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A Luxurious Family Home On Port Phillip Bay

Interiors

The award-winning interior design duo behind Moby 3134,  Lenny 3206 and Warrior One are back with a stunning residential project – and we’re sharing the first look!

Idyllically located in Brighton with views out to Port Phillip Bay, The Esplanade by Golden draws on the rich tonal beauty of the coastline, marrying contemporary elegance and luxurious warmth with durability.

13th March, 2019

The Esplanade by Golden. From left to right: Southwood velvet cushions, ‘Uneven Divide’ by Saxon Quinn and ‘Wave Stick A” by Taj Alexander, both from Modern Times, Lightly infinity bowl, Designstuff ferm Living Arch candle holder, mid-century chairs from Castorina & Co, ‘Outside the inside’ by Alice Wormald from Diane Signer Gallery, and Chinese vase by Kazari + Ziguzagu. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

The Melbourne-based interior design firm worked within the bones of an existing late twentieth-century build, from August 2016 to late last year.  Left to right: ‘Wind Up Man 3’ artwork by Chris Ingham and ‘Rotations Of The Sun IV’ by Kayleigh Heydon, both from Modern Times. Japanese Shigaraki Pot – Tery Vase from Kazari + Ziguzagu and chairs from Castorina & Co. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

Natural materials and robust textures drove the shoreside aesthetic, creating a warm and contemporary family home. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

High-end overscaled furniture and a depth of tactility was employed to encourage warm, familial comfort. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

Diffused pendant lighting by Flos illuminates touches of brass and highlights textures. Sentinel W1, alongside black ceramic vase, both by Ella Bendrups, and Sauron Ditch vase by Vivienne La, all from Modern Times. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

The duo employed a considered palette of colours and textures. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

The large Living Divani sofa is an iconic addition to the living space. Southwood velvet cushions and Kazari + Ziguzagu Japanese Hagi Pottery Mizusashi. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

Golden opted for ‘robust materials that allowed for an organic feel’. Jomon deep vessel Med I Terracotta by Dasa. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

The four-metre-long bespoke dining table by Lowe Furniture. Assorted sculpture by Elle Bendrups from Modern Times. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

The custom silk rug by Halcyon Lake. ‘Find Love’ by Kasper Raglus from Modern Times above vintage studio vase from Kazari + Ziguzagu, and Japanese Hagi Pottery Mizusashi also from Kazari + Ziguzagu. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

The updated, show-stopping circular staircase is ‘reminiscent of a nautilus’. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

With its innovative vertical balustrade, the staircase rises across all three levels and is hugged by textured concrete walls. Large vintage Japanese vase by Kazari + Ziguzagu. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

They implemented a contrasting palette into each living space, connecting the outdoor terrace and front living zone to the main living space. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

Natural stone and warm timber create an effortless flow between vast zones.  Afra & Tobia Scarpa ‘Monk’ Chair from Castorina & Co. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

The four bedroom, five bathroom home has been reimagined for a young family. Sauron Ditch Vase by Vivienne La, Sentinel W1 by Ella Bendrupts , both from Modern Times, and Southwood cushions. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

In a nod to this shoreside aesthetic, the duo employed a considered palette of colours and textures. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

The space is now flooded with light and views. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

Bathroom details. Photo – Sharyn Cairns. Styling – Marsha Golemac.

Elle Murrell
Wednesday 13th March 2019

‘The space is now flooded with light and views through each level affords multiple beautiful moments from every angle!’ – Kylie Dorotic.

Golden’s co-founders Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm both studied interior design and met while at university in Melbourne. ‘We knew working together we would produce a richer quality of work, and make for a much more enjoyable day-to-day experience,’ Kylie tells. ‘Today, Golden reflects the refinement of our shared belief in spaces that go beyond the aesthetic – interiors that are timeless, high quality, holistic, functional and beautifully detailed,’ adds Alicia.

The duo’s latest residential project – a four bedroom, five bathroom home reimagined for a young family – does just that, pairing contemporary elegance with luxurious warmth and durability… plus a hint of coastal charm. In a nod to the shoreside locale, The Esplanade features a considered palette of colours and textures, from natural stone to warm timber, creating an effortless flow between vast zones.

Working within the bones of an existing late twentieth-century build, Golden teamed up with Teede Building Group to complete the project late last year. ‘A key structural transformation was the removal of the existing ornate staircase and opening up each level with a unique vertical balustrade, a grand circular form, hugged by curved concrete walls,’ details Kylie. ‘Our design intent for this new staircase was to mimic the textural elements of a seashell. The space is now flooded with light and views through each level and affords multiple beautiful moments from every angle!’

While the grand foyer and show-stopping staircase are standouts, Alicia also highlights the beautiful large-scale, sculptural furniture gracing the living area. There’s an iconic Living Divani Sofa, a custom silk rug by Halcyon Lake and a bespoke four-metre long dining table from Lowe Furniture. While diffused pendant lighting by Flos illuminates glimmers of brass and the textured linens used throughout, bringing a softness to the interiors.

Kylie and Alicia also considered the coastal surroundings from a practical sense, opting for ‘robust materials that allowed for an organic feel’ while also being low-maintenance, at the clients’ request. The result is a stunning home, cleverly reimagined for family life by the bay, both when indoors and out!

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