This week, we will be attending Hong Kong Business of Design Week, where our Chris Connell-designed Gallery Chair will be on display. Thanks to real estate agents Marshall White, who included the Gallery Chair in a list of their top furniture picks from the Pavilion. Read more here.

Our QLD construction team has partnered with architect Studio Aria, SB&G Group, and TMCL to deliver the first hotel in the global launch of the voco hotel brand.

Previously the site of Watermark Hotel and Spa, the 4,000sqm voco refurbishment covers the entertainment area, a state-of-the-art gym, recreation rooms, as well as the ground floor reception and lobby spaces. The refurbishment will also see the new fitout of all 389 rooms across 20 floors.


Last week, Schiavello took part in the Middle East’s leading design fair, Downtown Design Dubai. With over 120 people visiting our stall, the event was a great success.

Key pieces from our agile working collections were on display, including Toku, Agile Table and Focus, as well as Vertical Garden, Kase, Metal Planter, Maui, Krossi, Karo, and Rib Bar Stool.

Schiavello is proud to have partnered with the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) to host its latest international Boarding Pass event at our Dubai showroom last week.

Over 50 Australian architects and designers gathered at the Showroom for the night, which is an opportunity for members to get together in key locations around the globe.

Thank you to the AIA for putting on the event and for letting us be a part of it.

A series of Design Institute of Australia (DIA) events were held at Schiavello Showrooms across the country throughout October and November.

The DIALogue Forecast, an Australia-wide event that looks ahead to the next big design trends, was held at both the Adelaide and Perth Showrooms. In Melbourne, the Dynamic Experience Design: Events and Ephemeral night was held at Schiavello’s Retail Showroom. The panel featured Amanda Henderson and Daniel Dalla Riva, who discussed designing expressive and emotive installations and temporary exhibitions.

With many events experiencing sell-out numbers, they were a huge success. Schiavello wishes to thank the DIA for putting on such meaningful and thoughtful design events.

Photography by Adam Mazur – Atomik Arts

Schiavello sponsored Women In Design And Construction’s (WIDAC) recent event, Road to Leadership, which was held at our Surrey Hills Showroom with an estimated 140 guests.

Together with WIDAC, Schiavello managed to make this the biggest Sydney WIDAC event to date.

Surrounded by canapés and drinks, the speakers at the event discussed their professional journeys, how they have progressed through their careers to be the inspirational leaders they are today, the various pathways that can be taken to achieve goals, and expert advice on how to lead by empowering people and creating a positive culture.

Hassan El Rayes, Schiavello NSW State Sales Manager, also provided an introductory speech touching on what the road to leadership means to him through personal family experiences and observations of society today, as well as the inclusivity and diversity within Schiavello and the Schiavello Ganbu programme.

In partnership with RMIT, we recently hosted a walk-through of the RMIT Oxford Scholar Hotel to China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) students.

This was the perfect opportunity to showcase how a Construction Management course can translate into the real world.

Completed as part of their degree at RMIT, students donned their hi-vis, hardhats, and steel capped boots to visit the live site.


The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) ACT Awards were held at the National Arboretum in Canberra this year.

The awards showcased the achievements and industry advancements of women, men and organisations in the construction industry, celebrating winners with awards such as the Mentor of the Year award and the Emerging Leader award.

Sharing an ongoing relationship with NAWIC, Schiavello manufactured and donated the seven winners trophies to the event. “The trophies were unique in design to NAWIC and we needed them within a short lead time,” says NAWIC’s Jayne Garzotto. “Although they were made to our specific design, Schiavello had its own spin on the final design. We were after a hard wood finish, and Angelo [Papas, Divisional Operations Manager at Schiavello Manufacturing] chose Tasmanian blackwood, which is a beautiful timber; it has red and dark chocolate age rings and swirls.”


Continuing our longstanding relationship with Adelaide Railway Station (ARS), Schiavello Construction SA is pleased to announce the commencement of the ARS Driver Amenities fitout.

For the Department of Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure (DPTI) and in collaboration with DASH Architects, AECOM, and Turner & Townsend Thinc, we will be converting a tenancy within the heritage-listed building into a new rest and recreation space for the public transport services operators.

In 2013 our SA construction team upgraded the Western End of ARS’ Northern Terrace entrance, increasing the station’s capacity to handle large crowds and provide better connections between the city’s trams, buses, and trains.


Carrying on from World Suicide Prevention day and R U OK? Day, Schiavello Construction QLD is keeping the conversation alive by taking part in the Mental Awareness Foundation’s annual Walk for Awareness.  

Led by QLD state director Steven Kourevelis, our QLD construction team is taking the opportunity to come together as part of the wider community. They are walking in support and solidarity, to break the silence on mental illness, and to contribute to the funding of programs that are making differences on the front line with mental issues.  

Our team will be walking 8km through Brisbane City, Southbank river loop on 7 October – you can show your support by donating here.


On Thursday 13 September, Schiavello Construction offices nationwide took part in R U OK? Day. Our aim was to not only bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention, but also to check in with our friends, colleagues, and clients to see how they’re doing.

We don’t believe in shying away from mental health issues. Throughout each of our offices in NSW, SA, QLD, and our head office in VIC, we encouraged all our staff to ask each other “are you ok?”

In the week leading up to R U OK? Day, we prompted the conversation by putting up posters encouraging everyone to stay connected, hosting a BBQ for our clients and contractors in SA, included the topic in our toolbox talks, and empowered everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them.

Conversations need to happen everyday; “so don’t be afraid to ask –all you need to do is listen, understand, and show that you’re there to support. Sometimes a conversation can help clear the mind and give another person some perspective,” says Christopher Schiavello, Director and State Manager Schiavello Construction NSW.

Schiavello’s Indigenous Participation Plan is taking shape in South Australia with the employment of Rob Rankine. Rob joined our SA construction team as Site Compliance Officer late last year. 

Facilitating Rob’s career development

Rob initially started as a contracted site labourer where he displayed unmistakable potential. Under the leadership of SA State Director, Luke Steele, Rob was offered further training and education in safety and compliance to progress towards a position within Schiavello.

“We’re always on the lookout for talented people to join our business. Rob’s attitude showed clear potential – we just provided the opportunity,” says Luke.


Schiavello offices nationwide showed off their prettiest pink outfits in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation 

Between 18-24th of June, our staff across Australia showed their support for the National Breast Cancer Foundation by wearing pink around the office.  

The pink wasn’t contained to shirts and ties though. Our offsite staff turned heads across construction sites as they traded their orange hi-vis safety gear for pink vests and hard hats. 


Last week, from 14–16 June, Schiavello took part in DENFAIR. This year we held two stands, one exhibiting the Gallery Chair, and the other, the Agile Table and Toku collection.

Just released, the Gallery Chair is designed by Chris Connell. It was commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and features vibrant colours and geometric angles inspired by the Leonard French stained glass ceiling in the gallery’s Great Hall.

The Agile Table is another new product, released this year. This dynamic product, designed in collaboration with Amanda Stanaway and Schiavello’s People and Culture Principal Keti Malkoski, re-defines the ways people interact and activate workspaces. Also displayed was Gavin Harris’ Toku collection, Chris Connell’s Rib High Stools, and Kase storage, designed by New Zealander Sam Haughton.

Sarah Zerella, Schiavello’s consultant – people and culture consulting, represented us on-stage at the ‘Responsibility: Designing and Communicating Ethically’ panel discussion, in which she discussed what guides our moral compass when working in the design community.

In addition, Schiavello was proud to support Front / Centre – DENFAIR’s competition to find Australia’s best and most innovative young designers. See the list of the deserving winners here.

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Schiavello is very proud to announce Alan Al-Refaei’s promotion to Director of our NSW business.

Having started as a Cadet over 10 years ago, Alan’s long-term commitment and dedication to his clients has seen him develop into the role of Construction Director. His journey is a true testament to Schiavello’s commitment to providing opportunities for our people.

Alan’s promotion further strengthens our position within the New South Wales market, with now being able to provide our clients with greater executive level coverage on all projects.

This week with Diana Parisi (Schiavello Group QSE Manager), and the corporate QSE team Lauren Moore (QSE Specialist), Sarah Watt (Contracts/Compliance Manager) and Michelle Rouse (Admin Support) welcomed our state QSE Coordinators Kellie Hall (WA), Ashima Jamal (NSW), Casey Watts (QLD) and Natalie Mitchell (SA) to Melbourne for a 2 day QSE conference. “A team approach to strategic planning, risk mitigation and continual improvement – such an incredibly value adding 2 days for all participants”– Diana Parisi