Established in 1951 Lockwood is a familiar part of the New Zealand building landscape, if you own a Lockwood home you will appreciate the added layer of complexity when renovating.
I recently worked on a well known Lockwood home in Rotorua, an absolute gem of a home hidden within a rambling well established garden. Owned by a creative couple, who initially engaged me to assist them with their tree house accommodation, the brief was to design a kitchen that would fit seamless into the existing home.
Original materials used in the home were a fascinatingly eclectic mix, ranging from hand made copper pelmets, solid black and white marble checker board flooring with brass thresholds, timber veneer wall linings and grass cloth wallpaper. Needless to say this was NOT a home for a cookie cutter shiny white kitchen.
Selecting Maskaratus granite for its deep green and rich gold veins gave us the visual connection to the garden, add American Walnut Crown Cut Veneer as a nod to the original wall lings, Dulux Hoon Hay for its soothing moss green depth, a dash of grass cloth wallpaper and an incredibly talented cabinet maker mix it all together and the result is magic.
Browsing through Melbourne based Bower Architecture & Interiors web site is a visual delight, each featured project is an inspiration!
The studios mission statement resonates with me as well.
Our architecture sits outside of fashion and is grounded in a collective view that the best and most sustainable design is that which is built to last and be celebrated for decades to come.
It is the essence of my Design practice, I totally agree that Interior Design should sit firmly beyond the whims of fashion, this is what truly leads to timeless design.
The bold use of colour in the Stepping House project caught my eye. A 1960’s home that has been cleverly renovated into beautiful light filled spaces.
I love how the powerful bold blocks of colour have been used to create intimate zones, which are then softened and linked with the warmth of timber.
Flagstone tile layout adds textural interest, mirrors extended to the ceiling enhance the visual height, and in the bathroom below leads the eye to the glass ceiling!
First seen on Contemporist.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Kyle and Karen on the renovation of their home in Mount Maunganui. During our first meeting I could see instantly it was going to be a great project, they both clearly had excellent taste as their bungalow was oozing with a fantastic collection of much-loved goodies.
My brief was to provide them with a concept floor plan that would improve the flow of the home focusing on the entrance, laundry, kitchen and bathroom. The changes needed to keep within the original footprint of the home and work around all existing windows.
The current layout was a dated and inefficient use of the limited available space, so we combined the well proportioned laundry into an entry, laundry and scullery space, changed the kitchen to a functional galley and added a free-standing bath and wet area shower to the bathroom. With all the boxes ticked we continued onto designing a kitchen to suit the elongated galley space. Karen requested a lowered desk area that could accommodate a bar stool, a space that would work for a guest to hang out while cooking was underway, or for every day laptop use.
I suggested a turned table leg to support the lowered area, an interesting end to streamlined kitchen cabinetry creating a sence of weightlessness and the illusion of extra space….. it works a treat!