Scandinavian inspired interiors provide Hawthorne's LEO with a distinct edge


One of Australia’s most prominent design studios, Hecker Guthrie has delivered its signature interior design to Melbourne’s affluent inner east with its latest design collaboration at LEO Apartments in Hawthorn East.

The developer, Kokoda Property approached Hecker Guthrie to design the interiors of LEO with a brief to appeal to the local owner occupier market.

According to, Hawthorne East's median house price is above $1.5million.

Inspired by Scandinavian design, Hecker Guthrie has utilised white marble benchtops, custom joinery and tapware, bespoke cabinetry and pure wool carpet into each apartment. White timber oak flooring completes the look for the modern kitchen and living spaces.

Hecker Guthrie director, Paul Hecker said it was important to create well-considered interiors that rely on a classic aesthetic and neutral tones to transcend current trends and deliver apartments that would stand the test of time.

“ Hecker Guthrie ensure that each and every design has a significant point of difference – and with Leo that is no different. Some of those touch points include overhead open storage in the kitchen which allows the end user to personally style their own space with planting, crockery and objects that they love.

“ The addition of a mirror underneath the island bench is a clever device in apartment design to increase the sense of space and to reflect light around the room.

“ Along with tactile and neutral finishes drawn from a Scandinavian palette, living areas are generous, the joinery beautifully detailed and the bathrooms are fitted with a custom designed mirror,” he said.

Paul Hecker said lighting and greenery are two other design elements that feature heavily in Hecker Guthrie’s interior projects.

“ Far from just stopping at the initial design process, how the spaces are furnished and styled are of the upmost importance.

“ Lighting is very important. Lamp light is invariably kinder than overhead light. Planting and greenery are also important – any time you place a living thing in your home and give it the required amount of attention it expresses an element of care,” he says.

Located on Camberwell Road in Hawthorne East, Leo Apartments is now over 80 percent sold.

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