A grand three-storey home filled with intimate spaces

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Presented with an immense architectural envelop, two design studios have transformed the interiors of this Mosman home with micro details and massive statements.

It was purely just ‘Google luck’,” says Warren Au of how he came to work on this home in Sydney’s Mosman. Warren, the director of Studio Gestalt, was surprised to receive an enquiry email from the owners.

“I looked up the real estate pics and thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ I thought someone was pulling my leg,” he says. “But I gave them a call and it was actually a real client, with a real project. I struck gold.”

Gobsmacked, Warren’s first port of call was to his friend and fellow designer Alex Mason of Studio aem. With a philosophy of two is better than one, the pair – who first met as graduates working at the same firm – embarked on the project together.

Adjacent to the casual living, the ground-floor casual dining seats six on Porro ‘Frank’ chairs around a Porro ‘Materic’ table by Piero Lissoni, all from Space. Glass vase and glassware from Becker Minty. Aerin ice bucket from Palmer & Penn. Apparatus ‘Cloud 37’ pendant light from Criteria.
Freehold II by Christopher Lees from Harvey Galleries and Wing Walkers Study by David O’Toole from Curatorial+Co guide those who climb the travertine stairs of this home. Poltrona Frau ‘Soffi’ pendant light from Cult. Walls in Porter’s Paints ‘French Wash’. Vessels on the landing from Studio Cavit.

Sitting on a double block spread over 1792 square metres, the architectural envelope didn’t require any structural work. Inside, however, the house called for a whole new reinvigorated identity.

The scope, initially joinery specifications and a comprehensive furniture package, ballooned to encompass accessories, lighting, art and soft furnishings.

“The original house was executed to a high standard through original selections and construction, so we were lucky in that we had a strong aesthetic foundation that was high quality – it provided us with a good base,” says Alex. “The intention was to complement what was existing and make improvements with the introduction of materials and finishes.”

Warren Au

Also in the formal living, Poltrona Frau ‘Archibald’ chairs from Cult. Baxter ‘Plissè’ leather sideboard, ‘Ninfea’ small table and night table, and set of ‘Jenga’ coffee tables, all from Criteria. Marble bowl from Greg Natale, ceramic vase from The DEA Store and glasses from Great Dane.
The original full-height French doors in the formal living and dining open to brilliant views. B&B Italia ‘Doyl’ chairs and Giorgetti ‘Amadeus’ table and ‘Alfred’ bar cart, all from Space. Large vessel and ceramic bowl on table from The DEA Store. Marble bowl from Greg Natale.
In particular, all the carpeting was removed and replaced with elegant, over-scaled herringbone flooring in an effort to “add to the traditional element of the home”, says Alex. Broadly, the concept involved harmoniously blending any new additions with existing features such as the traditional fireplaces and decorative French windows with panoramic views across Sydney Harbour.
Looking outside from the study, a B&B Italia ‘Tufty-Time’ sofa, ‘Fat-Fat’ ottoman and ‘Husk’ chair, all from Space.
Due to the vast, expansive nature of the floor plan, Alex and Warren wanted to create visually contained spaces not necessarily closed off by doors or partitions, but distinguished by a composition of furniture and demarcated by rugs and lighting.
In the first-floor entrance, a B&B Italia ‘Eda-Mame’ sofa and ‘Elios’ side table, both from Space. Missoni Home ‘Tibet’ ottoman from Top3 by Design. Bowl from Montmartre Store. Society Limonta throw from Ondene. What Lies Beneath artwork by Theresa Hunt from Curatorial+Co. French oak flooring from Nash Timbers.
On the other side of the casual eating area, the owner’s existing pendant light, mirror and fireplace add rustic charm. Giorgetti ‘Apsara’ outdoor modular seating system and B&B Italia ‘Fat-Fat’ outdoor tables, all from Space. Zanotta ‘Teti’ green occasional table from Cult. Vida ‘Sonoma’ outdoor rug from The Rug Establishment, made from recycled plastic bottles.
Views across Sydney’s lower North Shore to the Sydney Harbour Bridge are savoured from a Giorgetti ‘Skyline’ modular sofa from Space in the ground-floor living area. The Giorgetti ‘Skyline’ low table and ‘Gradient Reflex’ bamboo silk and linen rug are also from Space. &Tradition ‘Shuffle MH1’ multicoloured side table from Cult.

The east wing comprises a TV room and playroom with casual meals and dining. The ‘on-show’ kitchen was re-done and extended with a Super White dolomite island.

Behind, there’s another full working Chinese scullery with Caesarstone bench. “It was designed to be the absolute workhorse of the house,” says Warren.

Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry in rich chocolate Eveneer timber veneer hides fully integrated services. “From a holistic perspective, we wanted to maintain similar silhouettes and materials for the joinery throughout,” says Warren, referencing the same design, elevated with bronze detailing, that has been used in the master bathroom and boutique-like walk-in robe with a chest of drawers and extensive storage hidden behind a fluted sliding door.

In the kitchen, a Christopher Boots ‘Prometheus VII’ pendant light from Est Lighting lines the benchtop. Kristalia ‘BCN’ stools from Fanuli. White bowls from Ondene. Sculptural vase from Studio Cavit.
Honed Super White dolomite stone on the kitchen island and benches contrasts with the Majorca Grey marble used for the rangehood, all from WK Stone.
The statement mirror in the main ensuite is custom-made for the space.
The master ensuite is flanked by a custom vanity in Eveneer in Metro from Elton Group offset in RAW by Salvatori silk georgette wall tiles from Boffi. Existing marble floor tiles and tapware. Ceramilux bath and Falper oval basins, both from Rogerseller. Baxter ‘Nepal’ chair from Criteria. ‘Prometheus I + II’ pendant lights from Est Lighting.
The adjacent master bedroom has been treated as a true suite, with an intimate living area complete with a fireplace, ottoman and armchairs. “Even though the house has so many large living spaces, this provides uninterrupted quiet and retreat,” explains Warren. Another four bedrooms are clustered on this level in addition to a sweeping terrace.
In the master bedroom, the Maxalto ‘Alcova’ bed from Space includes a bench seat upholstered in Dedar Milano ‘Lupo’ fabric. Society Limonta bed linen from Ondene. ‘Lune’ pendant light from Spence & Lyda. Cordeaux & Co curtains in Pearl from Boyac made by Fybre Furnishing Solutions.

In the walk-in robe, a Moooi ‘Heracleum Endless’ pendant light from Space. Vintage hat boxes from Palmer & Penn and Maison et Jardin. Leather basket and containers from Great Dane.

Overlooking a compact but well-used swimming pool, the west-facing terrace’s Tribù ‘Tosca’ sofa and chairs from Cosh Living are a prime spot to take in the sunset.

All three levels are linked by a wide, sculptural central staircase which unfolds into a foyer on the lower-ground floor with a glass-topped B&B Italia ‘Bolt’ entrance table by Mario Bellini.

Through a floor-to-ceiling internal glass pane is a view to the palatial study, where there’s both a desk and a B&B Italia ‘Tufty-Time’ sofa by Patricia Urquiola which, in its bone and navy colour, was selected as a hero piece to cap off this fine home.

The lower-ground floor foyer looks through to a study highlighted by Kerrie Oliver’s Please Get Off My Back from Curatorial+Co. B&B Italia ‘Bolt’ table and Porro ‘Frank’ chair, both from Space.

Step out to the master bedroom terrace and a pair of Gervasoni ‘Inout 81’ recliner sun loungers from Anibou await.

This home is luxury on all levels.

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