This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

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.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Work Space

An inspired new HQ for The Jacky Winter Group

The AMAZING new headquarters of Melbourne creative agency, The Jacky Winter Group.

Work Space

CAPI’s Sparkling New HQ

A jaw-dropping new headquarters for hospitality entrepreneur Pitzy Folk, with interiors by Tamsin Johnson.

Creative People

Introducing Design Stables

A collective of eight Perth design studios come together with a common belief in the power of collaboration. 

This Week

Homes

The Colourful Family Home Of Fenton & Fenton Owner, Lucy Fenton!

The Malvern home of Lucy Fenton, owner of Fenton & Fenton, is a vibrant, eclectic and thoroughly sunshine-y space!

News

Watch The National Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Art Awards Live!

Brooke Boney hosts the prestigious art awards ceremony, which will be broadcast online for the first time ever!

News

Big-Time Designer Brands On Sale At Space Furniture!

Upgrade your living space with discounted B&B Italia, Moooi, Kartell + more!
Sponsored

News

Win A Night At This Tiny Secluded Cabin!

This cosy holiday collaboration between In Bed and Unyoked is making us feel all the feels.

Mid-Century Modern

This Modernist House Has The Best Lounge We’ve EVER Seen, And It’s On The Market

Alongside ocean views, this 1975 modernist homestead contains a feature pond and a pink Italian marble bathroom!
Sasha Gattermayr
02.36

Kitchens

Kennedy Nolan Design The Quintessential Modern Australian Kitchen, With Laminex

The award-winning Australian architecture practice collaborate with Laminex to create two clever contemporary kitchens.

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents 'Portalis' By Hannah Nowlan

A series of 15 richly textured paintings exploring retreat, regeneration and the rapidly changing world around us from the talented Victoria...

Art

Sally Anderson's New Works Explore 'Home' As Landscape, In A Pandemic Age

The NSW-based artist's new exhibition explores the poetry of everyday spaces.
Sasha Gattermayr

On The Market

A Rare Mid-Century Gem Near Heide Is For Sale!

This Bauhaus-influenced family home in Eaglemont was built in 1966 - and boasts some serious mid-century credentials!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Sorrento Beach House Devoted To Its Modernist Past

Cera Stribley architects bring this 1960s delight into the 21st century, with careful restraint.
Sasha Gattermayr

Food

Learn From Free To Feed's Favourite Cooking Instructors, In The Comfort Of Your Own Home!

Learn how to cook a delicious Persian feast at home with All Together Now, a new community cooking initiative from the beloved Melbourne-bas...

TDF Design Awards

These Emerging Designers Are The Next Big Things!

Introducing the 8 showstopping finalists in the Emerging Designer category of The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2020!
Lucy Feagins

News

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Launches Online!

Buy ethically traded art at the country’s largest Aboriginal art fair in its (now virtual) marketplace.

Sustainable Homes

An Ultra Energy-Efficient Makeover Of A Victorian Country Home

In this country Victoria project, MRTN Architects prove even the coldest period houses can be updated to achieve incredible sustainability s...

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Fred’s Head Chef, Danielle Alvarez

Follow the daily routine of Danielle Alvarez, head chef of the renowned Paddington restaurant, Fred's!

Similar Stories

Work Space

An inspired new HQ for The Jacky Winter Group

The AMAZING new headquarters of Melbourne creative agency, The Jacky Winter Group.

Work Space

CAPI’s Sparkling New HQ

A jaw-dropping new headquarters for hospitality entrepreneur Pitzy Folk, with interiors by Tamsin Johnson.

Creative People

Introducing Design Stables

A collective of eight Perth design studios come together with a common belief in the power of collaboration.