The Moor Street Apartment by Clare Cousins is the kind of environment where I would hapilily see myself doing overtime in. Located in the heart of Fitzroy, the combined office space and private residence make use of a soft palette with pale timbers and industrial fixtures to create a fresh approach.
Clean lines and a restrained colour palette let the focus shift to fine detailing and highly textured surfaces. The 6m long concrete island bench with a blackened steel framework along with the choice of industrial pendants thought out, help retain that downtown warehouse aesthetic, while whitewashing timber flooring and exposed brick walls add texture and warmth throughout.
Can I also give a special mention to the UH-MAZING large scale artwork that packs a colourful punch in the backdrop of the meeting room, commissioned by prominent local artist Rowena Martinich.
The three bedrooms and two bathrooms are located on the lower level, the kitchen and dining on the mid-level, and the living space on the top floor. A key factor in the design of the space was flexibility and liveability so with this in mind the Cousins team designed features like a large sliding wall to separate the master bedroom from a study and library space for privacy when needed or open plan living when not.
The studio space incorporates a work space, large kitchen, staff/dining room, meeting room and waiting and display areas within 250sqm.
When I think of design elements that embody the classic styles of vacation destinations like Palm Beach or Palm Springs, a bold banana leaf print comes to mind. Dating back to the 40’s and 50’s, perhaps most notably used in the Fountain Coffee Room of the swanky Beverly Hills Hotel, and by design icons like Dorothy Draper, the print has made a comeback in a big way.
Banana leaf prints had a resurgence in 2012 and 2013 but I think they are never really out of style. They are popping up again this season and I wanted to take a look at all the stylish decors that are bold enough to work them in.
The great thing about banana leaves is that they are a natural occurring element, so whether you use a print or the real thing, the outcome is just as chic! But beware, not all banana leaf prints are created equal!
It has been touted as one of the most recognizable wallpapers in the world…. “The Original” Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper, which was created by decorator Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel, has since developed an iconic status amongst the design world.
Bergdorf Goodman Fall 2012 at The Greenbrier Hotel