Bondi Apartment

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    Architect’s homes are always a source of great curiosity to us, as we speculate whether they reflect the same aesthetic of their design practice and wonder what unique features they might encompass. So it is always of interest to see an architect’s home, particularly a talent we’re already watching with great interest.

    Daniel Boddam is one such talent. On top of a busy architecture practice and developing his first furniture offering with the Monument Collection, he and partner Kelly Geddes have recently made the move from Bondi to Bronte, leaving their renovated apartment for a lucky new owner.

    This is Bondi living, but not as you might imagine it. Stripping back the original Art Deco attributes, Boddam has favoured unconventional materials and grey and sand tones to achieve a calming respite from the hub of the beach.

    DESIGN Daniel Boddam | PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly Geddes

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    The kitchen showcases the diverse materials utilised. The joinery utilises simple horizontal planes of American oak with bespoke leather handles, creating warmth and texture against the cool grey palette. Rendered concrete has been used instead of tiles, and Cararra marble slabs add character to the bench tops.

    These materials continue to the bathroom, married with hand glazed Moroccan tiles that create a holiday feel to the minimal scheme. The inclusion of a wet room encompassing a freestanding bath and open shower acts as both a nod to the classic beach house and an added luxury.

    The living and bedroom areas are light-filled and minimal with an emphasis on craftsmanship in furniture and design. Limed oak flooring is used throughout, while original Art Deco details like the ornate ceilings and window frames have been enhanced with a modern colour palette. Minimal, neutral furnishings are complimented by personal touches, including Gedde’s photographs, throughout the home. And of course, the M Coffee Table from the Monument Collection makes an appearance!

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    On holiday at home: This dining nook is a far cry from the usual Bondi beach look, representative of the couple’s love of simple colours and natural textures.

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    Although we love the minimal chic throughout the home, we also love that Boddam and Geddes aren’t afraid to add personal touches – with books, trinkets and art falling into place throughout the home.

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