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Set inside a 1970’s building and untouched for 50 years, Nicholas Gurney and his clients wanted to create something open, light and airy whilst retaining the 1960’s and early 1970’s retro sensibility. The only change to the floorplan was removing the walls encapsulating the kitchen, making one large open space, and adding a breakfast bar come dining area which separates the kitchen from the living space. A function wall in the living room contains a built-in sofa with mirrored covered drawers underneath, which disappear and make the sofa appear lighter. A queen size murphy bed hidden above the sofa rests on the ottoman when down. In the kitchen, wrapped in Australian Blackwood, the closest local equivalent to teak, the clever use of a tambour door means the pantry can be concealed when not in use. The timber surfaces wrap around from the kitchen to the bathroom, where custom terrazzo tiles cover the floor and small mosaic tiles on the walls directly reference the original kitchen tiles found in the apartment.