We asked Koch to talk us through the re-fashioning of the apartment.
How did you become involved with this project and what was the brief ?
My parents purchased an apartment in Elizabeth Bay, a gut renovation job, and they needed help. We turned to Jeremy Bull of Alexander & Co for the challenging job of rearranging the floor plan to create more light and space. The brief was ‘Park Avenue pied-à-terre’ – timeless and elegant.
How did you resolve the challenges of the space?
The 1970s apartment block was dark, and the layout was poky. We worked to open up the floor plan and bring in more natural light. While many people are afraid of hanging decorative lighting in low ceiling spaces, we embraced it. Recessed lighting can make a room feel ‘shorter’. Having a decorative ceiling-mounted pendant that casts a warm glow of light upwards can add a sense of height to a room. We brightened up the living room with a light, neutral colour palette with a mixture of finishes: velvet, chenille, woven cotton, silk, mirror and metal, then we painted the ceiling in a gloss finish to reflect the natural light.
How would you describe the completed interior?
The apartment feels grounded in the classics, tailored and timeless, while the artwork and accessories make it current.
How did you maximise the sense of space?
I love the entry hall marble floor. It sets the tone for what’s to come. I also love the mirrored panels flanking the mantel in the dining room They make the room feel bigger by reflecting the view outside.
How do the owners use the space?
They love that each space has a separate purpose, ensuring they really ‘live’ in every room, from morning coffee in the breakfast nook to a G&T at night in the living room.
Above left: The Carrara marble benchtops in the kitchen offer a natural looking surface as well as a sense of light and space.Above right: The Blum lift-up system helps to maintain an uncluttered space by keeping appliances hidden. Opposite: The marble-topped breakfast table is from Sokol and the French bistro chairs are from Le Forge.