Flack Studio draws on migrant architecture for Lagotto wine bar

Inspired by the surrounding migrant architecture and the desire to evoke a strong European sensibility, Flack Studio has imagined a space that speaks of community and a desire for neighbourly connection. Design statement Referencing Italian modernist Gio Ponti, the studio harnessed a strong interplay of materiality that flows in unexpected harmony. A sense of permanency is […]

Finnis Architects designs fine dining restaurant Navi

A new fine dining restaurant Located in Yarraville in Melbourne’s inner west, Navi has the feel of rural, earthy Australia with the background of the Westgate bridge. Designed by Finnis Architects and with interiors by Catherine Francis, Navi was an exercise in creating architecture that would flow on and become an extension to the meals […]

Inside k20 Architecture’s new studio

Conceptually framed around the idea of a campfire, the new Melbourne office for k20 Architecture is very much about the collective intelligence. Ostensibly at its design end, the building was cold in winter, hot in summer and while “cool with really good bones” as k20 principal Theodore Kerlidis states, generally feeling its age. That said, […]

Mim Design creates a new retail destination for e&s

Mim Design has created a new retail space for kitchen, bathroom and laundry appliance retailer e&s designed to feel like an extension of home. Retail is dying – haven’t you heard? We are told this constantly with facts and figures announcing that online purchasing is king, while the local high street is a mere shadow […]

Kokaistudios mix literature and lifestyle in a new concept store

Shanghai-based interior design practice Kokaistudios has designed a bookstore in Ningbo, China, which encourages people to linger. The Altlife bookstore’s design is based on organic geometries and the notion of circulation as a journey: the idea is to encourage people to move around the expansive space and keep a constant flow of people in the building. […]

Luchetti Krelle’s design for Mode Kitchen & Bar oozes grandeur and glamour

 Luchetti Krelle has drawn on the refined glamour of the 1920’s golden days of grand hotels to create a luxe and immersive dining at the Four Seasons-owned Mode Kitchen & Bar in Sydney. The interior design practice was tasked with creating an intimate dining venue within a challenging and disconnected space. The original restaurant was […]

ShubinDonaldson transforms a guitar amp warehouse into a slick office space

American online custom beauty product company eSalon tasked ShubinDonaldson with renovating an existing guitar-amp manufacturing warehouse for their growing multifaceted needs. The primary focus was to establish a fully-functioning manufacturing line, salon, and an office environment that promotes team collaboration. “The design resolved eSalon’s program with a clear spatial orientation, maintaining the connective tissue between […]

LAAB Architects designs an art gallery with a kinetic entrance

Hong Kong-based LAAB Architects has designed a photography gallery which harnesses smart technology to deliver a kinetic entrance way. Designed in collaboration with Carlow Architecture & Design, f22 foto space offers exhibitions, a photo book shop, a camera boutique and café. To create a ‘cinematic’ entrance, the design team studied camera development and used design elements […]

Turning a car wash into a work of art

Russian design firm GretaProject was tasked with creating a unique carwash space that resembled an object of art. The carwash needed to have a ‘wow’ factor, but at the same time, GretaProject had to save the functionality of space and provide the proper work setting for the entire facility. “The difficult thing about this project was […]

Fujitsu’s new Melbourne HQ fuses Japanese heritage with a local flavour

When BLP designed Fujitsu Melbourne’s Headquarters, the brief was clear: to honour Fujitsu’s refined Japanese heritage and create a culture of ‘One Fujitsu’, while also incorporating the local Melbourne flavour into the design. BLP’s design took inspiration from Melbourne’s stylish population as a baseline, which manifests in the workplace in the form of crisp and […]

Lounges from the 1960s inspire design of new bar The Wednesday Room

Canadian architecture and interior design firm McKinley Burkart has designed an intimate and nostalgic space for The Wednesday Room, with a quirky twist.  Described as “the lovechild of a sophisticated lounge from the 1960s and a house party at your eclectic uncle’s home”, The Wednesday Room’s design creates a laid-back yet upscale lounge atmosphere that encourages […]