The Capitol Life of South Yarra

Melbourne design company Fabio Ongarato Design is working with a team of sixteen illustrators to run a slow reveal campaign portraying the lifestyle of luxury apartment complex The Capitol South Yarra. Apartments at the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street start at $850,000 and reach $15 million. Position, home, service, atmosphere, society, culture, perspective, space, and modernism are explored with Illustrations and photography provided by a range of artists, from Filipe Jardime, Louis Vuitton’s Carnet De Voyage Rio illustrator, to GQ’s resident cartoonist Jean-Philippe Delhomme, to Spanish photographer Daniel Reira. The result is a collaboration with 16 contributors presented online and in the building’s foyer. This approach has seen 1,900 registrations and over a hundred $5,000 reservations fees paid for apartments before the product has gone to market.

Capitol Life Online

Fabio Ongarato explains, “We wanted to exemplify the concept of selling a luxury product by creating desire for our ‘progressive elite’ target audience through intrigue, anticipation and mystique, rather than product specific advertising. Historically, property marketing has been ‘veneer’ and has often been geared to lure, but is ignorant of the true broad lifestyle associations/social networks of the progressive elite target market. Combining all these elements ensures market penetration via word-of-mouth – which is the ultimate communication tool for this demographic – is achievable. What was most exciting for the team was each collaborator’s willingness and enthusiasm to be involved, given their pedigree and distance.”

Capitol Life Newspaper by Jean-Philippe Delhomme

Capitol Life Illustrations by Jean-Philippe Delhomme

Capitol Life Toorak Rd by Filipe Jardim

Capitol Life Restaurant by Filipe Jardim

Capitol Life Park by Filipe Jardim

Capitol Life Pools

Capitol Life Cards by Daniel Riera

Capitol Life Lounge

Capitol Life Vase by Sebastian Collings

Capitol Life Aerial


Fabio Ongarato Design team Fabio Ongarato, Maurice Lai, Katherine McQuarrie and Meg Phillips, worked with photographer Sebastian Gollings, illustrator Filipe Jardim, illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme, architectural photographer Peter Bennetts, (with retoucher John Hamiliton, intern Max Schafer digital operator Andrew Butler), stylist Indianna Foorde, Spanish photographer Daniel Reira, gallery owner Sophie Gannon, film director Ben Briand, photographer Philippe Auger.