This penthouse is a living museum, a tribute to the Memphis group, and an interior design project that contrast with the gray skyline of Melbourne. This was the first residence of Robert Holmes à Court, an Australian businessman who became Australia’s first billionaire. When art collector Greg Hargrave acquired it, he requested to the design studio of KPDO to leave it completely exposed to reconstruct it completely.
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Kerry Phelan and Stephen Javens, the interior designers, led the transformation of the luxury Penthouse. In their first plans, they took into account Hargrave’s request to have an open space concept to continue the ideas of a living art gallery.
Another desire from the clients and this one was almost mandatory, that each room had access to the stunning views of the Melbourne skyline. The interior design studio had an enormous challenge due to the amount of art that the owner collects, the complexity of creating and organizing a modern interior layout where every art piece can shine with their own light. The end result is an impressive and eclectic house, full of color, design furniture and with some references to Memphis.
The house has a private entryway where visitors are already greeted with graffiti by contemporary Australian street artist Anthony Lister. Once inside, the blue Klein explosion of the kitchen and, the mix of contemporary furniture with the works of art do the rest. Especially unique are three seats: the marble sofa at the entrance ( Louis XV goes to Sparta de Baleri), the pink, gray and white armchair at the reception ( Cipria by Edra) and the chair with Mauritzio Galante’s footrest from the bedroom.