Despite its enviable location and waterfront views, the original penthouse lacked adequate spatial and light flow. The building had what Yasmine describes as a ‘corporate’ ambience, with angular and tightly confined rooms. In order to capitalise on the waterfront views, YSG Studio structurally reconfigured the hallway and previously enclosed kitchen; now integrated with the living and dining area and providing full-height views of the bay.
Sculptural furniture has been selected to create drama throughout the home. The rounded Tobi-Ishi dining table, curved Amelie chairs and whimsical candy-striped pendant lights convey a strong sense of flow in the dining room, next to the leather-finished bar. The bar’s smoked bronze mirror reflects the view of the water, opening up the room and creating light patterns in the space. Custom-designed rugs by YSG Studio differentiate each space – an art piece in themselves – manufactured by Tappeti in a blend of wool and silk.
The Stellarworks Bund High Chair and 590M Mixer from Vola in the kitchen. The hallway features a custom wool and silk rug designed by YSG Studio.
The second bedroom features another custom bedhead by YSG Studio, upholstered in Pierre Frey Okinawa Saphir and playful La Smala fabric.
Artedomus limestone tiles run throughout the home.
Multi-cultural references are made throughout the home in the Aboriginal painting above the dining table, tartan bedroom wall sconces and Chinese inspired master bedroom ceiling painting. YSG Studio director Yasmine Ghoniem admits that this is her favourite room in the home. “The combination of colours, textures and patterns represents a collection of life memoirs, creating a layered interior filled with emotive triggers,” Yasmine says.
The flooring shifts to dark timber at the threshold of each bedroom, creating a point of difference between the private and shared spaces. As the home is designed for empty nesters, the third bedroom was converted into a study overlooking the water.