The clients of Pavilion House wanted a contemporary family home inspired by their time living in LA. Reflecting their love of mid-twentieth-century architecture, it merges a modernist-inspired addition and an 1880s Victorian estate and features furniture and objects from DOMO that nod to post-war biomorphic, organic design.
Robson Rak restored and reconfigured the original house and designed the new pavilion and pool cabana. The bedrooms with ensuites are in the front house, as is a striking blue library as a playful, contemporary touch. Ligne Roset’s Ploum Sofa navigates the corner of the library, with its rounded form ample and ultra-soft curves. Its textured upholstery complements the detailed mouldings, and the tonal palettes sets blues against blues. While the Ploum Sofa is a contemporary design by the Bouroullec brothers, its origins lie in the mid-twentieth century when designers created more organic and biomorphic shapes to respond to the form of the body.
Similarly, Ligne Roset’s Grillage settee and armchair in the new pool cabana has light, origami-like forms that mimic the curves of the body to provide comfortable and ergonomic seating. The curved and folded steel mesh is also reminiscent of classic pieces of mid-century modern furniture, such as Harry Bertoia’s sculptural wire chairs from the early 1950s.
The design of the pavilion takes cues from Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Le Corbusier’s Barcelona Pavilion, with transparent forms, a fluid sense space and diminishing boundaries between the interior and exterior. The simple palette enhances the visual impact of the garden seen through the vast expanses of glass, and limestone walls add texture, inspired by the Ashlar pattern of the original stonework on the Victorian house.
The addition accommodates kitchen, dining and living areas, with a double-sided fireplace creating a partial division in the room. Ligne Roset’s Roseau Vase sits on a low shelf that surrounds the fireplace, and has a simple, sculptural form. Resembling the shoots of a budding plant, the vase has an inner vitality and expresses a sense of growth, a characteristic that was also present in organic mid-century design.
The house also includes Vitra’s Brass Tripod Clock that sits on the desk in the study. George Nelson designed the clock, amongst a wide array of other objects, to bring modern design into American homes. They have since become sought-after icons and cherished collectors’ items for enthusiasts of mid-century modernist design.
Pavilion House featured in Belle magazine’s Feb-Mar 2019 issue.
Architecture and Interiors by Robson Rak @robsonrakarchitects
Styling by Swee Lim @sweedesign
Photography by Shannon McGrath @shannonmcgrath7
Art by @rebeccahastingsartist from @flinderslanegallery and vessels by @emmadavies.art