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Issue 75 June 2021
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Artichoke, Australia’s most respected interior architecture and design magazine, presents inspiring examples of design excellence and engaging discussion of design issues to industry professionals and a broader audience of design-savvy consumers. It reviews significant new projects, profiles designers, showcases new products and explores creative design collaborations. It is the national magazine of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

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Issue 75 June — August 2021 The everyday stresses of work, family, the environment, politics and everything else that comes with modern life have made us all re-evaluate every aspect of our lives, particularly our health and wellbeing. This has brought on a boom in wellness spaces and a re-imagining of traditional self-care environments, such as beauty studios, gyms, yoga centres and hair salons. Designing for wellness interiors involves understanding how people want to feel, physically and psychologically, and the paradox of creating a private, personal space that will serve the public. This issue, we review four new wellness projects from across Australia, each very different in intent and function, but with the like-minded aim of providing people with some form of self-care. For Geraldine Maher, designer of Light Years Skin Studio (page…

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Leanne Amodeo is an editor, writer and media consultant. A former editor of Monument and Inside magazines, she currently consults on communications, strategy and content, and contributes to architecture, design and visual arts publications internationally. Profile: Hattie Molloy (page 57) Sharyn Cairns is at the forefront of commercial photography in Australia, with a portfolio spanning interiors, food, travel and lifestyle. She creates beautiful images that capture moods and emotions, playing with light and shadows to create depth and memorable scenes. Prince Public Bar (page 16) David Clark is a design commentator who, as editor-in-chief of Vogue Living Australia, helped define an era in Australian residential interior design. In 2012, he was international editorial consultant to Condé Nast for the launch of AD China. In 2016, he was inducted into DIA’s Hall of Fame. Smart Design…

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the edit

The Dog Room from Pen Design studio Made by Pen (Pen) reintroduces their award-winning product “The Dog Room,” with improved, locally-sourced materials and a new partnership with Help Enterprises, a social enterprise company focused on providing employment and training opportunities for people with disability. The Dog Room, designed by Michael Ong, features powdercoated, hand-welded frames and marine-grade plywood. Pen — madebypen.com Paola Lenti outdoor collection Paola Lenti has released a colourful and elegant outdoor collection that has been developed to meet a growing need for greater comfort alongside durability and sustainability in the outdoors. Included in the latest release are bold yet hardy rugs, sophisticated outdoor seating and chic poolside essentials such as sun lounges and hammocks, all created with the textural appearance that has become a hallmark of Paola Lenti’s past collections. Dedece —…

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prince public bar

Changing a beloved institution is always a challenge but this hotel, previously known as the Prince of Wales, is particularly hallowed ground. Constructed over the remains of an earlier pub, the grand ocean liner of a building was completed in 1937. With fashionable Streamline Moderne lines and a glamorous clientele, the hotel was occupied during WWII by US troops, which only added to its appeal. Eighties punk in the bandroom upstairs added serious music cred, while the ground-floor public bar has long held legendary status: the St Kilda Historical Society claims the east section as the oldest surviving gay bar in Victoria, peacefully coexisting with the rest of a venue acknowledged as the “straightest, roughest bar in town.” However, time takes its toll on us all, and a combination of crumbling…

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the signal box pavilion

In visiting the Signal Box – a wonderful return to the public realm of a heritage railway building – architect Jason Elsley of Derive Architecture and Design and I kept talking about big principles, big agendas. We talked about them through the project, which in itself is very small. We talked about urban infrastructure, about democracy and the civic aspirations of urbanism. We discussed the need for conservation practices to shift from western cultural heritage toward sustainability and carbon sequestration, and toward the archaeology of multiple ages: western and indigenous. Such big talk sat comfortably within a tour of a building made up of only two nine-by-nine-metre footprints. The project is centred on a vestigial brick “Type O” signal box structure with two siblings in Australia and many more in England,…

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warders hotel & emily taylor

Fremantle, or “Freo” to those in the know, wears its convict-cut limestone buildings with poignant reverence. Pregnant with a layered and multifaceted history, Perth’s port city has, for almost 200 years, seen the to and fro of trade and, with it, travellers whose stories are now etched inherently into every rifted surface. Among the many heritage-listed structures built by convict hands is a familiar row of terraces on Henderson Street, the once-crowded homes of the Fremantle Prison warders and their families now offering a place of respite for travellers of another era. Warders Hotel and Emily Taylor by Matthew Crawford Architects recasts the warders’ cottages as a boutique, eleven-room hotel, with a rear restaurant–bar that hums with the good cheer of up to 450 patrons, locals and visitors alike. The restaurant’s…