Collectivus infuses Brisbane skin and beauty clinic with bold pops of colour

Brisbane studio Collectivus set the tone for the new Pelci skin and beauty clinic as calm and warm, but with a playfulness that comes from its liberal use of colour. One colour in particular – Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2020 or, at the very least, a shade inspired by the brand’s Classic Blue. […]

Hassell installs monumental artworks in Melbourne’s Di Stasio restaurant

There is a fine line between what works and what falls flat when it comes to the theatrical that few can master. Hassell’s interior for Di Stasio exemplifies mastery of that divide with aplomb. Art, particularly large-scale art, is another area where most designers are at sea. Again, Hassell has proved itself consummate with an […]

Fender Katsalidis imagines “ultra high-end” aged care with new Melbourne precinct

Stage one of Australian Unity’s luxury aged-care precinct has been completed by Fender Katsalidis with a bold 17-storey apartment tower with concierge service. The Grace Albert Park Lake, known as The Grace, caters to independent retirees seeking a sought-after central Melbourne location. “There is a lack of high-quality, centrally located, dedicated retirement living apartment buildings […]

Hassell completes kaleidoscopic cafe in Melbourne laneway

Stainless steel, glass and a dichroic ledge that sends sparks of colour throughout the space transform Cafe Lafayette into the otherworldly antithesis of the typical Melbourne cafe. Cafe Lafayette is the sister of Grand Lafayette, a bright and airy restaurant in Prahran with plenty of natural wood and industrial overtones. When its owners Solar Liang […]

Flack Studio defies colour conventions in Melbourne vintage store

Flack Studio combines colours with its signature gleeful abandon in this recent interiors job for Italian vintage store Castorina & CO. The world of retail is fast and trepidatious, particularly when taking a mid-century Italian vintage store from a cosy and known location to the fast lane of high street. Granted, the vintage is more […]

Bates Smart uses timber and brick in the new Living Edge showroom

A black ceiling, exposed beams and slim sandstone-coloured bricks provide a pared back palette for the furniture on display in the new Living Edge showroom. Having outgrown its original showroom space, Living Edge called on the Melbourne practice to transform a 1980s-building on Church Street in Richmond into its new flagship store. The new space […]

Genesin and Peculiar Familia pave Adelaide’s first KFC in handmade 3D tiles

Covered in baby blue 3D tiles, Ban Ban captures almost everything we associate with KFC. That’s Korean Fried Chicken for the uninitiated. The culinary craze that is all about spicy fried chicken and beer, K-pop, minimalism and shared platters is celebrated within the walls of this 150-square-metre Adelaide shopfront on Franklin Street. It’s the city’s […]

Doherty Design Studio creates baby heaven for Marquise flagship

Well-known for its online presence and product availability in exclusive selected outlets, Marquise has opened a flagship retail outlet in Melbourne. Jan Henderson takes her first small steps into a world where baby fashion and interior design coalesce in perfect harmony. As baby fashion boutiques go they don’t come any better than the new Marquise […]

studiofour creates stripped back Melbourne home

Inspired by hygge and the beauty of the unadorned, studiofour transforms a 1970s brown brick building into a home filled with depth and soul. The 5263-square-foot Central Park Road Residence in the Melbourne suburb of Malvern evokes the heritage of its Danish owners, starting from the exterior bricks, which were repainted charcoal black. This colour […]

Minimalist design dominates as Coy Yiontis Architects revitalises an old project

A subtle interior scheme makes landscape the focal point in St Vincent’s Place, a Melbourne family home designed by Coy Yiontis Architects. The practice was familiar with the property, having worked on the original build in 2010. At that time, a rundown 1930s Art Deco dwelling was demolished and replaced with a contemporary build, although […]

Studio CD designs Sydney family home to be a “visual feast”

Custom furniture and an abundance of contemporary art capture the eye in this Sydney home, designed by Studio CD last year. Interior designer Claire Driscoll Delmar says the young family was looking for “an expressive city home” that doubled as a “calming space”. The five-bedroom property, with its 1880s facade, has heritage features, like corniced […]