Anna Spiro needs little introduction, having well and truly cemented her place in the Australian interior design canon. Anna is particularly well known for her passion for colour, and her ability to mix-and-match unexpected patterns and styles together, in a cohesive and exciting way. (After all, this is the woman responsible for the interiors at that distinctive Aussie design hotel, Halycon House!)
After 18 years of operating out of a retail space in Brisbane, Anna and her team moved just up the road into new headquarters in May. The company have found their new home within a 1930s block of flats, updated to reflect the distinctive ‘Spiro style’. Anna explains ‘we have decorated it in a way to feel like someone’s lovely old Art Deco apartment… this creates a wonderful atmosphere for clients to be in, as well as the staff. It shows clients how we can create spaces that are comfortable and inspiring.’
Anna and her husband purchased the site in 2017, and immediately commenced renovations on the office and shop front so her business could move in. Anna described how, after almost two decades of operating as a retail space, the business has shifted to a new model, which required more office space and a ‘beautiful inspiring space to present schemes to our clients.’ The addition of a private presentation room has been a huge success, allowing dedicated one-on-one time with clients, outside of the retail environment.
The fit-out incorporates custom cabinetry to house the studio’s extensive materials and reference libraries, custom built-in desks, carefully selected antique furniture and lighting from Douglas and Bec, and Anna Charlesworth. Amongst all this, Anna’s impressive and eclectic art collection has us seriously *swooning* !!
Like every Anna Spiro interior, this workspace strikes the perfect balance between classic and contemporary – and provides the perfect environment for Anna and her team to work on their many residential and commercial projects. Anna highlights her latest project at Howard Smith Wharves as a ‘new game-changing precinct’ in Brisbane. If Anna’s restaurant fit-outs are as charming as her offices, Brisbane has a lot to look forward to when the precinct opens in November!
Type of space
1930s block of flats, with two shop fronts and three upstairs apartments.
Number of employees
Date moved in
Kedlem Construction (building work) and Craig and Brent Madders (cabinetry)
An office should be…
‘A place where everyone feels happy and engaged, inspired and comfortable to work really hard and achieve great things,’ Anna Spiro.