Furniture showrooms are filled with parts and pieces to make up a home, but a visit to one can often feel austere, hard to put into context and even uninviting. CM Studio, by architects Christopher Glanville and Megan Burns, creates spaces that are elegant but also comfortable and liveable. The duo initiated the Cross Street Project in October last year – a unique real-estate initiative that places beautiful, for-sale furniture pieces and artwork into a property for sale.
This year, CM Studio has created a new iteration of the entirely shoppable concept in Paddington. The Paddington Project has transformed a corner-block worker’s cottage terrace into a beautifully styled, light-filled and tranquil home. “It’s about giving people the opportunity to engage and enjoy,” says Glanville. “Often people will create beautiful houses, but it’s all behind closed doors, so it can be very hard for people to engage with Sydney architecture.”
This time around, Glanville and Burns have partnered with purveyors of contemporary and luxury design furniture at Living Edge. Pieces from Frankfurt-based outfit e15 feature heavily – including the iconic Backenzahn stool in European oak and the Houdini dining chairs in white. For Burns, the e15 aesthetic is the perfect fit. “Very simple, very clean, lots of natural materials, but still with a bit of warmth to it,” she says. Marc Newson for Nortitake crockery also features, as well as Vitra leather pillows and Muuto salt and pepper grinders.
Doctor Cooper’s florals are throughout, as are scents by Maison Balzac. Alaska Projects’ Sebastian Goldspink has curated the art. He has chosen totem-like sculptures by Kate Scardifield, a painting by Catherine Clayton Smith and photography by Bart Celestino.
The Paddington Project
51 Oatley Road, Paddington
November 27–29, 1pm–5pm
December 4–6, 1pm–5pm