Greg Natale shows off signature style in flagship store

Sydney designer Greg Natale has opened his first flagship store – a highly polished space in the city’s Potts Point’s Gowrie Gate building. Built in 1938 and designed by architect Dudley Ward, the Gowrie Gate building has a distinctly Art Deco look. Natale wanted the store’s interiors to accentuate that design era, while also making […]

Bijl Architecture reimagines the suburban kitchen

A track-based copper work table is at the heart of this thought experiment by Bijl Architecture, which unites the kitchen and garden in a cramped Australian suburban block. Designed through HouseLab’s digital platform ConceptSpaces, the kitchen is part of a series of design challenges presented to Australian designers, asking them to redefine the traditional spaces […]

Mim Design delivers conceptual forest in Melbourne office

Charcoal logs and blackened foliage transport Woodcut’s new Melbourne offices to the birch forests of the former Yugoslavia, designed by local studio Mim Design. A family-owned timber flooring company, Woodcut’s founders wanted the space to reflect days spent exploring the forests of their grandfather’s property in Eastern Europe. Laid across one long floor in Richmond, […]

Travis Walton Architecture’s minimalist cafe plays with light and shadow

The harsh local sun is put to good use in the external overhead canopy that covers the Sibling Espresso courtyard, casting the brand’s graphic motif throughout the space. Located in Seminyak, Bali, Sibling Espresso is part of the destination’s “inevitable evolution from beachside Bali to luxury resort town”, infusing it with “a love for fine […]

WeWork new Perth location is designed with holiday shacks in mind

A pared-back palette with locally sourced jarrah, slate-like tiles and retro white bricks were chosen to give WeWork’s Central Park location a “coastal, yet warm and rich” feel. Designed in-house, the space is WeWork’s first in Perth and 21st in Australia with the American commercial real estate company set to open more spaces in Sydney […]

Fender Katsalidis pulls off “Babushka building” in Canberra hotel

A deceptively simple exterior hides the four buildings that make up the newly opened Midnight Hotel in the nation’s capital. Designed with Russian nesting dolls in mind, the boutique accommodation and residential development looks like one building from the exterior. It was a difficult brief for Fender Katsalidis, with the practice working to create a […]

Powell & Glenn creates a modern language in the heritage surrounds of East Melbourne

“Contained yet connected, a sense of refuge without sacrificing outlook, sky or streetscape” is how Melbourne studio Powell & Glenn describes its George + Powlett project. The 12 apartments in the inner city suburb of Melbourne were designed for property developer ICON Developments, which is also behind Botanicca 8 in Richmond and Harper Lane in […]

Woods Bagot embraces its whimsical side for Brisbane boutique hotel

Woods Bagot chose exaggerated and playful as the inspiration behind its $55 million restoration of the former Emporium Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The hotel, reopened in 2018 and renamed Ovolo The Valley, took just 8 months from design to delivery with budget limitations forcing the design team to stick to readily accessible materiality and […]

Andrew Simpson Architects and Simone Haag bring the essence of a Tuscan villa to Fitzroy

A loose reference to Renaissance Italian architect Leon Battista Alberti’s Of the Country House for a Gentlemen served as a guide for this heritage terrace house, which has been overhauled by Andrew Simpson Architects with Simone Haag. Hatherlie, as the property is known, is located in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy and was built […]

Blackmilk takes us on a visual journey in a Melbourne seafood restaurant

From ceiling to floor, Melbourne interiors studio Blackmilk weaves the story of the mythical adventures of this city restaurant’s namesake, Pony Boy. Diners follow along as Pony Boy and friends venture to both land and sea, captured in the ceramic tiles that wrap almost entirely around the space. Their journey ends at a mythical restaurant […]

Chinese courtyard house inspires Melbourne bubble tea salon

Millennial pink and a wash of LED lights evoke a sense of joy inside this Melbourne Gotcha Bubble Tea salon, designed by EFC Group’s in-house design studio. Perched on the second floor of Melbourne Central, the store is only the latest from a brand that is taking the local bubble tea scene by storm. It’s […]