It’s award season of a different of nature here in the southern hemisphere, with the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards announcing the shortlist ahead of the May announcement of the winners. This year our new friends at Robson Rak, husband and wife team, Kathryn Robson and Chris Rak, have not one, but two projects shortlisted for the Awards, and to give you a sample of their indelible style they have kindly allowed us to share another of their recent projects with us, the Toorak Residence.
This elegant 30’s Melbourne based home was given a modern renovation in order to create a comfortable yet contemporary home for a busy family of four. With a brief that required a timeless aesthetic to be instilled upon the interior scheme, the original character of the home with architectural details of wide skirting boards, beautifully proportioned cornices and timber shutters were maintained.
The relaxed living room has been opened up with a large bi-fold window above the kitchen bench, allowing the indoor to spill out for easy outdoor entertaining. Robson Rak designed bespoke pieces of furniture as well as lighting and rugs with Chris Rak harnessing his skills as a sculptor in the design of the wall sculpture sitting artistically above the charcoal sofa in the living room.
While each piece was chosen for its aesthetic as much as it durability and functionality, it is the longevity of the design that Robson and Rak have truly delivered on. With a palette of white grey and charcoal as the base upon which they have added accents to this classical, timeless and sophisticated project certainly meets the home-owners brief.