Material style

The faceted kitchen island and bathroom vanity basins at architect Matt Brew’s Eastern Beach house are a thing of beauty

Constructed from slabs of Terra Vein Travertine sourced by Artedomus from an exclusive quarry in Italy’s Tuscany, the natural stone displays a rich, creamy beige with lovely organic striations that range in colour from grey rust and black to soft, almost chocolatey brown. The earthy stone has a brushed finish that adds a soft texture and further enhances the material’s tactility — that delightful feel of something handmade and soulful.

The kitchen island is constructed in slabs of Terra Vein Travertine stone from Artedomus

This is teamed with Artedomus’s French oak plank finished in French Grey. The tannins are manipulated to produce an aged base colour, which is then oiled with a soft light oil blend.

“Together they form a sophisticated palette which plays up the strength of these beautiful organic materials,” says Richard Brasell, director at Artedomus. “The end result, and our design philosophy, is to be able to supply products for people to create a beautiful backdrop.”

The bathroom benchtop is a custom designed stone from Artedomus

For a house inspired by one of modernism’s greatest architectural icons, Le Corbusier, the attention to material detail here is fitting to its design pedigree and certainly achieves great style and individuality.

1104 Great North Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland
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