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.
Decor & Styling
Photography by John Best, Andrew Theodore Johnson & Diana Snape
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.
Our clients at Dorrington Avenue, Glen Iris sought a remodelling of the kitchen, laundry and casual dining area to meet changing lifestyle demands. Central to the brief was an informal kitchen for two, with storage space that would easily extend when required.
Glen Iris, Melbourne
Decor & Styling
Photography by Ella Thomas
The clean, simple lines of this thoughtful renovation create a space that is both elegant and appealing. White lacquered, American oak veneer streamlines joinery; hidden doors create minimal distraction to the design and space. The daybed and furnishings provide texture and warmth, while the informal dining space opens to the external courtyard. Bluestone flooring continues through to the courtyard, uniting the interior kitchen space with external courtyard and pool area.
Operating from a warehouse space over two floors, Jardan Sydney is the company’s flagship showroom. A metamorphosis in growth and approach to design generated the need for an upgrade of Jardan’s existing space. Establishing a national identity with relevance on a global scale became the catalyst for our design response.
Decor & Styling
Photography by Ward Roberts
The Australian character of Jardan’s brand identity is one of the most prominent aspects of the brand; our design response captures this aspect via a series of installations, purpose-built as abstract, whimsical expressions in built form. Jardan Sydney’s longitude and latitude co-ordinates are transposed over the space; articulated lines in the floor surface and a mirrored vertical and horizontal framework distinguish the company's Australian roots in global context.
This framework also provides volumes for appreciating the furniture without breaking the visual connections of the showroom’s space. A white colour scheme allows the furniture to dominate, creating interest over two levels. Products become the hero, enabling the client to consider a product’s merits in context of their own requirements. Sustainable design practices achieve minimal impact on the space; multiple scenes are present without building physical walls. Vivid installation graphics introduce additional secondary brand elements. From a playful ‘Hello’ upon entry, to giant letters suspended in space created with materials synonymous with Jardan’s furniture.
The design concept for Rocco’s is centred around a modern, boutique butcher shop in Vogue Plaza on Chapel Street, Melbourne. The owners were looking to capture clientele tired of the fast-‐food options available at national supermarket chains through quality produce and traditional customer service values.
South Yarra, Melbourne
Decor & Styling
Visualisation by Concrete Robot
The design and fit-out take inspiration from traditional butcher trade references. A butcher's blue and white apron stripes represent rank and experience; a range of meat hooks hanging from the ceiling reflect this element and simultaneously function for the owners across different grades of meat. The shopfront is designated to small goods; the central space showcases cuts of meat while the back area functions as the butcher’s service space. Blue and white wall tiles provide a traditional backdrop for modern, custom turned butchers blocks. Cold cabinets in the shop front display Rocco’s produce under custom turned, timber lights. The placement of produce is informed by the level of interaction required with customers, inviting customer exchanges for a personalised service experience. Black and white stone floors feature a brass inlay for a sophisticated finish.