Interior Designers are often their own worst clients, yet this Richmond apartment is the culmination of a decade of travel, collecting and commissioning for the personal home of creative director Nickolas Gurtler.
Nickolas moved from interstate, into a newly finished “off the plan” apartment, site unseen. Whilst existing interior architecture had appeal with an abundance of light despite its southern orientation, it desperately needed an injection of colour and personality.
The intention for the palette was to find the counterpoint between glamour and restraint, with bursts of “disco” feeling. Glossy textures are juxtaposed against the raw, whilst earthy tones are expressed through both velvet and linen accentuated by mixed metals.
Art was curated based on personality with pieces like a silver gelatin print by Herb Ritts selected for its dark and glamorous connotation. More expressive works like the neon and CNC routed artworks by Tom Adair contribute vibrant and flamboyant notes to the atmosphere whilst the painting by Nunzio Miano injects a more subdued energy.
Whilst some of the pieces were designed in-house, others were commissioned like the custom “Pro-metheus IV” table lamp by Christopher boots, “Distance” table lamp by Lost Profile Studio and the “Agent 86” sofa from Grazia and Co. Vintage pieces like the marble coffee table and decorative ob-jects were special finds by the designer over the last decade.
Whilst the apartment is an extremely small space, the design and decoration is ambitious and bold, proving it’s not size that matters, but what you do with it that counts.