MU – what was the brief / vision for the new shop?
NW – We had our eyes on this space in Manly for a number of years. When the old surf shop closed down and the space became available we knew we had to go for it. The space was very run down and not much to be inspired about but we fell in love with the old building, the high ceilings and hidden gems like the timber floors that we unearthed beneath floating floors. The space comprised of two shops which is connected by an open doorway. Our plan was simple. Create a warm and inviting space, much like a home. We stripped the space back to bare essentials, created an archway through the centre, sanded the floors back and of course applied a beautiful textured paint from Murobond Paints.
MU – Could you describe the finish you wanted to achieve on the walls?
NW – We wanted something with texture. We had both been inspired by European architecture, particularly the arches and textured walls found commonly in Spain and Greece. At first we thought we would have to render the walls to get this quality but when we visited the Murobond showroom we were thrilled to discover this could be achieved in a paint application. At first it was difficult trying to decide which finish and colour but when we tested the different samples I just fell in love the subtle texture and warmth created by the murowash finish.