Belle - - The Of­fice -

WHAT INI­TIALLY AP­PEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE SPACE? Matthew Squadrito: My brother and I bought our of­fice about seven years ago, but it was half the size it is now. It felt a lot more cor­po­rate, with car­pet and flu­o­res­cent light­ing. What grabbed me was the floor-to­ceil­ing glass lou­vres that look out onto a beau­ti­ful court­yard gar­den. A few years on, we wanted to cre­ate a space that was the ul­ti­mate por­trayal of our brand per­son­al­ity and cul­tural val­ues. We loved Potts Point and our view, but the of­fice lacked warmth and so­phis­ti­ca­tion. My wife [designer Juli­ette Arent] said, “Take the of­fice next door. Knock the wall down, re­place the daggy car­pet with tim­ber floors and get rid of those flu­o­res­cent lights – they’re soul de­stroy­ing.” It was hard to ar­gue with that. DE­SCRIBE THE STU­DIO. Terry Squadrito: The mo­ment a client steps into our stu­dio for the first time, you can lit­er­ally see their mood change. It’s ex­tra­or­di­nary. There’s a re­sound­ing im­pres­sion they’ve come to the right place. Juli­ette Arent: Light­ing, cir­cu­la­tion, spa­tial in­ter­re­la­tion and flow, nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, warm tim­ber floors, colour, plant life and beauty were all as con­sid­ered here as they would be for a home. YOUR WORKSPACE ES­SEN­TIALS? TS: Hos­pi­tal­ity and food and bev­er­age brand­ing is our bread and but­ter, so this space needed to re­flect our pas­sion for savour­ing the good things in life. A key fea­ture of the space is our mar­ble-topped bar show­cas­ing a hand­ful of our iconic spirit brands. WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE? MS: One of my de­sign ref­er­ences for the of­fice was the con­crete bar at the Noma pop-up in Syd­ney. I loved the or­ganic, hand­made qual­i­ties of it. Arent&Pyke con­cep­tu­alised a cus­tom desk with the face ren­dered in a terracotta tade­lakt plas­ter fin­ish. This was the el­e­ment that trans­formed not only the lay­out, but the ex­pe­ri­ence of the space on ar­rival. It brings rich­ness and char­ac­ter to the space and un­der­pins the whole de­sign. DE­SCRIBE A TYP­I­CAL DAY. MS: I’m up early so I can squeeze in a swim or an un­in­ter­rupted cof­fee. From there it’s go, go, go; get­ting the kids to school then straight into a WIP with the team. Then I’m usu­ally off to meet a client. I never do meet­ings at lunch; Terry and I have lunch to­gether most days. It’s a chance to catch up on things out­side work. Ev­ery few days we’ll do a stand­ing cre­ative WIP; the rest of day is spent with de­sign­ers or re­spond­ing to emails. Then it’s home for some en­ter­tain­ment from my twin girls. There’s al­ways a pre­sen­ta­tion or per­for­mance await­ing my ar­rival. IF YOUR STU­DIO WERE ANY­WHERE ELSE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? MS: Near the beach. Who wouldn’t love a mid­day plunge into the ocean? WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO? TS: This time of year, we’re al­ways pumped about de­sign­ing Archie Rose Dis­till­ing Co’s up­com­ing lim­ited-re­lease prod­ucts. We’re also dream­ing up a new dis­tillery serv­ing trop­i­cal flavours in Queens­land, and re­brand­ing a city precinct, which has ev­ery­one ex­cited.

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