Having recently completed the interior design of a full blown Versace Home, Interior Designer Michael Chard was asked to make over this harbour-front Pyrmont apartment from what was a bare concrete shell.
The client wanted the ultimate in luxury – a home decked out from top to bottom in every minute detail in designer Versace style… the outcome… nothing short of stunning!
Walking into this home, the sheer opulence that surrounds you is almost overwhelming. When considering the extreme attention to detail that has gone into every aspect of the fit-out, it’s surprising to hear that the project only took eighteen months to complete.
Many elements of the home required more than one tradesman to complete the process, therefore each craftsman involved in the project was required to be highly skilled and at the top of his game in order to execute their trade to Michael’s exacting standards. Michael’s personal involvement in the project have ensured that from the hand-painted ceilings that give the apartment a ‘sky’, to the intricate tiling in the bathrooms the finishes are nothing short of exceptional.
“To say to break rules is archaic – there are no rules. However, balance is key. Not just in design, but with everything in life.” – Michael Chard
Sourcing rare and unique products from around the globe the home includes generous amounts of rare blue marbles; Lapis Lazuli and blue Macrabar. The blue marble was even inlaid within the parquetry flooring through the main living areas of the apartment and used on every door of the apartment which was then finished with the Versace Medusa and 24k Gold Leaf – another element that features heavily throughout the apartment.
Square (not rounded) skirting was a specific request of the client and the Greek Key design was not routed as you may expect but hand carved and pieced together like parquetry, requiring hundreds of man hours.
Custom milled, Italian silk fabric was applied to all the French paneled walls and custom-made hand tufted carpet, designed in Versace style was used throughout the bedrooms – all of which have been finished with Versace Home furnishings.
Through every element of this extraordinary home, the attention to detail is nothing short of astounding, like going back to the level of craftsmanship seen centuries ago.
This all sounds like an exercise in perfectionism – one that self-professed, perfectionist Michael Chard happily acknowledges and accepts.
This outstanding interior design project was featured in our 2016 edition of Sydney Custom Homes.