Last year Pepo had the pleasure of meeting Dominic Kuneman a budding Interior Designer who engaged us to create a garden inspired by the retro feel and bold garden aesthetics of the Parker Hotel, Chateaux Marmont, The Beverley Hills Hotel and the Royal Hawaiian. We recently installed a balcony garden to compliment his design of an apartment in Bellevue Hill with the brief of ‘American Psycho’! A sleek monotone colour scheme paired with the minimalist, spiky and unusual foliage of the cactus and succulents was chosen. As a nod to ‘American Psycho’, we included a bright orange boar designed by the German artist Ottmar Hörl from our friends at Garden Life.
Is there common thread to your interior design projects?
So far they have all been redesigns of classic Eastern Suburbs flats. I think the common thread in terms of aesthetic, would have to be the sense of ease you feel when you’re in the space. Whether it’s a beachside, white-washed, art deco apartment – or a minimalist moody 1960s pad, they should feel easy to exist in, always have a nod toward modernism, yet have clear character.
What inspires you in your work as an interior designer?
My biggest inspiration is probably film. I’m very interested in the story of the human within the space, I think you have to be. So in that way films provide me with the whole package. The other way I start the design process is by focusing on a key piece or art or furniture and building a story outwards from there.
We have been working with Francesco for a while now and we wanted to share with you his latest work in our Parsley Bay garden. A new curved entry path and steps required a handrail, and of course the client commissioned Francesco to create one to suit the botanical inspired metalwork he had previously forged for their garden. The new handrail grows from the ground to create a truly unique, functional artwork for our clients home!
Since graduating from RMIT (Melbourne) in 2008, photographer Natalie Hunfalvay has travelled interstate and internationally working across many areas of the industry. Natalie frequently works with outdoor stylist Adam Robinson and together they have styled and photographed some of our projects for various magazines. Her detailed photographs tell a story of their own and it is her ability to capture the mood of the garden in a single shot that inspired us to ask her to work with us to develop our portfolio.
International Year of Light
As the days begin to get darker we wanted to remind you that 2015 marks the International Year of Light! We are pleased to share with you some creative new exterior lighting solutions that we have been introduced to. These are some of our favourite exterior lights from Karman including Settenani and Plancton. If you have an exterior space that could be uplifted with one of these beautiful lights coming into Autumn and Winter, give us a call and we can give you more information.
Rozelle Courtyard Garden
The brief involved creating a sloped lawn to lie on and cloud gaze for a client with a sore back. We were to create a large herb and vegetable garden as well as a reading nook in the client’s favourite spot in the garden. In a small space this could be a challenge! The idea was to create a sculptural framework for these spaces to exist and provide visual interest from the second story of the home. Pepo worked closely with designer/fabricator, Peter Grey of Satori Images, to create this corten steel ribbon edge.
We’re excited to tell you about our involvement in the renovation of a property in Maroubra. This is still a work in progress and the garden is currently in design stage but we had to share pictures of these beautiful sculptural elements designed by Francesco Petrolo. The detail and work put in to these pieces is hard to fathom and we thank Franco for another beautiful collaboration.
Bronwyn Berman After admiring her work for many years we were finally able to catch up with sculptor Bronwyn Berman. We were thrilled to hear her say the thing she loves most is seeing her work in residential gardens and working with designers and Landscape architects to make this happen. Her work has been commissioned by Woollahra Council, Latrobe Valley Council and she is currently working on pieces for the University of Western Sydney and Sculpture at Scenic world in Katoomba. Pepo has recently included her work in two of our concept packages and are hoping to have the chance to work with this talented artist.
The National Arboretum (Canberra)
On a recent visit to Canberra, Nicola Cameron and James Perkin took the opportunity to visit The National Arboretum, and with the kids in tow, a visit to the Pod Playground was a must. This was fortunate because, according to Taylor Cullity Lethlean’s senior landscape architect Simone Blis, it almost didn’t survive the design process. What a relief it did! The Pod Playground is a fantastic and inspiring playground that captures the imaginations of children drawing on its setting in the arboretum. This is truly a great collaboration of artists to create this unique play space. See the images we took while we were there!
Pepo travelled to Melbourne for the Australian Landscape Conference 2013
Friday was spent visiting some of Melbourne’s fabulous gardens including the Roof Garden at the University of Melbourne (Burnley Campus), ‘Karkalla’ by Fiona Brockhoff & David Swann, ‘Offshore’ by Jane & Peter Burke, ‘Musk Cottage’ by Rick Eckersley and Stage Two of the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens.
Saturday and Sunday was spent listening to inspirational speakers from Australia, Chile, Japan, India, USA and the Mediterranean in the beautifully designed Melbourne Convention Centre. And even though we sat indoors, we felt as if we had been transported to breath taking gardens all over the world. When we left our imaginations were recharged and we were looking forward to getting back to the drawing board!
See images from the gardens we visited.
For Sydney Indesign 2013 Pepo Botanic Design designed and installed a green, topsy-turvy café space for exhibitors and visitors to enjoy based on the principles of creating functional, sculptural and edible gardens.
The café space included large communal tables dressed with bespoke pots by Luschia Porter, pots of fresh herbs, Olive and Acer tree chandeliers, hanging sculpture by Francesco Petrolo and stunning lights by LightCo. James our construction manager also bottled up some delicious chili jam that was a big hit with the crowd!
Thank you to those of you who came to visit us at the Sydney Indesign event at the Australian Technological Park in late August. It took a great amount of time and effort by the Sydney Indesign crew and suppliers to make this happen so we would like to extend a thank you to them for their enthusiasm and determination.
The Pepo team has really enjoyed working on a garden for a family of food lovers on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. The family had a much-loved large garden sculpture that they wanted to showcase at the entrance to their home.
The round shape of this Corten steel sculpture by Laurie Collins from Jindivick inspired the planting palette we chose across the site, to both complement and contrast in colour, form and texture.