Stillwater, a landmark 1830s flour mill and home to Launceston’s multi award-winning Stillwater restaurant, has added a luxury sleep-over option to its beautiful premises on the banks of the Tamar river.

Kohler Stillwater Seven

From the ashes of a roof-fire that seriously damaged the upper storey of the colonial-era building in 1942, seven beautifully crafted rooms have arisen that are testament to local materials, craftsmanship and artists. The adaptive re-use of this 1830s flourmill on the Launceston riverbanks, expands on the existing Stillwater Restaurant footprint – an award winning restaurant in it’s own right.

Kohler Stillwater Seven

Kohler Stillwater Seven

Kohler Stillwater Seven

Stillwater Seven boutique hotel has been shortlisted in a number of national Design Awards;

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) – in the Colour Section. Staged annually by inside magazine, IDEA is now in their 17th year and is part of Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards programme.

The project has also been shortlisted in the annual EAT DRINK DESIGN Awards, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia (announced in Melbourne on November 12, 2019).

Cumulus Studio, a Melbourne/Launceston/Hobart-based architecture and interior design practice, used the devastating aftermath of the fire as the inspiration for the beautifully soulful, moody interiors colour palette.

Taking its cue from the many hues found in the charred landscape the fire left in its wake, Cumulus Studio and Interior Designer Amanda York created a palette of ‘regeneration and renewal’…

Blacks/charcoal representing the many charred timbers;

Greens, signifying the verdant regenerated growth of ferns, grasses and shrubs;

Red, the colour of the fire itself and its embers;

And Pink, the colour of new growth in the many eucalypts in the area.

Kohler Stillwater Seven

While no two rooms are exactly the same, these colours are woven throughout the space – sage green mosaic tiles in the bathroom is offset with the blacks and charcoals of the original exposed charred beams; deep maroon-pink tiles in another bathroom form the backdrop to a black circular Kohler Mica basin; reds are used in carpeting throughout the corridors and hallways.

Kohler Stillwater Seven

When it came to choosing the fittings for this haven of colour and local talent, it was important to select items that reflected the project’s commitment to authenticity and intent.  Kohler’s Purist collection was chosen initially for its robust, beautiful feel and the simplicity of its profile.  But it was its own story that sealed the deal!  The design of the single column Purist tapware was inspired by the simple lines of the original hand pump used in old mills, where form clearly followed function.

Stillwater Seven uses Purist throughout the bathrooms – the tall basin mixer, bath set, shower mixer plus the handshower.  And, of course, the perfect black basin – Kohler’s circular Mica.

Kohler Stillwater Seven

Tapping into the strength of local artists and designers, guests will find custom made A.H Beard beds as well as bespoke furniture designed and made by local Simon Ancher at his nearby Launceston studio. And original works of art, by local artists, adorn the walls of rooms, bar and  restaurant, routinely changing as all are for sale.

Kohler Stillwater Seven

The winners of the IDEA interior design awards will be announced on November 22nd.. Good luck to Stillwater Seven and Cumulus Studio!

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