Flack Studio provides interior architectural services in the residential, hospitality, hotel and retail sectors. The studio is also developing a number of signature lighting, furniture and textile projects. In this article, we will talk about the delighting interior design inspirations from Flack Studio!
Flack Studio is a multi-disciplinary practice of designers and architects committed to delivering supremely elegant contemporary interiors. With respect for the past and an eye to the future, they believe that creative flair combined with exceptional rigour creates spaces of sophistication and ease. A tight-knit, dynamic team of young professionals, the studio delight in architecture and interior projects in which furniture, lighting, textiles and fittings coalesce into a wholistic – if sometimes idiosyncratic – experience.
The team conceive each project as a personal expression of the studio dovetailed with the client’s requirements and execute that vision with considered élan. Flack Studio believe that materiality is primordial and that textural complexity creates compelling tensions. Hard surfaces – marble, stone, custom-made aggregates – and immaculate joinery create rigorous structural backdrops upon which furniture by historical masters and contemporary creatives add up to that beautiful paradox: timeless interiors. Their language accented with emotion designed to articulate confidence, clarity and above all – personality.
Flack Studio – Elmore
Situated on a sprawling property in central Victoria, this late-19th century homestead has been reimagined as the elegant secondary residence of a well-travelled urbanite. The floorplan – which had become convoluted due to incremental renovations – has been re-articulated to enable laidback rural sojourns, the blackened steel and leathered granite kitchen is now the nerve centre of a home designed for entertaining. Inspired by the dusty hues of the surrounding eucalypts, the brashness of canola in bloom, fiery sunsets, the interior is at once playful and serene.
Flack Studio – Armadale
With a brief that specifically sidestepped colour, the interior of this period house has been re-articulated with an emphasis on materiality, mass and rhythm. A rich, herringbone-patterned parquet creates a strong geometric base that defines the new, open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. Blocky, hand-tinted American oak cabinetry is offset by the deep sheen of patinated brass detailing; an immaculate Calacatta marble splashback creates a sense of depth. In lieu of colour, layers of material intensity create a compelling visual tension.
Flack Studio – Fitzroy
A double-fronted cottage in the inner-city precinct of Fitzroy sits like an oasis with its ochre façade. By levelling the four interior tiers of the sloping site to create a single, expansive floor plate, sight-lines are re-established through the two original street-front rooms to the family and entertaining areas and to the garden beyond. Robust materials – steel, brass, concrete – are offset by plushness in ‘play’ zones including walk-in closets and the glamorous wet bar; the exuberance reined-in for the kitchen and family areas.
Flack Studio – Elsternwick
This Holger + Holger designed 1960s gem has been given a new polish, its angular interior designed to contrast the curvilinear exterior. The rationality of the structural composition has been retained, its rigorous geometry enhanced by the graphic black-and-white treatment of the staircase which anchors the core. A new entertainment area combined kitchen and dining spaces, while upstairs, two bathrooms have been conjoined to form a luxurious master ensuite. The original ‘tiger pelt’ carpeting has been transformed into an eye-catching stair-runner – testimony to a glamorous past.
Flack Studio – Prahran
Built-in 1889, the client brief was to make this house a family home within which members could find their own identity within a cohesive whole. A children’s wing was created, to allow them independence; enlarged kitchen and living areas were designed with social gatherings in mind. New scullery and wet rooms, master bedroom and ensuite, study and music room create enough space for each to find quiet time as needed, colours throughout are slightly clashing, textures add a slightly eccentric edge.
Flack Studio – Caulfield North
This 1960s house was renovated in the 1990s by architect Peter Corrigan and the art-collector clients wanted to follow through with a bold refresh. By reconfiguring the floorplan to privilege a new entry foyer, doubling the kitchen and creating a parents’ wing, the interior regains a sense of integrity. The layout is sophisticated in gesture yet supple enough to respond to contemporary living; the client’s brief for an interior of equal parts extravagance and restraint fulfilled via bespoke joinery, luxurious materials and surprising fittings and finishes.
Flack Studio – Bendigo
Set within three acres of native bushland, this low-lying single-storey house has been given a new streamlined allure with walls composed of concrete panels, a floor of poured aggregate polished to a high sheen and exposed robust I-beams. Stained black kitchen joinery and black bricks lining the barrel-curve of the bathroom underscore the industrial edge. Mid-century furniture classics are offset by hard-edged office storage systems while the occasionally post-modern piece adds just the right touch of quirk.
Flack Studio – Castorina & Co
The clients, Patrizia and Ugo, wanted this 250 sqm showroom for rare 20th-century Italian furniture and lighting to provide a backdrop worthy of – but not overpowering – the pieces it stocks. With an extremely tight turnaround time, flooring that couldn’t be repaired was replaced. Walls were installed featuring portholes to create sight-lines across a series of intimate spaces designed to show off collector pieces in robust but intimate settings. A monolithic brass counter marks the entry while dark colours throughout create a sense of intrigue.
Flack Studio – Malvern
This grand Edwardian house had been the client’s home for 25 years so when the children left the nest it was time to usher in a new era. With an art collection of considerable pedigree and time on their hands to enjoy it, the couple was open to daring colours and bold architectural gestures. “We don’t want boring” was their brief. Colour-blocking creates fields of saturation offset by exquisite detailing, adding up to an interior that is at once playful and sophisticated.
Flack Studio – Rigg Prize
For the nation’s richest design award we wanted to make a statement about Australian identity. So Flack Studio created a golden space to embody the “boundless plains to share” that figure in the national anthem – and in doing so refute the anti-immigration rhetoric of much Western discourse nowadays. Collaborating with 16 artists and 30 suppliers from 22 cultures to create a space of defiantly contrasting architecture in which windows, skirting, cornices, floors, walls, fireplace and ceiling all have a strong voice, creating a new harmony.
Flack Studio – Caravan I
The brief for this Australian restaurant in the South Korean capital was to create an interior that reflected the owners’ multi-cultural backgrounds. Rather than replicate either experience in particular Flack Studio opted to evoke the idea of mobility and travel inherent in the mobile home generally. So the bijoux 90–square metre interior reads like an ode to the émigré experience, its vinyl banquettes, Formica tabletops and space-saving nooks a riff off the efficiencies of the prototypical small home. Quirky artworks and objects create a singular flourish.
Flack Studio – Caravan II
This all-day diner is located in the bustling Gangnam district of Seoul. The owners, who had previously lived in Australia, wanted the high-ceilinged, 120m2 space to reflect their experience of the eclecticism of multicultural Australia. In particular, the interior takes inspiration from 1950s Italian cafés, the masterly clashes of materials including many different types of marble, bespoke timber joinery and custom-designed lighting. All fittings are hand-crafted by master artisans; while furniture and art were sourced from Australia, this collaborative spirit manifesting the very essence of hospitality.
Flack Studio – East Melbourne
The brief for this Victorian-era terrace house was to create an elegantly timeless interior with an emphasis on quality materials and clarity of program. A gently tonal grey and white background are punctuated with flashes of inky black and brass throughout. Highlighting the volumetric kitchen cabinetry, recessed black trim adds depth and punch. The effect is carried through to door jambs, making for monumental passage from one room to the next. In the main bathroom, a bespoke Bedonia stone vanity reads as a sculptural monolith.
Flack Studio – Pettigrew-Boyd
The first home by architect Robin Boyd, the 1943 Pettigrew House is perched above the picturesque Yarra Bend. It remained in the hands of the original owner until acquired in 2015 with a view to reconfiguring it as the home of a young family while respecting the integrity of its heritage standing. Extensive research into Boyd’s principles and aesthetic led to a palette of honest, natural materials and reduced architectural gesture. This new baseline has been embellished with plush carpeting and custom joinery.
Flack Studio – Ivanhoe
The restoration of this 1970s house to its former glory after a 1990s renovation was a labour of love for all concerned. Working to a tight budget, the ground floor was elaborated first, while the lower ground would lay dormant until 2021 rather than be compromised. By modifying the structural footprint only slightly, the main ensuite, walk-in closet and study were added while the tiny kitchen and living areas remained at the centre of the house along with Feng Shui principles, thus honouring the original Chinese owner.
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