As part gallery, part home, the foundations from which Hawthorn East are built needed to embody an innate flexibility and become a chameleon of sorts. Designed in collaboration between Melanie Beynon and Megan Hounslow, the transformation of an existing 1930s home into a relevant and timeless iteration is the result of a clear and mindful approach.
In order to bring the home into a sensible and relevant iteration of itself, the inherited and wearied bones of the original home in Hawthorn East were in much need of revitalisation and attention. Located amongst similar vintage and generously scaled homes, maintaining and preserving that resulting sense of character and history was crucial, while also creating an individual home that resonated with the client. Home to the owner of a high-end contemporary fine art loan company, the brief for the home was part gallery, part residence – allowing for a changing rotation of artwork as needed. In amongst the changing elements, the home also needed to retain its connection to heritage and the inherent crafted character. Designed in collaboration between Melanie Beynon and Megan Hounslow (formally of practice Meme), the resulting home combines a nod to its storied past, while presenting itself as a time-wearing contemporary and relevant home.