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Theodore Treehouse

Melbourne multidisciplinary firm Studio Bird’s Theodore Treehouse, The lively project pushes the boundaries between decoration and art for a residential space through a sense of space within spaces. The theatrical home has been created with bespoke joinery and sculptural installation elements, with rich jewel tones and perfectly executed playful elements. The interior advances a practice that is dedicated to wish fulfilment, material exploration and an unashamed revel in exotic theatricality.

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Inspired by the objects he collects on regular pilgrimages to his local do-it-yourself shop, Matt transformed an otherwise-ordinary inner-city modernist apartment into Theodore Treehouse – a playful space filled with whimsical touches, from a dividing screen crafted from spanners to a dining room dominated by a yellow industrial-pipework swing.

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“Theodore Treehouse shone out like a Mannerist beacon in the Residential Decoration category. Using pop references and pushing the boundaries of decoration for a residential space, this project is unexpectedly courageous and fresh. The spaces within the rental are innovative and theatrical, while also inviting, incredibly crafted and utterly bespoke. With each room curated in equal measure as part-installation exhibit, part-stage, the interior contains a touch of the “whimsical voyeur,” leaving us wanting to peep a little further. The project’s impeccable execution and playful experimentation contribute in an extremely positive and joyous way to contemporary decoration practice.” – Jury Citation / Australian Interior Design Awards

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Theodore Treehouse is an inner-city modernist apartment transformed into an exaggerated and beguiling residence fit for its eccentric bunnings-venerating and pleasure-seeking bachelor.

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Architect Ernest Fooks would be distressed. His 1962 modernist apartment block, in affluent Toorak, Melbourne has been secretively transmuted into a bedazzled paradox of layered and aggrandized interventions. Orchestrated by its tenant bachelor, this one-hundred-square-metre treetop retreat fashions a “do-it-yourself” enterprise of bespoke toolbox installations and incongruous material reconfigurations.

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This project throws caution and perceived spatial fashions to the wind. By meshing the eclectic desires, lifestyle and dreamworlds of the client-practitioner into a spatial transformation of this rental, the interior claims a new kind of spatial practice that is not afraid to add more to residential decoration and the interpretation of luxury living.

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Project Data:

Project name: Theodore Treehouse
Location: Armadale, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates: n/a
Type: Apartment Interior
Project Area: approx 120 sqm
Completion Year: 2015


  • 2016 – Australian Interior Design Awards – Category: Residential Decoration – Winner
  • 2016 – Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA Awards) – Category: Residential Decoration – Shortlist

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Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Interior Designer: Studiobird – Melbourne, Australia
Text Description: © Courtesy of Studiobird,
Images: © Peter Bennetts

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