Opposite one of New Zealand’s most iconic beaches, Mount Maunganui, this penthouse apartment has been completely renovated to not only create a sense of luxury, but to meet the client’s needs for a discerning, refined finish.
The original apartment complex was outdated and required a major interior and exterior facelift, which was commenced in 2016. Owning it from conception, the current owners relished the chance for a fresh start in their home-away-from-home that offered a beach-side reprieve from city life. And a fortuitous opportunity to get involved in the project early meant I could assist the architects with the new layout of the apartment - enabling us to design the spaces around the clients themselves.
The brief was established pretty quickly - sophisticated and stylish - which led to a palette of timeless materials and finishes that would not be outdated in years to come.
For the flooring, we selected a walnut-stained timber in herringbone design for the main entry, kitchen and dining. Gorgeous white marble adorns the kitchen benchtops and splashbacks, teamed with a dark stained American white oak and leather/oak bar stools. The bathroom and ensuite also accompany the concept of light and dark, with clean, white, engineered stone for the vanity tops and a white marble for the showers and around the vanities. The spaces all feel cohesive and connected, but with unexpected textural interest to add another layer to the rooms.
To complement the interior, we used crisp painted shutters on most of the windows, providing privacy but also to enhance the feeling of being on holiday by the ocean.
The stunning result came about due to a team effort between myself, the architect, the kitchen manufacturer and a collection of professionals who were able to ensure that a seamless transition was not only interpreted correctly, but delivered to the client. They were delighted with their new space that would provide them, and their extended family, with a place to create memories for generations to come.