Established back in 2001, by passionate Australian designers Ian Wrightson and Steven Stewart, the multiaward- winning practice specialises in quality interior design, architectural adaptation, contemporary styling and original product design. The firm prides itself on its industry leading creativity, innovation and timeless design, and its latest Southbank apartment is testament to its design portfolio.
Located within the premier flagship hotel precinct and cultural hub of South Brisbane, the three-bedroom apartment enjoys sweeping city views. Smart design principles are showcased in the apartment, which boasts uninterrupted vistas connecting occupants to the city and streetscape surrounds. Ian Wrightson, Co-founder and Co-Director of Wrightson Stewart said their aim for every project was for the design to be highly intelligent and practical, but most importantly, to meet the client brief. “For this project, the client wanted to craft a unique space that really felt like a glamorous city apartment, but still casual enough for the entire family. The mood and atmosphere were important, along with maximising the gorgeous views,” he said.
The clients who occupy the home are well travelled individuals with a background of rich cultural heritage. Through their travels, they have cultivated an intricate collection of artworks, sculptures and unique furniture. “The sentimental items that the owners already had were integrated when creating layers and depth to the interiors,” said Wrightson.
The interior of the home is a juxtaposition of masculine and feminine, with stunning oak flooring, blackened timber joinery and warm bronzed detailing. There are many standout pieces throughout the home, including a custom designed sofa, which is paired with a Wrightson Stewart rug, an impressive built-in banquette in a luxurious velvet, adding an element of drama, and finally, adding to the glamour of the dining area is a Lee Broom chandelier, which adds a touch of warmth to the modern décor.
Every wall in the home is treated with either graphic wallpaper (Graffito by American designer Kelly Wearstler or textured wallcovering, Cantala by Arte); upholstered suede panels with brass inlay; or floor to ceiling joinery in Italian Wenge. This is combined with metallic S-Fold sheers, creating a dramatic interior that can only be described as lush. “The objective of the design was to create a rich layer of colour and the interplay of materiality,” Wrightson said.
The gorgeous home has a regal and sophisticated colour palette, making the residence timeless and forever stylish. During the initial site visit, Wrightson Stewart took the vast assortment of existing finishes and used them to their advantage when designing the space. “We saw this as an opportunity to enhance the palette through a curated layering of repetitious texture and colour,” he added. With polished finishes and city views that are unforgettable, this sophisticated apartment is an exquisitely designed space that leaves its mark on South Bank.