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Art Deco Sydney Pad by Strutt Studios Interior Architecture


This small Sydney pad is another wonderful example of how inspiring for the creativity of modern designers can be a space-limited urban home. The founder of Strutt Studios Interior Architecture had found a stylish way to pay homage to the place’s original Art deco character (a vintage beauty from the 1920ts) while creating a comfortable, functional and trendy modern home for herself. Seeing a “diamond in the rough” in this outdated small apartment, the designer and her partner created a heaven for modern hipster lifestyle owners. Let’s explore closer.

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Using light and monochrome color palette base, the designer turned the crowded small premises into a bright and pure offering for a luminous experience. Pops of color formed focal standouts- the matte pink and ivory tile walls, the pastel-colored metal frames of furniture elements (including the deep, bold colors of the HAY ‘DLM’ side table and the Muuto ‘Airy’ coffee table) create good focal centers. The black frames of some of the doors, windows, and furniture details also give a visual anchor to the overall luminosity and gray purity of composition.

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Using any available knack of modern design to gain space, the designer created a fully functional, comfortable, and chic modern home. Relying on the inspiration of art deco bones, entwined with modern trends, she used original design features to create a unique character – those include the pink terrazzo flooring, and brass curved light fittings- both of which are very hot and trendy on modern design scene but carry the classic inspiration of sophisticated luxury.

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Using curved arches and oblong corners in the design elements, together with some décor details that carry a distinctive feminine touch (like the Norwegian rose marble in the bathroom and the dusty pink tiles ) the designer archived a specific balance and smoothness of transition between modern and vintage, style and comfort. Photo: Caitlin Mills for The Design Files; Styling – Annie Portelli;

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