These pages, from left A fireplace in ‘Blue Roma’ quartzite from Corsi & Nicolai plays the leading role in a corner of this “urban retreat”. Supporting this stone feature is a B&B Italia ‘Le Bambole’ sofa and ottoman set and a bookshelf displaying a curated collection of vases, vessels and sculptures from Castorina & Co, Angelucci 20th Century and Modern Times. On the coffee table is a Japanese ikebana vase from Kazari + Ziguzagu. The rug is from Cadrys. Sheer curtains in Kvadrat ‘Zulu’ fabric bring lightness to the dark joinery and ceiling. Behind the ‘Tufty-Time’ sofa from Space hangs a large work, A Mind That Bends by Sepideh Ilsley, from Studio Gallery. The rug is from Cadrys. The concrete precast wall panels echo the home’s exterior shell. Natural light enters the home via ‘fractures’ in the form of skylights and spliced windows.
Our innate desire for connection materialises in many forms, as simple as an unspoken gesture, or in this case, as concrete as a family home. Once an empty corner block in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, today this truly singular post-modernist residence vibrates with an esoteric energy that connects its inhabitants to each other, to their loved ones and to the natural environment.
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August - September 2020