Darren Palmer The Most Iconic Projects


The decor in this beachside home in Sydney’s Coogee was in need of an update. Enter interior designer Darren Palmer, who reinvented the space with smart & stylish design touches.

IT MUST BE A SIGN of a job well done when an interior designer could live in the place they’ve just redecorated. “I would love to live here,” admits Darren Palmer of this two-storey home in Sydney’s beachside suburb of Coogee. “It’s probably the project that is best suited to my personal aesthetic to date.”


“There was nothing intrinsically wrong with the interior, it was just that the furniture was dated and not suited to the style of the home,” says Darren. “It had furniture from my client’s previous residence that would have worked in a terrace, but in this modern beachside home it was definitely at odds with its surroundings.” Darren set about injecting a “comfortable, breezy, contemporary look, with a slight African, textured flavour” in the place with fabulous results.

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Taking his cues from the natural world, Darren Palmer combines cosy and contemporary.

THE BRIEF in this two-bedroom Sydney penthouse, Darren was confronted with a bare shell, with just floor tiles already there “I was asked to bring life into it, layer in natural textures for depth and make it warm, but contemporary it was to be masculine and solid, not delicate, but also cosy”.

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