When you live on glorious Sydney Harbour, your home’s interior should reflect the beauty of its iconic surroundings – literally!
YSG took this approach in ‘Crane in the Sky’, a colourful interior makeover of a dated ‘90s penthouse. The updated scheme emphasises two key elements lacking in the once ‘compartmentalised corporate cavern’: harbour views and the owners’ impressive art collection.
Everything down to the height of the kitchen bench has been carefully considered to frame these views, without compromising on functionality. Yasmine Ghoniem, principal of YSG explains, ‘High enough to conceal kitchen clutter and food prep (it was originally an enclosed room), the kitchen bench enables views of the harbour and immediacy with people in the living and dining area.’
Also interesting about this kitchen bench is its stacked material arrangement (inspired by Jenga blocks) featuring dominant crocodile green Vitoria Regia marble. Yasmine explains how this came to be, ‘Because the slab was pricier than other varieties, we limited its application just to the top (the surface the owners and guests will interact with the most), selecting a durable granite for the other countertops and layers of pitted travertine and plasterboard for the base of the structure.’
Other materials in the overall palette similarly reflect the desire to open up the space, from a hand-painted main bedroom ceiling (‘a waterscape of lilies and pond ripples [that] expand the room’s depth, inverting the water views beyond the balcony,’ as Yasmine describes the work by Creative Finish), smoked bronze, and golden silk textiles.
Several furniture pieces (no beige allowed!) directly reference the couple’s existing art collection, such as the candy-striped ‘beach ball’ lights levitating above the dining table that tie in with the Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri painting behind them. A custom-designed Tappeti carpet runner in the hallway similarly mimics the free-flowing gestures of a Ken Done painting (Outback) above.
The plump, cartoon-like dining chairs by Poltrona Frau; candy pink Vola kitchen tapware; and of course the living room bar all add to this home’s sophisticated frivolity.
‘Given the owners have had to spend so much time at home over the past year, there’s an eternal optimism that practically sings the moment you set foot inside. A well-stocked bar has added to this enjoyment!’ says Yasmine. ‘Its smoked bronzed mirror amplifies the dimensions of the living area whilst bouncing natural light about. Most importantly, it reflects the harbour view, so it can even be appreciated when tending to the spirits!’
‘Crane In The Sky’ proves playful choices can complement sophisticated design, infusing spaces with palpable energy and a highly personalised free spirit.