MUSE # 2 - Neil Olson
Photography by Nikki To
What influenced the design of your home?
A lack of space.
It’s incredible that such a small space is utilised in so many ways. Given your living room transforms into your work space - how do you keep boundaries between these spaces?
The design is all about fastidious detail particularly when it came to the cabinetry. Our apartment is all about the cabinetry with the bathroom, bedroom and living area being loosely defined only by cleverly designed double-sided cabinetry. At only 44 square metres the things that we do own all have carefully considered and beautifully designed storage nooks.
You’re lucky you’ve lived in many cities around the world – why did you choose Sydney to settle?
I settled in Sydney because you can drink the water that comes out of the tap and all the beautiful beaches act like a ‘safety valve’ for urban living.
What is the best advice you’ve received and why?
‘The things that you own end up owning you!’ We all own too much stuff. The real skill is in getting rid of it…or not owning it in the first place! If you think about the storage industry as a relatively recent phenomenon it quickly becomes very scary.
Why did you choose the ANEAU Monocerus quilt for your bedroom?
Because of our severe lack of living space every item that we own has to be carefully considered. Our beautiful and perfectly functional ANEAU Monocerus quilt is such a carefully considered item.