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Home Tour | MODA by McKimm

Architecture and interior design firm McKimm have taken an artful approach to a penthouse apartment in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Brighton, infusing it with natural materials, sophisticated furniture selections, and an overarching sense of calm.

We caught up with the firm’s lead interior designer, Isabella Cini, and lead architect, Lorenzo Garizio, to discuss the underlying philosophy behind the home’s palette selection, and in particular, their rationale for opting for Elton Group’s Eveneer ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White timber veneer across all the bespoke joinery elements.

Eveneer Raw ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White
Iva Stool

McKimm chose Elton Group’s Eveneer ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White timber veneer for the joinery elements throughout the home, inspired by its harmonious tone, soft appearance and natural grain finish.

Eveneer Raw ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White

In the kitchen, McKimm have paired neutral tones, including travertine, polished plaster and Elton Group’s Eveneer ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White timber veneer, meeting the client’s brief for a minimalist, calming interior. The space also features Samantha Robinson’s ‘Cathedral’ vessel via Tigmi Trading and Grazia & Co’s Iva bar stools.

Eveneer Raw ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White
Iva Stool

"The project embodies a seamless fusion of tranquillity, elegance and functionality, deeply rooted in the client's affection for the serene atmosphere of Byron Bay."

- MCKIMM LEAD INTERIOR DESIGNER ISABELLA CINI

Eveneer Raw ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White

Elton Group’s Eveneer ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White creates a calming effect in the study.

Martinelli Luce Metafora Table – Cararra Marble

McKimm have integrated soft, sculptural elements into the living space, such as Mario Bellini’s Camaleonda sofa for B&B Italia, Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair, Massimo and Lella Vignelli’s Metafora coffee table for Casigliani, and FAINA’s Soniah big floor lamp, all via Tigmi Trading.

Could you speak to how the design of ‘Moda’ met the client’s brief and how the material palette selection contributed to the home’s overarching scheme?

Isabella Cini: The project embodies a seamless fusion of tranquillity, elegance and functionality, deeply rooted in the client’s affection for the serene atmosphere of Byron Bay. The concept prioritises clean lines, symmetry and an overarching sense of calm. Artfully placed pools of light accentuate a soothing palette of neutrals, delicately balanced on a foundation of travertine and polished plaster, harmonising with sophisticated furniture selections. The result is a generous yet intimate space, exuding a sense of weightlessness and airiness, reminiscent of an undisturbed abode. This meticulously crafted design transcends mere functionality, offering occupants an immersive sanctuary of organic tranquillity and contemporary refinement.

What inspired the choice of Elton Group’s Eveneer ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White product for the joinery elements in the kitchen, pantry, laundry, primary robe, ensuites and gym spaces? 

Lorenzo Garizio: The choice of Elton Group’s Eveneer ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White for the joinery elements was inspired by its tone, which harmoniously aligns with the floor colour, meeting the client’s minimalist brief. This selection ensures the space blends seamlessly, maintaining a continuous flow state. Designed by Piero Lissoni, the de-saturated finish of the product contributes to a softer and lighter appearance, while the natural grain of the timber, celebrated for its imperfect and raw nature, complements other natural materials used throughout these areas. Additionally, the finish guarantees longevity and minimal maintenance, while also reducing labor costs, making it a smart choice for aesthetics, durability and cost-effectiveness.

Tigmi Merbau Kythe Seat

Pictured in the entryway is Ingo Maurer’s Uchiwa wall lamp and Lex William’s Merbau Kythe seat, both via Tigmi Trading.

Tigmi Curve Mirror 05

Pictured in the dining room is NOOM’s Gropius chair CS1, Tigmi’s Curve mirror in custom finish, a 19th-century timber bowl, and Moroccan stoneware vessels, all via Tigmi Trading.

Tigmi Harley Hamilton Bedside Table with Oko Olo No. 9 Handle
Tigmi Agri 01
Tigmi Jan Ekselius Etcetera Lounge Chair

The home’s emphasis on sculptural forms continues into the primary bedroom space, which features Tigmi’s Harley Hamilton bedside table with Oko Olo handle, FAINA’s Soniah table lamp, Tigmi’s Agri rug, Ernesto Gismondi’s Tebe floor lamp for Artemide, and Jans Ekselius’s Etcetera lounge chair, all via Tigmi trading.

What particular criteria guided your search for a timber veneer product, and in what ways did Eveneer fulfill these expectations?

Lorenzo Garizio: The search for a timber veneer product was guided by specific criteria, notably the importance of selecting the right colour tone to complement our surrounding finishes, the preference for a light grain without excessive boldness or texture, and the desire to work with a trusted brand known for its unparalleled quality. This product provides a consistent grain for large areas of joinery.

Eveneer met these expectations by offering a colour that perfectly matched our design needs, providing a light and unobtrusive grain that enhanced the aesthetic without overwhelming it, and delivering the high-quality product we’ve come to expect from a reputable brand we trust.

Eveneer Raw ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White

The pairing of travertine and Elton Group’s Eveneer ALPI Xilo 2-Flamed White timber veneer is also seen in the bathroom spaces.

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