Venn: Perth’s new hotspot

Ola Bednarczuk takes a look around Perth’s latest design hunter location

31 Mar 2011

Art gallery, shop, studio and bar in one – Perth’s newest art and design concept space is a beautiful way to while away the hours.

Venn sits on Queen Street in Perth’s CBD and is the labour of love of co-founders and creative directors Desi Litis and Jade Rubino.

 

 

Desi and Jade wanted to create a distinctive hub where emerging artists and innovative contemporary design could be nurtured and supported.

 

 

An old flourmill factory dating back to 1906 provided the perfect location to realise their vision.

The glass-panelled shopfront belies a huge 3-level interior, incorporating a design shop and bar/café on the ground floor with 4 artist studios below ground level.

 

Up the polished timber stairs is a large gallery space for exhibiting cutting edge Australian art and design.

The interior, a collaboration between Matthews Architecture and Geyer, retains the building’s original features – a pressed tin ceiling, polished floorboards, wooden staircase and steel beams – but adds modern materials and finishes for a contemporary touch.

 

Venn promises to be a place that both inspires and showcases creativity – a destination for designers and design lovers alike.

Photography: Joel Barbitta

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