Moroso Cloudscape armchair from Matisse (matisse.co.nz) and Tom Dixon stools from ECC (ecc.co.nz).

Cool and contemporary, this curved home throws a new angle on the art of living

The sculptural form of the two-storey Canopy House seems to hover weightlessly among the plane trees in a leafy Melbourne suburb. Brought to humming life by Michael Leeton of Leeton Pointon Architects + Interiors and Allison Pye Interiors, this architectural artwork functions as a brilliant backdrop to a busy couple and their three children.

Moooi Bart daybed sofa from ECC, Glas Italia Atlantis low table from ECC, Sconce from Studio Henry Wilson and Gubi poufs from Cult Design.

Serpentine curves define the exterior with a curved wall along the horseshoe driveway shielding the property from neighbours and extending the visual impact of the near-white facade, pleasantly punctuated by the verdant green of two long-standing elm trees.

Mattiazzi He Said/She Said chairs from Simon James and Gubi Semi pendant from Cult Design.

The near-minimalist interiors of oak, limestone and polished plaster add to the seamlessly sleek finish, with oak floorboards stretching up some walls for a touch of warmth. On the glass-encased ground floor the family converge on the expansive kitchen, sunken family room and formal and casual dining areas. 

Spaces are defined by the gently winding staircase, which upstairs separates the master bedroom from the three children’s rooms and their dedicated play zone. 

The long-standing relationship between Pointon and Pye can be seen in the attention to such details as rounded corners of raw brass set to develop a patina to match the bronze mirrors used in cabinetry.

Left: Tio chairs from Simon James. Right: Flos 265 wall light from ECC.

Sustainability boxes are all ticked with consideration given to plentiful light streaming through the property, with the angular top level offering welcome shade below from the brutal Australian sun. Solar panels and a rainwater runoff tank are integrated into the building’s fine lines.

Bursts of blue add to the coolness of the interior, defining a home which effortlessly captures the art of living.

Get the Look: Abstracto II artwork from Sarsfield Brooke, Tom Dixon Beat Flat pendant from ECC, Handy side table from Delux Interiors, Bensen Hi Turn chair from Tim Webber Design, Exteta Zen stools from Designers’ Collection, Poltrona Frau Lepli foot rest from Studio Italia.
Image credit: Lisa Cohen

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