When Adrian Doyle almost accidentally founded The Blender Studios in 2001 as a bright-eyed 22-year-old, he envisioned a space where contemporary fine art would have a place next to the edgiest of street art – mixing artists, philosophies, beliefs and backgrounds all together.
According to Adrian, it was important to create a collaborative environment from the outset, so each artist’s gallery encompasses three walls which allow the spaces to be viewed from a central point while also enabling the artists to influence each other (and hence the name; Blender Studios).
Upon entering the studio through painted roller doors you are met with a beautiful old warehouse, with paintings covering the white walls. The studio is a journey with different spaces creating alternate worlds for each artist, and, nestled in a laneway off Franklin Street that’s famous for its street art, it’s the perfect place to get inspired.
Historically the studio was shut down in 2004. When it reopened a few years later all that remained were the bathrooms and so the process of design and collaboration started again.
The studio’s design itself is a fine line between form and function with the furniture having either been created as art or covered in paint.
The Blender Studios has a retro vibe with most of the furniture being salvaged out of dumpsters and repurposed in its new home.
It has a practical aesthetic but it is one that has been used, it tells a story. Every drop of paint on the floor belongs to an artist, every red wine stain points to the distant memory of a wild party…