What’s with Melbourne studio fitouts?
There’s something going on down south with studios and their, umm, studios. It’s hard to understate the importance of a creative company’s space and physical environment in fostering culture. I know from my own perspective, walking into the THERE studio every morning, the rawness of our warehouse, the classic modernist posters on the wall — it sets a tone and shifts my brain into ‘design’ mode. Similarly, visiting renowned architects BVN yesterday, I was immediately struck by their space and fit out — raw yet refined, industrial but human, tactical whilst polished and slick. I remarked to the person I was meeting “I visit so many architects offices, and rarely do they live up to my expectations” — BVN met my expectations and exceeded them, handsomely.
Returning to Melbourne, I’d confidently nominate these two fit outs occupied (no doubt lovingly) by Paper Stone Scissors and Cornwell, as two of the nicest I’ve seen for studios in Australia. I struggle to nominate a Sydney studio that comes anywhere near these two on an aesthetic level, how they are to work in I can’t comment, but I imagine they’d be pretty awesome for that, too.
Paper Stone Scissors studio by Russell & George
Cornwell studio by Hecker Guthrie