Home Tour | Fenwick House by Simone Haag, Flack Studio and Edition Office

  • Simone Haag delivers a thoughtful elaboration of a home within ANGLE, Flack Studio, Edition Office and Eckersley Garden Architecture’s celebrated Melbourne multi-residential project ‘Fenwick’.

    The interior palette is characterised by neutral tones interspersed with surprising moments of texture and pattern. The living area features the Poliform Koishi coffee table, a Moroso sofa, Kezu wall light and custom rug by Whitecliffe. Various ceramics and a wall print by John Olsen complete the space.

    Fredericia Sequoia Pouf

    The living area also features the Fredericia ‘Sequoia’ pouf, B&B Italia Jack shelving system and ALM Lebone floor lamp.

    In early 2022, Melbourne-based developers ANGLE, interior design firm Flack Studio, architecture firm Edition Office and landscape design firm Eckersley Garden Architecture completed their award-winning multi-residential project in Melbourne’s Kew, ‘Fenwick’. Situated on a steep slope in one of the city’s most in-tact modernist precincts, with views over the Yarra River, Yarra Bend Golf Course and out to Mount Macedon, the building’s site and legacy warrant celebration.

    Recently, interior stylist Simone Haag was engaged by a family to expand on not one, but two of the Fenwick homes. Being a family of seven demanded the consolidation of two homes, by adding a fresh layer of furniture, lighting, artwork, textiles and decorative objects to the interiors. For the commission, Simone drew on a number of contextual factors, including the homes’ natural surroundings, modernist origins, sophisticated owners and existing architecture, interiors and landscaping.

    PP Mobler Circle Chair

    Kelly Wearstler Sereno Stripe Fabric

    Poliform Le Club Armchair

    The breakout living area features the PP Mobler Circle chair upholstered in Kelly Wearstler Sereno Stripe fabric, Hommes Studio ‘Picasso’ coffee table and Poliform Le Club armchair. Floor sculpture by Peter D. Cole.

    The study nook features a vintage chair upholstered in Pierre Frey ‘Walter Usine’ fabric and a Serge Mouille desk lamp.

    The kitchen is characterised by bold natural stone and light timber veneer. The space features the Arflex ‘Orfeo’ stool.

    Fogia Bollo Armchair

    Apparatus Talisman 14 Pendant

    The dining area features the Minotti ‘Linha’ table, Apparatus ‘Talisman 14’ pendant, Fogia ‘Bollo’ armchair and a custom rug by Simone Haag. Print by Bill Henson.

    Spanning four levels – two above ground and two below ground – the scope of the interior refurbishment was substantial. Simone’s response was to craft a warm and refined interior, characterised by a neutral palette interspersed with surprising moments of texture and pattern, sculptural furniture pieces that bring character and originality to spaces, and artworks and objects that subtly reference nature through colour and form.

    The home also supports the family as they transition into a new chapter of their lives – having just returned from living overseas, now with three teenage children living at home and two adult children moved out. The family were ready for a slower pace of life and a more sophisticated home to live in, but they wanted all the hallmarks of their family story still woven into the design. “While the furnishings are informed by the clients’ personalities and the way they would like to experience the home, they also consider future experiences of the home as the three remaining children grow and fly the nest,” Simone says.

    Reeno Bench

    The lobby features the Grazia & Co. Reeno Mini bench, Allied Maker Wood Totem sconce and Hommes Studio Combo rug. Print by Joseph McGlennon.

    The lobby also features a pair of Alison Fritch ceramic plinths. 

    “This was the ultimate project to furnish, combining a long-standing client relationship with a dream design team,” Simone says. “The clients were extremely trusting and decisive from the original concept meeting. Knowing their personalities and family created an understanding that meant we could have lots of fun sourcing pieces that echoed the curves of the architecture and the constant panorama of the native landscape.”

    Maxalto Alcova Bed

    Fritz Hansen Egg Chair

    Greg Penn – Sculpture

    The primary bedroom features the Maxalto Alcova bed, Hommes Studio Malala drawers and Fritz Hansen Egg chair and ottoman. Wall sculpture by Greg Penn.

    The study features the Sammode Studio G25 wall light and Herman Miller Eames Executive chair.

    Eckersley Garden Architecture’s approach to Fenwick’s landscaping mirrors Flack Studio and Edition Office’s commitment to honouring the building’s natural surroundings.

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