The clients had requested a complete refresh of their three bedroom apartment in East Melbourne, to serve as their primary residence after downsizing from a house in the country. Two of the rooms were designated as separate study rooms that could be flexible guest bedrooms, leaving the open plan living and kitchen as wholly shared spaces.
▼起居室作为开放的共享空间，living room as the shared space ©Daniel Walker
▼开放式厨房，open plan kitchen ©Daniel Walker
Faced with a contradiction of a lack of natural light, and the desire for privacy from the offices located opposite the west-facing balcony; we replaced the existing plantation shutters with a simple sheer curtain.
▼纱帘为房间带来自然光线，sheer curtain brings natural light into the flat ©Daniel Walker
The conversation then steered towards embracing low light levels with a sombre material palette; a textured canvas for art and curios collected throughout their travels.
▼贯穿主体空间的黑色漆墙，satin black stained veneer wall throughout the flat ©Daniel Walker
A satin black stained veneer wall of scalloped timber planks unfurls from the entry hallway across the dining and living spaces like a lacquerware cabinet, three pivot doors concealing the laundry and storage cupboards and the threshold to the main bedroom (from dark to light a surprise).
▼漆墙隐藏了储物空间，concealed storage space behind the wall ©Daniel Walker
▼墙后的明亮空间带来视觉反差，the bright space behind the wall brings visual contrast ©Daniel Walker
▼家装材料以暗色为基调，a sombre material palette ©Daniel Walker
▼风格一致的装饰品，decorations match up with the interior design ©Daniel Walker
Coupled with the desire for as much concealed storage space as possible throughout the apartment, the clients also asked for a streamlined reorganization of the living space and kitchen to include an area for meals that could naturally shift between contemplative morning coffees and after dinner drinks with friends.
▼新增的用餐区域，reorganized area for meals ©Daniel Walker
The alcoves for shelves and the kitchen benchtop become a way to give depth to shadows as they wrap around a flower arrangement or book. A more surgical intervention was made to widen the entry hallway to accommodate an art wall and mitigate the ‘dance’ guests have to perform as they enter.
▼展示摆件、书本和绿植的壁龛，shelves with decorations, books and plants ©Daniel Walker
▼卧室，bed room ©Daniel Walker
Project name: Lacquerwall
Location: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Project size: 114 ㎡
Completion date: 2020
General Contractor: Jarah Construction
Photography: Daniel Walker
Stylist: Chooi Si Chok