When Belle Magazine’s Interior Designer of the Year, Hecker Guthrie was tasked with creating the interiors of ‘Leo Apartments’ in Hawthorn East and given a brief to deliver luxury as standard, the end result was always going to be nothing short of spectacular.
A project by Kokoda Property, the developer approached Hecker Guthrie to design the interiors of LEO with a desire to appeal to the local owner occupier market where luxury is considered standard and the median house price sits at over $1.5million.
With its signature Scandinavian styling Hecker Guthrie has succeeded in capturing the essence of elegant living with white marble benchtops, custom joinery and tapware, bespoke cabinetry and pure wool carpet incorporated into each apartment’s design.
Some simple design features such as a mirror to frame the island bench at floor level and a custom designed hanging mirror in the bathroom add even more sophistication to the minimal yet tactile interiors.
White track and concrete feature pendant lighting are both very much on-trend while still delivering a timeless appeal, while white timber oak flooring completes the look for the modern kitchen and living spaces.
Tasked with bringing their unique design vision to life in a replica LEO Apartments display suite, Hecker Guthrie chose an eclectic mix of furniture with a fresh Scandinavian undertone to complete the space.
The pieces included a tan leather butterfly chair by Muumuu and a white dining table from Blu Dot which was paired back with shaker-style dining chairs.
Hecker Guthrie chose some of the furnishings from Ikea and Freedom, demonstrating how the end user doesn’t necessarily need to rely on designer products alone to achieve a look of pure refinement.
So how can design addicts replicate Hecker Guthrie’s signature style at home? Director Paul Hecker said lighting and greenery should take priority in homes where space is limited.
” Lighting is very important, and lamp light is invariably kinder than overhead light. Planting and greenery are also important – any time you place a living thing in your home and give it the required amount of attention it expresses an element of care,” he says.