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Artichoke Issue 61 December

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

Many of the world’s greatest interiors are hidden inside buildings that are difficult or impossible for the general public to enter. But the great thing about bars, restaurants and cafes is that anyone can pull up a chair and start a conversation about what they see around them. When the public can engage with, reflect on and scrutinize a space, it connects them with that interior and, on a grander scale, with the power of design. Over the past decade in Australia and New Zealand, diners have become accustomed to a high level of design and have become more and more discerning – even dogmatic – about what they expect from the spaces they eat and drink in. As we’ve seen in this year’s Eat Drink Design Awards entries (pages…

4 min
sharing our community’s voice

The advantage of being part of a community is that you are never alone … the disadvantage of being part of a community is that you are never alone! Seems a simple and obvious point to make, but as I begin my time as national president of the Design Institute of Australia, I am deeply aware of the community of professional designers that surrounds, supports and challenges me in my daily practice. That community is now celebrating its seventieth year – tracing its heritage to the founding of the Society of Designers for Industry around 1947, and incorporating a number of smaller discipline-based associations over the years (Australian Textile Design Association, Society of Interior Designers and others), to finally become the unique multidisciplinary organization that we see today. What made each…

5 min
in brief

Ro two-seater sofa by Fritz Hansen The Ro chair, designed by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen, has been given a new look with the introduction of the Ro two-seater sofa. Showcasing the curvy characteristics and playful, colourful expression characteristic of Jaime Hayon’s design, the Ro two-seater is suitable for a hallway, living room or any other setting that is in need of a small “shelter.” The sofa comes fully upholstered in a selection of unique colours and a wide range of fabrics. Cult — cultdesign.com.au The Bonnie and Neil × Byzantine Design collection Independent textile design studio Bonnie and Neil has launched its new vinyl rugs and porcelain tile collection, a collaboration with Byzantine Design. Celebrating colour and pattern, The Bonnie and Neil × Byzantine Design collection includes five distinct designs – 70s,…

3 min
a delicious design

Melbourne’s hospitality offerings just keep getting better and better, and it’s no surprise from the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year in a row. While its chefs are world-class and the food is some of the finest in Australia, the one thing truly distinguishing most of the Victorian capital’s newly opened restaurants and cafes is a high-quality dining experience. Service is important, as is an inviting interior and savvy restaurateurs have been quick to realise the value good design adds to their business. Consequently, many are working with some of the country’s best designers and architects to deliver fitouts nothing short of memorable. This includes Joe La and brothers Nolan and Brian Taing, who recently opened Workshop Brothers in Glen Waverley. The co-owners already operate three other locations and…

2 min
from the jury

Despite swathes of “millennial pink” (look it up if you need to!), hanging plants and other moves of the moment seen in this year’s Eat Drink Design Awards entries, the jury found that there were perhaps fewer elements in common across the interiors, venues and identity projects judged in 2017. What did unite the entries was a sweeping sense of ambition across all categories, albeit one focused on detail at the expense of “big moves.” Within the scope of such ambition we saw more genteel and conservative entries, and entries with irony, verve and wit. The winners in each category display multiple such qualities, combined with a sense of rigour in the application of detail and materials. Another interesting observation made from the trenches of this year’s judging is that designers,…

2 min
2017 jury

Nat Cheshire — Director, Cheshire Architects Nat works on development strategy, architecture, branding and product design. Nat works daily on everything from apron buttons, web design and light fittings, to basement cocktail dens, luxury retreats and the creation and transformation of huge chunks of the city. Among this work, Nat has built or fitout much of the nine-city-block Britomart in downtown Auckland, and he invented the four-hectare City Works Depot. Vanessa Crichton — General manager, Rockpool Dining Group Regarded as one of the best hospitality professionals in Australia, Vanessa started her career in 1990 as a waiter in Adelaide. She went on to work in senior management positions at Lloyd’s Brasserie in Dublin, Magill Estate Restaurant in Adelaide, and Langton’s Restaurant and Taxi Dining Room in Melbourne. When Neil Perry decided…