Dear friend,

The Christmas holiday period is an opportunity for all of us to take stock of the year and celebrate everything we’ve achieved.

For me personally, I’m very proud of what our team at Cachet has delivered this year, and like most of our team I’m looking forward to recharging before another exciting year in 2020. I’d especially like to thank our fantastic clients and peers for the opportunity to work collaboratively to deliver some exceptional outcomes.

Our spotlight project, Ford Design Centre, was our fourth major collaboration with Ford in Australia. Given the specialist nature of this world-class design facility, it was also an opportunity for both our design and delivery teams to experience something quite unique. The diversity of projects we’ve been able to design and deliver in partnership with Ford over the past five years is testament to the talent and diversity of our skillset within Cachet Group, and the trusted relationships we’ve built with our clients.

2019 also marked the year we transitioned our leadership from our previous Managing Director, Rowan Hamman, to myself. Assisting me in this transition has been our very talented team of leaders within our Executive Committee, who’ve all taken the opportunity to step up and lead their respective streams and execute our future strategy together.

One of our leaders, Head of Design Kate Bulley, is featured in this edition. Kate has been instrumental in ensuring creative and thoughtful design practices are balanced as we continue to lift our design standards to new heights.

I look forward to continuing to keep you up to date with our business as we have a number of exciting initiatives planned for 2020. If there’s anything you’d like to hear about in future editions, please email us at info@cachetgroup.com

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing holiday period.
Mark Turek – Managing Director

project spotlight:

Much to our delight, we were invited to work on the extension of Ford’s existing Design Centre at Campbellfield, on the back of a number of successfully completed design and build office refurbishments for the company.

With highly confidential projects still being conducted in the existing design centre, we had to be mindful of privacy and respectful of the design team’s needs at all times.

Conceptually the brief was to create a space that promoted collaboration, innovation and creative thinking. The space also needed to allow for people to physically and digitally present their designs, with two breakout spaces for formal and impromptu meetings.

Our design seamlessly tied in the existing building with the new extension. This was a complex exercise involving the coordination of architectural and interior design, requiring meticulous attention to detail throughout the design and construction phases.

Aesthetically the interior consists of greys and navy blues, which is complemented by the warmth of the timber detailing in the central breakout structure. The colour pallet was designed to work with Ford’s brand, while creating a canvas for the staff to flourish creatively.

Thanks for the great work you and your team performed to deliver the Design Centre expansion project on time and with a high quality standard. The buzz and excitement from the employees at this morning’s opening has been overwhelming and they were very surprised with the level of fitout. I am sure there will be some amazing photos taken today that will reflect this outstanding project.

Again thanks for the efforts, especially in the days leading to today.”

Ken Xuereb – Facilities & Resources Manager, Ford

creative type

Kate Bulley joined Cachet Group earlier this year as Head of Design. Based in Sydney, Kate oversees a team of designers working on projects across the Asia-Pacific – using her creative instincts and passion for problem solving to find innovative solutions for our clients.

Where did your passion for design come from?
Growing up I enjoyed storytelling, making things, sketching and learning how things worked – so my dad nicknamed me creative Katie and it stuck! I have a passion for knowledge, problem solving and evaluating things to find a better outcome. Design is an outlet for that curiosity as it allows you to push boundaries and help people. 

What do you enjoy about designing commercial interiors?
The boundaries between sectors have blurred over the last few decades. Commercial interior traditions have been shaken to fit the relationship people want with their workplace. The definition of a workplace is constantly being redefined by each unique client, so commercial workplaces are becoming a lot more experimental. It’s is an exciting movement to be a part of. Finding an innovative response for clients and then seeing their satisfaction upon completion is an incredible feeling.

What is a recent design you’re particularly proud of and why?
Laureate Flinders Street and Ford Maker Space are two very different design responses that both reflect the client’s individuality – which is why I’m so proud of what our teams achieved.

Laureate Flinders had a challenging element, transitioning from one lead designer to another midway through the process. This allowed fresh eyes and a new injection of creativity, taking it in another design direction. Together we resolved the design language and it was fantastic to see the development of the rest of the floors. 

Ford Maker Space had a few different lead designers over the years. But the new lead took on the challenge brilliantly. The design developed into a canvas for Ford to inject their branding and personalise the space. The materiality and forms reflect Ford’s attitudes and will allow the users to create and test with freedom.         

Where do you draw inspiration from in your designs?
Everywhere and anywhere. I would never limit myself to one avenue or idea from the outset. 

It’s great to see what’s on Pinterest or in the architectural media, but you need to always ask why that designer created that lamp or chair or space. Trends don’t always represent your client’s needs for a specific project.

Before I design I start with research and exploration – where the building or site is, what the building geometry is, its history and heritage, any restrictions that may be imposed on the project, materials used in the construction etc. Then I do the same research on the client and look for resonating values between the client, building and location. 

From this refinement, concepts spark. There’s always a story, and there has to be as a benchmark to guide your decisions. Because anyone can design a space that looks good, but it takes time and energy to have it function and uniquely respond to the user. 99% perspiration 1% inspiration. 

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