Ci­olino Con­struc­tions

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res­ur­rects his­tor­i­cally and ar­chi­tec­turally sig­nif­i­cant build­ings. Manag­ing direc­tor Dean Bialek worked with SJB’S Jonathan Richards and Ci­olino Con­struc­tions to join two pe­riod apart­ments to form his own fam­ily pent­house. @for­mer­glo­ry­inc What was the brief? A Latin-in­spired re­ju­ve­na­tion of the orig­i­nal art deco fea­tures with bold, geo­met­ric ce­ram­ics, warm tim­bers, raw brass de­tail­ing and cus­tom ter­razzo. Ref­er­ences in­cluded the Amer­i­can Trade Ho­tel in Panama City, Ho­tel Parco dei Prin­cipi by Gio Ponti in Sor­rento and Hô­tel Saint-marc in Paris by Di­more Stu­dio. How did you come to live in this apart­ment? My part­ner Celina had owned and lived spo­rad­i­cally in the top oor, front unit since 2003. A year af­ter we got to­gether in 2014, and with a baby on the way, I pur­chased the back apart­ment with plans to amal­ga­mate the two into a three-bed­room pent­house for the fam­ily. How did you max­imise the sense of space? The main idea was to open up the front unit to the Bondi Beach views to be­come one open-plan liv­ing space, and use the back unit for pri­vate spa­ces, in­clud­ing bed­rooms and bath­rooms. What were the chal­lenges of the space and how did you re­solve them? Find­ing the sim­plest, clean­est way to join the two units by creat­ing a con­nect­ing cor­ri­dor, leav­ing the nal prod­uct feel­ing like it had al­ways ex­isted as a sin­gle, seam­less pent­house. How would you de­scribe the com­pleted in­te­rior? Light and lay­ered, leafy and lux­u­ri­ous. An el­e­gant mesh­ing of our favourite Latin art deco and mid-20th cen­tury in uences, with a fo­cus on the tiles, fans and fo­liage as­so­ci­ated with the Amal coast, Mi­ami and Ha­vana. What are some of your favourite de­sign el­e­ments? The arched, chunky, green ter­razzo shower hob in the pow­der room; the curved grey and white ter­razzo coun­ter­top and shelves ei­ther side of our La­canche cooker; the Gio Ponti ‘Verde’ backgam­mon tiles ar­ranged in Ziggy Star­dust for­mat on the mas­ter en­suite oor; and the kids bath in pars­ley green Moroc­can hand­made tiles. How do you use the space? Lots of cook­ing, eat­ing, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ing in the front; well-earned rest and re­lax­ation in the back. And lots of time on the bal­cony ad­mir­ing the Bondi sun­sets!


BELLE De­signed to com­ple­ment any kitchen aes­thetic, the Zip Hy­dro­tap of­fers amaz­ing func­tion­al­ity, with­out dis­rupt­ing the qui­etude of this so­phis­ti­cated scheme. En­joy the con­ve­nience of in­stant fil­tered, boil­ing, chilled or sparkling wa­ter from a tap that seam­lessly en­hances the ex­ist­ing clas­sic tim­ber and mar­ble fin­ishes.

A MIX OF NEW AND RECYLED MA­TE­RI­ALS lends warmth and in­tegrity to this sleek and highly func­tional kitchen, al­low­ing it to sit per­fectly within the con­text of a clas­sic Aus­tralian weath­er­board home. Tongue and groove join­ery reimag­ined in a crisp, min­i­mal­ist fash­ion of­fers a nod to the home’s his­tory while com­ple­ment­ing the light con­tem­po­rary am­bi­ence and to­day’s fam­ily-friendly func­tion­al­ity. Ro­bust mar­ble and rugged re­claimed floor­ing an­chor this scheme and cre­ate a stun­ning pal­ette for the Zip Hy­dro­tap to shine. In this well thought-out en­ter­tainer’s kitchen the Zip Hy­dro­tap is the con­sum­mate host pro­vid­ing in­stant fil­tered, boil­ing, chilled or sparkling wa­ter on de­mand.

Th­ese pages, clock­wise from left 1970s chrome and leather ‘Falcon’ chairs by Sig­urd Res­sell for Vatne Møbler. Ger­va­soni brass pen­dant light. Gilded ‘Bar­que’ ce­ramic ob­ject by Celina Stang on a 1960s Span­ish ‘Keel’ ta­ble from Marché Paul Bert Ser­pette with

This page Cus­tom curved ter­razzo shelv­ing de­signed by SJB with cus­tom ter­razzo bench by Ter­razzo Aus­tralian Mar­ble and Amer­i­can oak join­ery by Fisher Fitouts. ‘Blu Ponti’ tiles by Gio Ponti and walls in Porter’s Paints ‘K2’. La­canche oven.

This page, clock­wise from top left A vin­tage throw found in Mar­rakech sits on the cus­tom win­dow seat be­side an an­tique Ja­panese stool. Mis­soni Home blan­ket in Red from Spence & Lyda. A 1950s ponyskin stool from Ken Neale Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Mod­ern. Muted to

Th­ese pages The liv­ing area was de­signed with space in mind. Wall sconce in brushed steel from Two Is Com­pany and sculp­ture above fire­place from Tal­is­man Lon­don. Cir­cu­lar chairs in ‘Larsen’ fab­ric from Space. Rug by Poco De­signs and made by De­signer Rugs.

This page Ap­pa­ra­tus can­dle hold­ers on cus­tom-made din­ing ta­ble from Feather­wood Fur­ni­ture. Vin­tage din­ing chairs. The small leafy court­yard at the en­trance to the house fun­nels light into the main liv­ing room and kitchen. Gar­den de­signed by Peter Fudge.

This page MDF Italia ‘Flow’ din­ing chairs from Hub sur­round a cus­tom Max­alto din­ing ta­ble with lazy su­san be­neath a Vibia ‘Slim’ pen­dant light from Koda Light­ing. MDF Italia ‘Flow’ stools com­ple­ment the kitchen by Po­liform. Floor tiles in Ser­peg­giante lim

This page, clock­wise from top Bar stools de­signed by David Hicks with join­ery in ebony ma­cas­sar ve­neer from Ge­orge Fethers. Vin­tage Gio Ponti brass wall sconce. Art­works by Bruno Leti (left) and Mur­ray Walker (right). Walls in honed New York mar­ble from L

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