Est Magazine Issue 28

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ISSUE #28 2018

Nordic Style IN SPAIN


Kitchens and Bathrooms to inspire



Richard, seat system designed by Antonio Citterio.





From the floors of Maison & Objet

Light and bright pieces

Daily decadence




Nordic style in Mallorca

Room to grow in

Defying one size fits all




A Belgian beauty

A bold Sydney abode

Photographers’ favourite spaces




WORDS Derek Swalwell, Tom Ferguson, Sharyn Cairns, Cathy Schusler, Nicole England, Noreen Johnson, Emilee McHugh, Yvette Caprioglio, Martina Gemmola PHOTOGRAPHY Greg Cox, Derek Swalwell, Tom Ferguson, Sharyn Cairns, Cathy Schusler, Nicole England, Felix Forest, Martina Gemmola, Piet-Albert Goethals


PHOTOGRAPHY Felix Forest LOCATION Sydney, Australia




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Editor’s Letter No spaces in the home are as contentious as the kitchen and bathroom. They’re often communal spaces that need to cater to multiple residents and lifestyles at once, and whether you’ve got room to move or you’re starved for space these are the areas of a home that affect all its inhabitants. Unsurprisingly, these are also the spaces our readers crave the most content for - whether it’s inspiration, advice or just finding the perfect pull tab, we know kitchen and bathrooms will always be a focus. In pulling together our annual Kitchen and Bathroom issue (and my first in the editor’s seat),

we’ve not only sought ideas from homegrown designers and photographers but also share ‘un petit peu’ of French inspiration thanks to our trip to Maison & Objet in January. Whether you’re drawn to the minimal or covet the ornate, this edition is a celebration of these spaces and all the opportunity they offer.


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Classic Cutlery BITOSSI HOME


Fungi Series by Nendo ZENS LIFESTYLE Handvark Leather Daybed FRED INTERNATIONAL

Materialism Terrazzo Candle TOM DIXON

from the floors of maison & objet

Serge Moulle Standing Lamp CULT

A hot bed of international design talent, Maison & Objet 2018 did not disappoint. From established brands to new kids on the block, we found an abundance of design objects to covet - too bad oversize luggage only goes so far. BY Melia Rayner

Danish Craft Collection Coffee Pot GREAT DANE

Original design Infinite possibilities

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Stretch Leather Evie Skirt JOSEPH

Cashmere Sweater UNIQLO

presque parisienne You don’t have to be French to dress like you are. From Catherine Deneuve to Caroline de Maigret and every other chic woman in between, you’ll notice French style has a firm identity of its own. Say no to trends, develop a signature look and stick with it. Less is more, so always investment shop. Extol the virtues of the signature item, be it a blazer, the all-important trench coat, the statement shoe. If we’ve learned anything from the French, it’s that it is both possible and poised to walk the halls of Maison & Objet in the highest heels. BY Yvette Caprioglio

Home Bag S A-ESQUE

Virgin Wool Tuxedo Jacket SAINT LAURENT

Westminster Belted Cotton Trench Coat BURBERRY

Pleated Wide-Leg Trousers LOEWE


Low-Rise Straight-Leg Boyfriend Jeans SAINT LAURENT

FIONA LYNCH © Nicole England

light & bright

Ambit Pendant Light by Muuto LUKE

Functional and fun aren’t mutually exclusive. We’re embracing a lighter aesthetic in the kitchen through statement objects and interesting textures.

Lime Line Tumbler SPENCE & LYDA

Marble Tray CULT

Noodle Bowl Cereal MUD AUSTRALIA

Smeg x Dolce & Gabbana Blender SMEG

Japanese Chef’s Knives HINOKI

Cluny 100 Modern LACANCHE

daily decadence

21.1 Standard Suspension Light POLIFORM

Elevate your daily ritual by upping your bathroom basics. Unite soft lighting and fabrics with a sleek monochrome space for maximum calm.

Meisterstuck Incava Bath BATHE

Primo 700 Towel ABODE LIVING

Bath Salts SID & JAC

Onyx Ladder SLY

Bathrobe IN THE SAC

Stump Occasional Table DOMO

MIM DESIGN © Sharyn Cairns

TOP OF THE WORLD Perched high on a terraced slope above the picturesque village of Deià on the Spanish island of Mallorca is a very special house with a venerable past – and a freshly rejuvenated present. WORDS Noreen Johnson | STYLING Tille del Negro PHOTOGRAPHY Greg Cox

Situated a short distance from the centre of the charming village of Deià, Mallorca, this house is jointly owned by several members of a large Nordic family. They use it on a regular basis as a getaway property, and when it was renovated for them recently by Deià-based design practice More Design, the team ‘had to make sure the house could accommodate multiple needs with people coming and going, while creating an intelligent yet simple and beautiful space,’ says designer Manuel Villanueva. ‘The family are design-savvy and were very much involved in the process,’ he says, ‘mixing their own aesthetic into our Mediterranean vision. The result blends a Nordic minimalism with Mallorcan accents.’ Villanueva explains that the group of properties that includes the house dates back to the 13th century, when Cistercian monks established a monastery in the area. As the monastic complex evolved, additions were made until early in the 20th century, when two houses – including this one – were built on the south side of the property. The house had had a previous final extension added to it in the 1970s, and the result was a rather ‘heartless, dull building’, which More Design proceeded to reorient and transform. Situated over three storeys on a steeply terraced site, the house is accessed via the middle floor, where the kitchen, dining room, and a bedroom and bathroom are situated. The floor above houses the master bedroom and an ensuite bathroom, as well as affording access to the spacious main outdoor terrace, and on the lower floor are two more bedrooms (including one with multiple builtin bunk beds for kids) and a shared bathroom. The materials used for the renovation are all part of an updated palette of the traditional materials used for building on Mallorca. Local craftspeople created all of the key elements of More’s reworked interiors, from the sinuous metal balustrades forged by local artisan Toni Calafell – to the handcrafted baths and basins made of local Binissalem stone by master craftsman Juan Camposol. All in all, the carefully integrated combination of the traditional and the contemporary in this home makes it a house designed to facilitate getaways that calm the spirit and restore the soul.

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A FAMILY HEIRLOOM A young family finds home in a carefully planned jewel box by entrusting Alexander and Co. to polish with feeling and purpose. DESIGN Alexander & Co. | WORDS Sophie Lewis PHOTOGRAPHY Felix Forest | STYLING Claire Delmar

Bold isn’t always best. Sometimes it’s the design that goes gently and treads carefully that speaks the loudest. Well-versed in the craft of subtlety, Alexander & Co. took to this semi-detached Sydney home with a fine tooth comb. From the front gate, the early 20th century abode stands unaffected by age. The gradient from old to new unfolds from the entrance hall, marked by original brickwork and archways that transition at the kitchen opening. “Cloaked in white, the connection is effortless and delicate,” says Alexander & Co. Director Jeremy Bull. The addition has reinvigorated the home in a crisp and contemporary, yet still family-friendly fashion. No opportunity for a window or skylight is ignored to harness natural light, as Jeremy describes “each room is provided a view or a vista, a garden wall or a tree”. If the outside isn’t enough to appease the eye, the communal areas are dotted with daring prints and paintings. The home is further enriched with a strong textural language. No two surfaces share the exact same feel, from the lining board ceilings, to the stucco walls and various marbles and renders. The kitchen is particularly grounded in durable surfaces and a rich tapestry of tones, with Staple washed oak extending from the floor up to the rear high cabinets, lending warmth and integrity to the Carrara marble - a “slightly ephermeral” choice according to Jeremy. Alexander & Co have made a point for each bathroom to explore a different idea yet be grounded in the metallic and the matte. Monochrome stone tiling imparts character and richness layered by black matte or brass fixtures and fittings. Jeremy advises placing emphasis in detail and consideration for lifting this look to your own bathroom; “lighting, finishes, details and planning play together in creating a bathing room of stillness and beauty.” Mastering this art of subtlety, a young family’s immaculate home has earned Jeremy’s crown as a “carefully planned jewel box”.

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The Yakoto Wall Set BRODWARE


Balboa Vase DEN HOLM

Chambord Henri Single Bowl Ceramic ABEY


Leather Tab Long MADE MEASURE

Bianco Carrara Marble CDK STONE

Classic Compact Speed Oven SMEG



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The Customised Kitchen If there’s a space in the home where a one-size-fits-all approach falls flat it’s the kitchen. A winning kitchen requires tailoring in all the right places, catering for the needs and habits of those that use them most. Customising a kitchen is about detail and difference, creating a space nuanced by quality fixtures and fittings.

Barazza Cubo Single Bowl ABEY

To look at how to bring your kitchen closer to you, we chatted with Ashley Anderson from Abey Australia. Ashley knows a customised kitchen is all about design personalisation - “being able to make a statement through bespoke design and better kitchen quality” - to optimise all kitchen solutions. At Abey, technology drives every kitchen consideration, both functionally and aesthetically. Appliances that offer easy cleaning, efficiency and ecological sustainability are clever customisation at its best, and a credit to Italian design. The Barazza range at Abey is a part of this kitchen renaissance. “Our latest Barazza Mood Cooktops Burners have been designed with a vertical flame to give more efficiency, reduced consumption and less heat dispersion so food is cooked more evenly,” says Ashley. Customised to your cooktop are Barazza Madeto-Measure Stainless Steel Benchtops, produced to your budget and timeframe. Truly, who better to ask than the Italians to marry the culinary and the customised? When it comes to the washing up, a sink should come in all shapes, sizes and finishes, mounting options and bowl depth. The Barazza Sink brings a commercial quality for the chef or budding cook, with a sleek stainless steel finish. Topped with the Italian made Gessi Tap, you’ll no longer dread doing the dishes - instead celebrating allparts of your fully integrated kitchen.

Just Sink Mixer with Pull-out ABEY

Bottle Grinders MENU

Elegant Grey Marble CDK STONE

Schock Sink Trim Kit ABEY

SMALL & MIGHTY Stripped back to the essentials, this petite Belgium apartment proves the value of less but better in materiality, structure and furnishing selection. DESIGN TJIP | WORDS Melia Rayner PHOTOGRAPHY Piet Albert Goethals STYLING Jessy Van dur me

Coco Chanel once advised the fashion-forward to look in the mirror and remove one thing before leaving the house. Ironically, we often see the house itself needs one or three things removed, as the culture of ‘more is more’ infects our sense of interior balance. Refreshingly, this Belgium apartment by Jakob Vyncke and Thomas Meesschaert of local firm TJIP has no such clutter. Instead, they’ve masterfully pared back the design to create a confidently minimalist space, free of fuss or unnecessary flourishes. Stripping the material palette back has given TJIP the platform to fully embrace each element. Preserving existing features such as the brick fireplace and exposed timber beams, TJIP introduced modern elements like steel, stone, timber floorboards and felt to build a tactile backdrop for the home. Many of the materials pull doubleduty, with the steel framing acting as both visual and practical room divider and marble used for custom shelving in the study and as a clever sliding door to hide away kitchen appliances. While the space might be small, it’s spoilt with natural light, something Vyncke and Meesschaert have maximised in their design. Full-height windows with floating curtains add to the soft and soothing aesthetic of home, while additional lighting is subtly integrated through wall and ceiling lamps. Furniture has also been limited to the key pieces for each space, offering room for the residents to add a personal touch or rearrange communal spaces as desired. And in keeping with the European knack for thoughtful storage, here storage lies behind seemingly every wall, ensuring storage is well-catered for. This isn’t just a simple space. It’s a celebration of good planning and thoughtful materiality, a strong case study for kitchen and bathroom spaces in small homes, and inspiration for anyone looking to use stone in more creative ways. Most of all, however, it demonstrates the timelessness of Chanel’s advice, proving less is more for a whole new generation.

Spy Clip Light INLITE


French Oak Atelier PORTER’S ORIGINAL PAINTS Opera Sofa KING LIVING Essastone Unique Calacatta ESSASTONE BY LAMINEX


Austere Floor Light GREAT DANE

Container Dining Table by Moooi SPACE

KV15 Kitchen Tap VOLA

SENSE OF ADVENTURE Decus Interiors capture their client’s idiosyncratic style in this Sydney apartment, creating a home where each space possesses a clear aesthetic of its own. DESIGN Decus Interiors | PHOTOGRAPHY Felix Forest WORDS Emilee McHugh

It’s not often a home contains spaces that feel completely different each time you turn the corner. The team at Decus interiors have done just that - and they’ve done it with the charisma and consistency they are known for. Not afraid to step out of the waters and try what’s not often seen as being on “trend”, the carefully selected material palette is what caught our eye on first glimpse. Reflecting the energetic personality of the clients down to the very core, each space has a clearly defined personality and a strong identity of its own. The brief was simple: ensure no two spaces are the same. Always up for a challenge, Decus took inspiration from the client’s notable outfit choices when it came to selecting the materials they would use in each room. “Every time we met the client, she was wearing a bold outfit, truly reflective of her effervescent nature, so we used this as a cue which then stimulated our own natural response. It was a truly a consultative approach” says Decus Principal Interior Designer Alexandra Donohoe Church. The client’s confident personal aesthetic inspired material choices like striking patterns and bold stone textures paired with softer elements for balance. Originality is something that Decus prides themself on. From the unique natural stone used in the bathrooms, to the interesting window treatment fabrics, every aspect of this interior exudes authenticity. Alexandra Donohoe Church says a different design aesthetic is definitely intentional. “We wholeheartedly love original design - we didn’t go into this business to copy and paste. It’s not how we work, it’s not who are we”. With the juxtaposition of interesting materials, playful colours and injection of personality throughout the home, this project demonstrates the innovative approach that sets Decus apart within the design industry - and makes for a home that truly reflects the owners’ unique style.

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Brasilia Tiles POPHAM DESIGN

Sigmund Throw by Missoni Home SPENCE & LYDA


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Cleveland Table PROJECT 82

Tank Decanter Set TOM DIXON

Stand Washbasin by Norm Architects MEIZEI

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THROUGH A PHOTOGRAPHER’S EYES What makes a space stand out? For some it might be the fixtures and fittings, for others it might simply be how the space makes you feel. But what if you’ve seen hundreds or even thousands of interior spaces? In keeping with our issue theme, we asked six photographers to share a favourite kitchen or bathroom space and tell us what makes it special to them.

TOM FERGUSON SPACE Kitchen by George Livissianis

“George has been known more recently for his work in the hospitality sphere but also produces beautifully refined and highly detailed residential work. I have always loved this space with its dark warmth and polished refinement. It was also an outstanding and inventive reconfiguration of the original apartment, which had a completely different configuration. It’s not easy to make big changes to apartment layouts because you are restricted by existing slab penetrations but this really transformed the space.”

CATHY SCHUSLER SPACE Kitchen by Georgia Cannon

“The most exciting part of my job is seeing different takes on design and how each space is interpreted by its designer. The Church House kitchen with its masculine vibe and industrial aesthetic is definitely a stand out. Strong and swanky like a smoke-filled whiskey bar, it knows what it is and isn’t afraid to show it. I love that!”

MARTINA GEMMOLA SPACE Kitchen by Cantilever Interiors STYLING Ruth Welsby

“This kitchen by local designers Cantilever Interiors exudes such calm and beauty, how could your food come out anything but delicious? The tiles by Anchor Ceramics are pure heaven, and some pretty snazzy appliances create such a seamless, welcoming space. Paired with floor to ceiling windows, the soft light spilling into the kitchen would probably mean I never left my house in the morning.�

DEREK SWALWELL SPACE Bathroom by Workroom Design STYLING Bek Sheppard

“I love this bathroom because it feels like a bloke’s bathroom! Sophisticated yet masculine use of materials, simple layout...and who doesn’t love a pedestal basin? The tiles also add an element of texture to the room, perfectly capped off with the suspended red cable lamp - very different to what I normally see. Just superb.”

SHARYN CAIRNS SPACE Bathroom by Gillianne Griffiths STYLING Andy Moore

“Tone, texture and mood are what I love within an interior. Having a bath is such a relaxing thing to do, so the surrounding space needs to evoke a sense of calmness. Gillianne uses a beautiful monotone palette to create this bathroom, with soft light streaming through sheer curtains. The depth to the space is not only in the varying tones but the clever use of the custom-cut terrazzo stone on the walls.�

NICOLE ENGLAND SPACE Bathroom by Ljiljana Gazevic of SJB Interiors

“I remember when I first saw this space… what luxury! The muted tones, and honed surfaces are warm to touch and feel soft under foot. I love how the vertical blade screen creates a sense of enclosure and privacy without it being a fully enclosed room. Photographically I love how the bathroom sits on an elevated platform of floating stone; strong vertical and horizontal lines make any architectural photographer happy.”