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The Boroughs, A Creative Hub In Camperdown

Work Space

A year ago, Director Mark Taylor moved his business, Belle Laide Events, to a new HQ in Camperdown. But he also decided to open the doors to a range of like-minded folk, who are doing amazing things in their own complimentary industries.

Facilitating creative ‘cross-pollination’ has really paid off at The Boroughs, and here Mark reflects on the inspiring space he’s designed.

13th April, 2018

The Boroughs in Camperdown, Sydney. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

The space is the HQ of event management and creative agency Belle Laide Events, Photo – Jacqui Turk.

Originally a raw warehouse, the space has been overhauled by Belle Laide Events Director Mark Taylor and his team. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

The office is characterised by sunlight, raw brick, polished concrete, blond timbers and lush greenery. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

Mark is a fan of mid-century modernism fan, and has heroed designs by Grant Featherston in the space. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

Since moving their base, Belle Laide Events has welcomed a number of co-tenants/‘legends’ in to share the space. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

The creatives based at The Boroughs span the fields of branding, design, 3D animation, and content making. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

The generous size and thoughtful design of the space has ensured adaptability. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

A snapshot of the creatives working out of The Boroughs. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

 Photo – Jacqui Turk.

The Boroughs is pitched as a place to grow, develop, collaborate and excel. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

A lot of independent furniture designers feature in the space but, when it comes to the unique pieces, Mark primarily works with Paul Ternent, Principal of Radar (formerly Modern History) in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

Mark Taylor, Director of Belle Laide Events . Photo – Jacqui Turk.

Office details. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

The office encompasses 500-square-metres of floor space. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

Elle Murrell
Friday 13th April 2018

‘Great design is a tonic for the creative spirit.’ – Mark Taylor.

You might find it hard to imagine, but The Boroughs began as a ‘very raw and broken warehouse’ with no facilities, kitchen, limited power, and just two light bulbs! The space was overhauled by Belle Laide Events (BLE) Director Mark Taylor and his team, who first developed a ‘wish list’ and then went about making it happen.

The resulting converted warehouse is characterised by sunlight, raw brick, polished concrete, blond timbers and lush greenery. It’s a bright and energetic space, filled with original mid-century furniture pieces by Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Vodder and Preben Fabricius. The heroes, though, are several original pieces by Australian designer Grant Featherston, including the modernist Contour series! There’s also brass vases from Anna Varendorff (Melbourne), and iconic angular metal sculptures by Dion Horstmans, among pieces by young artists and local designers who have collaborated with BLE on past projects.

‘Great design is a tonic for the creative spirit,’ says Mark, who admits he’s a little mid-century obsessed. ‘Being surrounded by the work of amazing designers inspires us to reach higher ourselves, and be more ambitious and focused on the work that we produce’.

Since moving their base from Surry Hills to Camperdown, event management and creative agency BLE has welcomed a number of co-tenants in the fields of branding, design, 3D animation, and content. ‘Some have won Cannes Lions, others produced the content for the Opera House projection for Vivid 2017, are flown abroad on speaker engagements, pushing as leaders in their fields … and ironically I get to sit among them – it’s amazing,’ explains Mark.

Housing people from other creative industries and potential collaborators was the plan from the get-go, while the generous size and thoughtful design of the space have ensured adaptability. The Boroughs isn’t a space for short-term day rentals, but is pitched as a place to grow, develop, collaborate and excel. Mark highlights engaging visual brainstorm boards and a kitchen inviting chit-chat about past or current projects as incredibly motivating for all involved.

It’s at this point that the name starts to make sense. ‘A ‘Borough’ is loosely defined as a designated, self-governing walled town – the four walls in Camperdown definitely house a community of characters,’ defines Mark. ‘The Boroughs is ultimately a space loaded with people respected in their chosen fields…pushing boundaries and challenging the norm.’

Type of space

Warehouse conversion

size of space

500-square-metres of floor space

Number of employees/co-tenants

30

An office should be…

a support structure for the body and the mind. Both practical and inspirational in equal measures.

For more information on The Boroughs visit  Theboroughs.com.au.

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