Summerhill Residence is a special home where form and function come together. Kim Lambert and her eponymous design studio were able to create a warm home for a family where the concepts of rusticity and sophistication go hand in hand.
The use of light and dark colours gives a feeling of defined space between the rooms.
In creating Summerhil Residence, the designer and her team had the opportunity to explore the relationship between the rustic and the refined in new ways and to pay great attention to architectural details in the finishes, the floors and the custom-made carpentry.
‘We used floors made of Belgian oak, wall coverings and panels made with the shou-sugi-ban technique and limestone from the Loire region as the main materials in the palette. In the kitchen, we used stainless steel for the lower cabinets to counterbalance the high-gloss storage and display cabinets. The opposite dining bench was finished with horizontally applied travertine tiles above a high custom-made upholstered backrest. The use of light and dark colours gives a sense of defined space between the rooms. The rustic texture of the shou-sugi-ban planking used on the central partition sets an urban rust tone with a defined random pattern that creates a sense of sophistication. This element conceals a bar on the living room side and a refrigerator and pantry on the kitchen side. We repeated this material in the home office, where we applied it to all the walls to create an intimate space,’ explains Kim Lambert. There are also some interesting pieces of furniture that give the whole a unique character without being out of place in the tone and general atmosphere of the home. These include dining chairs by Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa and lounge chairs by Walter Knoll - ‘seating with a strong sense of form,’ says Lambert - which were combined with a set of fabric-covered sofas by Italian company Meridian. The interior designer also had a coffee table made especially for the home by Canadian artist and furniture designer Marta Sturdy. It is made of resin as a variation on the many wooden and stone elements.
A beautiful realisation of which Kim Lambert Design is rightly very proud. The client was also more than happy with the result since, in the meantime, they commissioned the Canadian designer to give their weekend home a new look. Want to know more about Kim Lambert? Read the full article in Imagicasa Autumn 2021.
Photography by Lauren Miller Photography