The Auburn by Splinter Society

The Auburn, designed by Splinter Society, is a brand-new development in Hawthorn, comprising 14 luxurious, contemporary residences. DOMO interior stylist Nicole Guglielmo curated the furniture and lighting for the photography shoot, collaborating with architect Chris Stanley and photographer Sharyn Cairns.

Splinter Society’s is renowned for crafted, tactile and contemporary architecture. The exterior of The Auburn is diverse palette of materials, including bronze metal mesh, industrial steel, glass and natural stone, while the interior is focus on refined comfort. Every apartment is distinctly different from one another, with a unique configuration, quality joinery and private outdoor space.

Nicole styled a two-bedroom ground-floor apartment that opens to the outdoors. This connection and transparency inspired a holistic approach to the furniture selection, with indoor and outdoor pieces complementing the architecture, interiors and landscaping.

Like the architecture, the furnishings are in a diverse palette of materials, with colours to complement the garden. The smaller floor plan of the apartment meant the pieces needed to functional while also having a strong presence, so Nicole selected iconic pieces with a mixture of rectilinear and curvilinear shapes to complement and contrast the bold architecture.

This is seen in the living area, where two Ligne Roset Pumpkin armchairs are paired with a Wittmann Kubus sofa. The de Sede DS-612 coffee table is in the centre, and a Ligne Roset Solveig floor lamp in the corner, all sitting on a striking, yet subtle Halcyon Lake rug designed by artist and architect Paulina Herrara.  The swivelling Pumpkin chairs can be oriented toward the television, the coffee table or the garden, enhancing the functionality of the furniture and the living area. Their plump round form is a contrast to the strict geometric lines of the Kubus sofa, designed by early modernist Josef Hoffmann.

The soft sage green leather of the sofa complements the landscaping, drawing a sense of the outdoors inside, as does the darker olive-green leather on the de Sede DS-515 bar stools.

Between the sofa and bar stools, the Ligne Roset TV dining chairs are placed around the smoked glass HC28 Cosmo Siff dining table. The chairs have a mid-century-inspired form, and the light grey, textured fabric is ideal for everyday use.

A small study or home office nook is also part of the dining and living space. Not wanting it to look like an office however, Nicole selected the Wittmann Fledermaus chair, which is decorative, functional and compact. “One chair, one opportunity, why not make a statement,” Nicole says.

Outside, the paved courtyard has been semi-divided into a lounge area and dining area, creating two outdoor rooms and making the two-bedroom apartment seem even more generous. The lounge area is furnished with the DOMO Outdoor Soda sofa and armchair, and the KUN Design Lotus coffee table. The dining area has Roda chairs and Lotus table, which has a beautiful, scalloped pedestal base. The chairs are stackable and can be left out year-round, as their mesh fabric quickly drains and dries.

Finishing the selection, Wittmann’s Oyster lounge chair and footstool are a sophisticated addition to the bedroom. The size of the room meant the chair had be a statement, and the round shape upholstered in dark chestnut velvet is elegant, luxurious and contemporary, like The Auburn itself.

For more information about DOMO’s interior styling services, speak to the experienced staff at a DOMO showroom in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. You can also view the furniture on display, and online at