Leo Cussen engaged Gray Puksand to design its new Melbourne premises, wanting to instigate cultural, aesthetic and functional change through design. Respecting the organisation’s values, traditions and culture, the design was driven by the desire to create a “welcoming, professional, sophisticated and inclusive” environment.
The new headquarters includes student learning spaces, professional workspaces and conference facilities across two storeys with the intention to minimise hierarchy and offer opportunities for students and practicing lawyers to mingle and network.
Long leather-upholstered banquettes provide comfortable and versatile seating for informal work, socialising, discussion and collaboration. Gray Puksand selected Casa leather for its durability and easy maintenance. Casa is a corrected grain leather in which artificial embossing replaces the natural grain and is aniline drum dyed. This process enhances the resilience of the leather and provides excellent cutting yield for an economical leather.
The black Nero colour complements the timber panelling of the banquettes, which feature strip lighting around the base. Armchairs, stools and occasional tables are positioned alongside the banquettes to facilitate the various ways they are used.
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