In stark contrast to typically timid financial office fit-outs, this confident and colourful interior in an inner city suburb of Brisbane shouts personality plus. Entered in this year’s Resene Colour Awards, the project didn’t score a win but it still gets our vote.
By Coop Creative, an Australian interior design firm that has won numerous awards, the two-storey, warehouse office studio was designed to reflect both a strong business and the owner’s distinctive personality. It’s hardly an exercise in minimalism, says designer Rowena Cornwell.
”The owner has a French heritage and wears a lot of colour. Bright ties and colourful shirts are his signature. Colour is important to him. He didn’t want the usual navy blue and silver financial planning office.”
With two kinds of clients; bigger corporates and small, mum and dad-type clients, the owner wanted them both to feel comfortable by offering them a wonderfully memorable experience when they came to visit. He trusted Coop Creative to devise the plan as the two companies have a 20 year history and know each other well.
“We created his main office upstairs. Downstairs is the entry, reception, public meeting rooms and support staff. We put him up on a floor of his own as it gives him privacy and lets him survey who is coming in through the door. In some ways it’s quite an old fashioned idea but his office is done on a particularly large scale because he does most of his business with his clients in this office. It’s unusual to create managers’ offices of this size these days. But this is a very personal service type of business. He has a boardroom table, sofas and chairs and lots of personal memorablia in the office.”
A bold palette of colour and pattern creates a visual feast that enhances the scale of the space. A huge black and white floral wallpaper emphasises the height of ceilings while the smaller pattern of Turkish tiles creates a more human scale at the reception. The tiles are also used vertically in the owner’s office to create a wall resembling an intricate Turkish rug. A common theme is a floral motif and this subtly continues through the space by using pressed metal.
Strong blue Resene Primetime accentuates and highlights decorative features while the white Resene Alabaster the perfect backdrop for a growing collection of art which is teamed with Fuchsia Pink Resene Party Dress for a statement interior unlike any other.