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Artichoke Issue 67 June 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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Our June issue celebrates the award-winning projects of the 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards, Australia’s leading awards program recognizing excellence in interior design. This year we received 551 entries, representing a variety of scales, budgets and strengths. This year’s award winners have used critical design thinking to dissect and investigate simple activities like a haircut, visiting a museum or going to work. The assemblage of award winners across the categories asserts the promising and robust state of our architecture and design industry and shows that design excellence is stretching to every corner of Australia – from the concrete tangle of downtown Sydney to a town in outback Queensland with a population of just 950. Good design solves problems and it makes a positive contribution, advancing and enriching the human experience. The…

3 min.
can good design ‘spark joy?’

Last summer we were in the collective grip of Marie Kondo fever – asking ourselves if our sock drawer “sparked joy” and earnestly applying the “KonMari Method” to tidying up our homes, and by extension, our lives. Perhaps this is just another example of how in times of uncertainty in the world, we seek ways to create order in our own lives – and this time we had the book and the Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Netflix series to show us how to achieve it. What was fascinating to me was the succeeding conversation about the effect all of this tidying up had on our ability to think about and manage waste. Charities were faced with a veritable tsunami of donations that stretched their limited resources, waste management centres and…

7 min.
in brief

The Australian Ballet centre by Hassell In refurbishing the Melbourne home of the Australian Ballet, Hassell set out to expand and renew. The design incorporates subtle details to meet the needs of the dancers. A central circular staircase, wide enough for two dancers in tutus to pass, mimics ballet shoe ribbon twisting up the ankles of dancers. A bespoke terrazzo tile, inspired by the pink hues and silk of the ballet shoe, is seen throughout. The space includes a public cafe, medical facilities and a world-class recovery room. Hassell — hassellstudio.com Terrazzo tiles by Covet Melbourne design studio Covet has introduced a new range of terrazzo tiles featuring aggregates measuring 20 mm or more. The range includes curated palettes, such as the Classic, Coveted and Noir lines, and also allows designers to create their…

1 min.
honest design

Designed by Tom Fereday with King Living, the ETO table integrates power, wireless charging and lighting seamlessly into one sophisticated minimal design allowing people to truly customize the table to suit their needs. Providing the first desk in the world to offer interchangeable lighting and charging accessories, the ETO table considers how people truly work and live. Including concealed power, USB and cable management, the ETO desk attempts to clear the unnecessary clutter of objects and cables normally associated with desks. A slim integrated drawer unit offers storage for everyday desk items, such as laptops and stationery. The ETO table is constructed from a unique extruded oval profile aluminium frame and finished with a oak, walnut or black Japan veneered table top. The ETO table is the first collection to be launched by Tom…

3 min.
china’s rising design talent

Part of international design fair Maison&Objet, the Rising Talent Awards program provides an opportunity for emerging designers to present their works on a global stage. Previous years have seen recognition for designers from Italy, Lebanon and the UK. The Paris-based fair has this year cast its eye on China. Presented by DesignChain, the January 2019 Rising Talent Awards celebrates six Chinese designers selected by a jury of industry experts. The overarching theme of this year’s recipients is a passion for sustainable design and a balance between home and abroad. China has a reputation as a manufacturing giant, but it’s design community has only recently begun to build momentum, with organizations such as DesignChain helping it to flourish. Jury member and celebrated industrial designer Luca Nichetto says, “Chinese designers are realizing the power…

3 min.
inside the creative process

There is something profoundly mysterious about the creative process. The source of inspiration continues to capture the attention of artists, corporations and scientists alike; what is it that allows people to create, and what defines the individual creative process? How can creativity be fostered daily in response to a brief, budget and timeframe? Held in Brisbane, a recent Artichoke Night School session saw four creatives reflect on their personal approach to the creative process. The discussion spanned daily routines, inspiration, idea generation and problem solving. Emma James and David Twohill co-direct the Brisbane architecture firm Twohill and James. Their creative partnership sees them leading projects independently, yet an informal collaborative process allows shared contribution and a common trajectory for the design process. Throughout all stages of the design, their process foregrounds what…