Chroma Studio


Words: Manuela Millan
photos: Simon shiff

We recently came across Chroma Studio, the brainchild of the energetic and irrepressible Nadene Sachinidis which aims to bring together a curated selection of homewares, jewellery, accessories and gorgeous floral arrangements.  We had a look around and were delighted to find a selection of Melbourne’s own including ceramics by Tracy Muirhead, homewares by KeepResin, self-watering plant pots by Mr Kitly and others.  We decided to have five minutes with Nadene to find out more about her and her new baby Chroma Studio

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Nadene has a great affinity for the arts, studying jazz at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts right after high school. It was not until later that she discovered her love of the texture, colour and potential of floristry. She then left her budding music career to pursue this newfound passion, on which she has now built her career. 

For a long time I loved performing but eventually I just found that music wasn’t the right medium for my creative expression anymore. 

Nadene’s capacity to launch headfirst into the unknown and to trust her instincts has served her well and will no doubt continue to allow her to thrive and grow. It is rare to find someone who is willing to take the chance to follow a dream, but also back it up with the grit and effort required to actually make it happen. 

I started with little short courses in floristry and I fell even more in love with it. So then I went back to trade school and did a formal qualification and I became a florist. Five years later, here I am. 

Floristry allowed Nadene to express her natural creative talent when it comes to colour and the careful composition of different tones and textures. It also gives her a unique perspective which she can now use to help her identify exciting and fresh design. 

What’s come from doing flowers is this love for design and creative expression. The things that have always drawn me to flowers: colour, texture, form, fragrance, all of these qualities have bled into loving homewares, jewellery, and fashion. 

Much like one of her flower arrangements, each product featured at Chroma Studios has been carefully selected, curated and matched complement and elevate the others. Another parallel is the somewhat ephemeral nature of the product range. Like a seasonal bouquet, not all of Chroma’s products are available year-round, and some are one-off and never to be repeated. If you love something you have to enjoy it while it’s here and available. 

We’ll get a bit of a collection and release it to the world and then find another little collection. The brand list will wax and wane a little bit. I’m forever looking; I want to keep hot on the heels of whatever is happening. 

At her heart Nadene is a story-teller and her medium is colour, texture, and form. Whether it is creating a bespoke floral display in close collaboration with a client, or selecting and displaying a new collection, Nadene’s eye and talent for composition shines through. 

As Nadene modestly put is “it’s about understanding what story you want to tell”. 

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What’s come from doing flowers is this love for design and creative expression. The things that have always drawn me to flowers: colour, texture, form, fragrance, all of these qualities have bled into loving homewares, jewellery, and fashion
— Nadene Sachinidis Founder and Florist CHROMA STUDIO
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MM: What do you do when you’re not working? 

NS: I love being active actually, nature is a really fundamental part of my life. I just kind of go and explore a little bit, go for a walk and try to be part of the world a little bit. I try and remove myself from these things (points at phone). 

I also love going to galleries and live gigs as well. It’s important to keep connected with friends and other creatives. It’s so big here in Melbourne, the opportunities are endless, that’s what I love about it. We’re all so busy – it’s hard to always find the time to do that, but I’m really trying to do it and make the time to do it. It’s really important – and for your own creative process too, it keeps you motivated and excited. 

MM: Where do you get your coffee from?

NS: It depends on which side of town I’m on. 

Northside – it’s gotta be Code Black. (Inner) Southside – the folks at Good Egg in South Melbourne are wonderful humans and you can trust Jordy to serve you up a fab iced latte. 

Honourable mention goes to Ascot Food Store.

MM: What are your plans for the future?

NS: I don’t take anything for granted. I’m beyond grateful that I can do this right now and every day that I can do it I’m stoked. I’d love for this little baby to get a little bigger – not bigger than its boots though – I still want to be able to have my hand in everything, I’d like everything to have a personal touch. We’d love to have a showroom for people to be able to come in and tangibly experience everything. 

I would also love to do more collaborations, working with other makers and coming up with something that is beautiful and bespoke to Chroma Studio. 

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