Walking into Michael Ipp’s Bantry Bay home you can feel the crazy world shutting it’s mouth for a second. Without the noise of colour, the “White House” has an immediate calming effect. Like a clean white page, a theme that Mike has applied to the design of his home, as well as his award winning advertising agency Canvas. It also helps that he has a background in architecture – a talent that came in handy when redesigning this space.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that all the serenity means this guy is all serious and zen – Mike relies on life wisdom from Calvin and Hobbes, in particular a framed cartoon where Calvin admires his grass-stained knees and proudly proclaims that you have to to re-examine your life if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day. A motto which captures Mike’s playful attitude to life beautifully.
Photographs by Cindy Taylor.
‘Happy Content’ artwork by Kurt Pio
‘The Giant’ By Frank van Reenen (It’s called The Giant because when you look at it, it looks back up at you like you are a giant.)
‘Skater Boy’ by Frank van Reenen and Zoo biscuit by Kristen Morkel at Design Kist.