The Weekly Review
28th May, 2014
By Liz McLachlan
Interior designer Miriam Fanning says it’s a joy to work with a developer that truly values design. Fanning, the principal of design practice Mim Design, appreciates the philosophies her company – and industry – share with Little Projects.
“As designers, we know how design can change lives by creating positive environments for people to live and work in,” she says.
Fanning and her team have been working on their fourth multiresidential collaboration with Little Projects, known for its superior lifestyle developments in some of Melbourne’s most sought-after locations, including South Yarra, Port Melbourne, Brunswick East and Kew East.
“Attention to detail is really important because it’s not just about building; it’s about creating a project that has personality, reason and purpose. This is why we love working with Little Projects.” Fanning says.
“They’re open and honest, fabulous at listening to new ideas; they make sure they know what their buyers want from living spaces and amenities and where they want to live.
“It really does help when a developer has a strong vision. Little Projects values their future residents and wants them to live well. For Little Projects, it’s not just about fitting bedrooms, bathrooms and living within four walls. They want to give people a whole lot more. Design excellence it makes in creating positive living environments that are valued by buyers and the surrounding community.”
Little Projects managing director Michael Fox says great design is the fundamental part of the company’s development business.
“The interiors are critical to how people live and work in their apartments. People love and enjoy Miriam’s creativity,” he says. “She has been integral in taking our latest developments to another level.”
Little Projects’ latest development, Lux & Modern, is on the corner of Strathalbyn Street and Strathwyn Place in Kew East. It comprises a group of 12 deluxe two-storey townhouses with prices ranging from $739,000 to $1.15 million and is due to be finished late next year.
For Lux & Modern, the Mim Design team designed holistic interiors that covered everything from layouts to finishes and colour palettes to joinery.
Lux & Modern has been created for savvy Kew home-buyers who appreciate craftsmanship and value exceptional design.
Fanning says the idea was to create a beautiful townhouse development that embodied the joy of living in a well-designed space.
“Lux & Modern is a group of townhouses that required individual personality – they had to appeal to young families as well as to people who wanted to downsize, and to young professionals,” she says.
“We brought in modern elements that also encompassed a luxurious nature, particularly in their texture and finish. All our joinery has customised handles and beautifully routed timber line work.”
Key considerations included finding a balance between classic and contemporary design and creating environments that inspired owners to place their personal stamp on their home.
Fanning selected a neutral palette of layered greys, oatmeal tones and deep charcoals to create a sophisticated interior with clean architectural lines.
Premium materials and finishes were chosen for their texture and form. They include natural stone in the kitchens and bathrooms and blonde timber flooring and panelling. The main bedroom and en suite were given luxury hotel treatment using stone and timber detailing.
Fanning has used stairways as an opportunity to introduce more light to both levels of the townhouses.
“It was as important to have a living space that felt cosy in winter and light and airy in summer,” she says.
Mim Design’s first collaboration with Little Projects, at ILK, in South Yarra, was recently shortlisted in the residential decoration award category of this year’s Australian Interior Design Awards.
Delighted with the ILK work, Little Projects asked Mim Design to create South Yarra, due for completion in August next year. Fanning says these designs have a focus on contemporary design with timeless appeal.
Work on the interiors of the Rye Lofts in Little Projects’ $215 million transformation of the historic Tip Top precinct in Brunswick East followed. These apartments sold out months before their expected completion next month.
Fanning says design must, above all, work and be practical, otherwise it is difficult to live well. She and her team recognise that people need to use their homes, whatever shape or size, for far more than just eating and sleeping.
“It is really important that your space feels like home,” she says.