In the realm of interior design, there are few projects as fulfilling as transforming a space into a warm, sophisticated environment that truly feels like home. Cosh Living had the opportunity to be part of the journey for the Curtin Heritage Living Project, designed by Hames Sharley, to help create a residential aged care facility in Cottesloe, WA.
The initial design concept for the aged care facility was driven by a deep empathy and understanding of the residents’ needs and well-being. It was important to the client that the new interiors portrayed a home away from home and helped to ease the transition from their homes into care. The best way to achieve this was through infusing the space with life, comfort and sophistication.
The Hames Sharley team focused on creating a “sense of place that was carefully balanced through texture, colour, and the familiar characteristics of the Waterfront Cottesloe community,” says lead interior designer Emily Wilson. Drawing inspiration from the identity of Cottesloe homes, Emily and her team meticulously selected materials and furniture that reflected the rich blue hues of the Indian Ocean, the dusky orange and pink sunsets, the rippling waves, sun-bleached timbers and the vibrant native greens, all conveying the beautiful elements of the natural world.
Emily mentions that the new residents were mostly already living in Cottesloe, and by seamlessly blending these environmental elements and incorporating them into the interior, the design team at Hames Sharley were able to create casual yet intimate settings that could immediately evoke a sense of familiarity for the transition.
When it came to selecting these furnishings, the project brief called for a range of casual and refined materials, finishes and furnishings to achieve a modern and inviting atmosphere. Cosh Living, high-end luxury furniture retailer, hopped on board to supply its extensive range of local and imported designer pieces that are not only beautiful but exceptionally comfortable that matched with Sharley’s vision perfectly.
Emily felt that alongside the handful of European pieces selected, Cosh Living’s Australian-designed and locally-made furniture proved to be an ideal fit for the sophisticated beachside location.
“The versatility of the timber finishes and the ability to customise fabric meant pieces could be used to create different moods in various locations of the project”. Emily explains that balancing practicality and aesthetics became a fundamental aspect of the design process. “We conducted thorough testing of every piece of furniture, ensuring comfort and ergonomics aligned with the needs of the residents”. Working closely with Cosh Living and their selection of locally made furniture meant Emily’s team could alter seat heights of key pieces to ensure that all furniture pieces offered the support that the residents would require.
The Curtin Heritage Living project is one that serves as a testament to the profound impact and importance of good design. Emily describes her experience on the project as truly wonderful to work with a client who displayed a remarkable understanding of design and a deep commitment to the well-being of the residents. Through this collaborative experience, dedication to the residence and meticulous attention to detail, Hames Sharely and Curtin Heritage Living successfully created a residential aged-care facility that defied traditional notions of institutional environments and created a warm and inviting forever home for residents.
Photography: Jody Darcy
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