Perfect Unison

Tonie Robertson and the team from Robertsons Furniture and Design add the finishing touches to a display apartment for Mirvac’s new Unison Apartments. Photography: John Downs


Create a New York loft-style apartment in the heart of Brisbane’s trendy inner city suburb of Newstead.


Many pieces throughout the apartment were designed by Robertsons and custom-made specifically for the space, including the stunning bedheads in all three bedrooms.


Making apartment spaces feel bigger is always a challenge, but Tonie and the Robertsons team overcame this with clever use of mirrors in the lounge, master bedroom and study area. Careful furniture choices also helped inject a sense of space. “It’s a fallacy that smaller furniture in smaller spaces works,” says Tonie. “It’s important to keep the integrity of the scale of furniture. The secret is selecting the right pieces. For example, chairs that have open sides and sofas that are not too high help create a sense of drama and scale without closing in the space.”

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Specialty pieces like the imported zebra-grained timber dining table teamed with retro-style worn leather dining chairs adds to the New York feel. A key style element in the lounge and dining area is the handmade grassweave wallpaper, which brings warmth and texture to the room. And, as the lighting used throughout by Mirvac is purpose-designed to visually disappear while lighting the space, Robertsons introduced some simple architectural accent lighting pieces to make a style statement without being intrusive.

The master bedroom features an oversized panelled bedhead in a shimmery bronze fabric. The softly reflective finish allows it to bounce off the glamorous charcoal wall colour. Bedheads have been used as a design feature in the other bedrooms as well – the tangerine of the velvet bedhead in the second bedroom is echoed in the artwork, while a third bedroom has a textured, neutral linen fabric which gently lifts the deep charcoal wall.