Work Space

Fancy Fitzroy digs for Flack Studio

Man, we only just started this ‘Work Space’ column last month and I’m already inspired for a total interior makeover at TDF HQ (a task for 2018, perhaps!?)

Today we share the truly incredible new Fitzroy workspace of local design firm, Flack Studio!

The ever-on-trend Mr Flack gives us the low-down on his team’s inspired refurbishment of an old 1920’s electroplating factory in Fitzroy.


Lucy Feagins

Exterior of the converted Fitzroy factory now home to Flack Studio! Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Super amazing interior of Flack Studio! Mafi timber wall, with  flesh pink epoxy floors and red arched door at the back. Top right, light by Anna Charlesworth. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Custom marble plinths, showcasing Flack’s favourite local furniture suppliers. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

David Flack (left) with studio pooch, Frank the spoodle, and a handsome staff member I sadly cannot find a name for (apologies!) Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

All the amazing things. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Team Flack! Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Flack Studio are known for their incredible, bold colour palettes! Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

David Flack (right) with Practice Manager Mark Robinson in the studio finishes library. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
29th of September 2017

Back in early 2015 we first profiled interior designer David Flack. We were convinced he was the ‘next big thing’ in Australian interior design, and by golly, were we on the money!

After cutting his teeth working for revered Melbourne designer Kerry Phelan, in November 2014, David launched Flack Studio. Just three years later, his team has grown to seven, and after outgrowing their previous premises, the studio recently shifted to a new HQ, in an old 1920’s factory building in Melbourne’s Fitzroy.

Inevitably, when an interiors design studio known for their striking, colour saturated aesthetic gets the opportunity to create their own workspace from scratch…  it’s not likely to be an exercise in restraint! ‘We wanted the space to feel very Flack, it had to be bold, yet calm and of course approachable’ David mentions. The result is big on colour, texture and lux details – including a persian Travertine feature wall, and a green marble powder room!

Set within a relatively modest 120 square metre space, the office fosters collaboration, with various breakout spaces to get staff away from their desks. The central focus, taking up almost half of the space, is the studio’s extensive finishes library, which doubles as one of two presentation spaces – ‘this allows for a collaborative relationship with our clients and designers’ David explains.

The build took roughly ten weeks, and though it was a significant investment for the business, David says this distinctive fit-out was paying dividends within its first week. ‘We found an instant engagement between the space and potential new clients. From the moment you enter it is pretty apparent what we are about – we love, design, colour, detail and engaging spaces.’

Type of space –

Interior Design Studio

Size of space –

120-square-metre single level converted warehouse

Number of employees –


Designer / Contractors –

Design by Flack Studio, Built by Silverstream Constructions and Pinto (a Fitzroy local) and his many awesome trades.

An office should be…


Thanks team Flack for sharing this super impressive and thorough supplier list – Mafi timber, Anna Charlesworth, Storey timber, Ashwood, Artedomus, Parthenon Marble, CDK, Stone boutique, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Fisher & Paykal, Lovelight, Halcyon Lake, Pittella, Mary Noall, Super tuft, Sphera, Bellevue Architectural, Astra Walker, Grazia & Co – phew!

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