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An Interior Designer’s Charming Art Deco Apartment In North Bondi

Interiors

This Art Deco apartment of Juliette Arent Squadrito takes the adage ‘keep the family close’ to a whole new level! What began as a joke between Juliette and her cousin about starting a commune with their husbands and babies became a bit of a reality, when the two couples purchased a run-down apartment block in North Bondi.

Light, bright and layered, with unexpected bursts of colour, today we take a tour of Juliette’s brilliantly renovated kitchen, in this Art Deco gem!

4th June, 2019

Juliette Arent Squadrito of interior design studio Arent & Pyke in the kitchen of her North Bondi apartment. Photo – Kat Lu.

Juliette replaced the traditional doors with arched doorways to open up the space and encourage greater interaction between the living and kitchen areas – where the family spends the majority of their time. Photo – Kat Lu.

Painting ‘Welshman’s Reef’ by Guy Maestri. Eames LCW chair by Herman Miller. Photo – Kat Lu.

Painting by Guy Maestri. In background, vintage chairs from Rodney de Soos upholstered in Edit. Robyn Cosgrove rug. Akari by Isamu Noguchi light. Photo – Kat Lu.

Fisher & Paykel French door slide-in fridge with ice and water, seamlessly hidden behind the cabinets! Photo – Kat Lu.

The trees and sky are reflected in the mirrored cabinets above the rangehood. Photo – Kat Lu.

Lucy Feagins
Tuesday 4th June 2019

‘I prefer for all of those functional pieces to recede and be very subtle, because I think of the kitchen as a secondary living space, rather than a traditional workspace.’ – Juliette Arent.

Pregnant with twins during ‘a difficult time in the market’ when ‘prices were crazy’, Juliette Arent Squadrito, the co-founder of Sydney-based interior design firm Arent and Pyke, and her cousin, who had recently had a baby, used to joke about starting a commune with their little families.

The fleeting half-joke became a lot more serious when Juliette Arent found that the 1930s art deco apartment block across the street from her then-home in North Bondi was up for sale. ‘The following week we put in an offer for the whole block of four apartments’, says Juliette. And just like that, the commune dream was their reality!

Used as a backpacker’s hostel prior to the cousin’s purchase, the Art Deco building was brimming with potential. Despite its neglect over the years, many of its charming original details had been retained, including the ceilings and architraves. In addition to resealing the floors as well as adding new doors and windows, a new kitchen and bathroom needed to be built in Juliette’s apartment. Arched doorways replaced the traditional doors, opening up the space and creating ‘greater connection between the living room and kitchen’, the areas where most of the family’s time is spent together.

Juliette and her husband undertook a superficial renovation to the kitchen (with one-week-old twin babies!), but it wasn’t until 2017 when the kids were a little older that they were able to give it a real overhaul. ‘The kitchen is the most important part of any renovation we do’, Juliette explains, ‘so much of our lives revolve around it – my husband is a great cook, and my daughters have probably spent 75% of their lives in there’.

Shaker style cabinetry was installed, painted in rich jewel green, with vintage-style brass handles. A sleek black Fisher & Paykel oven was incorporated into the lower cabinetry, while other appliances like the dishwasher, refrigerator, and freezer were cleverly concealed, seamlessly integrated behind cupboard doors. ‘The black knobs on the oven and the black hob means that it all just fades away, allowing the brass to really come forward,’ says Juliette. ‘I prefer for all of those functional pieces to recede and be very subtle, because I think of the kitchen as a secondary living space, rather than a traditional workspace.’

Overhead storage solutions were a must for this narrow galley-style kitchen, maximising space within a small footprint. Mirrored cabinetry with a custom brass-framed edge above the cooking area helped Juliette fake some width, while concealing the rangehood and allowing the storage to almost disappear. The reflection of the trees and sky from the outside is an added bonus!

Fisher & Paykel, New Zealand’s award-winning appliance brand, has become a global force not just in product design, but also in kitchen design. The company is committed to research, development and collaboration and works closely with architects and designers to seamlessly integrate their appliances into kitchens in innovative ways. Visit, www.fisherpaykel.com to find out more.

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