Templestowe, VIC, Australia
The Unwin project by KWD brings together an inspired design team, a visionary architect, an excellent builder and a committed client to create a truly beautiful home.
The KWD team had the unique opportunity to work on the interior furnishings for a home that was a completely blank interior canvas. Designing the furniture and soft furnishings for this visionary home was a exciting and rewarding experience for all involved.
KWD were engaged by the client to create the interior feel of their home. Kate worked closely with James Buddle who was head of design for this project. The first step for the interior design for this project was to establish the purpose for each area within the architecturally designed house. Creating a relaxed family home was important, with zoned areas for each use.
Every piece of furniture and the soft furnishings were curated or crafted specifically for the home. The design team worked solidly for weeks researching, studying and forming the ideal layout for the home. Kate, James and the team specified or designed the furniture for each area which was both imported and sourced locally, working closely with local manufacturers to develop custom made designs. Ultimatley they wanted to create bespoke pieces for the property that married perfectly with the architect’s vision.
One of the key elements with the interior furnishings was to pay tribute to the curves throughout the architecture. The KWD team emulated the beautiful shapes in the home with gently curved bed heads, a curved formal lounge and furniture throughout the home that was void of sharp edges. The dining table is made from sustainably grown Austrian walnut with smooth rounded corners. Working with the tremendous amount of light was a challenge. The designers needed to dress the windows appropriately to allow for the spaciousness to be maintained whilst shading the interior when required. The ceiling to floor sheer curtains work beautifully, as do the block out blinds strategically positioned in the bedrooms. Kate and her team softened the polished concrete floors downstairs with beautiful large rugs sourced locally, and upstairs they installed a magnificent handmade 100% wool carpet that is cosy and comfortable and so luxurious underfoot.
Each area in the home has its own character and functionality so the custom designed furniture had to complement the space and highlight the architectural features. KWD supplied the Calacatta, Nero Marquina and Super White marble throughout the interior including the bathroom bench, kitchen island and fireplace, and the tiles for the pool and the internal moat were selected as part of the soothing, calming palette.
Bold yet serene, the colours, tones and textures of the hard and soft furnishings all come together to create balance and symmetry as well as a warm and comfortable feel. The natural shades and textures throughout the property turn this incredible structural house into a warm family home. The play of light in every space is spectacular.