Offering a fresh take on transparency, we invite you into the Atelier: an experimental workspace where a cohort of Melbourne’s most innovative creatives push boundaries with brand partners.
Working on full view to the public in a series of architectural glass cubes, this artisan-in-residency programme lifts the veil on the hidden processes behind the objects that make up our worlds, marking a return to craftsmanship in a throwaway culture that favours mass production and over-consumption.
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
The featured artisans have been selected based on their innovative use of sustainable materials and slow design practices. During the course of their residency, they will produce a series of exquisite objects that respond to an increasingly resource-constrained world. Honouring the importance of time, artisanal skills and learning, the process becomes as important as the output. Utilising paper, bioplastics and waste, the latter of which is usually destined for landfill, the artisans will present radical solutions that seek to not just address global warming, but proactively build a better, cleaner future for all.
OTHER MATTER is an experimental studio working with algae-based bioplastics. Through the design of objects, experiences and futures, we invite others to engage with the possibilities of a post-petrochemical world.Find Out More
Melbourne’s Ella Saddington established design practice Cordon Salon to interrogate traditional thinking around art, craft and design through research, collaboration and play.Find out more
Designers Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran (PhD) and Jake Nakashima-Edwards use traditional Japanese paper (washi), made from the bark of the Paper Mulberry tree (Broussonetia Papyrifera), in nontraditional ways of making paper clothing in response to pressing social, aesthetic, and conceptual questions related to contemporary fashion practice.Find out more
Atelier’s commitment to finding circular solutions for the future of retail can also be seen in the physical space itself. Architecture collective SIBLING has created a design taxonomy throughout the BETA programme which repurposes existing items already present in the Hanover House building to extend their life cycle and minimise the requirement for raw resources. The glass cubes in which the artisans work from have been constructed from unused office partitions, opening up a pertinent dialogue around the future of retail fit-outs and the rich potential to reframe how we currently view, and use, waste.
Disintegrating the boundaries between creator and consumer, the Atelier puts forward a new retail model where brands can connect with audiences in meaningful ways, offering an insight into what life inside Beulah’s evolutionary STH BNK development will be like for brand partners and the public. With Atelier, BETA aims to positively transform the retail industry by elevating artisanal skills, proposing circular solutions and inviting brands to experiment with new commercial models.
ATELIER IN 3D
CRAFT CONTEMPORARY 2022
Atelier was part of Craft Victoria's Craft Contemporary 2022 program where we explored the series of enthralling talks, market, Open Studios and workshops by craftspeople and cross-disciplinary creatives at Makers House.Learn more
Melbourne Fashion Week 2023
BETA By STH BNK was a proud participant in the 2023 Melbourne Fashion Week, celebrating our city’s thriving fashion community. During October 2023 MF/W’s runways took over unique and unexpected spaces, offering plenty of surprises along the way. The full program that we hosted pulled at the threads of curiosity, collaboration, and creativity.Learn more
Melbourne Design Week 2023
BETA By STH BNK was a key participant in Melbourne Design Week, orchestrating a series of activities that enabled attendees to envisage the future of retail and hospitality. Centered around the theme ‘Design the World You Want’, the event highlighted the critical role of human creativity and experimentation. The week offered a range of experiences, from diverse exhibitions to immersive simulations of a future supermarket, providing ample learning and discovery opportunities.Learn more