While most would assume currently being offered a ‘blank canvas’ is a designer’s desire, inside designer Brahman Perera clarifies its positives are similarly matched by its problems.
‘With up to date builds, the designer is usually confronted with a entirely unadorned construction,’ he explains. ‘So the obstacle is how to carry heat and comfort and ease to the house, whilst currently being legitimate to the architecture.’
Thankfully, for Brahman, this problem was simply answered by the homeowner’s wonderfully curated art collection, which helped guideline the product and colour palette. Their stock of furniture – which they were being keen to use in their new home in Hawthorn, Victoria – also gave him a powerful basis to do the job from and embellish.
‘The brief was to transplant their pre-current home in a streamlined and cohesive way,’ he points out. ‘It was a privilege to perform with their own artwork assortment as a crucial source of inspiration.’
A small Jeffrey Smart portray informed a palette of burnt ochres, rusts, sisal rugs and ceramics in the household living location, although a substantial charcoal drawing by Charles Blackman paved the way for robust graphic blacks in the official sitting region.
‘The floor flooring has a sweeping structure, which permitted for various areas to signify distinctive moods and experiences,’ he clarifies. ‘Some are cosy and some are far more graphic and crisp. I desired the upstairs to be distinct though, I needed it to really feel intimate and non-public.’
The area in issue has been swathed in a warm, product-colored palette of carpet and drapery, with jewel-toned upholstery.
But, it’s the kitchen that certainly stole the designer’s heart. With its use of textural travertine that spectacularly contrasts the carbon black rangehood and appliances, ‘It’s a favourite,’ Brahman suggests.
By thoughtful application of elements, texture and colour, Brahman has succeeded in creating an genuine loved ones home, that ties alongside one another new and old in a way that feels both of those timeless and distinctly contemporary.