Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Pendant light: Moooi Meshmatics Chandelier from Space. Feature wall/ bookshelf: Curved & cantilevered custom joinery by Alicia Holgar. Objects on the bookshelf: Walter Auer Sculpture from Graphis Art & Framing. Black Bust by Shelly Witters from The Vault. Vase by Rose Jensen-Holm from Paper Boat Press. Coffee table: Layered & cantilevered granite custom design by Alicia Holgar. Objects on coffee table: Doppia Presenza Vase from Space. Giorgetti Lancis from Space. Lava Bottle by Clay Canoe. Side table: Leo by Christophe Delcourt from Ondene. Rug: Custom Field in Ecry from Halcyon Lake.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Pendant light: Catellani & Smith, Lederam S2 from Hub. Curtains: C&C Laveno in Mache Natural from South Pacific Fabric. Cavellier White Sheer from James Dunlop Textiles. Dining Chairs: Thonet Marcel Breuer S32 from Anibou. Dining Table: Custom design by Alicia Holgar, made by Anglewood. Rug: Custom Agra in Duchess from Armadillo & Co.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Dining Table Objects: Portrait Series Vase from Clay Canoe. Skittle Vase by Damon Moon. Plates by A Ceramics from The Modern Furniture Store. Fferrone Glassware from Becker Minty. Society Linen Napkin from Ondene. Wall mural: ‘The Avians’ original mural by Jessalyn Brooks, artist in residence.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, BTS with Artist Jessalyn Brooks | Yellowtrace

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, BTS with Artist Jessalyn Brooks | Yellowtrace
BTS at Avian Apartment with artist Jessalyn Brooks. Photography by Jessalyn Brooks.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Side table: Colony by Miniforms from Design Nation. Dining Chairs: Thonet Marcel Breuer S32 from Anibou. Dining Table: Custom design by Alicia Holgar, made by Anglewood. Rug: Custom Agra in Duchess from Armadillo & Co.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Sofa & cushions: Custom designed by Alicia Hogar. Sofa upholstered in Brune Triplet, Ball cushions covered in Dedar and Kieffer, all from South Pacific Fabrics. Sculpture: ‘Untitled (Self Portrait, Hazelnuts)’ 2017 by Susanné Mestrom from Sullivan+Strumpf. Artwork: ‘Sigl 2’ by Matthew Allen from Sullivan+Strumpf. Side chair: Vitra Wiggle by Frank Gehry from Living Edge.

 

Step inside Avian Apartment by Alicia Holgar and you will find yourself immediately at ease. What inevitably follows is a sense of wonder as you take in the sweeping curves, evocative art and impressive furnishings. This refurbished apartment is surprising, but not in the ways you would expect. Its beauty derives from its individuality, a calm palette and the deft application of custom-made pieces.

Located within an iconic Harry Seidler building in Brisbane, the interior scheme expands upon the fluid architectural form with a “European aesthetic, Australian ethic and with art as an integrated expression of ingenuity,” explains Holgar. She worked closely with the clients in giving this apartment a refresh and purposeful face-lift rather than a major overhaul. The kitchen and bathrooms were left untouched, but the task still involved the removal of all furniture (which was subsequently donated to charity), and selections of new light fittings, colour scheme, wall finishes, floor finishes, hardware, tapware and joinery. Of course, there was also the crucial mix of new, antique and custom-designed furniture, soft furnishings and artwork.

 

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Pendant light: Moooi Meshmatics Chandelier from Space. Coat stand: Mater Trumpet Coat Stand by Space Copenhagen from Cult. Artwork: RH 245 Downtown. LA 2016 by Ryan Hoffman from Liverpool Street Gallery. Coffee table: Layered & cantilevered granite custom design by Alicia Holgar. Paint finish: Tiramisy by Porters Paint in Eggshell.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Side chair: Vitra Wiggle by Frank Gehry from Living Edge. Feature wall/ bookshelf: Curved & cantilevered wall and custom joinery by Alicia Holgar. Solid American Oak timber bookshelves handmade by Anglewood. Objects on the bookshelf: Walter Auer Sculpture from Graphis Art & Framing. Black Bust by Shelly Witters from The Vault. Vase by Rose Jensen-Holm from Paper Boat Press.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Feature wall/ bookshelf: Curved & cantilevered featured wall and bookshelf custom joinery by Alicia Holgar. Solid American Oak timber bookshelves handmade by Anglewood. Objects on bookshelf: Custom vase by Tara Bourke. Assorted pottery from Brisbane Clay School. Side table: Elna by ParkerWorks from 1stDibs. Objects: Jug by A Ceramics from The Modern Furniture Store. Armchair: Walter Knoll Foster 520 High Back Armchair from Living Edge. Floor Lamp: Serge Mouille Lampadaire Droit from Cult.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Pendant light: Moooi Meshmatics Chandelier from Space. Armchair: Walter Knoll Foster 520 High Back Armchair from Living Edge. Floor Lamp: Serge Mouille Lampadaire Droit from Cult. Side table: Elna by ParkerWorks from 1stDibs. Objects: Jug by A Ceramics from The Modern Furniture Store. 

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Sculpture: ‘Untitled (Self Portrait, Hazelnuts)’ 2017 by Susanné Mestrom from Sullivan+Strumpf. Feature wall/ bookshelf: Curved & cantilevered custom joinery by Alicia Holgar.

 

One of the main spatial challenges was interpreting the entirely open floor plan. Expressive curved walls have been used to both unify spaces and functionally divide them. The integration of the television and books within the lounge area was particularly laboured upon. After several iterations, the result is a spectacular full length contoured and cantilevered wall which houses the television seamlessly with two solid American oak bookshelves floating beneath.

The most staggering feature of this home is undoubtedly the careful curation of objects, furniture and art throughout. It is all so mind-blowingly good it could almost make you weep!

Many of the key pieces were custom designed by Holgar herself including the beds, sofa and cushions covered in South Pacific Fabrics; the layered and cantilevered granite coffee table; and the solid American oak bedside joinery, dining table and study desk. “Spending time onsite, feeling out each space and designing custom pieces to suit,” was the designer’s methodology. “Artistically, I was inspired by Seidler and Le Corbusier’s early approach to integrating art through sculptural forms and organic murals,” explains Holgar.

 

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Artwork: ‘Mr Tallmadge’ 2015 by James King from Becker Minty. Ceramics: Paper Clay Colore Bowl by Paola Peronetto from Space. Bowl by A Cermaics from The Modern Furniture Store. Wall sconce: Foscarini Rituals 1 from Space. Bedside Joinery: Asymmetrical Solid American Oak curved & cantilevered custom bedside table by Alicia Holgar, handmade by Anglewood. Bed: Custom design by Alicia Holgar, upholstered in Sahco velvet from South Pacific Fabric. Bedding: Society linen from Ondene. Ottomans: Maxalto Febo from Space. Side table: Zanotta Teto 6006 from Cult.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Artwork: ‘Art Quartet #4’ 2018 by McLean Edwards from Olsen Gallery. Floor lamp: Established & Sons Cho Light by Dimitri Bahler from Living Edge. Armchair: Stellar Works QT Chillax Low Chair from Living Edge. Paint finish: Tiramisy by Porters Paint in Eggshell. Carpet: Samurai from Cavelier Bremworth.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Artwork: ‘Throw Wide Window’ 2018 by Claudia Greathead from Jan Murphy Gallery. Table lamp: Louis Poulsen Yuh from Cult. Desk: Solid American Oak timber desk custom-designed by Alicia Holgar, handmade by Anglewood. Vase: Relick Design from Brear. Chair: Thonet Marcel Breuer S32 from Anibou. Rug: Vintage.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, Australian Interior Architecture, Photo Shannon Mcgrath | Yellowtrace
Artwork: ‘Beauty’ by Daevid Anderson from Lethbridge Gallery. Table: Custom design inspired bu sculptor Norman Galberg, handmade bu Den Holm. Objects on the table: ‘Ghost’ 2016 sculpture by Guy Maestri from Jan Murphy Gallery. Cassina 081 01 Reaction Poetique Centrepiece by Jaime Hayon from Space. ‘The Visitor’ ceramics by Guido Deleu from Parterre Garden. Bowl by A Ceramics from The Modern Furniture Store. Side chair: Vitra Belleville from Living Edge. Rug: Stone Wool little from Nani Marquina from Cult.

Avian Apartment Renovation Brisbane by Alicia Holgar, BTS With Den Holm Custom Table, Photo Bobby Clark | YellowtraceThe making of Den Holm‘s custom table for Avian Apartment. Photography by Bobby Clark.

 

DenHolm’s sculptural table inspired by famed American sculptor Norman Carlberg is a pivotal piece that invigorates the entry space. LA artist Jessalyn Brooks flew in to create two painted mural called ‘The Avians’ which references the apartment’s life above the clouds.

Outstanding custom pieces are accompanied by a knockout furniture collection. In the lounge, an Elna side table by ParkerWorks sits alongside a Walter Knoll Foster 520 High Back Armchair and the iconic Wiggle Side Chair by Frank Gehry – all statement pieces that somehow co-exist in harmony.craft

Avian Apartment is a revelation and a reminder that apartment interiors do not have to prescribe to straight walls and conventional spatial arrangements. Instead, Holgar has designed a home that is “enriched by a sculptural sophistication that adds new layers of depth, light and shade.” It is luxurious and innovative with a deep respect for craftsmanship and quality.

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