Wrightson Stewart are a much-lauded interior design firm with a slew of industry accolades and reams of glowing media articles, and in this thoughtful renovation and extension to an original post-war home in Hendra, Brisbane, we can certainly understand what the buzz is about. Its founders – self-confessed design addicts Ian Wrightson and Steven Stewart – describe their practice as ‘existing between the cracks of interior design and architecture’ and have developed a reputation for bringing together the best creatives, craftsmen… and of course, the best products.
‘Hendra’ possesses all of the expected charm of a Queenslander weatherboard but has been given a stunning uplift via a contemporary angular addition. An elevated, transparent walkway transitions between the old and new structures, delivering a strong emphasis on zoning – with the kids housed in the original structure, and the parents retreat and communal spaces occupying the extension.
This merging of the original and contemporary has been honoured – indeed celebrated – in the interior palette and finishes specifications. Warmth is established through the timber joinery, and in the heart of the home, the kitchen, a terracotta-clad island bench references both the heritage of the area and is a nod to the modest form and craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement.
The glow-up continues in the bathroom, where the earthy tones of Fibonacci Stone’s Freckle form the walls and floor, providing a perfect complement to the terracotta featured throughout the home. “Terracotta is such a huge feature in this project, and we were looking for a material that also felt quite nostalgic. Freckle has a warmth that sits beautifully alongside the terracotta, but its neutral tone feels fresh and bright,” say Ian Wrightson. “Wrightson Stewart are massive fans of Fibonacci Stone, and our Hendra Project was the perfect fit.”
“Our terrazzo stone continues to find its place in the very best of projects, from residential, to commercial, retail, and hospitality,” says Fibonacci Stone’s Founder and Creative Director Michael Karakolis. “Wrightson Stewart have nailed it in this cleverly considered bathroom, where Freckle’s happy, nostalgic vibe thrives within its immediate environment and within the context of the overall project.”
Like all Fibonacci Stone products, Freckle is always in stock, with no lead times and no minimum order quantities, meaning no delays and disappointed clients.
Photography by Kylie Hood