the resulting collaboration. Driven from a restrained approach, the materiality speaks to monochromatic sensibilities, allowing the nuanced elements of the comprising parts speak louder than a currently trending palette. By avoiding the timing of trends and any currently popular swaths of colour, the space is able to draw down on its elements, their details and the planning. The use of Super white Dolomite stone was selected for its bold and robust tenancies while softly intercepting and balancing the black stained American oak veneer. Their contrasts, by being from a similar base, then create a sense of balance while injecting drama time simultaneously.

The same considered approach to restraint is extended to the lighting, where the intention was to allow light to subtly illuminate while also being concealed, functional and minimal. The generous amount of natural stone used throughout intentionally reflects a heightened quality within the space and it being such a high contact surface area then elevates the tactile qualities. Curved at one end, the island bench becomes a feature in itself, offsetting the cylindrical rangehood geometry and tying the space together.

Driven from a restrained approach, the materiality speaks to monochromatic sensibilities, allowing the nuanced elements of the comprising parts speak louder than a currently trending palette.

Rozelle Terrace injects a welcomed element of personality into one of the key living areas of the home, the kitchen. Through considered restraint, Jillian Dinkel Designs creates both subtle and balanced contrasts as the ideal foundation for an enduring home.

The generous amount of natural stone used throughout intentionally reflects a heightened quality within the space, and it being such a high contact surface area then elevates the tactile qualities.

Published 26 October, 2020
Photography  Pablo Veiga
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