Positioned at the top of the first high rise building to be constructed at the lower end of Macleay Street Potts Point, this gorgeous apartment dates back to 1934.
Typical of its era, the apartment has high ceilings and generously proportioned living spaces. It had undergone a renovation in the early 2000’s, when the original floorpan was altered to allow for a larger bathroom space and the conversion of the dining room to a second bedroom.
Sydney Interior Designer, Andrew Loader Design was commissioned to re-imagine the complete space with the scope of the project to include the renovation of the entry foyer, living room, bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom. Aside from a magnificent parquetry floor that the owner had recently installed, the apartment was a complete blank canvas.
From the outset, we firmly believed that the original generous and elegant proportions and the overall layout of the apartment lent themselves to a classic and elegant interior design and fit out. A design where classical fixed interior features would meet contemporary furnishings and artworks, a true juxtaposition of traditional elegance with contemporary flair.
The resulting design is based on an interpretation of the interiors of the Parisian Haussman era. The light filled second bedroom was converted to a media room and study opening to the expansive living room and glass paned French doors were installed to the entry foyer and bedroom allowing for afternoon light transition from the west facing windows of the living spaces into the rear of the apartment. Classical wall moldings, architraves, cornices and skirtings were applied to the entry foyer, living, media room and the bedroom walls with the complete interior painted in one shade of bright white in a matt finish which draws subtle attention to the detail of the wall moldings whilst providing the perfect background for contemporary, colourful and eclectic artworks.
Intended to be the simplest and most calming space , the bathroom was fully tiled in statuario stone with minimal detail elsewhere. The fine polished nickel fittings are intended to further emphasise the traditional feel of the fixed elements of the space. The statuario pattern is replicated in the kitchen counter top and splash back and here, in the most compact of spaces, we were able to significantly increase storage space and include a laundry facility. The two casement windows in the kitchen have magnificent views to Elizabeth Bay and to these windows we applied translucent blinds in the softest French grey and white stripe pattern for morning light filtering and a gentle night time effect.
Draperies throughout were made up in rich and luxurious velvet fabrics, with the living room and media room drapes being a very rich sapphire blue, bringing into the apartment a heightened sense of the beautiful colours of Elizabeth Bay which can be seen from the east facing windows. Striking feature wall and ceiling lighting was sourced from Europe, intended to further emphasise the traditional elegance of the space, whilst contemporary furnishings, also sourced from Europe, are upholstered in textured fabrics of neutral shades. The area rugs reflect the beautiful shades of the drapes, providing the perfect patterned balance to these elements.
The completed apartment has the true sense of a little of Paris in Potts Point – refined, elegant and chic. Combined with the varied and interesting shapes and materials of the furnishings and accessories, it can most definitely be called a contemporary classic.