Smac Studio Transforms Duplex Using Project Management Platform Programa

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Smac Studio, an interior design studio based in Australia, has utilized a new project management platform called Programa to transform a duplex with blue-toned stone. Programa, launched in 2020, is an online platform that streamlines project management and specification for design professionals. It includes client dashboards, concept development pinboards, and live schedules for specifications and financial planning.

The platform aims to relieve designers of unnecessary stress while boosting efficiency and enabling the realization of creative visions. Smac Studio used Programa to bring light and pops of color to a previously dark duplex in Sydney’s Bondi suburb. The studio implemented real-time updates through the platform, which were accessible to builders, suppliers, and clients via a continually updated schedule.

The project was inspired by an image of a blue stone with neutral creams and whites, which served as a starting point for the design. The studio carried tones of blue throughout the space, from a block of Monenegefro Quartzite used in the entrance stair to a textured wall in the powder room. They also created a double-height space in the entrance to bring more light into the interior.

Programa’s real-time updates ensured that all stakeholders remained aligned and informed throughout the process. The platform’s ability to input pricing information, including recommended retail price and trade pricing, proved invaluable to Smac Studio in generating overall cost estimates.

The studio completed the space with clay-toned reds found in leather and wood accents, as well as light wood cabinetry and a living room adorned with beige textiles. According to Smac Studio associate designer Ally Terry, Programa brings a new level of transparency to their design process.

Founded in 2017, Smac Studio specializes in residential interior design and is located in Sydney, Australia. The photography for this project was done by Pablo Viega.

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