Part of the growing arts and culture scene on the Gold Coast is the ingenious way people are willing to come together for the greater good. The buzzword in the last two years or so has undoubtedly been ‘collective’, and when it comes to bettering the already envious lifestyle we have here, well, it’s another feather in our cap when clever-minded businesses come together and work in exciting new collaborations.
Madison and Reuben Browne are one such couple who have taken this idea and ran with it to incredible new heights. The co-directors and creative masterminds are proud to show the Coast their creative baby, The Ocean Club in Mermaid Waters.
The concept is relatively simple. We’ve all been to those homeware showrooms before with all sorts of fittings and things you can include in new builds and renovations. And for the most part, they can be a tad stale and boring! Not here. The idea is to showcase up to a dozen different trades under the one roof. But, the difference being they are deftly constructed in the context of the home, inviting vendors, artists, and craftspeople to put out the word surrounding their businesses and wow you with what they offer.
Within the walls, you’ll discover the physical work of industry professionals, trades, builders, architects, developers, home designers, and renovators. Meaning you can enter this incredible space, observe a multitude of styles and fittings, and with the help of modern technology — QR codes — you’ll have all the essential information and how you can start the ball rolling on your very own home improvement.
The space itself is stunning, and from the moment you walk through their vintage style 1920s handmade doors, you’ll find it hard to leave. A majority of influence has been taken from mid-century styling, with a thin slice of minimalism, and not forgetting a peppering of sub-tropical Queensland vibes, The Ocean Club’s whole persona and the clever things you’ll find inside are nothing short of utterly impressive!
Officially opening Saturday 9th October, people will be free to come in and discover the space at any time, take inspiration and connect with some talented people that they might otherwise never have discovered.
The couple has already foreseen the potential for other uses: a multifunctional space. We are told the venue will be open to hire for varying events, and if you pay close enough attention in the near future, there could very well be yoga classes and even some form of coffee going down as well. However, the cherry on top is a complimentary beverage bar for staff and clients, featuring a curved bench seat with custom vinyl leather upholstery and a servery window peering over the water towards the Gold Coast hinterland.
Cheers, don’t mind if we do!
The Ocean Club currently showcases the following trades, artisans and designers:
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am – 4.30pm, Saturday: 9am – 1pm
Where: 13 Northview Street, Mermaid Waters
Words by Alex Mitcheson.