A winning formula of science and art is the catalyst for a design aesthetic that’s pure chemistry.
I WAS AWARE that Sue Carr, principal of Melbourne practice Carr, was a pioneer before I met her. What I didn’t realise was on how many fronts she challenged the status quo and how her multidisciplinary office has been forged out of her determination and clarity of thought. A scientist who, driven by curiosity, jumped university courses midstream to take up interior design at RMIT, Carr’s educational background ensures the place of logic, of an interest in how fixings work and of construction techniques and the architectural expression of materials. This was contrary to the perception of what interior design entailed. “Then, design’s defining role was seen as selecting the curtains and cushions,” she says. Her lifelong ambition has been to raise the profile of good design in interior spaces. “For me the concept behind any project does not delineate between inside and outside, interior and exterior – it is the whole that is most crucial – the light, the spaces, the feel, the materiality.”
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DAYS OF HEAVEN
A new build in the Adelaide Hills presents the opportunity to create an interior befitting the home’s glorious surrounds.
CHERRY ON TOP
Set against neutral tones, the final flourish on this newly renovated heritage home in Melbourne is a bright pop of powerfully accented red.
Two in one has a special significance for this home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. One of a pair by the same practice, it also has both public and private personas.
An elevated platform in the warehouse office of Studio Prineas creates a dedicated zone for staff to congregate and collaborate.
Embraced by its bushy hinterland habitat, a newly built family home radiates an aura of peace and harmony.
An elegant layering of lush patterns, rich colours and bespoke pieces has enveloped this home in warmth and created a welcoming ambience for a large extended family.
This lofty retreat presented fertile potential but also posed some tricky challenges for its enterprising designer.
Contemporary artwork and new openings have lightened the mood at this renovated 1930s family home in Melbourne.
With a look of maturity that belies its youth, an additional wing to a humble cottage, plus inspired makeovers inside and out, have transported this property to another realm.
WHITER SHADE of PALE
A neutral palette promotes a calm and elegant mood in this expansive Sydney home that is furnished with a judicious selection of antiques juxtaposed against contemporary art.