The home takes much of its inspiration from nearby Island Bay, which Alex knows well having grown up in the area, and where the family enjoys spending time now.
She photographed the beach and its limestone cliffs (a favourite shot now hangs in their living room) and these images set the tone for the home’s colour palette.
“That’s the way Alex works,” says Corban. “Whenever she designs a range she always starts with ‘What’s the inspiration, where’s it all coming from?’”
The cliffs are echoed in the home’s exterior with its distinctive split-face travertine stone, which Corban ordered 40 tonnes of direct from Turkey after struggling to find what they wanted locally.
“I was certainly a little bit nervous when the trucks started to arrive and they were craning pallets of stone onto the site,” he says. Two labourers helped him put the 70kg stone blocks up over six weeks – a job he describes wryly as “good exercise”.
Between his architectural design and Alex’s beautiful interior execution, the overall impact is an airy home that exudes a sense of calm. Sheer curtains filter light through the floor to ceiling windows, natural fabrics are used in soft furnishings, oak adds a lightness to flooring, dining furniture and cabinetry, muted earthy tones in textured tiles create an organic feel and brass detail in cabinetry, tapware and even door handles add a polished finish.
Corban’s engineering wizardry is evident inside too, with towel rails that run hot water through them to keep warm, and an extractor fan concealed within a shelf above the stove top that’s activated by a stylish Saturn Zen button on the splashback.
“That’s a speed dial for our hidden extractor fan that I designed and built. All the grilles and everything are in that shelf and they extract up the wall and out through the roof. I love kitchens and I hate extractor fans; it’s just one of the many things that I’ve always wanted to do and this house got it.”