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Pendal and Neille’s Simon Pendal (above
left, with Stephen Neille) tells us what he
loves about design.
What feature of this extension are you most
pleased with? That everything is integ rated into
a carefully composed whole. This is very difficult to
do. It takes time a nd effor t, a nd requires great clients ,
and trus t wor thy a nd committed builde rs. We were
lucky to have both of these, which allowed every part
to find its natural place in the project overal l.
Where do you find your inspiration? Over time,
we have developed a very specific approach to
architecture. First and foremost it is grounded in
the making of compelling rooms with beauty and
atmosphere. B ecau se of the natu re of o ur climate
and its harsh light, we try to bala nce ro oms with
diffuse, n atural top-lighting that cou n terac ts the
ha rsh con trast of direct light. We like the idea that
roo ms are like miniatu re wo rlds.
Is there a design era that you feel epitomises
your st yle? Not really, ho wever we do have
a great love of the 1930s Arts and Crafts houses
that were built thro ughout Perth. These ten d
to have a great se nse of scale. They also have
so me won derful ex pression s of intimac y,
which could be a fireplace or a bay window
with lead-light glass an d a place to sit.
What’s one piece you don’t own but wished you
did, and why? There’s a rug we o nce saw when
we visited a ho use i n Ocean Reef. The own er was
a lovely wo ma n with the most in credible array
of Scandinavian design – furniture, lighting and
fabrics. She had an origina l A rne Jacobsen ru g,
circu lar a nd probably two metres in diameter, with
radiating con centric rings of colou r – red, o ran ge,
yellow, white. It was in credibly beautiful.
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06 The kitchen’s neutral colour palette allows it
to feel connected to the rest of the room.
07 The high ceilings in the ensuite and the wet
internal garden create a sense of space.
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