The room’s epic sense of scale meant Kelly could be ambitious in her composition of the furniture and artworks. For her, art is vital when it comes to making an interior feel like a home, adding a layer of emotional connection she believes is critical. She commissioned a mix of emerging local talent and artists she already knows, like Chris Wolston, the American artist who designed the sconces gracing the central window of the sitting area. A riff on the classic torchiere shape, they’re crafted from handblown curved glass shades and hammered bronze stems. At more than two metres tall, their striking form brings a touch of theatre and intrigue to the space.
Mary Katrantzou, a fashion designer with her own label, is the artist at The Rug Company who designed the sittingroom rug. The pattern of wavy lines brings to mind the rays of the sun, or the ripples cast from a pebble dropped in water, and the piece is carefully positioned to echo the sunshine filtering in through the windows and radiating out in all directions.