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No. 11

MEZZANINE is a magazine for those seeking design solutions for everyday life. It addresses the challenges of delivering a project, bringing you closer to the makers, designers and the creative team, who are an essential part of the process. MEZZANINE aims to bridge the gap between the design industry and you, demystifying the process so that you can confidently engage an architect or an interior designer, building your understanding of Australia's extraordinary pool of creative talent.

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from the editor

The office I work from is in the backstreets of Brunswick, in an old school that’s being reinvented as a community facility by intrepid designer/maker/caretakers These Are The Projects We Do Together. The view from my window takes in a helter-skelter mix of architecture and art. There are two 19th century churches and the walled beer gardens of a couple of Sydney Road bars. In one direction, I look into the open-plan living spaces of half a dozen modern apartments; in the other, a stand of eucalypts thrives, despite having their roots beneath the baked tarmac of a Wool-worths car park. There’s several art galleries’ worth of graffiti too, on brick, on roller-door metal and today, as I look out, on a truck that’s been parked in the same…

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Susan Muldowney is a Melbourne-based freelance writer specialising in business, architecture and design. She has worked as a magazine editor in Australia and Singapore and is a former editor of Australian architecture magazine Monument. She is about to embark on her first home renovation – with equal degrees of excitement and trepidation – and felt inspired by the architects she spoke to for her stories in this issue of Mezzanine. Shannon McGrath has been photographing architecture and interior design works for 15 years. Her images are known for their beautiful portrayal of light and form, with a soft realism that celebrates the subject matter. Shannon is studying her masters in fine arts at RMIT University and is increasingly exhibiting her artistic work throughout galleries in Melbourne,…

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beautiful, functional things

Bentu concrete lightingGuangzhou-based experimental design studio Bentu’s products challenge global preconceptions of Chinese design. Its first range of concrete lighting, furniture and homewares was launched at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2013, and attracted attention not just for its emphasis on bold, simple geometry, but also for the use of recycled concrete and ceramics gathered from construction and demolition sites and factories. Bentu products, including everything from plant pots and wall tiles to stools and tables, are available in Australia from Remodern. Its Zhong pendant (pictured) comprises a funnel made from recycled concrete and an anodised aluminium apex. It can be hung individually or in clusters. remodern.com.au Adelaide sofaDanish furniture has been on trend for quite a while now, but perhaps too much emphasis is placed on the…

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“creating something that’s contemporary and australian.”

Nick Garnham (right) inspects a Dune armchair in the Jardan Lab. Dune’s frame is constructed from Tasmanian oak, upholstered here in ‘Twilight’ fabric. The Andy sofa, upholstered in elk velvet in the ‘Alpine’ colourway. The new Sydney showroom at Paddington, designed by IF Architecture. Previous spread Nick Garnham and team members in the Jardan Lab. “We draw inspiration from how we live our lives and the natural environment around us.” Mezzanine: Tell us a bit about how Jardan started.Nick Garnham There was a little upholstery company called Jardan Design, which was started in 1987. I started working there in 1997, but the company got into financial troubles and my family – my dad, my brother and I – saw some potential and bought it. We fell into it, in…

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the town-home

Looking to the north through the open-plan living zone, it’s easy to imagine parties spilling out onto the deck, or the garden at the other end of the space. The triangular roof form was designed as a screen to the neighbouring townhouse. The master bedroom has an intimate connection to the back garden. Custom niches in the lounge area for mementos and collected objects. No kitchen mess is visible from the living space, thanks to a higher-than-typical counter. Most of the house is clad in spotted gum. Light streams into the kitchen, and through to the living space, through high windows beneath the apex of the triangular roof form. The connection between inside and out continues in the bathroom, which has a large sky window over the shower.…

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history reinvented

heaviness of the house’s recycled brick construction is offset by the lightness of the roof structure. the form of the steel truss roof has allowed for high-level windows that wash the interior with diffuse light. The black-painted bricks in the light well contrast with the predominantly white kitchen. Timber shutters on the top level can be used to control light, heat and privacy. Going against modern convention, the house’s main living space opens out to the street frontage. A light well at the centre of the plan brings natural light to the ground floor and provides a small outdoor courtyard. The refined industrial materiality of the interior – steel, brick, timber and, downstairs, concrete flooring – references the timber mill that previously stood on the site. Sydney’s inner-city…