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Home Tour | Bay House by Arent&Pyke

Fredericia Spine Stool

In the kitchen, the organic form of the island bench and beech veneer joinery is stained in a deep Indian ink shade, offset by Viola Antica marble, with Fredericia Spine Wood stools and a mid-century-modern raw brass Sputnik chandelier.

Captivating tonal explorations and tactile materiality transform the angular geometries of a Sydney harbourside apartment into a series of introspective spaces.

A couple enthusiastic about the notion of a ‘lock and leave’ home for the new chapter in their lives engaged leading interior design studio Arent&Pyke to transform an existing apartment into a place where they could entertain family and friends with introspective spaces in which they could indulge their extra free time.

Occupying a rectangular floorplan within the entire third level of a boutique apartment block, Arent&Pyke avoided unnecessary structural interventions given the generous proportions and fluid integration of the rooms, opting to transform two of the apartment’s four bedrooms into a study for each of the couple, while also retaining the original limestone floors.

Responding to their client’s request to ‘relieve the apartment’s dominant creams and browns, plus cold steel grey kitchen tones,’ the studio introduced expressive stone varieties in all the bathrooms and living spaces. Their selective process was underpinned by unusual hues and exquisite markings while also inspired by their male client – a geologist, whose private collection of significant stones has been artistically mounted on spigots in his study, offering a hint at the mineral language woven throughout.

Apparatus Arrow Pendant
Cassina Cab Chair with Arms

In the dining room, a Baxter table with a distinctive oval Patagonia granite surface inspired by the detail of a contemporary landscape artwork on a nearby wall sits beneath an Apparatus Arrow ceiling pendant. Garnet red vintage Cassina Cab leather dining chairs by Mario Bellini add warmth to the space.

Bay House’s innate connection to saturated water views enabled staged tonal intensities, infusing deeper, meditative hues in the enclosed spaces close to the apartment’s entry, graduating towards the pale shoreline blues reflected in the oversized checked rug in the living area. The apartment’s entrance hallway, dining and living rooms and kitchen are unified by a pale wheat micro-cement plaster. In contrast, a deeper, smoky green plaster envelops the powder rooms and guest bathrooms.

The ‘his’ and ‘hers’ studies feature expressive surfaces, including light olive-green, semi-gloss walls, grass cloth wardrobe fronts and painted joinery in varying sage hues in the masculine study. The neutral taupe walls and walnut grass cloth wardrobe fronts and joinery in the feminine study are supported by amplified gemstone hues, including the rich amber silken swirls of the Pierre Frey curtains – their pinot noir velvet trims connecting the interior to the scarlet bougainvillea growing outside.

In the transformed kitchen, beech veneer joinery and the organic form of the island bench are stained in a deep Indian ink shade, topped in Calacatta Viola marble with a ribbon of stone articulating the contours of the sculpted island’s base. Casual banquette dining in the room’s corner also creates a sense of openness.

In the living room, the arms of a black Serge Mouille wall light highlight the newly streamlined fireplace with a distinctive, custom curve designed to soften the room’s angular returns. Within the dining room, the selection of a Baxter table with a distinctive oval Patagonia granite surface was inspired by the detail of a contemporary landscape artwork on a nearby wall. Garnet red vintage Cassina Cab leather dining chairs by Mario Bellini add warmth.

A custom-designed drinks cabinet and shelving by Arent&Pyke, with a Calacatta Borghini marble top and walnut burl veneer in the wine cellar.

A glass-encased, custom-designed climate- control wine cellar by Arent&Pyke adds gravitas to the dining space.

For the designers, the challenge and joy of the project were combining all of the elements in new combinations. Their client’s art collection was pivotal in their curatorial process when pairing furnishings with paintings and treasured objects. “Our clients were eager to incorporate their significant furniture collection including timber desks and consoles with new acquisitions,” Arent&Pyke principal Sarah-Jane Pyke says.

“We also revived several pieces with newly upholstered finishes, including the nubby linen seat bases of the living room’s Bonacina ‘Eva’ armchairs featuring a silken sapphire blue weave reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy.” Bay House combines gestural stone forms with treasured objects, ceramics and artworks. It gently balances the raw with the refined and the polished with supple and organic elements, manifesting in spaces that have evolved into intuitive musings on texture, depth, light and shadow for its inhabitants.

This feature originally appeared in est magazine issue 52: The Nature of Design.

PP Mobler Circle Chair
Poltrona Frau Kyoto Coffee Table

A cohesive mix of new and existing elements include the custom-designed fireplace in Calacatta Borghini marble by Arent&Pyke, featuring a pronounced curve emphasised by the arms of a Serge Mouille wall light, PP Møbler Circle chair and the client’s own timber trunk side table.

Cassina Sengu Modular Sofa
Poltrona Frau Kyoto Coffee Table
Satara Allegra Lounge Chair
PP Mobler Circle Chair
Cassina 194 9 Table

The Bay House living room overlooks Mosman Bay and features a Cassina Sengu modular sofa by Patricia Urquiola, Bonacina Eva armchairs, Reuber Henning rug, Cassina 9 side table by Piero Lissoni, Kyoto coffee tables by Gianfranco Frattini for Poltrona Frau and custom joinery by Arent&Pyke.

The client’s private collection of significant stones collected in his work are artistically mounted on spigots in his study.

Herman Miller Eames Lounge & Ottoman

In ‘his’ study, a hand-tufted luxe carpet in a custom colour from Tappeti, custom joinery designed by Arent&Pyke, an Eames chair and ottoman, the client’s existing Cherner desk chair, and Pierre Frey curtains.

e15 ST04 Backenzahn Stool In Walnut

In ‘her’ study, a newly-covered patchwork day bed, Pierre Frey curtains, e15 Backenzahn stool in European Oak and client’s existing Akari floor lamp.

In the verdant powder room, Guatemala green marble, custom-designed joinery and mirror by Arent&Pyke and vintage Murano Tronchi pendant.

GUBI Gravity Table Lamp

The bedroom features a Gubi Gravity table lamp, Society Limonta bed linen and a vintage Japanese vase. The artwork is ‘Organism’ (2023) by Clifford How.

Collection Particulière ROI Stool

In the master ensuite, custom-designed solid oak timber joinery with Calacatta Gold marble by Arent&Pyke, Roistool by Collection Particuliere and vintage Torpedo wall sconces by Mazzega.

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