I have long admired Meryl Hare, of Hare & Klein, for her original and inspired interior schemes. As an interior design firm, Hare & Klein have a consistent way of creating effortlessly contemporary interiors with a traditional twist. Scheduled to speak as part of the 2013 Coco Republic Design School Design Session calendar, I had the chance to speak with Meryl recently about one of her favourite projects – a contemporary federation home in Sydney's Mosman.
This beautiful c 1900 Federation home in Mosman was purchased by clients with whom I had worked in the past. It had been through various incarnations, from a family home, to a girl's school, a nursing home and a run down rental property. With the intention of restoring it to its original glory, existing spaces were reconfigured and new additions built to enhance the home and to suit a contemporary lifestyle. All original features have been respected, repaired and replaced where necessary, bad additions were demolished or completely reconfigured with respect to the original design language.
Crucial to the success of the project was the initial brief that the owners gave us. It was considered, detailed, written and visual and included – to introduce as much natural light as possible and to make it practical, functional and comfortable. The home was not intended as a showpiece, but rather a sanctuary for the family, who appreciate good design and art.
A team was assembled; building designer Linda James; landscape designer Peter Fudge and Dimity Chitty, senior designer from Hare & Klein. The project took about three and a half years. Site meetings were intense and detailed, with the builder playing a vital role in achieving the level of detail and finish required for this project.
The owners saw the assemblage of furniture for the home as an extension of their art collection. We undertook a European buying trip with one of the owners and included the Milan Fair in our itinerary where we selected beautiful contemporary classics. In Paris we purchased furniture that is unavailable in Australia and added to the owner's art collection. The whole design and building process was a journey for us all. The attention to detail in this home is extraordinary and is reflected in the design and the decoration.
At the 2011 Australian Interior Design Awards, this home won the Award for Residential decoration.”
To hear more from Meryl and to gain further insight into her personal design portfolio, book tickets to her Coco Republic Design School Session, next year. Limited seats available.