Steendyk is a Brisbane based design studio that brings a sculptural quality to their work. The practice is passionate about sustainability but also about exploring the beauty of a space. Elegant solutions to subtropical design problems. The first home is an inner city timber cottage that explores the past and contrasts it with the needs of the future. Indoor and outdoor boundaries are blurred. The second house also explores the concepts of in and out along with shadow and light, screen and privacy, penetration and passive solar orientation at the same time embracing Steendyk’s love of the sculptural.
I’ve got another property for you from Domus Nova. And this one is a dream! What is not to love about this place? The only thing I can really comment on negatively are those deflated looking sofas, which looks too much like a separated sectional (pet peeve!!). This place rocks. I love the simple kitchen, the concrete floors, the funky lighting, the artwork (I spot THE perfect vintage portrait), the yard, and OMG THAT HALLWAY ‘O BOOKS!!!
Gesamtkunstwerk. It’s about a totally integrated work of art, a holistic approach to design. Think about the architectural design of a building combined with interior design, furniture design, art and so on. Everything is considered for the whole. OK enough of the design lesson. Let’s look at this fab modern redesign, the latest residential project by Andy Martin Studio. It’s Andy’s family house in Notting Hill Gate. The existing 2 level mews house was redeveloped into a 4 level family home. A simple historical facade opens onto a space that it not expected. A space that is modern and considered, where solid plays against void, light against heavy, smooth against texture. But driving it all is the need for a family space, a workable albeit stylish home.
Definitely far from the norm. Minimalist, white, mid century classics, a dash of black to heighten the mix, bagged bricks and bleached floors and just because it’s amazing how about the IKEA PS MASKROS sitting cheek by jowl with Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chairs. The Fredensborg house by Norm Architects Copenhagen. White perfection.
Jason Gibney created this beautifully crafted apartment in Bronte for his family. Minimalist. Streamlined. Honest in its materials. Clever in its use of space. Look closely and you will realize that he has extended into the roof space of his typical “six pack” apartment block. As for the kitchen hidden behind the wall… brilliant! Jason is Managing Associate Director at Sydney architectural firm Tobias Partners. All I wish for (besides the ability to live so simply) is for larger photos! Via the Houses Awards.