Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 38

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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in this issue

4 min.
bum steer

Proctologists and dentists have many things in common: they are both health professionals, they wear light blue, use specialized equipment and work on the same tube. Artists and designers have many things in common too: both use creativity, work from studios not offices, and draw a lot. But just like the dentist and the bum-doctor, the differences are profound and you would confuse them at your peril, yet that is exactly what government and business do. Part of the reason is historical, design having grown out of the arts and crafts during the industrial revolution. Muddying the waters today is how crafts people have rebranded themselves designer-makers, and how Design Thinking is being flogged by every ex-sustainability/innovation/management consultant. Design’s role is shouted down, confused and diluted. As long as design is bundled…

3 min.

ISSUE 38. QUT KELVIN GROVE LIBRARY/STOKEHOUSE MARGIE FRASER is a Brisbane-based writer and editor specializing in design, art and architecture. She also promotes emerging designers through consultancies, board directorships and publicity work. WORDS DIA WA FORUM LYNN CHURCHILL is principal at Rad Architecture and an academic at Curtin University. Her work questions shifting ideas about inhabiting space, reconfiguring cities, the things we build and the consequences. She is also a national director of the Design Institute of Australia. AS MODERN AS TOMORROW COLIN MARTIN is a London-based Australian freelance writer and critic. He is an arts and science graduate of the University of Melbourne. AECOM SYDNEY/ESSAY: ON STAIRS DARRAGH O’BRIEN is the principal of DOBA and is currently establishing a trans-disciplinary research consultancy dedicated to mapping the relationships between occupants and their environment. LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL/SPA AT FOUR SEASONS GIOVANNA DUNMALL…

12 min.
design ideas in brief

(1) Skin collection, leather offcuts by Pepe Heykoop Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop has used scraps of leather to create a collection of furniture that makes a statement about the industry’s wastage of the material. The Skin collection is made up of existing furniture that is modified and covered in these leather leftovers. Each piece is unique, with the leather scraps turned into random skin patterns, a reference to cell structures and growth in nature. Heykoop’s work features at a new space in Perth called Portal + Zekka, which aims to promote projects and collaborations from the art, design, fashion and film worlds. Pepe Heykoop pepeheykoop.nl Portal + Zekka +61 8 9384 1787 portal.zekka.com (2) Awkward Beauty marries jewellery and fashion The complex notion of beauty was explored in an exhibition at Form in Perth, which…

3 min.
creative snapshot with marcel wanders

Among the design luminaries that visited Singapore recently for the opening of the Space Asia Hub was one of the brightest stars in the design world, Marcel Wanders. In the opening days, along with his business partner Casper Vissers, Wanders took up residence in the Moooi enclave, on the top floor of the amazing new superstore. Other Space Asia partners Georgetti, B&B Italia, Flos and Kartell occupied other levels. As the only Dutch design company represented, Moooi brings its inimitable style to the store, with products that are quirky, beautiful and innovative. How did Moooi start? In 1996 I made the Knotted chair, which became an instant icon that took me all over the world. In the beginning, it was difficult because hardly anyone in the world would take up my work,…

2 min.
five speakers share perspectives at the dia wa forum

Let’s face it: too much of the context of our lives (in Perth and elsewhere in Australia) is bland, non-specific and overly cautious. “Design Cannot Wait” – the provocation for the twentieth anniversary of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Western Australian Chapter’s Forum – produced speakers who demonstrated some design moves that are effectively shifting people’s mindscapes. Think of Gaudi. So few truly invest heavily in high-risk creativity that actually redefines and rethinks how we design the world we inhabit. Then there is the idea of more nuanced and pleasurable places derived from working differently with the energy created by building smaller, more immediate relationships, including connecting to the specifics of site and to the liberalization of “ideas.” Emma Williamson is director of CODA, a Fremantle-based architectural practice with a reputation…

1 min.
dia wa award winners announced in perth

Western Australia’s leading designers were recognized at the 2011 Design Institute of Australia WA Awards, held on Friday 2 September 2011 at the WA Museum Hackett Hall foyer, in James Street Mall, Perth. Design practitioners and students were presented with twenty-one awards in the categories of interior spaces (including retail, residential, corporate, public/institutional and hospitality) and product design (industrial design and furniture design). An exhibition of all 2011 entries was on display from 2 September to 16 September 2011 at the same venue. Interior Spaces – Professional – Retail Best in State and Award of Merit: Venn by Matthews Architecture in conjunction with Geyer. Interior Spaces – Professional – Hospitality Award of Merit: Venn by Matthews Architecture in conjunction with Geyer. Commendation: La Lola Trattoria by Mata Design Studio; Sentinel Bar & Grill by…