House tour: Ballast Point House

Ballast Point House answers the call for a home that combines the owner’s respect for family and nature.

Designed for multi-generational living, the Ballast Point House designed by architectural practice Fox Johnston is a light-filled home clustered around gardens and courtyards.

One of the key challenges of the new build was the location, a difficult 260sqm sandstone ridge site. This challenge was overcome through creation of a podium base consisting of a garage and self-contained apartment over which rests the two-storey dwelling.

The clever and stylish design was shortlisted in the New House over 200sqm category for the 2020 House Awards.

Indoor and outdoor spaces blur together making the space feel bigger and creating a private oasis despite the home being closely surrounded by neighbouring properties.

A simple and natural material and colour palette gives the home an organic, relaxed vibe. Materials used include exposed concrete walls and ceiling, plywood joinery, timber windows and recycled bricks.

Environmentally sustainable design principles were implemented including solar panels, rainwater harvesting, greywater ruse, low-E window glazing.

Clean, soothing lines, natural materials and organic shapes feature throughout the home.

The beautiful gardens were created by landscape practice Dangar Barin Smith.

Upstairs has a soft palette with wainscotted walls and faceted ceilings painted a duck egg blue.

Photography Brett Boardman

Brighten up with the new collections from Pedrali

Pedrali introduces its new collections for 2020, designs that create joy and harmony in the home.

Wellness, comfort and sustainability are the key themes behind the “New Ideas 2020” collections from Italian furniture company Pedrali. Clean design and a pastel palette uplift and soothe the soul, and the high-quality comfort of the range provides the perfect nourishing escape from everyday life.

The new Pedrali collections are the result of two new collaborations. The Blume collection was created in collaboration with 2019 Designer of the Year, Sebastian Herkner. In line with Pedrali’s philsophy the collection merges traditional artisan skills with new production technologies. The Blume collection features soft, rounded shapes in a flower-shape profile, made from extruded aluminium and polyurethane foam. The collection is also complemented by a set of coffee tables featuring the seating’s flower shape profile.

Blume collection by Sebastian Herkner for Pedrali

Rizzini’s work stems from his research into innovative materials and production processes. The lightweight and minimalist Toa table (above) is characterised by a solid die-cast aluminium frame in a fluid geometric design.

Also part of Pedrali’s new collection is the Ila armchair by Patrick Jouin. The armchair features a smooth, taut exterior in rigid polyurethane that cocoons the user for complete relaxation. The backrest and seat are made from a flexible foam which adapts to the body and envelops it like a soft embrace.

Ila armchair by Patrick Jouin for Pedrali

Babila XL by Odo Fioravanti meets a growing demand for environmental sustainability. The inspiration behind Babila XL is the alternating straight lines with curves in order to create a link between the artificial world of industrial products and the natural, sinuous world of the human body. For the collection Pedrali has introduced a new versions of products made entirely from recycled material: 50% from plastic material post-consumer waste and 50% from plastic material industrial waste.

Babila by Odo Fioravanti for Pedrali

The idea behind Panarea, the collection designed by CMP Design is rooted in the Mediterranean coastline, and in the colours and refreshing breeze of an outdoor dinner on a sea-facing terrace.

Panarea for Pedrali

Continuing the collaboration with Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet the Remind chair, has a sensual and romantic design. Functional, versatile and relatively small, this chair is suitable for both outdoor and indoor use.