Offering a chance to manufacture at scale which we don’t often get to enjoy with our bespoke projects, we collaborated with architect Chris Connell Design and were commissioned by him to manufacture aged brass shop fittings and all other metalwork for the network of 35+ Aquila retail stores he was designing Australia-wide.
Working from a master drawing pack, call outs for individual stores are ordered — for example, one store may have 1 x A1 units and 2 x C2 units, where another may have 3 x A1 units and 1 C2 unit. This meant it was crucial to be able to manufacture high-quality shop fittings at scale, but with consistent attention to detail, allowing each location to maintain brand consistency whilst working with the retail space afforded.
This was one of our early projects with aged brass, and a trendsetting project in the retail space. Brass ages naturally, so our task was to devise the most effective way to accelerate this process to a standardised finish. This involved a lot of experimentation, as working with organic elements is never an exact science. We implemented a rigorous internal QC process to achieve a consistent level of quality and finish between stores. With tight interstate deadlines there would be no time to install and inspect the work onsite ourselves, so preventing rejects and returns before they left the factory was crucial to a successful, timely rollout of each store. And don’t they look fantastic?