Jackson Interiors, together with the Marriner Group & Trethowan Architecture, are working on the refurbishment of The Forum Theatre, Melbourne.
GEORGES | RETAIL
Georges in Melbourne had a long history as a significant high quality department store, although in the 1990’s it lost patronage and the original store closed. Somewhat bravely, a small group of investors sought to reinvigorate the old building and it’s shopping with a new twenty-first century interior.
The interior atrium was reinstated, and once again played an important role in establishing a vista of open spaces and modern folded steel staircases, to provide access to four floors of distinguished shopping. The fine plaster detailing, cast-iron columns and rich spatial layering characteristic of the building’s earlier decorative fitout styles are key features of the interior store presentations. So too are finely detailed glass display shelving and metal screens, the new stone and timber flooring and the exposed service trunking on the skyline above the top floor. The hanging glass stair combines functionality with simplicity and a feeling of spaciousness to lead the shopper from one space to another.
A simple palette of materials including bluestone, dark timber, glass and stainless steel is used throughout the store to ensure a consistency in style and a high level of future flexibility. Translucent elements, white on white, natural timber and interior daylight are all key elements of a creative collaboration between Daryl Jackson, Sir Terence Conran and Stephen Bennett, the retail principal.
GEORGES | FOOD + BEVERAGE
The refurbishment of the iconic Georges Store in Melbourne provided up-market, boutique fashion, beauty, homewares, flowers and a day spa.
Complementing the four levels of retail was a substantial Food and Beverage offering consisting of; The Brasserie, a bar and fine dining restaurant, The Café, The Loft Noodle Bar and a stylish take-out lunch venue.
The interiors of each venue are clean and modern, reflecting their distinctly different offerings whilst celebrating the fabric of the original Victorian architecture by incorporating original elements including roof trusses, cast iron columns, archways and niches that were discovered during the construction process.
Jackson worked closely with executive chef Martin Webb on the design of the kitchen and bars to ensure that service model functioned seamlessly.