Considered Refinement – Harbourview House by Studio aem and Studio Gestalt

Featured on The Local Project | Words by Bronwyn Marshall | Photography by Anson Smart | Build by Sydney Site Contracting | Styling by Claire Delmar | Interior Design by Studio aem & Studio Gestalt

Drawing from the existing home and its European-influenced stylings, Harbourview House exemplifies a contemporary and refined approach. Studio aem and Studio Gestalt combine to reimagine the generous family home, further elevating the interior experience and its connection to Sydney Harbour beyond.

Through a symmetrical approach, a natural balance is created, where each space feels formally brought together with select and iconic furniture, lighting and artwork curated in place.

Looking further afield, Europe and the effortless means by which the contemporary and the historic are brought together was influential to the direction and principles driving the resolve. Embedding handmade and artisanal features and carefully attuned details throughout while also highlighting those already in place ensures the home feels as though it has existed for many years. Through a symmetrical approach, a natural balance is created, where each space feels formally brought together with select and iconic furniture, lighting and artwork curated in place. Each connecting zone speaks to the personalities of its owners and draws from a celebration of quality design found in Italy.

In proposing a new identity for the home, French herringbone patterned oak flooring is installed throughout, referencing the Haussmann style while also adding an element of animation underfoot. Custom joinery also conceals storage and brings a textured warmth. While the existing French windows and stone fireplaces remain in place and untouched, the new inserted elements aim to sit in a complementary fashion aside them, adding to the home. Curved silhouettes are added to break up the formality of the regular and formal planning, hinting at the movement and circulation within and amongst the rooms internally. The rich layering of textural and tactile leathers, velvets and plush rugs then reinforces a connection to quality and lay the foundations for the chapters to come.

Each connecting zone speaks to the personalities of its owners and draws from a celebration of quality design found in Italy.

Studio aem and Studio Gestalt’s Harbourview House optimises its privileged location and scale by drinking in the surrounding views and matching it with an equally considered interior approach.

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