Australian studio Northbourne Architecture + Design approaches every project holistically, and when they took on their first residential client (located in Toorak, an upscale Melbourne suburb), the priority was creating a home that would act as a fully balanced composition.
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The first issue was creating more room, and while the client envisioned a second-floor extension, Northbourne instead got creative by proposing an internal reconfiguration that would actually provide more space. The rest of the residence draws inspiration from the client's art collection, and so the firm ran with the idea of mixing textures to create a running theme throughout.
In the entryway, a Grazia & Co. console sets the tone by combining two heavy textures (a stone base and metal frame) in a manner that feels light and buoyant. A taxidermy bird makes the perfect welcome to a home that is both whimsical in design and serious about art.
The bedroom might be the best example of how the house uses texture to create its ambiance: pillows of various materials create a bedscape (if you will) that plays off the movement in the painting.
In the bathroom, experiments with textures and shapes create a design that almost creates an optical illusion.