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An­drew Parr, Lé o Ter­rando & Ljil­jana Gaze­vic

Belle - - The Of F Ice - Pho­to­graph SEAN F ENNESSY SJB’S new stu­dio has her­itage cre­den­tials.

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR NEW STU­DIO? It is in a her­itage ware­house in a Mel­bourne CBD laneway. It was in­tended to be more than a “work­ing space”, and has been de­signed to be spa­tially ex­i­ble yet in­spi­ra­tional – a New York/soho-style loft with a Bauhaus twist. WHAT INI­TIALLY APPE ALED ABOUT THE SPACE? It is ar­chi­tec­turally sig­nif­i­cant as the first con­ven­tional build­ing in Aus­tralia con­structed en­tirely of re­in­forced con­crete. YOUR DESK ES­SEN­TIALS? An end­less sup­ply of Art­line felt-tip pens in all colours, white trace pa­per and cool tunes. WHAT IS UNIQUE

The build­ing show­cases its orig­i­nal brick walls, con­crete ceil­ings and tim­ber oors so its true tex­ture is ev­i­dent. Re­cessed arches, time­worn steps and hexagon col­umns all re­main. A white pal­ette forms the back­ground of the in­te­ri­ors with de­tails in black steel and fea­ture walls painted in Bauhaus colours. There are pat­terned, hand-wo­ven rugs and an eclec­tic mix of fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories. Large tim­ber-framed win­dows en­sure that break­out spa­ces and meet­ing rooms have abun­dant nat­u­ral light which re­sults in a beau­ti­ful space for creat­ing. DE­SCRIBE THE VIEWS FROM THE OFFICE? At one end is a laneway and at the other, views of the iconic Fo­rum theatre and St Paul’s Cathe­dral. DO YOU EN­TER­TAIN CLIENTS HERE? We aim for a re­laxed and evolv­ing stu­dio-gallery space where our clients and staff feel in­spired by the ex­i­ble sur­rounds. We have cu­rated a col­lec­tion of art­works and de­signer fur­ni­ture which is a tac­tile ex­am­ple for clients of what can be utilised for their projects. WHAT IS A DREAM DESK PIECE YOU WOULD BUY RIGHT NOW? A Jorg Zei­dler desk lamp from Hub. IF YOUR STU­DIO WERE LO­CATED ANY­WHERE ELSE, WHERE WOULD THAT BE? We’re very happy where we are, as we’ve just re­lo­cated af­ter 20 years in the same stu­dio.

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