Life story
Belle Magazine Australia|August - September 2020
For this Sydney family, one house has answered all their desires for nearly three decades, thanks to the clever design skills of Thomas Hamel.
JUDY PASCOE

This page A new, elegantly curved stair with bespoke metal spindles by AWIS (Artistic Wrought Iron Suppliers) replaced the original. Artwork (left) by Paul Baskin. Indigenous standing sculptures by Jack Lanranggai, Balanjarngarlang Spirit (right), and Lena Kuriniya, Mimih Spirit. French oak flooring by Ocean & Merchant. Opposite page In the formal living room, custom sofa by Thomas Hamel & Associates upholstered in Castel ‘Winston’ in Ciel, with cushions in Fortuny ‘Spagnolo’ from Ascraft. Custom Oushak rug from J.D. Staron. Custom extendable dining table in bleached walnut and chairs in American oak upholstered in Kerry Joyce ‘Watervine’ in Ocean from Fabric Pavilion, all by Thomas Hamel & Associates. Bespoke ‘Midlands’ chandelier by Gregorius Pineo from Kneedler Fauchère. Porta Romana ‘Icarus’ wall sconces from South Pacific Fabrics. Artwork by Mike Worrall. Sculpture behind sofa is Jarro Pato No 2 by Isabel Izquierdo from 1831 Art Gallery.

This page Commissioned artwork by Xue Yongjun provides a calm backdrop in the living room. Custom chaise by Thomas Hamel & Associates in Jim Thompson ‘Tau’ in Rice from Milgate, with cushions in Fortuny ‘Spagnolo’ from Ascraft. Hermès throw. Custom Oushak rug from J.D. Staron. Opposite page, clockwise from top left Custom extendable dining table in bleached walnut by Thomas Hamel & Associates with custom chairs in American oak upholstered in Kerry Joyce ‘Watervine’ in Ocean from Fabric Pavilion. ‘Midlands’ chandelier by Gregorius Pineo from Kneedler Fauchère. Antique mirror from Vandeuren Galleries. Flowers and People interactive digital installation by teamLab from Martin Browne Contemporary. Looking through the butler’s pantry to the kitchen with overhead cupboards finished in bespoke antique glass from Glass Artistry. Calacatta marble from Granite & Marble Works. Hansgrohe sink mixer from Candana. Vase from Ruth Levine. Flowers from Mandalay Flowers. Custom kitchen stools in American oak upholstered in Zimmer + Rohde ‘Travers’ (back) from Unique Fabrics, and ‘Whitman’ in Denim (seat) from South Pacific Fabrics. Thomas Hamel & Associates designed the cabinetry, which is made in Polytec laminate, and the rangehood, made in ‘Grafias’ pewter aged stainless-steel by Astor Metal Finishes.

It’s an apt way for an owner to describe a long-term home – ‘autobiographical’ – when it has witnessed so many chapters of family life. And this grand house in Sydney’s eastern suburbs keeps on giving, now in a new and more luxurious mode.

When the owners moved in to the c1929 house 27 years ago with their three young children, it was dark and dated, so they called on interior designer Thomas Hamel to upgrade it and the renovation stood them in good stead for more than two decades.

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