Top 10 Interior Designers in Sydney [2023]
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Top 10 Interior Designers in Sydney 

By Robyn Willis
Wed, Aug 31, 2022 4:00pmGrey Clock 5 min

Everyone knows everything is bigger, bolder and better in Sydney, including interior design. Here’s our top 10 list of movers and shakers in the design world, from the big names, to the emerging practices, as well as a few hidden gems. 

 

GREG NATALE 

Greg_Natale

Natale has been running his own practice for more than 20 years now, which has grown from residential design to include a mini empire of rugs, soft furnishings and tiles to tableware and decor items such as vases and bookends. He has released three books, the latest, The Layered Interior, is about to be released. Expect pattern, colour and, above all, glamour as he leans into everything from old Hollywood to European Art Deco. 

Picture: Anson Smart 

YSG 

YSG

This young practice, headed up by design ingenue Yasmine Soleh Ghoniem, has built a reputation for out-of-the-box interiors that experiment with colour, shape, pattern and texture. Not an aesthetic for the faint-hearted, the YSG look has nonetheless garnered considerable interest with its youthful, innovative approach. At the moment, the look is rich earth tones of terracotta and sage green but expected the unexpected from this exuberant studio. 

 

ARENT & PYKE 

ARENT & PYKE 

There’s a reason why this dynamic team of Sarah-Jane Pyke and Juliette Arent keep sweeping the awards pool every year. Their colour-rich spaces perfectly balance to-die-for aesthetics with the practicalities of family life, creating spaces that are at once classic and utterly contemporary. Celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2022, they continue to demonstrate that they are masters of manipulating space and light. 

Picture: Anson Smart

 

KAREN AKERS 

Karen Akers

Her name may not be so familiar, but this talented designer knows a thing or two about creating classic interiors that are neither conservative nor dull. With a thorough understanding of colour, pattern, and texture, Akers knows how to listen to her clients and respond to their briefs with wonderfully grown up spaces that feel both inviting and invigorating. 

 

DECUS INTERIORS

DECUS INTERIORS 

It’s no wonder gifted designer Alexandra Donohue Church is in demand with architects such as Luigi Rosselli with her creation of seemingly effortless spaces that are both subtle and sophisticated. While the mood is often one of exclusivity and lashings of style thanks to her love of natural stone and judicious use of jewel-like tones, there’s also an element of the surprise. Expect to fall in love. 

Picture: Anson Smart

 

ALEXANDER & CO 

ALEXANDER & CO 

Popular with the eastern suburbs set, architect Jeremy Bull has created a design studio that understands natural light incredibly well, perfectly walking the line between drawing it in and keeping it at bay when the sun is beating down. With extensive experience working with older properties as well as more contemporary home, he knows how to champion original architecture while creating beautiful spaces perfect for modern living. 

 

HORTON & CO 

HORTON & CO 

Ok, so strictly speaking, this design practice is based in Newcastle, but director Stewart Horton sharpened his skills in Sydney interior design firms before heading north in 2010 to open his own practice and realise his clients’ dreams of beautiful, classically designed homes. A champion of heritage homes under threat, Horton has breathed beautiful new life into grand old homes with his own definition of coastal luxe. Think smart, sophisticated spaces that embrace that indoor/outdoor lifestyle and you’re on the right track. 

 

 

SARAH DAVISON 

SARAH DAVISON  (1)

Biophilia might be all the rage now but Sarah Davison was doing it before it was cool. This Potts Point-based designer knows how to create stunning homes that embrace their environment without missing out on the best that city living has to offer. Natural materials such as stone, timber and leather create a palette that doesn’t just look beautiful, but feels incredible as well. With a thorough understanding of the design rules, Davison isn’t afraid to weave in the unexpected to surprise and delight. 

 

HARE+ KLEIN 

 

HARE+ KLEIN 

Another firm of designers who are no strangers to awards, the team at H+K are perhaps best known for their mastery of the neutral palette, with depth and weight coming from their deep understanding of the textural qualities of materials. Just as at home with contemporary beachside homes as they are with older, industrial buildings, their work is a masterclass in managing space, light and materiality. 

Picture: Shannon McGrath

SJB 

SJB 

This multidisciplinary firm is possibly the largest firm on our list but there are few studios better equipped to meet the needs of a complex design project. From individual residences to hotels and commercial spaces, the SJB team love diving into the detail to create environments that you love being in, even if you don’t fully understand why. Materials are familiar, and yet used in ways that are wonderfully contemporary and perhaps even charming. 

  

 

How much does it cost to hire an interior designer in Sydney?  

Costs vary but expect to pay $50 to $90 an hour for a less experienced designer, up to $100 to $300 an hour for a more established name. If that seems like a lot of money, designers often have access to trade discounts and can be formidable negotiators. Clients regularly discover that the money they have saved on materials has more than paid for the design services. 

Why Hire An Interior Designer For a New House?  

There are so many reasons to hire an interior designer for a new build, not least because of the stress it will take off your shoulders. Anyone who has built their own home knows that there are dozens of decisions that need to be made on a daily basis. Having someone who has existing relationships with suppliers and is across every detail of your project will not only save you time but will result in a fully considered design that meets the needs of your whole family. 

 

When should you engage an interior designer? 

Most interior designers will tell you that it’s best to engage them as early as possible in the build and design process because it places them in the best position to create a cohesive space that looks beautiful while still being highly functional. They can provide expert advice on aspects of design like where to specify custom made joinery and the best ways to integrate everything from curtain tracks to kitchen appliances. 

 



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Property of the Week: 8 Robertson Street, Toorak

This exemplary property in the heart of Toorak boasts a Paul Bangay-designed garden.

By Josh Bozin
Wed, Jul 10, 2024 2 min

Toorak and its surrounding suburbs have always been one of the most sought-after regions of Melbourne. One of the city’s best examples of a prestigious locale, Toorak encompasses a level of style, beauty and desirability that many aspire to. From its exclusive cul-de-sacs, idyllic surroundings, and proximity to the city, Toorak has it all.

This property at 8 Robertson Street offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a true statement of elegance in the heart of postcode 3142.

The first thing to be noted about this elegant four-bedroom, three-bathroom, circa 1920s solid brick Arts and Crafts residence is its meticulous renovation, which embodies luxurious modern living. The perfect home to create both an idyllic setting for relaxed living as well as lavish entertaining, the single-storey property set over a generous 1,811sqm block also presents its future owners with the opportunity to further extend, or even rebuild to factor in potential city views from a second storey (STCA).

Elegantly designed living spaces include features such as French oak floors, a sky-lit reception hall (leading to a spacious sitting room), a formal dining room, a peaceful library or study space, an expansive gourmet kitchen with Calacatta marble benches and solid oak joinery. The main light-filled bedroom suite with original fireplace overlooks the garden, while beautiful floor-to-ceiling joinery in the dressing room behind it provides extensive storage for clothes, shoes and accessories. At the rear of the house, an equally spacious bedroom has its own ensuite, with a third bathroom in the other wing of the house next to the home gym.

In the north-facing garden, you might notice a familiar aesthetic; the “country-style” garden has been designed by sought-after, award-winning Australian landscape designer Paul Bangay. Perfect for entertaining, the mature, seasonal garden includes a mosaic-tiled pool and outdoor living room with reclaimed stone paving from Ireland, as well as a domed fountain, aqueduct-style water feature and rose covered arbour.

For those that have, perhaps, been searching for the right home opportunity, 8 Robertson Street, Toorak could signal the end of your search. Located in one of Toorak’s most picturesque and sought after streets, it’s a country estate in the heart of the city.

Address: 8 Robertson Street, Toorak, VIC

Price guide: $19,950,000

Auction: Private Sale

Agent: The listing is with Marshall White Stonnington; Marcus Chiminello (0411 411 271), Mandy Zhu (0411 893 168), and Alan Crawford (0423 747 155).

 

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