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Toorak House by Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design

  • Toorak House by Melanie Beynon Architecture and Design

    A Midcentury Toorak Home receives a contemporary facelift from Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design, brimming with references to this iconic design era.

    Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design were enlisted to rework this Midcentury home located in Melbourne’s Toorak that had been in the same family for two generations. Asked to align the home with the family’s current lifestyle and aspirations, Melanie and her team celebrated the best of Midcentury design. Cue: gentle curves, circular shapes, generous use of Tasmanian oak and a steadfast focus on functionality.

    As we saw in their Northcote House, Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design focus on allowing families to coexist in less space through carefully orchestrated alternations and additions. In this Toorak Home, the interiors were rearranged to reflect the family’s lifestyle, centring on an open kitchen, living and dining space that was previously separated; a common feature in pre-1980s homes. They also introduced intimate living spaces, two bathrooms with freestanding baths and a central ‘mud room’. Additional skylights douse the communal spaces in natural light and new timber-framed openings bring views of the garden within. 

    The home remains true to its Midcentury modern aesthetic while respecting the client’s wish for a tactile and robust palette. In the kitchen, Melanie Beynon and her team selected Tasmanian oak veneer with Corain surfaces and solid, handcrafted timber battens to create a sculptural island. “Swirling Corian balanced with natural timber draw on the original oak flooring preserved under the carpet,” Melanie says. “The use of rounded form in the kitchen island and glossy pendant over the top anchors the new shared kitchen, living and dining space,” she adds. Circular wall lights from Inlite are another nod to the round theme in each space. Playful details for the kids can be found in the bathroom with the electric-coloured, retro-inspired Cement Terrazzo Multi Circle tiles.

    Toorak House by Melanie Beynon Architecture and Design

    The kitchen is crafted from Tasmanian Oak Veneer and Solid Timber Battens. It features ercol Originals Bar Stools and a Muuto Kink Vase.

    Toorak House by Melanie Beynon Architecture and Design

    The open living space features a Loom Rug, Bat Lounge Chair by GamFratesi for Gubi, Eames walnut stool, Spade Chair by Studio Toogood and Munega by Luciano Vistosi.

    Toorak House by Melanie Beynon Architecture and Design

    The dining space features the Gubi Round dining table by Komplot Design and Moroso St Mark Chair by Martino Gamper.

    Hilgar Design and Sandford Gray worked with Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design on the interior details. They lifted some pieces straight from the iconic Midcentury archives such as the Eames Walnut Stool and added contemporary favourites from Studio Toogood with the Spade Chair and the GUBI Round dining table by Komplot Design; careful to introduce pieces that felt at home within the Midcentury bones. Playful hints of colour make their way into the shared spaces through the Moroso St Mark Chair by Martino Gamper and bold stripes through the Lobby Bench by House of Orange. 

    Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design have preserved the architectural legacy of this Midcentury home, ensuring it stays relevant for generations to come through their thoughtful, family-proof intervention. 

    Toorak House by Melanie Beynon Architecture and Design

    The vibrant, retro-inspired Cement Terrazzo Multi Circle tiles in the kids’ bathroom steal the show, referencing the home’s Midcentury style.

    Toorak House by Melanie Beynon Architecture and Design

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