Offset Coffee Table & Stool by Resident, from Aura Objects. Kepi armchair from Saba Italia via Estilo Commercial.
Custom Design by Sophia Leopardi. Wishbone CH24 Dining Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, from Cult. On the benchtop, Kirikabu Stump Vessel by Yoko Ozawa and Naked Clay Vase by Kerryn Levy from Jam Factory; Slip Cast ceramic bowl by Yuro Cuchor from Handmade & Found.
White concrete benchtops via Concrete House. City Stick taps from Brodware.
Steel rangehood & splashback with custom paint application through Southern Stainless Steel Fabricators. Major stool from Agostino & Brown. Muller Van Severen Lamp N2 wall light from Valerie Objects via Spence & Lyda. Internal paint colour throughout the interior – Dulux Lexicon Quarter.
Upon entering the hallway of Kensington Park Residence by
The Adelaide property exists within an original 1800s heritage villa, the new scheme adding to an ongoing narrative embedded within its walls. This latest chapter began with a shared love of design, art, and furniture coupled with a friendship between WBL interior designer and director,
“Our guiding principle for the project was structure with softness, and underpinning this is always the understanding that we must know who we are designing for,” says Leopardi. “In this case, a close friendship gave us a free pass, but as any designer that has worked for friends before will know, this is a double-edged sword. The stakes are extra high, and chances are (so long as you do a decent job!) you’ll be spending lots of time back in the space so it’s a mix of being extra good, with the potential to be extra bad. You just really want to give it some extra sparkle, and just make sure it really bloody works!”
Philippe Starck’s Cicatrice De Luxe Pendant from Flos. Jaime Hayon’s Ro Easy Chair from Fritz Hansen through Cult. Vitra cork stool Side Table.
Custom designed dresser by Sophia Leopardi, built by Barrett Lawe. Hand-thrown ceramic vessels by Ebony Heinrich via Handmade & Found.
Custom designed & made robe hook by Williams Burton Leopardi. AV coathanger from Menu.
Quaderna console bench, a 1970s classic by Sutperstudio for Zanotta.
Client meetings unfolded with a series of singlehanded Insta-chats and frenzied pinning sessions while juggling the needs of the designer’s and the clients’ babies – a narrative not nearly as glamourous as the one woven into the home.
The house not only accommodates an active family life but also the overflow from the client’s
The experience of moving through the residence can be likened to opening a treasure chest. Each room is guest to “a mind blowing contemporary art collection, and unpretentious amalgamation of design classics, and inherited antiques,” says Leopardi. The result is a true visual feast – an interior that doesn’t simply exist as a shell for curious items, but rather an extension of these collections.
Brodware taps, Carara marble stone bench and splashback, Marble joinery handles from CB2, Porcelain floor tiles selected by the client.
Soft chair by Daniel – Emma.
Brodware taps, Carara marble stone bench and splashback, Bloom floor lamp and Offset timber stool by Resident, Glacon gold stool by Ligne Roset. Naked Clay Vase by Kerryn Levy from Jam Factory. On the benchtop, Quarter Circle by Unity tray from The Source.
Overall, the scheme is largely restrained and neutral in its palette, allowing for a delicate equilibrium between structure and objects. In the kitchen, whitewashed walls are momentarily interrupted with the rich-deep green of the steel range hood and splashback. The glass screen brings balance to the light scheme, offsetting the white concrete benchtops.
The glass screen concept takes a slightly different form in the kids/ guest bathroom, equally leveraging the tall ceilings while being “dialled up a few notches on the ‘glamourmeter’ with the aged brass bringing a classic nod to this zone,” explains Leopardi.
The master bedroom with a connecting dressing room and ensuite act as a retreat among the chaos of family life. The large arched recess housing the vanity acts as the hero – this simple moment mirrors the soft arches of the main hall as well as existing window details, in turn bringing the original heritage soul of the home into the contemporary context.
“This project was a really special opportunity on a number of levels,” shares Leopardi. “From the beauty and soul of the existing heritage house, the incredible collection of art and furniture that fills it. But mostly having a hand in shaping the spaces that will hopefully be enjoyed by treasured friends for many years to come.”