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Artichoke Issue 66 March 2019

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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At the time of writing, I’ve just returned from Business of Design Week (BODW) in Hong Kong, Asia’s most important design conference. For this year’s BODW, Melbourne was the partner city and more than one hundred Victorian designs – across architecture, interiors, industrial design, furniture, fashion, technology and more – were on show to a global audience inside the purpose-built Melbourne Pavilion. In addition, more than twenty Melbourne designers and creatives spoke at the three-day summit. The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, who officially opened the Melbourne Pavilion, said it was the biggest international showcase of Melbourne design ever staged.Whether it was listening to Rob Adams AM from City of Melbourne speak about dedicating thirty-five years to the “urban choreography” process of transforming Melbourne from a city…

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professional practice takes practice

In the last issue of Artichoke I wrote about the value of design, arguing that we need to shift our thinking about how it is communicated and understood, especially given the shifts in our own approaches – designers don’t just use design in order to make “stuff,” we use design to make stuff happen. (Well, I’m pleased to say some “stuff” certainly happened in response to that comment!) Since its publication, many of you have been in touch, sharing how this simple statement made a personal impact, offering a moment of validation that you’re on the right path, that what you do is recognized and that it matters. Of course, this is all very gratifying for the ego, but more importantly it gave me renewed inspiration.And so with the…

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Kate Ballis is a Melbourne-based artist who travels the globe photographing otherworldly landscapes and subjects. She is intrigued by the concept of making the unseen seen. Her book Infra Realism, published by Manuscript Publishing, was launched in Australia in November. Techne Studio (page 94) Marcus Baumgart is a designer and writer, and a founding director of Baumgart Clark Architects with long-time collaborator John A. Clark. You can read about their adventures at www.help.design. Techne Studio (page 94) Claire Beale is the National President of the DIA. She is a Melbourne-based textile designer, design educator and programs manager of the Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) and Bachelor of Textiles (Design) (Hons) degree programs in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University.…

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in brief

Adamas wall light by Savage Design The Adamas wall light by Savage Design is machined from solid brass or stainless steel. With its warm precious metal creating a feature point on the wall, Adamas works effectively as a single light, or it can be lined up in numbers down a hallway for extra impact. The distinctive knurled pattern on the exterior of the light gives it its name, Adamas, which comes from the ancient Greek word for “diamond.” Savage Design — savagedesign.com.au Blackbook Executive by Jane Holmes ID Jane Holmes ID has designed a “corporate but playful” office for recruitment company Blackbook Executive in Melbourne’s South Yarra. A monochromatic palette of dark charcoal, marble and warm timber tones has been used to create…

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caravan ii

Caravan II is located in Seoul, South Korea and was started by two Australians. The custom-made pendant lights above the servery evoke an intergalactic Star Trek feel but are also “a bit Memphis.” Brass accents, buttery caramel leather banquettes and the use of the Featherston Scape dining chair, an Australian mid-century classic, hint at 1950s Italian spaces. Walnut screens inlaid with rattan and mirror give glimpses to the artwork by Melbourne artist Jahnne Pascoe-White. The kaleidoscope of colourful marble slabs stretched across the floor was inspired by textile cutting patterns, a nod to the area’s history as the garment district. “Who said sequels suck?” This is Flack Studio’s bold declaration about Caravan II, the second in a series of cafes and bakeries recently opened by husband-and-wife team Adam Kane…

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bert’s bar & brasserie

The dining room features darker-coloured furnishings and tumbled marble tiles that contrast with high-gloss white timbers. The champagne bar is a sculpted showpiece and its fluted base, made from green Marrakesh render, is suggestive of the rippling movement of a curtain. The dining room spreads out between the champagne bar and kitchen. Timber and glass partitions provide a sense of separation without inhibiting the visual connection. Newport has been a popular destination since the 1880s when The Newport Arms Hotel attracted daytrippers and holiday-makers arriving via coach and paddle-steamer to Sydney’s northern beaches.Hospitality company Merivale bought The Newport Arms Hotel in 2015, renamed it The Newport and engaged Akin Atelier to design the redevelopment. The first stage transformed the iconic beer garden into a leafy oasis offering a variety…