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Homes Home Tour: A Stylish Perth Home With Colourful Furnishings

Home Tour: A Stylish Perth Home With Colourful Furnishings

Quirky circular steps lead to a separate studio next to the pool terrace
Quirky circular steps lead to a separate studio next to the pool terrace
By Luo Jingmei
March 09, 2021
Designed by Australia-based multidisciplinary firm State of Kin, the Shutter House’s handsome facade shields a private oasis in Perth, enlivened by greenery and colourful furnishings

As its name implies, a shell of timber batten screens cloaks the Shutter House. Located in Wembley, a western suburb in Perth, Australia, the project was conceived not for a homeowner, but rather as a lifelike showcase for furniture and architectural products from Australian company Mobilia. The result proved to be so inspiring that it was later purchased as is by a buyer who wanted to own it as an actual home.

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The open-plan living, dining and kitchen space on the second floor looks out to panoramic views of Lake Monger and connects to a terrace and pool area
The open-plan living, dining and kitchen space on the second floor looks out to panoramic views of Lake Monger and connects to a terrace and pool area

Headquartered in Perth, the family-owned Mobilia offers a tasteful selection of brands such as Kettal, Cassina and Moroso. Mobilia had tasked Perth-based multidisciplinary firm State of Kin to design and furnish the house.

“The project served as an exciting opportunity to test design ideas,” says Alessandra French, who leads State of Kin with co-director Ara Salomone.

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State of Kin co-directors Alessandra French and Ara Salomone
State of Kin co-directors Alessandra French and Ara Salomone
The facade features operable screens in dark wood
The facade features operable screens in dark wood

The project served as an exciting opportunity to test design ideas

— Alessandra French, co-director of State of Kin

The architecture and design of the house connect intimately with its site near Lake Monger. The main door, located at the base of the steeply sloped site, opens to a triple-storey foyer that features Perth- based artist Elle Campbell’s art and a Fordite 3 rug from CC-Tapis.

These lively additions complement the fluid design of the staircase’s handrail. “The handrail winds seamlessly around the spine of the staircase like a delicate ribbon that curves and flows up, over and around the path of travel,” describes French.

The CC-Tapis Fordite 3 rug by Patricia Urquiola echoes the colourful brushstrokes on the wall-hung painting by Elle Campbell
The CC-Tapis Fordite 3 rug by Patricia Urquiola echoes the colourful brushstrokes on the wall-hung painting by Elle Campbell
Accent cushions on the sofa connect to the colour scheme of the CC-Tapis Visioni rug by Urquiola
Accent cushions on the sofa connect to the colour scheme of the CC-Tapis Visioni rug by Urquiola

“At its core, the home’s design is meant to be expressive; it invites you to look closer. We took great pride in creating interesting spaces with the materials and their application. When these materials catch the light, it makes for multifaceted expressions.”

White walls, exposed concrete ceilings, terrazzo flooring on the ground floor and stained-oak parquetry upstairs, and robust stone varieties like Bianco Chiavara granite, Aphrodite quartzite and Noce Eschilo travertine combine in a harmonious whole.

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At its core, the home’s design is meant to be expressive; it invites you to look closer. We took great pride in creating interesting spaces with the materials and their application. When these materials catch the light, it makes for multifaceted expressions.

— Alessandra French, co-director of State of Kin

Also designed by Urquiola, the Moroso Tender Vis-a-Vis daybed matches the curved form and pink hues of the CC-Tapis Slinkie rug perfectly
Also designed by Urquiola, the Moroso Tender Vis-a-Vis daybed matches the curved form and pink hues of the CC-Tapis Slinkie rug perfectly
The C-shaped outdoor bench curves around the Kettal Mesh table and Roll armchair
The C-shaped outdoor bench curves around the Kettal Mesh table and Roll armchair

On the first storey, four bedrooms, each with their own balcony or courtyard, are pleasant and filled with light. A gallery divides the master bedroom from the other bedrooms. Here, the pink Tender Vis-a-Vis daybed from Moroso offers a resting spot.

The topmost level is the house’s communal centre. Here, the lake-facing dining area segues into the dry kitchen and living room, extending to the terrace, pool and a separate studio block.

Quirky circular steps lead to a separate studio next to the pool terrace
Quirky circular steps lead to a separate studio next to the pool terrace

In the outdoor spaces, State of Kin gives simple materials a whimsical touch. “Forms are geometric and clean, with rectilinear shapes punctuated by curves,” says French, on the art deco influences.  Unconventional circular steps lead from the pool deck to the aforementioned studio block, while partially concealing the window to a bedroom below.

Mosaic tiles in olive green, chocolate brown, navy and white adorn the pool steps. Similar tiles clad the bathroom. Iridescent Shimmer mirrors from Glas Italia throw fuchsia shadows onto the tiles, with this playful air reinforced by the sculptural bathroom fittings.

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The tangerine ceiling and the iridescent Shimmer mirror from Glas Italia create visual interest in this bathroom
The tangerine ceiling and the iridescent Shimmer mirror from Glas Italia create visual interest in this bathroom
A window in the pool wall offers glimpses of aquatic activity from the courtyard
A window in the pool wall offers glimpses of aquatic activity from the courtyard
Jaime Hayon’s Maestro vase for Bosa brings a lively touch to the dining room, which also houses the Moroso Mathilda table and chairs
Jaime Hayon’s Maestro vase for Bosa brings a lively touch to the dining room, which also houses the Moroso Mathilda table and chairs
The modern kitchen is an understated balance of form and colour
The modern kitchen is an understated balance of form and colour

“Bathrooms need to be functional; light and air are very important. But so is a feeling of joy and energy. The tiles are incredibly tactile and feature tiny flecks of colour in their glazed surfaces. We wanted to demonstrate that colour can in fact be sophisticated when juxtaposed against natural materials and a nuanced external palette,” says French.

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The master bedroom features the Moroso Redondo bed by Patricia Urquiola, which is inspired by American cars of the 1960s
The teal bedspread connects to the colour of the Kettal Roll dining chairs—also designed by Urquiola—on the outdoor terrace
 

Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola’s vibrant aesthetic language is present in many of the chosen furnishings. Her Redondo bed for Moroso gives the master bedroom a feminine touch, while in the living room, the curves of the Moroso Gogan sofa contrast with the angular layout.

These rounded pieces work well with furniture by other designers, such as the minimal lighting pieces by London-based designer Michael Anastassiades and Spanish designer Jaime Hayon’s colourfully jovial and eclectic accessories.

“The home developed over time to reflect a lifestyle centred on entertaining,” says French. The kitchen is integral to this social approach. A large pivot door conceals a culinary space tailored to catering and food preparation.

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The lounge area features outdoor furniture from Kettal, which include the Vimini sofa and coffee tables as well as the Band Club armchairs, all designed by Patricia Urquiola
The lounge area features outdoor furniture from Kettal, which include the Vimini sofa and coffee tables as well as the Band Club armchairs, all designed by Patricia Urquiola

The dry kitchen continues the screen motif with a sliding timber door behind the island counter to hide clutter. Its location, between the living and dining areas, facilitates movement between the two spaces. It is also a peaceful breakfast spot with a view out to the courtyard.

The home’s current owner appreciates its idiosyncratic charm and thoughtful functionality; a testament to the accomplishments of the design firm.

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