Melissa Collison

In the studio

Farewell Thirteen

With 2013 drawing to a close, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the year - and what a year it has been. Our studio has been frantic designing homes for families to grow in, apartment blocks for communities to live in, restaurants and cafes for friends to eat in and nightclubs for lovers to kiss and dance in...

We completed a fantastic mid-century inspired family home in Riverview, a summer home in Coogee overlooking the ocean, and another in the Southern Highlands, along with some smaller renovations, and of course, our ongoing work with long-term clients.

Still underway is a boutique medium density residential development of 21 apartments, at Cope Street, Waterloo. We've designed this project with the edgy, forward-looking urban dweller in mind.  With most of the apartments already sold, 2014 will bring in some new home-owning happy hipsters.

This year has brought us several exciting hospitality projects.  We were fortunate enough to be awarded the project of redesigning an iconic venue, The Argyle at The Rocks, Sydney, including the downstairs bar, new dumpling kitchen and the upper level nightclub.

We have also won the brief to redesign the Bavarian Bier Cafes, of which there are 11 venues, and we've kicked this off with the completion of York Street, Sydney. O'Connell Street and Manly Wharf are almost complete.  O'Connell Street will open with a new food menu and a 'lecker ecke' (German for 'delicious corner') where patrons will be able to get a quick food fix, great coffee or stay a while and enjoy a stein or two...  Manly is vibrant with that summery, 'down by the sea' feel that we know and love of the European coast...  but right here on Sydney's very own Manly Wharf.  

And to begin 2014, we were delighted to have been the chosen design studio to create and bring to life The Munich Butcher, a German meat house with a menu based around mouth-watering suckling pig and a great wine list.  A juxtaposition of glamour meets the slaughter house.  We are very excited for the unveiling and will be 'Pleased to Meat You' there at the end of January in 2014.

Our team will be taking a break over the festive season. For me, it will be a summer of spending time in my beloved Byron Bay, swimming in the ocean, catching sun on my face, sand between my toes, cooking for friends and dreaming about all that's possible for the future and even closer, 2014.

So, to all of you, many happy blessings for 2014.  

Reach for the stars, shine bright and never stop believing. Dreams really do come true.

Melissa xxx


Melissa Collison