Modern Australian Design Defying Convention

  • WORDS Megan Rawson
  • The Glasshouse by Nina Maya Interiors

    Inspiring a modern Australian aesthetic, est explore two unique homes by designers Sanders & King and Nina Maya Interiors. Each shares a mutual attention to the finer design elements, including the bathroom, where individual aspects form a refined and functional aesthetic.

    It takes a honed eye for detail in order to achieve a polished yet practical aesthetic, even more so when it comes to evoking a contemporary feel – without sacrificing on functionality.

    From fixtures and fittings to tapware, we share two progressive designers’ latest projects which reveal their expert insight and Australian design knowledge, especially when it comes to considering bespoke bathroom technicalities. After all, there is an art to pulling together a visually complete bathroom. Choosing the right elements is the first step towards crafting a sanctuary that truly reflects a tranquil yet durable bathroom aesthetic.

    We step inside The Glasshouse by Nina Maya Interiors and South Melbourne Home by Sanders & King to take a closer look at the design decisions which include Rogerseller’s timeless, modern and Australian-made Eccentric Collection.

    Produced in partnership with Rogerseller.

    The Glasshouse by Nina Maya Interiors

    The Glasshouse by Nina Maya Interiors and Urban Future | Photography by Felix Forest and Nicole England.

    The Glasshouse by Nina Maya Interiors

    Moody, rich and layered, The Glasshouse by Nina Maya Interiors resides in Sydney’s prestigious Paddington neighbourhood and captures a highly refined home with a strong focus on materiality and detail. Revealing a flair for sophisticated terrace living, interior designer Nina Maya drew on her background in fashion to carefully layer natural materials, modern textures and jewel-like tones to craft a luxurious inner-city abode for herself and her family.

    A modest heritage home from the front, The Glasshouse takes on an entirely new persona at the back. The rear contemporary, architectural extension is a complete contrast with the old, where the height of the home expands across three levels. Challenged by the size of the site, Nina Maya Interiors positioned a floating stairwell as the central spine. This allowed the design team to open up the home, transforming it into a three-bedroom, four-bathroom home, complete with open-plan living and outdoor area.

    A new kitchen was also essential to the design overhaul and a dramatic, deep green marble encased with charred oak timber takes centre stage. Not just resigned for the kitchen, Nina Maya’s consideration for quality materials, artisanal craftsmanship and custom finishes throughout her home elevate this terrace. By engaging a number of artisans; from natural stone cutters and stonemasons, leather workers and glass and steel specialists, Nina Maya Interiors were able to create an elegant palette.

    The palette features bronze, brass, matte graphite, marble, large format porcelain tiles, fluted glass and steel, as well as natural timbers and textural fabrics. These materials are interwoven with subdued green, grey and salmon tones.

    The Glasshouse by Nina Maya Interiors

    With the Utrecht armchair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld for Cassina in the fore and the Arch Wall Light by Douglas & Bec, the classic shapes of Rogerseller’s Eccentric tapware in the bathroom provide the perfect fusion of modernity and functionality.

    Not one to overlook the fixtures and fittings, Nina Maya selected Rogerseller’s Eccentric range of tapware across all four bathrooms. The Eccentric Wall Basin Outlet and Progressive Wall Mixer in a subtle, matt Graphite finish enhance the sense of refinement, elegance and minimalism within each space while also working in perfect harmony with the dramatic stone.

    In collaboration with Urban Future Architects, Nina Maya Interiors has designed a new standard for terrace living. Successfully delivering a sense of indulgence, innovative and functionality, The Glasshouse typifies a home where the beauty lies in the customisable details and complementary final touches.

    The Glasshouse by Nina Maya Interiors

    Complementing the unique mix of marble and metals in this powder room, Rogerseller’s Eccentric Wall Basin Outlet and Eccentric Progressive Wall Mixer in Graphite offer a modern take on tapware.

    The South Melbourne Home by Sanders & King and Mat Elkan | Photography by Dave Kulesza and styling by Bea+Co.

    South Melbourne Home by Sanders & King

    Behind this Victorian façade sits a newly renovated, spacious and liveable family home in South Melbourne. Cultivating a unique balance between innovation, form and function; this is a home where heritage meets a contemporary redesign. But it’s the hand-picked curation of bespoke elements which solidify this space as a winning combination.

    The brief called for more space, an opening of communal areas and a delivery of natural light. Melbourne-based designers; Taimi Sanders and Elissa King saw that the rear courtyard not only provided the opportunity to introduce more light, it also enlarged the original site’s footprint by introducing a much-needed outdoor living space, while a master suite created a refuge on the top floor.

    Throughout the home, a European-influenced palette of monochromatic greys and timber give way to injections of warm terracotta and blues. Fusing the interior and exterior together, the clever composition of reoccurring materials binds the new with the old; an exposed red brick wall, polished concrete floors and a custom cast concrete bench all extend through the black-framed glazing.

    Sanders & King used the central kitchen hub as a principal starting point which informed all other finishes, fixtures and fittings within the home. The client was firm on including an innovative and streamlined Valcucine kitchen, complete with a state-of-the-art Air Logica motion sensor system from Rogerseller. It’s a defining example of how best to fuse flawless style and a minimalist aesthetic with family-friendly functionality. The sleek, Valcucine kitchen was a smart design decision for client and designer alike.

    Continuing with the tribute to European design through an Australian lens, South Melbourne Home’s bathware, robes and fixtures were all specified from Rogerseller too. Leading the way when it comes to bathroom craftsmanship, Rogerseller’s Eccentric range of tapware and showers look perfectly at home within the master suite in a modern Graphite finish.

    Sanders & King’s carefully considered details throughout South Melbourne Home all build a cohesive and beautiful fusion between a modern palette, natural finishes and an Australian sensibility.

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