Holly Board and Peter Grove, of BoardGrove Architects in Melbourne, run a young interdisciplinary design studio which was established in 2016. Their work has won awards in Australia and Europe and spans in scale from furniture through to urban city plans.
Born in 1981 and raised in Melbourne, Board’s interest in fine art and design lead her to study Interior Design at RMIT University and subsequently, Architecture. Grove, born in 1978, was born in the West Midlands where after a year at art college he went on to study at the The Bartlett School of Architecture in London. The two met in London working for a young dynamic design practice - Duggan Morris Architects - which was a very important professional experience for both as critical thinking, design exploration and innovation were nurtured and embraced. Board moved back to Melbourne in 2012 with Grove following in 2013, where they worked for local design practices before deciding to harness their learnings and experiences from their time at Duggan Morris in London and establish their own studio in 2016.
The pair aim to create spaces and objects that capture the imagination and emotionally resonate with the people who interact with them. They encourage time dedicated to experimentation which allows for unexpected, delightful and unique outcomes to be uncovered. BoardGrove's work has been described as 'joyful minimalism', with an equal weighting to form and experiential exploration.
Their completed projects Footscray Apartment, Angle Studio and Two Tables having received wide press coverage both in Australia and internationally. In 2019 Two Tables were exhibited at Milan Furniture Fair and were subsequently picked by Yatzer as one of the best products of Salone. In the same year, Two Tables featured in Yellowtrace's Milantrace 2019 Report.