Pat­tern & patina

Ch a r l o t t e C o o t e Imag­i­na­tion takes flight in this de­sign stu­dio.

Belle - - The O F F Ice - Pho­to­graph CAITLIN MILLS

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR STU­DIO? A whim­si­cal, clas­sic oa­sis with a con­tem­po­rary edge. I wall­pa­pered the space in Brun­schwig & Fils ‘Bird and This­tle’ – it pro­vides a peace­ful gar­den to work from. I used the same tex­tile to de­sign a ban­quette and framed it with Euro­pean sconces. A floor-to-ceil­ing mir­rored wall cre­ates an in­ter­est­ing play on space and pat­tern. At this point it looked very pretty, peace­ful and down­right pre­dictable – I felt I needed to set the cat among the pi­geons! I asked my friend, artist Robert Doble to cre­ate a large art­work to breathe life and en­ergy into the space. Robert and I chose four colours from Re­sene and he pro­duced an art­work which cat­a­pulted the space to the next level. It’s called Daphne, af­ter my third daugh­ter (and Robert’s god­daugh­ter), and it clashes won­der­fully with the gloss pink con­sole – a one-off piece with lions’ legs, Ge­or­gian egg and dart de­tail­ing and un­usual hairy paw feet. It epit­o­mises the Coote&co. ethos of a one-off be­spoke de­sign ex­pe­ri­ence. WHAT INI­TIALLY AP­PEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE SPACE? That it could be­come an ex­clu­sive oa­sis off one of Mel­bourne’s high-end shop­ping and life­style strips. HOW DOES YOUR WORK­PLACE RE­FLECT YOUR WORK? When clients ar­rive here they are in­spired, their cre­ative juices start flow­ing... one eye­catch­ing cre­ation in­spires an­other. DE­SCRIBE THE VIEW FROM YOUR OF­FICE? It’s the most ter­rific peo­ple watch­ing! We look onto the hus­tle and bus­tle of Hawks­burn Vil­lage. It’s a mad­ness of prams, trams and automobiles. We can tap into that en­ergy, or shut our­selves away. DE­SCRIBE A TYP­I­CAL DAY? No two days are the same. Typ­i­cally we start with a pot of ‘Alan’ tea. No day would be com­plete with­out a story told or knowl­edge shared about de­sign. This workspace is very happy, so­phis­ti­cated and ef­fi­cient. We laugh a lot and al­ways lis­ten to mu­sic. DO YOU USE YOUR OF­FICE TO EN­TER­TAIN CLIENTS? Ab­so­lutely. We’ve hosted a cock­tail party, a din­ner party and a de­sign talk – this year alone. WHAT DREAM DESK PIECE WOULD YOU BUY RIGHT NOW? Sal­vador Dalí’s ‘Lob­ster’ tele­phone in white. I F YOUR STU­DIO WERE LO­CATED ANY­WHERE ELSE, WHERE WOULD THAT BE? Pim­lico Road, Lon­don.

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