Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 53

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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There aren’t many beachside views in Australia more recognizable than the one from Icebergs restaurant in Bondi, looking down at that clear saltwater pool and the surrounding wild blue of the Pacific Ocean. As 2015 Eat Drink Design Awards juror Stephen Todd writes in this issue, “To sit in the dining room of Icebergs is to swim in the ocean below.” Icebergs, designed by Lazzarini Pickering in 2001, is our 2015 Eat Drink Design Awards Hall of Fame inductee. The venue embodies the qualities needed for an enduring restaurant interior, going far beyond the good fortune of vast ocean views. This issue celebrates the best of Australia and New Zealand’s new eating and drinking interiors through its coverage of the Eat Drink Design Awards’ shortlisted, highly commended and winning entries (pages…

3 min.
the value of design

I have been heavily involved with the Design Institute of Australia and the broader design community for more than twenty years. I’ve worked in design, with design and for design. I’ve also proudly worked with some incredible educators, an experience that has enabled me to provide mentoring and to foster friendships with some of our country’s finest designers. During this time I have faced a challenge that is common to most in the creative industry: the need for better recognition of the immense value of design, by us, as designers, as well as those we create for. My journey in the design world began as a student, surrounded by eager and highly creative peers and supported by some tough yet encouraging lecturers at an institution that delivered world-class graduates who have gone…

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Peter Bennetts is a Melbourne-based globe-roaming architectural photographer whose work appears in internationally acclaimed publications. — Icebergs (page 52) and Astra Lodge (page 100) Hayley Curnow is a Perth-based interior designer at Taylor Robinson, and has a strong interest in architectural theory and shifting ideas about inhabiting space. — Alex Hotel (page 90) Freya Lombardo is a creative consultant who works with arts festivals, publishers and media. She regularly contributes to books, magazines and websites on design and architecture, lifestyle and culture. Freya has also been a guest judge on several architecture awards. — Astra Lodge (page 100) Brett Seakins is a practising architect and freelance writer based in Melbourne who currently divides his time working for Cox Architecture and writing about all things design. — Monash International Business School (page 114) Tobias Titz’s passion lies with portrait…

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from the jury

The 2015 edition of the Eat Drink Design Awards saw a record 176 entries across the six categories, an indication of the vitality of the sector and the significance of good design as a driver of the hospitality industry. During judging, the identity of the various interior architects and designers was obscured from the jury, but it is clear now that these entrants run the gamut from indie, boutique operations to more experienced, major players. It’s a sure sign of the significance of the hospitality industry as a rich terrain in which to conceive and nurture new ideas. Indeed, it is in hospitality that clients are prepared to take risks, to up the ante in order to attract an increasingly voracious – and experienced – patronage. It is apparent today…

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DESIGNER — FIONA LYNCH OFFICE LOCATION — SOUTH MELBOURNE, VICTORIA JURY COMMENT Smalls by Fiona Lynch Office is a very welcome addition to the local bar scene. Rather than screaming its presence, it whispers in a husky Belgian accent of its European aesthetic roots. This is partly achieved through the colour and materials palette – moody, muted putties, flat blues and concrete greys offset by the occasional glimmer of glassware and brass – but also by the artisanal aspect of the installation. Handmade ceramic tiles by Porcelain Bear clad the bar. Leather hides stitched by Made Measure are crafted into tarpaulins to cover a wall. Camm Upholstery is responsible for the open joined banquettes. Articulated into a thirty-square-metre semi-industrial volume of white-painted brick walls, herringbone parquet and steel grid frames, Smalls epitomizes a…

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DESIGNER — MATT WOODS DESIGN LOCATION — WATERLOO, NEW SOUTH WALES JURY COMMENT Designer Matt Woods has responded with accomplished clarity to a complex brief, melding modern Italian food, casual beachside architecture and a classic Scandinavian aesthetic. Aided perhaps by the relative neutrality of the new Casba complex in Waterloo by SJB in which it is located, the interior was built up layer upon layer and the result is one of confidence and ease. There’s an approachability to the unfinished joinery of recycled and fire-charred hardwoods, a sculptural beauty to the circular neon tubes that line the walls, a resort-like feel to the slatted boardwalk that bisects the space with wire-brushed timber banquets to the side, and even the selection of plants in ceramic pots is just the right side of quirky. In…