WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR ENDURING CREATIVE INFLUENCES? Scott Fellows: We have always been influenced by Modernism’s rigour and clarity, combined with quality craftsmanship and the warmth of natural materials. Louis Kahn’s work is the best manifestation of this. His projects are completely and utterly resolved and that is a goal we strive for. The same can be said of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson’s early work.
WHAT WERE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR STUDIO AND HOW DID YOU BOTH FIRST ENCOUNTER THE SCHLUMBERGER ADMINISTRATION BUILDING BY PHILIP JOHNSON? All our furniture pieces have been created from a response to an architectural or interior design project brief. In that sense, architecture drives everything we do. We wanted our studio to reflect that – it had to be an architectural space. It was actually Craig’s family visiting from Sydney that discovered the Schlumberger Building. They saw an historical house museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and became chatty with the docent. They mentioned that their son was an architect and lived in a Philip Johnson house, and the docent, a member of the town council, explained there was a Philip Johnson-designed building in Ridgefield in danger of being torn down. That was the beginning of an eightyear odyssey for us to secure and restore the building. PJB, as it is known (Philip Johnson Building), was part of a complex of buildings on 18.2 hectares. The majority of buildings have been torn down and now PJB is located in a park-like setting
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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.