Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 52

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.

The doctor’s waiting room can be a dull place; a room where the sick and injured await their diagnosis accompanied by decade-old copies of Reader’s Digest. It’s not typically a place one looks forward to visiting. But at Holdsworth House Medical Practice in Brisbane (page 58), Twohill and James has brought delight to visiting patients through custom-made furniture, bold colour and artworks. The clients, keen collectors of contemporary art, conceived the waiting room and hallways as galleries. The artworks serve as an expression of the client, but also as distraction and therapy for patients. The directors at Bresic Whitney’s Hunters Hill office (page 28) also have an enviable art collection, including pieces by Bill Henson and Tracey Moffatt. Chenchow Little Architects has combined two unexpected and unconnected uses – that of…

4 min.
why ip matters

In recent months two significant and related events have altered the Australian intellectual property (IP) landscape and the interests of all who either produce or consume Australian creative content. The first of these is the Federal Court of Australia’s decision in Dallas Buyers Club LLC v. iiNet Limited. The other is the federal government’s review of the Designs Act 2003. In the former, a David and Goliath-like encounter, it became clear that companies will use litigious measures to take action to protect their commercial interests from copyright infringement and that the courts will assist them in doing so. The court’s landmark directive that iiNet surrender the details of its customers perhaps foreshadows a tougher approach, compared to the blasé attitudes of members of the public to illegal downloads, cybersquatting and design…

2 min.

Leanne Amodeo is a freelance architecture and design writer, currently based in Adelaide. She has contributed to both national and international publications and is the former editor of Monument and Inside magazines. — Sean’s Kitchen (page 108) Sharyn Cairns is at the forefront of commercial photography in Australia, with a specialist portfolio spanning interiors, food, travel and lifestyle. She creates beautiful images that capture a mood and an emotion, playing with light and shadows to create distinctive, memorable scenes. — L’Hôtel Gitan (page 92) Tania Davidge is an architect, writer, educator and co-director of the design research practice OpenHAUS Architecture. She holds a master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. — Napoleon Perdis Chapel (page 64) Ella Leoncio is a practising architect who studied…

5 min.
design ideas in brief

(1) Natural Elements by Rogerseller Inspired by the colours of the environment, Rogerseller has launched a new range of metal plate finishes called Natural Elements. The collection of finishes captures the textures and hues of raw, organic materials. The new Graphite, Rose Copper and Burnished Brass (pictured) finishes will complement any style, from the masculine raw industrial look, to warm, earthy relaxed styles or soft, refined elegant looks. The finishes are available across a comprehensive portfolio of Rogerseller’s tapware, showers and accessories. — Rogerseller rogerseller.com.au (2) Wallpapers by Mairead Murphy Artist Mairead Murphy has created her first illustrative series entitled Great & Small, which Miltan and King has turned into a wallpaper range suited for residential and commercial applications. The Great & Small collection consists of hand-drawn animal characters, drawing on folk art patterning…

6 min.

A workspace can act as a powerful ingredient in the image of a business and it is perhaps no more pertinent than for those working in property. Wolfdene, a business concerned with multiple aspects of the built environment including design and construct, landscaping and real estate, has seized this opportunity for its new Prahran office. The fitout, designed by young practice Larritt-Evans, creates a memorable impression – one that communicates that Wolfdene is serious about good design. Wolfdene has an in-house design team but commonly works with other architects and designers. In the case of its own office, Wolfdene invited Larritt-Evans creative director Claire Larritt-Evans to collaborate with its design team. The collaboration was significant in the early stages of the project. Wolfdene’s director of planning and design, Karina Sunk, developed…

6 min.
bresic whitnfy

Since establishing the boutique property group Bresic Whitney, founders and directors Shannan Whitney and Ivan Bresic have consistently challenged conventions inherent in the real estate industry. When their business had outgrown its original offices in a converted Victorian terrace in Sydney, it gave Whitney a chance to consider the spatial requirements of their staff and clients in light of his interest in workplace trends that encourage collaboration and cultural engagement. Accommodating an evolving art collection and embracing technological and strategic shifts in the industry were also paramount in planning for the new premises. Having admired the residential projects by Chenchow Little Architects, Whitney invited the architects to design their Darlinghurst headquarters. “I wanted to forget what we know about the industry and focus on the opportunities we have to create an ideal…