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A Seriously Swoon-Worthy Minimalist Home

Interiors

We have Google to thank for this interiors project by Tom Mark Henry Studio in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Director Cushla McFadden shares how her clients’ Google search for ‘architects Sydney’ eventually resulted in a fruitful creative partnership, and one seriously swoon-worthy minimalist home.

1st May, 2019

Minimal luxury in Darlinghurst thanks to Tom Mark Henry studios. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

The staircase opens up the space and brings continuity between the two levels. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

Colour was not part of the brief! Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

Kitchen details. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

The kitchen opens out to a bright courtyard. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

Even the outside maintains the minimal colour scheme. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

Courtyard details. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

A custom build four meter long table echoes the four meter skylight above. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

Serene and refined bathroom details. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

What is black and white and chic all over? Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

The exposed stone wall brings warmth to the subdued tones in the home. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

Bathroom details. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

Working all of the white angles. Photo – Pablo Veiga.  Styling – Claire Delmar.

Miriam McGarry
Wednesday 1st May 2019

‘Use of colour was not on the agenda!’ – Cushla McFadden.

Cushla McFadden, director of Tom Mark Henry explains that the minimalist conversion of this Darlinghurst home emerged from a fortuitous Google search! The Melbourne based client purchased the Sydney property, and searched for ‘architects Sydney’, discovered the Tom Mark Henry website, and were instantly drawn to their work.  (A great reminder to ensure your SEO is up to scratch!)

Cushla describes how the redesign of the home reflects the aesthetics of the owner, who is a dedicated minimalist, ‘drawn to fundamentally simple and beautiful designs.’ She highlights the emphatic brief that ‘use of colour was not on the agenda!’ To enliven this neutral palette, the designers played with soft, matt and gloss textures to create intrigue and depth. ‘We loved the challenge of an almost all-neutral palette.’

The first intervention for this home was to bring natural light and a better spatial flow to the site. The architects opened up the ground floor, and converted an unused side passage into a dining area. Above, a 4 metre long skylight floods the space with a warm glow. The team also commissioned a solid oak 4 metre table to sit under the skylight, from furniture maker Jonathan West. Other specially selected items include the Fool Moon wall mount, and the No. 18 chairs in Golden Oak.

What strikes us most about this project is the sleek pairing of ultra-modern interventions, and rich layers of texture which hint at the history of this home. Cushla highlights ‘particular care was taken to retain the original character of the building.’ In fact, the renovation actually revealed and enhanced a number of incredible original details, such as the sandstone walls, and integrated these into the new scheme of oak timber floors and neutral finishes. Minimalism done right!

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