Trust Melbourne (the city that holds Design close to its bosom) to be the home of the latest initiative from ANZ Bank; a Breakout & Learning Centre designed by Hassell. As the title suggests, this large, flexible, multi-purpose space is designed to encourage creativity, however it is in the execution that the freedom from constraints of a ‘normal’ office environment is apparent. Forget about boring corporate colours, obvious branding and drab office furniture (in the style of hit series ‘The Office’).
The use of unexpected materials and contradictory colors in the space and its furnishings produces startling results. Plywood, paint and patterned rubber with industrial raw finishes are topped off with a pop of fire-engine red and frog green! Various-size meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the art technology to enhance the group experience. Perhaps my favorite design features are the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ and the ‘Giant Foot’. Just like in a fairytale, the tree grows between floors in a natural raw shape reminding us that the childlike imagination is where creativity is ripest. Beneath the tree, the Giant Foot reminds us about reality and perception. — Kate Vandermeer
September 12, 2023
Government Office, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Polish-born, Abu Dhabi-based designer Agata Kurzela has completed an impressive refurbishment of a 1908 heritage building in Abu Dhabi’s historic Khor Al Maqta district. In the...
September 9, 2023
Il Ristoro di Cristiano Filippini, Castelfranco di Sopra, Tuscany, Italy
Every day since its opening in 1785, Antica Macelleria Filippini Cristiano at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele has been the destination of meat-loving inhabitants of the small...
September 4, 2023
Obumex Showroom – Paris, France
Obumex, the Belgian studio known for handcrafted luxury kitchens as well as complete interiors and renovations has opened its first showroom in Paris. Located at...
September 1, 2023
Zaura Jewellery Boutique, Ahmedabad, India
More a showroom than a shop, the first location of Zaura jewelry is a fantastic juxtaposition of elements: Bulky rock vs. dainty filigree jewelry. But...
August 9, 2023
PNY Burger restaurant, Nantes, France
Opening their 14th PNY Burger restaurant in Nantes, France, is part of the continuous learning process, that the owners, long term friends Graffi Rathamohan and Rudy...
July 17, 2023
The Dolli Hotel – Athens, Greece (Review)
Never thought we would say this about a hotel anywhere, but perfection has indeed arrived in the Athens hotel scene in the form of Grecotel’s...
May 26, 2023
Renovation of A. Quincy Jones’s Smalley House, Holmby Hills – Los Angeles, USA
In 2006, when philanthropist and gallerist Shulamit Nazarian bought the famous Smalley House designed by A. Quincy Jones in 1973 on Holmby Hills in Los...
May 22, 2023
Loft Renovation, Marais, Paris, France
When we first saw the recent loft renovation project by the Parisian design firm Agence Véronique Cotrel we knew we needed to find out more. The...
May 11, 2023
NM Restaurant, Oviedo, Asturia, Spain
Barcelona-based Hazard Studio founder Alfredo Rodriquez has created a tiny puff ball of a restaurant, NM in the revitalized El Vasco Station shopping centre located in...
April 12, 2023
Socca Bistro, Mayfair, London, UK
Lyon, France-born, two-Michelin-star chef Claude Bosi has opened a new culinary enterprise, Socca, located on Mayfair’s South Audley Street in a Grade II-listed building. Socca describes its...
April 10, 2023
G.Bar Brave Beauty Salon, Kyiv, Ukraine
Starting a business at any time is risky and challenging. Starting one in particularly uncertain times is doubly so. But starting one when your country...
April 9, 2023
Officine Universelle Buly Boutique, Kobe, Japan
The LVMH-owned French beauty brand Officine Universelle Buly has recently opened yet another boutique in Japan. It was designed by the brand’s co-owner and creative director...