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September 14, 2017

Finding the right space for a new business venture requires considerable research, particularly when committing to a long commercial lease, with the intent to fit-out the tenancy to suit the business.  Whether it is a café, restaurant, retail venture or commercial workplace, engaging your interior designer to ‘test-fit’ your space before signing your lease will give you the assurance that the space will work in the best way possible.

August 3, 2017

Establishing a project brief for your new café, restaurant or bar interior is the first step in understanding your aspirations and functional requirements for your new venture.  This all-important document will enable you to prioritise the elements that are key to a successful design.  It is also an important element of your business plan and will be a foundational statement against which your business success can be continuously measured.

The value of a successful hospitality interior cannot be overstated.  It is often the draw-card for i...

July 25, 2017

The interior design process for any project type should be a collaborative journey where the designer guides their client through a clear set of stages, from initial briefing through to completion of the build.  A clearly staged project program ensures there is clarity around the designer’s project deliverables, and the client’s obligations to give feedback and make decisions in a timely manner.  Each design stage should align with a clear invoicing schedule.  It is typical for an interior designer to charge an ‘engagement’ fee at the commence...

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