Host House by Splinter Society
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All too often, homeowners build extensions which blend into the existing house when a bold, high-contrast design can be much more effective and interesting.
For the Host House in Melbourne, for example, the architects at Splinter Society extended a traditional white cottage by building a two-storey rear extension with sharp angular walls cladded in black timber. The contrast with the original cottage, with its dramatic white rafters, cannot be starker. This contrast is cleverly softened by the use of jagged edges, from the black timber planks (used inside and outside the house), to the unusual rough edges of the marble kitchen counter top. The end effect is stylish and harmonious, a clever mix of monochrome cool and Scandinavian calm. Much better, in our view, than a boring white box.
Go monochrome cool with the Float modular sofa from Stellar Works, the Galaxy coffee table from Diesel Living and the ABC bookcase from Saporiti.
For stylishly simple lights in black and white, try the Salon chandelier from 101 Copenhagen, the Black Note Triplet floor light from LZF and the Balance table light from Oblure.
A great way to replicate the rough timber and stone textures is to use wallpapers such as the Scrapwood wallpaper, the Concrete wallpaper and the Beige marble wallpaper, all by NLXL.