The Atlantic Dubai


The Restaurant. In January 2017, Atlantic Group embarked on its first overseas licensed venture with the opening of The Atlantic Dubai. Adding the restaurant to an already extensive hospitality portfolio is UAE based leading entertainment and nightlife consortium, Solutions Leisure Group. Working closely with Atlantic Group and esteemed Executive Chef of the Melbourne flagship restaurant, Donovan Cooke, Solutions Leisure Group adopted the sustainable ocean to plate philosophy and introduced the experience to their audience abroad. Now open in Downtown Dubai at Souk Al Bahar, the new restaurant seats 200 covers […]

2017 marks the tenth vintage for the Schiavello family winery, a milestone that can be appreciated with a glass of Gioiello wine.


“Wine making in some ways is entirely different to our usual business, and in other ways more closely aligned than you can imagine”, Peter Schiavello recites, “The process of wine making is years of gradual change, periodic tasting, and more change. In industries where projects begin and end in 8 to 12 weeks, there is something refreshing in the time it takes to produce a truly beautiful wine”. Perched on rolling hills at the south eastern point of the Strathbogie […]

Workspace Needs


By Keti Malkoski The term workspace is an all-inclusive concept that refers to the many types and styles of work environments and behaviours. The design and management of a workspace directly – and indirectly – influences day-to-day + strategic business + people outcomes including job satisfaction, morale + productivity. Workspace is an enabler that requires a human-centred design that aims to enhance the employee and team experience. The best workspace design will utilise the workspace as an active tool for work effectiveness, by ensuring that the […]

Mario Ruiz


By Penny Craswell Mario Ruiz’s approach to design always starts with the problem he is aiming to solve. Functionality, human behaviour, comfort and technology are never far from his mind in creations such as the MR chair and Aire work bench, meeting and fold table for Schiavello. Last year, he received the highest design honour in his country, the National Design Prize awarded by King Felipe IV of Spain, so what’s the secret to success for Mario Ruiz? PC Is […]

Can using glass in design really provide energy efficiency?


Choosing the right type of glass has long since been a key element to consider when designing or refurbishing a space. The clarity and aesthetic nature of glass is unmatched in its ability to not only provide natural light, but to also create stunning architectural facades. However, with up to 40 percent of a home’s heating lost, and more than 87 percent of it gained through windows alone; the thermal performance in glass is a crucial element to consider when […]

The Changing Space of Strategy


 By Keti Malkoski Workspace strategy is one of the most powerful means to boost people and business productivity. When considering a workspace strategy, it is essential to understand that one size does not fit all. If the aim of workplace strategy is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of how workspace is used, a workspace strategy must be tailored to suit the unique and diverse needs of a business and reflect the vision, goals and objectives of the organisation as a […]

Creating Cities For The Future


  Words by Peter Gahn, Illustration by Ilya Milstein  Cities are one of humankind’s greatest – and most resilient – inventions. Today, cities continue to be the centre of human economic and cultural activity, and account for a growing proportion of the world’s population and economic output. Yet many long-established cities face a challenge of reinventing themselves – or face the prospect of decline and economic hardship. For many governments, town planners and architects, the question of how to build a city of the future is one they are […]

The Human Nature Connection between Biophilic design for wellbeing


In 2030, more than half the world’s population will live in urban environments. What does this mean for designers? The UN predicts that within the next 15 years 60 per cent of us will dwell in towns and cities. This seismic shift in population density from regional areas to the proverbial ‘concrete jungles’, combined with the fact that we spend a majority of our time indoors, raises the question: are we becoming disconnected from human nature? How can we mindfully design our built environments and interior spaces to stimulate […]

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow


By Penny Craswell Florist turned eco-warrior and sustainable designer, Joost Bakker, is making waves both at home and abroad with a zero waste approach to hospitality and architecture. Bakker talks his past, present and future.  After growing up on a flower farm in the Yarra Valley, Joost Bakker started his own business in the early 1990s as a wholesaler, sending locally grown flowers around Australia and the world. It was through sharing a workspace with an exotic mushroom importer that he first came into contact […]

Peter Schiavello, What Will Tomorrow Bring


This is an exciting question to ask oneself.  For over fifty years, from day one on the 13th of July, 1966, when my father Tony and uncle Joe founded the company, the Schiavello business has grown, evolved and diversified on the pursuit of giving the customer what they want, providing great value, and believing that with an entrepreneurial spirit ‘Anything is Possible’. The business has been created on core values, such as integrity, fairness, respect for customers, employees and all […]