Celebrating Local Art & Design - Slow Beam by Hearth Studio and Lauren Bamford
Hobart, VIC, Australia
Redefining an Australian aesthetic through a contemporary and well-versed (literal) lens, owner and client photographer Lauren Bamford and musician Keith Mason have seen their passion project evolve over the last three years. Together with Hearth Architecture, their curated vision for an accommodation offering that celebrates Australian art and design sees Slow Beam come to life. The individual style of its owners, together with the architectural execution from design creates a connection between a contemporary modern style, one that speaks to context and local talent, and one that visually delights also.
Set amongst its lush rugged bush environment, the exterior shell is purposely situated lightly, designed to blend somehow into the landscape, while still making its own statement. From approach, snippets of the interior and bold colours and patterns offer an element of intrigue and enticement from afar. Built by Delpero Clements, Slow Beam was designed as a two-story dwelling, the home has views that stretch from the Derwent River, across to South Hobart, Sandy Bar and further afield. These vistas are deliberate and while creating windows inward, are also directional to the landscape beyond.
Throughout, the intensity and level of detail and curation is enviable, and the coming together of such heralded contemporary Australian designers and artists, is a shining example of showcase. Artwork and design by the likes of Anna Varendorff, Ebony Truscott, Kristen Perry and Fred Ganim and Grant Featherston is a rare and quite unique offer in itself, but it is the means by which the whole experience collates that helps define Slow Beam as something truly special. Esther Stewart’s engagement for custom carpet design in the living room, acts as a clincher for all of these other elements being woven together.
Designed as a luxury escape for local and international visitors, Bamford has brought her extensive experience and knowledge of Australian design and art, gained through her work, together under one roof. Together with Hearth Architecture, sensibilities shown in the understated kitchen and bright and intensely contrasting palette show a confidence and boldness that is openly welcomed. With visual examples more and more accessible, and the generic becoming less and less popular for such short stay options; Slow Beam shows how visually relishing a space can be. With its engagement and philanthropy of local design and artist talent, this really is an example of a considered and beautifully detailed space.