Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 56

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

1 min.

“We’re always looking for the thing that’s missing … being able to see what everyone else is doing and then asking, ‘How do we take a step in another direction?’” says James Brown, one half of the Adelaide-based graphic design studio Mash, when asked about the studio’s design process (you can read more in Mash’s profile on page 89). This quote sets the scene for this issue – we feature projects with bravado, projects that do something new or risky, or even both, which is so crucial to innovation and experimentation in design. There’s no better example of this than Hues Hair in Melbourne (cover and page 58), where architect Adriana Hanna has triumphed over a shoestring budget to deliver an Ettore Sottsass-inspired hair salon. In the hairdressing world, coloured interiors…

4 min.
adding design to drive our innovation agenda

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claims there’s “never been a more exciting time to be an Australian” and in December 2015, he launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda with great enthusiasm. However, while the government must be applauded for this focus on innovation, there was a collective sigh from the design community. Advocating on behalf of fourteen peak bodies, the Australian Design Alliance responded immediately with a media release titled “Design is the missing innovation ingredient.” Governments at both state and federal levels have not embraced this new culture and struggle to know how to integrate design into public policy, even though the National Cultural Policy recognizes design thinking as a “ubiquitous capability for innovation.” You simply can’t innovate without design. Design is a driver of innovation. Design is the glue…

2 min.

Judith Abell is a graduate architect, sculptor and writer who works freelance on her own projects and teaches at the School of Architecture at the University of Tasmania. Abell is engaged in working out how to transform unusual ideas into real things, moments or places. — The Salty Dog Hotel (page 20) Peter Clarke is a Melbourne-based photographer who has vast experience in documenting spectacular buildings and interiors in Australia. With a passion for photography, architecture and design, Peter’s works capture the unique elements of each space, transcending expectations placed upon the complexity of built form. — 106 Flinders Street (page 74) Adam Gibson’s work is defined by a unique blend of composure and spontaneity. Surveying landscape and humanity with an empathetic eye, he draws inspiration from moments of visual chance and accident that…

5 min.
design ideas in brief

(1) Mister and Miss cafe by Maria Danos Architecture Mister and Miss cafe, designed by Maria Danos Architecture, is set within a former mechanics workshop in Melbourne’s Mont Albert. Clues to the building’s former use can be seen in the materiality of the architecture, such as the masonry floors, stripped brick walls and perforated steel lighting pelmets, as well as the detailing and furniture, such as the fluted concrete bar and racing-green accents that run through the cafe. A central sculptural bar divides the space into two zones – one with small and intimate terrazzo tables and the other with seating for larger groups. Maria Danos Architecture mariadanos.com.au (2) Bucket table lamp and wall light The Bucket table lamp and wall light are the first designs to be released by Pierre and Charlotte after…

5 min.
the salty dog hotel

Tasmania is benefiting from an abundance of new eating and drinking spaces. This is in some part due to the phenomenon of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), but there also seems to be a broader shift in demand and commercial confidence. As a result, there is a growing number of small centres experiencing a reawakening. These centres often take advantage of great settings and allow residents to enjoy local experiences. The Salty Dog Hotel is one such local place, designed by Danielle Brustman and Michelle Boyde (Brustman + Boyde) in collaboration with Pippa Dickson, a furniture designer and one of the hotel’s owners. Abandoned for almost a year, in a state of disrepair and viewed as an undesirable place, this bar on Kingston’s beachfront, ten minutes south of…

5 min.
so 9

Luck isn’t normally something that designers would count on to achieve a successful interior. Careful research, detailing and project management perhaps – but luck? For a new Vietnamese restaurant in Sydney’s Danks Street district, Melbourne-based BrandWorks has taken the client’s notion of “luck” and transformed it into a playful inversion of a South-East Asian streetscape replete with food, fun and colour. So 9 translates from Vietnamese as “number 9.” In Vietnamese culture, this auspicious numeral is considered to bring luck. The client and restaurateur Kim Tran considers herself lucky for having come to come to Australia as a refugee more than thirty years ago. And even luckier to have had the good fortune of being able to establish her restaurant in one of Sydney’s buzzing hubs and collaborate on its design…