Como by Design offered the opportunity to view historic Como House 'Reimagined' by over 20 interior designers. The brief was the enviable task of designing the second half of the hallway and stairwell.
The femininity, strength and journey of Caroline Armytage provided the inspiration for this fantastic project. The result was a textured, soft space connected to both nature and culture.
Being transitional spaces as opposed to final destinations in themselves, I used a pared back collection of fabrics, sisal and foliage and a handful of furniture pieces. Mustards, forest greens and burnt oranges feature in patterned curtains and an original Batik Artwork from Sri Lanka, referencing both my own heritage as well as Caroline’s fondness for nature as well as her wide and varied world travels.
The grand archway that separates the hallway from the staircase zone delineates the original smaller building from the later addition which was added by the Armytage family. This transition from the original home into the newer addition is celebrated through a parallel transition from more traditional furnishings in the hallway to a slightly bolder and more modern application of furniture, colour and pattern approaching the staircase, including a breathtaking floral arrangement adorning the leadlight staircase window.
The undertaking of completing an interior is always a collaborative process between the designer, client and suppliers; this project is no different and whilst each space exhibited each designer’s own unique aesthetic, a key influence for every zone is the history of the home and the Armytage family which is the common thread.
Special thanks to all supporting industry suppliers and sponsors, including Unique Fabrics, Mokum Textiles, DBG Building Group, BQ Design, District, Cecilia Fox, Floorspace, Thonet, Behruz, Kay and Burton, The English Tapware Company, The Textile Company, Cromwell Australia. In addition, a big thank you Tigger Hall, National Trust Victoria and Mercer. Also thanks to Andrew Mitchell (The Design Coach) for the encouragement and guidance.