Arent&Pyke have transformed a former worker’s cottage in Sydney’s east into a spirited reflection of its owners.
Before engaging Arent&Pyke to design their Sydney home, this family of five had spent several years living abroad in a number of different homes, including in New York and Hong Kong. “Our clients yearned for a joyful home that would feel uniquely theirs,” Arent&Pyke principal designer and director Julliette Arent says. “They wanted it to reflect their passion for travel, art and entertaining,” she adds. Arent&Pyke responded to this brief by introducing layers of colour, pattern and materials, shaping a truly bespoke family home.
The kitchen in this project was one of twelve kitchens featured in the ‘Kitchen Compendium’ pages of the latest issue of est magazine. Designed for family connection and to be “full of spirit”, the kitchen is composed of Guatemala Verde stone, poplar burl timber veneer, zellige tiles and soft terrazzo floors – inspired by the kitchen’s verdant outlook. “The textural form in each material challenges the rectilinear configuration of the kitchen,” Juliette says, working with format and balance to maximise the long and narrow footprint. “The marble veining, the knotting in the burl timber, and the terrazzo aggregates offset the uniformity of design. The Achille Castiglioni Diabolo pendants create a crisp contrast,” she adds.
The Rest of the Home
Arent&Pyke opened the kitchen up to the adjoining dining and living spaces by removing a block of timber joinery between them – a decision which would improve the functionality and flow of the three spaces. The rich, multi-hued palette of the kitchen is echoed in the dining and living spaces, balanced with nougat-coloured joinery and light-oak herringbone floors. This same approach was taken to the bedrooms, which feature custom-designed patterned bedheads, and colourful walls and curtains.
The poplar burl timber veneer used in the kitchen is a recurring design detail throughout the home, also appearing in the master bedroom and ensuite. Paired with a range of materials, including marble, terrazzo, zellige tiles and soft textiles, the veneer emerges as a versatile and distinctive anchor for the project.