Our most recent project Bullo River Station is located in a beautiful pocket of northwestern NT close to the WA border. Whilst a working cattle station, it offers an elevated homestead stay that compliments the magnificent landscape and activities around the 500,000 acre property. We stepped in to refurnish the guest rooms and guest breezeway, the first stage of the station's reimagining & new chapter embracing undone Australian luxury.
Our design decisions were strongly informed by Mother Nature in all her glory in the East Kimberly region. We collected, bottled & pressed natural materials from around the property - ochre, earth & clay, paperbark, eucalyptus leaves, melaleuca blossom, river mud, felted boab seeds, wild rice, kapok, native hibiscus, reds, green ants, sands from the gorges, waterlilies, feathers, stones & rocks.
As well as nature, we looked to the history of large cattle stations for cues on table shapes, style of beds and bathroom fittings. It helped to define our foundation materials that age beautifully in harsh environments and with a bit of tough love - leather, salvaged wood, blackened steel, brass & stone. The guest breezeway lined in salvaged Australian hardwood has an air of a relaxed gallery displaying commissioned artworks by various Australian artists.
A cabinet of curiosity sits proudly in the breezeway filled with natural species and materials plus found objects from the property. Guests are encouraged to add to the collection rather than remove items from the station. Curiosity is key and this 'show&tell' informality builds on a guest's knowledge & education through tactility and accessibility to objects and books in the small breezeway library.
For more insights, visit the Bullo River Station project page.