King Living are proud to sponsor Australian House and Garden’s 2019 Top 50 Rooms.
From the 50 finalists, 10 winners were chosen with Arent & Pyke winning 2019 Room of the Year. King Living would like to thank all the category winners as well as those who participated in the competition. You can find all 50 rooms in the Australian House & Garden November issue.
Check out the phenomenal winning rooms below.
2019 Room of the year - Arent & Pyke
A pivotal element in the renovation of this home in Sydney's inner west was the owners' desire to plant a large fiddle-leaf fig within the new space – and it stands proudly in the atrium behind the stairs. The strong architecture of the building provided inspiration aplenty for the Arent&Pyke team, whose brief was to bring life to the living area.
Best use of technology in the home: Mardi Doherty - Doherty Design Studio
With its soaring ceiling and vast walls of glass, this living room is at one with its rural Victoria location. The owners asked Doherty Design Studio and Detail 9 Architects to design a contemporary country retreat that was low maintenance and very calm, says interior designer Mardi Doherty. It also had to feel comfortable when it is just the owners present, yet spacious when guests stay for the weekend.
Best outdoor room: Madeleine Blanchfield & Kevin Ewart - Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
Madeleine and Kevin created a luxurious bathroom that sits within a mirrored cube, situated down a plant-lined path from a cabin – a triumphant reimagining of the Aussie outhouse. "The concept was to separate the bathroom from the cabin and to give users the sense of being outdoors or camping," says Madeleine.
Best use of colour - Greg Natale
With its bold peacock wallpaper, this living room in Sydney's east really struts its stuff. "In a new penthouse, the clients wanted us to layer the space with pattern and texture to create a sense of warmth in contrast with the modern build," says Greg. Drawing inspiration from a Ray Cook painting already owned by his clients, he opted for an exuberant design with a touch of luxe.
Best kitchen - Georgia Ezra of Studio Ezra
Interior designer Georgia made it her mission to source bespoke and tactile pieces for her own kitchen. Stylistically, it represents a cultural mix of her favourite places on earth. "It's Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern meets modern," she says. Functionality is foremost, with a work triangle that delivers garden views from the kitchen sink. Ample storage was non-negotiable; the timber cabinetry is inlaid with grasscloth "to create warmth and depth" says Georgia.
Hall of fame - Thomas Hamel & Associates
For this Melbourne pied-à-terre, the clients wanted a flexible space that wrapped them snugly when they were home alone and opened up its heart when friends arrived. They requested a pared-back palette, with textural furniture that bridged casual and formal living, says its designer Thomas Hamel. The brief also called for "global decor", so Thomas sourced antiques from the UK, furniture from LA (including the antique cabinet that conceals the TV) and artworks from France.
Best bathroom: Alexandra Donohoe Church - Decus Interiors
This exquisite jewel of a powder room is located near the entry on the ground floor of a newly built Sydney home. "It's an almost-hidden gem as it is accessed by a door concealed within joinery," says Alexandra. It's layered with a delicious mix of luxury finishes. Central to the scheme is a feature slab of Cippolano marble, which forms the streamlined cantilevered vanity that spans the width of the space. Leather wall tiles in a matt, musky pink create a soft backdrop to the stone, and help to amplify the sense of glamour.
Best use of soft furnishings: Cameron Kimber - Cameron Kimber Design
Fond memories of blissful holidays provided the starting point for this living room on Sydney's North Shore, designed by Cameron in collaboration with architect Walter Barda. "The owners wanted their sitting room to have the same feel as the lodges they had stayed in in New Zealand," says Cameron. "It was to be light and airy, but at the same time have a high level of comfort.
Best indoor-outdoor connection: Belinda Chippindale & Anna Douglass - Hare + Klein
Designed for an owner who loves to make things, the key pieces in this serene outdoor room are accordingly textural: an open-weave coffee table, corded and stitched armchairs, and a 'knitted' lampshade. The simple structure is clad in dark-stained western red cedar, and functions as a spot for the homeowners to enjoy their garden, protected from the elements.
Best use of materials: Shaun Carter & Julie Niass - Carter Williamson Architects
This marvellous outdoor room on Sydney's Northern Beaches by Carter Williamson Architects is a pavilion added to the 2015-built home. Covered and open sections provide maximum versatility in every season. Sculptural cutouts in the pavilion's western wall allow evening light to wash through the pavilion and into the interior living space, creating a wonderful, ephemeral, breathable environment. Materials are simple and strong.