- Article by Online Editor
As the winter months set in, it’s good to be able to relax at home, put your feet up and survey your own particular castle, whether it is new built or old, and enjoy that renovation or just be happy that the old wall has a new lick of paint. Whether we live in a Heritage home or have made an eclectic interior all our own, the bones of our home are the key to the interior.
So to complement this, issue 87 of (inside) explores a variety of interiors that have each in their own way come back to life or been reinvented to live another. Through the projects and profiles in the following pages there is a celebration of the repurposing and renovation of buildings formerly unused and many definitely unloved. Where sustainable design is a constant these days, it’s good to see that practice is making perfect with sensitive designs that translate to interiors that are beautiful, respectful and innovative.
The building blocks of many homes are quite literally bricks and mortar and, in Practice (p32), we discover what really goes on behind the gates of Brickworks, while in Craft to Completion (p54) an enamelled steel bath is designed to last a lifetime. Roaming the streets of Melbourne, we visit some of the best places to find those perfect accessories that make a house a home in the second in our series for Survey (p40), and in Profile (p50) we talk to Anton Venoir, a man whose love affair with French antiques has changed the course of his life and created a business that is among the world’s best.
There is a diverse mix of projects and we start in Melbourne where two different restaurants have arrived. First, the stylish renovation of the eagerly anticipated The Fat Duck (p72) at the Crown Towers, and then on to East (p58), a turquoise triumph in the Sheraton Hotel. The stateliness of the Hydro Majestic Hotel (p64) is now on show for all to see, enjoy and use. This grand dame of the Blue Mountains has been lovingly restored and is a testament to what can be achieved with the renovation of Heritage buildings.
Another project that celebrates rebirth is the Press Hall in Hobart where Franklin (p92) is the star attraction. Modern and cool, the interior of Franklin showcases the old and the new, and the two make a perfect union. In Sydney, Building 11 (p78) at the National Art School is a delight of convict stone and purposeful thinking, where rehabilitation of the interior is a testament to sensitive renovation and modern technology.
Salzburg in Austria is the home of that wonderful composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and we visit his birthplace, a museum (p84), which has been restored and reinvigorated for the modern day visitor. Insight this issue looks at the trends for kitchens and bathrooms (p101) and discovers what’s new and on trend. Issue 87 is all about respect for the old and appreciation of the new and how beautifully they can live together.