2012 Melbourne Design Awards

Key Dates


Project Overview

This arpartment is on the 15th floor with spectacular views of the botanical gardens and the city skyline. We were given empty spaces to transform into liveable, comfortable, beautiful spaces that would suit a family with two teenage children.

Project Commissioner

caia_di_lizio interior design

Project Creator

caia_di_lizio interior design


tania di lizio/ nicolina caia

Project Brief

The clients wanted the apartment to be as much a home as a city pad.The residence was to reflect its urban context yet be harmonious with the needs of an active young family.
The brief was to completely furnish and decorate the entire apartment while making sure that the result would be one of comfort and useability as well as aesthetic consideration.

Project Innovation / Need

This project was worked around the successful combination of apartment/city living with the needs of a family. Keeping in mind not to exclude elements of the urban fabric while bringing a sense of the family home into the mix. Bespoke pieces were designed such as an art deco inspired dining table, a sliding mirror that served to conceal an open wardrobe (in the master bedroom) and a viola marble coffee table. Iconic/hero pieces such as the sky garden pendant by Marcel Wanders, Starck's Rosy Angelis and Romeo Soft floor lamps in the dining and living rooms, were also some of the elements that contributed to the warm and intimate feel .Rather than the uniformity of neutral coloured walls often present in apartments, new paint colours throughout were used to personalise spaces. Florence Broadhurst wallpapers were used for dramatic effect in two of the bedrooms. Creation Bauman fabrics for curtains and blinds were used extensively adding a luxurious and glamour's feel, a New York apartment feel. Patricia Urquiola garden furniture on the balcony/winter garden to enjoy the vista as well as the winter sun.

Design Challenge

The design challenge was to combine apartment living with the needs of a young active family.Keeping the Urban essence of what a city apartment is while still making it a relaxed family environment.
Any new design elements would need special consideration due to access via lift only. The sliding mirror was built off site and delivered.


We worked with the existing structure, no walls were removed.
The pre-existing base building was retained as it was.
Low immission paint was used.
Floor lamps were used so light could be controlled, minimising the use of overall lighting.
All furniture and lighting was of impecable quality making it timeless.
The Florence Broadhurst wallpaper used in two of the bedrooms is made in Sydney(local,in that it did not originate overseas)

This award recognises building interiors, with consideration given to furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. Please specify furnishings lighting, flooring, colours and fabrics.
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