Prahran, VIC, Australia
From The Designer
To create an honest relaxed living environment for a young growing family of four. Inspired by the freshly built architectural vernacular, texture and colour as well as references to the property’s art deco heritage, remained the basis of our selections.
The heritage listed Art Deco facade was the only original feature being maintained in this new residential build. Upfront challenges included a modest budget of 100K to furnish the split level 3 bedroom home in addition to a living area, dining room, play room, study and outdoor patio. The client seeked a combination of old and new, some with stories already embedded and others that would grow with the family over time. The budget informed our decision to use young and local furniture fabricators, which supported the local community, but allowed us the opportunity to purchase those incredible and sometimes expensive lifelong additions.
References to the period were not inspired through forms but through the period’s colour. Deep teals with ochre injections were layered throughout. Spaces unified with the same soft linen drapes, in different colours. The 6 metre entry corridor was adorned with a custom textured runner featuring golds and earthy browns, marrying similar tones found in the living spaces. Suspended at the very junction where old met new, hung a custom pendant by Anna Charlesworth. Oversized floor rugs helped define zones in the open plan living on ground level. In the living area, the two lounges were selected for their low height to mimic the low linear concrete ledge built opposite. This created a beautiful marrying of hard and soft elements.
A ribbed teal leather armchair sat alongside the organic glass facade as if with open arms; and end to the family circle. Steering away from a cluster over the dining table, three very individual pendants yet wonderfully complementary fittings were selected, married only by colour and height installation. Loose furniture in the children’s rooms chased the curves found in the circular window details from base build and three dimensional wall masks complemented the client’s own artwork collection.