You'll Fall Instantly in Love With This Interior Design Studio in Surry Hills
It’s no secret we’re huge fans of Arent&Pyke’s dreamy interior design work—we’ve previously featured this charming Double Bay abode they were responsible for and Perth’s coolest boutique hotel that has become the hottest place in town thanks to their design magic.
As one of the country’s top residential interior design firms, it’s no surprise its head office is one of the chicest workspaces in town. The company’s founders and principals, Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke, created a calm space for their 12 staff members that is brimming with positive vibes, and inspiringly stylish. Located in the heart of Surry Hills on the fringe of Sydney’s CBD, Arent&Pyke’s head office is a true reflection of the team's curated, considered, and detailed approach to interiors. Scroll down to take a tour through the space that combines simplicity with the finest design touches.
MYDOMAINE AUSTRALIA: What was your inspiration for the design and style of the space?
SARAH-JANE PYKE: The space has some great windows on three sides and a high, exposed iron ceiling which we used as our starting points. We wanted our space to feel open and generous, maximising the light and high ceilings. Artworks by Australian artists are a highlight of the main office space and the meeting room. Interior design involves a lot of “stuff” – fabric hangers, tile samples, drawings – so it is important to have a calm backdrop to bring some order to the space! The dark, full-height cabinets anchor the space and lead into our kitchen and bathroom, where we used colour for a touch of the playful.
MD: Where was your previous space located and how is it different to this new office?
SJP: We started the business in Potts Point, sharing a space above a bar in Bayswater Rd. Over eight years we eventually occupied the whole space, and also renovated for a more Arent&Pyke aesthetic, but eventually we just outgrew it. The old office was on the third floor, so we had a treetop view. We love that the new one is on the ground floor, connected to the daily buzz of the street.
MD: What is the purpose for the space—what happens here?
SJP: The office is the hub of the business and the whole team come here to work. We do all the design work and client meetings for Arent&Pyke here, as well as publish our lifestyle site In/Out. It’s a busy space, full of the tools of the trade–samples, drawings, and the occasional client purchase waiting for installation.
MD: What do you love most about the office?
SJP: It has beautiful soft light all day, which lends it a calm, positive energy. I love that everyone is happy and comfortable in the space, bringing some joy to our working days!
MD: What it your favourite item?
SJP: The painting by Alan Jones in the meeting room is my favourite moment in the space.
MD: How would you describe the environment and culture of the office?
SJP: Our work is very collaborative and we have an incredible team of designers who bring their energy and talents into the business every day. It has always been important to Juliette and I to have a friendly, lighthearted dynamic in the office, and we work with our team to achieve that balance of professionalism and lightness. Everyone works very hard, but there is always music playing, and we don’t need an excuse to stop for cake and champagne!