RMIT Capitol Theatre Melbourne – Banquette Seating


  • Commercial Upholstery Solutions (Vic) Pty Ltd
  • GAAS Furniture Pty Ltd


The Tender brief was to add new modern seating with a link to the past for this 3 storey dilapidated Building which was originally designed by renowned Architects Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahoney Griffin. Built in 1924, this Building was one of the worlds earliest examples of Art Deco / Chicago Gothic styles. Using images from the past were able to create the desired “Chunky Club” style of leather seating to meet the Client, Architect and Buildings needs.

Key Features


The Banquettes were designed to be oversized and along with the antique green leather the seating blended in with the large floor space, carpets, tall ceilings and columns without taking away from the Art Deco format.


With regards to the environmental impact of the seating we have endeavoured to use materials that can be recycled or replaced at any stage of the life cycle. This includes the leather, timber boards, metal framing as well as the foam used.


Undergoing a transformation into a state of the art presentation and lecture theatre, the Capitol was fitted out to become a unique work environment hosting conferences, student lectures as well as cinema graphic productions.
The specialised Banquette Seating and componentry now ensures that the Capitol remains a heritage masterpiece for the next generation of patrons.


Traditionally upholstered seats are manufactured with a timber carcase, however in this instance a metal frame was required for additional strength and support. These frames were bolted and chemically set to the concrete plinths so that the seats did not interfere with the glass panels behind the upholstered seats.

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