Bischoff Residence by Tom Mark Henry

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    In collaboration with Unfold Architecture, Sydney-based interior design studio Tom Mark Henry designs the Bishoff Residence; a two-storey family home across two pavilions in Sydney’s Vaucluse neighbourhood.

    Together floor-to-ceiling glazing, a sculptural ribboning staircase and parquetry floors are not typical of a new home, but typify a classic, established atmosphere within the Bischoff Residence. 

    The Vaucluse family home was designed by Tom Mark Henry and Unfold Architecture across two-storeys and two pavilions which are united by a curvaceous spine. Greeting guests with its strong monochromatic exterior, the Bischoff Residence remains just as impressive within, where the contemporary is gracefully informed by a traditional aesthetic.

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    Entering the foyer through the pivoting timber door, the impact is immediate – from the double-height ceiling, floor-to-ceiling steel frame glazing and the helical staircase. Standing as the meeting place of two pavilions, the light-drenched staircase is rendered with Japanese plaster in a lustre finish, as an organic white form contrasting with the linear black accents. The tactile render finish continues through both the upstairs and downstairs hallways, enhanced by skylights and carefully-placed glazing.

    Timber parquetry and joinery in both the kitchen and bathrooms are the most prominent gesture of traditional style. These are offset by a minimalist approach and restrained palette of materials, which stemmed from the two clients’ alternate interior style preferences. As in the foyer, monochromatic contrast is explored through a balance of light and dark in the master suite and library, creating a sense of drama and intrigue. 

    Timber parquetry and joinery in both the kitchen and bathrooms are the most prominent gesture of traditional style. These are offset by a minimalist approach and restrained palette of materials, which stemmed from the two clients’ alternate interior style preferences. As in the foyer, monochromatic contrast is explored through a balance of light and dark in the master suite and library, creating a sense of drama and intrigue. 

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    The living space features the Little Petra armchair by Viggo Boesen for &Tradition, available from Cult Design the 375-T1 side table by Walter Knoll in the Nero Marquina 115, from Living Edge and the Yuh floor lamp by Louis Poulsen from Cult Design.

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    The furnishings are curated to perfectly capture the marriage of styles, with an appearance from the iconic Little Petra armchair by Viggo Boesen for &Tradition, available from Cult Design and the 375-T1 side table by Walter Knoll in the Nero Marquina 115, from Living Edge. 

    In the living space, you’ll also find the Yuh floor lamp by Louis Poulsen from Cult Design. Standout objects in the bedroom include the T Model lamp in polished brass by Anour, designed by Arash Nourinejad from Fred International and the Handmade Glass Stool from Ondene. 

    The array of contemporary art in the home is just as extensive in the Bischoff Residence, comprising ‘Ariel’ by Carol Crawford, Oil on Linen by Colin Pennock, ‘Huddle’, ‘North and South’ and ‘Cutter ‘ by John Baird and ‘Marquette B2’ by Gidon Bing. 

    Through a harmony of styles, Tom Mark Henry has ensured the interiors of the Bischoff Residence are both balanced and tailored to their inhabitants. In collaboration with Unfold Architecture, Tom Mark Henry reveals traditional style can feel at home in a new build when tastefully interspersed with the contemporary.

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