The Sophisticated Sydney Apartment Of Furniture Designers

Martin T. Israel

Following many years of condominium dwelling abroad, Koala merchandise designers Alexandra Owen and James Whitta ended up looking for a nicely-developed condominium to settle in Sydney. They arrived across a medium-density development in Alexandria in 2021 that was nearing completion, and swiftly scooped up one particular of the remaining residences. 

‘There are so quite a few compromised and badly set collectively condominium complexes in Sydney, and this create is absolutely an antidote to the soulless high-rise pattern,’ claims Alexandra. ‘After residing in Europe, we seriously adore condominium dwelling and uncovered that you can happily exist in these areas if they are properly designed with humans in thoughts.’

The setting up consists of 18 flats, and was built by SJB to offer interest to depth, indoor-out of doors residing, and generous proportions. ‘I like to say they are household-like measurements that rejoice apartment living—showing you really do not will need a giant piece of land to stay spaciously with a excellent outdoor area,’ states Alexandra. 

Complete-height doorways disappear into the wall cavity to reveal the outdoor house off the residing room, with terrazzo flooring underneath that seamlessly lengthen from the interiors. 

Alexandra and James put their individual stamp on the apartment by painting the dwelling areas in Porter’s Paint Rubble, and the main bedroom in Porter’s Paints Frozen, which mirror the apartment’s statement marble accents. In addition to the kitchen island bench and lavatory vainness, this marble options in a smaller nook spot where by Alexandra starts every single morning. ‘With fluted glass and natural light, it’s the great spot to get ready in the morning while getting a coffee,’ she suggests.

The couple’s furniture and decor has been sourced from all above the world—from Denmark, to Poland, France, and China—to mirror the several stages of their doing work and private lives. An Ikea ‘Randig Banana’ print (made in the ‘80s by  Alexandra’s former mentor) reminds the pair of their time doing the job for Ikea in Sweden pieces by New Zealand artists reference their heritage the Akari Noguchi lamps ended up procured from the original showroom in Tokyo though travelling and the couple’s 1st Koala designs—the Getaway Sofa and the Shear Bliss Rug— are proudly on show. These latter parts signify the intentionally ‘Australian’ aesthetic and approach the pair have labored to build at Koala above the past two a long time.

Alexandra points out, ‘We ended up normally pissed off in the earlier doing work for Australian firms that revered European/international lifestyle far more than our have. A 10 years in the past, Australians had been a small embarrassed of their society and structure, and I could in no way have an understanding of why no a single would embrace how stunning Australia’s landscape, life style and folks have been.’

Equally at function and household, Alexandra and James have embraced Australia’s uniqueness in their range of colors, materials and finishes. ‘This has surely revealed up in our apartment with the Australian palette: solar-kissed tones, earthy naturals, and brilliant colour pops,’ suggests Alexandra. 

Entirely, the condominium is a advanced, personalised property in the heart of Alexandria. ‘I appreciate sitting on the couch in the living space with the doorways open up and audio on,’ James states. ‘It is unquestionably my content spot.’

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