Melbourne Flower Merchant

Melbourne / Australia / 2017

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At the base of an office tower on a prominent corner of the Melbourne CBD sits the vibrant Melbourne Flower Merchant. This multipurpose retail space has been boldly designed by Studio 103 to transform effortlessly from a vibrant daytime ‘market’ florist into a dramatic, urbane night time events space.


The client’s brief to Studio 103 was to revitalise the existing floor plate on a modest budget to function practically and seamlessly as both a florist and an events space.


“The tenancy was handed over as an empty, vertically voluminous space, all concrete and height,” says Studio 103’s Studio Manager, Fiona Morrison.


“There was no possibility of removing the columns so we had to think creatively about how to use them for functionality as well as impact – for retail and events – all within a minimal budget.”


The team faced the challenge of ensuring their design would not overshadow the vivacity and functionality of the floristry but would carry enough elements of drama to appeal as a dynamic, sophisticated events space.


Studio 103 successfully reworked the interior, activating the immense upper space by suspending lights, displays and structural fittings from the exposed soffit.


A palette of navy blue, gold and brass was chosen to contrast with and complement the rawness of the bare concrete columns, providing a stylish majesty and warmth to the industrial overtones.


The front counter is a monument of concrete and form embedded with navy blue detail. Brass taps and fittings spark intrigue amongst the cast concrete sinks in the utility room.


“We added cloud motif wallpaper and a beautiful Estiluz Volta pendant to provide a softer edge to the challengingly small meeting corner,” says Morrison.


“The rawness of the concrete combined with strong pops of colour highlights the flowers during the day. The space then morphs stylishly into an awe-inspiring events venue to deliver the ‘wow’ factor that was asked of us.”


Studio 103 retained, interpreted and celebrated the original fabric of the overall space by contrasting bold, semi-industrial elements with striking splashes of pure colour, revealing an understated elegance with a hint of surprise.


“Studio 103 is a fairly new interior design practice,” says Fiona. “We are always looking for new and exciting ways to approach projects, and this is just one of those projects that transcend not only the client’s expectations, but the possibilities of small budgets and challenging spaces.”

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    At the base of an office tower on a prominent corner of the Melbourne CBD sits the vibrant Melbourne Flower Merchant. This multipurpose retail space has been boldly designed by Studio 103 to transform effortlessly from a vibrant daytime ‘market’ florist into a dramatic, urbane night time events space. The client’s brief to Studio 103 was to revitalise the existing floor plate on a modest budget to function practically and seamlessly as both a florist and an events...

    Project details
    • Year 2017
    • Work finished in 2017
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Showrooms/Shops / Interior Design
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