On the east coast of Sydney, near the beach and in contact with a very colorful garden designed by William Dangar, this historic villa asserts a contemporary identity thanks to new architectural details and the combination of different materials.
On the outside, the copper cladding “destined to let you count its years” alternates with transparencies that erase matter, amplifying the relationship between the domestic landscape and natural space. While inside contaminations of materials and light multiplied by openings and transparencies give rise to an informal, welcoming atmosphere, the abundance of glass is countered by the solid presence of steel, stone and wood, which are also the protagonists of the furnishings in this renovation project conducted together with the team of Boffi|De Padova Studio Sydney.
A functional context full of life develops on three levels, with four bedrooms, a studio also organized as a guestroom, many bathrooms including two en suite units, and a large, luminous living area. The true heart of the dwelling is the kitchen with a central work island by Boffi, with a pure style from the versatile k14 system designed by Norbert Wangen, featuring a particular beveled top.
The quality, attention to detail and refinement of De Padova have guided the choice of all the furnishings: chairs, armchairs, sofas, lamps and tables, sharing classic elegance and contemporary flair while standing out with an independent personality, enhanced by materials, forms and colors. Examples include the Donzelletta chairs in the kitchen, designed by Michele De Lucchi as the more essential, contemporary version of the Donzella model, the Uragano seat in rattan and wood by Vico Magistretti, or the more enveloping Yak chair by Lucidi Pevere Design, in front of the fireplace. The decor also includes the timeless Louisiana, in the bedroom, with its artful curves, and the Capitonné ottoman that stands nonchalantly in the studio, with a classic personality.