Kaunitz Yeung Architecture: a Practice Driven by Strong Values

“What do you want your business to stand for? What you do you want to see when you look back at what your business achieved? All of our business – both fee-paying and pro bono – is aligned to our values,” says David Kaunitz. David and his wife, Ka Wai Yeung, founded Kaunitz Yeung Architecture (KYA) in 2009, based on their community development work in the Solomon Islands, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit in 2007. “We were designing and building a community, and it was as grassroots as it gets. Almost all the materials came from within

Get to know Darlinghurst: A hub of art and design galleries

It’s been a long time since Darlinghurst was not-so-fondly referred to as Razorhurst, named for the crime gangs that roamed the streets with razor blades. These days it’s a lively neighbourhood packed with cafés, bars, restaurants, and a hub of contemporary art and design galleries. If you’re walking around the area, be sure to check out some of the galleries and creative spaces: Australian Design Centre Australian Design Centre (ADC) displays contemporary craft and design, and works closely with Australian craftspeople and designers to promote the community and creativity. ADC is currently exhibiting WORKSHOPPED20: Celebrating 20 Years of Design. The

 Woolly Mammoth is working with Desk Space start-ups to #makeittogether

“There's an infectious energy in Desk Space where everyone is really pushing hard to achieve something,” says Sam Logan, founder of Woolly Mammoth. “Every client we work with in here inspires us in different ways.”Woolly Mammoth is a design-led technology company specialising in UX and UI for web and application development. As Desk Space is a hybrid between a coworking space and start-up incubator, it has proven to be the ideal office for Woolly Mammoth, which enjoys working with other start-ups to advance their technological platforms and development teams.“Start-ups tend to have a greater understanding of technology and are generally

How Desk Space members Studio Messa adapted to the current state of events

When the government put a halt to large gatherings in March 2020 due to Covid-19, Studio Messa – an experiential events company – needed to find a creative solution for its own business and its clients. Finding a creative solution is what Studio Messa does best, so the team took the opportunity to further develop their digital expertise and offering in order to adapt to the current state of events. “Covid-19 has given our industry a rare chance to reimagine the future. We’re seeing the creative community experiment and adapt in exciting ways and expect this to continue even

Arum Advisory helps Desk Space members navigate the Covid-19 economy

As coronavirus case numbers accumulated in March, the government restrictions and economic downtown throw numerous businesses and industries off course, forcing them to navigate through murky economic waters. Arum Advisory has been helping Desk Space members to navigate those waters, providing knowledge and advice about the government’s financial assistance and stimulus packages. As an accounting and consultancy service, it’s been an understandably busy few months for the Arum team as they assist their own clients, and kindly provide advice to Desk Space members. In April they hosted two virtual lunch and learns and have been available to fielded members’

Rescue Brand gives a hand at the #BLM March in Sydney

The Covid-19 pandemic forced businesses to adapt quickly if they wanted to survive the economic downturn and new ways of working and living. Desk Space member Ex D adapted so rapidly it not only survived but founded a new personal-care brand, Rescue Brand, with the modus operandi of reacting quickly and social responsibility. “The idea of Rescue Brand is to be able to respond to emergencies,” says Ex D and Rescue Brand co-founder Nick Hudson. Within days of the coronavirus crisis sweeping Australia in mid-March, hundreds of thousands of people had lost their jobs, stores had sold out of

Supply, Demand, and a New Brand

Desk Space provides start-ups with an environment that values creative problem solving, open communication channels and a flat hierarchy. So it’s no wonder there’s been an influx of business leaders finding it so valuable, especially when surrounded by a network they have come to know after years of working in the space. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 80% of the companies in Desk Space were urged to move any non-essential  work to home offices. But not the team at E-XD. Sitting down with co-founders Nick Hudson and Nick Benson of the product studio, they explain what their journey has been

Creative Facilitation at Desk Space

Supporting an avant-garde creative process and embracing unorthodox and experimental thinking is what works at Desk Space. Exploring and generating new concepts and ideas is the result of a strong and unique creative process. To think and work with creativity at your side makes common issues obsolete, and those tough business problems easier to face by applying lateral thinking. Courage, practice, and the right facilitation can result in unprecedented innovation - that’s how Claudio Mantovani and Benedetta Nissotti came to create their multi-disciplinary design consultancy, Form—A Studio, and find it’s home here at Desk Space. The two Italian born

Desk Space Top Tips for Working from Home

It’s unprecedented, but it’s the new reality. With COVID-19 causing mass lockdowns of cities across the globe, home and work routines have upended and washing your hands while humming Happy Birthday (twice) is the new norm. During these uncertain times it’s hard to remain focused and productive in your role, not to mention on your business.The team at Desk Space are here to run you through our top tips on how to stay motivated and connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Stick to a Schedule Working from home full time, or in the office a few days a week, can

Successful expansion into Sydney for Tori Allen Events

Tori Allen Events, the Melbourne-based event planning and management agency, has expanded their operations and are now a member of the community at Desk Space. After relocating the team to a new office space in Hawthorn East, Tori Allen’s plans to set up shop in Sydney soon followed.  Founded in 2013, Tori Allen started her company from humble beginnings, focusing primarily on floral design for private and corporate events. Now an established full-service creative studio, Tori Allen Events delivers a tailored approach to budget and location that fits a plethora of occasions, from large-scale corporate dinners to impactful activations,