Elwood House by Robson Rak Architects and Made by Cohen
This month a very calming and demure interior resultant of another successful collaboration between Robson Rak Architects and interior design firm Made by Cohen. Elwood House is a soothing retreat that draws upon classic interior elements and combines them with a light, contemporary touch to create spaces that feel warm and weightless.
The interior is a compilation of gently balanced architectural details that subtly repeat in varying incarnations throughout the space and provide for a layered, coherent and comprehensive interior palette. This begins with the pared back architecture – including a lack of cornicing and skirting boards – that focuses emphasis on the vertical and horizontal planes inherent in all architectural space, and allows spatial volumes to expand without constraint. Vertical and horizontal elements are then used as interior design elements across the house, including in the striped kitchen cabinets and the faint, broad horizontal strokes of the timber flooring.The overall colour palette is powerfully soothing; a soft blend of warm grey whites, fair timber, and the occasional instance of muted blacks. This palette disperses light effortlessly throughout the spaces, creating a distinctively restful mood.
Only in a space with such clarity does such a light-handed design approach work to such great effect – each of the elements quietly complementing one another rather than competing. The result is a space layered with nuanced details, beautiful architectural space, and an underlying sense of easy elegance.All photographs by Shannon McGrath, accessed from Robson Rak Architects