Monday 21 Aug 2017
The clients recognised the authenticity of their 1930s house, Carrical, but wanted to inject a new level of contemporary luxury into their interior spaces. Old and new sit side-by-side, with a singular unifying design language that pervades the house from the sweep of the big picture to the smallest bespoke detail.
Carrical is a project that required a sensitive balancing act of the reinvention and revitalisation of a handsome 1930s house alongside an expansive new living pavilion. In turn, the interior scheme set out to surprise and challenge, while ensuring that comfort and functionality, ease and beauty were delivered in equal measure.
For projects of this nature a high degree of bespoke workmanship and handcrafted elements enhance the quality of the experience in both a visual and a tactile sense. The white stucco walls bring a special softness of texture that looks like velvet to the eye, limestone floors are underfoot, travertine bench tops and custom-designed stained oak cabinets form a sophisticated context for the rich layering of furniture, textiles, art and objects.
There is a sense of play and glamour in the use of glass and mirror – and the way they refract and reflect light – is one of the elements of surprise that take this space beyond the everyday. RMA seized the opportunity to work with the client on a room where the commitment to colour delivers an undeniable punch. This blue-on-blue scheme adds drama and showcases furniture and lighting choices - with quilted sofas, coloured glass tables and carefully curated art – which celebrate the scale of the room and nod to a glamorous history.
While Carrical delivers in the big picture it also responds to close scrutiny: the subtly of bronze inlay detailing on a kitchen island bench; glossy Italian patterned wall tiles and a mirrored range hood, which is as unobtrusive as it is creative.
Craft and consideration, liveability and luxury, old and new are interwoven into the style and substance of this house. Two eras linked by a single spirit have resulted in a true family home that’s built to last, the very definition of sustainability and quality living.
Robert Mills Architecture and Interiors