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Last week we were thrilled to be involved with Design For Mirabel, a collaborative charity event conceived by Diane Bergeron and the Mirabel Foundation. It was a real treat to step outside our usual parameters to create a temporary installation, one where everything could be dismantled and sold.

Jane Rowe established Mirabel in 1988 after a tragic work incident. Jane, a councilor in drug and alcohol rehabilitation received a call to say that two of her clients (single mothers) had died from overdoses. She couldn’t sleep that night for worry about what chance their kids had. She knew there was a big hole in the system for support of the next of kin, the aunts, uncles, grandparents etc. who found themselves instant parents of very troubled kids. And so The Mirabel Foundation was born and still is the only organisation in Australia specifically supporting orphaned or abandoned children due to parental illicit drug use. ‘Every child deserves a childhood’ is their mission statement, the importance of which is undeniable.

Conceptually, we wanted to express one of the most treasured aspects of being a kid, that of creative play and what better place to start than at the heart of every family home, the kitchen! From there we endeavoured to carefully jigsaw together our ‘Cubby Kitchen’.

It was so very encouraging when we got on the phone that so many wonderful businesses both large and small really wanted to get on board and understood the importance of this valuable cause.

Arent&Pyke’s kitchen was built on the principles of love, hope and belonging. It is as much a real kitchen as it is an imagined cubby of comfort and fun. On either end of the kitchen bench sat a dishwasher and a baby blue fridge from Smeg packed with Edit‘s Fruit&Veg cushions from Sparrk. Our sink became a cobalt blue ceramic platter from Jardan‘s newly launched collaboration with the Fortynine Studio, teemed up with a rose gold tap from Brodware. Hay wire tables from Cult Design became our open shelves while Design By Them Butter stools held up our benchtop. Lighty gave us our over-bench storage with their Assemblage shelves and Spence&Lyda Gras Lamps highlighted the delectable coral and peach walls from Porters Paint. Galerie Montmarte brought some fun to the party with their vintage poster, soft mascots from Leo&Bella and Kidostore kept watch over everything. And the table from Jardan was circled by Seeho Su‘s Hiroshima chairs. It all came together with the finishing touches; Mr Kitly‘s sycamore ladels and terrarium, Ottis&Otto (oh my goodness those Bridget Bodenham cups with their golden handles), Gemma Patford’s rope platters, Douglas&Bec’s Spun Pendant, Dibbern tableware and copper Stelton jug from Safari Living, Shilo Engelbrecht‘s napkins and fabric panel, By Lassen accessories from Fred International and Hay glassware from Cult Design. And who could forget our cake (which arrived just after our photoshoot) from Beatrix Bakes.

Special thanks simply must go to the endless generosity of the long-standing support of our wonderful suppliers Cult Design, Spence & Lyda, Jardan, Seeho Su, Fred International, Dedece, Brodware, International Floor Coverings and Galerie Montmartre.

It was a truly delightful experience that refreshed our minds and hearts alike. It is us (all the designers involved – it was such a pleasure), you (the sponsors), Diane Bergeron and her team (special thanks you to Carmen), the event management, the transport and venue team, the volunteers (endless thanks to the very wonderful Louise), the generosity of the public and of course The Mirabel Foundation that are bringing positive change to our society’s future, the kids. All funds raised are being used to build a purpose built home for Mirabel designed by John Wardle Architects. It will be a place of comfort, hope and support for so many. Home sweet home!

Photo Credits: Marcel Aucar Photography

Arent & Pyke: Design for Mirabel – The Cubby Kitchen

In/Out - Darling Point Apartment

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In/Out - Darling Point Apartment

In/Out - Darling Point Apartment

In/Out - Darling Point Apartment

In/Out - Darling Point

The Darling Point Apartment is a past project very dear to our hearts.

This 2008 Arent&Pyke project was about an expression and embodiment of a client in their home and a celebration of object collecting and curating. Set in a 1920s Spanish mission style apartment building, it is layered with the client’s spirit and personality and evokes memories of treasured travel abroad.

As a practice we encourage our clients to have the confidence to have meaningful and important artifacts around them. So, with this project the philosophy was to curate and edit the objects collected by the client and allow them to speak freely against a background of elegant and timeless furniture pieces. In this way they build a collection that will always resonate and be treasured for life.

Credits: Photography by Anson Smart, Shoot styling by Megan Morton

Darling Point by Arent&Pyke

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK - EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

Our work presents us with a wide variety of new and exciting challenges and recently we’ve had the pleasure of working with Taubmans to create their stand for the designEX event in Sydney. Taubmans are an iconic Australian brand with a monumental colour offering and it is no secret that we at Arent & Pyke, are passionate about colour. It was a match made in Colour Heaven.

Taubmans came to us with a brave and open brief and it was an opportunity for us to work conceptually as a team to design a place to experience the immense colour offering of the Taubmans brand.

For us, the stand is about interpreting the Taubmans colour offering as well as the online tools of the Taubmans Colour Galaxy™. The Galaxy is immersive – it is a mapped landscape of colour. This was key to our concept for the stand. It is about creating a landscape and a space to truly discover the quality and the immensity of the Taubmans Colour offering.

The stand is comprised of a huge blade wall of paint brushouts that celebrate Taubmans comprehensive range of 5,762 colours. It is a feathered graduation of colour comprising of approximately 1000 A4 hand screen printed brushouts (thank you Evie & Marie). If a wall isn’t covered in colour then black mirror reflects in quiet contemplation deeper tones of this colour testimonial. It’s a lovely collaboration of new blood and old establishments – Daniel Giffen‘s lamps Oko (table) and Lime (floor) complement with their exquisite simplicity while colourful Armadillo&Co rugs punch out from the black floor and Thonet thankfully lent us some Round Barstools to revive weary travellers.

Guests are invited to experience colour, by showcasing the brand’s colour offering, state-of-the-art online tool – Taubmans Colour Galaxy™ – as well as Taubmans’ core products, Pure Performance and Endure.

The stand engages designEX visitors tempting them to absorb and embrace the experience of colour – to walk along the length of the wall, find their favourite colour, photograph and share their images and love for colour over the duration of the designEX event.

When we experience colour, we are understanding and experiencing the pure joy that colour can bring to our lives and our spaces. It is about its transformative powers. It is about celebrating the mood it creates, its unique personality and its power to appeal differently to each and every one of us.

Credits: Photography by Ben Pyke

COLOUR WEEK – EXPERIENCE COLOUR WITH TAUBMANS & ARENT&PYKE

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK: ARENT&PYKE & TAUBMANS at DESIGNEX 2014

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK: ARENT&PYKE & TAUBMANS at DESIGNEX 2014

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK: ARENT&PYKE & TAUBMANS at DESIGNEX 2014

IN/OUT - COLOUR WEEK: ARENT&PYKE & TAUBMANS at DESIGNEX 2014

Arent&Pyke are delighted to announce that we have been working with Taubmans to design their stand for designEX which opens this Wednesday at Glebe Island in Sydney. Taubmans briefed us to design a space where people could really experience the immense colour offering of the iconic brand, and this inspired us to consider how the Australian experience of colour is evolving.

When we experience colour, we are understanding and experiencing the pure joy that colour can bring to our lives and our spaces. It is about its transformative powers. It is about celebrating the mood it creates, its unique personality and its power to appeal differently to each and every one of us.

Arent&Pyke have created three colour palettes of Taubmans colours that reflect the increasingly confident use of colour in Australia. At their stand at designEX 2014, Taubmans are asking visitors to vote on their favourite colour palette. And here they are!

Come and celebrate a colourful life with Arent&Pyke this Colour Week and win an exclusive Arent&Pyke #mycolourfullife gift bag this week on In/Out. Simply subscribe and comment below or on any post this ‘Colour Week’ to win!

Palette 1 (from left to right):
Taubmans Secret Passage T10 50J-2
Taubmans Cotton Ball T12 1.A1
Taubmans Party Animal T12 25.G1
Taubmans Bell Pepper T10 58F-2
Taubmans All Black T12 8.H12

Palette 2 (from left to right):
Taubmans Abstract T161-3
Taubmans Admiralty T10 39L-2
Taubmans Rawhide Laces T10 9F-2
Taubmans Florentine Pink T10 29C-1
Taubmans Indian Maize T10 3E-2

Palette 3 (from left to right):
Taubmans Canyon Black T02 132-4
Taubmans Charade T10 39G-2
Taubmans Quail Hollow T10 35K-2
Taubmans Thin Ice T10 50J-1
Taubmans Tina Ballerina T10 37H-1

Credits:
(top to bottom) The Avenue by Arent&Pyke, Photography by Anson Smart
Potts Point Pied-a-terre by Arent&Pyke, Photography by Luisa Brimble
New York Apartment by Arent&Pyke, Photography by Anson Smart

COLOUR WEEK – ARENT&PYKE & TAUBMANS at DESIGNEX 2014

In/Out - An exciting week for Arent&Pyke!

In/Out - An exciting week for Arent&Pyke!

In/Out - An exciting week for Arent&Pyke!

In/Out - An exciting week for Arent&Pyke!

In/Out - An exciting week for Arent&Pyke!

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for Arent&Pyke! Last week, our ‘The Avenue’ project won Best Residential Interior Decoration at the Australia Interior Design Awards.

‘The Avenue’ was the kind of project we always dreamt of. With such a unique and inspiring synergy between client, architect and designer, we knew we were onto something pretty special. It is so wonderful and we are honoured to see our work acknowledged by our peers and rewarded with not one, but two awards.

And… to make our week even sweeter, we were also awarded Best Residential Interior at the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards for ‘The Avenue’. It was an absolute thrill for us to again take an award home for The Avenue and to share the room with so many of our much admired contemporaries.

Special thanks go to our beautiful, brave and visionary clients and always to architect, Tom Ferguson of TFAD.

Credits: Belle Magazine, arentpyke_inout Instagram

An exciting week for Arent&Pyke!

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

IN OUT - HARBOUR HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE
Today we look back to the Harbour House, an Arent&Pyke project from some years ago. We like to feature our projects on In/Out not only to showcase our work but because they are often used as a reference point for exciting new projects.

The Harbour House has an exceptional view and although the harbour panoramas are irresistible, there is an inward focus – on the family being together and enjoying their home. The vast open spaces were celebrated with a sophisticated contemporary palette for the clients to enjoy dining, living, relaxing, entertaining and resting.

From the outset, the clients had a vivid image of the way they wanted to experience their new home and the landscape around it. Our intention was to bring light, sophisticated softness and warmth to the house despite the largely neutral decorative palette. The spaces are open, calm and soft and the furnishings refined. Key pieces from French furniture house Christian Liaigre are complimented by crisp white Minotti sofas and iconic pieces, such as the Taccia lamp from Flos make this interior timelessly elegant.

Credits:
Photography by Jason Busch
Shoot Styling by Megan Morton

Harbour House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

It is with absolute joy that we are proud to announce that our project, the Pavilion House in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill has been shortlisted for Residential Decoration in this year’s Australian Interior Design Awards. This kitchen has proven to be quite popular via our Instagram, and as seen in Belle Magazine (first the kitchen here, then the bathroom here). We are so humbled to see this project in the company of our much respected and admired contemporaries.

The Avenue House has also been nominated for the Residential Decoration and Residential Design categories. More on The Avenue soon.

We thank you all for you support. It’s a true honour.

Credits:
Styling by Megan Morton
Photography by Anson Smart

THE PAVILION HOUSE SHORTLISTED IN THE AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS

In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Belle Mirvac

In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Belle Mirvac
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It is not everyday you get a call to fully furnish, accessorise and style a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in 2 weeks however, this is the very call we received from Belle Magazine little more than 2 weeks ago. Of course, we jumped at the chance. Arent&Pyke are proud to introduce the third and final installment in the Mirvac Belle Life Series, a collaboration between Belle Magazine & Mirvac at Harold Park in Glebe.

The brief, to design an apartment for a young family, was a great fit for us. We have always loved working with families to create homes that are unique, warm, inviting, and personal. Our own childhood bedrooms hold fond memories of exploration and we hope to inspire young imaginations with the rooms we create. This was a unique opportunity to showcase some of the ideas we believe are central to designing for families. Finding a balance between style and practicality, without compromising comfort or the individual needs of family members.

One of the key design elements in the apartment is the use of wallpapers, defining the bedrooms and setting the tone for each space. Designing for imaginary clients, we were feeling brave, and layered up the palettes with plenty of colour and texture. Despite the use of bold pattern, the bedrooms maintain a sense of calm that comes from the cohesive schemes.

The apartment was officially launched on Wednesday at an event with a nostalgic twist complete with popcorn, giant Jenga and a balloon artist. It was a real thrill to see how it was received, and interact with guests in the space. The children’s room was definitely a crowd favourite, and the large artworks by Ildico Kovacs and Julian Meagher were also showstoppers.

This venture would not have been possible without the generous support of our suppliers & collaborators. We are especially grateful to Artbank Australia for the incredible contribution of artwork which makes the apartment sing the song we hoped it would, as well as Porters Paints for the wallpaper in the master bedroom and Quercus & Co for the children’s bedroom paper. A full list of all the wonderful suppliers is below.

The apartment will be open for a few more weeks so please feel free to drop in and have a look for yourself.

Arent&Pyke’s Belle Mirvac Life Series Display Apartment
Harold Park
Corner Wigram Rd and Ross St, Glebe,
Monday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm

Arent&Pyke extend their endless thanks to the following contributors:
Bednest
Bemboka
Zuster
Porters Paints
Great Dane Furniture
Artbank
Spence & Lyda
Fred International
Incy Interiors
Lilly & Lolly
Quercus & Co.
Rachel Castle
Cult by Corporate Culture
Armadillo & Co.
BluDot
MCM House
Cosh Living
Koskela
Anibou
Artemide
International Floor Coverings
Garden Life
Mark Tuckey
Domo
ECC
The Family Love Tree
Linen & Moore
Atolyia
Custom cushions by Arent&Pyke

ARENT&PYKE: BELLE MIRVAC LIFE SERIES DISPLAY APARTMENT

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In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
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In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
This beautiful home belongs to a family that we have been lucky enough to work with on more than one project. They are a gorgeous family, and it was such a lovely journey with them creating this home.

From the outset, the clients had a vivid image of the way they wanted to experience their new home. They were really keen to capture the mood of a recent holiday to the Greek Islands – a time and place where they were happy, relaxed and unhurried.

We believe the joy of a family home is ultimately the accumulation of experiences and memories, so we approached this project with a sense of how each space was going to be used & experienced. We want our decorative schemes to deliver comfort, freedom, intimacy, privacy as well as practicality. It was from this viewpoint that the material palette and furnishing schemes were developed.

Although the views outward to the harbour are completely irresistible, there is an inward focus – on the family being together and thoroughly enjoying their home. The vast spaces have been broken down into more intimate pockets where the clients could enjoy dining, living, relaxing, entertaining, and resting. The material and colour palette was devised to complement the client’s desire for a largely beachy yet sophisticated home, one that felt like you could be away on holiday. While the clients had an innate love of neutral – we encouraged them to embrace a bit of colour and pattern. Of course! We feel that overly neutral schemes tend to be more flat than restful.

As interior designers we want the aesthetics, the functionality and the experience of the space to be as natural as possible. Our process always involves the client as much as possible and this project was a process of appreciation and discovery for them.

We were thrilled that the Vaucluse House was featured in InsideOut magazine late last year. Read the full feature here.

Vaucluse house by Arent&Pyke

Arent&Pyke, interior design, interiors, yellow, bedroom, patterned armchair, michael muir, red door, sydney, woollahra, outdoor, thonet

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

We know how much you loved the colourful post we did on Lucy’s room, and the earlier feature on this home as seen in House & Garden magazine – so we thought we’d show you a bit more of this truly gorgeous project we completed in Woollahra.

Our clients were a young family who wanted a house that would be liveable and practical, but were otherwise completely open to our interpretation of the spaces – they gave us carte blanche on the decorative scheme, which is unusual. A designer’s dream! The overriding brief was to maintain the traditional character elements of the period home, but to make it light and bright to support a young and modern aesthetic. The style of the previous owner was completely out of step with that of our client – it was dark, with chunky joinery, elaborate sound and light technology – which included televisions that descended into the floor!

We brightened the entire living areas with a generous lick of light and bright neutral paint colours from Resene, and paired it with some bright fabrics from GP&J Baker and colourful artwork. This created a perfectly relaxed atmosphere, maximising the natural light and immediately made the space feel lighter and more contemporary.Upstairs in the master bedroom, the client was open to making a bold colour statement with a moody blue-grey wall from Dulux. The room was large enough to take the drama, and it created a true sense of moving into a personal, intimate space for the adults of the house. The acidic tones of Christopher Farr fabric in yellow on the occasional chair and custom cushions offsets the dark walls.

A year later the client contacted us to create a beautiful bedroom for their 6-year-old daughter full off colour, pattern and clever storage – which we delivered in a delicious mix of Christopher Farr fabrics, cushions from John Robshaw, industrial Jielde lamp , bedside and Kelly chair from Jardan and a knockout custom unit in red, pink and white and playful artwork from the clever Rachel Castle artwork.

The Arent&Pyke approach to decoration always begins with how the client can get the most out of each space, and how we can use the decoration to enhance their experience of their home.

Credits: Design by Arent&Pyke. Photography by Tom Ferguson Photography

WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

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