Laura. Home Ideas. October 02nd , 2017.
Stuart Rattle proves the point that a good designer can turn his eye to anything. Stuart has been well known as a fashion designer in Melbourne. For seven years his shop, The Plate Store, had high visibility and success on the Bridge Road, Richmond, fashion beat. It was as tough an induction into the business world as a boy from the Riverina could inflict upon himself. Stuart made it.
Recently, Stuart held the final sale and stuck a price tag on everything ― absolutely everything ― including the seven‐meter high palm in its gigantic terracotta pot. After the customers had wheeled away from the clothes and the fittings, he redesigned the shop and opened it as Stuart Rattle Interiors. It looks to have been a good interior design career move.
The years he spent making women look good will not be wasted. His clothes had beautiful detail and luscious fabrics. Now he dresses rooms as he might have dressed models. “Glamour is really important,“ says Stuart. ”This doesn‘t imply that everything has to be the most expensive and lavish. It means that the look has to be smart, with good color and taste, understated.”
His interior design style will be known to Melburnians who eat at the Café Kanis in Richmond and buy gourmet delicacies at Kanis Blake & Kanis in South Yarra. Stuart delineates his style as classical with and edge. But it is always well dressed and beautiful, the flowers are just right, the generous bowl of apples on the dining table is perfect.
Stuart’s favorite design considerations are scale also proportion. ″The right proportion makes things look settled,″ Stuart says. “A seat should sit well in a room, not overly small. I am not keen on over‐sized pieces, it is American thinking that everything needs to be big.“
He has achieved a design miracle with this Toorak apartment. When the client brought him into the project, it was humble, a real ‘flat‘. “It was terrible, built in the thirties, it was depression construction, building on the cheap. It was mean,“ says Stuart, ”That’s the merely way to describe it. Mean.”
″There was none architectural detail at all, no one paneled door, not an architrave, the whole flat was a clean palette. We built in the bookcase and the mantelpiece to give the living room substance.″ Stuart colored it with great restraint. “I didn‘t wish to make a feature of anything, so the walls, floor, and curtains are the same pale stone color.“ The effect is crisp.
Stuart has created a style that is charming, carefully considered, detail layered upon detail. This apartment is fully attractive and smart things arranged with a neat and regular hand. Here, a strong spirit of Georgian discipline lives on.
Stuart Rattle was inspire other people who study interior design masters programs or interior design academy in Melbourne and other Australia cities.
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