• Snelling furniture at the Point Piper flat, Australian Home Beautiful.

Address unknown, Point Piper, NSW, 1951

To renovate this small unit (a semi-basement garage for a female student client), Snelling installed 'standardized' furniture, mostly made to his Snelling Line and Snelling Module designs. To produce a modern sense of light and space, he removed dark timber folding doors between the former living and dining areas, creating an L-shaped open room, which he zoned for seating, dining and study, with lighter-looking furniture. The 'windy and dusty' patio was enclosed to create a cocktail bar, including cabinetry fitted into a former doorway from the bedroom.

To create an impression of 'flow-through space', cabinets were either wall-mounted or raised on splayed timber legs to expand visibility across the floor. The living and dining areas were divided by an open bookcase.

The ceiling was painted a dark putty colour with 'exposed beams' (maple joists); these were interspersed with custom-made timber downlight boxes fitted with metal louvre baffles. Existing rough-cast walls, from a previous scheme in Spanish Mission style, were painted primrose yellow and one feature wall was panelled in deep red mahogany.

Other colour treatments were dark green upholsteries and a pair of lime green curtains. Furnishings—including a custom-made divan, three armless lounge chairs and six dining chairs around a splay-legged table—were covered in tartan fabric. At one end of the room, a screen could be rolled down from a pelmet to project movies.

The main bedroom included an elaborate timber bedhead that contained storage and could be tilted to different positions, while the children's room had two beds set at right angles off a storage cube in the corner.


Cross-Section. 1952, November 1, p. 2.

—Wentworth, John. 1951. 'New face forward'. Australian Home Beautiful, April. pp. 36–37, 39–40.