Fresh from her retrospective at the Powerhouse Museum, fashion designer Collette Dinnigan has collaborated on the interior design of two penthouse suites at Bannisters in Mollymook on the south coast of NSW.

Working with space, colour and textiles has always been a passion of Dinnigan’s. For the rooms, her inspiration came from the seaside, a perfect fit considering the penthouses face a flawless coastline from a small terrace.

Blue hues are carried through the spaces with various cushions, textiles and upholstery. There are charts from Dinnigan’s family’s sailing journeys across the Indian Ocean. And the rooms feature a collection of botanical and coral sea life, from markets in France.

Dinnigan says her process involved, “Reimagining the space, getting the colour scheme right, adding texture, then working out a configuration which is not only practical but comfortable and inviting – always using old and modern pieces.”

Her favourite part of interior design is the sourcing and discovery of new craftspeople, furniture and objects. She believes the mediums of fashion and interiors complement each other because both use textiles, colour and proportion, and can surprise.

The Bannister penthouses are located in Mollymook. Bookings are now available through Bannisters’ website.

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