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hiting Architects designed a residential project for a young family of six in Brighton, Victoria.

The young family required calm, non-fussy spaces.

Robust materials and furnishings were needed, without compromising on style.

Furniture was planned for during the concept of the build so every piece was considered and allocated well in advance.

Artwork in the dining room presented a challenge with a minimal budget allocated to create the mood.

To avoid a small painting on a large wall, 70 acrylic bees by artist Richard Stringer were bought and the artist agreed to plot and place each bee to create a striking installation.

Colour was used throughout to brighten and identify elements and create interest.

In the children’s play room, custom storage shelving and hooks were created to allow individual storage solutions for each child including power and chargers concealed within joinery.

The kitchen is relatively clear of mess as the work area is concealed behind in the butler’s pantry/laundry.

Handmade Tunisian tiles adorn the splashback to add texture. Children’s bathrooms were given a splash of colour and elements that can be removed as they grow.

The ensuite is elegant and clean lined.

Window seats are abundant velvet with linen upholstery in adult areas and felt and cotton in children’s.

Early mood boards considered all elements including interior decoration so materials, colours, textures and furnishings became part of the overall language of the project from architecture to interior design and landscape design.

Each piece of furniture, every light, the joinery, hardware, upholstery, was planned and plotted on the drawings at an early stage and refined throughout the job as Whiting Architects became more familiar with their clients.

Some decorative items were put into the mix at the end, but for the most part this is an example of a thoroughly considered project from the brief to the final product.

Storage solutions form part of the architecture and interior design and the decorative elements followed this language.

Shelving with leather straps and timber hooks sit within the project comfortably, and colour is replicated in soft furnishings to compliment the main palette.

Hints of watermelon are included throughout including in the children’s bathroom and play areas.

The bee installation by Richard Stringer was selected to make a statement in the dining room.

But very small children can relate to the artwork and whilst it is compelling and elegant, it doesn’t steal the limelight from the rest of the project.

Project Details

Project Size – 463 m2
Site Area – 1,020 m2
Completion Date – 2015
Building Levels – 2

Project Team

Architecture and Interior Design

Whiting Architects

Whiting Architects is an Architecture and Interior Design studio with over 25 years’ experience.

Director Steven Whiting’s qualifications in both Interior Design and Architecture define the firms’ signature style and form a design philosophy that centres on the premise that there is no separation between disciplines.

Associate Directors Eleanor Eade and Josie Somerville have brought energy, passion and creative expertise to Whiting Architects over the last six years, providing a youthful and dynamic approach to the practice.


Sharyn Cairns

Sharyn is at the forefront of commercial photography in Australia, with a specialist portfolio spanning interiors, food, travel, and lifestyle. She is committed to creating beautiful images that capture a mood and an emotion, playing with light and shadows to create levels of depth and distinctive memorable scenes.

Her work is featured in notable international and local magazines: Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Living, Belle, Dwell, Kinfolk, Elle Decoration UK, House and Garden UK, Living Etc UK and many others.

Sharyn collaborates with architects, designers and creatives on unique projects and has photographed numerous cookbooks for well-known chefs such as Maggie Beer, Shane Delia, Guy Grossi, Tobie Puttock and Jacques Reymond.

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