Modernist Wonderland
WOWOWA
Balwyn North, VIC, Australia

Photography Martina Gemmola
Project Specification
Project Name: Modernist Wonderland
Project Type: Residential ,
Location: Balwyn North, VIC, Australia
Project Year: 2018 ,
Photographer: Martina Gemmola
Interior Designers: WOWOWA ,
Styling: Ruth Welsby ,
Location: Balwyn North, VIC, Australia ,

Modernist Wonderland by WOWOWA is a residential interior design project located in the Victorian suburb of Balwyn North.

The project is a refurbishment to a yellow brick 60’s double storey gem for a Greek-Australian family. It’s a colourful celebration and opening of the existing space, playful adaptation of original materials and embellishment of an optimistic era.

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Small spaces were decompartmentalised to create a space big enough for 80-person Christmas festivities. The large curved island bench was a nod to the families love of lamb cutlets and it seemed appropriate to couple with a brass bar element. The kitchen itself is on the top level, but the studio wanted to give the clients a greater connectivity to the backyard. WOWOWA designed a tiered deck / terrace that waterfalls down to the backyard, with a larger table undercover at the top, and a smaller one further down in the area that would house a bbq.

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The only exterior addition was a large north facing deck that tiers down connecting the kitchen to the garden. The existing windows and new balustrades were painted Dulux gold pearl for colour harmony throughout.

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Acropolis, a pale pink Dulux colour was used for its obvious Athenian value and cultural patriotism, even from the humble suburb of Balywn. Carnations decorate the house, fitting ornament for the immense hospitality & joy from incredibly happy clients. The studio also made sure that the underside could function as useful outdoor space for bikes or tools – a type of low shed that provided much-needed storage. The deck itself faces west, so WOWOWA used a mixture of pull-down awnings and outdoor curtains to ensure the space would be great for year-round entertaining and enjoyment.

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Each of the 3 children selected their own paint colour for the door with matching carpet for full saturation. The bathroom is a colour party, and everyone is invited with curved ceiling moments stretching out of the shower and a pink skylight to warm the space.

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Modernist Wonderland continues the signature WOWOWA tradition of creating fun designs that celebrate the unique personalities of the clients.

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Published 3 August, 2018
Photography  Martina Gemmola
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