Moooi Meshmatics chandelier from ECC, Space Copenhagen Mater Trumpet coat stand from Cult Design and Vitra Wiggle stool from Matisse

Classic details and an artistic approach offer cocoon comfort in this sky high apartment

Interior Designer Alicia Holgar paused when given the challenge of creating a stylish cocoon for this apartment owner’s artworks and books in a style that responded to the aesthetics of legendary architect Harry Seidler. The only solution was to spend time in the Brisbane apartment bulding, absorbing the needs of the space and letting the fluid floor plan point towards custom pieces for the relaxed environment.

Moooi Meshmatics chandelier from ECC, Space Copenhagen Mater Trumpet coat stand from Cult Design and Vitra Wiggle stool from Matisse
Moooi Meshmatics chandelier from ECC, Space Copenhagen Mater Trumpet coat stand from Cult Design and Vitra Wiggle side chair from Matisse

The soothing and sophisticated result is one of light-filled luxury, with an impressive impact thanks to a cantilevered wall, acting as an extension of the architecture and extending Seidler’s own sinuous curves.

Tapping into the owner’s art appreciation, Holgar commissioned LA-based artist Jessalyn Brooks to create a mural, The Avians, which took its cues from the apartment’s bird’s eye outlook.

Catellani & Smith Lederam S2 pendant from ECC, Knoll Cesca chairs from Studio Italia and Serge Mouille Lampadaire Droit floor lamp from Cult Design
Catellani & Smith Lederam S2 pendant from ECC and ‘The Avians’ original mural by Jessalyn Brooks

The mural sits easily among other artworks, such as Ryan Hoffmann’s brilliant blue circular piece in the lounge area and the ceramics by A Ceramics and Guido Deleu on the Den Holm entry table, which again echoes the building’s curves.

Catellani & Smith Lederam S2 pendant from ECC and Knoll Cesca chairs from Studio Italia

Alongside the custom pieces a selection of classic furniture, such as the Wiggle Chair, the Barcelona Chair and Cesca dining chairs add gravitas to this castle in the sky.

“The space feels impressive but not in the way you would expect,” Holgar says. “Through pushing boundaries and utilising the element of surprise, the calm palette is enriched by a sculptural sophistication, which adds new layers of depth, light and shade.”

Vitra Wiggle side chair from Matisse
Knoll Barcelona chair from Studio Italia
Sculptor Norman Carlberg inspired entry table handmade by Den Holm, Nanimarquina Stone wool rug from Cult Design and Vitra Belleville chair from Matisse
Louis Poulsen Yuh table lamp from Cult Design
Stellar Works QT Chillax low chair and ‘Art Quartet #4’ 2018 by McLean Edwards artwork
Foscarini Rituals wall lamp from ECC and Zanotta Teti side table from Studio Italia
Foscarini Rituals wall lamp from ECC

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