MY LIFE, MY STYLE

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Sarah & Se­bas­tian’s Sarah Git­toes in Coogee.

With her flag­ship Padding­ton store pulling in de­sign plau­dits, SARAH GIT­TOES, one half of thriv­ing jew­ellery line Sarah & Se­bas­tian, now turns her re­fined eye to her new(-ish) beach­side apart­ment. By EL­IZA O’HARE

It has been only seven years since Sarah Git­toes and Robert Se­bas­tian Grynkofki launched Sarah & Se­bas­tian, but in that time the ar­ti­sanal jew­ellery brand has re­ceived a huge wave of re­sponse to its min­i­mal­ist, de­sign-for­ward pieces. The duo’s ear­li­est col­lec­tions were de­fined by a re­fresh­ing kind of del­i­cate, fili­gree style — fine chain bracelets and tiny skinny rings at once mod­ern and built on her­itage de­sign foun­da­tions — which goes some way to de­scrib­ing Git­toes’s per­sonal style and the vibe in­side her and part­ner Rus­sell Munro’s airy beach­side apart­ment in Coogee, Syd­ney.

Git­toes has a very se­ri­ous eye for de­tail, honed by years of study for her de­sign de­gree, and it is put to good use in her role as cre­ative di­rec­tor. Her at­ten­tion to de­tail is the stuff of leg­end in her stu­dio. “any de­sign process for one col­lec­tion usu­ally takes about three months and means count­less rounds of sam­pling,” Git­toes de­tails. “There’s an ini­tial re­search and con­cept phase, and then de­sign de­vel­op­ment and sam­pling, then we make ev­ery­thing [for] the fin­ished prod­uct.the Ti­dal col­lec­tion was ac­tu­ally the best ex­am­ple of this. It was just one co­ral ear­ring and we had 75 dif­fer­ent ver­sions of co­ral, which were ba­si­cally the same thing, and we mulled over 10 dif­fer­ent ver­sions. Even­tu­ally I had to ask the team — and it all looked the same to them. They all thought I was mad. But I just go un­til it feels right. I al­ways like to keep try­ing, keep chang­ing and keep adapt­ing.”

She ap­plied this strat­egy to the min­i­mal­ist, fem­i­nine in­te­rior of her apart­ment, which has white walls and large win­dows over­look­ing the beachy sub­urb.the clean lines and low-key choices are pure Git­toes .“i loved grow­ing up by the beach. I grew up in Wol­lon­gong — I’ve been a coastal girl al­ways, and we chose Coogee be­cause it’s close to work, [has] the beach and it’s a lit­tle more re­laxed,” she says.

The apart­ment is a re­verse work in progress, with Git­toes re­mov­ing and min­imis­ing ob­jects and fur­ni­ture pieces as she goes. Cup­boards are full of or­na­ments and tchotchkes that have been edited out of the mix. “My style is min­i­mal; I think there’s some­thing Zen in not hav­ing much around,” Git­toes says. “It keeps you calm, es­pe­cially when you have a busi­ness. I can think clearly when my space around me is clear. It’s def­i­nitely my aes­thetic and I think you can see that in what we de­sign as well; it’s all re­ally pared-back. And I think it com­ple­ments the 1930s Art Deco [space] … the jux­ta­po­si­tion of the or­nate walls and clean mod­ern fur­ni­ture I re­ally en­joy.”

The apart­ment didn’t need many ad­di­tions. A new wardrobe and a day bed in the sun­room were about the ex­tent of the trans­for­ma­tion.the garage stores the cou­ple’s bar­rage of div­ing gear, so in­side the apart­ment the strict min­i­mal­ist order can be main­tained. “I re­ally think about pur­chases. I’m def­i­nitely not a spur-of-the­mo­ment pur­chaser with home­wares,” Git­toes says. “I think about it and go back and think about it, and then I’ll know. Ev­ery­thing has to have a place. I’ve had the op­po­site end of the spec­trum, where I’ve had so much clut­ter, and I’ve moved a few times, so, nat­u­rally, you shed a few things, and I think I started want­ing things to be pared-back. It just feels bet­ter.”

The aes­thetic of the brand’s first flag­ship store, in Padding­ton, Syd­ney, fol­lows the same prin­ci­ples. An unusual space — a dark­glass box — it’s the def­i­ni­tion of a des­ti­na­tion store. De­signed by Syd­ney-based ar­chi­tects Lan­dini As­so­ciates, it just won sil­ver in the Syd­ney De­sign Awards. “We tinted the glass to black work­ing on a con­cept of a two-way mir­ror,” Git­toes says. “robert and I al­ways try to do some­thing a lit­tle un­ex­pected when it comes to de­sign

[and] the in­te­rior re­ally show­cases what we do and our process, the way we de­sign. [How we de­sign the jew­ellery] is how we dis­play it.”

Git­toes’s wardrobe is as you’d ex­pect: order, calm and colour co­or­di­na­tion. “Wardrobe pur­chases are spon­ta­neous,” she says, “but my true style is a shirt and jeans, al­most like a uni­form. I won’t buy some­thing com­pletely out of char­ac­ter, it’s more like mul­ti­ples of the same things. To­day, I am wear­ing a Loewe shirt and A.P.C. jeans. I would wear this for work and week­ends. For events, I would wear a shirt with a skirt, but I also love dresses by Dion Lee — we’ve a re­ally close re­la­tion­ship through work, so I’ll of­ten wear his dresses for evening­wear — but most of the time, if I can get away with wear­ing sneak­ers to an event, I will. I’ve got quite a few pairs. I have two pairs of heels: Ba­len­ci­aga and Cé­line. In terms of colours, it’s navy most of the time.”

But there’s one chink in her min­i­mal­ist ar­mour: Git­toes has a thing for in­door plants, which means reg­u­lar Sat­ur­days de­voted to re­pot­ting, and all the won­der­ful mess that goes with it. “i love green, I love hav­ing na­ture in here. If I could have more, I would,” she says. “We started off buy­ing a cou­ple and thought, These are re­ally nice, but they seem like they’re all alone. [Plants] bring some colour into the home. Ev­ery­thing else is quite mono­tone.” the north-fac­ing, heat-trap­ping sun­room is a per­fect spot for Git­toes’s cacti, whereas in the liv­ing room she has a favourite fid­dle-leaf fig she and Munro got “when it was a baby” upon mov­ing in to­gether. “watch­ing it grow … it’s one of the best-per­form­ing plants. I have a green thumb and hadn’t re­alised.”

The fig cre­ates a beau­ti­ful ten­sion in the space be­tween the or­dered min­i­mal­ism and the shock of green leaves inch­ing across the room; a charm­ing mix of form and joy.the per­fect place to come home to.

Sarah Git­toes in her lounge in Syd­ney, with a Noguchi cof­fee ta­ble and her prized wa­ter­ing can (on shelf), wear­ing Cé­line top, $1850, and pants, $1900; her own Sarah & Se­bas­tian jew­ellery.

From top: Git­toes’s beloved fid­dle-leaf fig; geo­met­ric wall art and a fresh bou­quet; Git­toes wears bassike shirt, $320; her own Sarah & Se­bas­tian jew­ellery; the lounge, with a Stanislava Pinchuk art­work and shelves dis­play­ing favourite pot­tery, in­clud­ing (bot­tom left) a Nicolette John­son vase.

In the bed­room, with a Noguchi lamp, wear­ing Ba­len­ci­aga top, $1585, from Par­lour X; her own jeans and jew­ellery.

Git­toes’s denim and Ba­len­ci­aga shoes. Sarah & Se­bas­tian ear­ring (far left), $320, and neck­lace, $1595, sara­hand­se­bas­tian.com; Ba­len­ci­aga shoes, $1180, net-a-porter.com; Beck­ham shirt, $1596, vic­to­ri­abeck­ham.com. Cé­line bag, $3200, (02) 9232 7051. Acne Stu­dios shoes, $660, ac­nes­tu­dios.com. Above: Sarah & Se­bas­tian ring, $1450, sara­hand­se­bas­tian.com.

Li­nen­house cush­ion, $25, do­may­neon­line.com.au. lamp, $149, do­may­neon­line.com.au. Der­ma­log­ica Sound Sleep Cocoon, $120.

Sarah & Se­bas­tian pieces with a Lrnce jug.

Alex and Tra­hanas plate, $120, alexand­tra­hanas.com. Do­mus Botan­ica heart-leaf philo­den­dron, $35, and pot, $50, do­mus­b­otan­ica.com.au. Sean Dix shelves, $595, re­mod­ern.com.au.

Vic­to­ria A Sarah & Se­bas­tian ‘neck­wire’.

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