Creativity And Innovation In Design, One Interior At A Time


Designing a development's interior is often easier said than done. It takes vision, creativity and a sense of innovation to create something that gives people a new experience as soon as they walk through the door.

Here are some interior design projects that were created by Collectivus, and interior design and creative studio whose mantra is to "work extensively on conceptualising and designing future innovation for retail stores, hospitality ventures and shopping centres across Australia".
​Saiko Teppanyaki
Collectivus was engaged to produce a theatrical, contemporary yet refined space for Teppanyaki restaurant Saiko. Their client wanted to put a contemporary twist on the traditional Japanese dining experience. A key factor in design layout was to create a multipurpose venue where people can either grab a coffee or sit down and have a full blown Japanese banquet in tatami seating booths.

While meeting this client brief, Collectivus also had to design to fit with the The Kitchens at Robina look and feel. The layout was paramount to achieving BOH functionality alongside FOH theatre. A requirement of The Kitchens is complete visibility into all kitchen and bar areas so this was taken into account but suited the business model perfectly.


Saiko consists of three Teppanyaki stations, a bar and a tatami seating area for group dining and functions that come together and form a "culturally immersive experience". It can seat around 150 patrons.

It was tough going to tick everything off the wishlist; Fitting the three teppanyaki stations within the floor plan was a challenge due the centre requirements which included material spec, shopfront and signage parameters and Retail Design Manager approvals.


Quality finishes were used such as steel, timber, leather, string curtains and feature lighting to create a multi-layered experience. The black tiles and silver ceiling creates a high end, intimate space for dining with ambience, while the softness of the banquette seating and curtains provide a stark contract to the hard tiles, concrete and timber within.


The restaurant's multi cook space is located in the centre, modernising traditional Japanese teppanyaki style in modern Australia. The intended objective was to create a community epicentre where artisans, chefs and providores and purveyors and food lovers come together.
​BPCS medical offices - Phil Richardson
Plastic surgeon Phil Richardson requested the creation of a high end plastic surgery space featuring a reception and consultation rooms. In an affluent suburb of Ascot, the design needed to reflect the area and expected clientele. This included elements that allowed for the space to be welcoming and calming, yet sleek and luxurious. The design was inspired by New Art Deco style - a modern take on classic art deco style which pairs back the 'over-the-top' detail whilst retaining the glamour.


Collectivus admitted to finding it challenging to work with the dated existing building, and the excessive solar exposure in the reception area. Many designed decisions had to take that into account which resulted in darker flooring, grey mirrored walls, dimmable soft lighting and a matt ceiling.


The needs for the offices were numerous and included:

  • A spacious reception
  • A reception desk with front-of-house beverage facilities
  • A large consultation for medical equipment and supporting storage wa
  • A staff office
  • A tea room for staff
  • A private discussion room for accounts and invoicing with clients
  • Two injecting rooms for botox had to be incorporated to support the business model
  • A Vectra photographic room for xrays had to be included for patients
  • A nursing and sterilisation room, and
  • A filing room for patients medical records


BPCS's make-over was made predominantly in the name of elegance. To enhance the elegance of the interior, materials such as marble, velvet and brass were used, and a 200kg bespoke chandelier was added to reception to add a 'wow factor' on entrance. The 'wow factor' was designed to lead into the rest of the theme throughout the space, and was paired with soft furnishings to provide acoustic control.
Moss Bros
The Moss Bros project required full interior and branding work including name generation, logo, packaging and uniforms for the Sydney dessert bar. The design needed to reflect the quality and creativity of the product offering.


Moss Bros had to replicate the aesthetic of a European patisserie with a unique mix of Asian and Australian influence. The overarching layout design was to cater for a brunch bar, cafe and dessert destination as well as outdoor seating.


Despite some location constraints, Moss Bros ended up with a mixture of old European, modern Australian and Asian influence, which gave the effect of a unique amalgamation of design and culture. They used a palette of hunter green paint, mint green, monochrome detailed tiles, earth toned marble and pops of brass details to highlight features that were meant to draw the eye. Once the eye was drawn and people were inside, patrons were met with warm timber seating in light and dark tones and wall panelling that was meant to provide a European charm but treated with a contemporary colour, sitting alongside the detailed floor tiles.


The establishment's signature desert, Moss, was used to provide the basic of the entire design intent, and the palette of colours and materials turned out, for Collectivus, to be an unexpected but successful mix not seen before.

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