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Artichoke Issue 65 December 2018

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.

The world is watching Australian hospitality design right now. When I asked my fellow jurors during the judging of the 2018 Eat Drink Design Awards what they thought of the state of Australia’s hospitality spaces, there was a strong consensus that they are among the best in the world. The proof is all around us – Australian designers are winning international accolades for local hospitality work, they’re being commissioned to make cafes, bars and restaurants in Seoul, London, Chengdu and beyond, and our hospitality spaces are being published worldwide. So why is Australian hospitality design so successful? Why is there so much attention on the spaces our designers are creating? I think it begins with the diner and their maturing tastes. The quality of food, wine and coffee in this country…

4 min.
the value of design

Lately, how many times have you been asked to justify the value of what you do? Designers seem to come across this every day in our working lives, in sometimes fraught discussions with clients or third parties about fees and services and expectations that we can offer “discounts,” or when yet another replica or product appears in the market that looks strangely familiar. It can be exhausting to go down the path of arguing (and paying) to protect the value of your designs, never mind defending your professional skill and expertise – gained over years of study and practice. In the end, after many repetitions and disappointments, it’s understandable if you feel as though it is just all too hard, and it’s much easier to simply shrug your shoulders, cut your…

5 min.
in brief

Anita High Back chair by SP01 Australian furniture brand SP01 has unveiled ten new pieces designed by Milan-based studio Metrica, including a high-back version of the Anita chair available with a new, simple rod base reminiscent of a decorative 1950s style. The new items – among them desks, benches, sofas and bar stools – introduce luxurious satin metallic finishes such as pewter, brass and satin black steel to the SP01 range. SP01 — sp01design.com Kokoda Offices by Fiona Lynch Working within a double-storey building in Surry Hills that brought with it “unrivalled character,” Fiona Lynch has created a beautiful and practical workspace for Kokoda Property Group. Stacked bricks partition the office while allowing natural light to filter through into the adjoining spaces. Strong finishes complement the existing porous sandstone, with bursts of deep burgundy…

1 min.
2018 eat drink design awards

A restaurant in Melbourne inspired by temporary scaffolding, a tiny caravan for crepes in the suburbs and a luxury winery hotel in a quaint country town – these are among the projects vying for the 2018 Eat Drink Design Awards. In this special issue we celebrate this year’s winners, commendations and shortlisted projects – an impressive collection of Australia and New Zealand’s best-designed bars, restaurants, cafes, retail spaces for food and drink, temporary environments, hotels and visual identities for all. Visit eat-drink-design.com for more. Organizer Major Partner Supporting Partners…

2 min.
from the jury

From the jury — The Eat Drink Design Awards’ two-day judging process is at the Artichoke office in South Melbourne, croissants on the table, coffees at hand and clouds scooting by in the breezy sky out the windows. But what it feels like is a speedy road trip around Australia and New Zealand, darting in and out of our best-designed new restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. Our adventures and investigations were often pleasing and occasionally heart-soaring. There was much to like and, time after time, we shared comments along the lines of, “Yes, I’d like to be there.” The jury brought varied experience, expertise and opinion to the mix and some wins were decided by tight votes. However, there was consensus about what we were looking for: authenticity, clarity and a sense that…

2 min.
2018 jury

Simon Kardachi — Restaurateur Simon Kardachi is a restaurateur and entrepreneur. He is responsible for eleven of Adelaide’s top restaurants and bars, including Osteria Oggi, Shobosho, Press Food & Wine, Proof, Maybe Mae and The Pot by Emma McCaskill. Four restaurants were awarded hats in the first national Good Food Guide (2018) and Osteria Oggi was named in CNN’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the World list. Simon has a passion not just for the food, but also for the design, functionality, overall package and customer-centricity of his venues. George Livissianis — Founder, George Livissianis George Livissianis is a University of New South Wales graduate of interior architecture, which he completed in 1998 with honours, winning the Herman Miller design prize. George founded his studio in 2007, following his work at Burley Katon Halliday.…