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“In the ‘grind’ of contemporary design, life doesn’t solely revolve around working a traditional nine-to-five day. Sure, the scheduled ‘hours of operation’ are those of any normal office at work, but once a project gains momentum, there’s little time to stop or slow down before reaching the intended goal, and a deadline always seems to be pressing. When the job is done, it should feel good, and nothing less…”
The work featured in this issue of (Inside) magazine is very much about life at work, and providing spaces that foster creative and productive working environments while also delivering that all-important sense of wellbeing in the workplace. Trading on colour, texture, natural light and good circulation, the fitouts profiled offer function as well as style. Geyer’s fitout for Cue Clothing Headquarters in Sydney delivers a pared back glamour in keeping with the fashion label’s aesthetic, while in London, Stanton Williams has delivered a vast new campus for Central Saint Martins College of Art housed within a listed granary building and adjacent transit sheds.
Colour reigns supreme in Woods Bagot’s new Beijing Studio, while i29’s design for the office of creative agency Tribal DDB in Amsterdam is a tactile and monochromatic interior with surfaces almost entirely clad in grey felt. Sitting alongside these projects is a local retail fitout: March Studio’s meticulously crafted plywood interior for Baker D. Chirico in Melbourne’s Carlton.
Our cover story this issue is the HaKa Building by Doepel Strijkers Architects, a project that has revitalised a 1930s industrial building in Rotterdam – providing a new campus for some of the world’s leading clean-tech companies.
Also in this issue, photographer Michelle Taylor documents the people and places of Midland Atelier in Perth, Peter Sackett reports on the burgeoning design scene in Adelaide, a profile on Melbourne designer Georgia Nowak, and Michael Carr talks to emerging lighting designer Coco Reynolds.
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