Trish Pinto’s Melbourne Apartment
This is the suburban apartment of editor, Trish Pinto. Even calling her an editor is boxing her in, and Trish would laugh at any attempts to do so. Her apartment shows this eclecticism and diversity at every turn.
Trish last year made the decision to leave her job and work from home, self-employed. To do so, she had to create a space that nourishes her, but also serves the practical workflow of an in-demand professional. She had converted her second bedroom into her office.
The entire apartment (including the kitchen) are full of her personality, which is vivacious, sharp and energetic. Curiously the space feels both minimal and layered at the same time. Her office is bare and functional yet is dominated by a Midsummer paper garland light by Tord Boontje and is enveloped by amazing collages of artworks and photographs, that obviously serve to inspire her. The bedroom is a candy pink which is usually a saccharine hue, but here comes across as sophisticated. Interesting touches abound throughout the apartment such as the red velvet chaise lounge, the 1950s red star clock, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera paper dress-up dolls and the ceramic dog she refers to as Uncle Percy, and an antique silver teapot being used as vase for a bunch of daisies.
None of it feels contrived, or overly ‘designed’. Rather, Trish has just taken elements of her own life and interests and blended them with items she’s collected over many years and made them look amazing. Case in point are her towers of books, topped with sculptures and knitted animals. It could almost be a spoof on the current fashion for wallpapered ‘libraries’. And, with Trish’s deep love of books coupled with her sense of humour, it probably is.
Photos Trish Pinto and me (Kate Challis)