The KBS Residence designed by Nickolas Gurtler has a timeless and elegant interior with an Australian foundation complemented by influences from other sides of the world as well. It became the perfect home for a vibrant young couple.
The Australian studio Nickolas Gurtler Interior Design (NGID) creates surprising and sophisticated interiors time and time again. They always strive for functionality and luxury, with an end result that's still personal and tailored to the client. For this beautiful KBS Residence, they translated the wishes of the owners, a young couple, into a beautifully elegant home. The house couldn't be too boring or too serious for the energetic owners. That is why we find playful and surprising details in every room. For the design, which is full of strong and clean lines plus a masterful use of light, Gurtler was inspired by none other than our own master architect Vincent Van Duysen as well as contemporary French architecture.
NGID brings a mix of special pieces in the contemporary interior.
The house is shrouded in a colour palette of black, white and grey with brown, wooden or brass elements here and there. The kitchen seems somewhat monotonous with the white and black, but a few playful elements – which Gurtler himself calls 'sophisticated jewels' – bring this into balance. The marble breaks through the palette and the 'Journey wall scones' of &Tradition are a nice detail. Those spheres reminded Gurtler of the moon and so nicely match the marble where he made the same connection: "I selected the rare Super White Dolomite stone that has a highly fragmented texture and that reminded me of the surface of the moon." The simple 'Mater High Stools' bar stools from Space Copenhagen fit in well with the whole. Since the colour palette is fairly simple and sober, Gurtler opted for some special and classic pieces in terms of lighting and furniture. "We wanted an eclectic mix of very special pieces where each piece has its own statement and beauty both on its own and in context," Gurtler says. In the living room, we find a beautiful 'Togo Fireside' chair designed by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset in orange/brown leather and also an iconic vintage chair by Pierre Jeanneret. The 'Bell' coffee tables by Classicon are also nice additions. In the dining room, there is an impressive table that is, not for nothing, Gurtler's favourite piece, namely a 'Table En Forme Libre' designed by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina. The choice of lighting was as important as the choice of furniture, and all pieces follow the same palette of materials and style: "The lighting is strictly limited to the spectrum of brushed brass textures to add moments of glamour, with highly geometric pieces such as the 'Agnes' chandelier by Lindsey Adleman and the 'Atollo' table lamp by Oluce."
Each piece makes a statement, on its own as well as in context.
The staircase, made of Belgian oak, leads to the private rooms. The same elegant atmosphere carries on. In the bedrooms, there is a serene and cosy atmosphere thanks to the dark grey wool carpet. Luxurious touches such as the exclusive linen and a vintage 'Pierre Jeanneret' bench have been added. On the top floor, there's an office space on the landing.
The end result is a beautiful contemporary home with references to its Australian foundation but also with a worldly atmosphere thanks to refined materials and iconic pieces. A beautiful interpretation of timeless design masterpieces. © Nickolas Gurtler
Photographer: Dion Robeson