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Queens Park House by Alexander &CO.

7.23.2019

Queens Park House by Alexander &Co is the transformation of a two story semi-detached home in Sydney. Having been neglected for many years, the dilapidated 1900s house was significantly rebuilt to create a contemporary and elegant family home for a young professional family. 


Working within a spatially constrained urban area, Alexander &CO created a new four-bedroom home that explores the use of steel detailing and various natural hues and textures. Though not large, the house features carefully sized rooms and detailed joinery that provide a sense of openness and lightness that belies its scale. By utilising large glazed skylights, operable sliding garden windows and carefully controlled views to various external vistas, the project feels generous and connected to its surrounds. 



A hand crafted, sculptural concrete and stucco fireplace as the living and dining room centrepiece ensures the rooms although connected still remain separable and engaging. The soft and natural material palette in the dining area is offset by bold pieces including a striking artwork, 'Below' by Alicia Taylor, ceramic tableware from Ondene and the statuesque Derome table lamp by Pinch.  


The home features an incredible curation of art and sculptural pieces throughout. In the living area, a wire sculpture by Morgan Shimeld sits atop the beautiful bespoke fireplace, alongside unique ceramics by Keiko Matsui, while the stunning Peony artwork is by Isamu SawaThe Agra Knot rug by Armadillo & Co injects vibrant colour into the predominantly neutral space, along with textural warmth underfoot. The space opens up to a gorgeous courtyard, providing a seamless flow between indoors and out. The sculptures in the entrance way are by Den Holm


The materials explored have an ephemeral quality; pale stone for bench tops and fireplace details, bleached timber veneers to the kitchen and laundry, various hand finished stuccos to bathroom and bedroom walls, custom concrete sink ware and solid timber floors with timber lined and painted ceilings. To contrast this delicate backdrop the client and project team specified darkened steel framed doors and various metal finishes to the tap ware and fixtures.

“The final project has an elegance very much in keeping with that of the home’s owner. Delightful, detailed and slightly feminine, it is a beautifully and carefully conceived inner urban family home.” — Jeremy Bull, Principal and Founder, Alexander &CO.

Styling by Claire Delmar / Photography by Felix Forest 

For more inspiration from Alexander &CO, check out the Darling Point and Iluka House projects. 

Images courtesy of Alexander &CO

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Friday Design Selects

7.19.2019

I've rounded up some recent design finds from around the globe today. The first is Poland-based company FRØPT, who specialise in manufacturing custom kitchen fronts for the Ikea Metod system. Recently releasing beautiful new imagery showcasing their two collections, Terra and Norwegian Wood, I'm sure this will offer inspiration for anyone who is building or renovating their kitchen. With a focus on natural materials, I especially love the Norwegian Wood collection which is inspired by Japanese aesthetics and its beauty of imperfection. 


Thank you to my friend and fellow blogger Kasia of the Poland-based blog My Full House for introducing me to FRØPT. You can read more about the collections here

Since first featuring the work of Brisbane-based creative studio Photonic, I've been admiring their newest project Iris. In particular this bedroom design, which embodies the studio's signature minimalist and sculptural aesthetic. I love the mix of materials and the textural curved wall. 



An Instagram discovery, Béton Brut is a London-based design gallery and photography studio. "Burton Brut was a concrete finish used in modernist architecture. It is honest, sculptural and uncompromising – just like our collection of original twentieth century furniture and lighting" says founder Sophie Pearce, who curates a beautiful collection of Modernist furniture, lighting and objects which are available for purchase or hire. With a focus on rare, architect-lead design from France, Italy, Netherlands and Scandinavia, I would find this a dream place to source product for styling shoots and clients!  




This week I stumbled across an interview with Sophie on The Modern House Journal and enjoyed gaining more insight into the story behind Béton Brut. Take a look here.  

Another gallery owner and Instagram discovery of late, Paris-based Jessica Barouch of JAG is an interior designer with a growing portfolio of breathtakingly beautiful projects. "From Parisian apartments to second homes in the country or beside the sea, she adapts to the location and to the client’s requirements. Perfect lines, natural materials and neutral shades such as black, ochre and earth tones radiate a mood of warmth and serenity." Here's a taste of her work with Project AG, a Parisian apartment which artfully blends earthy tones and a stunning material palette of natural stone and timber in varying finishes. 




For more inspiration visit www.galeriejag.com

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Wattle House by Golden

7.17.2019

Tasked with enlivening a recently renovated home, Melbourne-based design studio Golden took inspiration from its residents, a young and creative family. Injecting their personalities into the home was integral to the design approach, with Golden transforming each space into one that celebrates art, texture and form. 



Mitigating the unique challenge of working with a recently renovated space, Golden found the right balance between what to refresh and and what not to. Function was also essential to the design, with artful yet family friendly custom joinery featuring throughout the home. Through the selection of furniture and the design of unique joinery insertions, Golden has embraced the earthy and rustic textures and decorative pieces that speak to the strong, distinctive vision of the client. Curved travertine drawers appear as decorative, while the design intent was heavily influenced by function, for toddler use and safety. A custom crafted whiskey cabinet in aged brass embraces a love for entertaining while creating a sense of vintage charm; as though it has held pride of place in the lounge for years. 


A carefully executed material selection of velvet, natural stone, rattan, perforated brass, and Moroccan patterns create a calming clash, expressing a level of eclecticism that can only be achieved with a trusting, creative client. The living room corner above features the iconic Circle chair by Hans J. Wegner, the Akari 10A floor lamp by Isamu Naguchi, and Tabernas Rug by Halcyon Lake from the new Amadi Collection featured on TDC earlier this week. These sit alongside the beautiful custom travertine sideboard.


In keeping with Golden's tactile and sensory approach, the tones, textures and materials are layered and organic, resulting in spaces that are warm and holistically balanced. A custom crafted dressing table activates an unused corner in the master bedroom and is beautifully paired with the Arch Vanity chair by Douglas and Bec, and the Gubi wall mirror designed by Gio Ponti. An aged brass lamp by Apparatus is placed above an elegant custom made cabinet by Osiris Furniture & Joinery, who carried out all of the unique joinery throughout the home. 


Complimented by a considered material selection, the bathrooms are given character via Kelly Wearstler wallpaper, handmade tiles, and a feature Anna Charlesworth wall sconce that reinforces the storied, layered aesthetic.

Photography by Sharyn Cairns 

With additional selections from Jardan, Ondene, and Great Dane, each furniture piece is special and unique; exuding a feeling of being found and collected. Wattle House is fresh but considered; a deeply layered family home with a foot in the past and the present.

Interested in seeing more by Golden? Check out the recently featured Coastal Home in Brighton and Warrior One Yoga Studio

Images courtesy of Golden 

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DENFAIR 2019 Highlights | Final Wrap Up

7.15.2019

Wrapping up this year's DENFAIR Highlights with a few more standouts, the first is Halcyon Lake, who presented their incredible new Amadi Collection of hand-knotted rugs. Inspired by an exploration of traditional African culture, the rugs are hand-woven in the highlands of Afghanistan. Designed to improve with age and develop a patina in the tradition of antique carpets, the breath-takingly beautiful rugs are characterised by vast and varied geometric designs. 


Comprising over twenty made-to-order designs, each rug unexpectedly interrupts its classically linear construction with complex visual compositions, underscoring the quality and skill of traditional weaving techniques and the depth of history instilled in each piece.



Photography by Dan Hocking

The Wood Room was a new discovery for me this year at DENFAIR. Specialising in high end handcrafted Australian made furniture, their beautiful stand (awarded Highly Commended in the Best Large Stand Category) and new collection pieces left a lasting impression. The Bell Table, designed in collaboration with Richards Stanisich was a talking point for many. Inspired by the simple pleasure of bringing people together, it has a tactile simplicity and soft edges. I love the round shape and exquisite sculpted base, which has been handcrafted from solid timber. 


The Wood Room also unveiled the new Trim Collection by Patryk Koca. Comprising of a coffee table, dining table, arm chair and lounger, the pieces reflect the new wave of Australian design —"an amalgamation of timeless mid-century influence and a robust detailing necessitated by our unique living scale, interior planning, market demands and manufacturing technologies". As with all of The Wood Room pieces, the Trim Collection can be fully customised to suit any residential or commercial setting. 


One of the standouts at last year's DENFAIR Sydney Edition, The Raconteur recreated their beautifully ethereal stand to showcase their range of handmade luxury scent based products made from Australia’s native botanicals.



The Raconteur won the DENFAIR 2019 award for Best Medium Stand. 

After discovering the work of Makiko Ryujin through featuring Fiona Lynch's Experimental Gallery earlier this year, it was exciting to see the pieces in real life. Melbourne-based designer Makiko Ryujin’s Shinki series of burnt vessels draws on her Japanese heritage, where the sacredness and form of the bowls within her culture inform the proportions and design of the objects. 


Makiko Ryujin - Shinki Burning Vessels won the DENFAIR Front/Centre Emerging Designer Award. 

To see all the TDC DENFAIR 2019 highlights, take a look here.  

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