Melbourne Showroom

Spread across a generous 1,200 square metres, the store is filled with over 80 displays of natural stone, wood floors and walls in situ. “As opposed to a sample, these life-sized displays are built to scale, showing architects, landscapers, designers, builders and their clients what the material will actually look like in their home or backyard,” says Ben Kerr, CEO of Eco Outdoor. “It’s also a fantastic way to demonstrate how the materials may age over time whilst highlighting the natural variations in the colour and tone of stone sourced from all over the world.”

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Enhancing the showroom experience is a dramatic sculpture by Danish-Australian artist Mika Utzon Popov, the grandson of Sydney Opera House designer Jørn Utzon. “When I walked into the space, I felt a strong pull to create a work which would grab people’s attention as they moved from the foyer to the main hall, and mark a point of transition and reflection,” explains Mika. Watch the full story below.

"I wanted to create something with texture that builds on nature because that is always what we build on."
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"Like the showroom behind it – which is filled with the natural textures of stone, rock and wood – I wanted to create something with texture that builds on nature because that’s always what we build on – whether it’s a timber deck or a bronze sculpture, it all starts with nature" says Mika.

Melbourne Showroom
Ben Kerr and Mika Utzon Popov next to the Illuminate Sculpture.
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