Mobilia has teamed up with Perth based architectural and interior design studio State Of Kin to furnish Shutter House, an inspiring and forward-thinking home designed for the modern family and furnished with some of the world’s most renowned and decorated brands; carefully handpicked to complement the architectural beauty of the home.
Situated across from the iconic Lake Monger in Wembley, Western Australia the aptly named Shutter House is a concrete block that utilises the warmth of locally sourced timber to create a battened timber skin that wraps around the home, while a mechanical system allows the timber façade (Shutter) to open and close, creating a sense of enclosure and intimacy whilst still allowing unobstructed views to the adjacent lake.
The residence is spread over three levels. The ground floor consists of a four car garage, wine cellar and entry into a spectacular three-storey void that connects all levels via a feature staircase. The timber entry and elevator shafts are flanked by crisp white porcelain wall lights by Michael Anastassiades which sit effortlessly within the playfulness of the architecture.
In addition to the skilful detailing of the balustrade, Patricia Urquiola’s gem-like Fordite rug by CC Tapis is a standout in the entrance bringing a joyful sense of scale and colour to the entry.
Inspired by the material of Fordite (a bi-product of the automotive industry) Urquiola has integrated a similar approach to sustainability in the creation of this rug collection; which co-exists perfectly with its material surroundings.
Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, laundry and gallery are situated on the first floor, along with an intimate courtyard and balcony spaces adjoining each bedroom.
The master bedroom is fitted out with Patricia Urquiola’s latest bed for Moroso and an extension of her Redondo collection inspired by 1960’s American cars, the soft curves of their body work and their upholstered interiors.
The three bathrooms on this level are tied together by the clever use of graphic tiling, vibrant colour and the fascinating and magical Shimmer mirrors designed by Urquiola for Glas Italia, which throw dancing shadows of colour on the tiling behind.
The monochromatic layering created by the nude Slinky Rug by CC Tapis and the vis a vis (face to face) Moroso Tender sofa, both designed by Patricia Urquiola, show the clever use of furniture and forms to define space in the gallery area; which divides the master bedroom from the other areas on the first floor.
The multi-directional use of the sofa allows the user to face outward toward the light-filled courtyard or reflect back at the artwork on the opposing wall when using the intermediate space as a place of reflection and pause (which also doubles as a void to ensure privacy for the master bedroom).
An open plan living, dining and kitchen space on the second floor affords panoramic views of Lake Monger, and connects to a terrace and pool area with a separate studio.
The sun filled front balcony, super architectural in its nature and providing an inner viewing to the timber battened operable shutters is graced by the welcoming relaxed vibe of Urquiola’s Vimini collection by Kettal; that highlights a modern twist of traditional materials both elegant and warm.
The Vimini collection which was inspired by the Basket Chair by Danish designers Nanna Ditzel and Jørgen Ditzel from the 1950’s, sits effortlessly with Urquiola’s latest collection of furniture, the Roll Tables and Band Armchairs for Kettal, inspired by the honest exposure of materials, a perfect marriage to the balcony area.
The warmth and colour from the outdoor area gently flow into the adjacent dining room which is defined by Golran’s impeccable Meteo Rug by Inga Sempé which houses the dark stained version of the Moroso Mathilda table and chairs, a stunning and vibrant entertaining area for the homeowners.
The modern and versatile kitchen looks onto both the dining room and the perfectly executed main living area which is a gentle balance of form, colour and understated style and speaks back to the expression of the designers appreciation of Japanese architecture through the use of light and detail.
Patrica Urquiola’s Moroso Gogan Sofa has been selected for the living space which takes its name from nature and in particular from Japanese stones rendered smooth over time. This sits perfectly with the Fjord armchair (one of the designer’s first and most iconic armchairs) and the blissful colour of the Visioni Rug that is centred by the VV Cinquanta Suspension Pendant by Italian architect Vittoriano Viganò, originally designed in 1951, and produced by Astep.
The outdoor terrace and pool area which are connected to the main living area are adorned with State Of Kin’s recognisable curved deco references, richness and balance of colour and materiality which is best demonstrated with the tiling in the area, clear cut deco inspired reveals into the pool and the custom tiled curved bench seat; that has been coupled with Urquiola’s Mesh Table and colourful Roll Chairs from Kettal.
This celebrated home, energetic and forward in its approach is testament to the wonderful work of this dynamic, young studio, State Of Kin and their partnership with Mobilia on this project has seen to the fact that the home and furniture selected is of the same high design standards of the interiors and architecture.