"I love this seat, it's the perfect place to unwind" … Glenn Lamont relaxes in his living room.
It's the gleaming gold front door that instantly alerts visitors to Glenn Lamont's home that this is no ordinary Victorian-era worker's cottage. The house, in Melbourne's inner-north suburb of Kensington, has undergone a complete transformation inside.
"I was interested in exploring Victorian styling without recreating a Victorian house or replicating old designs," says Lamont, an urban economist and founder (together with his brother Justin) of LifeSpaceJourney, a furniture design and property development consultancy. "We retained the frame and two chimneys, added new flooring and roofing, and internalised the kitchen and bathroom, all without extending the home's original building footprint."
At first glance it appears a thoroughly modern renovation, but the home features many subtle nods to the past. For example, during the demolition stage large sections of the back of the house were found to be constructed from small, random-sized cuts of timber coloured pastel pink, blue, green and cream - shades Lamont matched when designing his kitchen furniture.
In the living room, Lamont has created a sculptural wall-feature using old plough-points collected from his parents' farm outside Shepparton. "When designing a home, less is always more," he says. "Building spaces is one thing, but making small spaces work with unique objects and furniture is often very challenging. You need to keep it simple, and true to a narrative - whatever that story may be."