FX Art & Framing, a specialist high quality custom framing business, engaged Arque to design a cost effective transformation of their new showroom and workshop in Sydney's Alexandria, within a very tight time frame. The relocation of their business from Redfern, where they had been based for 25+ years was a big step and required a solution that would enable them to be back-in-business and operational as quick as possible. A previous car mechanics workshop - the space required a thorough clean and stripping back of years of grime.
As a specialised fine art conservation framer, FX clients include major public and private art institutions and galleries, private art collectors, art consultants and artists who exhibit at some of the country’s leading national, state and private art galleries and museums. Arque were engaged to create a new showroom for meeting clients. In addition Arque worked in close consultation with the client to plan the BOH workspace - a fine tuned operation involving specific requirements for a variety of steps in the framing process - from measuring, fitting up, mounting, joining and glass cutting tables of specific sizes to rooms allocated to spraying, sawing, sanding and dry-mounting.
With the original garage roller door as the public entrance - open at all times - a protected environment was required both for security and for creating a comfortable work environment. A quick polish and seal of the existing concrete slab delivered a perfect platform from which to work from. Making use of the in-house skills and expertise of the FX team, a system of pre-sanded and stained plywood panels was devised, allowing for a quick on-site assembly. A large custom picture window connects the showroom to the street and throughout the space, original car mechanic machinery is retained, creating a playful backdrop, complimented by the clients eclectic mix of vintage and industrial furniture and memorabilia.
Project realised by Arque
Builder : Group Synergy Constructions I John Hearne