Vogue Australia

Vogue Australia Tuesday 19 February 2019

The Bolton Coach House project. An 18th century dwelling serves as a designers opportunity to indulge in playful colour and contrasting materials.

Wandering through what was once 18th century coach-house and paper mill – and is now a contemporary family home — its hard to believe the interior isn’t some fabulous downtown Manhattan loft or ancient southern Italian farmhouse. Rather, this four-bedroom residence, where Irish designer Roisin Lafferty has married an industrial mix of glass, steel and brass with the rough-hewn comforting tactility of old stone and exposed brick, sits right on the verdant outskirts of Dublin on a former grand Georgian country estate. And although the city itself is known for its slightly grey pallor, Lafferty has somehow magicked up striking spaces drenched with light and uncluttered airiness, imbued with a strong, sharp contrast between old and new.

“I like to design spaces that take people on a journey,” Lafferty says. (Case in point: the way she has transformed the ground floor into a multi-level space with sunken pockets and an effortless fusion of the outdoors with the interiors.) “We deliberately created interesting nooks and crannies to contrast the openness of the house after it was first converted a few years ago. Spatial layout to me is the most important thing about interior design because it impacts how you feel at home and therefore how you see the world and all aspects of your life: A sense of seamlessness was key for maximising the flow of light. colour and calm throughout the house. The design cleverly conceals powder rooms and storage so the wall finishes, flooring and high-quality detailing discreetly merge from one space A the next. Mild steel portals also help to connect the different zones, framing the view as you walk around the space.

Details such as furniture and lighting have been otherwise kept to an absolute minimum and further demarcate each zone. wanted as little as possible to detract from the elegant simplicity of the space: the designer says.

To soften the steel, marble and polished plaster elements, Lafferty has timed for the sensual curves of classic mid-century furniture pieces, such as Eero Saarinen’s Tulip table, as well as playful and sculptural lighting with the bright red Maison Dada ceiling lam, in the sitting nook. 1 also love the large scale of the Edizioni Design circular pendants hanging above the dining table; Lafferty. says. “They’re still fine enough so as not to block the eyeline when looking through the space from, say, the dining room to the garden.”

There are other clever touches, too. Brass skirting unexpectedly frames the entrance hall, and Lafferty has cleverly transitioned one room to the next through the use of different floor finishes, from smoked oak and geometric tile to concrete. The use of mirrors throughout the house also helps “to trick the eye so it’s not quite sure what it’s seeing”. A cantilevered table, magically merging the inside of the house to the outside terrace. is lined with the same deep blue zellige tiles as the walls and a long bench, creating the sense of a cohesive whole. “I wanted the space to read as one colour, as if all growing up and out of the same thing.”

The result is a harmonious balance of gutsy, masculine textures with sculptural, sensual sophistication. 1 wanted to challenge how to showcase the traditional character and charm of the original architecture against a memorable modern backdrop,” says Lafferty. ‘When people first walk in, they feel slightly giddy with exploring the space, each in their own different way — for kids, the pink nook is always their first stop — but there’s a wonderful sense of serenity being here. It’s such a beautiful space to be in.”

Customisation has always played a vital role in the way Lafferty designs. From the sofas and beds to the long elliptical mirrors trimmed in brass that line the entrance hallway, almost every detail here is unique. “We also design as much as possible ourselves because it ensures we get the proportions right, so each piece works better in the space,” she says. The design of the freestanding bed in the main bedroom, for example, lined in bespoke tiles from Spain — “designed to look old and worn” — somehow makes the generous proportions of the room more intimate.

Far from shying away from the old mill’s preserved stone barrel vaults, Lafferty has boldly married them with new three metre-high ceilings. Instead of walls. she has used elements such a marble kitchen island and customised ribbed glass and steel framed doors (their shapes echoing the vaulted ceilings) to help divide the large open-plan areas into specific zones.

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