In the heart of Toorak, this classic Huntingfield Road estate provided the perfect base to draw inspiration from the past and create something new for the future. Rob Mills Architects preserve the integrity of this historic home with a bold contemporary style.

As seen in Issue 22, the home retains much of the original architecture, preserving those elegant 1930's details and highlighting raw materials to create a heritage feel throughout. In gently emphasizing these historic features, the design also pays homage to each space, curating an identity for each different room and its function. From the integration of modern technology technology in the kitchen to the elegant wood panelling hiding additional storage in the games room, each feature has been considered for functionality and aesthetic appeal.

DESIGN Rob Mills Architects | PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Roper

Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living

The client brief was to retain the standout features from the existing house while reimagining the home as a contemporary living space for the modern family, and its something Mills and his team have comprehensively explored in the architecture and interior design. They removed obsolete features such as an unused garage to increase space, replacing it with a new living area featuring plate glass doors to draw the garden spaces inside. And while careful attention has been paid to preserving the heritage of the building, there's a sense of ease throughout the rooms with soft textures, natural light and bespoke design features breathing new life throughout.

 The striking blue colour palette brings an assured modernity to each space and creates a luxurious aesthetic - there's something so bold and elegant about that indigo blue isn't there? The signature colour is balanced by creamy white walls, timber and travertine floors and a carefully curated selection of artworks, rugs and ornaments that add personality to each corner.

Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living

Beyond the blue palette, the materials themselves also alternate between classic and contemporary. Dark polished boards, plush carpets and earthy tiles provide a tactile feel underfoot, while steel features prominently throughout the window and door frames to create an easy modernity. Lighting features by Douglas and Bec and Michael Anastaasiades add further character, while linens and velvets further balance luxury and function across the home.

 It's the bold personality of the interiors matched with the proud, classic exterior that truly shows the renaissance Mills and his team have undertaken for this home. Elegantly walking the line between refined and unexpected, functional and beautiful, it's a space to admire and a place to come home to.

Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living
Huntingfield Road | Rob Mills Architects | est living

GET THE
LOOK

Bold hues and luxury furnishings create an assured style against a historic backdrop.

TS Side Table by Gubi | Cult
TS Side Table by Gubi | Cult
Linen Sheets | Bedouin Societe
Linen Sheets | Bedouin Societe
Husk Bed by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia | Est Design Directory
Husk Bed by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia | Est Design Directory
IC F2 Floor Lamp by Michael Anastassiades | Flos
IC F2 Floor Lamp by Michael Anastassiades | Flos
Kalos Armchair by Antonio Citterio | Space
Kalos Armchair by Antonio Citterio | Space
Howard Table | Poliform
Howard Table | Poliform
Y Chandelier | Douglas and Bec
Y Chandelier | Douglas and Bec
Redondo-Moroso-Est-living-DD
Redondo Armchair | Patricia Urquiola for Moroso
Est-Living-Otomys-Trevor-Mein-STRATA-thursdayfivetwo2011
Trevor Mein 'Strata Series' | Otomys
Strips Sofa by Cini Boeri for Arflex | Poliform
Strips Sofa by Cini Boeri for Arflex | Poliform
Lumi Lamp in Smoke | Articolo Lighting
Lumi Lamp in Smoke | Articolo Lighting
Oakford Elegance Carpet in Ryde | Prestige Carpets
Oakford Elegance Carpet in Ryde | Prestige Carpets

Leave a Reply