Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 60 September

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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Issue 60 September — November 2017 In urban design, a “shared space” is achieved by removing kerbs, traffic signs and road barriers so that pedestrians and vehicles have equal entitlement to the road. In the past, it was assumed that we needed to segregate vehicles and pedestrians for safety and efficiency, but the shared space idea shows that drivers slow down and are more careful when standard traffic cues (and hence the hierarchy of power) are removed. This same idea has been explored in the past decade of office design. Increasingly, we are seeing offices such as Maddocks by Bates Smart (page 24) embrace open communal spaces so that senior and junior staffcan connect and collaborate. Co-working giant WeWork (its recent Martin Place and Pyrmont offices by TomMarkHenry are reviewed from page 32)…

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moving beyond failure

While the entrepreneurial spirit often views failure as a prerequisite to successful outcomes, designers tend to view it differently. That is, designers don’t design quickly to fail, they take a little extra time in order to succeed. Designers rely on research, idea generation, concepts, prototypes and iteration – tools that they use to think through various permutations, possibilities and outcomes. They rigorously test and question their concepts and in doing so are usually good at eliminating poorly considered ideas, and are adept at centring their thinking on products, systems or services that contain a measure of success Design is a tool but also a specific way of thinking and responding to problems and challenges. The designers’ distinctive approach to problem-solving is in hot demand, as is evidenced by the surge in…

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Marcus Baumgart is a designer and blogger based in Melbourne. With business partner John A. Clark, he launched Baumgart Clark Architects. You can follow their adventures at archistartup.com. Peculiar Familia (page 59) 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. Maddocks (page 24) John Gollings works in the Asia-Pacific region as an architectural photographer, with much of his work involving long-term cultural projects. In 2016 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. Woollahra Library (page 106) Kristoffer Paulsen is a Melbourne-based professional photographer who enjoys a busy and diverse practice. Drawing inspiration from his musical background as well as his photographic training, he seeks to portray subjects…

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in brief

Nau collection by Cult Cult has expanded into the production and manufacture of Australian design with the launch of Nau, a contemporary Australian brand offering furniture, lighting and accessories. Nau embodies a fresh-thinking, broad-spectrum approach, celebrating the unique influences and cultural reference points of Australian design. The collection features pieces suitable for residential and commercial spaces by some of Australia’s most talented designers. Cult — cultdesign.com.au Wedgwood by Lee Broom British designer Lee Broom has designed a collection of Jasperware vases and bowls for luxury brand Wedgwood. Jasperware was first developed by Wedgwood in the 1770s and has become an icon of British design. Broom has taken several classic Wedgwood silhouettes from different periods and stripped back their ornate detailing, introducing postmodern elements to create a collection of strikingly modern designs. The Wedgwood by…

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designing healthy work environments

Ergonomics is about understanding the physiological and biomechanical impacts of performing a task. Correct ergonomic design helps to reduce discomfort at work, which increases job satisfaction, productivity and wellbeing and reduces costs to the organization in the long run. Humanscale’s team of board-certified ergonomists can be engaged at the beginning of the design process to consult on creating healthy work environments. When this happens, the workplace will not only retain its aesthetics during its lifespan, it will also perform well to support all users at whatever task they are doing. Humanscale’s ergonomists can help with the following: - Research on lower back pain has highlighted the importance of movement and dynamic sitting with the latest study from Cornell University highlighting the fact that people don’t adjust their task chairs. Therefore it is…

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The evolution of the corporate workspace continues to head in exciting directions and Bates Smart’s design for the Melbourne offices of legal firm Maddocks is a case in point. A shared commitment to progressive design and flexible thinking seems very much at the heart of the project’s success. In an elevated corner of the new Collins Square Tower Two in Docklands (designed by Hassell), a welcoming, diverse and responsive environment has been created that accommodates both the longstanding and future-focused aspects of the firm. The fitout is semi-integrated, allowing for a custommade space that embeds its key principles into the architecture and maximizes the large floor plan with a host of well-considered internal areas. Maddocks embraced the prospect of re-thinking the ecology of its workplace and participated in a series of…