Bold, moody and robust

Connecting with a semi-industrial design, this interior creates cohesion through layered materiality – matt finishes and darker tones contrast the architectural textures

Interior design by Concepts by Gavin Hepper

From the designer:


Inspired by the industrial loft style living in Manhattan, the base architecture of this new build features exposed steel beams, polished concrete floors and the raw textured materiality of recycled bricks in a Flemish bond, Tasmanian Oak lined ceilings, and reclaimed timber.

There is also an abundance of natural light from the floor to ceiling feature windows in the living space and multiple Velux skylights.   

Drawing from this, and from within the owner brief, was also the request to include tones of green.   

Cohesive flow

The epicentre of this home is undoubtedly the kitchen and connected living areas.   

Thoughtful design and considered layered materiality have ensured a cohesive flow within the living spaces and clever zoning to ensure that the kitchen is the anchor and a place to gather and connect.

Embracing matt finishes and darker tones, chosen in contrast to the architectural textures, materials have been specified for their durability and robustness – Fenix joinery and porcelain benchtops feature in key high traffic areas.   

Green as a symbol and calming ambience

Verdant green, a symbol of new beginnings & growth, provides contrast to the other raw elements, and sits alongside the Basaltina (lavastone) porcelain and is highlighted with a metallic rangehood that seems to change colour with the light.

The colour creates a calming ambience for such high traffic areas – an essential for family living.

Connectivity is a priority in this open plan living.  

Materiality key

All the interior spaces are connected through materiality.   

The Basaltina has been used in the kitchen, butlers pantry, bathroom and ensuite vanities and for the benchtops in the laundry while the warmth of the oak carries through from the joinery internals and butlers pantry to the laundry, along with the walk in robe and the internals of the linen storage.

While varying in size and format, the tiles in both the main bathroom and the ensuite are in the same lush viridian green, with the ceilings in the powder room and ensuite painted off in a dark green to really add a bold, moody but intimate atmosphere to these spaces.    

The bathroom in the loft embraces the natural light and zoning was also specific with both wet and dry areas.

One of the key exterior features was the Flemish bond recycled brick work and we have carried this through as a feature in the living area.

Bold and balancing

Concepts has delivered a bold, moody, robust but refined space that balances powerful cathedral ceilings and provides an open invitation to visually travel through the space harmoniously.    

This is a home where the family can absorb itself into the city lifestyle or relax close to the adjacent harbour.

Credit list

Interior designer
Building design
Nadine K Drafting and Design
Colorbond – Monument
Main floor
Polished concrete
Living area furniture
Sofa – King Living
Basaltina Porcelain by Cávart Designer Stone
Rangehood box
That Metal Company
Bath and basins
Pietra Bianca
Feature light fittings
Beacon Lighting
Kitchen designer
Concepts by Gavin Hepper
Contractors United
Window/door joinery
Entry pivot door by Cooper Doors
Bathroom and powder room – Taubmans Juniper Berry; walls & ceilings – Dulux Whisper White; vanity joinery – Porters Dusty Mule
Verde Comodoro (black internals) by Fenix; Laminex Elegant Oak
Bathroom tiles
Gloss subway & square tiles with handmade-look finish
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner

Designed by: Concepts by Gavin Hepper

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Ryan Unwin

07 Jan, 2024

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