In Sydney’s Northern Beaches lies Pavilion House by Nina Maya, a sleek bungalow that capitalises on its surroundings while showcasing an impressive collection of custom-made furniture and art to offer the ultimate escape from city life.
With the entire design realm at your fingertips, creating a home that answers your personal needs could seem like an insurmountable task. But this was not the case for Nina Maya, the design doyenne behind Nina Maya Interiors, who, upon acquiring a single-storey pavilion house in Avalon, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, set out to transform it into a breathtaking beach retreat that captures the essence of her design philosophy. The interior of the house exudes a sense of minimalism, relaxed sleekness and neutrality, providing the perfect canvas to showcase the meticulously-crafted custom lighting, furniture and artworks.
Being both the designer and client, Maya had the freedom to transform the simple existing structure into her dream beach house. Every detail of the address, from the initial design concept to the commissioned pieces, was thoughtfully curated to create an utterly serene home. The result is a haven of tranquillity that not only reflects Maya’s unique design approach but also highlights the exceptional talents of the collaborators involved in the project.
“The kitchen joinery seamlessly merges with the walls, creating a minimalist backdrop that allows the exquisite Brescia green marble kitchen island and benchtops to take centre stage.”
Maya’s personal design philosophy is evident throughout the interior, which emphasises clean lines and a harmonious material palette, where detail is purposeful and poised. The walls, ceilings and living room floor are adorned with a velvety-textured micro-cement coating that delicately shimmers when bathed in light. The kitchen joinery seamlessly merges with the walls, creating a minimalist backdrop that allows the exquisite, Brescia green marble kitchen island and benchtops to take centre stage.
Yet it is the curated selection of distinctive artworks that add a touch of individuality and charm to the house. The dining room is graced by the mesmerising ‘Infinity Works’ light, a creation by artist Max Patté, while the kitchen features a playful resin form crafted by local artist Tan Arlidge. Each piece of furniture, lighting and artwork was custom-designed or commissioned exclusively for the house, showcasing Nina Maya Interiors’ unwavering commitment to delivering truly exceptional and unique pieces (and the designer’s incredible Rolodex of contacts). The furniture boasts rounded and voluminous forms, while the lighting fixtures, fastidiously crafted by Canadian designer Randy Zieber, are adorned with luxurious materials such as alabaster, marble and bronze.
“Maya’s personal design philosophy is evident throughout the interior, which emphasises clean lines and a harmonious material palette, where detail is purposeful and poised.”
Outside, the house is surrounded by a multi-faceted space that includes a pavilion with an outdoor bathroom, an inviting alfresco dining area, a circular fire pit and a lush garden with majestic gum trees and swaying palm trees. These sanctuaries seamlessly blend with the interior design, offering residents a luxurious extension to immerse themselves in the coastal landscape.
The Pavilion House perfectly complements Maya’s recent project, The Glasshouse in Paddington, serving as a testament to the designer’s ability to create bespoke designs, unparalleled craftsmanship, and extraordinary living experiences in both coastal and urban settings. It is an approach that sees her design vision continue to redefine the essence of luxury living, with an unwavering dedication to creating exceptional spaces that are a true reflection of her clients’ desires and aspirations.