Elizabeth Bay Home
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Elizabeth Bay Home

Interior Designer:
Brooke Aitken Design
Prue Ruscoe

The Elizabeth Bay apartment is part of 80's brick block, as brutal as it is beautifully positioned on the water with a private pool and jetty.

The brief was for a relaxed executive pad - somewhere with an office and a kitchen set-up for corporate entertaining which, of course, would take full advantage of the view.

Three bedrooms and two all-white bathrooms share the entry-level floor with a kitchen and dining space, which overlooks the lounge area through a balustrade of stainless-steel rigging. High, angled windows flood this mezzanine-style zone with light and draw the eye to an expansive upper outdoor terrace and Sydney Harbour beyond. The luxury 'cabin cruiser' feel is further emphasised by the yacht masts bobbing away in the background.

Un-discovering the new kitchen is one of Brooke's favourite devices - a lighting cove along the ceiling. "it gives a discreet separation between the kitchen and dining areas. Also, you get a soft, non-directional light source that's lovely."

Softness is crucial to Brooke, who claims to have an aversion to white-box minimalism. The walls were painted warm white, existing floorboards were darkened with an ebony/walnut stain and the "nasty aluminium windows" were given a fixed frame of dark timber, like eyeliner.

In the lounge area below, pride of place goes to the wavy white ash desk and credenza Brooke designed in tribute to the sinuous curves of Alvar Aalto's iconic Savoy vase.

Aalto was also her inspiration for the kitchen joinery with its horizontal slatted doors - a style the Finnish master also used.

When it came to selecting those objects, and the artwork for that matter, Brooke took her cues from the view.

Brooke approached Danielle Johnson of Sherman Galleries to help select artworks for the home. Both interim board members of the Asian Australian Artists Association st Gallery 4a, Brooke and Danielle chose photographs of beach goers from Narelle Autio's Watercolour series, and sculptures resembling shells and shoreline detritus by Angle Valamanesh.

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Arik Levy

Mistic creates a contemporary vegetal landscape with strong dynamics, like a forest of pyrex tubes. It can be used both as a candleholder or a vase. This collection won the Red Dot Design Award in 20...

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