In the latest digital issue of est magazine Kitchen Confidential, we explored twelve exceptional kitchens from around the world. Included in the lineup was the Ultramarine kitchen, designed by Decus as part of a Federation-era home revival in Sydney’s Mosman. With spectacular waterfront views and a corresponding coastal-inspired palette, the kitchen was an insightful introduction to the rest of the home.
Having already worked with them previously, the clients trusted Decus completely to deliver on their vision of a “lifestyle-driven oasis” for their young family. “Our response to the brief was unique as the clients gave us a lot of latitude on the conceptual direction,” reflects Decus founder and director Alexandra Donohoe Church. Building on the architectural fabric laid out by Luigi Rosselli Architects, Decus sought to imbue a relaxed and effortless sensibility into the interiors. “We wanted the house to feel easy and smooth and delicate yet robust,” Alexandra says.
The Ultramarine kitchen was designed to be “simple with thoughtful details”. To underscore the home’s location and views, Decus employed soft curves and warm materials that evoked a sense of being by the ocean. “We wanted to bring texture to the space without making it feel too heavy,” Alexandra says. “Layering materials helped us achieve this; the oak and granite feel warm together while also capturing the coastal context we wanted the whole home to exude,” she adds.
“Beyond its functionality, the kitchen experience is incredibly tactile. It’s one of those spaces you want to run your hand across every surface.”
– Alexandra Donohoe Church
The Rest of the Home
Sharing the same expansive space as the kitchen are the dining and living areas, which open onto a balcony overlooking Balmoral Beach. Here, Decus have specified the same timber and marble as the kitchen for consistency and the same language of curves – namely, the vaulted ceilings. “The way we’ve integrated the kitchen, dining and living areas is key to the home’s overall design,” Alexandra says. “The materials here also speak to the rest of the home,” she adds.
The ground floor also includes a formal sitting room, which one can access through a grand arched opening. Nestled at the back of the level is a guest room and rumpus room for the children, which opens onto an outdoor pool and entertaining area. Upstairs houses the private spaces connecting to the ground floor via an internal courtyard.