Mr Waller

Darlinghurst Apartment

Kiaora Development Double Bay
Floor area 96m2

Retail design for the fashion home wares group:


floor plan, joinery, bespoke display fixtures, imported custom display fixture, lighting, shopfront, signage and finishes



Nick Watt

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Darlinghurst, NSW, apartment

Like pieces of a jigsaw, the refurbishment of this two-bedroom Edwardian brownstone apartment entailed an extensive reworking of the floor plan, reallocating finite space to make all the areas perform better. Waller removed walls between the separate living, dining and kitchen rooms to create an open plan, while he redirected the corridor to create a walk-in robe off the master bedroom where was once a large pantry. The bathroom was enlarged to include a separate bath and shower, by taking space from the generous foyer. The modern, minimalist aesthetic employs a monochromatic palette. Stripped kauri floors and architraves, teamed with new chocolate wenge joinery, contrast with crisp white walls that provide a canvas for an eclectic southeast-Asian art collection. That oriental connection is reinforced by a bonsai juniper tree that provides a visual link to nature and the trees outside, as, sadly, the apartment has no balcony.

Work list:

Rework floor plan, kitchen and bathroom layout and equipment specification, bespoke joinery, lighting, finishes, furniture specification, decorative and artwork consultation, soft furnishings and curtains

Photography: Georgia Moxham

Text: Chris Pearson