Balmoral Blue House by esoteriko

  • Sydney-based firm esoteriko take the deep blue of Balmoral’s beach into a family home, cultivating colour, form and function in a significant refresh.

    Since their inception in late 2017, emerging interior design studio esoteriko have made their mark on the local design scene, fast becoming a familiar name in every Australian awards line up. We first became privy to their Shelter Double Bay project – a holistic wellness space in the Sydney Eastern Suburbs – that was awarded Best Commercial Interior in the 2019 Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards.

    esoteriko brought this same feeling of light-filled sanctuary to a family’s 1920s Balmoral home. Modified in the early 1990s to include a second-storey and basement, the home had lost some of its original charm. With an intervention that straddles both a sophisticated aesthetic and modern Australian livability, the Balmoral House now mirrors its ocean frontage, the owner’s fashion sensibility and daughter’s love of the colour blue. 

    The esoteriko team were asked to breathe new life into a worn-out home. The owner’s craved a sense of personality – an artful approach to the interiors – that understood their need for modern comforts and improved functionality as a young family. This transpired in an access to natural light, reconfiguring of spaces for a sense of spaciousness and maximising storage; insisting on moments of pause to contemplate the ocean views. 

    esoteriko looked to the deep blue and rich warm hues of the surrounding landscape to inform the home’s material palette, furniture and fixtures. They wanted to prioritise Australian-sourced materials and furniture while keeping all details clean and simple. A subdued material palette of timber, natural stone and linen take cues from Japanese design, while honouring the Australian landscape through the use of native, locally-sourced materials. Grounding the home is sandstone sourced from central New South Wales and Blackbutt timber from Southeastern Australia. This subdued material palette echoes its way throughout until it is punctuated by the blue; the owner’s teenage daughter’s favourite colour. esoteriko decided on a moment of intensity just for her.

    Appliances in this space include an ILVE Oven and an integrated Liebherr Fridge and Freezer. The Single Curve Barstool, designed by Nendo for Gebruder Thonet Vienna also makes an appearance in this space.

    The kitchen features a custom Blue Crystal Granite stone island bench with a Vola 590 H Mixer and Tap.

    The open-plan dining and living area features the black Cassina 412 Cab Chair, designed by Mario Bellini, and the Objekto Paulistano Armchair, designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

    The kitchen is a standout space for its custom Blue Crystal Granite stone slab; a monolithic focal point, featuring a Vola 590 H Mixer and Tap. Opposite is a neatly tucked Ilve oven and concealed behind the warm timber cabinetry, an integrated Liebherr Fridge and Freezer. The kitchen speaks to the amount of storage throughout, ensuring a streamlined sense of fluidity, by erasing clutter. 

    As the client’s first home in Australia, esoteriko have established a sense of belonging through their tailor-made approach, while being intuitive to the beachfront locale. Keep an eye out for the Balmoral Blue House in the Dulux Colour Awards 2020, nominated as a finalist in the Residential Interior category. 

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