ARTIST IN RES­I­DENCE

We take a peek in­side the colour­ful world of stylist and in­stal­la­tion artist Adam Pow­ell

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“MY HOME IS FULL OF BITS AND PIECES I HAVE CRE­ATED FOR VAR­I­OUS JOBS. I ALSO LOOOOVE NEON LIGHT­ING. MOST OF MINE HAS COME FROM NEON POODLE.”

WORK­ING FROM HOME HAS MIN­I­MAL SPACIAL IM­PACT if your line of work is mostly in front of a com­puter, but for stylist and in­stal­la­tion artist Adam Pow­ell, his home has be­come his stu­dio, filled with props and mag­nif­i­cent cre­ations. “Big­ger jobs can re­ally take over the whole house – while pre­par­ing one large-scale in­stal­la­tion, we ended up sleep­ing on a mat­tress in the liv­ing room for a couple of nights as there was no room any­where else!” He shares the much-loved and lived-in 1940s semi in Bondi with part­ner Nick and a fam­ily of kook­abur­ras that have taken up res­i­dence on the Hills Hoist out the back. “We’ve been here for seven years,” Adam says. “It’s one of those gems that was passed on from friend to friend.” Adam calls his dec­o­rat­ing style “nat­u­ral neon” – earthy tones blended with brights – and it’s a look that he car­ries through to his work. “My work takes me all over the place, but a lot of the prep is done at home. It can also in­volve the most ob­scure re­quests, like mak­ing lux­ury fash­ion ac­ces­sories fly, cre­at­ing a suit jacket out of a con­tin­u­ous piece of wire, mak­ing a gi­ant metal­lic hair dryer or cre­at­ing a gi­ant basketball hoop out of 250 pairs of sneak­ers with a basketball stud­ded with 16,000 thumb­tacks!” he says.

10 QUES­TIONS WITH ADAM POW­ELL

1. What was your child­hood like? “I grew up in a place called Valen­tine on Lake Mac­quarie. I am one of four boys so my child­hood was very out­doorsy, camp­ing and build­ing cub­bies in the bush – very stylish ones, ob­vi­ously.” 2. Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever found in­spi­ra­tion? “Oh, ev­ery­where. Most re­cently? The colours in a bowl of por­ridge at a cafe.” 3. Your fave colour pal­ette? “Stone, turquoise, neon tan­ger­ine and metal­lic gold. Ob­scure, I know, but they’re in a Ja­panese Vogue fash­ion shoot styled by Ni­cola Formichetti that I loved so much I hung the pho­tos around my home.” 4. And your least-favourite trend? “Mil­len­nial pink... whoops, did I say that? I know it’s on trend at the mo­ment, but I re­ally can’t wait for it to go.” 5. What are your plans for sum­mer? “I’ve just spent a month trav­el­ling through Greece and Italy so I’m lay­ing low this sum­mer. Bondi’s al­ways a lot of fun!” 6. What’s your sig­na­ture drink? “Any­thing ginger beer-re­lated.” 7. How of­ten do you re­dec­o­rate your home? “All the time, I get bored eas­ily.” 8. Best bar­gain you’ve ever found? “A gi­ant mirror ball bought for $50 from [re­cy­cling co-op] Re­verse Garbage, which is go­ing to be magic in the sun­room.” 9. Your best styling tip? “Wall­pa­per! Be­ing a renter, it’s an in­ex­pen­sive way to com­pletely trans­form a space. There are lots of great new wall­pa­pers now that al­low you to re­move them with­out dam­age to the ex­ist­ing wall.” 10. What does be­ing Aussie mean to you? “Equal­ity for all.” R

In the mix

Adam loves to mix old and new. One of his so­fas is from Ikea, the other is a vin­tage Parker de­sign. The fea­ture wall is painted in Du­lux Aqua Clear.

Sunny side up Adam’s home sits up on a hill half­way be­tween Bondi and Ta­ma­rama beaches. “My big­gest de­ci­sion on a sunny day is: which one do we go to?” What a life!

Per­son­al­ity plus “The older I get and the more com­fort­able I be­come in my own skin,” Adam says. “I’m less en­ticed by trends and buy things I gen­uinely love or con­nect with.” In the zone “My din­ing area is now more of my stu­dio where I make and cre­ate rather than eat,” Adam says. “I bought the round ta­ble off a friend – it used to be in their florist shop.” Liv­ing large “My style is very lay­ered. Max­i­mal­ist. Def­i­nitely bold colours but an­chored by neu­tral tones.”

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