Design Anthology, Australia Edition November 2019

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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from the editor

Home. It’s a familiar yet abstract concept; on an elementary level the word conjures notions of comfort and security, and on a more philosophical level, ideas of nationality and culture. It can mean something different to each of us, and be just as complicated to articulate. I’ve spent more than a third of my life outside of Australia, my birthplace, and while I’ve gathered friends and accumulated other ‘homes’ around the world (figuratively, that is, and I’m penning this from Copenhagen, one such place), I will likely always — as Peter Allen said best — still call Australia home. This issue of Design Anthology is very dear to me. It’s comforting to know that in the short time since we launched the original edition in Hong Kong, we’ve earned a supportive…

modern heritage

Interior architect Caroline Olah spent much of her early career working at design firms in Australia, New York and Hong Kong before founding furniture brand reddie in 2015 with her husband Andrew, an ex-Google sales executive. However, it wasn’t until 2018 that the brand went offline with the launch of its bricks-and-mortar showroom in Surry Hills, Sydney. The young furniture brand was born of a genuine need that Caroline identified — both as a designer and a consumer — for simple, well-made, timeless designs that are also affordable. Each piece in the collection is designed by her but is also entirely customisable, and while the brand may have expanded its offering, the duo’s focus on quality hasn’t wavered. Caroline and Andrew both have Indonesian roots, so the decision to look to our…


FASHION & LIFESTYLE Personal pieces and products for summer HOME & DECOR This season’s objects of desire SUMMER READING A round-up of printed matter to keep you company over the holidays Finn Juhl: Life, Work, World by Christian Bundegaard This is the first comprehensive monograph on one of Denmark’s most iconic and influential designers and architects. Archival photographs and illustrations of the modernist designer’s work are accompanied by enlightening text from Christian Bundegaard. Aesop. by Jennifer Down & Dennis Paphitis The first book from the cult Australian skincare brand is a hardcover linen-bound volume tracing Aesop’s origins and history of design. It features several unique retail spaces across continents, as well as insights into the brand’s philosophy and culture. The Light Fades but the Gods Remain by Bill Henson Bill Henson, one of Australia’s most celebrated and controversial artists, presents this collection…

raising the bar

A finely executed hotel should feel like home. That’s one simple truth that Felicity Beck and Stewart Robertson, the globetrotting directors of Melbourne’s bar Studio, know well. Having both enjoyed careers abroad in New York — where Robertson worked with award-winning designer Tony Chi and Beck worked on the famed Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal with Frederic Schwartz Architects — the pair returned to Australia in 2003 to establish a practice of their own. In the years since, bar Studio has built an impressive portfolio of hospitality venues in Asia-Pacific, with some of its most notable recent work including the Park Hyatt Sydney, newly renovated spaces at the Grand Hyatt Seoul, several Rosewood properties and The Westin Perth. In each project, no matter how grand the scale, the focus is acutely centred…

here to stay

‘From the world, for the world’ is how Scott Bridgens describes Resident, the Auckland-based furniture and lighting brand he co-founded with designer Simon James in 2011. It’s not an idea you’d typically associate with such a geographically isolated nation, but with manufacturing and distribution hubs in Auckland, London and Los Angeles and customers all over the world, the brand — though firmly rooted in New Zealand — maintains an international perspective. ‘The most important factor is where we can get the best quality and where we can make a product the most beautifully. There are some pieces that can be made in Asia but not in New Zealand or Europe, and vice versa,’ says Bridgens, who cut his teeth working as the operations manager for British designer Tom Dixon in…

furthering the cause

It wasn’t that long ago that people needed to be convinced Adelaide was capable of producing quality design. So, when design studio daniel emma began making significant waves on the international stage, the typical response included some degree of shock that founders Daniel To and Emma Aiston were based there. The recognition their work received was arguably a watershed moment for Adelaide’s burgeoning design scene, and suddenly the world was interested in what else the City of Churches had to offer. Indeed, Adelaide has long been in the shadow of Melbourne and Sydney, at least design-wise, but its strong manufacturing industry and tradition of designer-makers are finally having their time in the spotlight. Within the last ten years, the city’s design landscape has changed dramatically. Instead of leaving for opportunities elsewhere…