An Artist’s Light + Bright Collingwood Apartment
Ben Mazey’s apartment is a real reflection of his life and work. Within this compact Collingwood home are pieces collected while living across Europe and Asia, those sourced through his current work at Lucy Folk, and ceramics made under his recently established practice.
The artist and head of brand at Lucy Folk moved into this apartment building by Milieu in early 2020, after purchasing an off-the-plan property in another of the developer’s project’s the very same week! ‘I really like what they do in terms of developers, so it was an easy choice to set up camp here, while my other place is being built’ he says.
Ben was most attracted to the light in the building and its sweeping views of the morning sky. ‘I’m a very early riser and the north/east aspect and all those windows mean I get the sunrises and I bloody love that,’ he says. There’s this real sense of space and looking out over a big sky, and I adore that.’
Most of the furniture and decor has been transported to Melbourne from Ben’s former life overseas, including the gorgeous petal-shaped dining chairs bought from a Paris flea market.
‘I actually love that so much of my furniture was in my Paris apartment (a gorgeous, very traditional building from 1867), my Shanghai place which was an art deco place from the 1920s, and now it’s here with me in a new build in Melbourne,’ Ben says. ‘That all sounds a bit pretentious, but it’s more to really say that I guess my aesthetic is a bit all over the place, and it’s nice that the stuff I love kind of works with me, wherever I am.’
Also on display are several ceramics from artists discovered through his work at Lucy Folk, such as Ceri Muller, or pieces made by Ben himself under his new art practice. ‘I was having a bit of a sabbatical after I’d just moved back to Melbourne, and decided to turn the early lockdowns into a self-directed creative residency,’ he explains. ‘Ceramics really took over, and fast forward to now and I’m having my first solo show [opening soon] at At The Above’.
‘Beginning to work with Lucy Folk really freed me up to approach my personal practice with so much freedom, and I feel really lucky to have both.’
It’s not easy to make an off-the-plan apartment feel both deeply personalised while remaining sleek and uncluttered, but Ben has absolutely nailed it!