Inside a building rich with heritage detail, the light-filled apartment of MONDAY haircare co-founder Jaimee Lupton and her partner Nick Mowbray is a calming space designed for easy entertaining and ultimate relaxation.
By Yeong Sassall via Vogue Living
It’s been a whirlwind nine months for Jaimee Lupton and Nick Mowbray. Since launching their haircare line MONDAY in March this year and watching stock fly off the shelves in Australia and their native New Zealand, they’ve certainly earned a break. After purchasing their Auckland apartment just over a year ago, the couple have managed to design a space that’s as chic and aesthetically pleasing as the millennial pink packaging of their buzzy haircare line.
Describing the space as “modern, bright and serene”, Lupton’s love of interiors has undoubtedly been shaped by her background in luxury PR and years spent living in Sydney. Featuring artworks by Australian artist Vicki Lee and pieces by Tom Dixon, Matisse and Curated Spaces, the 115 square-metre space is a tribute to contemporary design and a less-is-more ethos.
Of course, being located on the second floor Auckland’s historic Endeans Building certainly helps, filling the small-but-mighty space with beams of natural light. One of Auckland’s premier waterfront residences, the Endeans building was designed by architects Chilwell and Trevithick and built between 1914 and 1915. More recently, the upper floors were converted into luxury apartments during the 1990s.
“The apartment has north-facing views of the harbour, Queens Wharf and the beautiful old ferry building,” says Lupton. “We loved its heritage features—it even has a vintage iron cage lift in the atrium—as well as those within the apartment, like the huge wrought iron window, tall steel casement windows, and 3.75-metre high ceilings.” Understandably, the couple were keen to let the space speak for itself. “Our goal was to champion these features, brighten up the space, and add some modern furnishings to match the interior style Nick and I both love.”
So far, the couple have only made some minor tweaks to the orginal. “When we bought the apartment, it had dark oak parquet floors, which we decided to whitewash to match our furniture and art,” explains Lupton. “We also added a marble bench top in the kitchen to elevate the space.”
Working with such limited square footage certainly posed a few challenges, too. “Our biggest challenge was deciding how to maximise the space without it feeling crowded,” admits Lupton. “This influenced our decision to whitewash the floors and opt for natural tones in our furnishings—most of which we’ve sourced from Simon James, Douglas & Bec, and Matisse.”
Thankfully, the open-plan layout of the apartment means the lounge and dining area flow easily into one another “and the absence of separating walls makes the space feel expansive,” says Lupton, who has carefully considered every design detail. “We made the most of the 3.75-metre high ceilings by choosing suspended light pendants rather than standing lamps, which would have taken up too much floor space.”
Citing the lounge and dining area as her favourite spots, Lupton marvels at how noise-proof the whole apartment is, despite being located in the heart of Auckland. “The hush glass in the steel casement windows which run the length of the main living area means the room is quiet, even when the CBD is buzzing,” she says. She’s filled the lounge area with books, knick knacks and pieces collected from her travels, most of which are piled on the Matisse Alanda coffee table, and Lupton loves nothing more than “hosting guests or cosying up in front of the television” on their Simon James sofa.
And, sitting pride of place on the wall above the lounge, are some of her most treasured possessions—two Vicki Lee artworks (with a third in the bedroom).
“Our three Vicki Lee art pieces bring me a huge amount of joy to look at,” she says. “Lee is an Australian-based artist known for her detailed close-ups of roses being doused in paint. She creates them in collaboration with her photographer husband, Ted O’Donnell.” Fittingly, even Lupton and Mowbray’s art collection is on-brand, with one particular Vicki Lee piece rendered in the same Monday shade of perfectly pastel pink.
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