The Of­fice ... Meryl Hare

Hare + Klein stu­dio has birthed a new con­cept gallery where its soul­ful aes­thetic is dis­tilled for de­sign lovers to pe­ruse.

Belle - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy ALANA LANDSBERRY

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR STU­DIO? It’s in an old build­ing with beau­ti­ful light, high ceil­ings and plenty of space. The de­sign stu­dio is up­stairs and at street level is HK Edit, our new con­cept space. WHAT INI­TIALLY AP­PEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE SPACE? DID IT RE­QUIRE SIG­NIF­I­CANT AL­TER­ATIONS? I had al­ways ad­mired the build­ing, with its gen­er­ous steel win­dows on each side. Be­fore we moved in we in­stalled a new kitchen and bath­room, re­moved some add-ons and des­ig­nated ar­eas for our work­sta­tions, ex­ten­sive li­brary and con­fer­ence ar­eas. WHAT ARE YOUR DESK ES­SEN­TIALS? Tools of the trade! A big-screen iMac, pen­cils and pens, scale rules, trac­ing pa­per, a desk lamp, a re­ally com­fort­able chair and a pin­board for in­spi­ra­tion. WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR SPACE? One of the best ar­eas is our work­room and pre­sen­ta­tion space as it al­lows for ev­ery­thing from col­lab­o­ra­tion to cre­at­ing con­cepts. It has a cen­tral is­land with stor­age and two walls of shelves and draw­ers filled with fin­ish and fab­ric sam­ples. COULD YOU DE­SCRIBE THE VIEW FROM YOUR OF­FICE? The streets of Wool­loomooloo with trees, a bike path and never a dull mo­ment! COULD YOU DE­SCRIBE A TYP­I­CAL DAY? I work hands on across many projects at var­i­ous stages, from con­cept to com­ple­tion. When a project is fin­ished I love to be in­stalling the fur­ni­ture and fi­nal­is­ing it with the project de­signer so the home feels com­plete. I meet new clients, deal with myr­iad chal­lenges and at­tend site and team meet­ings. DO YOU USE YOUR OF­FICE TO EN­TER­TAIN CLIENTS? We will use HK Edit for en­ter­tain­ing. It’s a lovely, wel­com­ing space that works for gath­er­ings, work­shops and more! WHAT IS A DREAM DESK/ WORKSPACE OB­JECT YOU WOULD BUY RIGHT NOW? ‘Isp’ ta­ble lamp from Spence & Lyda; it’s stun­ning and a time­less de­sign piece. IF YOUR STU­DIO WERE LO­CATED ANY­WHERE ELSE, WHERE WOULD THAT BE? On a moun­tain­top with views to the sea. WHAT IN­FORMED THE DE­CI­SION TO OPEN HK EDIT DE­SIGN GALLERY? I’d been dream­ing of us­ing the space for years as it’s so con­ducive to shar­ing our vi­sion of ‘home’. It has four ar­eas we style into rooms with fur­ni­ture and rugs by Hare & Klein and other de­sign­ers. Paint­ings, beau­ti­ful ar­ti­san pieces, books and lamps com­plete an aes­thetic we love. There is an em­pha­sis on lo­cal de­sign and sus­tain­able prac­tices, so rel­e­vant when over­seas sup­ply is un­cer­tain. WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO THIS YEAR? Com­plet­ing a ma­jor res­i­den­tial project in China and three spe­cial wa­ter­front homes. The re­lease of our third range of hand­wo­ven rugs from Nepal through De­signer Rugs and the launch of our new book. harek­lein.com.au

MERYL WAS PHO­TOGRAPHED IN THE HK EDIT GALLERY SPACE BE­LOW HER IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN STU­DIO. ‘JEN’ CURVED MOD­U­LAR SOFA BY MERYL HARE FROM HK EDIT. ART­WORKS BY MARISE MAAS (REAR) AND JOANNA KITAS. MERYL’S LAT­EST BOOK, HARE + KLEIN IN­TE­RIOR (THAMES & HUD­SON), IS ON SALE NOW.

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