What do you think creates a successful space?
MM: Our key to a successful space is cohesion - when we’re engaged to create an event, we always ensure the overall look and feel makes sense from every perspective - visually with florals, table design, food and beverage concept, uniforms, venue, staffing, graphic design and sensory - using high quality production, sound, lighting, and aroma - it all needs to work together to make for an incredible end result.
What is your favourite element/principle to design with?
MM: Colour is the one element we always come back to - especially when solidifying the cohesion of the theme for an event. We love its versatility, how its scope can be stretched by using a multitude of tones in the same colour scheme to create our point of difference.
What trends do you see emerging in 2019?
MM: We feel there is finally more of a conversation around sustainability in our industry. When pitching, MARK MAKERS includes more environmentally conscious options where possible and hope to see more concepts in design that we can use in our styling that helps to support our earth’s future. In terms of aesthetics, we’re noticing ourselves drawn towards tonal, sculptural elements that are intriguing and innovative.
What are your favourite types of events to attend?
MM: Anything food - MARK MAKERS’ love an event that pushes the boundaries and expectations of what food can be - whether its conceptual, sustainable or a more decadent approach. We’re always inspired by something that opens our eyes to new possibilities.
What is your favourite Harry the hirer piece?
MM: We love the new Hugo armchair! We’re excited to be able to include it in our Style Lab vision.
And lastly, what is your favourite Melbourne hangout? Or place to go for inspiration?
MM: As our studio is based off Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, we’re always inspired by the raw beauty of the area – whether it’s walking through the beautiful Carlton Gardens, having a much needed coffee at Archie’s, enjoying inventive wine and food at Marion and Enoteca or window shopping at Le Labo, The Standard Store or Smith Street Bazaar – it is a privilege to be part of this community.