Over the past five decades, Booth House has undergone several renovations that have progressively eroded its original character. State of Kin were keen to restore Iwanoff’s design approach, namely his playful use of texture, light and shade, and integrate them with a sophisticated layout and connection to the outdoors. “The aim was not simply to restore but to reimagine and pay homage to the original creator’s intention while making the home habitable, comfortable and suitable for current and future ways of life,” State of Kin director and co-founder Ara Salomone says.
The removal of layers that had accumulated over time was essential to achieving a fresh design. The concrete blockwork, in particular, was “peeking through coats of paint and just waiting to be revealed and celebrated once again,” Ara says. New layers were then added, including Artedomus tiles, warm spotted-gum veneer and various natural stones.
Updating the layout was also crucial to the overall design outcome. Ara says the team prioritised “flow of movement through spaces, connectivity across rooms and ambience throughout the home with respect to its origin.” The kitchen and living spaces were opened up, the studio was updated and expanded, the bedrooms were revived into more comfortable spaces, and the outdoor spaces were framed throughout.