Avian Apartment by Alicia Holgar

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    Alicia Holgar’s Avian Apartment embodies an expressive refurbishment within an iconic Brisbane building originally designed by Australian architect Harry Seidler.

    Awarded AIDA Best of State Residential Design – Queensland in 2020, Avian Apartment sees the redecoration of a central Brisbane apartment by interior architect and designer Alicia Holgar. The owners asked for a luxurious inner-city pied-à-terre with a ‘welcoming atmosphere,’ filled with artwork and custom-designed furniture. Initially weighed down by a strong palette of black and red, Alicia introduced a refreshing palette that confidently blends in with the sunny Brisbane locale. 

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    “The space is best experienced as a whole, where the sum of many important parts can be fully appreciated,” Alicia Holgar explains. Unique artwork in a range of scopes and sizes dresses walls throughout the apartment. Los Angeles artist Jessalyn Brooks flew in to create the abstract mural that frames the dining space, titled ‘The Avians’ and informing the name of the project. A set of Cesca Chairs designed by Marcel Breuer sit around the custom-designed oak wood dining table by Alicia Holgar, overlooking the Brisbane cityscape.

    A table designed by Melbourne-based mason Den Holm greets you in the entrance of the home, adorned with curated objects designed by Jaime Hayon, Guy Maestri and Guido Deleu that sets the tone for the bold and bespoke interiors to follow.  

    The owners requested to leave the kitchen and bathrooms untouched, so Alicia Holgar set out to completely reinvent every other space. Working with the original parameters of Harry Seidler’s fluid architectural style presented a challenge for Alicia to create adequate storage space within the open floorplan. Lifting cues from the sweeping curves and forms that the architect incorporated into the building, a 5-metre long cantilevered curved wall now runs through the centre of the home, separating the vast floorplan.

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    Drenched in natural light, the central living room is a tactile feast, filled with a spectrum of colours. Atop a Halcyon Lake rug, the curved sofa designed by Alicia Holgar grounds the space, complemented by the circular Meshmatics Pendant for Moooi and artwork by Ryan Hoffmann. The Wiggle Chair designed by Frank Gehry injects a playful sense of personality to the room, its curves replicating those in the structure of the apartment.

    “Through a sustainable minimum input, maximum output approach, the project has achieved an impressive transformation within budget and timeframe,” Alicia Holgar affirms. By combining an eclectic mix of furniture and materiality, Alicia Holgar has set a new standard for Brisbane’s inner-city residential vernacular.

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