The interior design concept for this prominent Australian financial services group was crafted by the Bates Smart architectural firm and applied to several of the company’s offices, including those in Sydney and Perth. Far from the traditional, often sterile, designs found in financial workplaces, the overarching feel is warm and welcoming.
"To create this tone, the design team chose warm, natural materials that express an aura of enduring reliability, without being overly opulent. The furnishings are comfortable and the lighting designed to promote well-being, while the marble and brass evoke understated luxury", explains Brenton Smith, director of Bates Smart, an Australian multidisciplinary firm delivering architecture, interior design, urban spaces and strategic services, in business since 1853, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne.
To meet another key requirement – to display the company’s art collection and showcase its history – the walls in the reception host a series of art works, while the niches along the main corridor trace the firm’s timeline.
In the lounges, the classic, slightly retro lines of the Aston armchairs, designed by Rodolfo Dordoni and upholstered in blue velvet, emphasize the sophisticated atmosphere of the space. A cube made up of nine discs, the Still side table, also by Dordoni, is a lustrous object of light and intermingling reflections. The side table and Aston armchairs sit on a Dibbets Rainbow rug, also by the Milanese designer. A unique detail: the Dibbets Rainbow design takes its inspiration from the extraordinarily reflective properties of the Lyocell® fibers that cast an infinite array of colors.