Blue Ivy was recently featured in last month’s House & Garden January issue – with a detailed article by writer Chris Pearson that explores the different design strands that came together to create a thoughtful and elegant home with just the right balance of bold design elements for our art-loving clients.
” “The materials palette includes natural finishes such as marble, timber and leather for their inherent texture and charm, and are teamed with ‘finished’ materials for colour, says Rob. “These natural materials create a dialogue between a remarkable collect of artworks and the house itself, through to the courtyard beyond”. “(p132). It’s also worth remembering that through careful specification of these materials, and through maximising passive solar design opportunities and inclusion of active systems, including solar panels, you contribute to lowering the carbon footprint of the home not only during construction but throughout it’s lifecycle through efficiencies in performance of the building envelope, reducing operating costs and lowering emissions.
We particularly loved the inclusion of the clients’ perspective that House & Garden has always been lauded for – offering readers so much more than just the perspective of the design professionals involved – and resulting in what overall is a slightly nerve-wracking and definitely humbling experience. In Blue Ivy house one of our priorities was to rework the spatial plan to not only allow for flexibility in living and entertaining as was part of the core brief, but also to allow for multiple sight lines to garden areas and that all-important natural light throughout the day, which has been very successful. “”We follow the sun, with the kitchen and dining room being our morning place,” says the owner. In the afternoon, the focus – and the sun – shifts to the living room, “a calm oasis with dappled light”. With its two living areas and gardens, the house lends itself to entertaining. “We love hosting family gatherings and the combined kitchen and dining area work really well when we have larger groups,” she says.” (p 134)
Finally, we are so pleased to be a part of a design legacy that has graced the homes of Australians for over 70 years that is House & Garden, who in turn have championed Australian designers throughout this time; “Having introduced architecture and design talents such as Robin Boyd, Syd Ancher, Harry Seidler, Grant Featherston and Marion Hall Best to the Australian public, H&G continues to champion local talent. Recent years have also seen the magazine shine a spotlight on sustainable living. (https://thedesignfiles.net/2018/03/70-years-of-australian-house-garden/).