Famed architecture and design firm Travis Walton, one of Australia’s Best Design Companies, had in 2020 a stunning project that we can say its one of the best Design Projects of 2020! The mission? To transform a 2000 square metres mansion built by Davies Henderson into a unique and extravagant home. The result? Excellency.
Declaring zero margin for error in details and materials that are no longer viable in residential architecture, Walton hides in plain sight over 20 components concealed in the archways that stream passage from the ‘power’ entry into a field-size formal living room to the left, and a study styled with all the empirical grunt of Napoleon’s war room to the right.
Classicism is visibly explored through every inch of the private mansion: from a façade defined by the giant Doric order to a foyer fizzing with floral-scroll moldings in French Renaissance style, to an outer garden given all the manicured precision of Petit Trianon by landscape architect Jack Merlo.
One of Walton’s most proud moments of his work is the standard for which he holds craftsmanship lost to a bygone world. A feature present in most of his works, but especially in this modern-day temple, it’s a feat that truly encapsulates the allure of luxury design. The owner of this private mansion expressed that there is only one thing she loves more than her four children and absolutely had to be prominent throughout the residence: Gucci.
That love expresses with largesse in a first-floor boudoir that is off-the-charts big, fitted with banks of Gucci-filled cabinets and furnished with one-of-a-kind art and objects commissioned by the Italian fashion house in the esteem of her patronage. Love? This is the sort of commitment to style that sustains couture, the dazzling emerald sequined manifestation of which drapes a dummy in the dressing-room corner.