Beauty and Utility - Beautility

Rounding up some inspired spaces that exemplify Beautility - the meeting of beauty and utility. (Form and function, logic and magic.) These kitchens and bathrooms don't just work, they werk...

Avenue Design Studio do it again (and again) with this former historic ballet school turned townhouse. So much to love here - especially the chocolatey checkerboard tiling in that big walk-in shower, the heritage wall mouldings, and the walnut cabinetry that reads like a beautiful bespoke dressing table.

...and in a post about beautility, I couldn't not include the laundry from this same project. See the whole home on the Avenue Design Studio website.

Pago - once a historic stables, then ruins, now a boutique stay in Middleton, Australia. Love the contrast here between the wabi-sabi wall and those industrial black steel-framed doors. 

Pocket doors, herringbone(r) flooring, storage on the living-room side of the island, and a utility space that practically hides itself away when you say so - yes to everything, Laura Seppanen.

Photography by Felix Forest

No one does nouveau-glamour quite like Australian Interior Designer Nina Maya. See more of this incredible apartment here.


I first spotted that sort-of-outdoor bath on the designers' Instagram @folk.studio___, and it was the perfect amuse bouche for the rest of the home. Although Folk have used an array of hard materials, ranging from concrete to brick, the look they've achieved still feels light and spacious. Take the full tour of 'Curl Curl House (including a video) here.

(Had to give a special mention also to the laundry.)

Photography by Anson Smart

Playful Palm Beach bathroom by Tamsin Johnson. See more of this seaside Sydney home here.

A heritage sandstone building transformed into a boutique accommodation - Coach House - by the design team at Fabrikate

Circular shower, checkerboard timber drawers, solid stone sinks - this bathroom by Ksenia Breivo is a dreamscape...

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