This new interior project was born from a couple who live and breathe ‘coolness’.
Both nearing retirement, the couple wanted to create a home that left a mark and legacy. With a love of music, books, fine wine, family and friends – the creative direction was clear – bring St Kilda to Beaumaris, but capture the essence of both.
Add to the fact that the owner was a builder, no challenge was too tough – and with that in mind, our design captured the couple’s imagination and results in a space that is inviting for all.
The biggest inspiration for the project derived from our visit to the clients’ favourite hangout, which suggested an industrial aesthetic paired with unusual use of materials. We designed the space with a layered effect which we achieved through the application of artwork/photos, and use of patterns that resonated with client.
The most important aspect of the design exercise was the location and design of the kitchen, which in their family – is the heart of the home. We made sure that it was big and practical – a natural extension of the living space.
The dwelling is located on a relatively narrow subdivided block, in a typical suburban street surrounded by mediocre builder-grade houses.
The design of the Beaumaris Residence which is modern yet nostalgic to our clients makes it stand out with a design that doesn’t date. Everything in this house was built to last, breaking the trend of cheap and quick makeovers that require constant upkeep. Almost every component was manufactured on site, or in Melbourne which greatly minimised the carbon footprint associated with shipments. In addition, sustainably sourced natural timbers were used throughout.
With our final design capturing the St. Kilda vibe the clients were looking for while also maximising the usability of space, we certainly think this project showcases the perks of investing in design.
With the project taking its inspiration from one of Victoria’s trendiest areas – St Kilda, it also helps capture and display the artsy culture our State is so known for.
Whilst located on a sleepy street, they wanted to ensure their dwelling reflected their outgoing and worldly
personalities, catering for entertaining their family and friends.
Also – other than specialised trades such as electrical, and plumbing – all works were to be done by the client himself with only minimal assistance from friends.
We were lucky enough to spend hours getting to know our clients, They shared their hospitality with
us, and we took onboard the stories they told about their life adventures. Together, we discussed construction methods, fine details and applications of surfaces to ensure practical and manageable solutions.
A breath-taking minimalist staircase is beautifully accentuated by a timber clad feature wall. The entry void and volumes of natural light shining through the glazed facade sets the tone for the design of the house.
The kitchen with its continuous bench leading into the butler\’s pantry, and each utility carefully rationalised, is not only incredibly practical but is unique in design.
Worthy of a mention is the alfresco and the pool area. Though compact in size, its striking graffiti artwork provided a visual relief, reminiscent of the urban scape of their beloved St Kilda.