The National Gallery of Victoria engaged Australian artist and furniture designer Helen Kontouris to create a unique hospitality space for fans on site at the Australian Open Tennis 2018 back in January.
Through her furniture, lighting and object designs, Kontouris created an intimate and sensory retreat that celebrates the energy and diversity of the Australian Open.
Known as The NGV Room by Helen Kontouris, the spaces evokes a cool and calming oasis for tennis fans to retreat to amongst the bustle of the Australian Open.
Open for the duration of the Australian Open (14 – 28 January 2018), the space highlighted Kontouris’ contemporary range of lighting and furniture designs.
Botanical screens, softscape seating (upholstered in Kvadrat textiles), softscape floor lamps, Softscape ottomans and a Penelope table and stool (all available through LEN at Stylecraft) featured within the space.
Floral arrangements by Flowers Vasette adorned the environment.
Helen Kontouris has worked as a designer for over a decade and is known for integrating organic forms and imaginative elements into traditional concepts. Her approach often takes traditional, linear concepts and combines a fluid feminine sensibility inspired from a narrative informed by her travels.
Kontouris has created work for industry leaders De Padova, Alessi, Kundalini, Celda, Ritzenhoff, Schiavello and museums.
Several of Kontouris’s designs have been collected by galleries and cultural institutions for their permanent collections. Kontouris’s studio, relies on culture, travel and people for inspiration. The company thrives on, brainstorming, process, constantly asking how things can be made better and more beautiful.
Photos by Stephanie Rooney Photography.