CJH Studio ditched gaudy 1980s fixtures to form the calming interiors of this penthouse apartment in Gold Coast, Australia.

Penthouse M’s interior has been designed by CJH Studio to be a “complete juxtaposition” of the typically “ostentatious” homes seen around the city of Gold Coast.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

As it had gone largely untouched since it was initially built, the two-floor apartment featured a number of dated, 80s-inspired decor details like gold swan-shaped taps and an apricot-coloured bathtub.

There were some elements deemed worth saving, particularly the travertine marble flooring that ran throughout the lower living spaces.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

The studio worked out how to incorporate these into the more timeless fit-out that the new owners wanted.

It also wanted to reference other striking features of the apartment building like its curved facade and the glass-brick walls in the lobby.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

“The project’s design largely became a response to the beautiful existing space, the materiality of the original building and its curvaceous forms.” said the studio’s founder, Cassie James-Herrick.

“[The client] was also familiar with our minimal design approach, which aligned well with their own aesthetic preference,” she told Dezeen.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

The previously awkward and angular kitchen has been made open-plan. It features a curved central island and extractor hood above the stove.

A rounded partition clad in light beige tiles has also been inserted to create some separation between the breakfast bar and the cabinetry.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

In the adjacent living area, there’s a wooden dining table surrounded by white tubular-frame chairs. Gauzy curtains have been hung in front of the full-height windows to screen the sun that streams in from the beach outside.

As evening falls inhabitants can switch on the two oversized lanterns that dangle from the ceiling.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

The rest of the space has been dressed with a couple of cosy armchairs upholstered in boucle and a long, taupe-coloured sofa.

It sits directly in front of an arched niche in the rear wall which accommodates a shelf and curved sideboard where ornaments can be displayed.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

The travertine marble floor tiles in Penthouse M were carefully restored, but the original staircase has been given a major update.

To make it safer for the clients, who have a young child, the studio has boxed-in the previously open treads with American oakwood.

The old faceted glass balustrade has been replaced with a gently curving panel of creamy plaster.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

Curvy forms continue to appear in the living spaces upstairs – bedrooms are accessed via vaulted doorways and have arched full-length mirrors.

The same beige tiles used in the kitchen have been applied across walls in the home’s wet areas, complemented by flecked terrazzo-style flooring.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

In one bathroom, a freestanding tub has been positioned directly beside an expansive window that overlooks the ocean waves, while in another the shower cubicle has been inset with glass bricks – a subtle nod to the building’s lobby.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio

CJH Studio was established in 2017 and has an office on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. It isn’t the only studio to forgo flashy glamour – last year, Worrell Yeung completed a minimal penthouse in Brooklyn that has all-white walls and pale marble fixtures.

A top-floor apartment in Antwerp designed by Hans Verstuyft Architects is also decked out in a restrained material palette of walnut wood and stone.

Photography is by Cathy Schusler.

Source: dezeen.com