Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


Interior spaces

The Tailored Interior: Pier at Waterfront

Pier at Waterfront, Newstead in Brisbane offers a very sophisticated yet easy way to live with all of the high-end amenities you would expect from prestige apartment living. It has a beautiful outlook on the Brisbane River, great walkways and parks, an active local community, fabulous restaurants and bars and the ability to lock up and leave when you want to travel. Mirvac’s commitment to quality and excellence shines through in the design, finishes and location of the apartment.

Mirvac were after something sophisticated and glamorous to reflect the type of buyer they knew would be attracted to the apartments and the fabulous lifestyle on the Brisbane River in the heart of a great food and wine precinct. We engaged Greg Natale, the Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year 2014 and worked with the team at Australian Gourmet Traveller to bring in the food and wine aspect. Greg really wanted to create a scheme with the Jonathan Adler pieces that had just arrived in Australia and Gourmet Traveller worked with renowned Brisbane chef Ben Williamson of Gerard’s Bistro so together we produced the perfect combination of design, food and wine.

Like the title of his first book released late last year, The Tailored Interior, he really took a bespoke approach to outfitting the apartment with his signature style of layering pattern, texture and colour with wall finishes, furniture, soft furnishings, lighting, rugs and art. A number of potential buyers wanted to purchase the apartment with everything in it. Many empty nesters/ downsizers are happy to start again with furniture and art when they move from a larger home and their children have moved out. Offering a fresh glamorous interior that was finished to such a high standard was definitely appealing.

I love the combination of Jonathan Adler and Oly San Francisco pieces from Coco Republic that Greg has used. The gorgeous gilt Oly San Francisco Diego Queen Bed and Bench from Coco Republic in the master bedroom are real statement pieces. And I love the glam Jonathan Adler Nixon Cocktail Table in the family room.

Belle has a strong commitment to supporting Australian design talent. And while we will always include inspirational spaces from abroad in the magazine, I feel that Australia boasts amazing interior design talent, and a surplus of gifted creatives such as architects, artists, furniture and product designers, photographers and colourists doing really incredible things and we need to champion them. We see this constantly but it is reinforced each year when the entries for the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards pour in. We are all lucky to be working in this amazing, challenging and creative industry.


Tanya Buchanan

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