It’s widely known throughout the design world that Australia’s talent is on point. Chic silhouettes team up with a strong color game and mixed materials for a sleek style that defines the Aussie aesthetic. The country is also finding success in the tech game and manufacturing, bringing big ideas to life. What may not be as widely known is that Australia is an innovator leading the way in workplace furniture design, which combines design and technology, with company Schiavello sitting in the top tier.
As an artisan who learned furniture making skills in Italy, my father Tony has always had a passion for quality. His sense of pride from achieving client satisfaction, and a need to feed a young family, drove him to found Schiavello in 1966. From humble beginnings, with an entrepreneurial spirit and an ‘anything is possible’ attitude, the Schiavello business grew and evolved into the multidisciplinary group we are today.
– Peter Schiavello, Schiavello Group Managing Director
Founded in Melbourne by Tony Schiavello, supported by his younger brother Joe, the brand’s success has always been built on people – collaborations and relationships are central to all they do. For over 55 years, Schiavello has worked with thousands of clients across a range of industries to provide an integrated approach to creating holistic work and living environments. At the end of the day, their goal is to bring people and teams together, build business culture, assist with the transition to hybrid working and help create a virtual and physical connection in the workplace.
As the world continues to evolve, it’s going to become ever more important that we have these capabilities in place – including intelligent furniture solutions that are multi-use, reconfigurable, moveable and tech enabled. While parts of the world are only now considering real estate footprints and hybrid workspaces, Australia has been integrating the approach into their office designs for years. “Australia has been leading agile working (or activity based working) for over a decade. This requires the workplace to do more than just provide a desk or a conference room, but rather perform as dynamic collaborative, social, healthy and hospitality driven spaces that embody a company’s brand and culture. There is a fearlessness in the approach that leads to exciting outcomes,” shared Katy Mercer, Principal at Woods Bagot.
Here is precisely where Schiavello makes a business shine, by considering the experience and culture that can drive it forward towards further success. Add to that their ability to provide a unique aesthetic that puts purpose, function and ergonomics at the forefront, and you’ll see why Schiavello’s design intelligence is head and shoulders above the rest.
Mercer shared: “Schiavello has fun with color, is thoughtful in the details and unexpected in the combinations of settings. They are leading the charge by introducing clever ways to bring flexible and high tech strategies into their commercial furniture line, while still having a hospitality and residential focus.”
The workplace purpose has changed, it will continue to change and yes, it still has value. The spectrum of the change is actually quite vast, depending on what industry and business you are talking to. The one thing we can all count on is the fact that we now know how to build, honor and nurture remote teams.
– Katy Mercer, Principal at Woods Bagot
“Maintaining an understanding of the evolving and future purpose of the workplace is key to being relevant in today’s world. Ongoing research into the psychology of people and culture provides Schiavello with rich knowledge to consider product and service solutions. Technology enabled agility and malleability in the workplace will support rewarding user experience and future ways of working,” shared Schiavello’s Managing Director, Peter Schiavello. “Our trajectory will continue to be in the hands of our clients. Success for Schiavello is earning long term client and stakeholder partnerships, which result in inspiring and mutually beneficial journeys.”
Schiavello stands on their deeply ingrained original values of quality, integrity and service excellence, as well as future thinking values of innovation and progression. As thought leaders who are creating a culture of learning and entrepreneurship, understanding client needs and challenging their own thinking, Schiavello remains committed to producing high quality, progressive workplace solutions that are in line with these promises they’ve long held.
At their manufacturing facilities across Melbourne and a state of the art headquarters, Schiavello design for, distribute to and partner with leading brands globally. Not only does an end-to-end Australian supply chain give the company capability and control, it also gives them agility. As a smaller business, Schiavello can pivot faster than larger brands, responding to their clients’ needs in record time. It also affords them the ability to ensure each element stays aligned with their sustainability and quality control expectations.
While Schiavello’s operations have a global reach, they’re committed to supporting local companies. By working closely with trusted and Australian-owned suppliers, they’re able to source more than 90 percent of the raw materials that make up their products – wood, glass, aluminum and steel – from within the country. Ninety-five percent of their production also takes place locally.
Schiavello supports designers, architects and forward thinking businesses in numerous key ways as a commercial furniture and workplace design partner. They’re committed to keeping their processes as local as possible while bringing you solutions that are innovative and build relationships within the workplace. And with Australia’s simple yet considered aesthetic, you’re not likely to find their approach elsewhere.
Schiavello Furniture is represented in the US through a partnership network of reps and dealers in San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Los Angeles. Globally they have showrooms and offices in all major cities in Australia and the Middle East, and representation in New Zealand, North and South East Asia and India. Find your nearest dealership now.
Interested in being a part of Schiavello’s global growth? Contact [email protected] to discuss partnership opportunities in your region.