It always strikes me as brave to zero in on one colour and use it throughout a home, albeit in different ways and with variegated tones. For a family moving back from China to Glen Iris in Melbourne, there was a desire to find a decorative path between East and West and reflect this cultural affinity within their new home.
To help them design the interiors, they turned to Lauren Macer of South Yarra firm Sisällä, with the brief to avoid clichés while displaying Chinese antiques alongside contemporary pieces. “Shades of green are used as a backdrop to the colour red, which is predominant in Chinese culture but was limited to a few special accent pieces,” says Macer.
One example is the green marble chosen for the custom dining table as a reference to the special jade pieces owned by the family. Another is the dramatic “Fjord” chair by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola for Moroso (pictured), with its playful asymmetry.
“Designed in 2002, it is a modern classic,” says Macer. “I told the clients about Urquiola and her impact on design, and explained that the concept of the chair was of a shell softened by water.”
Specifically chosen for this space and framed by the window, the chair is positioned under the sculptural “Lampe de Marseille” by Le Corbusier.
“It has become the family’s favourite reading chair,” says Macer. “To begin with there was a bit of confusion as to how you sat in it, but once they tried it, they immediately understood how the shape acts as a cradle.”