The theatrical world of creative duo Catherine Martin (award winning costume and set designer) and Baz Luhrmann (award winning filmmaker) is one of drama and flamboyance. Not surprisingly this creative aesthetic spills over into the interior decor of their Anglo Italianate New York town house.
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A New York Town House
"Her creative use of eclectic combinations has resulted in an aspirational maximalist interior that works well for a busy family."
Sitting at 5 storeys and on 1980sqm, the New York City townhouse that the family calls home, was built in 1852. Originally a 3-family home it has been transformed into a single residence. The two Australian entrepreneurs embarked on a 3-month renovation in 2016 before moving in with their teenage children Lilian and William.
Catherine thoroughly researched the history of the home and surrounding neighbourhood before embarking on the renovation. Following a process similar to that of her day job in costume and set design, she detailed concepts and sample boards to present to Baz before taking full creative control. Catherine’s love of mixing antiques and modern home décor is evident, as is her love of pattern on pattern, and she’s not one to shy away from bold wall paper.
The creative duo of 30 years moved to New York from Sydney while working on the film The Great Gatsby – a 2013 blockbuster hit. A theatrical spirit is evident throughout the home with Catherine’s designs from her collaboration with New Zealand textile brand Mokum, proudly represented throughout.
Measuring 8.5 meters wide, the volume of the home is rare for New York. There is space to be together and there is space to be apart. Catherine loves the juxtaposition and layering of luxurious textures and patterns. “I do love pattern and I like pattern on pattern and I’m also not scared of going dark because I think you need drama too.”
Her creative use of eclectic combinations has resulted in an aspirational maximalist interior that works well for a busy family. We look forward to seeing the next round of renovations they are planning for late 2020.
Catherine’s working relationship with Mokum has been going since 2011 with a new range on the horizon for 2020.
Images: Emily Andrews
Majorelle Wallpaper by Mokum, col. Emerald and Marcasite
Bepoke by Mokum, col. Emerald and Red Velvet
La Palma Wallpaper by Mokum, col Gilver
Leopardo by Mokum, col. Snow
Bengal Tiger by Mokum, col. Gold