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LOCATION South Melbourne, Victoria
PRODUCT Custom living room furniture design
DESIGNER Franco Crea
PHOTOS Alex Reinders

Designed for living

The brief for this custom project was to design and construct a statement piece that is as visual as it is functional.

This multi-purpose solution for an apartment living area is viewable throughout the open plan design, and accordingly the client wanted the design to be an assertive statement on a grand scale.

Spanning over 5 metres, the main feature of the design is a large oversized door, detailed with a feature custom handle, that can slide to cover any of the 3 symmetrical sections.

3 multi-use sections

Dividing the joinery piece into 3 equal sections gives balance to the design. The entertainment section (completed with TV and drawers for componentry) is centered to match the placement of the owners sofa and deliver on the maximum viewing position.

To the left is a workstation area, and to the far right is a more theatrical moment where the client can prepare cocktails/drinks; complete with concealed wine bar fridge and drawers for bar accessories.

Shelves above to be used for books and accessories.

Fluted back & concealed led lights

The design consists of a “fluted” back, which is important to add depth and texture to this large piece. The shadows these flutes create add important visual stimulation and provide a sense of sophistication.

The soft warm light from the concealed led lights wash a warm ambience down the flutes, elevating the design – giving it a stronger presence.


Black valchromat was used for most of the joinery design, as this provides sophistication and a sense of mystery to the clean design; the drawers and shelves almost disappear as the fluted channels take over the design.

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