A WORD ABOUT THE BOWER
In 2016, Sein and I visited New York with the idea of moving there for a year with the boys. I had spent a lot of my childhood on the West Coast, in California and Vashon Island near Seattle. Like many teenagers I dreamed fervently about what life was like on the other side, in the Big City. That was the beginning of my dream of living and working in NYC.
So there we were. We checked out schools, neighbourhoods, met friends over indescribably good meals and we walked and walked. I was immediately attracted to the Bowery - the lines of the squat square buildings and perfect awnings that introduced them while also shielding them from the outside world. Back home we decided to wait on the move to NYC, choosing instead to jump into a new project. I could see clearly how those graphic lines and that quiet Bowery sophistication could work as a design inspiration for what has become: ‘The Bower’.
THE BOWER DESIGN TEAM
"Rooms are balanced through a mix of textures and tones – wood, metals, textiles, plush velvets and linens. It is really a mix of traditional styling with some fun elements."
BELLE HEMMING BRIGHT
“We kept the lines simple and modern. The Bower interiors are a clever mix of old and new with a touch of classic New York woven through the layers.”
“My design approach is always to create spaces with character that are unique, timeless and transcend trends.
I translated my brief for The Bower as celebrating the concept of the old school motel room and taking it up a level to create a bespoke suite experience unique to Byron Bay. The enthusiasm and dedication of the owners, staff, the entire construction, design and styling teams have infused the Bower with a unique accommodation experience that harnesses the soulful, positive and creative energy of Byron Bay."
“The goal here was to take a fairly bland, typical motel environment and elevate it to something with spirit and identity.
I really enjoyed how the clients had a very strong vision of where they wanted to end up and some key elements they wanted incorporated but allowed us to be free to work out how to get there… what is really exciting is that all the designers had their own particular angle on what was appropriate, we did not cross one another’s paths, we each were free to explore our realms and I believe this is a key to the strength of the result, it all came from different directions but The Bower is dynamic and complete…its got personality!"
“I think The Bower expresses that Byron Bay feeling - light and airy - but with the addition of being sophisticated.
The main thing is our working relationship with Taliah and Sein. Taliah has great ideas and we work to make them a reality. Most builders do 2 or 3 jobs at a time and they lose that daily face-to-face contact. Things flow and evolve as you build. We take on only one project at a time so I can be on site and keep a handle on everything."
“I feel a garden needs to be grounded and have elements of age.
Landscaping in Byron is quite distinctive; it’s governed by what thrives in the region and also individualises the area, with its subtropical climate, rich soils and high rainfall. Taliah’s brief was clear: luxuriant greens with interesting foliage and mature specimens to give the properties a sense of establishment and privacy. The guests need to feel like they’re in their own homes and be able to move about and enjoy their space without being on display."
“I am interested in shapes and composition and their relationship within the frame.
I love the storytelling, the process of bringing somebody’s idea into tangible form. Taliah leaves it up to me; over time we have developed trust and understanding of each other. It’s so cool."
“The passion of our owners is infectious - that has made this project a real and successful team effort.
Collaboration is key to the vision of this company. BBA is a small team of dynamic people and we want to make sure we stand out in this competitive environment. We are doing that by building a culture that connects to our guests and allows the team to shine together."
CONCEPT & DESIGN:
“Through these last years of back to back projects I have begun to trust my instincts. I try to nurture and develop the early design bubbles in my head and do my best to steer away from trends and strive to achieve classic, timeless, fluid design.”