Toorak EstateToorak VIC Australia
The redesign of this 1920s style home creates a modern take on the ideals of light and craftsmanship. Extensively renovated with contemporary contrasts to its existing features, the design draws inspiration of the original home’s aesthetic. The main street entrance has been realigned to the entry of the house, where an existing arch has been reinforced with a pair of large circular steel-framed glass doors, making this the centre link of the house.
It is an entry that glows with light and highlights the rich architectural language of the original dado wall panels. Ebonised to harmonise, the dark timber floor gives emphasis to the black and white palette, accentuating the magnificent scale of the home.
The grand pendant light of individual knotted and linked black Murano glass pieces, creates a central focus for the stairwell moving through to an opulent and unrestrained salon-style living room, music room and dining room. Softening the palette with a range of textural nuances - luxurious carpets, upholstered furniture in fibres of mohair and silk are all explored in warm grey tones, while the velvet cushions lighten the whole with a muted pink.
One such exploration is the geometric pattern that runs through the house from the kitchen feature skylight to the large sliding doors. It is also evident in the two custom designed fireplaces in polished black Marquina marble. These elegant and grand elements are further enhanced with the addition of bevelled mirrors.
On the upper floor where the design has reconfigured the home to include five bedrooms, the geometric pattern provides continuity. The master ensuite for example, where a material palette of ebonised timber, white Calacatta and Nero Marquina marble adds contrasting richness to the sweeping curve of the bath, creating luxury in a private setting.
Light filled and opulent the end result is a well-balanced home with a modern aesthetic. The design is inspired by history and style, with a sharp contemporary edge.