Toorak residence, transformed

Art Deco Redux

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of a design philosophy intent on communicating more than just surface aesthetics, Melbourne-based architects Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie are well-known for creating dynamic contemporary spaces that sit comfortably with a building’s original qualities. Celebrating the Art Deco origins of this 1938 Toorak residence, originally designed by early Modernist architect Marcus Martin, the team has honored the home with a heritage renovation that focuses on exquisite natural materials, bespoke details, and light-filled transitions – effectively breathing new life into the old Australian home.









with Hecker Guthrie’s philosophy of a building “evoking a feeling”, intelligent design has been elevated to the level of sculptural art wherever possible. In the kitchen, a monolith of cool, book-matched marble contrasts with French oak flooring. This swath of warm wood turns vertical at the far end of the kitchen to form a banquette doubling as a screen for the butler’s pantry.





from classic Art Deco motifs, Hecker Guthrie puts a contemporary twist on period geometries – re imagined in the form of arched metal railings and steel-framed doors. This celebration of bold pattern carries through to the main entrance which is clad in a contrasting herringbone marble flooring accented with an arched horsehair sconce and Cloud Chandelier by Apparatus.









more private areas of the home, Hecker Guthrie continues to pay homage to the residence’s art deco past via crisply arched doorways, geometry-inspired light fixtures and a hand carved marble tub. For a design team that measures success not by how it looks but rather by how it feels… this Australian dream home has our hearts all aflutter.




Design: Hecker Guthrie

Photography: Shannon McGrath

Words: Rae Padulo

Editing: Dpages



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