Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 49

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

2 min.
spaces that shape behaviour

Bill Dowzer: How can space affect behaviour in a positive way? Timothy Sharp: Space does affect how we feel. A theory that came out of one of the classic psychological studies is situationally specific behaviour. Many people in the general public are what I would call trait theorists. They believe that we have personality traits and that that's who we are and how we behave. So [for example] you're an extrovert and that's what you will always be. The reality is that that's actually not true. Behaviour varies from context to context. And so I would say that the challenge for you is in creating the context, the situation, to trigger the right sorts of emotions and behaviours. As I touched on earlier, nature seems to be very important … there's something…

1 min.
seafarers/ ostro

Jury comment Seafarers, a recently renovated building located on Auckland’s harbour front, has a strong maritime history (it once housed the Auckland Sailors’ Home) that has been cleverly reflected in its visual identity, not by way of logos but through a quieter, more organic graphic language that riffs on both geometric maritime flags and etching-like drawings of classic nautical imagery. One floor of the seven-storey Seafarers building is currently occupied by Ostro restaurant and bar, which uses the imagery on everything from menus and coasters to butter paper and the covetable T-shirts and aprons worn by the staff. Eventually the building will house a series of hospitality businesses on every floor. The diverse but consistent visual design that’s painted on the street-level roller doors and lift doors, printed on labels for…

5 min.
design ideas in brief

(1) 2014 Power to Make collection Melbourne design studio Power to Make has launched its 2014 collection, which includes colourful stools, a flat-packed table, a unique shelving system and a pair of plant pots called Mr and Mrs Wobble. The underlying theme to these designs is an exploration of craft through digital design technology, and suitability for compact urban living. The Click stool can be assembled without glue or fixings – the sides simply slot into each other and the seat clicks into place to hold it all together. The visually intriguing Shift shelving system allows the user to add to, extend or reconfigure the arrangement of shelves. (2) EchoPanel Wrap screen Woven Image and Bangdesign have collaborated to create a new screen solution called Wrap. As EchoPanel’s latest incarnation, Wrap is a…

3 min.
dia at the crossroads

Design membership organizations such as the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) are at a crossroads. They exist in an increasingly competitive and dynamic environment in which professional peak bodies must not only stay relevant and responsive to the current context but also anticipate future change. This situation is described in Associations Matter: 2013 State of the Sector Report, a study by Survey Matters, Australia that provides compelling insight into issues facing professional associations across a range of sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Members of the DIA were invited to contribute to this work and the implications of its findings are significant. Professional associations like the DIA, for which membership is a discretionary activity, must work hard to recruit and retain members in a landscape where alternatives and “substitute products” seem ever…

1 min.

Sidling up to a food van and yelling out your order. A lazy Sunday latte in a cafe courtyard, with sunglasses on. Eight courses served over four hours with tips from a sommelier thrown in. These days, dining out is a many varied thing. But this extraordinary variety gives designers a large scope for creative expression, and provides diners with a buffet of settings to meet their every craving. The annual Eat Drink Design Awards celebrate this diversity and acknowledge the designers and clients who have scrutinized every detail to bring the diner a panoptic experience. This year’s awards shortlist, high commendations and winners are presented in this special issue. Located across Australia and New Zealand, the sixty-eight projects shortlisted for this year’s awards attest to the pleasure of eating and…

3 min.
meyers place

Jury comment It doesn’t really have a name other than its location and at night, after closing, it’s hidden behind an unmarked metal roller shutter, but the bar at 20 Meyers Place stands tall as a design template for Melbourne’s – and arguably Australia’s – small bar and laneway culture. The bar opened in 1994, a result of a change in Victoria’s licensing laws that allowed bars to sell alcohol without having to also serve food and the desire of a group of fledgling architects to create the kind of place that they wanted to socialize in, but which didn’t exist in Melbourne at the time. The architects, Six Degrees, wanted to test the Asian concept of bars and restaurants that opened directly onto the street. They were also interested in Gomi, the Japanese…