Jardan Melbourne

Location

Richmond, Melbourne

Type

Commercial showroom

Services

Architectural Design
Branded Spaces
Interior Design
Sustainable Design

Credits

Photography by James Geer

Jardan is design-driven, handcrafted and family-focussed. A quintessentially Australian brand. Our vision for their new flagship store in Church Street, Richmond aimed to capture this essence. Stylish and contemporary. Yet a space that feels more like a home than a store.

From the street, the building (a former call centre) is now bold, simple and well-branded. To add a touch of grandeur, the exterior features a polished brass wrap-around with embossed Jardan insignia.

The ground floor and upper level display areas are welcoming and engaging. Downstairs more casual and earthy, while upstairs presents a more polished impression with spaces divided into open room settings for the visitor to explore.

A sky-lit courtyard with flourishing trees and plants, plus a working kitchen with an espresso machine, complete the homelike environment.

Every decorator item in the store is individually selected: from paintings, sculpture and artwork; to the eclectic collection of decorative pieces; to the real books on the bookshelves; to the trees and plants that bring a fresh natural feel to the space.

In contrast with most stores, here the visitor is encouraged to take their time, wander and explore, to ‘live’ in the space. Overall, Jardan’s new flagship offers a more naturalistic and intimate vision for a retail space: one that is less like a store, more like a home.

Egon Zehnder

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Type

Commercial Workplace

Services

Interior Design
Branded Spaces
Sustainable Design
Furniture Selection
Decor & Styling

Media

Inside

Credits

Photography by John Best, Andrew Theodore Johnson & Dianna Snape

Egon Zehnder is a global executive search firm driven by research, rigour and practical experience. IF Architecture’s outcome for Egon Zehnder Melbourne delivers a design typology founding Egon Zehnder’s brand personality in built form. Master planning, architectural design, interior design and styling have culminated to create a quietly sophisticated space that services the unique demands of Egon Zehnder. Developed for worldwide application, this design typology is sensitive to cultural variations, building types and operational requirements.

Use of a warm timber veneer exposing rich growth rings represents Egon Zehnder’s growth and development, spanning over decades and across multiple continents. Applied in the lobby through a series of arches representing branches, the circular nature of the design expresses an arc connecting past and future growth. A whimsical fusion of old and new contexts translates through traditional moulded timber panels as a rich backdrop for contemporary design features.

The floor plan invites a sense of discretion for candidates and executives. Staff offices also allow an overlap of private and public interaction, with breakout spaces showcasing sweeping views across the Yarra River and Dandenong Ranges. Australian-made products furnish the interiors, alongside upcycled Eero Saarinen furniture circa 1960. Trust, confidentiality and respect are at the heart of architectural considerations; formal and informal settings, public and private spaces embrace the diverse requirements of clients and staff alike.

Brandon Street

Location

Glen Iris, Melbourne

Type

Residential addition & renovation

Services

Architectural Design
Interior Design
Sustainable Design
Furniture Selection

Credits

Photography by Andrew Johnson

Our clients at Brandon Street, Glen Iris requested a contemporary residential renovation of their traditional, post-­war home. As a young family with modern needs, our clients sort a conversion from their tight, traditional living spaces to open plan kitchen and living areas, along with a facelift to the original areas of their home.

IF Architecture’s response embraces the traditional characteristics of the home through an elegant, modern design approach. The design for the extension is based on the diamond patterning found on the existing front door.  The cladding applied in diamond forms creates a bold statement, inviting a break from the traditional. The entire floor plan of the home was reconfigured to introduce new kitchen, living, bathroom and laundry areas, with renovations to the formal lounge, bedrooms and ensuites at the front of the home. A modern kitchen design incorporating appliance cupboards and study nook faces an open plan living area, with timber floors stained to match the original flooring of the home. Patterned feature tiles in the bathrooms add value beyond budget, while the contemporary colour scheme, furniture selection, décor and styling enhance the original features of the home.

Hastings Street

Location

Hawthorn, Melbourne

Type

Residential renovation

Services

Interior Design
Furniture Selection
Decor & Styling

Credits

Photography by Ward Roberts

Our clients at Hastings Street, Hawthorn sought an interior fit-­out of their existing Edwardian residence. An old, cramped kitchen and living area together with insufficient storage spaces prompted the need for a new kitchen area, multi-­purpose office space and a reconfiguration of the original floor plan. The brief expressed a need for a clutter free environment that maximised on storage, with modern styling that respected original aspects of the residence.

Alterations to the original floor plan open up the kitchen, living and dining areas, introducing lush garden views from these everyday living spaces. A modern kitchen with custom joinery removes all clutter from sight, enabling the kitchen to function when required, or present as free from clutter when not in use. A joinery unit and bench seat stretching the length of the kitchen, living and dining areas maximises on everyday space for the family, while utilising available room for display and storage. The introduction of glass doors separates the original part of the house from the refurbished area, while the styling, décor and furniture selection reflect the colours and tones of the feature lead light surround on entry.