Hare + Klein’s Edge House comprises a contemporary revision of a 1930s home on Sydney’s east coast.
As the name suggests, Edge House rests on an 80-metre cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sydney-based interior design studio Hare + Klein stumbled across the house after it had sustained nearly nine decades of makeshift alterations and additions. Describing what they saw as “awkward” and “outdated”, the team devised a plan to restore the home to its original glory. The final result epitomises functionality, all the while reflecting the clients’ love of colour and cooking.
The brief for Edge House called for a clear connection between people and place; in other words, the home needed to align with the young family that lived there. Colour enthusiasts (one in particular: pink), keen cooks and experienced hosts, the owners’ personalities are portrayed through a candid material palette, modern kitchen amenities and generous indoor and outdoor entertainment offerings. The kitchen deserves a special mention, with the addition of a substantial butler’s pantry and wine cellar (unsurprisingly, the owners are wine lovers as well).
The materials are informed by the clients’ love of pink, which has been integrated through the curation of furniture, lighting and finishes. Hare + Klein founder Meryl Hare says that the pink motif adds “an air of restrained luxury” to the interiors and “the odd flourish of glamour”. Indeed, the motif makes for some intriguing material compositions; red velvet, rose-streaked marble, light-wash wood; the list goes on.
The home’s physical build also needed some significant alterations, which Stratti Building Group carried out. The roof of the master bedroom was raised, and a new dressing room, bathroom and infrared sauna were attached. Two poky rooms were transformed into one large room for the owners’ two young boys, with a custom bunk bed as the divider. “The collaboration with the builders was pivotal in the success of this project,” Meryl says.
Hare + Klein’s Edge House is an earnest response to the owner’s love of pink and desire to entertain – and at the same time, levels up to its water’s edge location.