Sculptform is a producer of feature wall, ceiling, and facade systems. Given the unique customisation of their systems and the new space, the design showcases the products, demonstrating how they can be pushed beyond their limits, and be a testament to the team’s expertise, passion and craftsmanship.
The design of the showroom expanded to include a studio for co-creation—a celebration of making and a makers’ lab, a venue that connects the design community and becomes a place for learning and sharing ideas, and an open diverse workplace for the team. The creative concept for the events-oriented space takes visitors on a physical loop around a central workshop and creativity incubator.
The design includes a client space for greeting and social functions, a bar, lounge and a small kitchen. Display for the full-scale product samples and the workshop for customising and testing solutions were also key. The staff workspace, meeting rooms and collaboration spaces, initially briefed to be ‘out the back’, were brought into the open and arranged around the central making space that forms the heart of the project. The spatial arrangement, based on a large infinity gesture, curves and winds in a figure eight, creating a sculptural journey that sparks curiosity from the street.
The arrival is open and warm and incorporates tiered seating that gently connect the two levels. The glazed workshop, positioned in the centre, elevates the makers and places on show the process of creating custom products. Removing the line between ‘front and back of house’ allows architects and designers to work and co-create in the space alongside their clients and contractors and the new space is a true collaboration between designer, product and maker.
Furniture: Own World, Living Edge, Barbera. Lighting: Light Project, Rakumba. Finishes: Gibbon Group, RC&D, Kvadrat, Alessi Blinds, tongue & groove, Sculptform, Signorino, Artedomus. Fittings & Fixtures: Reece, Dyson, Miele, Smeg, Coffee Machine Technologies, Caroma, GWA, Phoenix, Franke, Billi.
Photography: Peter Bennetts