LOFTY HEIGHTS
Belle Magazine Australia|December/January 2022
Anchored to a cliff, tiered terraces and soft curves flow over four levels to create a spectacular home on Sydney Harbour.
CARLI PHILIPS

The owners of this home in Sydney’s Point Piper had long admired the house next door, so when the time came to renovate, they asked their neighbours – with whom they shared a driveway – who designed their house. Cut to a few years later and Sydney-based interior design and architecture practice Archer Design can now take credit for both beautiful homes. While the initial brief was for some minor works, the project quickly skyrocketed into a full gut-it-and-begin-again renovation. The owners sought a “luxurious, resort-like home that was comfortable enough for their small family but offered them the option for entertaining on a large scale,” says architect Richard Archer, the founder and design director of Archer Design.

“The house was built in 2008 but it looked like it was from the 1980s,” adds Richard, who worked on the project alongside a tight-knit team, including senior associate Vince Vella, and with extra help from project co-ordinator Natashaia Steed. “Things were completely dysfunctional, so we stripped the house right back to its shell. It basically ended up being a car park with a slab and columns. It was a complete leap of faith from the clients.”

These pages A Minotti ‘Alexander’ sectional sofa from De De Ce provides the perfect perch for taking in the living room’s sweeping harbour vistas. Positioned across from it, on a rug from Whitecliffe Imports, are a Moooi ‘Bart’ swivel chair from Space and Baker ‘Wedge’ chair from Studio Cavit. Knoll ‘Platner’ side table and Minotti ottoman, both from De De Ce. A ‘Brancusi Spiral’ side table by Alexander Lamont from Milgate sits to the left of the sofa, while a Leger ‘Hamilton’ table from De De Ce displays a Tom Dixon ‘Bone’ brass bowl to the right. On the terrace, a set of Gloster ‘Grid’ lounge chairs from Cosh Living is arranged around a Minotti ‘Caulfield’ coffee table from De De Ce. Tribù ‘Contour Meridienne’ sunlounger from Cosh Living.

This page, clockwise from top A Kett ‘Calm’ sunlounger is shaded by a Jardinico ‘Antego Square’ umbrella, both from Cosh Living. The client wanted instant results, so landscape designers Wyer & Co. brought in mature plantings. The sandstone wall and an external staircase needed to be reshaped. “We followed the topography of the land to expose and direct views towards the harbour,” says Anthony Wyer, creative director of Wyer & Co. Thierry Gaugain’s spectacular ‘I.Rain’ custom pendant light for Blackbody is suspended from the ceiling and drops through every level of the house.

Painting by Kevin Chin and sculpture by Clement Meadmore. The bar’s white onyx is lit to perfection while the bar itself is Calacatta Verde marble. Sculpture by Simone Fraser. Opposite page, from top Extending from the kitchen is a bar that wraps around the home’s glass lift.

The bar’s cabinetry is inset with bronzed mirror and paired with ‘Sophie’ stools from Poliform. Kitchen benchtops are Corian in Glacier White. The curves mimic the architecture’s lines. Miele oven and KWC ‘Eve’ tap from Winning Appliances.

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