Residential design has become a strong influence on workplace design in recent years with the desire to create more comfortable, home-like environments. The managing director of Kaplan Funds Management wanted a workplace that felt like a high-end home, and he engaged Infinite Design, a primarily residential firm that shares his appreciation of European and Australian design.
The client didn’t want a reception area. Instead, a curving timber-batten wall provides a Japanese-inspired backdrop to an informal meeting or waiting area with two Parachilna ABALLS pendants suspended above Artifort Niloo lounge chairs. Both have seemingly simple forms – ABALLS is a minimalist and luxurious collection that showcases Jaime Hayón’s artistry and skill, while Niloo is a modern reinterpretation of the Pinguïn chair, which is recognised as the foundation piece of Artifort’s exploration into innovative thinking.
The colour and material palette provide a light and warm environment in working spaces and meeting rooms. Andreu World’s Reverse Conference table in the board room and Reverse Meeting table in a smaller meeting room are elegant and functional and offer wire management and connectivity.
The palette is more dramatic closer to the core. The managing director’s office has a rich-blue wall with metallic lighting and accessories decorating the Expormim Team Shelving Composition 3. Andreu World’s Flex Executive High Back Armchair in upholstered in tan leather, and Artifort Bras High Back Lounge Armchair.
Infinite Design worked with Sophie Vander from Curatorial+Co to commissions a number of the artworks, including Kate Banazi’s silk-screen prints for the entrance wall and Antonia Mrljak’s abstract painting for the client’s office.
Taking a residential approach, Infinite Design has created a luxurious workplace that looks and feels like a high-end home and reflects the client’s appreciation of good design.