Minimalist Bachelor Pad in Brisbane

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January 15, 2009
Originally published in Always Modern
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Boom Box
Londoner Dave Clayden has gradually adjusted to life in the subtropics, where, as he puts it, “toweling yourself down after a shower is enough to make you start sweating again.” He no longer mistakes steam rising from a road’s surface after a heavy rain for smoke, and he knows that when designing a house “you want to keep the light out and get the air in.”
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  Pricey digs in Sydney and Melbourne are pushing Aussies north to booming Brisbane. Dave Clayden’s striking bachelor pad shakes things up in this traditional town.
    Pricey digs in Sydney and Melbourne are pushing Aussies north to booming Brisbane. Dave Clayden’s striking bachelor pad shakes things up in this traditional town.
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  The low-slung Strata sofa by King Furniture is perfect for “sleeping.”
    The low-slung Strata sofa by King Furniture is perfect for “sleeping.”
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  Clayden made the most of his modest lot by building as close to the perimeter as local zoning codes allow.
    Clayden made the most of his modest lot by building as close to the perimeter as local zoning codes allow.
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  Clayden and Sam Cutler, both former tour managers for rock bands, talk music in the spacious, uncluttered living room that opens onto the balcony.
    Clayden and Sam Cutler, both former tour managers for rock bands, talk music in the spacious, uncluttered living room that opens onto the balcony.
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  Clayden claims that Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was the inspiration for his bathroom.
    Clayden claims that Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was the inspiration for his bathroom.
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  The black column in his living room is not a mysterious monolith, but one of his speakers.
    The black column in his living room is not a mysterious monolith, but one of his speakers.
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  For a private shower, Clayden closes the blinds on the bedroom windows, though how he manages to elude the prying eyes of nosy house guests is still a mystery.
    For a private shower, Clayden closes the blinds on the bedroom windows, though how he manages to elude the prying eyes of nosy house guests is still a mystery.
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  Clayden is perfectly happy enjoying the subtropical sun on the balcony, though his much-beloved cat Ginger appears far more enthusiastic about lolling on the patio.
    Clayden is perfectly happy enjoying the subtropical sun on the balcony, though his much-beloved cat Ginger appears far more enthusiastic about lolling on the patio.
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