Tuesday, June 23, 2015

We love the way that furniture can be used to enhance architecture and really love working on projects where our products can contribute to the overall design of a space. A great example of this is the recent Australian Catholic University project we completed with the wonderful Bower Architecture where we supplied some beautiful furniture that really helps to bring out the best in the university’s design.

This stunning project provides world-class multi-disciplinary research accommodation for two new institutes within the Australian Catholic University as part of a large relocation project involving the fit-out of several floors over three sites in East Melbourne. 

For this project the talented team at Bower have incorporated a beautiful warmth to the architectural finishes, which include American oak ceiling boards, bluestone tiling, Carrara marble and sandblasted oak veneer paneling and cabinetry.

While this design echoes the warmth of a traditional academic environment, there are also modern elements, such as open plan areas and break out spaces that help create a sense of community among the hundreds of employees who were relocated to the East Melbourne offices.

There is also plenty of natural light in communal areas, such as the kitchen which features our timeless Ren chairs, as well as the reception area which is an inviting space that’s furnished with a beautiful marble desk and a selection of our handsome Oscar chairs in gorgeous tan leather.

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We were excited that so much of our furniture was used to bring break out and communal areas to life.  The Oscar chair was again used  extensively in both the library and breakout areas.  Upholstered in tan leather the chair portrays a distinguished presence, a perfect complement to the libraries book lined walls.  The library speaks of the projects academic nature and also adds to that sense of warmth that Bower Architecture so expertly captured.  The Oscar chair is then completely transformed in the breakout spaces with its grey upholstery to exude a more casual demeanor.  In both areas, the Oscar chair is accompanied by the Oscar coffee table to create a complete package.

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In fact we were so thrilled to be involved in the Australian Catholic University project we were almost inspired to go back to school!