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Crane in the Sky by YSG Studio

  • YSG Studio inject colour and pattern into their unconventional transformation of a single-level penthouse on the finger wharves of Walsh Bay, Sydney. 

    One half of sister design duo Amber Road, Yasmine Saleh Ghoniem has brought her vibrant flair to her own recently established interior design studio YSG Studio, specialising in highly-customised and bespoke interiors. Set on the finger wharves of Walsh Bay within Port Jackson, Sydney, their latest project Crane in the Sky sees the complete overhaul of a tired 1990s building. With a strict brief for ‘no white or beige furniture pieces’, YSG Studio have prioritised the client’s avid art collection, complementing it through avant-garde objects and custom-designed accents throughout.

    The living room features the Missoni Woodrow Throw on the Orla 6 Left-hand Curved Sofa by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini, Sancal Tortuga Armchair from Kezu and Gravity Floor Lamp by Space Copenhagen for Gubi. The bar is clad in leathered granite in Cosmic Black from CDK Stone.

    The Established & Sons Filigrana S4 Pendant Lights in White/Red glass illuminate the Tobi-Ishi table by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for B&B Italia and the Amelie Chairs, designed by Claudio Bellini for Poltrona Frau. Artwork by Warlimpirrnga Tjapaljarri.

    Despite its enviable location and waterfront views, the original penthouse lacked adequate spatial and light flow. The building had what Yasmine describes as a ‘corporate’ ambience, with angular and tightly confined rooms. In order to capitalise on the waterfront views, YSG Studio structurally reconfigured the hallway and previously enclosed kitchen; now integrated with the living and dining area and providing full-height views of the bay.

    Sand-toned limestone tiles form one of many tactile layers in the home; the perfect pairing with the textured Marmorino polished plaster walls. YSG Studio’s refreshed base palette of muted neutrals allows for pops of colour in the jewel-toned furniture and fittings. The kitchen dapples in shades of green, timber and neutrals, punctuated by a candy-pink Vola tap. This pink repeats in the lampshade of the guest bedroom and in the muted living room rug.

    Sculptural furniture has been selected to create drama throughout the home. The rounded Tobi-Ishi dining table, curved Amelie chairs and whimsical candy-striped pendant lights convey a strong sense of flow in the dining room, next to the leather-finished bar. The bar’s smoked bronze mirror reflects the view of the water, opening up the room and creating light patterns in the space. Custom-designed rugs by YSG Studio differentiate each space – an art piece in themselves – manufactured by Tappeti in a blend of wool and silk.

    The Stellarworks Bund High Chair and 590M Mixer from Vola in the kitchen. The hallway features a custom wool and silk rug designed by YSG Studio.

    Artwork by Ken Done

    The second bedroom features another custom bedhead by YSG Studio, upholstered in Pierre Frey Okinawa Saphir and playful La Smala fabric.

    Artedomus limestone tiles run throughout the home.

    Multi-cultural references are made throughout the home in the Aboriginal painting above the dining table, tartan bedroom wall sconces and Chinese inspired master bedroom ceiling painting. YSG Studio director Yasmine Ghoniem admits that this is her favourite room in the home. “The combination of colours, textures and patterns represents a collection of life memoirs, creating a layered interior filled with emotive triggers,” Yasmine says.

    The flooring shifts to dark timber at the threshold of each bedroom, creating a point of difference between the private and shared spaces. As the home is designed for empty nesters, the third bedroom was converted into a study overlooking the water.

    Crane in the Sky is a reflection of YSG Studio’s eccentric and personalised design ethos, resulting in an energetic and artistic waterfront home. 

    The Capo Armchair designed by Neri & Hu for De La Espada atop a custom wool and silk rug by YSG Studio.

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