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When it comes to architecture and interior design, David Katon is known for clean lines and a minimalist approach. And he will readily tell you that his colour of choice is white. So it comes as quite a surprise to see a lot of colour in the Sydney inner-city apartment where he lives with his dogs Sadie and Dixie. "I have never lived with so much colour," he says, referring to the all-grey interior which is enlivened by vivid art on the walls. And certainly this apartment is not as minimalist as his previous homes.
The appeal of the apartment - one of several on the top two floors of a 2003 hotel-to-apartment building conversion - was, in David's words, "its openness to the sky, broad views, and high up rather than intimate. It's all about the ceiling height (it is more tha four metres) and the city views. The high ceiling creates interesting proportions and the back wall feels very tall. When you sit in the living room you can see lots of sky and light."
The apartment is "like an upside-down terrace", according to David, with bedrooms on the entry level and living, dining and kitchen upstairs. West facing, the outlook is to Centrepoint Tower in the CBD, with a sideways view towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Formerly David's Monday-to-Friday abode, when he spent his weekends at his now-sold Southern Highlands home, the apartment was planned to really shine at night when the view comes alive. That influenced the choice of Dulux Mansard Stone which is used throughout the apartment on the walls, ceiling and joinery. Downstairs, the bedroom had already been carpeted in grey, reinforcing the paint selection. This all-grey scheme helps to tone down the existing chunky black windows. Also the grey blends, rather than contrasts with the black granite floor that was already in the living room upstairs.
In the same way that the city skyline is most dramtic at night, David's artworks have far greater intensity against the grey walls that they have ever had against the white backdrop of his previous apartments. The art is a mix of large pieces by friends Dani Marti and Scott Petrie, a poured varnish work by Dale frank and smaller works hung in groups in hallways.
Although at heart David is a minimalist - even a purist - he will tell you that he has quite a lot of 'stuff'. He certainly is a keen shopper and has a lots of clothes. However, he says the secret to an uncluttered look is good storage and not having everything on display.
Words by Jean Wright, extracted from belle October/November 2010
Well, Mr. Katon, such conspicous contradiction could very well be the Archilles' heel. Also, may I remind you that Gentlemanly stylishness retained an air of silence, a silence that demonstrated respect for peers in the reading rooms of London clubs. Furthermore, as the ultimate mark of this discreet attitude, a gentleman disdained all conversation on sartorial matters, unless it be with his tailor or concern questions of strict propriety, as opposed to any discussion of stylishness.
A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.
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