Space Furniture Brisbane has moved to a new architect-designed showroom in Fortitude Valley designed by award-winning Melbourne architects and interior designers DesignOffice.
The new 800 sq/m showroom is located on the corner of Chester and Doggett Streets, a five minute walk from Space Furniture’s former site on James Street.
The opportunity for a fresh start and the vacancy of a prime location on Chester Street sparked the decision to relocate.
“It was time for a change. Space Furniture has been part of James Street landscape for 15 years. Over that time our business has grown and evolved. A new showroom gives us the ability to communicate the ethos of the Space brand today, and to continue to lead the way in design retailing in this region” says Christina Caredes, Space Furniture’s CEO.
All Space Furniture’s showrooms are architect-designed. Melbourne’s DesignOffice was chosen as the ideal studio to achieve Space’s vision for the new showroom.
Joint directed by Mark Simpson and Damien Mulvihill, the team at DesignOffice have extensive experience in designing and delivering innovative buildings and interiors. A recent much talked about project has been their design of Melbourne all-day dining destination Higher Ground.
“We are really excited to be working with the Space team on the design of their new showroom in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley,” says Damien.
“Traditionally, Space Furniture showrooms have presented the collection across multiple levels. This new site in Brisbane presents an opportunity to re-imagine the showroom experience on a single level using light wells, planting and screens to craft a series of related vignettes.”
The exterior of the new showroom is a noteworthy addition to Fortitude Valley’s streetscape. An expansive metallic veil cloaks the existing 90s building, with a perforated surface adding tactility while also letting the light in through the windows behind.
DesignOffice worked with Dulux Australia to select colours which gave the facade its rich intensity. “We wanted a deep and rich green that would add depth to the facade layers,” says Mark.
Inside, the team chose a palette of white paired with soft greys and other gentle hues. “These colours add a subtle depth to the internal palette to help define the architectural layers accentuating light and shade,” says Damien.
Swathes of white provide the clean simplicity that can be a backdrop to the greenery, abundant daylight and pure geometric forms in the space.
The new architectural presence of the showroom expresses Space Furniture’s confident position as the Asia Pacific’s largest and most progressive design retailer, while also evoking the relaxed and green environment of leafy Brisbane.
Space Furniture Brisbane
35 Chester Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD, 3000
07 3253 6000
Space Furniture would like to thank Dulux Australia for supporting the new Brisbane showroom project.
Photos © Toby Scott