\u201cColour is expressive light, and Sydney has light like no other place in Australia,\u201d says Iva Foschia, Founder, Principal and lead architect at IF Architecture.\r\n\r\nIva headed the design of Melbourne furniture brand, Jardan\u2019s, recently opened Sydney flagship store. Her inspiration for the space turned to the decadent colour palette of the emerald city to align the colour and vibrancy of Jardan to that of its New South Wales location.\r\n\r\nBorrowing hues from the deep blues of Sydney Harbour, greens from the canopy-draped streets of Rose Bay and the autumn reds and yellows strewn through the trees of the surrounding Surry Hills and Paddington, Iva wanted the store to physically illustrate the influence of colour on the identity of the city.\r\n\r\nSydney\u2019s reputation entrenched in ripe colour is largely due to the artistic creatives who have sketched out its dense skyline to eyes overseas. And thus, to honour the palette of the city, Iva\u2019s concept for the store also saw homage the prominent design families that made it so.\r\n\r\nThe ultramarine strokes of Brett Whitely, and continued artistry of wife Wendy and daughter Arkie; the bold colours of John Olsen, and graphic shapes now offered from his daughter Louise Olsen, as one half of Dinosaur Designs; and eclectic contrast of texture in the interiors of Marion Hall Best, are all honoured in the layering of Jardan\u2019s interior.\r\n\r\n\u201cColour and family are big parts of the Jardan story,\u201d says Iva. \u201cWe wanted to use a palette derived from the tastes and styles of iconic families, and in turn, find something unique for Jardan.\u201d\r\n\r\nSituated on a prime corner block in Paddington, the bright display window wraps around the sightlines of two streets and beckons one in through the entryway, delineated in gorgeous veins of blue and rust marble.\r\n\r\nThe store is dispersed over two levels and sectioned off into exemplary room arrangements, offering innovative takeaways for one\u2019s own home. The entirety of the space is dominated and unified by an angular staircase, encrusted in more marble and coated in a soft pastel pink to ease its geometric proportions.\r\n\r\nMerging buoyant colour and shape, Jardan\u2019s new flagship is bold enough to pull you right in off the street. And that is because the interior is not only loud, but it speaks to its audience and to the tones that have become the backdrop to Sydney life. And this is the genius in Iva and IF Architecture\u2019s design, the store is at once both unique and iconic \u2013 something that we all strive to create in our own homes.