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The South Yarra project involved the complete fit out of a newly built apartment purchased off the plan. With a ‘Carte Blanche’ approach Christopher Elliott Design was commissioned by a client, residing in the country, who intended on using this as a city retreat. The apartment is small and compact, so the challenge was to create a sense of space and enhance the lofty atmosphere provided by the spectacular views of Melbourne. Thankfully the client had the insight to involve Christopher from the beginning, before the 30 storey apartment tower commenced construction. Therefore Christopher was able to consult with the builders requesting the ceilings to be uniform throughout – normally bulkheads would be constructed to minimise joinery costs. This simple alteration together with most joinery and furniture being suspended of the floor offers the illusion of space and significantly improves the apartments appeal. Another design technique used to enhance the space was the installation of a ‘French Grey’ American Oak timber flooring throughout the entire apartment. Visually it assists having no breaks in the flooring, creating a seamless look.
The cool palette of greys in the timber flooring became the backdrop for a gorgeous mix of blue, yellow and green hues used in the furnishing and modern bold artwork. Christopher utilised colours in a unique way to emphasise or diminish specific objects, to visually enlarge the space. One particular bedroom had very limited space; this was the impetus for Christopher to combine the need for bedside lighting and artwork into one, resulting in his innovative ‘Hex wall light’ design. A series of hexagonal shaped, brightly coloured, gloss wall sculptures that are backlit by LED strip lighting, giving the appearance that they float off the wall.
Elegant materials like polished Arabescato marble, grey oak timber, charcoal mirror and gloss mosaic tile were complemented by sumptuous fabrics of leather, linen and graphic print. The contemporary mix of furniture selected, is both sculptural and beautiful but also importantly comfortable. Every piece has its purpose, reflecting an eclectic modern aesthetic that is exclusive to Christopher Elliott Design.
Christopher designed and project managed the entire fit out, down to the very last detail, providing the client with a fully integrated service. The client’s reaction was overwhelming positive on the completion of the project and they continue to enjoy the significant improvements that Christopher Elliott Design has brought to the stunning space.