In 2007, the Gibsons engaged Sydney architect Jorge Hrdina for a renovation and rebuild, to accomodate their expanding family.
Texture plays an important role in the dining room, where a weighty bluestone slab rests on a French oak table base from Parterre, surrounded by The Country Trader assorted metal chairs.
Linking the dining area with the entry is Black Sallee, an oil on canvas by Jo Bertini.
American white oak joinery lights up the finished space and also lines the ceilings. Many pieces of furniture, such as banquettes and the kitchen’s four metre-long island bench have been custom designed to maximise the internal space.
Design dexterity is obvious throughout the house, when it comes to mixing furnishing vintages and styles.
On a stage of timber, concrete and disciplined architectural lines, the scheme plays out in complementary furnishings.
In the living room, curved-armed Art Deco chairs draped with African cloths from a Paris flea market are at home against plate glass and polished concrete.
The light-filled entry is a mini gallery, accessed via smooth concrete stairs.