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Unveiling a New Sustainable Retail Experience in Melbourne's Emporium.


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November, 2023 - Melbourne has welcomed a refreshing take on sustainable retail spaces with the launch of ecoR Tech’s flagship store in Melbourne’s Emporium.

The project, a collaboration between ecoR TechCor_so Interior Architecture and The Cardboard Mill, has seen the bold use of recycled cardboard as the foundational building material in the innovative retail space. And while

the cardboard design may capture initial attention, it's the underlying message of sustainable choices that is set to linger representing a change in the air.

Brent Bryce, CEO and Co-Founder of ecoR Tech explains, "We provide people with quality tech repairs and refurbished devices to help extend the use of old or existing tech, and with this comes an engrained message that aligns with many of our customer's values, and that is to reduce the amount of e-waste in our society."

"When it came to designing our flagship store in Emporium, our collaboration with Cor_so started with presenting our design directive and our primary goal, which was to infuse these principles into our store ambiance," said Brent.


"The result is a space that not only encompasses our message, but the message of many Melbournian's who are looking to make more sustainable choices with their technology."

Fast forward to the retail experience, and ecoR Tech and Cor_so have delivered what can be viewed as a remarkable example of retail innovation that infuses the core values of sustainability in a readily discernible aesthetic.  

From the overarching cardboard integration through to recyclable elements such as recycled car tyre flooring within the design, ecoR Tech and Cor_so have architected a space that breathes new life into the greater retail landscape, bringing to the fore a meaningful conversation about e-waste reduction through the lens of good design.


Director of Cor_so Interior Architecture, Joey Corso explains, "The design process always starts with the idea of problem-solving and in working with ecoR Tech, it was important that we tangibly express this commitment to sustainability in a retail environment."

“The strength of cardboard as a material was investigated and following experimentation, we were able to develop a method that delivered our collective creative visions as well as being strong enough to withstand traffic,” said Joey.

The project embraced the significant contributions of local artisans and the Vicinity Centres' design team in bringing the vision to life. And on June 27 this year, the store was officially opened by Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp in front of the team who contributed to the collaborative project.

“Everyone involved has contributed significantly. It's a shared achievement and what we believe is a shared vision for the future of sustainable retail,” adds Bryce.

Cor_so Interior Architecture specialises in designing retail and commercial spaces that are not just aesthetically appealing but highly functional, reimagining the concept of space and addressing complex design problems.

"We can make an impact through the spaces we create and with projects like this, we are able to constantly push the boundaries of design to communicate ideas effectively," Joey adds.

To discover more about ecoR Tech and the changing the way we experience interior spaces, visit



Cor_so is an award-winning practice specialising in interior design and architectural solutions for commercial and domestic clients in Australia. The practice is driven by a team of dynamic, innovative thinkers who prioritise quality design, budget adherence, and punctual project completion. 

Cor_so is passionate about architecture and the interior environment, with Founder Joey Corso dedicated to creating spaces that excel in both form and function.

The team at Cor_so view each project as a unique, intricate puzzle with its own narrative. They strive to enhance and create spaces that effectively convey an idea without resorting to obvious solutions. 

Efficiency and clear thinking form the cornerstone of the Cor_so approach, resolving challenges through design and great relationships with both clients, builders and industry peers to produce positive outcomes.

Cor_so employs a consistent method across all projects, emphasising the importance of understanding the brief, valuing collaboration, and providing design leadership. 

The Cor_so approach is to listen to clients and work closely to ensure that their visions are brought to life.

Above all, the team at Cor_so is driven by a love for what they do, with enthusiasm for architecture and interior design evident in all spaces they create and the successful projects they deliver.

About the Founder, Joey Corso

After completing a Bachelor of Design (Interior & Exhibition Design) from Swinburne University, Joey Corso gravitated towards commercial and residential developments harnessing a broad range of experience and expertise in multidisciplinary sectors.

Joey founded Cor_so in 2012 to deliver an intimate and hands on approach to projects. Today, Cor_so has grown into an award-winning team of interior designers who deliver retail, corporate and residential projects. 


From concept to completion Joey is passionate about working side by side with clients to develop design strategy, feasibility, space planning, concept design, construction documentation and project management.



Joey Corso

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