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Toorak House by Pipkorn & Kilpatrick

  • Pipkorn & Kilpatrick showcase their signature hand at clean and timeless design in their refurbishment of a mid-century Toorak home. 

     Melbourne design duo Pipkorn & Kilpatrick’s minimal and relaxed interiors all share one thing in common;  functional, time-resistant design that remains true to the modern Australian aesthetic. This tried and trusted approach led them to a mid-century Melbourne home originally designed by renowned Australian architect Harry Ernest in 1962. While the light, scale and proportions of the home were still desirable, Pipkorn & Kilpatrick have gestured the mid-century foundations into a modern era with the same standard of impeccable design. 

    The original floorplan was closed off and incredibly linear, and although most rooms had access to natural light, rearranging the central kitchen, dining and living areas was vital to promote a better flow throughout the home.

    The kitchen is positioned at the back of the home, adjacent to the formal dining room and lush backyard. Previously enclosed, the kitchen now carefully balances contemporary and mid-century influences through the custom timber island bench against Carrara marble.

    Notable pieces in the living room include the assorted TS Coffee Tables designed by GamFratesi for Gubi and Mantis Floor Lamp for DCW Editions.

    Designed for a family, Pipkorn & Kilpatrick have prioritised both comfort and functionality with a secondary ‘family room’ with a television away from the main living area. A rumpus room and study are also located upstairs. The living room at the front of the home is the perfect place to sit and relax away from the kitchen, displaying coveted pieces such as the Living Divani Neowall Sofa, Gubi TS Coffee Tables and the AJ Floor Light.

    Notable furniture pieces are visible throughout the home, paired with an eclectic mix of the client’s own furnishings. The entrance features the Gubi F.A.33 Rectangular Mirror and Pandul Swing VIP Table Lamp with the client’s oriental runner. A versatile palette of terrazzo, crazy paving and timber reflect the mid-century era – basket-woven wooden floors throughout are a nod to the home’s 1960’s roots and form a flexible base for the new and vintage furniture. 

    The rumpus room doubles as a study nook, featuring the Afteroom Dining Chair 4 for Menu.

    The S34 Chair for Thonet atop the Morrocan Kilim rug for Halcyon Lake in the separate study. 

    The master bedroom remains true to the mid-century era, wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up onto an intimate courtyard. The room is warmed with a Halcyon Lake rug and features an enviable wardrobe running parallel to the wall, drenched with natural light courtesy of the clerestory windows.

    Pipkorn & Kilpatrick have combined the Toorak home’s characteristic quirks and the client’s personality to design an authentic, contemporary tribute to its mid-century bones. 

    The master bedroom features a spacious walk-in robe and the Norm Floor Mirror, designed by Norm Architects for Menu.

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