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Biasol makes stone the centrepiece of Melbourne home


In a nod to his and his clients’ Italian heritage, Jean-Pierre Biasol designed this Melbourne home with stone at the centre of every room.

Owners, the Bartucca family, are a successive generation of Italian stonemasons and run Bartucca Tiling and Construction.

“The clients wanted a family home that encapsulates modern living and celebrates their family craft and heritage,” explains Biasol.

“Stone is the centrepiece of every room. Its unique beauty and character being an artwork within itself.”

Bluestone clads large portions of the exterior and wraps into the interior through the entrance and floating staircase, with a bluestone backdrop “anchoring” the home’s two floors.

Custom joinery, integrated storage and concealed elements also highlight the “exquisite beauty of natural stone and the skilful craft of stonemasonry”.

The 280-square-metre home is divided into bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor, and the kitchen, dining, living area and powder room on the first floor.

Complementing the architecture by Melbourne-based studio Architecton, Scalpellino house keeps a restrained palette with Dulux Snow Season Lexicon white walls and white oiled european oak timber flooring from Woodcut.

In the kitchen, Cosmic Gold granite has been paired with polished, dark wooden joinery.

“[It’s] the showpiece of the kitchen, dining and living area, with the dark, dramatic stone unifying the spaces,” explains Biasol.

“It creates a moody feel for the kitchen island, where its exaggerated gold markings are heightened by a backdrop of black joinery.”

The gold granite extends the length of the dining and living area to unify the rooms, conceal and integrate storage and provide a display space.

Furnishings in “luxurious colour and plush texture” soften the stone and include rose pink Redondo armchairs by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso and olive leather Flow Dining Chairs by Jean Marie Massaud for MDF Italia.

In the bedrooms, the Navy Tufty Bed by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia is paired with Artedomus New Volumes Collection and Davide Groppi Miss Suspension Lamp for de de ce.

Lighting from Articolo Lighting also features in the stairwell and powder room – Biasol’s favourite space.

“The powder room is a highlight of the home, crafted to look like one monolithic piece of stone. The effect is dramatic and revealed in a theatrical manner upon entering,” he says.  

Here the graphic grey and white of Concordia marble is “stark and striking”, while the cool grey tones of Elba marble are “soft and calming” in the ground-floor bathrooms.

In both monochromatic spaces, the marble along the floors, walls and vanities has been carved to look like “one monolithic piece of stone”.

“Scalpellino house showcases and celebrates the Bartucca family’s stonemason legacy,” says Biasol.

“Crafting design, stone and artistry together, the sculptural elements are compelling on their own, and even more impressive collectively.”

Founded by Jean-Pierre Biasol in 2012, Biasol is a Melbourne-based design studio working in residential, hospitality, workplace and commercial environments.

The studio recently designed a Melbourne bubble teashop as a peach-tinted landscape with feminine undertones and light, natural timbers.

Photography: Timothy Kaye.


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