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The collaboration between Sharpe Fitouts and Site Box Projects has resulted in a fitout project for Camilla, a leading luxury fashion brand, famously known for its creativity, uniqueness, and self-expression. The Camilla boutique store not only reflects the brand’s love for travel but also provides a remarkable shopping experience for customers. With its innovative design […]

Aston Martin’s new flagship location brings the highest levels of the iconic British brand’s bespoke service – Q by Aston Martin – to North America for the very first time, providing a sophisticated environment for its most discerning clients to create their own intimately personal Aston Martin. In collaboration with AZA Design‘s renowned designer Alexander […]

In a bustling city like Melbourne, where technology plays a crucial role in our daily lives, there is one phone repair business that stands out from the rest. Refurbished phone and Apple Independent Repairer ecoR Tech provides sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives to the purchase of phones, tablets and other tech products to help reduce tech […]

Ashlea Pearce is making waves in the recruitment industry. At just 28 years old, she has already spent over six years supplying labour hire and recruitment services to the cabinet making and Shopfitting industry, placing more than 2,890 people into jobs. It hasn’t been an easy journey, with challenges to recruit workers known across the […]

What can we expect 2024 to bring in terms of colour trends? In short, it will be an equal split between playful palettes and comforting hues. Forecasting colour trends begins with research. We need to look to multiple sources to see both what’s happening around the world and locally, and from there we can piece […]

It goes without saying that the retail industry is a vast landscape that covers everything from one-off stores, to chains, franchisees, and licensees. With such a big industry, trend forecasting happens within the category sub-sectors, driven by customer needs and expectations, and the pop-culture they bounce off. Looking at the Sportswear, Luxury and Quick-Service Restaurants […]

With as many as 90 per cent of Australian offices now being open plan, a healthy acoustic environment must be considered as part of a holistic approach to workplace health. The worldwide workplace wellness industry is predicted to be worth around $100 billion by 2027, with employers increasingly seeking to address employees’ physical and mental […]

In a bustling city like Melbourne, where technology plays a crucial role in our daily lives, there is one phone repair business that stands out from the rest. Refurbished phone and Apple Independent Repairer ecoR Tech provides sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives to the purchase of phones, tablets and other tech products to help reduce tech […]

Redefining the retail experience through sustainable design is no small feat, but beloved Australian fashion brand, Country Road, is aiming to do exactly that. The opening of the Chadstone, Melbourne store in 2019 saw not only Country Road’s first, but the first 5 Star Green Star – Interiors rated fashion retail store in the country. […]

Lightbulb moments can happen at any time and for Ramvek owner, Mark White, it was flying over Arnhem Land in the far north of Australia on his way to Europe with his wife, when he decided it was time to give back after a successful career in shopfitting for more than 30 years. “There are […]

Breezy elegance perfect for pampering

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Serendipity is a hair salon based in the newly developed Newport Marketplace precinct IN QUEENSLAND. The client’s vision was to create a space that was clean, soft, modern and reflective of its coastal surroundings.Spatial planning for…

Ta-Kumi-The Essence of Japan in Madrid

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Ta-Kumi Madrid, the new culinary reference in the vibrant Spanish capital, further enriches the city's gastronomic scene. Following the successful concept of its establishments in Malaga and Marbella, Ta- Kumi takes on the challenge of conquering…

In six short years, Thinkerbell, a full-service creative agency, has become globally recognized with three offices across Australia and New Zealand. Concept Commercial Interiors are thrilled to have helped bring their vision to life for the expansion of their Melbourne workspace in Richmond. Starting with an empty warehouse space, the transformation into an ideation playground […]

Gapcomm Projects is proud to showcase the newly designed and delivered fitout for their client, Equifax. The fitout occupies three storeys of the boutique commercial development at ‘2 Blue Street’ in North Sydney. Equifax relocated its Sydney office into the exciting new space, which presented an opportunity to craft a positive, human-centric workplace experience tailored […]

Emerging as a standout presence in Sydney’s bustling CBD, amid the revitalized MLC fashion district along Castlereagh Street, is the debut flagship store of esteemed fashion label Brunello Cucinelli in Australia. Handpicked for their esteemed reputation and a proven track record of delivering prompt and successful fitouts for numerous fashion outlets, TD Shopfitting (TD) was […]

Longstanding luxury retailer, Mobilia, demanded nothing less than perfection when bringing their Richmond based showroom to life. Family-owned Australian company, Mobilia, curates and represents the world’s most iconic and innovative furniture brands, design masters and pieces. The flagship showroom represented a progressive approach to furniture retail, combining a series of distinct mono-brand spaces woven into […]

Serendipity is a hair salon based in the newly developed Newport Marketplace precinct IN QUEENSLAND. The client’s vision was to create a space that was clean, soft, modern and reflective of its coastal surroundings. Spatial planning for the salon was determined by the two main entry points into the tenancy. The first entry point is […]

Ta-Kumi Madrid, the new culinary reference in the vibrant Spanish capital, further enriches the city’s gastronomic scene. Following the successful concept of its establishments in Malaga and Marbella, Ta- Kumi takes on the challenge of conquering Japanese cuisine lovers in this bustling setting. The interior design studio, Paco Lago Interioriza, has captured the sober and […]

BVN’s redesign of this heritage site in Brisbane features a varied range of functional spaces and long-term flexibility. The University of Queensland (UQ) purchased state heritage-listed 308 Queen Street and 88 Creek Street in 2019, and its functional intentions were clear from the start: to establish its first official city location. This came, of course, […]

In a veritable feast of recycled material, modular efficiency and functional flexibility, Studio Edwards has designed a zero-waste workplace for Today Design. On Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung Country, Studio Edwards has reshaped, refitted and redefined 900 square metres of office space for digital agency, Today Design. The project is aimed at facilitating a workplace culture of collaboration and […]

Our joint sustainability journey At the end of last year, Country Road opened their 14th 5 Star Green Star rated store in Frankston at Bayside Shopping Centre and ONE68 proudly delivered this beautiful sustainable store fitout for the group. This is the 6th Green Star rated store ONE68 has been involved with, having already completed […]

CreativeCubes.Co is a hospitality company and platform that converts buildings into thriving coworking spaces and communities. The sites are located in Richmond, Hawthorn, South Melbourne and Collingwood. One of the more recent sites opened is in the heart of Carlton. The building is among excellent company, in a prime location surrounded by some of Melbourne’s […]

Total Fitouts presents Thai Room, a transformative commercial hospitality fitout nestled in the heart of Adelaide CBD. Spearheaded by Brett Kelly and Total Fitouts Adelaide Central, the project aimed to metamorphose a vacant commercial tenancy into a haven of luxury and romance. The interior is dark, moody, mysterious, and draped in captivating dark green and […]

WESTFIELD KNOX HAS UNDERGONE A $355 million transformation, to create a true lifestyle destination for Melbourne’s East. One of the largest shopping centres in Melbourne, Westfield Knox is located at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, approximately 25 kilometres east of the CBD. The centre is strategically located within a 30-minute drive of more than […]

The collaboration between Sharpe Fitouts and Site Box Projects has resulted in a fitout project for Camilla, a leading luxury fashion brand, famously known for its creativity, uniqueness, and self-expression. The Camilla boutique store not only reflects the brand’s love for travel but also provides a remarkable shopping experience for customers. With its innovative design […]

Aston Martin’s new flagship location brings the highest levels of the iconic British brand’s bespoke service – Q by Aston Martin – to North America for the very first time, providing a sophisticated environment for its most discerning clients to create their own intimately personal Aston Martin. In collaboration with AZA Design‘s renowned designer Alexander […]

In a bustling city like Melbourne, where technology plays a crucial role in our daily lives, there is one phone repair business that stands out from the rest. Refurbished phone and Apple Independent Repairer ecoR Tech provides sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives to the purchase of phones, tablets and other tech products to help reduce tech […]

Redefining the retail experience through sustainable design is no small feat, but beloved Australian fashion brand, Country Road, is aiming to do exactly that. The opening of the Chadstone, Melbourne store in 2019 saw not only Country Road’s first, but the first 5 Star Green Star – Interiors rated fashion retail store in the country. […]

Ashlea Pearce is making waves in the recruitment industry. At just 28 years old, she has already spent over six years supplying labour hire and recruitment services to the cabinet making and Shopfitting industry, placing more than 2,890 people into jobs. It hasn’t been an easy journey, with challenges to recruit workers known across the […]

The indomitable spirit of the Doonan family is woven in DECO Australia’s tale of success. Established in 2004, DECO Australia is celebrating 20 years in the building industry – the brainchild of CEO and visionary Ross Doonan. In its next chapter, Ross’s three daughters are helping to steer the national business in the dynamic and […]

In an era driven by digital transformation, industries worldwide are seeking innovative solutions to streamline their operations and enhance productivity.  The construction services industry, often grappling with complexities, project management challenges and the all-important ‘dollar’ following the COVID boom, is no exception. Enter Nexvia, a cloud-based platform specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of […]

Lightbulb moments can happen at any time and for Ramvek owner, Mark White, it was flying over Arnhem Land in the far north of Australia on his way to Europe with his wife, when he decided it was time to give back after a successful career in shopfitting for more than 30 years. “There are […]

When Josie Harrison embarked on her career as an Office Junior a decade ago, little did she know that her journey would lead her to become a highly-respected National Project Manager for Dynamic Closures, a renowned manufacturer of shopfront security door solutions. Now 30, Josie reflects on the investment of time and mentorship which has […]

In the ever-evolving world of interior design and sustainable building solutions, John Dalla Via, the National Business Development Manager (Decorative) of ForestOne, emerges as a trailblazer with over two decades of industry experience. His journey is marked by dedication and a knack for strategic thinking which has significantly contributed to ForestOne’s rise as a prominent […]

Perth’s vibrant business scene has produced its fair share of remarkable individuals, and among them shines Lauren Hooper, Operations Manager at WA Sign & Print Management, also known as WASP. With a diverse range of talents and an unwavering dedication to her craft, Lauren has swiftly risen through the ranks, leaving an indelible mark on […]

In an era driven by digital transformation, industries worldwide are seeking innovative solutions to streamline their operations and enhance productivity.  The construction services industry, often grappling with complexities, project management challenges, and the all-important ‘dollar’ following the Covid boom, is no exception. Enter Nexvia, a cloud-based platform specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of […]

Ashlea Pearce

Ashlea Pearce is making waves in the recruitment industry.At just 28 years old, she has already spent over six years supplying labour hire and recruitment services to the cabinet making and Shopfitting industry, placing more than 2,890 people…

Meika Doonan From DECO Australia

The indomitable spirit of the Doonan family is woven in DECO Australia's tale of success. Established in 2004, DECO Australia is celebrating 20 years in the building industry – the brainchild of CEO and visionary Ross Doonan. In its next chapter,…

Cameron Blacker of Nexvia

In an era driven by digital transformation, industries worldwide are seeking innovative solutions to streamline their operations and enhance productivity.  The construction services industry, often grappling with complexities, project management…

The Manapan Story

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Lightbulb moments can happen at any time and for Ramvek owner, Mark White, it was flying over Arnhem Land in the far north of Australia on his way to Europe with his wife, when he decided it was time to give back after a successful career in…

Josie Harrison from Dynamic Closures

When Josie Harrison embarked on her career as an Office Junior a decade ago, little did she know that her journey would lead her to become a highly-respected National Project Manager for Dynamic Closures, a renowned manufacturer of shopfront…

John Dalla Via from ForestOne

In the ever-evolving world of interior design and sustainable building solutions, John Dalla Via, the National Business Development Manager (Decorative) of ForestOne, emerges as a trailblazer with over two decades of industry experience. His…

Lauren Hooper from WA Sign & Print Management (WASP)

Perth’s vibrant business scene has produced its fair share of remarkable individuals, and among them shines Lauren Hooper, Operations Manager at WA Sign & Print Management, also known as WASP. With a diverse range of talents and an unwavering…

Cameron Blacker from Nexvia

In an era driven by digital transformation, industries worldwide are seeking innovative solutions to streamline their operations and enhance productivity.  The construction services industry, often grappling with complexities, project management…

Serendipity is a hair salon based in the newly developed Newport Marketplace precinct IN QUEENSLAND. The client’s vision was to create a space that was clean, soft, modern and reflective of its coastal surroundings. Spatial planning for the salon was determined by the two main entry points into the tenancy. The first entry point is […]

Ta-Kumi Madrid, the new culinary reference in the vibrant Spanish capital, further enriches the city’s gastronomic scene. Following the successful concept of its establishments in Malaga and Marbella, Ta- Kumi takes on the challenge of conquering Japanese cuisine lovers in this bustling setting. The interior design studio, Paco Lago Interioriza, has captured the sober and […]

BVN’s redesign of this heritage site in Brisbane features a varied range of functional spaces and long-term flexibility. The University of Queensland (UQ) purchased state heritage-listed 308 Queen Street and 88 Creek Street in 2019, and its functional intentions were clear from the start: to establish its first official city location. This came, of course, […]

CreativeCubes.Co is a hospitality company and platform that converts buildings into thriving coworking spaces and communities. The sites are located in Richmond, Hawthorn, South Melbourne and Collingwood. One of the more recent sites opened is in the heart of Carlton. The building is among excellent company, in a prime location surrounded by some of Melbourne’s […]

When you step into an office, healthspace or retail space, how do you know where you are, how to find what you need, or even to know what you’re meant to feel or do next? The answer is simple. Signage and wayfinding. Signage and wayfinding are sometimes used interchangeably in the world of design and […]

With as many as 90 per cent of Australian offices now being open plan, a healthy acoustic environment must be considered as part of a holistic approach to workplace health. The worldwide workplace wellness industry is predicted to be worth around $100 billion by 2027, with employers increasingly seeking to address employees’ physical and mental […]

In a bustling city like Melbourne, where technology plays a crucial role in our daily lives, there is one phone repair business that stands out from the rest. Refurbished phone and Apple Independent Repairer ecoR Tech provides sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives to the purchase of phones, tablets and other tech products to help reduce tech […]

Redefining the retail experience through sustainable design is no small feat, but beloved Australian fashion brand, Country Road, is aiming to do exactly that. The opening of the Chadstone, Melbourne store in 2019 saw not only Country Road’s first, but the first 5 Star Green Star – Interiors rated fashion retail store in the country. […]

In a veritable feast of recycled material, modular efficiency and functional flexibility, Studio Edwards has designed a zero-waste workplace for Today Design. On Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung Country, Studio Edwards has reshaped, refitted and redefined 900 square metres of office space for digital agency, Today Design. The project is aimed at facilitating a workplace culture of collaboration and […]

As a certified social enterprise, Circonomy provides circular services that mobilise otherwise dormant goods by repairing, refurbishing and rehoming products, creating positive impacts for people and the planet in the process.    Starting from humble beginnings as a neighbourhood garage sale in 2013 as the World’s Biggest Garage Sale, Circonomy has celebrated a decade of […]

This tumultuous decade, both in economic and political outcomes, was one of the most trying times for the Queensland Shopfitting Industry. It included the great 1974 Brisbane/Southeast Queensland flood that decimated retail and manufacturing business properties as well as domestic homes. There was the election in December 1972 of the Whitlam Government into Federal Parliament, […]

In 1960, Queen St Brisbane City was still the centre of Brisbane shopping, however following the opening of Chermside Drive-In Shopping Centre in 1957, the floodgates opened, with news of suburban Brisbane Shopping Centre openings and planning of others throughout the State. This was the beginning of the end for the much-loved ‘corner store’. With […]

As a new decade came around, society was trying to reduce its memories of WWII and, with the post war economic boom having an impact on daily lives, thoughts of a bright future were everywhere. Petrol and food rationing, which started during the War, finally ended. The basic wage was 8 pounds 6 shillings for […]

In 1938, as Queensland remained in the grip of world-wide depression, the Queensland government had to continue to generate employment by creating projects for the community. At that time, it was large projects like the new Story Bridge and the Somerset Dam, with the Brisbane City Council soaking up 50% of relief work. The drums […]

Perry Brothers was a large wholesaling hardware/ironmongery business, well established at 201-205 Queen St Brisbane (on the site of the current Wintergarden Centre), supplying materials and tools to all the local tradespeople of the time. Eventually their premises stretched from Queen St to Elizabeth St. However, even this store was to be outgrown in time, […]

In 1914, World War I was declared and 57,705 Queenslanders enlisted as part of the Australian Imperial Forces. Because of the war, local wages were forced to drop by 10% to assist with the war effort. During the 1910s, changes in café design occurred which produced the layout commonly seen between the 20s and 60s. […]

This article is a two-part series which follows on from previous issues about the shopfitting industry in Queensland from 1860-1900. We now continue the journey as we take a look at some of the industry ‘players’ from 1900 onwards in Brisbane and provincial towns. The first decade of the 20th century finds the beginning of […]

A s mentioned in the our previous article, the development of Queensland was heavily influenced by distance and time. The regional towns and hence shopfitters reflected the peculiarities of the towns which were influenced by the conditions that had led to their establishment. Relatively small populations led to shopfitters filling more than one role, e.g. […]

A distinguishing feature of Queensland is distance. Sydney to Bathurst is 200km, Melbourne to Ballarat a mere 115. By contrast, Brisbane to Townsville is 1,335km. The tyranny of distance meant that towns developed at a different pace and with different requirements. Because of that we have looked at separate history lines. In about 2007, at […]

In the early 1950’s there were many changes in the standard of living as society became more affluent and Australia developed as a nation with the economy on the move and almost full employment. Apart from several major projects in the form of the Snowy Mountain Scheme and Warragamba Dam, there was new local car […]

Following on from The History of Shopfitting in the July – September edition of Interior Fitout, in this issue we look at the period between the wars, starting with shopfronts. This was a time of great change in society, a time of boom and bust. Australia had slowly recovered by the mid 1920’s from an […]

As we saw in the last article on early machine shops, standard practice today is also very different for the joinery shop. In both cases, this was mainly due to the introduction of materials like particle board. With their introduction many of the tools and practices that were the backbone of the joinery shop quickly […]

As we saw in the first section on shopping centres in the previous edition of Interior Fitout, they heralded in a dramatic change not only to the way we shopped, but also to the entire model of shopfitting. At the time Chermside, Chadstone and Top Ryde opened in the late 1950’s, they were regarded almost […]

The rise in self-service merchandising in the early 1950’s gave birth to modular shopfitting, and this changed the way that retail stores were to be designed and fitted out. The requirement for a more flexible store layout led to the rapid development of slotted adjustable shelving systems. While this significant development coincided with the widespread […]

Like the shopfronts discussed in the last edition, interiors were slow to change. At the beginning of the period every area of retail from the corner store to the large department stores were laid out in the same way. The customer was served by sales staff and they were separated by counters. The genesis of […]

Anyone working in the industry today will have an intimate knowledge of the machinery, materials and methods in common use. However, the world of today is very different from the one our fathers and grandfathers grew up in. From point-to-point routers, down to things like the humble battery drill, whilst ‘every day’ to us, would […]

With World War 2 (WW2) ending in 1945, Australia made a speedy recovery and by 1950, the upward movement of the economy ultimately laid the platform for unbelievable growth and prosperity for the years ahead. With plenty of work available in every area, the working Australian found new wealth and a better standard of living […]

Next year, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASOFIA. To mark the event, Interior Fitout will present a series of articles over the coming issues highlighting not only the history of the association, but also of the stories and the issues that fuelled its development. We will also acknowledge some of the […]

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