Kerry Phelan on The ‘WOW’ Factor Couch – The Design Files

The DS-600 couch by de Sede is a pretty unique design piece. This iconic sofa was designed in Switzerland in 1972, and is still manufactured today by the same company. Being modular, its length and shape is variable from project to project – it has even found its place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest sofa!

Celebrated Melbourne designer Kerry Phelan of KPDO has been a fan of this distinctive design piece for many years, and has placed it in a number of her projects, including The Riverside Centre in Brisbane – an iconic Harry Seidler building, recently updated by KPDO. We figured there was no one better than Kerry to give us the low-down on this timeless design piece.

We’re seeing a re-emergence of the iconic de Sede DS-600 sofa at the moment, both in Australian interiors and globally. What appeals to you about this

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An Expertly Renovated 1930s Home + Lush Garden

Old meets new in this Malvern project, which sees a 1930s house, a contemporary addition, existing mature trees, and new landscaping come together on one site, to spectacular effect! The project’s success hinges on the equally important contribution of the architects, Taylor Knights, and Ben Scott Garden Design, who together have turned this home’s previously inward focus to the outdoors.

The clients were seeking an adaptable, zoned home to nurture their young family, as well as provide comfortable accommodation for guests. With this in mind, Taylor Knights designed a diverse, equally-distributed arrangement of shared and secluded spaces across the home’s existing and new buildings, introducing a northerly aspect wherever possible. 

This house is the client’s forever home – a sentiment reflected in the enduring, durable qualities of its materials, particularly in the concrete addition. ‘The formal, yet immediately tactile use of concrete evokes a sense of permanence, and

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