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Home Tour | Malvern Residence by Lucy Bock

In Melbourne’s south-east suburb of Malvern, Lucy Bock Design Studio has fashioned an entertainer’s sanctuary by employing elegant finishes, bold geometric forms, and timeless fixtures to cultivate a harmonious blend of beauty and function. We spoke with interior designer Lucy Bock about the home’s design, extracting her detail-oriented approach to selecting the materials and appliances for the family spaces, and how she worked with Australian-owned retailer e&s to achieve her client’s goals.

In partnership with e&s.

Kitchen appliances were chosen from e&s for their quality, efficiency and functionality, including a Miele induction cooktop, SmartLine element with two burners, handleless oven, handleless XL steam oven, and warming drawer, and a Qasair rangehood. Ceramic vessel by Kirsten Perry; metal dish by Studio Henry Wilson.

WOODCUT Roman Grey

The choice of CDK Honed Super White natural stone for the kitchen benchtops and splashback creates a tactile focal point within the space, complemented by Woodcut ‘Roman Grey’ engineered timber floors. Integrated into the kitchen cabinetry is a Sub-Zero/Wolf column refrigerator, wine refrigerator and column freezer, all supplied by E&S Trading.

Integrated into the kitchen island is a Franke sink, Brodware kitchen mixer, and Miele dishwasher, all supplied by e&s, as well as Blum’s efficient push-to-open drawer systems. Also pictured: the Prostoria ‘Monk’ stool.

Could you offer a brief project framework for Malvern Residence and the main elements that informed your team’s design solution?

Lucy Bock: Malvern Residence is a renovation of an enchanting Federation home in Melbourne’s south-east. The boldness and grandeur of the existing period features were celebrated while employing a restrained and contemporary interior design approach. Honest materials, bespoke joinery, and timeless fixtures imbue an aesthetic of simplicity and elegance.

A large butler’s pantry caters to the family’s entertaining requirements. The space features a Franke sink, Zip Water hydro tap, Miele handleless speed oven, and Fisher & Paykel single dish drawer, all supplied by e&s.

What goes into the Lucy Bock Design Studio process of designing and selecting materials for a home?

Lucy Bock: Each client has a detailed and unique brief that steers the direction of the design response. Bold and monolithic design elements were designed to sit harmoniously within the existing period home, while practically delivering form and function for the needs of the clients’ busy young family and entertaining lifestyle.

In terms of materiality, the selected natural stone for Malvern Residence became the hero of the interior spaces’ design direction.  The natural stone provides a sense of texture and movement within the strong geometric forms of the interior design elements. Complimentary materials such as cool-toned metals, as featured in hardware, taps, appliances, lighting, and objects d’art, were selected to highlight and provide warmth to the vast quantity of natural stone.

The repetition of arched black steel-framed windows brings an elegant feel to the spaces while framing views of the surrounding garden.

GUBI Beetle Dining Chair
Apparatus Cloud 37 Chandelier

The dining space features the Gubi ‘Beetle’ dining chair and Apparatus Studio ‘Cloud’ chandelier. Vessels by Sally Walk.

When designing the kitchen space what did you feel was the most important factor? 

Lucy Bock: The clients’ desire for a spacious and well-proportioned kitchen was key during the planning stage. The island bench is the focal point for entertaining and gathering while the remaining kitchen features seamlessly integrated appliances, an abundance of storage, and a large butler’s pantry. The orientation of the kitchen has connectedness and views to the outdoors and the custom black steel arch window provides beautiful natural light.

The kitchen design features clean lines and subtle details. Whilst the aesthetic is minimal, the kitchen still provides a high level of functionality tailored to the client’s specifications. Kitchen drawers are ‘push to open’ with bespoke timber edge detailing and a cupboard opens to reveal a bar. The natural stone, in its vast amounts, draws the eye to the central cooking and entertaining area.

What key elements do you think should be considered when integrating kitchen appliances? 

Lucy Bock: The Malvern Residence kitchen celebrates the clients’ love of cooking and entertaining. Showpiece appliances, such as the Miele ovens in graphite grey finish, were carefully selected not only for their high performance but for their aesthetic cohesiveness with the overall kitchen design direction. Generally, however, all appliances were chosen for their quality, efficiency, and functionality to suit the family’s busy lifestyle.

Poliform Mad Queen Armchair

The study features the Poliform ‘Mad Queen’ armchair and Griffin Design ‘Branch Flower’ pendant light.

"...all appliances were chosen for their quality, efficiency, and functionality to suit the family’s busy lifestyle."

- INTERIOR DESIGNER LUCY BOCK

Ligne Roset Togo Fireside Chair

The living area features the Ligne Roset ‘Togo’ fireside chair, Gervasoni ‘InOut’ side table and Halcyon Lake ‘Chromatic’ rug. Ceramic sculptures by Kirsten Perry (right) and Jade Thorsen (left).

When it comes to selecting appliances, what makes e&s your go-to retailer?

Lucy Bock: At the beginning of each project, I encourage clients to visit e&s so that they can familiarise themselves with the various appliances and fixtures that may suit their project. The in-person shopping experience at e&s is wonderful and the breadth and depth of premium appliances and fixtures available to view, touch and experience is excellent. 

What was the process like in choosing appliances, equipment, and hardware for Malvern Residence? 

Lucy Bock: In addition to providing detailed information on each product, the staff at e&s offered our team guidance and recommendations to ensure all appliances were correctly integrated into joinery as required. The Malvern Residence kitchen design needed to tick many boxes for the clients’ young family as well as entertaining requirements. Specific appliances were selected for these needs, such as a speed oven in the butler’s pantry and a beautifully integrated wine fridge to display the client’s wine collection.  

Jonny Niesche

Artwork by Jonny Niesche

Pictured: the Apparatus Studio Trapeze 2 wall sconce

What influenced your choice of Brodware tapware, in relation to the overall aesthetic of the home? Why did you select this specific material and finish for the tapware and fittings? 

Lucy Bock: The Brodware designs are timeless and integrate beautifully with any project aesthetic. Most importantly, the Brodware fixtures are durable and functional. The Malvern Residence features Brodware taps and fittings in an aged iron finish. This metal finish complements the various backdrops of natural stone used throughout the project, providing warmth and depth.

Can you talk about some of the key design elements in the bathroom and how they enhance the visual appeal of these spaces?

Lucy Bock: The bathroom is refined and unadorned in its aesthetic and features a warm palette of grey finishes including handmade ceramic wall tiles and beautiful Indiana Grey natural stone. The Brodware taps, in dark aged iron metal finish, punctuate the space with detail and character.

Articolo Duo Wall Sconce

The ground-floor bathroom features a Brodware wall-mounted mixer in dark aged iron finish supplied by E&S Trading, the Articolo ‘Duo’ wall sconce, and a Loom Towels hand towel. Pink vase by Dinosaur Designs; ceramic vessel by Tessy King.

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