When the clients brief for their home renovation is to focus on bespoke finishings and localized sourcing, you know the end result will speak volumes.

For Toorak house that renovation meant modernising a tired interior and exterior of a large c1934 family house into a light filled, vibrant, clean, classic contemporary home for a busy family of four.  Blessed with more than adequate bones, the only structural changes required were to the kitchen and laundry area.

Throughout this beautiful home, architect firm Robson Rak designed and fabricated much of the furniture and furnishings to fit the bespoke brief, which also included a large wall sculpture in the living room by Chris Rak; who’s background in sculpture allows for this multi-disciplinarian approach.




The first floor bedrooms and bathrooms were designed with luxurious materials such as Elba marble vanities and timber joinery and plush woolen carpet to achieve a feeling of quiet sanctuary and luxury.





The formal dining/living rooms were kept in their original state, but modernized with the bespoke fireplace mirror, furnishings, and new American oak floorboards.






An open-plan kitchen, dining and living area with bi-fold doors open onto a large terrace, revealing a generous outdoor entertaining area framed by a large ‘Sugar Gum’ timber pergola. This act as eaves in summer to keep the sun at bay while in winter the lower sun streams into the house under the slats and the whole living and kitchen area is bathed in northern light throughout the day.




Details: Architect: Robson Rak Architects |

– Kelly