Kew Apartment by Sarah Wolfendale

When an interior designer as talented as Sarah Wolfendale renovates her apartment you know it is going to be special.  Having worked for several years as an interior designer in the UK, Sarah moved back to Melbourne and worked with some of Melbournes best firms including Hecker Guthrie and Techne Architects.

Sarah and husband Tommy on their hunt to find their Melbourne home were thrilled when they discovered the 90 square metre apartment in Kew.  The site is the decommissioned Kew Asylum which was converted to apartments in 1993.

Although the layout of the apartments hands been planned well back in 1993, Sarah's experience in high end residential design focused the layout inwards highlighting the features of the 4 meter high ceilings, natural light and arched windows.

“I wanted the renovation to be sympathetic to the original building and restore it back to the grandeur of the period, by accentuating the heritage features of the space while giving it a modern twist”, explains Sarah. With the amount of natural light, high ceilings and the light timber flooring, she knew that the space could afford to be grey and “have a bit more personality. I wanted to create something that was moody but comfortable, that didn’t look like every other white wall apartment.”

When Sarah approached us to collaborate for the furniture and lighting requirements, we were extremely excited to work with her to find solutions which complimented the apartments design sensibility.


_Bullarum Pendant by Inuteri Light

_Bullarum Pendant by Intueri Ligjt

_Outline Sofa by Muuto, Denmark

_Laurel Side Table by De La Espada

_Outline Sofa by Muuto, Denmark

_TS Coffee Table by Gubi, Denmarl

_Mantis Floor Light by DCW Editions, France


Interior Design: Sarah Wolfendale
Stylist: Nina Proven
Photography: Shannon McGrath
Quote: The Local Project