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a villa inspired by the architecture of Palm Springs

The reference for the style of the house is admittedly Palm Springs, in a modern version, and the thought suddenly goes to its most sublime interpreter, the architect Richard Neutra, which in the middle of the last century had successfully applied the austere lines of european modernism to the relaxed American Riviera lifestyle.

The coast is always that of the Pacific Ocean, not the Californian one but on the other side of the globe: we are in Australia, on the Cronulla Peninsula in the urban belt I’m in Sydney, where the local studio Vitale Design has made from scratch a house of almost 400 square meters on two levels and with five rooms for a couple with two children.

With the city close at hand, the neighborhood in which the house is located is a residential area between the beaches on Gunnamatta Bay and other residences surrounded by greenery. The path leading to the house develops from the garage, crosses an external courtyard and progressively leads to the discovery of the main entrance.

Text Massimo De Conti – Photo Nicholas Watt

If the exterior is soberly camouflaged with the context, wrapped in the dense foliage of a garden overlooking the sea of ​​1200 square meters with an outdoor area and a small pool house, the interiors are an essential composition of classic furnishings on a basis of neutral finishing materials, conceived in collaboration with the interior studio Me Design di Melbourne.

The stone used for the floors, i in finished in plaster and the wooden cladding of walls and ceilings, together with the marmi and the woods chosen for the bathrooms, envelop the rooms with a soft atmosphere.

The staircase connecting the two floors marks the separation between the areas of the house, illuminated by the circular skylight. Part full and becomes almost a podium display for lamps and art to continue aerial, while in the living room the concave line of the kitchen counter creates a formal tension that mirrors the opposite wall with the fireplaceThe. All details that are not immediate and of discreet impact but that form a set of architectural solutions to be discovered and appreciated gradually.

The Mid-Century style is evident in the refined selection of furnishings, with the seats by Pierre Jeanneret or Pierre Paulin scattered around the house, or with the armchair in wicker by Hans Wegner and the footrest in the same material as our Franco Albini to add a slight exotic touch to the living room.

The very clear colors of the furniture and all the elements, including works of art, never deviate and never exceed the range of sand and beige tones, and the many furnishings – vases and small bronze sculptures, curated by Claire Driscoll Delmar of Studio CD – adorn the home with the minimalist appeal of an art gallery, along with tall the rest of the paintings, most of them by female artists, chosen directly by the hosts.


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Source: Living by living.corriere.it.

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