Step Inside This Dreamy Interior Design Studio in Surry Hills
The only thing that’s dreamier than We Are Triibe’s interior projects is their very own concept studio. The creative masterminds behind the interior design and styling firm, Jessica Stewart and Christina Symes, are renowned for their contemporary and design-focused spaces and this newly renovated studio is no exception.
Located in Surry Hills, the Triibe Concept Studio ‘Round 2’ is the result of an in-house creative pursuit where every six months the talented duo completely transform their studio with an entirely new scheme. While ‘Round 1’ saw a focus on neutrals with grey walls, timber furniture, and monochrome accents, ‘Round 2’ boats a charming dusty pink colour scheme and one very enviable furniture and art collection from the likes of Studio Henry Wilson, Cult, HAY, Stephen Baker, and Jordana Henry. “For Round 2 we wanted to create something a little more unique, which not only pushed the envelope for us creatively, but also encourages our audience to explore new ideas such as introducing bold colours and smart styling solutions to optimise a small space,” explains Stewart and Symes.
Not only is it one of the most beautiful workspaces we’ve ever set foot in, but it’s also a result of a collaboration between artists, furniture, and homeware designers—both in Australia and internationally—which brought the space to life. Their goal? To inspire people to create innovative ways to display furniture and products in their own space—and if you ask us, mission accomplished. Scroll on and take a tour of this elegant space. Warning: You’re going to want to redecorate immediately (and install an arched window).
MYDOMAINE: Who designed the space?
WE ARE TRIIBE: We designed the Triibe Concept Studio ‘Round 2' in collaboration with Australian and international brands and product designers. Our idea is to bring like-minded designers together to create a space that showcases our work and that of collaborative brands that we love and work with regularly.
Some of the brands we worked with to create this space include Studio Henry Wilson, Hay, Cult, Pampa, The Plantarum and Mild Manners Gallery, with some pretty incredible artworks by Jordana Henry and Stephen Baker.
MD: What was your inspiration for the design of the space?
WAT: For our last Concept Studio scheme we kept it really neutral with grey walls, timber furniture, and monochrome accents, so for Round 2 we wanted to create something a little more unique, which not only pushed the envelope for us creatively, but also encourages our audience to explore new ideas such as introducing bold colours and smart styling solutions to optimise a small space.
MD: What is your favourite item in the space?
JS: That’s so hard! I think I love the bronze Surface Sconce light by Henry Wilson the most, it’s so beautiful. That, and all of the plants by The Plantarum.
CS: The artwork by Stephen Baker, he’s an artist I’ve admired for a really long time and I love the colours he uses in his pieces.
MD: How many people occupy the office?
WAT: It’s the two of us full-time and a couple of part-time staff for half the week, but it’s a very communal space as we also work with a few subcontractors that stop by to work with us on various projects, making it quite a dynamic environment to work in.
MD: How long have you occupied this space?
WAT: We have been in the space for one year now. We’d been looking for a space for quite a while but knew that the right place would pop up at the right time, so when a friend rang to let us know that The Standard Store was thinking about sub-leasing their upstairs space with a gorgeous arched window we popped in to see them within the next hour—they were pretty amazed with how fast we got there to see it but we didn’t want to miss out!
MD: How would you describe the environment and culture of the office?
WAT: We all work really hard, but always make sure that we enjoy ourselves as well. Creating a space which was both functional and really inspirational for us was really important, and we think we’ve achieved that well in this latest concept studio.
It’s a collaborative space where we’re all across each project and discuss concepts and forecasting on a daily basis, which is why the communal table made up of two Henry Wilson walnut timber A-Joint tables works perfectly for us as we can either get into our zone or can easily stop to work through different projects together. And our Spotify playlists always ensure we have great background music throughout the day!
MD: How does the space influence and inspire your work?
WAT: Because our studio is quite a small 32sqm space with a lot of different angled walls, it was important for us to create a space that was not only inspiring but also had good flow and was multi-functional. Having separate areas to do our work, meet with clients, relax, store our samples, a large pin board to display timelines plus inspiration for current projects, lots of greenery, and great artworks all play a part in ensuring the space continuously influences and inspires us. It’s all about creating a good atmosphere, especially when you spend such a huge portion of your working week in here.
Changing the space every six months also gives us a fresh start, kind of like moving house where you purge all the things you don’t need anymore and start fresh again. It’s really inspiring and helps our creative brains tick along.