Quay Charm

  • Quay Charm

    Interiors |
  • This image. From left Tableau by Vanessa Oter from Scott Livesey Galleries. ‘Toledo’ sofa from Coco Republic and silk/velvet cushions from Cultiver. ‘BeoLab 18’ speaker by Bang & Olufsen. Brass bowl from Georg Jensen. ‘Collette coffee table, ‘Cabana’ chairs, ‘Bryce’ stool and ‘Bay’ jute rug, all from Coco Republic. Cire Trudon candle from Becker Minty. Into the Maelstrom by Todd Hunter from Scott Livesey Galleries. ‘Mantis’ floor lamp from Curious


    Tableau by Vanessa Oter from Scott Livesey Galleries. ‘Brighton’ dining table and ‘Drexel leather dining chairs, all from Coco Republic. ‘Rochor’ brass tray from Boyd Blue. Opposite page ‘Toledo' sofa and ‘Dylan’ entertainment console, both from Coco Republic. Brass bowls on console from Planet ‘Poppy’ glass vase from Boyd Blue. Grange painting by Vanessa Oter from Scott Livesey Galleries.

    Located in the Wharf's Entrance development by Mirvac in Melbourne’s Docklands, the Forge apartments were modelled on an artist’s studio.

    What were the challenges of the space and how did you resolve them? The Forge artists’ apartments are all quite long spatially. We took advantage of this to maximise the natural lighting with a connection to the street and centralised the utility core allowing greater flexibility in the use of the other spaces.

    How would you describe the interior? The interiors are a fine balance of materials and forms crafted with a raw edge and at the same time quite refined.

    What are some of your favourite elements? The wonderful expanse of polished concrete and large-format tiles which create a seamless connection, the generous ceilings giving a great sense of volume and not to forget the ‘gallery’ wall which is reminiscent of a true studio. All these elements play an important part to create the beautiful spatial quality in these apartments.

    What informed the selection of fittings, finishes and fixtures? We wanted the fittings, finishes and fixtures to be natural and tactile, paying homage to the character of this unique location.


    What inspired the selection of art and furniture? Belle interior design editor Lucy McCabe styled the apartment, selecting the accessories, art and furniture. “I looked for key pieces from Coco Republic to anchor each zone, such at the ‘Brighton’ table in the dining area and the ‘Toledo’ sofa in the living room,” she says. “Because it’s an open-plan apartment I picked the rattan sofa that looks good from every angle. Continuing the wharfside theme, I chose contemporary Australian artworks from Scott Livesey Galleries that all have a synergy with the water.”

    What’s the key to making this space home? This apartment offers great flexibility and adaptability and the interiors can be tailored to the owner’s desires. It’s a real-life art canvas ready and waiting for the right person.