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Subiaco | Grand performer
creamy-gold. Some dark greys are
khaki-tinted; others hint at aubergine.
The marble kitchen tabletop has
tortoiseshell hues, and many artworks
feature cream, grey or sepia.
Having lived in London, Tokyo and
Hong Kong and travelled widely, Bryan has
acquired some extraordinary artefacts. It is
doubtless he relished plundering antiques
emporia and contemporary stores for
objects to add to the mix.
The lounge illustrates the eclecticism
in Bryan’s style. Items include an art
deco tea table, African tribal masks,
an old Japanese cabinet that converts
to a set of steps – the original purpose
would have been to reach an attic –
and a stainless steel lamp resembling
a large discus.
Then there’s a headless angel, an
Argentinian statue acquired by Bryan.
“I fell in love the moment I saw it in
Melbourne. One wing was broken off but
I have it and intend to mount it on the wall
next to her,” says Bryan.
The lounge is a rich visual treat – he
considers the look to be a hybrid of New York
and Paris apartments – yet the minimalist
kitchen adjoining doesn’t seem at all at odds.
Linking two such different decor styles was
a bold move, but has paid off.
Bryan’s artworks are varied and
unusual – some paintings verge on the
darkly surreal and sculptures include
intriguing oddities, such as a white
ceramic rock. “I saw that in a Shanghai
concept store. It wasn’t for sale but I
persuaded them to sell it to me!”
Occasionally he injects wry humour into
a scene. The resin chair at the head of the
very formal dining table is shaped like a
naked bottom. “The f unny thing is, visitors
usually only notice that on their way out,”
he laughs. “They’re walking towards the
front door, glance sideways and have an
‘Oh my god’ moment.”
“The lounge is a visual
treat - a hybrid of
New York and Paris
apartments - yet the
adjoining doesn’t seem
at all at odds”
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