Biasol unite classic with contemporary in the elegant revival of a double-fronted Victorian house in Melbourne.

Multidisciplinary design studio Biasol have peeled back the layers of this Victorian-era home in Melbourne, replacing dark timber and paint for polished plaster, black steel framing and Pirgon Arabesque marble. Briefed to realise a “practical, functional, and beautiful” home for a young family, Biasol have paid homage to heritage through timeless tones and materials while gently coaxing it into the present through contemporary architectural details.

The hallway sets the tone through restored ornate mouldings and two dramatic curved archways. This space features the HC28 Bold console and a wall-mounted sculpture by Jean Paul Mangin.

Balancing Old and New

Biasol founder John-Pierre Biasol says creating a grand entrance was one of the most crucial elements of the client’s brief. “Our clients wanted to embrace the connection between indoor and outdoor living spaces and to highlight the heritage features of their home with a sense of grandeur upon entry,” Jean-Pierre adds.

The hallway – the most profound reminder of what came before – sets the elegant tone of the home through the restored ornate mouldings and two dramatic curved archways. An arched steel-framed door in the second doorway injects a modern design sensibility into the home and showcases a preview of the garden from the front door. This tangible relationship with nature gives the home a breath of fresh air.

The central fireplace in the living space is flanked by two windows, with deep-set frames doubling as window seats. Other pieces include; Biasol Comoda 3-piece modular sofa; De Sede DS-266 recliner chair; Pulpo Alwa One table; HC28 Oasis side and coffee table; Ligne Roset Buee Buee small vase. Artwork by Miranda Russell.

A Timeless Palette

The serene interior palette ensures the home’s innate charm and architectural details remain the focus. “We used materiality and colour to create a seamless transition from classical to contemporary and to establish a sensory connection throughout the home,” Jean-Pierre Biasol explains. Pale timber floorboards and concrete render form bones of the redesign, coupled with tactile oak, leather and boucle furniture. 

Jean-Pierre Biasol reflects on Casa Eterea as the embodiment of timelessness. “The light-filled spaces feel ethereal and effortless, while the traditional spaces foster an authentic and familiar atmosphere,” Jean-Pierre adds.

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