Curatorial House, Sydney Australia - Arent + Pyke

"Reconfiguring and returning gravitas to this classic P&O home, in collaboration with Architect Luke Moloney, the design references the 1930s era through subtle nods to Hollywood’s glamour days, while overcoming the disparity between the original and its 1980s extension. The relocation of the kitchen to the centre of the ground floor and the creation of a bespoke fireplace in the lounge, give heart to the home. Its engagement with the garden has also been addressed with a new balcony, defined doors, and windows without compromising the original architectural bones. The kitchen is now highly functional while seeming effortless. A large island of marble and a bespoke display cabinet, informed by the architecture of the house, provide a visual focus and act as dividing elements, with the pantry and working parts of the kitchen out of sight. As a curator’s family home, the hand of the designer remains unseen, allowing art to be changed without disruption to the visual rhythm. Pared back to a monochrome palette of black and white, the richness of heritage detailing and spatial volumes provide the foundation, while decoration and design details bring movement and a sense of dynamism." - arent + pyke