Before Daimon Downey moved into this Bondi Beach apartment, he spent years visiting the property when it was previously occupied by his friend, art dealer Tim Klingender. Daimon was always taken with the home, including its ornate plaster ceilings in every room and of course THOSE incredible beach views. So when Tim decided to move on, Daimon jumped at the opportunity to move in. ‘After 10 years they moved to Byron to breed, and my pleas to take over when they left were answered and here we are!’ Daimon says. He and his fiance Georgia Gorman now rent the property from a dear friend who owns the whole building, and lives on the top floor.
The classic art deco apartment is one of two positioned above a restaurant and a surf shop. The space is home to the couple and their two cats, as well as Daimon’s art studio, allowing him the freedom to paint in a sunny home studio with an ‘in-your-face ocean view.’ as he describes it. ‘I will never get sick of working at home as long as the sea’s horizon is in my sights,’ Daimon says.
With its pastel walls and unexpected details, stepping into this home is like stepping into one of Daimon’s paintings. ‘Colour is very important to me both in the house, in my work, what I wear, and where I go,’ he says. Countless artworks by Daimon and other artists hang on the walls, serving as the main focal point of every room. ‘Some call it maximalist, but I still think there’s room to collect more. It’s unmistakably ours – loads of colour and an eclectic collection of memories as things.’
The couple haven’t had to do too much to make this home their own. ‘We stripped back the floorboards to reveal the true colour of stunning red jarrah, and popped some Dulux up on the walls to give it some love and life. The rest was here to begin,’ says Daimon. ‘She’s an old beauty that just needed a little Botox and that’s it!’
Prior to establishing his art practice, Daimon was a DJ, a founding member of the band Sneaky Sound System, and the owner of various restaurants. While his day-to-day life is now a quieter existence, the iconic location of his home ensures Daimon is never far from the action!
Prints of Daimon’s work are available to purchase via his website. Stay tuned for his next exhibition planned for October this year in Paddington!