Each time I look at this interior, my heart softens and I smile gently at what has been created in this st. kilda apartment renovation. For me, the stand-out elements of this design are…
The colour palette: consisting of gentle increments along a tonal scale all accented by strong contrast. Greys and neutrals, dark timber and whites, variations combined artfully to define spaces and create related yet distinct stories.
The textures: attention to weave, to fibre, to grain, to finish, adding depth and distinction. Even the stack of timber logs beside the fireplace plays a role in the creation of warmth and detail.
Scale, proportion and considered repetition: I was captivated by the oversized woven rattan shade over the dining table – the very shape of a circle being inclusive, embracing; it speaks of people coming together, of conversations and laughter shared over food. Note the trio of smaller pendants over the kitchen bench, perfectly aligned, circles repeated, scale reduced.
One of my favourite pieces is the ‘Strips’ sofa – it just exudes comfort, it’s low line profile amplifying the pitched ceiling height above.
And then again my eyes catch the indigo blues and I smile. What else are spaces for, if not to bring us joy, to hold us close. This interior, to me, speaks of both.
Jen Rudland teaches at Design Centre Enmore, Sydney Institute TAFE and at the Coco Republic Design School. To learn more about the elements that contribute to a successful space visit the Coco Republic Design School.