The firm: Koskela
Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky met 10 years ago, and founded Koskela a few months later. Russel is from an interior design background while Sasha worked in law and accounting. Tired of the corporate life, they decided to combine their skills and go it alone. With an “over-arching Scandinavian aesthetic”, the company caters for residential and commercial clients and works with indigenous communities on art projects. Next year the firm will move to a new, larger complex, featuring a retail studio, restaurant and garden. koskela.com.au
Warm, wooden interiors
All the timber is recycled and sourced in Australia. The wide floorboards are bleached to get a Scandinavian feel. The bathroom walls are Oregon wood and the floors are yellow cedar.
Koskela designed furniture pieces for the house, including the dining table and beds. The two hand-made wicker-woven lights that look like traditional fishing baskets set the scene over the dining table.
There are orange, fig, lemon and mango trees and an extensive herb garden and an oyster farm a little way up the creek. In keeping with the back-to-nature vibe, there’s also no mobile phone reception.
Though very close to Sydney it feels like a world away. Surrounded by a national park, the house is at the end of the road – you can’t go any further – so there’s no passing traffic to disturb the peace.