Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design is an award-winning architecture and design studio in Melbourne, Australia. The firm offers innovative solutions to interior and architectural issues in close relation to the client. For the Toorak House project, the architects restructured the entire layout of a mid-century house in Toorak.
In collaboration with interior architects Rebekah Curtis Lester of Hilgar Design and Rachel Sanford of Sanford Gray, the interior was provided with a contemporary interior with a mid-century accent here and there. The house has been in the client's family for two generations and was in urgent need of renovation. Toorak House was completely renovated to better match the client's activities and wishes. The interior was rearranged: the kitchen is now open and in the same room as the dining and sitting room. Intimate sitting areas were introduced as well as two bathrooms with a separate bath. Melanie Beynon and her team adapted the house to make more efficient use of the available space. Skylights were also added to allow more natural light to enter. Figuratively speaking, space was created.
The Australian mid-centrury appearance of the house was used as a basis for the interior design.
Hilgar Design took care of the interior of Toorak House in collaboration with Sanford Gray. They decided to use the Australian mid-centrury look of the house as a basis for the interior design. Tiles inspired by the 1950s are used in the bathroom and add colour to the house. In the kitchen, the wooden finish complements the existing oak floor. The kitchen island has a rounded shape, which forms the centre of the house.
Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design gave Toorak House a better layout. Space and air have been created in the outdated house. Hilgar Design and Sanford Gray made the home modern again without erasing the past. The mid-century elements give the interior a unique look in combination with contemporary pieces and furniture.
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