The latest project by Perth-based multi-disciplinary design studio State of Kin nestles into a Mount Hawthorn streetscape with varied architectural styles–1930s Californian bungalows sit alongside Federation-era homes and character-filled cottages. The Sweep House offers a contemporary addition, taking cues from some of the modernist architecture you might find in Palm Springs.
From an unexpectedly curved kitchen nook to an outdoor skylight anchored by a mature tree and a bold sweeping staircase, there are moments of interest and drama around almost every turn. “The organic forms are compelling and idiosyncratic yet soothing and restful,” explains architect and State of Kin co-founder Ara Salomone.
The client, a family of four, wanted to become part of the Mount Hawthorn community in a space where they felt at home. Their brief was “a large white box with a hint of Greece and Palm Springs,” which immediately resonated with State of Kin. The vision for the design was clear from the beginning, but it was also essential to create cosy and functional spaces suitable for family life.
While the architecture is sharp and modern, velvety textures and soft furnishings have created a private sanctuary. State of Kin worked exclusively with Mobilia to specify the furniture, choosing from the company’s exclusive European brands.
Cassina’s Maralunga sofa, designed in the 1970s by Italian architect Vico Magistretti adds a retro feel to a sunken lounge with luxurious carpeting. The rich burgundy upholstery creates a warm, inviting atmosphere set against the dramatic staircase above.
Meanwhile, flowing Kvadrat curtaining encases the primary bedroom with the hero of the space– a padded, curved bed (the inimitable Redondo, designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso). The quilted shell complements the other soft finishes to create a layered, tonal room.
Outside, Kettal’s aluminium Stampa chairs surround Cassina’s round Dine Out table in a green terrazzo finish. The table mirrors a circular skylight that punctuates the canopy and invites dappled light into the courtyard, filtering through the leaves of a mature tree.
Importantly, the Sweep House will evolve with its owners' needs over time. It balances statement design with functional, inviting interiors for enjoying everyday life.
"While the architecture is sharp and modern, velvety textures and soft furnishings have created a private sanctuary. State of Kin worked exclusively with Mobilia to specify the furniture, choosing from the company’s exclusive European brands."