Inspired Living Hero

Belle Magazine’s style-director-at-large, Steve Cordony has created the epitome of luxury in the heart of Brisbane’s Newstead.


As soon as you step inside the two-bedroom sanctuary Steve has created at our Unison development in Brisbane you know you’re right at home.

The space is a proxy for elegant living, combining the best of modern furnishings with a true eye for style.

Steve has drawn on a sophisticated palette of neutral colours in which to base the concept for this apartment. This has been overlaid with a head-turning choice of furniture pieces from the likes of iconic furniture house Space.

“In selecting the furniture, I chose pieces with slightly more organic shapes and forms to contrast with the neutral palette and the clean lines of the architecture of the space,” says Steve.

“While the overall palette is quite monochromatic, the finishes and textures of the furniture and accessories provide a harmonious contrast. Using velvet cushions, chunky linen and objects in timber, mirror and copper give the space depth and add layers,” he explains.

Steve has infused the space with an elegant choice of colours, textures and patterns. Art plays a central theme in the apartment’s ambiance, with pieces by a selection of Australia’s most talented artists including Julian Meagher and Marisa Purcell adorning the walls.

Throughout the apartment, warmth has been created through the intelligent choice of finishes and key design pieces, including wood panelling, white surfaces and the clever use of metallic touches. Step into the main living area and you’re immediately invited to sink into the comfy B&B Italia ‘Arne’ sofa by Antonio Citterio. Or wander over to the kitchen bench, an area that effortlessly evokes images of friends gathered around enjoying good company and great food.

In the bedrooms Steve’s concept was to layer textures and fabrics in unusual and eye-catching ways. The choice of the sage green ‘Plantation’ by Porters Paints on the walls is calming, while lifting the interiors and defining the layout. The second bedroom extends this theme into mossy and navy colours, to reflect the exquisite external environment.

Mirvac Design Director, Julian Venning explains how every aspect of the building design was carefully considered to enhance the lifestyle of its residents.

“Every room was carefully considered to make the most of the stunning outlook across the curves of the Brisbane River and its surrounds. Natural materials, such as timber and wood finish tiles were used throughout to echo the organic feel of the neighbourhood with its boutique cafés, artisan bakeries and micro brewery,” says Julian.

Unison delivers an exclusive collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments, which represent an exquisite combination of both style and quality. The Unison collection has been cleverly designed to bring the outdoors in via expansive balconies, high ceilings and open-plan spaces, creating a light and airy atmosphere.

While the Unison apartments speak for themselves, the beautiful interior Steve has created really brings the potential of this development to life.