A Sleek Melbourne Property Pays Respect to the Area’s Industrial Past
Hard and soft meet for the perfect balance of modern and warmth in this entertainment-focused home.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:57 AM
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The owners desired the clean lines and seemingly rough textures that fall under the industrial look, but they also asked for a home that could be a gathering place for their loved ones. So, the firm maximized the space and flexibility of the address by reconfiguring the existing floor plan, and installed full-length glass doors that allow natural light to fill a simple interior design. And since no great social house is complete without an outdoor living area, the team built two in the front and rear—including a fully-functional outdoor kitchen. “It was important to create openness and continuity between the interior and exterior spaces, allowing the home to respond flexibly to the needs of its owners,” Mitchell said.
Now the property embraces the suburb’s harder edges with some soft, welcoming details. “Richmond still retains many references to its past as a manufacturing hub and this set the tone for our design response,” Mitchell said.
Creating a space for outdoor entertaining in a historically industrial neighborhood meant honoring the roots of the area with industrial-style furniture. The wire frame Jill dining table and Volley rocker by Tait Melbourne is the perfect homage to Richmond’s past.
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Limiting the barrier between exterior and interior spaces creates an easy, flexible floorplan for entertaining.
A Classicon Bell table from Anibou was paired with the client’s existing furniture, including their own sofa and geometric planter.
A pale pink Cappellini “Drop” shelf from Cult Design and a “Redondo” armchairsurround SP01 “Etoile” coffee tables in the living room. Nicholas Harding’s “Roses and peonies, 2015” hangs on the wall, courtesy of the artist and the Sophie Gannon Gallery.
“Introducing texture throughout the interiors softened the largely monochromatic color palette,” Mitchell said. “Warm timber flooring and joinery, [and] marble and plush chunky knitted carpet brings texture and dimension to the living spaces.” In the kitchen, the texture of wood and marble gives contrast to the black and white design.
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Providing a place to host guests was an important priority for the owners. “About A Stool” seats designed by HAY are the perfect addition to a bar island for extra seating.
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Wallpaper from Christian Lacroix, purchased from Designers Guild, gives a nod to the lush gardens and landscapes of Australia.
This story was originally published by Kate Santos for Hunker.