This design space is a gallery for other people's art

The Collective's office is filled with art of all shapes and sizes. Housed in a warehouse in central Sydney, it has a wall of tall windows overlooking a leafy central courtyard, letting natural light and fresh air flood into the space. The room is kitted out with simple furniture - a huge bookcase, sofas and communal work tables - creating a cosy, welcoming vibe. But it's not these features, delightful though they may be, that make The Collective's studio space sing.

"I already had quite a few paintings and a couple of wall sculptures when we started the business, so art is a very big factor in how our office looks," says Margaret Nolan, who founded the studio back in 2002 along with partner Rowena Curlewis. "It's quite amazing how you can have very basic furniture but with some great paintings the space can look fantastic."

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