Collaborator: Space Furniture Melbourne Showroom
Woods Baggot,1999, DesignOffice, 2020
Our Melbourne clients have a very sophisticated understanding of design and their incredible support for the design community has been instrumental in making such a success of the Melbourne showroom. – Christina Owyong, Space & Poliform Group CEO, Asia Pacific When Space launched its Melbourne flagship in 1999, the brief to architecture firm Woods Bagot was to create a destination for the world’s best furniture brands inside an architecturally dynamic building with beautifully designed interiors.
It was a vision then developed for Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur too, and it would define the way Space’s design brands would be experienced outside the design showrooms of Europe. Space showrooms have become places for the design community to meet and mingle with international guests and clients, and experience first-hand the latest products and ideas from around the world.
After 20 years, the need to rethink aspects of the Melbourne showroom’s interior translated into a brief to Melbourne practice Design Office that would carefully weave in respect for the original design, while adding new material layers and services within the building’s architectural framework. The newly renovated Space Melbourne showroom is now open to the public.
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