It’s a testament to great design that a home can crystallise so many influences and still emerge a cohesive, liveable space.
Designed by local multidisciplinary design studio State of Kin (also the masterminds behind the now-legendary Brick House, as well as its lakeside sister Shutter House), this Mount Hawthorn home is characterised – and named – for its distinctive sweeping curves.
The curved façade and round, porthole window evokes the spirit of Australian Art Deco and its ’80s revival – while the hit and miss brickwork and rooftop terrace brings in a nostalgic dose of 60s suburbia and Palm Springs glamour.
And while the textural white Tyrolean render certainly fits within those influences, it also has a hint of the Mediterranean to it – from Greek islands to Spanish haciendas.
The entry and the pool veers more towards the ’80s art deco in its minimal glamour and the zig-zag of windows that overlook the pilates studio and sauna.
Inside, the kitchen balances a clean and contemporary minimalism with more nostalgic flavours – that faceted island making us think of both luxe ’80s minimalism and a vast, ancient monolith.
But what’s more retro than a sunken lounge? Sumptuous velvet Cassina furniture (care of Mobilia) invites long evenings relaxing with a wine (or perhaps a fondue), and offset the crisp lines of the curved staircase – which is illuminated by both a huge, moon-like round window and an overhead skylight.
Skylights are used throughout the home – including, dramatically, in the practically monastic primary bedroom’s ensuite, paired with a striking floor to ceiling use of Noce Eschilo travertine.
Elsewhere, three other bathrooms offset the gravitas of the travertine with the more playful Kit Kat-style olive green tiles.
The bedroom itself is a mellow retreat, mimicking the blush tones of the travertine in quilted velvet, wall-to-wall drapery and plush carpeting and the sweet addition of those pearl-like Michael Anastassiades sconces.