Chester Street Apartment | Alexander Lotersztain

Description by Alexander Lotersztain:

Alexander Lotersztain’s Chester Street refurbishment has transformed the Brisbane penthouse apartment into a vibrant and expressive space, connecting the inside with the outdoors. The interior was designed to fully exploit the Brisbane weather and aspect. The refurbishment included custom design of the kitchen, amenities and joinery. Both sides of the penthouse open completely to allow light and air through the length of the apartment.

The most efficient design consideration is the integration of the main amenities: kitchen, bathrooms and laundry, into the open spaces for both practical and aesthetic ideals. Concealed innovatively within sliding joinery, they are fully functional but can also be seamlessly hidden to maintain visual comfort and intimacy. Complementary to the daring reverse monochromatic base colour scheme to enhance the feeling of space, warmth was provided through the timber wall panelling and loud bursts of colour on the floor. The selection of materials, sourced from local manufacturers, focuses strongly on practical and elegant design solutions within careful consideration of maintenance and sustainability. The interior was designed to fully exploit the Brisbane weather and aspect. The main dining room is alfresco, and both sides of the penthouse open completely to allow light and air through the entire length of the apartment.

Design Office: Alexander Lotersztain

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Photographs: Florian Groehn

Pear Valley 276 | Antoni Associates

Description by Antoni Associates:

A young family re-locating to the Western Cape was looking to change from city living to a more relaxed country lifestyle in which to bring up their young family and settled for the exclusive Pearl Valley Golf Estate located near Paarl, just 30 minutes away from the Mother City of Cape Town.
The owners approached Antoni Associates to create an interior that was modern but with an emphasis on ‘barefoot luxury’ and the use of natural materials. The design approach by Mark Rielly and Jon Case was to focus on the use of natural organic materials such as timber and stone. These tactile materials add a sense of homeliness and warmth to the contemporary architecture. Timber flooring was used throughout, which contrasts with the raw off-shutter concrete ceilings, warm stone and marble cladding.
The owners of this home love to entertain and wanted the house to reflect their lifestyle. The informal family spaces include an open plan kitchen, informal dining and open bar, all linked to the entertainment lounge. A feature marble clad two-sided fireplace divides and screens off the family lounge from the spa room. These areas of the house flow out onto the outdoor entertainment deck with a sunken outdoor boma (a typical South African outdoor enclosure). Here timber seating is casually arranged around an open fire.
The furniture is modern and complementary to the experience of the home. The clients’ love for colour has been introduced with injections of bold prints and vibrant fabrics. Bespoke furniture from OKHA Interiors is featured throughout. A combination of bold and discreet lighting was used to create a “wow” factor and the layering of lighting set various moods. Subtle lighting has been incorporated in all recesses and feature bulkheads to give a warm glow to peripheral edges. Concealed lighting has also been used to highlight and accentuate the organic natural finishes.

Design Office: Antoni Associates

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Photographs: Adam Letch