Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 58 March

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.

A hotel is not just a place to lay your head. A hotel must be so much more – a meeting place, a restaurant, a backdrop for art and performances, an experience, a workspace, a city landmark, or even an unofficial couples counselling retreat. The three hotels featured in this issue – Brae in country Victoria by Six Degrees Architects, Amanemu Resort in Japan by Kerry Hill Architects, and QT Melbourne by Nic Graham and Associates and Indyk Architects – capture this. Each of these hotels offers its guests a unique design experience, a rather perfect induction to its location and something to remember it by long after they’ve left – be it a three-hatted restaurant, a private onsen overlooking forested hills or a mesmerizing neon art piece. Increasingly, designers and…

4 min.
designing futures

As I write this column it’s grad show season. All over the country, graduates in every design discipline are completing folios and preparing for exhibitions that demonstrate their learning and development over the course of their studies within degree or diploma programs. As an ex design educator, I understand the enormous effort that can be required to get to this point and also the immense excitement when it all comes together. Every exhibition has an opening speech in which students and academic and support staff are congratulated on the work they have created together and apprised of the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead. I’ve given a few of these speeches and as I reflect on my term as National President of the Design Institute of Australia, I would like 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. Tarrawarra Estate Cellar Door (page 20) Peter Clarke is a Melbourne-based photographer who has vast experience in documenting spectacular buildings and interiors. Peter’s work captures the unique elements of each space, transcending expectations placed upon the complexity of built form. Middletown (page 28) Peter Davies is a writer and editor based in Melbourne. He has an enduring interest in language, culture, art and architecture. He has qualifications in journalism, arts management, publishing and editing, and communications law. QT Melbourne (page110) Ella Leoncio studied at the University of Melbourne and is now a principal at Chamberlain Architects. She is also a freelance writer and author of the…

5 min.
in brief

Artisan basins by Caroma Caroma’s new Artisan above-counter basins feature a thinner rim than previous versions, expressing the simplicity of Nordic style. The basins are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, including round, oval, square, rectangle, curved square and curved rectangle. Made from vitreous china, the basins are designed to add beauty, functionality and durability to the bathrooms. Caroma — caroma.com.au Storey Floors by Larritt-Evans For timber flooring company Storey Floor’s showroom and office in Melbourne, design studio Larritt-Evans was briefed to display the company’s timber boards in a unique way. Larritt-Evans created modular, oversized cubes from the boards, which feature prominently in the space. These cubes highlight the colour, size, versatility and quality of the boards. Larritt-Evans — larritt-evans.com Primo Pizza by Olaver and Never Now A collaboration between design studio Olaver and graphics…

6 min.
tarrawarra estate cellar door

“The design of the cellar door is an exploration of stereotomics, where stereós means ‘solid’ and tomia means ‘to cut,’ in the original Greek language. By conceiving the design as if carved from a solid, as opposed to framed and bounded by a membrane, the designers have distilled a particular experiential clarity within the project.” What is a wall? At one level, the question is about as useful as asking “what is a person?,” which is to say not at all. However, the question can still be posed, and the answer is, of course, “many things.” A clue to just one method of interpretation can be found in British architect Kenneth Frampton’s 1995 observation that in the German language, “wall” can be translated as “die wand,” indicating a screen-like or framed…

5 min.

In the age of social media, the notion of “branding” has come to the forefront of our collective consciousness. Now that a brand’s touchpoints can follow in such quick succession, ensuring consistency in brand messaging has become increasingly challenging. In the case of Middletown cafe in Melbourne’s Prahran, the owners have taken this challenge particularly seriously. It’s for this reason that the design process was slightly unconventional – graphic design studio Pop & Pac was the first to be engaged by the owners. Pop & Pac lay the foundations of the brand identity very early on. They developed a loose vision for the brand and only once the bones were established did they recommend and appoint interior design firm Studio Tate. Having worked together on projects before, Pop & Pac knew…