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Toorak Residence 5

David Hicks
Shannon McGrath

The client did not want a typical family home rather opting for a an additional layer of luxury and high level finish that would suit a large, young family whilst still feeling grown up and elegant.

Saved by the bell, an elegant art deco home in Melbourne strikes a new note with the addition of a modernist wing to house a growing family.

It' s hard to belive that this house in an exclusive Melbourne suburb nearly fell victim to the wrecking ball.
Equally hard to belive that seven people, including five young children, call this sophisticated three-level, meticulously styled property, home.

"The client purchased this house with the view to either substantially modify it or tear it down and build a new property," says interior designer David Hicks, who was faced with extensive spatial planning and structural challanges in order to accomodate the needs of such a big family.

"But once we eastabilished that the envelope of the existing structure could work for them, they were very happy not to lose the house and its character."

Taking cues from the home's art deco roots, David accentuated the curved profile of the 30s portorico by removing the front door and enclosing it with curved glass and fine black metal framing.

In addition to serving as the new entry point, this this glazed facade creates a feeling of grandeur because it essentially function as a receiving hall.

"It's a luxurious space because it isn't used for anything in particular." Echoing the vestibule's rotunda, a hemispherical pendant light with interior plaster frieze is recessed into a celling coffer, hovering above a circular vintage Italian "tree" tablle and costumised rug.

Nearby are a delicate gold vintage console and mirror and a centre table inspired by Gio Ponti. Without going "deco mad", David referenced the home's heritage characteristics by subtly reinstating decorative plasterwork, period curtain railing, door architraves and steel window frames, so as to evoke the 1930's feel - yet still complement the modern addition.

"The client did not want a typical family home and opted for a clean, seamless design - that wouldn't ger damaged - with an additional layer of luxury and high-level finish to suit a large, young family while still feeling grown-up and elegant"
This was achieved by utilisne large-format, roobust materials in a muted palette of classic silvers, greys an creams.

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