There's a swish new look for the exclusive Qantas Chairman's Lounge, with the latest in the invitation-only airport lounges now open at Brisbane revealing a updated design from its counterparts in Sydney and Melbourne.
Created by Sumu Design in collaboration with David Caon, the more contemporary look of the Brisbane Qantas Chairman's Lounge clearly shares a bit of DNA with the recently-opened Qantas London Lounge in the walnut panelling.
At first glance it also reminds us of Cathay Pacific's The Pier lounges in Hong Kong due to a common 'residential feel' which emphasises rich natural materials including wood, brass, wool carpet and marble flooring – helping it truly look the part of an elite airport lounge.
There's a thoughtful mix of individual chairs, banquet seating and booths, including some furniture designed specifically for Qantas.
Three meeting rooms afford even more privacy.
As with all Chairman's Lounges, there's a tended bar and Rockpool dining menu.
The open plan of the Brisbane lounge helps light flood through the lounge through full-length windows, although we're told that the lounge's location – adjacent to where the regional QantasLink turboprops fire up – required additional sound-dampening for the glass and thick window frames.
In all, the result is a far more modern and relaxing vibe for VIPs, and is less ostensibly ‘look at me’ than the green leather furniture and refined old world gentleman’s club vibe of the ‘classic’ Chairman’s Lounge design seen in Sydney, Canberra and Perth – which are in turn modelled on the Sydney and Melbourne international first class lounges.
The final element of Qantas' domestic Brisbane lounge precinct, the new Chairman's Lounge was created in the footprint of the former Qantas Business Lounge and also sits alongside the refreshed Qantas Club which opened in November 2017.
There are currently no plans to bring this updated design to the older Chairman’s Lounges as part of Qantas’ rolling lounge upgrade program, which will see all-new Melbourne business class and Qantas Club lounges open in September 2018 followed by their Sydney counterparts in 2019.