Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 57

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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When we first began the Eat Drink Design Awards five years ago, we could have never imagined just how well revered and respected it would become. For the Australasian design community, the awards are not just a celebration of hospitality design, they are also a reference point and a reflection of how eating and drinking environments are evolving in our part of the world. This evolution is most marked in Adelaide. I sat in on the judging of the awards’ first year in 2012, where we had only four entries from the city. This year, we received more than a dozen entries from Adelaide, with the city winning two categories and receiving three high commendations (make no mistake, there’s a quiet revolution happening in Adelaide’s CBD). While there have been…

4 min.
is design relevant in the age of innovation?

In this age of innovation, is design relevant? “Innovation” is now a catchcry for politicians and economists everywhere, used to describe anything that is a bit different, and poor old design has been left to find a new champion. Design is for the quaint, the hip and the shocking. Not only that, has the architecture profession lost its importance as it is swallowed up by digital technology and the changing role of the architect? The word “architect,” though protected by law, appears increasingly to be used as a metaphor for “the person behind something” and often in a negative way (for example, the architect of a Ponzi scheme). “Creativity,” however, is taking over as a must-have swing tag for everything. A former national president of the Australian Institute of Architects remarked to…

2 min.

Marcus Baumgart is a designer and blogger based in Melbourne. With business partner John A. Clark, he launched the startup Baumgart Clark Architects. You can follow their adventures at archistartup.com. — Profile: Bruce Rowe (page 74) Tom Blachford is a Melbourne born and bred photographer, specializing in travel, interiors and architecture. — Maticevski: Dark Wonderland (page 118) Narelle Cuthbert is head of interior design at Plus Architecture. Known for her tailored design and innovative use of materials, Narelle is passionate about authentic, well-crafted design. — Making Magic (page 116) Rebecca Gross is a freelance writer and design historian. She has a masters from Parsons School of Design and writes about cultural history through the lens of architecture and design. — Humming Puppy Sydney (page 88) Katherine Lu is a Sydney-based photographer. Her interest lies in documenting how the…

4 min.
from the jury

Awards overview by the 2016 jury This year’s Eat Drink Design Awards has emerged as an exciting framework for a more eclectic and diverse collection of projects than ever seen before, and yet the winners share some common characteristics. Looking at the high-quality shortlisted projects, we see a local hospitality industry that continues to evolve beyond its parochial roots, offering its patrons and end users more choice, from more focused venues, than ever before. Perhaps the most prominent of the common characteristics is the overall ambition evident at every level. Regardless of the modesty of means, or the constraints of individual project settings, each and every project that has been commended or awarded sought to boldly “punch above its weight.” Indeed, some of the most ambitious projects receiving honours have been positioned at…

2 min.
pink moon saloon

Jury comment — Pink Moon Saloon is a diminutive venue that occupies a former rubbish bin alley sandwiched between two office buildings in a laneway in central Adelaide. The project is simultaneously audaciously ambitious and modest. It successfully manages to make something from nothing – a forgotten space infused with a feeling of joy that the jury found particularly contagious. While the design undoubtedly pursues a sense of genuine fun, it also taps into that deep Australian memory of long-forgotten cubby houses and sheds. It is here, within this archetypal connotation, where joyful celebration takes place. Pink Moon Saloon has been executed with a razor-sharp eye for detail and the overall design, while being immediately familiar in some uncanny way, manages to both shock and surprise us – in a good way. Capping…

2 min.
dinner by heston blumenthal

Jury comment — We can summarize the essence of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in one word: sumptuous. This is an interior that perfectly reflects the ambition of the venue and the chef himself – to transport the diner through a curated experience that is simultaneously calm yet exciting. Blumenthal wants everything to be an adventure, but one that engages the diner with comfort: the design of the interior supports this absolutely. Eschewing the brittle formality that can accompany the high-end gastronomic experience, everything about this interior is “squishy” – to use an oddly non-designer-like word – you sink into the deep comfort of this interior, both literally and conceptually. The experience begins with the entry, a dark and lusciously finished hall that physically transports you away from the “everyday” and deeper into the interior’s…