The latest University of South Australia Interior architecture INform event took students to the modern Italian restaurant Osteria Oggi nestled between high rise offices and next to another one of Studio gram projects Abotts and Kinney cafe/patisserie.

Designers from Studio Gram David Bickmore and Graham Charbonneau,both Alumni from Uni SA, gave an relaxed but informative insight into interior design practice and the creative process for their success.

The process of creating award winning designs stems from developing a strong narrative which connects to the experience of the space. Starting with moods boards that reference inspiration from the culture and people living in the particular place. And having a core idea in just 100 words to show the client has often been the basis for the design projects.

"Oggi translates to ‘today’, and the space reflects this meaning as a modern interpretation of all things Italian, simple and subdued, with a playful personality, informed by the squares and piazzas of Italy."

Studio Gram project blurb.

Studio grams use of materially is key in adding to the experience with the use of materials that will age with time. As seen within the restaurant with the rough textured rendered sections of wall; juxtaposed against soft leather seats and strong timber joinery.

Originally the space was a rundown warehouse space and apart from the longest wall running from the street entrance to the open dining space;, everything else internally was constructed. This includes the curved roofs and framing of the intimate seating booths; New York inspired kitchen and the pergola like structure which houses real plants.

The interior design truly does add to the experience of reflecting the nature of the style of food and most importantly its culture.

Special thanks to Studio Gram designers Gram David Bickmore and Graham Charbonnea, Uni SA interior architecture and Dr Hannah White for organising Inform event.

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