What is your Inspiration for your office?
My last office space was all white and light, and my new home is too - so this time I thought I'd go the exact opposite! I wanted to create a sleek, chic, dark, moody space. Luckily for me, I secured the studio through a great project called Renew Newcastle which finds short-term creative uses for empty buildings in the CBD - and as this building will be demolished in a few years as part of a new development, I let loose by doing all the things a 'normal' landlord situation probably wouldn't agree to: such as painting in a deep charcoal tone with doors and trimmings in high-gloss black.
What is your favorite element of your office?
My desk chair. Originally intended to be a ‘guest’ chair – the gloss black ornate Louis is so gala I couldn’t resist using it as my everyday chair instead. It feels like I’m perched on a throne! It’s a one-of-a-kind designed and produced piece – thanks to the creative duo of interiors guru Fyona Coulton and divine upholsterer Karen Lockwood of Urban Upholstery. The funky fabrics were sourced online – Amy Butler’s ‘Retro Martini Mustard’ and a vintage black and white un-named design found on ebay. (Which I'm beginning to think may be original Florence Broadhurst 'Japanese Fans' - or reproduction at least...)
What is the biggest challenge of your office?
The building is a former optometrists clinic - so every room has a sink in the corner! I worked furniture around mine and added a black mosaic splashback to try and make it part of the room.
Also, as the main walls were exposed brick I didn't want to spend the time painting into every mortar and crack - so instead I covered up these walls with oversized canvases in textured grey linen to match the wall colour. They're now also functional pin-boards.
Finally, the clinical blue carpet needed to be solved - it remains beneath a shag black rug from ebay that was big enough to cover the floor space.
What was is your proudest DIY?
The feature 'artwork' gets a lot of compliments - but it's actually just a $8 piece of fabric from IKEA stretched across an old canvas that I painted back into with yellow to customise to the scheme.
What was the biggest indulgence with respect to your office?
I have a huge fetish for homewares - lampshades and vases in particular and had these two musts on my shopping list.
It took me a while to find the biggest round pendant shade I could ('Marilyn' from Freedom - sprayed yellow) - but it really completed the space, hung low.
The gorgeous retro yellow glassware from an antique center added the final touch, in organic shapes to compliment the canvas artwork.