Federal House by Edition Office

September 06, 2021

Back to Black

Federal House by Edition OfficeThe little black dress, [insert your colour here] is the new black, any colour you like as long as it is black... Black has always been regarded as the colour of choice for style-makers and design aficionados alike. Few architects, however, have dared to design an entirely black home. As this rather cool house shows, they have nothing to fear and a lot of serenity to gain.

Designed by the architects at Edition Office, Federal House is located in the  rolling countryside not far from Byron Bay in Australia. The house is in the shape of a simple rectangular block with a sleek pitched roof. A corner of the building cantilevers over the steep site, exposing the lower ground floor which is partly built into the hillside. The entire house is painted black, giving it a discrete appearance and helping it to blend into the surrounding landscape surprisingly well. The vertical slats of the cladding also makes the building feel much lighter than its monolithic form would otherwise suggest.

A pair of enormous barn-style doors at the entrance open up to an extensive deck which wraps around the main living space, with slatted screens on one side to provide shade. At the heart of the house is an enclosed courtyard filled with lush ferns in a nod to the verdant landscape outside. Inside the house wood walls and floors add much warmth whilst the sleek and comfortable furniture contribute to the welcoming atmosphere. The overwhelming vibe is one of calm and tranquility. This can be felt most keenly in the basement swimming pool - a dark, contemplative retreat which oozes zen. This is a great example of the transformative power of the colour black.

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Product Inspiration

Set the mood with sleek black furniture such as the Discipline sofa from Stellar Works, the Bonnie & Clyde centre table from Dooq and the Memories rug from Golran.

Discipline Sofa Half Back Left - Stellar Works - Do Shop   Bonnie & Clyde Center Table - Dooq - Do Shop   Memories Rug - Firuzabad Dark - Golran - Do Shop

 

Give your lights a discrete presence by choosing black frames, such as the Stchu-Moon pendant light from Catellani & Smith, the Dome lamp from Mater and the Can Can floor lamp from Ghidini 1961.

Stchu-Moon Pendant Lamp - Catellani & Smith - Do Shop   Dome Lamp - Mater - Do Shop   Can Can Floor Lamp - Ghidini 1961 - Do Shop

 

Make a statement with black accessories such as the Sphere Vase Square Hexa from 101 Copenhagen, the Bar Stand from Nomon and the Eclip mirror and coat rack from Formae.

Sphere Vase Square Hexa - 101 Copenhagen - Do Shop   Bar Stand - Nomon - Do Shop   Eclip Mirror and Coat Rack - Formae - Do Shop

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