Steal This Look: A Moody Mid-Century-Japanese Mashup
A few weeks ago, Alexa wrote about a recent project from one of our favorite designers, New Zealand Katie Lockhart. What we especially admire about Katie is her skillful touch when it comes to mixing different styles and eras so that the overall look isn’t too difficult or contrived.
Below, we dissect the elements that make this living room, in an Auckland villa, one of the coolest we’ve seen.
Photograph by David Straight, courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio.
Above: Trowel-polished plaster by Resene Rockcote, a plaster coating specialist in New Zealand, makes up the walls throughout the house.
Above: Katie often works with her friend, carpenter Grant Bailey, to design custom furniture for her clients. For this room, they collaborated on the armchair. Much of the rest of the furniture was found after a supply trip to Japan. Katie had the sofa, ottoman, and armchair covered in the same olive green upholstery.
Above: Custom built-in walnut cabinetry run the length of one wall, covering the living room and kitchen.
Above: Katie worked with Jack McKinney Architects on the project. Their clients were inspired by a recent trip to Sri Lanka, where they encountered the work of architect Geoffrey Bawa.
Above: Right, an interior garden, designed by Katie and executed by her brother, landscape designer Jared Lockhart.
Here’s what you’ll need to replicate the look:
Above: Katie chose the CS sofa and ottoman from Truck in Japan for the living room; ¥ 594,000 and ¥ 145,500.
Above: The rush bench in space comes from Japan. For a similar look, try this Woven Rush bench made in the USA by Mel Smilow; $ 3,060 at 1stdibs.
Above: Instead of a side table, consider this sleek and rustic high stool from Sawkille; from $ 1000.
Above: Artek’s A810 Floor Lamp by Alvar Aalto is $ 2,119 at Finnish Design Shop.
Above: The Hotaru Double Bubble Light starts at £ 270 at twenty-two.
Above: Jasper Morrison’s GLO Ball Basic Zero Table Lamp retails for $ 293 at Lumens. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Diffused Glow Bedside Lamps.)
Above: This vintage Berber pillow retails for $ 102 at Berberology.
Floor and wall coverings
Above: The tiles throughout the room are Italian terracotta tiles by Fornace Brioni.
Above: Katie bought the Tuareg carpet from Kulchi. From the website: “Produced by the nomadic Tuareg tribes of Mauritania – Tuareg rugs are handmade with reed and decorated with leather.”
Above: The color on the walls is Pause, from Aalto Paint, a New Zealand paint company.
For the full tour of the house, see Collective Composition: A Historic Villa Renovation in Auckland by Katie Lockhart and Jack McKinney Architects.
For more of the designer’s projects, see:
- A monastic and soulful house in New Zealand including Japanese shaker style
- Mission Bay Lodge: A Modern and Colorful Addition to Auckland City Beach