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Bellissimo interno

Responding to its Italian owner, this  interior features fresco wall finishes, custom elements with multiple functions and moments of colour 

Designed by Splinter Society

From the architecture and interior design studio:

This is a renovation and extension to a classic single fronted Victorian terrace located in Brunswick East – a second-generation family home.

Responding to the existing urban density, the home unfolds behind a narrow 4.5m façade. 

While the project incorporates an additional level, it is vastly obscured behind the gable and chimney, so the originality of the historic façade is maintained.

The façade has been sandblasted to reveal the existing masonry celebrating its original character. 


Contemporary details were selected to bring out the sense of time including a repurposed Romanian metal fence, feature door and rough stone paving.

The mass of the building is carefully broken up to bring light through all sides of the building, employing a series of modest terraces and skylights as well as the light filtering through the central stair.

The interior

Carefully curating an open plan, the interior designer respond to the site constraints by creating a series of custom elements with multiple functions. 

Various seating and dining configurations have been composed to accommodate hosting gatherings with the owners’ large Italian family. 

For instance, the banquette used for dining doubles as soft seating for the living area.

Appropriate for a home with a sense of time, the sophisticated materials palette references the patina of an archetypal Italian village, layering fresco finishes on the walls, bespoke upholstery, textured stonework and parquet timber flooring. 

Moments of colour are incorporated through the interiors to create a mosaic of finishes in complex tones of emerald, aquamarine and lapis.

The custom joinery is used to create containment and intimacy in the open plan interior as well as to highlight the owner's collections. 

Fine detailing such as rose gold shadow lines and recessed smoked mirroring create a subtle sense of glamour.

Drawing on the owner's’ heritage, the redesign is guided by qualities often associated with Italian brands: fine craftsmanship, sophistication, elegance, and a touch of luxury.

Designed by: Splinter Society

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Sharyn Cairns

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