Our Wharf Crescent client approached us dreaming of a convenient city home to impress; ‘Sophisticated Bachelor Pad’ was the theme of the brief.
We began with a largely black and white shell, bringing in custom details and a level of quality to transform the once-stark apartment into a space that is now at once bespoke and highly luxurious.
Our starting point for the open-plan living spaces was a silk Robyn Cosgrove rug in copper and navy, which drove the colour palette for the rest of the home. Coppery drapery might not have been the obvious choice, but the slightly metallic material instantly softened the space, capturing the mood of the dazzling, panoramic city views whilst also reflecting daily sunsets. The drapery still feels impossibly light, while adding material beauty where it was needed most.
Our client is a keen entertainer, so we reserved the best view in the home for a bar unit and entertaining space. Bespoke joinery conceals the bar unit behind a black veneer door when it’s not in use, and two leather Moooi chairs, set slightly in front, look out towards the enviable Harbour views.
Responding to an unusual floor plan, which flows around the central building core, we lined the interior walls with black timber veneer and mounted the client’s own travel photography for a refined personal touch.
Where a glass office once stood, we knocked down the walls to create a casual breakfast nook. Our client wanted a space to read the morning paper, check emails and eat in a more relaxed setting. To fulfil this brief, we selected vibrant orange shades to imbue the space with a sense of informality, and contrast with the deeper, burnt shades of the more formal living areas.
The pique leather of the banquette seat and strap detailing honour our client’s love of luxury cars, and contribute to the welcoming space that provides the ideal backdrop for the first meal of the day and the last email of the evening.
In the bedroom, we continued the pique leather on the headboard detail, or what we fondly refer to as ‘the luxury racing car leather.’ Armani silk wallpaper installed above the bed adds a touch of romance, providing an element of softness and contrasting with the more masculine materials of the room.
For an element of playfulness, we chose a long-time favourite, the classic, versatile shape of the Atollo Lamp. The sculptural form holds its own in a room with several dominating materials.
In the small powder room, we continued the ‘sophisticated masculine’ theme, opting for all dark tones. To avoid a one-dimensional feel, we used different materials, combining black marble, black veneer and a bronze mosaic tile to create depth. The inclusion of the reflective metallic tile and an elongated mirror bounce the light and lift the space for a truly show-stopping powder room.
Like the lovechild of a bachelor pad and swanky hotel penthouse, the finished apartment is an ode to all things masculine and luxurious. It’s a refined and elegant man cave that not only reflects our client’s personality, but works in harmony with both his daily rituals and special, entertaining occasions.