Your projects are often informed by their environmental context. With the Elia House as an example, how were the exterior and interior inspired by the natural landscape?
All our projects begin with an understanding of place, whether urban or suburban and with a deep respect for the Country on which the building sits. Nestled in Sydney Inner West, on Gadi Land, Elia House is a contemporary reimagining of an 1890’s Victorian Terrace. Unlike most terraces the home is detached on both sides, inviting in natural light and glimpses of the mature paperbark street tree, along with views of neighboring gardens and the adjacent Church, as you move through the home. The pleasure of these borrowed landscape and contextual views, allows this terrace house to feel like an oasis of green within its urban setting.
The internal renovation has been designed with restraint and a pared-back aesthetic which allows the homes original Victorian detailing space to breathe, in contrast to the wild landscaping, pebbled courtyard and chicken Coop of the rear external living spaces.
We’re fortunate to have worked with you on a few projects. What considerations are front of mind when you are choosing a rug for a space?
A rug is such an important part of any room. We are lucky enough with most of our projects that our clients seek our advice throughout not only the building design but also in regard to the furniture selection, styling and dressing of a home. We want the rugs we specify to be an extension of the design principles for each space, and for each project, this can result in a different choice.
What doesn’t vary project to project is that the rug must feel beautiful underfoot, be ethically made and have longevity. It will be the element that provides the aesthetic foundation on which the often eclectically sourced pieces of furniture and art of our client’s collections sit.