What do you think creates a successful space?
DDD: An element of surprise and something to truly delight are the keys to a successful space. Some may think of these terms as a little lofty, but when you focus on them in practice they can create the most meaningful and memorable spaces. It’s easy to stick to one collection of furniture, and not mix it all together – but playing with different furniture from different seasons and different colours is where the fun is. Match this with some clever custom pieces, art and florals from our favourites at Cecilia Fox and that’s when the magic happens.
What did you want to achieve with this amazing setting?
DDD: We work in larger scale event spaces, but something that we always try and do is make them feel very welcoming, warm and spirited – we wanted to bring all of the playfulness of an activation set into this smaller space.
What trends do you see emerging in 2018?
DDD: Something that we’ve always focused on is experience as well as design, increasingly we’re seeing the demand for not just a beautiful space, but clients are looking for a moment and a memory their customers can take from it. It’s that element of surprise and delight we talk about. This is what we love the most about our job so it’s great that this is a trend in the briefs coming to us.
What are your favourite types of events to attend?
Of course, we love Spring Racing Carnival for the fashion, the hospitality spaces and the hype. Also anything with a focus on great food and wine – well-executed food really injects a sense of hospitality and warmth in any event and is a huge part of Melbourne’s DNA.
Tell us your favourite Harry the hirer piece...
DDD: Tough one! Klein Day Bed – this is the first time we’re using it and we were so excited to put it into our concept. The Arc range also features in our design, it’s subtle and we find ourselves using it again and again.
And lastly, what's your favourite Melbourne place to find inspiration?
DDD: The NGV. It’s always exciting when there is a new exhibition on - you walk past that bold, opaque façade, see the kids interacting with the water wall and get blown away by what’s inside. You always learn or experience something new. The NGV run such exciting interactive programs and events and is truly a place for everyone - a constant source of inspiration and our favourite place for team date night!