The designers at Robson Rak created their own home which gives a modern twist to classic minimalism. The project knows how to position austerity while still radiating warmth.
Robson Rak is an Australian design studio led by Kathryn Robson and Chris Rak. Robson is a trained architect and Rak is an interior designer. Together they design projects with innovative design solutions, sustainability and a timeless style. The couple created their own home, called Elwood 2 House. It was designed as a place for the family to relax and unwind. The minimalistic design is the perfect backdrop for their eclectic art collection.
Both designers saw the importance of the building's origins.
When designing their own home, many architects take the opportunity to experiment. This is also the case with Elwood 2 House. ‘This project allowed us to explore and test ideas related to the concept of ‘home’. We aimed to create a space that was, at its core, minimal and pared back, yet at the same time having a very real sense of warmth and comfort. Proportion and natural light played a huge part in this success,’ explain the designers. The project started with the renovation of an Edwardian brick building. Both designers saw the importance of the building's origins and therefore decided to make a combination of new and old elements. All the spaces, old and new, form one whole using a neutral colour and material palette of natural stone, bleached wood and white. The designers chose an austere interior because of the relaxing atmosphere it exudes and the durability of the materials. Elwood 2 House proves that minimalism is not just for art galleries or shops. It can also be used in a family home and, if fitted correctly, can even be experienced as warm and relaxed. Photography by Shannon McGrath