The finer details bringing interior spaces to life

ThomsonAdsett’s Interiors team has recently delivered the full furnishing and styling package for the new Japara Robina Rise Aged Care Home on the Gold Coast.

In recent years, there’s been a growing demand for meaningful interiors that genuinely connect and resonate with people. Interior environments can influence how we feel, how we behave and how we interact with each other in a phenomenal way. Clients, and the market generally, now recognise that a space’s finishing touches are as important as the overarching interior built form. We know that the best design outcomes address both side-by-side.

Recognising this, ThomsonAdsett is placing an increased focus on delivering loose furniture and styling packages (called FF&E Selection) in addition to its Interior Design services. FF&E can include anything from selecting tables and chairs, to artwork, cushions, books and plants. These finishing touches can elevate a space into something that is multi-layered, tactile and stimulating.

ThomsonAdsett’s National Interior Design Lead, Katrina Miranda, says there is significant value in integrating FF&E on almost every project.

“Our team is passionate about creating spaces that really connect with people, deliver enriched experiences and reinforce our clients’ brands,” Katrina says.

“Interiors can sometimes lack that final touch of personality and warmth that can easily be introduced through styling. We’re conscious that people experience a space in layers and in stages from the macro to the micro. Great design addresses all of these features to create an engaging and positive experience that unfolds as the individual spends more time in a space.”

Katrina says FF&E also has the ability to create strong cues on how a space is used.

“A large-scale artwork in your entry or reception, for example, can instantly shape the arrival experience and can set the tone for how a visitor interprets your brand. A perfectly placed cushion on an armchair invites someone to get comfortable and stay a bit longer. Meanwhile, children’s games and activity equipment scattered outdoors instantly tells people this is a family-friendly area and a place to relax and play.”

FF&E can also assist with creating a non-institutional approach to wayfinding by reducing the amount of signage required. Furnishing, décor and artwork, in particular, can be highly effective in helping individuals navigate around a building. This can be achieved by creating visual themes specific to certain spaces and by using colour and pattern to differentiate areas.

ThomsonAdsett works closely with our clients to create outcomes that respond to both creative aspirations as well as commercial drivers. We establish a comprehensive brief for an FF&E project early on, which involves unpacking the design vision and logistics involved (budgets, timeframes, delivery and installation plans). Following this, we put in place a clear process tailored to the project’s needs that involves workshops with our client and stakeholders. The best design outcomes are highly collaborative and are a result of our client sharing the design journey with our team.

Contact Katrina on (07) 3840 9999 to discuss your FF&E interiors project.

Japara Robina Rise Aged Care Home. Photography by Mindi Cooke.

Australian Catholic University Mercy Building. Photography by Alicia Taylor.

Katrina Miranda.