ISSUE 82  |  Australia by Design

Modern Melbourne: At Home with a Design Duo

July 24, 2013 11:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Recently spotted on Yatzer: a pared-down residence in Prahan, a suburb of Melbourne, belonging to the founders of Wonder, a design firm with a focus on streamlined interiors.

The founders, Georgina Jeffries and Pip McCully, put their company’s principles into practice in their own Victorian-era house by merging the two closed-off living spaces into one open floor plan. Jeffries and McCully experimented with light and space by incorporating new skylights and large windows into the east-facing property (to enjoy its natural daylight and diffused afternoon sun). See the rest of the house on Yatzer and for more on the designers, visit Wonder.

Photography by Christine Francis courtesy of Yatzer.

Above: Built around the property’s abundant garden, both the kitchen and living room have direct access to the outdoors.

Above: Wegner Wishbone Chairs in Deep Sea and Robin’s Egg Blue ($855 each at Design Within Reach) surround the dining table.

Above: To complement the exposed aggregate concrete floors, white paint mixed with powder coating was applied to the walls.

Above: Countertops in the kitchen are made from a single slab of Bianco Giao stone.

Above: In the bedroom, the designers used a pair of high back wicker chairs and an overdyed Hepsi Rug made from vintage rug pieces using a traditional patchwork technique. The rugs are available from Loom Rugs in Victoria.

Above: More Bianco Giao stone at the foot of the minimalist fireplace. 

Above: A courtyard oasis (full of split leaf philodendron plants) was added between the glass-paneled bath and the study. 

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