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Artichoke Issue 70 March 2020

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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1 min.

It often seems like everyone and everything is vying for our attention. News headlines are shouty, advertisements are pushy, social media feeds are deafening and inboxes are nagging. All of this noise can feel overwhelming. Short of surrendering completely to a life in overdrive, how can we find relief? And how do we find it in our interiors? At The Commons QV co-working space in Melbourne (page 102), quiet zones are essential. Foolscap Studio responded with a range of spaces, but one in particular, the sensory room, uses soft lighting and muted materiality to create a space for sleep, meditation, thinking or whatever your brand of personal intermission. For Aesop’s new Sydney store (page 60), Snøhetta designed the entrance as a “decompression zone,” inviting those entering from the clamour of Pitt…

4 min.
designing for the 100 percent

A few years ago I arranged to meet a work colleague at my office. Through my window I watched him cross the small park opposite our building. He walked slowly but purposefully, circumventing a pair of bollards blocking the footpath, skirting a light pole and a drinking fountain. My friend is a disability consultant. He is also legally blind. During our discussion, he described the experience of navigating a world he can’t see.“The problem with a lot of design,” he said, “is that it caters for the 80 percent of people who have no physical limitations. But what about the 20 percent who have disabilities, no matter how minor? Blow your knee running and you’ll find out how hard it is to get down a badly designed staircase. Once your eyesight…

2 min.

Judith Abell is a writer, designer and artist, consistently working at the intersections between these disciplines. Judith currently works for the City of Hobart as a public art coordinator, while maintaining her sculptural art practice and her freelance writing work. Michelle Bailey is an architecture and design writer based in Brisbane. Since her move from architectural practice to architectural writing six years ago, she has visited almost 200 projects in Queensland and has written about these for magazines such as Artichoke and Houses. Gavin Campbell is the national president at the Design Institute of Australia. His strong passion for design and its value to our culture has motivated him to work to promote the values of good design across the whole community. Willem-Dirk du Toit is a Melbourne-based photographer who splits his time…

5 min.
the edit

Record Cabinet by Ross Thompson Geelong-based woodworker and furniture maker Ross Thompson’s work fuses the traditional craft of furniture making – its careful, intricate joins and processes – with the intent of a designer, who produces work with strong creative intent. His elegant pieces include the Record Cabinet, a piece that touches on nostalgia, with the interactive process of the tambour doors reflecting the process of spinning vinyl. Thompson credits his minimalist approach to a strong appreciation for Japanese and Bauhaus design principles. Ross Thompson — rossthompson.com.au Rugs by Faye Toogood Celebrated British designer Faye Toogood has turned her trademark aesthetic to a new series of rugs for Italian rug company CC-Tapis. Entitled Doodles, the six designs in the collection are drawn from original textile artworks by Toogood and capture the abstract style and…

5 min.

Sometimes the measure of an interior’s success is the deeply misleading appearance that the designers haven’t done much at all. With Gathered in Footscray, this is the case in the most positive possible sense. Ewert Leaf has taken a space with great “bones,” an industrial behemoth of a shell, made a few key moves, solved a tonne of logistical and functional problems (mostly invisibly) and created an interior that works on many levels. It operates on these multiple levels simultaneously, while calmly appearing to do very little at all. This is not a claim to minimalism. Gathered is intensely material and thoroughly materialized, from those aforementioned “bones” up. The heritage brick shell with which the design team and client began is part of a larger industrial structure with a fascinating history…

5 min.
via porta

The design of Via Porta has been approached as an urban exercise, an attempt to construct experiences reminiscent of the density and complexity of narrow Italian alleyways in a distinctly different setting. The project also demonstrates a detailed understanding of hospitality, employing design skills to support and value the processes and rituals inherent in preparing and sharing food. The site in suburban Mont Albert didn’t immediately suggest a Mediterranean connection. An anonymous aluminium shopfront, previously home to a manufacturer of trophies, sat behind a small asphalt forecourt alongside a few similarly uninspiring neighbours, adrift from any established retail centre. Although lacking in apparent character from the street, the building did have several appealing attributes: convenient access for loading and deliveries via the rear lane, an unexpected complexity in section (including a…