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Inside 7 creative studios

Sep 14, 2017
  • Article by Online Editor

Seeing inside a creative’s studio is like getting the chance to lift the lid on the whole creative process. However, for many architects and designers, their own studio space is a constant work in progress. These seven studio projects blow that out of the water. From the warm, undulating timbers seen in Reddog Architects studio to Greg Natale’s elegantly detailed interior – they all uniquely respond to the core design principles and driving philosophies of each creative practice.

Biasol studio

Taking the bones of the existing warehouse space and using them to great effect, Gwynne Street studio by Biasol is packed with natural light. Zones are defined by a transparent glass framework, which is only distinguished by bespoke detailing. Finishes and furniture are elegant and simple while the exposed ceiling adds the necessary creative edge.

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Gwynne Street studio embraces its warehouse heritage. Photo by Ari Hatzis.
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Furniture and finishes have been kept simple and elegant. Photo by Ari Hatzis.

DPN office (in collaboration with Pure Interiors)

DPN is a financial services firm that has drawn inspiration from designer brands and high-end retailers for its new makeover. Wanting the interior to express elegance and style, which aligns with the DPN brand, the space features minimalist finishes and flourishes of marble. It all comes together under the company’s ethos ‘live the life you want’.

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DPN’s interior is all about elegance and style. Photo by Tyrone Branigan.
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A minimal palette and natural light were important for DPN’s new office. Photo by Tyrone Branigan.

Greg Natale HQ

The new headquarters and studio of Greg Natale sets out to blur the lines between home and workplace. The project explores ideas around the workplace as a ‘liveable’ place. The new fitout is now home to Natale’s studios, showroom, office, library and meeting rooms – all featuring the designer’s signature touch. The interior finishes take inspiration from the Paul Rudolph-designed townhouse for fashion designer Halston.

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Greg Natale’s HQ epitomises the studio’s signature style. Photo by Anson Smart.
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Paul Rudolph’s design for fashion designer Halston was the inspiration behind the new office. Photo by Anson Smart.

H&E studio

The new office for H&E studio is centred around a statement entrance. The black vestibule, which is minimally spotlighted, theatrically compresses the entrance before dramatically opening out to the open plan space. Natural light also features prominently through arched Heritage windows.

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A moody and dark vestibule compresses the entrance space before opening out to the open place office at H&E Architects. Photo by Sandi Sissel.
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The arching Heritage windows let in plenty of natural light. Photo by Sandi Sissel.

PTW office

Avoiding the typical spatial hierarchies, the new PTW office is a dynamic space that bolsters collaboration. Visitors are brought into the heart of the space eliciting a public forum and immediate connection to the inner workings of the studio. The material palette was chosen to deliver warmth and functionality.

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PTW’s new studio is dynamic and fluid. Photo by Murray Fredericks.
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PTW’s office is fluid with a variety of zones. Photo by Murray Fredericks.

Reddog studio

Influenced by environmentally sustainable design principles, the Reddog studio preferenced a healthy work space. The interior is punctuated by a sinuous plywood skin – the only frivolous insertion in the space. This intricate piece adds a warmth and playfulness to the otherwise restrained interior, while the curving form is a subtle nod to the iconic Villa Maria Convent nearby.

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A curving plywood insertion is the standout feature at Reddog’s new studio. Photo by Christopher Frederick Jones.
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Reddog’s new space was designed with ESD principles for a healthy workplace. Photo by Christopher Frederick Jones.

SJB Oliver lane

The new home for SJB staff in Melbourne delivers a New York/Soho loft feels with a Bauhaus influence. The material palette consists of concrete, brick and steel while subtle pops colour are introduced on the walls. Soft furnishings such as rugs and pots have also been introduced in eclectic patterns, bringing in a domestic feel.

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SJB’s Oliver Lane studio has pops of colour as a reference to Bauhaus. Photo by Aaron Puls.
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The new SJB studio is influenced by New York style lofts. Photo by Aaron Puls.

Lead image: Gwynne Street studio by Biasol. Photo by Ari Hatzis.

All of these projects are shortlisted in the Workplace Under 1000sqm category for IDEA 2017, proudly sponsored by StylecraftEarly bird tickets for the Gala party close on Monday 18 September, so get in now for the industry’s night-of-nights. 

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