On an exclusive beach in Rose Bay, Sydney, Lawless & Meyerson were asked to curate a sleek and sophisticated apartment interior with an underlying Italian design influence. As a result, the interior design team have translated the nearby sand and sea into a rich material palette.
We caught up with one-half of Lawless & Meyerson Jo Lawless to uncover how Harbour vistas informed every design decision and how the pared-down palette heightens the home’s spectacular surroundings.
A busy client approached Lawless & Meyerson with a penchant for all things Italian to design an escape from their demanding work and travel schedule. “The client is incredibly design-savvy and wanted a clean, ordered, and glamorous interior which could be used equally for quiet nights at home or for entertaining family and friends,” Lawless & Myerson interior designer and director Jo Lawless explains.
The apartment is one of three on this private site in Rose Bay, with three bedrooms and bathrooms at the front and an open plan kitchen, living and dining space that spills onto the lawn at the back, overlooking arguably one of the most famous views in the world – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. While the bedrooms and bathrooms at the front of the home aren’t privy to the bridge vistas, they look out to landscaping by Dangar Barin Smith, so as Jo puts it, “if you aren’t looking at blue, you’re looking at green”.
Ardesia Enterno boards by Tongue n Groove provide a consistent base for the interiors, combined with off-white walls, tactile wallpaper and crisp linen sheers in the main living areas. Jo says that despite taking an unconventional approach to the beachfront interiors, she didn’t want to disregard the location. “We were careful to select a palette of base materials that tied in with the locale,” she explains. “Sand coloured veneers, stone, grass-papers and fabrics were used throughout with greyed off oak floors to connect the two without being obvious,” Jo adds.
This warm and neutral colour palette is contrasted with darker hues from the classic Italian furniture pieces in rich leather, velvet and silk, including the Minotti Lawrence sofa, green Molteni & C Gio Ponti armchairs, Porro Voyage dining chairs and B&B Italia Argo dining table. Custom-designed pieces by Lawless & Meyerson, such as the marble coffee table, are at home next to these esteemed Italian names. A similar sophisticated material palette comes to the fore in the adjacent kitchen with a striking five-metre-long Italian marble island bench, Anthracite appliances, and bronze joinery hardware.
“The approach was to simply relate and make the most of its location, fulfilling a brief and provide a feeling of calm.”
– Lawless & Meyerson interior designer and director Jo Lawless
Lawless & Meyerson opted for Gaggenau appliances for their tried and tested cooking capabilities and design-led aesthetic.
Tapping into the client’s affinity for Italian furniture, the living room features the Minotti Lawrence sofa and a pair of green velvet Molteni & C Gio Ponti armchairs alongside a commissioned marble coffee table designed by Lawless & Meyerson.
The dining room features the Italian Porro Voyage dining chairs and B&B Italia Argo dining table. Artwork by Tamara Dean.
In a home designed for hosting guests, Lawless & Meyerson specified Gaggenau appliances for not only their tried and tested cooking capabilities, but their design-led aesthetic. “If your home is filled with quality furniture, fixtures and fittings, then it makes sense that the appliances are of the highest quality as well,” Jo says.
Jo says the home is a true antidote to trends; designed not to be shown off but private, lived in and comfortable while still being beautiful. “The approach was to simply relate and make the most of its location, fulfilling a brief and provide a feeling of calm,” she adds.