KE-ZU Hearts – Infinite Design Studio
Infinite Design Studio creates sumptuous and sophisticated spaces with warmth and soul. Taking a worldly approach to design, the studio produces interiors that combine the luxury and eclectic elegance of European design with the relaxed and casual ease of Australian interiors.
Michelle established Infinite Design Studio in 2002. Based in Sydney, the practice delivers residential, commercial and retail projects across Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore, providing a full scope of services from interior architecture and design to styling and art curation. The design team has a sharp eye for product specification and composition, skilfully mixing contemporary and vintage furniture and lighting with unexpected finds.
Bellevue Hill Residence is one of Infinite Design Studio’s recently completed projects, located on a hillside of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Built in the 1920s, the house had a Tuscan villa exterior and grand, landscaped gardens surrounding a tennis court and swimming pool. Inside however was dark, heavy and old in style. The design team lightened and brightened the interior, better connected inside and outside spaces and merged a European aesthetic with an Australian outlook.
“We updated areas of the home from a very traditional opulent setting to a more modern classic style, and softened the look by adding layers and tonal colours,” Michelle says. “Linking casual areas to formal areas brings more contemporary flexibility and still maintains the sense of grandeur and luxury.”
Michelle was a KE-ZU Insider at Salone del Mobile Milan 2018, bringing us her highlights and adventures as they happened, and many of her favourite pieces feature in the home. At the top of Michelle’s wish list, La Isla from Sancal is in the dressing room. “I am absolutely in love with this piece. It has seductive curves and a social element to it. It’s beautiful for draping clothes and the client’s daughters love to sit on it and chat whilst mum is getting ready,” Michelle says.
The Niloo chair from Artifort in deep violet also features in the bedroom where it complements the soft pink La Isla. Niloo appears again in a rich terracotta colour in the foyer where it works tonally with the striking marble flooring. “I have a joy for colour, but it’s elegant to work in the same tone,” says Michelle.
Jaime Hayon’s Frames chair for Expormim was also a top choice for Michelle in Milan, and it provides a warm yet contemporary feel in the relaxed living area. Natural-coloured Fontal chairs are around the casual breakfast table, and black Huma and Benasal chairs surround the outdoor dining table. “This outdoor area looks onto the pool and a refreshed landscaped garden. It feels like you’re in Italy – it’s just divine,” Michelle explains.
The studio’s style and approach can also be seen in a Miami-inspired art deco residence in Coogee; a restored houseboat moored on Sydney Harbour; and a sophisticated inner-city pied-à-terre in a former Surry Hills warehouse. We’re always excited to see what Infinite Design Studio does next and know it will continue to deliver incomparable design acumen and artistry and an intrinsic sense of drama.