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sneak peek: alex zabotto-bentley

by anne

Alex Zabotto-Bentley is the director of his company, AZBcreative, a full-service creative agency specializing in live communications and events with a focus on art, crafts and styling. Influenced by his own “collector” aesthetic, his personal work is in interior design and decoration with a love of installations, including window design and fashion. Conveniently, his office and studio is literally one block away from his three-story Victorian terrace home in Surry Hills, NSW, Australia, a vibrant area full of fantastic restaurants, galleries and art studios. Work allows Alex to travel to many places around the world, which also satisfies his love of collecting and his ever-evolving style. Thanks to Alex, and a special thanks to Felix Forest for the images and to Dina Broadhurst for help with the styling! — Anne

Image above: I adore furniture and object d’art from the early 20th century partnered with many elements collected over time. I’m a “bowerbird,” adding layer upon layer and then all of a sudden stripping everything and starting again. I lean towards collections. I love grouping and finding like-spirited things: vintage coral, a striking paletted textural painting by Peter Robertson, two beautifully carved timber Buddhas, books, and an old typographic sign of pigment colors.

Image above: I adore the strength and masculinity of all different shades of brown from timber to bronze, paint to photography. Here a Steven Meisel photograph from an early Versace campaign hangs amongst early 20th-century bronzes purchased in Barcelona and Rome, and all live together happily in the formal sitting room.

See more of Alex’s Australian home after the jump . . .

Image above: I like the bareness of this sitting room and the monotone quality that then becomes more decorative and colorful as you move further into the home. Here is a pair of 1970s timber with brass inlaid club armchairs recovered in plush grey velvet.

Image above: My lounge room is dominated by my pride and joy — a large, boldly coloured horse painting by Aaron Kinnane. It is flanked by an old cabinet with a figurine atop and a 1960s industrial lamp.

Image above: This home has had all of the ground floor rooms ripped out to create one long room only defined by furniture pods. This makes it my own personal gallery space for all of my clusters of objects and ephemera. I love being surrounded by wonderful old treasures that I have collected in my travels. I love books and have many in all rooms. They are constantly referenced and restyled in various areas. I covet all of my books. This is the perfect reading room, sitting on a large overstuffed 1940s sofa.

Image above: My first real big antique purchase was this 1840s French credenza at the entrance. A turquoise background portrait by Anthony Bartok is partnered with a limited edition photographic print by Aaron Kinnane. On the credenza I have painted old antlers to look like coral mixed with a hi-gloss Spanish decorative elephant figurine.

Image above: A grouping of white objects, including an old plaster bust from a school art sale and a beautifully articulated chinois elephant. There are some AZBcreative dip-painted and plastered giant roses in the vase. (We do a lot of dip painting!) The photograph of a bug made entirely of jewelry pieces is by Garth Knight.

Image above: Leading from the kitchen there is an eccentric Magnus McTavish “saxophone.” [I position] furniture and art in every possible place, creating small punctuations. There are offerings everywhere you turn. I love sitting in this area; it is kind of my pop/graffiti/fluoro moment.

Image above: The kitchen with the double ovens and expansive stainless workbench is the heart and soul of the downstairs. The island bench is often surrounded on all sides with friends all prepping food and cocktails simultaneously. I love my French grey cabriole table.

Image above: Under the stairs, a Marcos Davison character sits next to a chinois armoire. More ordered clutter. Ha!

Image above: My bedroom is a dreamy sanctuary for me. I love clouds. In fact I am a member of the cloud appreciation society. Not sure what we are meant to do other than ooh ahh at clouds. This beautiful painting is by Bernadette Trela.

Image above: The outdoor tiled garden is lush with tropical plants that are forever green, and the palms create a canopy from the glorious Sydney sun. Italian ceramics collected over time live on the white turned leg table. It is a fantastic place to spend Sunday afternoons.

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