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Artichoke Issue 73 December 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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2 min.

Hospitality is a tough business, in every sense of the word. We knew that even before a global pandemic bore its brunt. It’s also an industry that is at the heart of our communities. The corner cafe, that pub with the great beer garden, and that lovely little restaurant the whole family agrees on – these are the spaces that make up the tapestry of our neighbourhoods and, indeed, our lives. And this year, when it was all taken away, we learnt the true meaning of “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Here in Melbourne, whose hospitality scene has been hardest hit, the ingenuity and nimbleness of owners and operators meant whole new business models were created and launched, seemingly overnight. Us diners could order pre-made cocktails to our doors, have…

5 min.
the edit

Hubble Bubble light from Space The playfully titled Hubble Bubble is an animated new collection of pendant lights released by Moooi. Created by irreverent Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, Hubble Bubble is inspired by childhood memories of blowing bubbles and running barefoot across the grass. The pendants are available in sets of seven or eleven bulbs, all of which are irregularly arranged around a circular frame, and can be suspended horizontally, vertically or somewhere in between. In this pandemic-shaken year, a little nostalgia for carefree times might just be the tonic we need. Space — spacefurniture.com.au Rope Chair from Anibou More like a silhouette than a solid block, the Rope Chair is a line drawing translated into three dimensions, a simple artistic gesture rendered in space. Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the chair is…

6 min.
in brief

Brighton Street Early Learning Centre by Danielle Brustman Melbourne designer Danielle Brustman has transformed a repurposed Brutalist building in inner-city Melbourne into an early education centre. The project brief invited bold use of colour and shapes – in fact, 47 interior paint colours were used. The centre exhibits a handmade and natural feel, with each playroom having its own motif, such as the “river” room, the “meadow” room, the “forest” room and the “cloud” room. These themes helped decide the narrative, palette and treatment for each space. Graphic wall murals, hand-painted by Ben Maitland, are made up of block shapes. Durable materials, such as Marmoleum flooring and Tretford rugs, were chosen for the high-traffic space. “Children are so imaginative and less inhibited than we adults. It made complete sense to me…

2 min.
from the jury

From the jury — Like many things this year, the judging for the 2020 Eat Drink Design Awards happened at home. The five-member jury met virtually in mid-August for a nine-hour deliberation from the comfort of our kitchen tables. Despite the digital distance, the debate was no less spirited, and in every category the final decision was unanimous. Perhaps as a response to “these uncertain times,” many of the award winners evoked a nostalgia for the past. The jury saw a repeated return to European classicism, and a push towards inclusive spaces that were comforting and familiar. Bright splashes of colour were everywhere, from fine diners to sports bars, karaoke clubs to taphouses, with an array of contrasting materials layered to establish mood and interest. There was an abundance of glossy terrazzo…

2 min.
2020 jury

Frank Camorra — Restaurateur Frank is executive chef and co-owner of the Movida group of restaurants. Born in Barcelona to Cordoban parents, he grew up in Australia. As a young man he studied architecture, but the call of the kitchen grew too strong and he went to train in some of the best restaurants in Melbourne before returning to Spain to rediscover his culinary roots. Frank has co-authored five cookbooks and was awarded “Chef of the Year” in 2009 by The Age Good Food Guide. Gemima Cody — Food and restaurant critic Gemima is the chief restaurant critic for The Age and a senior panellist for the Good Food Guide. She has been writing about food and drink in Melbourne since 2011. She helped launch Time Out Melbourne magazine and edited numerous food…

2 min.
leigh street wine room

Jury comment — Everyone deserves a local bar like this one. With its timeless European style, Leigh Street Wine Room on Adelaide’s most happening eat street seems like it’s been around for years. Built on the site of a former dry-cleaning business (the original signage remains intact), the ultra-narrow footprint has been artfully overhauled by local firm Studio Gram on an impressively compact budget. The cosy room has an immediately welcoming vibe, and cocoons its customers with feelings of warmth and intimacy. A dazzling vaulted archway integrates a mezzanine level over the terrazzo bar serving intelligent drops and substantial snacks. A library of more than 400 bottles of minimal-intervention wine fills an entire wall, showcasing what this place does best. While the eclectic design scheme has been carefully curated, it never…