Tatler Homes Malaysia
This colourful house in Perth takes its cues from its verdant surroundings
The Shutter House’s handsome facade shields a private oasis in Perth, enlivened by greenery and colourful furnishings
As its name implies, a shell of timber batten screens cloaks the Shutter House. Located in Wembley, a western suburb in Perth, Australia, the project was conceived not for a homeowner, but rather as a lifelike showcase for furniture and architectural products from Australian company Mobilia. The result proved to be so inspiring that it was later purchased as is by a buyer who wanted to own it as an actual home. Headquartered in Perth, the familyowned Mobilia offers a tasteful selection of brands such as Kettal, Cassina and Moroso. Mobilia had tasked Perthbased multidisciplinary firm State of
Kin to design and furnish the house.
“The project served as an exciting opportunity to test design ideas,” says Alessandra French, who leads State of
Kin with co-director Ara Salomone.
The architecture and design of the house connect intimately with its site near Lake Monger. The main door, located at the base of the steeply sloped site, opens to a triple-storey foyer that features Perth
based artist Elle Campbell’s art and a Fordite 3 rug from Cc-tapis.
These lively additions complement the fluid design of the staircase’s handrail.
“The handrail winds seamlessly around the spine of the staircase like a delicate ribbon that curves and flows up, over and around the path of travel,” describes French. “At its core, the home’s design is meant to be expressive; it invites you to look closer. We took great pride in creating interesting spaces with the materials and their application. When these materials catch the light, it makes for multifaceted expressions.”
White walls, exposed concrete ceilings, terrazzo flooring on the ground floor and stained-oak parquetry upstairs, and robust stone varieties like Bianco Chiavara granite, Aphrodite quartzite and Noce Eschilo travertine combine in a harmonious whole.
FORM AND VOLUME
On the first storey, four bedrooms, each with their own balcony or courtyard, are pleasant and filled with light. A gallery divides the master bedroom from the other bedrooms. Here, the pink Tender Vis-a-vis daybed from Moroso offers a resting spot.