CBA Residence by Studio Griffiths

  • Studio Griffiths collaborate with Pleysier Perkins to transform a 70s family home Melbourne’s Brighton through considered indoor-outdoor spaces and their signature monochrome aesthetic.

    In our interview with Studio Griffiths founder and director Gillianne Griffiths earlier this year, we learnt how Gillianne’s background in music has shaped her gracious approach to interiors. True to form, CBA Residence favours a colour palette of grey, black and white with striking accents of navy blue peppered throughout. Together with architecture studio Pleysier Perkins, Studio Griffiths have crafted a sophisticated yet contemporary family home with a strong flow from inside out.

    The kitchen features a kitchen mixer from Boffi and a House of Orange vase.

    The dining room features the Beetle Dining Chair by GamFratesi for Gubi and the Molloy Dining Table by Adam Goodrum for NAU.  Artwork by Camie Lyons.

    The ground level of the home is reserved for dining in with family and friends while the new second storey addition contains the bedrooms and a rumpus retreat. The kitchen, dining and living room open up to the pool through full-height black glazing that punctuates the creamy bagged brick exterior. These windows act as a border around the perimeter of the home, providing tailored views of the manicured garden and pool and connecting the interiors to the outdoors wherever possible.

    Inside you’ll find a similar interplay of light and dark tones. White walls and washed timber floorboards serve as a blank canvas, handing attention to the charcoal joinery and dark furniture pieces. Subtle touches of navy blue velvet in the Gubi Beetle Dining Chair and Glove Up Armchair by Patricia Urquiola in the entryway reflect the studio’s approach to timeless colours and materials.

    Away from the primary open plan living area, the separate living room exudes the same honest modern Australian charm as the rest of the home. An upholstered navy blue window seat conceals storage, with a discreet study accessible through a sliding door. 

    The Glove Up Armchair by Patricia Urquiola and Kooh-I-Noor Specchi Small Mirror by Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia in the entrance.

    The Tank Decanter by Tom Dixon and glassware by Lee Broom atop the New York Drinks Cabinet by Grazia & Co. Artwork by Kirrily Hammond.

    Floor cushion from Nini Creative in the lounge.

    The separate living room features the MDF Italia Cosy Sofa, TS Coffee Table by GamFratesi for Gubi and grey Halcyon Lake rug.

    Notable pieces in the living room include the Bristol Sofa by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform, Halcyon Lake rug and Sampei Floor Lamp by Davide Groppi. Artwork by Camie Lyons.

    While natural light pours through the ground floor, skylights in the upstairs addition create interesting light and shadow effects throughout the day. Kensington carpet from Halycon Lake in the bedrooms and rumpus provides cosiness underfoot and differentiate the private areas from the formal rooms downstairs. Outdoors, the undercover entertaining zone provides ample seating poolside, accompanied by an integrated barbecue clad in Neolith Beton by CDK Stone. 

    A close collaboration between Studio Griffiths and Pleysier Perkins, CBA Residence is a lesson in understated elegance through a consistent colour palette and thoughtful zoning. By prioritising indoor-outdoor living, the home embraces functional family living at its finest.

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