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Toorak Residence by Golden

11.08.2019

The latest project by Golden is a uniquely animated yet harmonious home. Set amongst the pedigreed buildings in Toorak, one of Melbourne’s most prestigious suburbs, Golden worked closely with S&K Group to breathe new life into this previously renovated 1960s home. Thanks to thoughtfully emboldened choices it delights with a design narrative that inspires curiosity.



Transitioning from their previous family home, a large art deco residence, the client required a purposeful space, conducive to comfort and function. Inspired with the notion of livable artistry, Golden have demonstrated how carefully selected, key design elements can energise and rejuvenate a space. With an existing collection of artwork to guide the narrative, subtle variation on a neutral palette is enlivened with accent patterns and colours, finding an equilibrium between classic and contemporary style.

An unexpected combination of jewel and earth tones in the formal lounge are offset by floating marble joinery paired with Haiku Sisal wallpaper from Schummacher. The custom Grazia & Co ottoman in Kelly Wearstler fabric mirrors the colours and brushstrokes of Melissa Boughey’s Interior Track to Waterfall and acts as a secondary focal point, both drawing the eye and encouraging a cohesive visual journey. Sumptuous quilted velvet Redondo armchairs by Moroso bookend a gently curved Classicon Bell side table, its rounded glass form a refreshing counter to the angular lines of the coffee tables floating marble top. Tasked with delivering an ambient, visceral narrative with a limited spatial footprint, Golden has implemented carefully considered, impactful change. Floor-to-ceiling sliding timber doors with oversized handles and reeded glass, a bespoke rug from Behruz and the raised geometric block – an architectural piece that finishes the polished granite kitchen island from Corsi & Nicolai – are dynamic choices that shape a custom experience.




Guests are embraced with a transformed entrance featuring exquisite Nisana Marble from Signorino. The striking black and green vein is an unexpected welcome that sets the experiential tone for the rest of the home. Requiring little accompaniment, it is warmed with the refined placement of a trio of hand turned tallowwood totems by Melbourne artist Jo Wilson and bolstered by the curved powder coated balustrade. Used elsewhere for floating and inlaid joinery, this impactful choice is a unique calling card that encourages connection and flow throughout the space.

Rooms are grounded with tonal grey, textural materiality and the warmth of parquetry flooring, then elevated with spirited infusions of colour. The cool blue colourway of the artwork, joinery and B&B Italia Button Table in the sitting room riff off the lush, mossy greens in the polished marble floor in the adjacent entry. Cognisant of the client’s desire to find the balance between function and artful aesthetic, furnishing required a measured take on playful sophistication - each addition a sculptural standalone that, when paired together, create a cohesive and comforting experience.

Photography by Sharyn Cairns

I love how Golden incorporate customised shelving into their projects, providing unique solutions for storage and displaying treasured pieces. In Toorak Residence they house beautiful, sculptural objects by talented Australian artists including Jane McKenzie, Kerryn Levy, Hana Vasak and Ella Bendrups

If you'd like to see more by Golden, check the recently featured projects Wattle House and wellness destination Seen Skin. 

Images courtesy of Golden

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