Design Anthology AU

Design Anthology AU

December 2020

The creative community of Australia and New Zealand is ready for something new in a design magazine. This growing community deserves a media brand that celebrates the region’s unique cultures, local materials and multicultural influences It deserves a magazine that reveals emerging talent, and profiles it alongside the work of the established. It deserves a magazine that is beautifully edited, photographed, designed and printed, and is an object of design all on its own. It deserves a magazine that can be kept, treasured and displayed on the coffee table or in the studio. It deserves both a look forward and a reminder of what makes the Australian and New Zealand design industries so special. The Australian and New Zealand edition of Design Anthology published biannually.

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a city reborn

For somewhere once described as the worst place to start a colony, Perth is looking pretty impressive these days. On regular visits over the past five years, I’ve watched the inner city go from tumbleweed town to blossoming cultural hub. This renaissance is thanks in no small part to the now-ended mining boom, the economic upturn of which provided the impetus for some major inner-city projects. The first was the ambitious rejuvenation of downtown’s historic Cathedral Square precinct. The trio of interconnected 19th-century government offices now known as the State Buildings had been vacant for almost 20 years before a local property developer called on Kerry Hill Architects to transform it into a casually elegant inner-city dining destination, completed in 2015. Staying at the luxury 48-room COMO The Treasury hotel, undoubtedly…

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urban retreat

Auckland’s most design-driven and ecoconscious hotel raises the stakes in what has long been a lacklustre accommodation offering in New Zealand’s biggest city. Cheshire Architects, the Auckland-based practice responsible for some of the country’s most awarded residential and hospitality architecture, is behind the development, and the firm’s co-director Nat Cheshire describes The Hotel Britomart as ‘an object as art piece’, an urban retreat with a profound sense of place. A pair of slim buildings, clad in 150,000 handmade bricks and perforated with irregularly sized windows, rises to a modest ten storeys and houses 99 rooms and five suites. The structure is a striking statement in a city more inclined to shiny glass towers and is the newest addition to Britomart, the city’s oldest harbourside area. The historic nine-block precinct at the…

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quiet confidence

‘We love a project that presents an opportunity to reinstate lost charm, not just into the interior, but also into the neighbourhood,’ says Paul Hecker, co-founder of Melbourne-based multidisciplinary design practice Hecker Guthrie. Located in Carlton North, an inner suburb of Melbourne known for its wide streets and proximity to some of the city’s best gardens and parks, this two-storey, four-bedroom home offered exactly that. The clients, a couple with children, approached Hecker Guthrie to renovate their new purchase, which sits on a 500-square-metre plot. The brief called for retaining the home’s original facade but designing a contemporary addition, which Hecker Guthrie undertook in collaboration with Brayshaw Architects, and then reinstating a sense of heritage into the home with a palette rich in materiality and textures. The entire renovation process was…

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inside studio mignone

Aldo Mignone likes an ordered space, and the new Studio Mignone workshop very much fits the brief. ‘It’s clean and minimal, and when I walk in each morning, it feels like a blank canvas ready for the day ahead,’ he says. ‘Everything can be moved around, and that gives me the opportunity to stand back from the work and take it all in.’ It doesn’t hurt that the 55-square-metre studio is flooded with natural light and, when the large doors are open, plenty of fresh air and the sounds of suburban Adelaide. Tomato vines and lemon trees surround the workshop, which sits right next door to the home Mignone shares with his partner and studio co-founder Isabella Wood and their young daughter. While the couple hopes to have a showroom one…

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true to form

With its sharp yet modest facade and newly painted exterior, one would be forgiven for thinking that this South Yarra home is brand new; in fact, it dates back to 1972, when renowned Melbourne architect Wayne Gillespie built it as his own residence. For the current owners, the house had great appeal for its solidity and architectural merit, but it simply didn’t flow or function well enough for contemporary living. Local architecture and design collective studiofour was called on to replan the interiors, and the team adopted a holistic approach that focused on the kitchen in particular. Originally confined to a cramped corner, it has now been repositioned at the heart of the house. ‘The way a family uses their kitchen today is very different from how kitchens were used back…

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memories and meaning

Form and function are the foundations of design, but there is also a more sensitive aspect: feeling. How people feel about a house — the emotive experience of architecture — is what creates memories and meaning. Las Palmas, in the Byron Bay hinterland, is a synergy of form, function and feeling. Occupying a prime position on a few hectares of rolling hills, Las Palmas is home to Sally and Matt McGarry and their three young boys. Sally grew up in Fenner House in Canberra, designed by Robin Boyd in 1952, and wanted to imbue her new family home with the emotions she associates with the sun-filled mid-century house. ‘I have memories of playing in the yard and climbing trees, garden parties and various activities in different rooms,’ she says. The couple engaged…