In the constant search for new trends and products I come across a lot of average and a lot of predictable cookie cutter design. 9 times out of 10 projects that make me eagerly lean forward and peer at my screen are from Australian designers. Our life styles and climates are so similar that the design signature transfers easily to New Zealand.
The Australian Interior Design awards short list has been published and not surprisingly features many of my favorites, Templeton Architecture, MIM Design, Robson Rak Architects to name a few.
A new discovery for me is Heartly Their entry Fairfield House is so simple yet packed with detail …. which is my definition of good design.
Hours of planning, detailing and a team of skilled craftsmen is required to deliver simple refined design. Often when you are standing in the space you don’t initially see it but you certainly feel something different.
It’s almost about what is missing …. in these images it is the absence of skirting and architraves (negative detailing), square stopped ceilings, full height window joinery, asymmetric rangehood verses lighting feature in a clean functional kitchen.
Take a browse through Heartly portfolio and each time you will see whats missing
Images by Jack Lovel
These striking Interiors are the work of Interior Designer Katty Schiebeck of Barcelona.
I love the simplicity of these spaces. Great Design will always appear effortlessly simple when in fact the spaces are loaded with sophisticated detail.
This is a kitchen of two halves – on one hand you have slick modern cabinetry while within the same space the Island features traditional paneling and plinth detailing. The simplistic material and colour pallet adds a timeless strength to the space.
The unexpected combination is striking.
Schiebeck’s simplistic minimalism is evident in the Bathroom as well. The clever repetition of shapes is subtle – rectangular vanity boxes and cube lighting, the shower space almost goes unnoticed but for the simple glass screen.
In a word ……..elegant.
Ohhh this is way to good not to share and well I did warn you that I would have to feature more work by the AMAZING Minosa Design Studio, so here it is……….
Admiring these images it’s hard to believe the background story, incredibly this 1920’s Heritage Listed home in Sydney’s Crows Nest stood abandoned for 10 years, unfortunately more than enough time to be virtually destroyed by squatters still the clients managed to see past the wreckage and believe they had found their forever home.
Client brief for the kitchen was for ‘something different – not run of the mill, must include a 4 meter Island bench and access to the Laundry. Function was paramount but with an uncompromising sleek aesthetic.
There are sooo many things that get me excited here – ah I just love to see good design! OK first up the super fine bench top profile that simply folds into the waterfall ends of the Island, combination of White, Charcoal and Grey beautifully softened by the Walnut veneer. Integrated handles, ambient lighting………….
Love, love, love the simplistic method of incorporating the dining table and the adjacent window seat area – a very clever use of space keeping family and guests out from under the chefs feet but still part of the action. The walls are clad in giant 3 meter x 1 meter tile adding a soft patina to the room.
As requested access to the Laundry has been included, the entrance is cleverly concealed with Walnut veneer cabinetry, the Walnut is extend to incorporate the fridge, pantry and wall ovens – the depth and glow the Walnut exudes is magnificent.
What’s not to like?
Overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbor sits this stunning home by Richard Cole Architecture.
The view is obviously THE star attraction here!
Massive flush finish cavity sliding doors seem to act as magnets enticing you into the outdoor space. The transition is visually seamless the sheer width of the opening instantly creates an additional room to the home – a fantastic space to soak up the balmy Australian weather.
There are lots of other details to admire in this spacious light filled home……
The sharp combination of a Black and White Kitchen with negative detail handles and mirror splashback is dramatic, notice the accessories inserts in the Stainless Steel bench top – everything you need at your fingertips!
Touches of Timber combined with dramatic Black provide balanced warmth to these wide open spaces. It won’t take a minute for me to pack my bags I could be ready to move in any time!
This is the work of Photographer Paul Massey, I confess I had to scroll through each and every shot of his website. What I admired the most is the “mood” he has managed to create in each image.
Even though many of the images are devoid of colour I found myself drawn into my laptop screen for a closer look, the styling is superb. Without colour texture becomes the star of the show.
Great industrial light and bench seating, see the cabinetry combination right hand doors plain,while the left hand doors have detailed panelling and a paint finish yet they sit together seamlessly.