Templestowe, VIC, Australia

Photography Brent Lukey
Project Specification
Project Name: Unwin
Project Type: Residential ,
Location: Templestowe, VIC, Australia
Project Year: 2017 ,
Photographer: Brent Lukey
Builder: Frank Pty Ltd. ,
Architects: Bojan Simic Architecture ,
Designers: KWD ,

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.

Our Latest Project In Templestowe Is One Of Our Most Memorable. It’s Not Just Because Of The Beautiful Clients Who Pushed Us To Be The Best We Could B
Or The Visionary Architecture And Working With Builders Of Excellence, We Had The Unique Opportunity To Work On The Interior Furnishings For A Home Th
Designing The Furniture And Soft Furnishings For This Visionary Home Was Such An Exciting And Rewarding Experience.
Architectural Designs Evolve. We’re Not Precious About What We Do, It’s Ultimately About What Is Right For Our Client.

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.

As Builders We Are Like Drummers Who Play To The Architect’s And Client’s Beat. We Follow Their Music And We Bring To Life The Architect’s Dream As B
Bojan’s Association With The Owners Evolved Through Mutual Colleagues, They Liked His Approach To His Work And That It Was Quality Design.

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.

Our Client’s Decided On A Style That’s Not Formal And Robust Like Other Houses In The Street. This Design Is More Playful.
So We Wanted To Create Something That Was Timeless And Paid Homage To The Location’s Proximity To The Yarra River And Capture The Feel Of The Riversid
The Builders For The Project Had To Be Talented And Experienced Enough To Take On The Structural Scope Of Design.

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.

The Natural Light And Shadows Of Tree Foliage Play So Beautifully Throughout The Home.
The Owner Had A High Reputation Within The Industry, So It Was A Huge Vote Of Confidence That He Felt We Were Suitable For His Own Project.
The Owners Of This Property Had Been Searching For The Perfect Block Of Land To Build Their Dream Home, One That Was Flat Enough To Avoid Too Much Exc
They Then Searched For The Right Architect For The Project And Spoke To A Number Of Professionals In The Field.
They Weren’t In A Hurry, They Were Prepared To Wait For The Ideal Spot Which They Found On A Hilltop In Templestowe.
We Didn’t Have A Particular Style In Mind But We Liked His Work, So He Gave Us A Number Of Design Options Based On Our Brief Of Something That Was Qui
We Had Seen Bojan Simic’s ‘orb House’ In Kew And We Also Knew Him Through Colleagues In The Building Industry, And Decided He Was The Right Person To
We Prepared A Number Of Different Proposals To See What Opportunities Existed For The Site And How Best To Address The Accommodation Needs Of The Clie

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.

We Reviewed Planning Restrictions, The Geo Technical Constraints And Adopted Passive Solar Design Principles That Maximised The Amount Of Sunlight The
We Wanted A Space That Would Offer Individual Privacy For A Family Of Five Whilst Enabling Us To Keep An Eye On Things Too. And We Love To Entertain S

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.

We Were Hired Because There Was An Understanding Between Us, Something Within Our General Approach And Personal Aesthetic.
As Patient People Who Are In The Building Industry Themselves, They Have A Solid Knowledge Of How Councils Work And They Could See The Architect’s Vis
The Owner’s Building Journey Started Four Years Ago Once The Council Approval Setbacks Were Overcome And The Architectural Design Was Finalised.
They Were In A Position Where They Could Take The Time To Get It Right.
Bojan Simic Of Bojan Simic Architecture Is A Visionary Artist.
His Work Is Both Futuristic And Grounded, Melding Sculptural Forms With Open Plan Spaces To Design Homes That Are Significant And Purposeful.
The Orientation Of The Site Was Very Important In Determining The Layout Of The Building And Strategic Location Of Windows.
The Streetscape Is A Mix Of Buildings That Are Slowly But Surely Being Demolished And Replaced With Larger Houses Of A Variety Of Styles, Creating A R
While It Does Present As Being Quite Solid And Somewhat Fortified Externally, Internally It’s Much Softer And Full Of Natural Light With Floor To Ceil

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Published 2 May, 2019
Photography  Brent Lukey
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