FiftyTwo Black Brighton

Prestige: Global design meets bayside elegance

An international team of architects and interior designers has produced apartments for the ages.

Global design influences have come together to produce a cosmopolitan new development in the heart of upmarket Brighton.

Fifty Two Black, a prestigious address of just five apartments by developer PB & Co that will be completed in February 2022, has been shaped with inspiration from international art, fashion and architecture. It will see residents living in spacious homes measuring from 293 to 490 square metres in total, exclusively furnished in Ralph Lauren Home.

In a collaboration between New York architect Gregory Tuck and Melbourne architect Nicholas Day, the design is the result of classic European heritage blended with refined bayside style

Tuck’s high-end projects have won him acclaim around the world, including Moscow, Russia and the Hamptons in the US. But it was France that provided the ingenuity for Fifty Two Black.

“When PB & Co founders Alex and Michael approached us, we were immediately impressed with Nicholas Day’s understated art deco design for the exteriors,” says Tuck.

“These inspired us to explore how the art deco style might be informed by that unique Melbourne lifestyle that seamlessly combines high-culture refinement and an ease of living that’s focused on the Mediterranean climate.

“As we furthered our exploration of the intersection of the art deco style and Melbourne’s Mediterranean outlook, we began gravitating towards the French expression of art deco. Specifically, the arte moderne style popular in the Cote D’Azur in the 1930s.”

The aesthetics of Fifty Two Black are summed up by clean, streamlined spaces and light, airy interiors. Rich materials such as French chevron flooring add to the sense of luxury.

Tuck’s background as Ralph Lauren’s senior director of international architecture, a role he held for 14 years, helped inform his marriage of architecture and interiors.

“The experience was formative and left me with a deeply embedded DNA of the Ralph Lauren aesthetic,” he says.

“Above all, it emphasizes luxury with comfort. These two concepts inform everything we do.”

Tuck and Day worked hand-in-hand with New York interior designer Meg Sharpe to create a seamless look inside and out.

Sharpe, considered one of New York’s most elite interior designers with award-winning designs ranging from luxury Park Avenue apartments to famed New York restaurants and international hotels, said the team approach has achieved a harmonious result which residents are sure to appreciate.

“Gregory Tuck has really defined the architecture of the space that we all step into, and Nicholas’s interpretation of, and lightness of touch to maintain the Ralph Lauren Home world while considering the site-specific needs has created a beautiful blend between the two architects,” says Sharpe.

“As the interior designer, we have worked with both teams to realise the dialogue between the interiors and the exteriors.

“From the overall layouts to the final lighting locations to the finishes of the joinery, we have worked together intimately on all the details to create a cohesive space for the buyers.”

Residents will be able to select from three unique interior concepts. Each has a material palette based on neutral textures in keeping with the beachside location. These include fabrics in earthy tones and subtle textures, and sophisticated metals.

“The concept for the spaces is effortless elegance,” Sharpe says.

“There will be a warmth represented not in colours but in textures and layers to create a sophisticated richness in the spaces.”

Priced between $5 million and $9 million, the residences at Fifty Two Black are aimed at well-heeled and discerning buyers. They are bound to be impressed by the sumptuous furnishings by Ralph Lauren Home, says PB & Co co-founder Alex Bragilevsky.

“Ralph Lauren Home is synonymous with sophisticated quality and elegance – we knew this would speak to the local Brighton market and our buyers … downsizers, professionals and those who enjoy the finer things in life,” he says.

“We are also in discussions with expats and other global citizens who are looking for a luxurious and effortless Melbourne base alongside their other properties and homes around the world.”

Originally published in Domain Magazine
by Kate Jones