Interior design studio Duet channel enduring contemporary design for a young family in the refurbishment of a Federation-era home in Sydney’s Bondi.
Sydney design duo Shannon Shlom and Dominique Brammah, the names behind recently established studio Duet, introduce a balance of honest materials, warm tones and bold details to their Watson House redesign. The Federation-era home, located just between Bondi Beach and Tamarama, needed to better accommodate a young family of five and their two dogs. Asked to bring a light-hearted aesthetic and an approach that would see the interiors age gracefully with three young children, Watson House is a breath of fresh air in the way it reflects family life and the original home’s detailing.
Duet’s brief was to create a timeless and robust family home that could withstand the ‘harsh conditions’ of three young children and age well alongside its family. The design studio retained the Federation features at the front of the home while at the rear, prioritised light, bright and open plan areas that quintessentially lift cues from the Bondi locale.
“How can this home go through the many imminent years of rough and tumble and emerge victorious in all its glory? This question informed our design approach. To be visually textural without being too animated.”
While the design intervention has culminated in a family’s relaxed and robust forever home, Shannon says one of the biggest takeaways that came out of Watson House was friendship, as the project was “an exercise in women working together very fluidly”. She marvels at how they managed to make decisions between the three mothers and seven kids under four years old – a feat unto itself.