Gyms and fitness studios are rapidly changing. Gone are the days of dated colour schemes and broken machines. Now, they’re places that promise to revitalise the body and the mind.
W1LL Studio in Sydney’s Surry Hills, is a new yoga and meditation studio that delivers such an experience. Once home to Urban Yoga, the team behind the studio were keen for a rebrand and a redesign. So, with the help of white walls, wall to ceiling linen sheers and an impressive concrete wallpaper by White Mica, the space was transformed.
Designed by Studio 1 Design, their brief was to create an open, relaxed reception and lounge area where visitors could have some down time before and after class; a space where they could really feel at home. “I went big on comfort,” says Laura Downie, the founder of Studio 1 Design. “Three large armchairs from Uniqwa Furniture steal the show, and once you find yourself sitting in one you’ll find it very difficult to get up! They’re a meditation in their own right!”
Set in a huge light-filled space, the studio’s colour scheme is black and white, with accents of army green and copper. Various seating spaces are softened with the addition of subtle timber tones paired with soft velvet cushions and throws. And of course, no project is complete without greenery, and in this case, lots of it.
“This has absolutely been one of my favourite Studio 1 Design projects to date,” explains Laura. “The studio reports that their members and guests all want to move in, so I am deeming that a success!”
Classes are set to music, and there’s a huge screen projecting videos of vivid landscapes, wild animals, sunsets and glittering beaches. And if you’re not in Sydney, they’ve also launched an online yoga and meditation platform.
W1LL is a yoga and meditation studio with a difference. The 1 in W1LL stands for one human. So, every time you practice or purchase a product you are helping a human in need through The Human Kind Project – a non-profit foundation that funds projects in Africa and India.
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