Enter a secluded family home located in Park Orchards, Melbourne revived by local residential design practice Chelsea Hing.
Orchard House sees the contemporary facelift of a private home in the leafy Melbourne outer suburb of Park Orchards. It was the second project the client had asked Chelsea Hing to design and through this established relationship, the team experimented with tactile layers and avant-garde art and objects. Receiving an AIDA 2020 commendation for residential decoration, Orchard House walks the line between comfort and aesthetic; an intimate setting characterised by sweeping curves and bold tonal hues.
Smooth polished plaster walls and concrete flooring separate the interior architecture from its quirky decor and focal art. Full-height aluminium windows in the triangular living room open up to the deck and pool, anchoring the garden as part of the home. Glossy emerald cabinetry in the kitchen effectively differentiates itself from the open-plan living space, complemented by gold accents and a leather-finished marble bench.
Sculpturally-sound furniture has been carefully selected to create deliberate tension throughout the home. The curved Criteria Baxter Armchair and Edra On The Rocks sofa intentionally cuts through the rigid lines of the inbuilt fireplace and architectural details; an inviting space for entertaining that was central to the client’s brief.
The master bedroom proved no easy feat, clad in custom blue plaster from wall-to-wall. “We matched the blue right down to the carpet – including the AC vent. Even the pivot door is two-toned; grey on the outside to match the rumpus outside and blue on the inside to match the bedroom,” Chelsea explains. Photography by Tom Blachford is pictured above the bed, echoing the pool vistas in the backyard below.
The exploration of an unsaturated colour palette and an emphasis on obscure art and objects informs the design of Orchard House, carefully balancing eccentricity with functionality.