Slipway House by Arent&Pyke
A home represents so many things, but even more so when it is a home that is designed for its owners at a point in their lives when it can truly become a representation of who they are.
Renowned architect Walter Barda was engaged to design this magnificent home, which is set on a steep rocky bushland slope overlooking the harbour below. We were brought on board to furnish the house, to complete the vision for a comfortable and thoroughly modern home. Our involvement began early, while the Walter Barda team were still resolving the interior planning and architecture, which allowed for collaboration, and a seamless integration of decorative elements into the design. Feature lighting and window treatments beautifully complement the minimal and highly contemporary, timber-panelled and formed concrete interior. The decoration extrapolates colour from surrounding bushland to firmly locate the home within its environment.
The material palette of the furnishings echoes the tones of the eucalypts and the stone outside which flanks one side of the building. A large indigo hand-knotted rug defines the living area and provides a foundation of warmth and luxurious comfort underfoot, and the generous pale grey sofa, calls for a relaxing afternoon reading and napping while being equally suited for entertaining. The sculptural form of the woven chairs adds complexity without clutter, while the solid geometrics of the coffee table continue the celebration of material richness. Over the dining, the sculptural Lindsey Adelman ‘Branches’ pendant adds a sophisticated yet playful organic dimension.
The home boasts stunning water views and has been designed for the outdoor living our wonderful climate affords. A variety of outdoor spaces cater for private enjoyment as well as entertaining, and make it possible to follow the sun.
Throughout the home the softness of diaphanous drapes offsets the site poured concrete, and once night falls the decorative lighting adds warmth and definition to the spaces. In the bedrooms, wall tones and carpet are worked within the concrete hues as textural variations of materiality. In the privacy of the master bedroom, where a sculptural armchair, marble side table, and geometric lamp continue themes of modernity and materiality in a refined palette of marble and velvet, wall to wall silk carpet also dials up the luxury factor in an understated fashion.
The scale and volumes of the home, along with the bold architectural language expressed via expanses of glass, concrete and timber, are a foil for the day to day experience of the home on a more intimate level. Therein lies the joy of this collaboration.
Photography: Felix Forest