Elizabeth Bay Residence, Sydney
Élan created a stylised refurbishment of a penthouse apartment overlooking the Harbour for a Sydney-based filmmaker.
The design has a theatrical quality, taking a cinematic cue with its play of shadow and light upon surfaces. As the owner is an avid global hunter and gatherer of mid-century furniture and art, a curatorial narrative informs the fitout. Its guiding philosophy was to imbue the space with beautifully crafted materials. The meticulous fluted detailing and deep glow of the panelled American Walnut joinery together with the sheen of crisp marble surfaces – from hand-finished kitchen cabinetry with an inbuilt bar to ensuite joinery and floating bedroom wardrobes that masterfully serve as a room divider without blocking the water views and natural light – the interior as a collective whole appears to have been carved out of wood. Entering the apartment feels like stepping into a film set where only the essential elements are thoughtfully included.