Home Tour | Cloud Surfer by Decus

An alluring Broadbeach apartment has been crafted by Decus into a pied-à-terre that celebrates exceptional Australian craftsmanship and artistry for its global owners.

Elevated at a soaring height of 36 floors, a Broadbeach apartment in Queensland occupies uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean and the expansive sky beyond. Aptly named ‘Cloud Surfer’, Decus founder and managing director Alexandra Donohoe Church says the apartment observes “the calming water views and occasional whale spotting, which makes it feel like you are on a boat out at sea”.

Residing in Singapore, the homeowners desired a pied-à-terre in Queensland, where they made an off-plan purchase to spaciously accommodate the two of them yet comfortably host their family. With their impending relocation, the apartment needed to be turnkey and, as Alexandra explains, “a place the clients could ‘set and forget’ while travelling in the next phase of their lives.” As part of the brief, the design required it to be future-proofed so that one day, it could become a permanent home.

Decus were asked to craft their narrative and drew inspiration from a cherished artwork owned by the clients, which steered the creative direction for the apartment. Referencing the ocean views and weaving this with the client’s nostalgic travels to Brazil and Southeast Asia informed the curation of design elements and selection of materials and textures. “The couple vested great trust in us to design and execute the new interiors with minimal intervention, using decorative elements to bring the ‘blank canvas’ to life,” Alexandra reflects.

‘Pinch’ Anders pendant suspended over the custom-designed dining table made by Mast and Saarinen dining chairs from DEDECE. 

Pinch Anders Pendant Light

The custom-design curved console made by Mast gently divides the open floorplan.

The kitchen features a Gaggenau wine fridge. 

Flos Taccia Small

‘Constellation #7363’ artwork by Clemens Kraus is a focal point in the living area, which also features the small Flos Taccia table lamp and an armchair by Dusty Deco.

Works by Australian artists continue to embody the sentiment of welcoming the owners’ home, as Regina  Pilawuk Wilson, John R Walker, Mark Maurangi Carrol, Tamara Dean, and Narelle Autio are featured throughout the residence. “The Clemens Krauss impasto work is a true hero of the space,” Alexandra says, where the textural artwork featuring 65kg of paint complements the polished-plaster fireplace. Designed with a repertoire that celebrates exceptional Australian craftsmanship and artistry, Cloud Surfer is a captivating reminder of home for its globally spirited owners to return and build on their treasured memories.

The living room features a custom-designed polished-plaster fireplace that rests above the Artedomus ‘Lauriana’ honed joinery, also featuring a custom-designed coffee table and rug made by Jonathan West and Whitecliffe.

Establishing the quality of personal and intimate spaces was paramount for the project, as Decus aimed to counterbalance the commanding scale of floor-to-ceiling glazing wrapping the entire apartment, the open floor plan, and the vastness of the ocean. A rich tapestry of textural elements was composed to balance and shape the visual weight and depth of the space. Earthy tones of walnut timbers paired with the swirls of Forest Green and Lauriana stones, touches of burnt ochre in wool rugs and indulgent olive velvets bring warmth to the space. Layers of deep marine hues dress the bedrooms from the walls to the custom joinery to create a world immersed within the oceanic surroundings. Meanwhile, the linear forms of the apartment are countered and smoothed through the organic shapes of bespoke joinery and furniture pieces by Australian makers.

Vitra Akari UF3-Q

The Vitra Akari UF3-Q is an accent in the living area. 

BassamFellows Cluster Stool

The tonal bedroom features the Volker Haug Baby Drop pendant light.

Regina Pilawuk Wilson artwork WUPUN (SUN MAT), 2022 hangs above the console designed by Decus and made by Jonathan West.

Robert Plumb Bondi Pot

The Bondi pots by Robert Plumb on the balcony. 

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