Bondi Penthouse

Serving as a sophisticated beach house, this penthouse apartment evokes an immediate sense of calm and serenity. The interiors draw on the coastal atmosphere, the curvaceous building spaces and Scandinavian inspired simplicity.

Stark Design’s client desired a beach house where three generations of a globally dispersed family could holiday together and enjoy the Bondi bustle, but could also retreat from it. It is a retreat from the daily grind of their varied lives.

They required discrete indoor and outdoor spaces for different age groups; quiet reading spaces, group TV/movie watching, child-friendly play spaces and entertaining spaces. It was also important to celebrate the location of the home away from home – the Aussie beach house in the sky.

The uncluttered environment enables its inhabitants to connect more with each other, in largely technology-free ways. As designers, Stark Design facilitated the integration and layering of the best of Australian and international design to create a look and feel which pays homage to the Aussie beach house and Scandinavian simplicity.

Furniture, objects and artworks were selected as a mixture of locally made and custom built as well as some stand-alone pieces which were internationally sourced. A mixture of contemporary and mid-century pieces were melded together to create a timeless interior. A sense of serenity and warmth is achieved by drawing on the colours and textures of the coastal elements through the use of timber, stone, textured fabrics and balanced pops of colour. 

Meet the designer: Stark Design Interiors + Exteriors

Stark Design is the first Australian design practice to provide a truly integrated approach to both interiors and landscapes. Highly and widely experienced, Jane and her team have worked on projects in Sydney, Byron Bay, New Zealand and the USA. Staunchly not prescriptive, the practice favours a highly collaborative approach and a multi-layered design aesthetic so that the client’s homes reflect their essence and feel like they have evolved over time.

Meet the designer: Jane Stark from Stark

Uniquely, Principal Jane Stark has studied both Interior and Landscape Design and views the home as a unified combination of inside and outdoor living spaces. After providing her services as an interior designer for many years she came to the belief that the success of interiors and the home are rendered even more successful when both indoor and outdoor spaces speak to one another. This drove her to add landscape design services to the mix. Jane’s dual affection for interiors and landscapes gives rise to a unified and seamless design aesthetic that is so very well suited to the Australian lifestyle of her clients.

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