The design practice Studio 11:11 has a multidisciplinary approach with which they unite interior architecture, leather goods and lighting in a collective narrative. Masseria House in Melbourne, Australia is a recent project in which they succeeded in flawlessly combining their philosophy with the wishes of the client.
There are three key terms that characterise each work of Studio 11:11 without exception: functionality, simplicity and craftsmanship. Namely, it is important for them to conceptualise designs by starting from their purpose and the space that they will serve. The result should always be user-friendly and be able to serve the customer in a unique way. Furthermore, the team considers simplicity the result of outstanding design. By eliminating the unnecessary, the studio obtains a calming environment that received a natural and neutral colour palette. Finally, Studio 11:11 unceasingly focuses on craftsmanship. By collaborating with local artisans and selecting the finest materials, the high quality is always guaranteed. You can find all these core principles in Masseria House, where they converge in a layered whole that completely adheres to the image that the client had in mind.
The differences in wall coverings and flooring function as subtle delineations.
The mission was unambiguous: designing a sophisticated and relaxed home that reminded of Mediterranean places. Studio 11:11 succeeded in this with verve. The result looks elegant and laid-back at the same time and exudes both charisma and tranquillity. When entering the home, you first come into an impressive foyer that immediately sets the tone for the whole house. Without a doubt, the eyecatcher in this room is the spiral staircase that with its tough texture powerfully breaks through the otherwise rectangular geometry. When passing through, the hall goes into the open living space where the kitchen, the dining area and the lounge area are. The open design contains a majestic element that triggers a special feeling both in the resident and in the visitor. The differences in wall coverings and flooring function as subtle delineations of the various zones. Even though the interior is obviously minimalistic, the careful detailing of the carpentry in the kitchen proves that there is a lot of complexity behind it. Moreover, the pronounced volumes of the architecture offered Studio 11:11 interesting possibilities to establish a dialogue with the interior. The intersecting of volumes is an ideal example of this. Concerning the materials, the customer was personally involved in every choice. On the main floor, this mainly resulted in heavy rock walls, travertine stone, polished walls and floors of aggregate concrete. These choices unite in textured layers that can be reduced to a peaceful whole due to the similar neutral colours. When you go upstairs, you notice that here the raw character of downstairs is alternated with a plushe carpet and warm toned wood. In this way, the rooms upstairs are a remarkable but welcome addition to the sturdy design downstairs.
In Masseria House, Studio 11:11 unites a number of striking opposites. The interior is both refined and raw; giggling textures echo simultaneously with the calm whisper of the tempered colour palette. The residents undoubtedly enjoy every day in their Mediterranean-tinted home that has inspired many a visitor.
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Photography by Nicholas John Wilkins