Ray White Group – Living Edge

Words by Deborah Cooke
Photography by Pablo Veiga
Interiors by Cox Architecture
In Partnership with Living Edge

Living Edge’s design team curates a collection of impeccable office furniture from some of the world’s leading brands for Ray White Group’s Martin Place headquarters in Sydney.

Relocating its headquarters into the landmark Art Deco 44 Martin Place building in the Sydney CBD, Ray White Group wanted a space with a distinctly residential look and feel. “We’ve seen an increased interest in companies wanting to create a softer residential feel in commercial spaces,” says Delaney Brocket, lead of the Living Edge team who curated a peerless collection of furniture for the project. “Here, the client wanted to achieve this using organic materials. As well, they wanted to elevate their task seating and workstations to high-performance products with the best available warranty and service.” The resulting interior design incorporates high-end fittings and materials to create an office that reflects the company’s standing in the city’s real-estate milieu.

The designer specified a clutch of internationally renowned brands, as well as a selection of custom-made product with Living Edge, to fulfil the brief.

The designer specified a clutch of internationally renowned brands, as well as a selection of custom-made product with Living Edge, to fulfil the brief. The team were highly consultative in the design and specification of products, and delivered custom boardroom and meeting-room table designs, as well as fitting Herman Miller Ratio workstations with custom joinery screening. The workstations – in Folkstone Grey with Kvadrat fabric-wrapped screens – were paired with Mirra 2 chairs in graphite, providing tonal contrast and deep levels of comfort.

Meeting spaces incorporate iconic designs, including a classic Eames Segmented Table in honed Verde Tinos marble, Setu chairs and the Eames Aluminium Group Management Chair, one of the world’s most renowned task seating options. Lighting throughout has been kept simple and elegant, with stand-out pieces by Canadian design studio Lambert & Fils, including Cliff 03 table lamps and custom Cliff wall lights.

“The feedback from the client and their staff around the product has been incredibly positive, both from a performance and aesthetic point of view.”

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The mood is intentionally lighter in break-out areas. In a secluded nook lined in timber and with striking artworks by Mike Chavez, a Design Within Reach Hew side table is flanked by Walter Knoll’s in tan leather, while other informal zones feature eclectic seating choices, including Muuto’s Nerd chairs and Geiger’s Crosshatch Lounge Chairs in walnut (the crosshatch feature is made of parachute cord).

Throughout the space, Living Edge has met functional requirements without compromising on aesthetics, and the Ray White team are relishing the results. “The feedback from the client and their staff around the product has been incredibly positive, both from a performance and aesthetic point of view,” says senior project consultant Delaney. “We were able to showcase our in-house design capabilities as well as providing performance pieces that have made a progressive impact on the user. I am incredibly proud of the project, and the collective effort from our team and suppliers has yielded a result that all parties are happy with.”