Furniture Designer Andrew Parr

Andrew Parr is well known for his interior designs of the prestigious restaurants, MG Garage and the Establishment as well as the Luxe Furniture range. Andrew also designed his own home and shares with us his thoughts on this creation, five years down the track.

When Andrew designed his own home, he decided that he wanted it like a fortress. He took his parameter walls up as high as he could. He didn't even include a door bell as he doesn't like "drop-ins."

He wanted a home, which was easy to live in, bright, had space for entertaining or serenity when he wanted it.

Andrew decided on an open plan design so that he could experience the whole house at once, which could be enjoyed whether you were upstairs or downstairs, even while taking a shower. When Andrew built the house four to five years ago, he was trying to investigate new ways of living. He now finds an open plan house doesn't suit him particularly when he has guests staying.

Andrew wanted an enclosed space with internalized views so he created courtyards that were integral to the space and house. Andrew parks his car in his front courtyard. It's no ordinary car of course (a retro Porsche) and it becomes like a sculpture piece, as it is in full view from inside the house.

The main colour in the house is in the garden and not the house itself. The guest room however has been a colour experiment - it was basically red to begin with, (red walls and ceilings). He then decided to play with black walls, with browns and whites used in the furniture and accessories. When a room is painted dark, the darkness recedes all the walls; so whatever you want as the focus, you will be drawn to it and not the size of the room.

The house is not perfect according to Andrew. He ignored the temperature issues and to his own disdain - the house gets hot and cold. It doesn't have any eaves so the windows get very dirty and it is a noisy house.

The house is the embodiment of everything Andrew does professionally, and he happily lives in it with all its pros and cons.

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