Toorak Home by Larritt-Evans

  • Melbourne interior design studio Larritt-Evans introduce bold forms and sweeping curves to a Toorak home for a young family.

    Previously filled with antique furniture, the client was craving a significant refresh and sense of modernity in her grand family home. While the home’s original structure was in good condition, it comprised of classic elements and layers of ornate detailing that didn’t represent the vibrant client and her family. 

    An honest and open collaboration between the designer and client afforded Larritt-Evans complete creative license, resulting in a home that now expresses the family’s character. 

    The dining room features the 412 Cab Chair, designed by Mario Bellini for Cassina.

    The About a Stool AAS38/39, designed by Hee Welling for HAY in the kitchen.

    “The home enjoys proportions that are beyond any kind of average home; the large void upon entry is the best example of this,” director Claire Larritt-Evans says. A large staircase reigns supreme in the entry foyer, forming one singular sweeping curve that sets the tone for the interiors. The Kooh-I-Noor Specchi Small Mirror and La Pipe Lounge Chair contrast the Den Holm custom table with antique marble top, demonstrating the recurring theme of old and new throughout the home.

    Washed chevron parquetry floors and off-white walls remain consistent within the spaces, finished with classic skirting boards and minimal architraves. Internal steel-framed doors grant access from the entry to the open-plan living, dining and kitchen; drenched in natural light courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling doors. The kitchen plays home to tall overhead cabinetry, integrated appliances and a striking marble benchtop. In the neighbouring dining area, the Cab Chair for Cassina adds a playful touch of colour and complements the green of the manicured garden adjacent to the space.  

    The Lens Flair Table Lamp by Lee Broom sits on the Grazia&Co Ronnie Sideboard in the entrance, accompanied by the Galileo Mirror for Living Divani.

    Making a statement in the hallway is the Kooh-I-Noor Specchi Small Mirror, designed by Piero Lissoni, the La Pipe Lounge Chair and a custom Den Holm table.

    The dining room features the Beetle Dining Chair, designed by GamFratesi for Gubi, the Meshmatics Pendant for Moooi and the Yee Storage for SP01.

    The Stay Sofa for Gubi and the Maru Side Table for B&B Italia in the formal living room. 

    The IC Light for Flos

    Claire Larritt-Evans says that the close-knit relationship between herself and the client was key to the success of the project. “Our client became heavily engaged in the design process and decision making from the very early stages, visit showrooms with us to select furniture.”

    Removed from the kitchen, a formal dining room allows for additional entertaining space. A custom dining table in collaboration with Zuster exudes sophistication in this room, complemented by the Meshmatics Pendant for Moooi and rich navy velvet Beetle Dining Chairs for Gubi.

    The design of the home celebrates unique antique furniture layered with tactile materials and bespoke pieces throughout. Gold and burgundy tones assert luxury in the study that features a custom marble desk designed by Larritt-Evans. 

    “This was one of those elusive projects where everything just worked; the design flowed organically into a larger scope built on trust and confidence,” Claire Evans explains. “I feel we ended with a much more confident and bold design than we first thought possible upon taking on the brief.” 

    The study features the Catch Chair JH1 for &tradition and the Domo Table Lamp for Karakter.

    Pieces in the bedroom include a custom bedhead by Grazia&Co, the Hypons Side Table for Maxalto and the Cobra Wall Light for Gubi.

    The main bathroom features the Fukasawa Mixer and Roll Single Heated Towel Rail, both from Rogerseller.

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