UNDER CONSTRUCTION: THE DARKER SIDE OF DESIGN

For this Sydney pied-à-terre we didn’t just dip our toes in to the dark side – we took the plunge!

The apartment is set in one of Harry Seidler’s iconic buildings, but in the words of our lovely clients it was ‘crying out for some moody New York style classical effortless elegance’.

The most dramatic change to achieve this moody vibe was to update the custom timber wall paneling in the living area. Originally honey oak in colour but in perfect condition, we had the panels removed and French polished off-site in to a deliciously dark burnt-umber hue.

The timber panels in their original honey oak glory

The timber panels in their original honey oak glory

We said goodbye to the uncomfortable built-in banquette seat to make way for a brand new Timothy Oulton Chesterfield  

We said goodbye to the uncomfortable built-in banquette seat to make way for a brand new Timothy Oulton Chesterfield  

Our clients beloved gold Vietnamese artwork now pops on the new contrasting dark background

Our clients beloved gold Vietnamese artwork now pops on the new contrasting dark background

We added a new television wall bracket for better accessibility and a more contemporary look to complement the reinstalled French polished wall panels

We added a new television wall bracket for better accessibility and a more contemporary look to complement the reinstalled French polished wall panels

With the living and entertaining areas dramatically taking shape, we turned our attention to the study/storage/guest bedroom. To maximise the functionality of this multi-purpose space, the joinery was in need of a serious update! We replaced and re-designed the sagging desk and tired overhead storage, making the two units look more cohesive with the new signature dark timber.

Out with the old . . .

Out with the old . . .

and in with the new! Custom leather tab handles will be the perfect finishing touch.

and in with the new! Custom leather tab handles will be the perfect finishing touch.

To balance all of the new dark spaces and finishes we had to shed just the right amount of light, so even the wall sconce received a custom makeover.

Let there be light! Mapping out the location of the new wall sconce.

Let there be light! Mapping out the location of the new wall sconce.

The new wall sconce brings industrial luxe to this multi-purpose room.

A re-finished vintage style light switch perfectly matches the sconce back plate. The devil is in the detail!

A re-finished vintage style light switch perfectly matches the sconce back plate. The devil is in the detail!

An exposed filament globe is the perfect pairing for the industrial sconce, adding to our sense of drama.

An exposed filament globe is the perfect pairing for the industrial sconce, adding to our sense of drama.

The wall has been patched and prepped and is eagerly waiting the installation of the most gorgeous wallpaper for some visual interest. But you know us, we didn’t stop at one light . . . to turn up the ambience throughout the apartment we completely revised the entire lighting layout, adding LED wall washers, as well as new spotlights to further highlight our clients’ beloved artwork.

To ensure the space captivates our clients from the moment they step foot inside their front door we will soon say goodbye to the boring beige carpet and hello to sultry charcoal. 

But just how dark did we go with the new carpet flooring . . .?

But just how dark did we go with the new carpet flooring . . .?

As we see the light at the end of this project tunnel, we will be sure to take a bit of the dark side with us, as this is definitely the kind of drama we are happy to have in our lives! Contrary to popular belief darker tones can actually make a space feel bigger and warmer. Would you consider taking a walk on the dark side?

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