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IT SEEMS THAT NO MATTER WHAT INDUSTRY YOU'RE IN, CREATIVE YOUNG GUNS AT HOME AND ABROAD ARE SHAKING THINGS UP. WE HAVE AUSSIE TECH INNOVATORS STORMING THE 'RICH LISTS'; FRESH-FACED WOMEN SUBVERTING THE TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING MODEL; AND HOME OWNERS INCREASINGLY TURNING TO EARLY-STAGES, BOUTIQUE DESIGN STUDIOS TO REJUVINATE THEIR PROPERTY PORTFOLIOS. ADELE BATES' SOUTH MELBOURNE-BASED FIRM IS A PRIME EXAMPLE, ESTABLISHED IN ONLY 2012 AND ALREADY RACKING UP BOTH CLIENTS AND INDUSTRY ACCOLADES.

Adele herself has 12 years experience as an interior designer and is now kicking goals with her highly detailed-orientated, multi-disciplined approach to interiors. In her own words, "a designer can get your out of your comfort zone, bring[ing] unexpected ideas to the table" - and boy, isn't she doing just that.

 PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CHRIS WARNES

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CHRIS WARNES

Exhibit A: the recently completed Toorak Residence, proof of how a fresh, focused personality can breathe new life into a home. One the exterior it's a handsome heritage listed residence; on the interior it is as bright, complex and sophisticated as the busy family of four that call this place home. "It was important for the clients to have a home with a strong, unique identity that possessed a sense of timeless elegance," Adele explains, and she has delivered in spades...

Read the full story on Adele Bates in the Antipodean Issue of Box Magazine, available now. Words by Crystal Andrews, photography courtesy Chris Warnes.