BACHELOR PAD MEETS PENTHOUSE PANACHE: WHARF CRESCENT REVEALED

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.

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

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.

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

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.

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

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.

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

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.

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

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.

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

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.

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

Wharf Crescent, photographed by Simon Whitbread and styled by Manyara Home

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.

Q&A with Fiona Ericsson & Julia Levitt, Sticks & Stones Landscape Design

There’s a saying that goes something like: what you see in others is a reflection of ourselves. That’s what we felt the moment we met Fiona and Julia of Sticks & Stones, an award-winning landscape design studio.

Creatives after our own heart, Fiona and Julia run a dynamic team, create beautiful work and establish meaningful relationships with clients and collaborators. Perhaps what struck us most about this dynamic duo was their clear and pragmatic approach to design and communication; Fiona and Julia listen to a brief and deliver exactly what a client is looking for. Each and every one of their projects is diverse and original, and importantly for us, always the perfect complement to our interiors.

We love hearing stories of Fiona’s son playing bagpipes in the back yard - she makes creating beautiful gardens and juggling a busy family look as calm as can be.

This month, we reveal our Ada Avenue project, a home we worked on closely with Sticks & Stones. Opening the home’s tired 1970’s interior to the gorgeous greenery beyond it, with the help of Fiona and Julia, was the most rewarding partnership, and we’re excited for you to see the fruits of our joint labour here. In the meantime, get to know the green-fingered pair behind our Ada Avenue garden, as they talk family life, building a business and life lessons.

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WHICH THREE WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU?

F:  Creative, Curious & Inclusive

J: Vibrant, passionate, honest

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

F: An Artist

J: Flight attendant – so I could travel around the world

HOW DID YOU EARN YOUR FIRST PAY PACKET? 

F:  Kitchen hand – making fancy pants gourmet sandwiches!

J:   Working at a juice stand, Jamba Juice

WHAT IS THE BEST LIFE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT ALONG THE WAY?  

F:   Surround yourself with people who are positive and laugh at your jokes

J:  Be kind. It doesn’t cost you anything but can improve someone’s day and it will always come back to you.

AKD’s  Ada Avenue  project

AKD’s Ada Avenue project

WHAT'S YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?

F:  Winning the Allan Corey Award for our contribution to our industry and community.

J: Sticks & Stones! Building our business from the ground up and watching it blossom into the successful studio it is today has been amazing. We have learned so much along the way, in particular skills that have nothing to do with our industry; marketing, web design, accounting.

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

F: Women who juggle family, work and life with a smile

J: My sisters. They are both extremely resilient, hardworking people who selflessly strive everyday to help improve the lives of people through their work.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST VICE?

F: Chocolate & books

J: Spritz!

The enviable view from our Ada Avenue master bedroom

The enviable view from our Ada Avenue master bedroom

DO YOU FOLLOW TRENDS OR ARE YOU A TRENDSETTER?

We are constantly searching for new and exciting plants and materials to use in our designs, but generally, try to avoid trends, aiming for a more timeless approach.

WHAT DREAM DO YOU STILL WANT TO FULFILL?

F: Live in New York.

J: Starting a family! I would also love the opportunity to be involved in an international landscape project.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH AKD?

The AKD vision is fresh. A collaborative approach and passion for creative solutions to all projects means working with them is an absolute joy!


The perfect relaxing spot at our Ada Avenue project

The perfect relaxing spot at our Ada Avenue project

Image 1 via Sticks and Stones / Images 2 - 4 via © Alexandra Kidd Design