Malvern East House by Eliza Blair Architecture and studio mkn

  • Behind a 1960s apricot brick facade lies a refreshingly modern home, designed by Eliza Blair Architecture in collaboration with studio mkn. 

    Eliza Blair Architecture reworked this Malvern East home into a two-bedroom bachelor pad, complete with areas for both work and play. Together with interior design firm studio mkn and builders Gamine Projects, Eliza Blair Architecture have made the most of the tight space, designing a home that embraces both quiet time after a long day, as well as entertaining.

    Linen curtains envelop the home, providing subdued light while maintaining privacy.

    Eliza Blair Architecture were asked to create a meaningful place to enjoy coming home to, which influenced their decision to strip back the interiors for a more contemporary feel. One bedroom was removed rather than added, opening up the floor plan to create an open plan living space, two bedrooms with ensuite and walk-in robes, as well as a generous study area. The standard ceiling was replaced with a unique raked ceiling, also creating a more spacious environment.

    Eliza Blair Architecture relocated the kitchen to be at the centre of the home; a space for entertaining, relaxation and convention. Large sliding doors from the kitchen to the courtyard brings a sense of lightness and nature within.

    With a focus on clean lines, Eliza Blair Architecture and studio mkn’s collaboration sees a crisp modern Australian style cultivated through key details and materials. Architraves and cornices were transformed into tall, squared doorways while bold finishes such a polished concrete and navy cabinetry adorn the open-plan space, softened with warm hardwood timber. The striking cabinetry flows from the kitchen to the study, to private spaces, complimented by black fittings. Matt black tapware is found in the bathroom contrasting the fresh white wall-to-ceiling tiles.

    The design team selected neutral design pieces to complement the navy joinery and warm timber tones. The Charles Sofa has an understated elegance in the living space, while the Husk Swivel Armchair is exactly where we’d like to unwind after a long day.

    The Malvern East House is an unexpectedly compact and contemporary bachelor pad behind its brick exterior, a testament to Eliza Blair Architecture and studio mkn’s intuitive design intent.

    The bedroom features the Flos IC Light.

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