Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 71 June 2020

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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This is a special issue. For seventeen years, Artichoke has been presenting the results of the prestigious Australian Interior Design Awards. And, despite the health and economic challenges we are all grappling with, this year is no different. Each year, the awards garner amazing entries in all categories and 2020 is no exception. Now more than ever is an opportune time to reflect on the incredible quality of design being produced by this country’s designers through surveying this year’s winners, commendations and shortlist. We should all acknowledge and congratulate the innovative and talented designers who conceive these inspiring projects, as well as those who commission these works and those who give them built form. In past years we’ve gathered at a gala presentation to announce the winners and share the celebration…

6 min.
in brief

Arts Epicentre by Branch Studio Architects In its design for a new cultural hub at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Braybrook, Melbourne, Branch Studio Architects approached the brief as if it were for a public performing arts building. The facility caters to dance, drama, music and fine arts programs, while also accommodating large gatherings and performances. A central atrium is a meeting point for the disciplines and serves as an adaptable performance space. A folding steel and glass door connects this space to its surrounds, while four ply-clad light catchers suspended from the ceiling are a nod to a small domed space admired in the building that previously occupied this site. In plan, practice spaces are organized around the perimeter of performance spaces to enable all rooms to alternately host both…

4 min.
celebrating french talent

After Italy, Lebanon, China and the United States in recent times, the January 2020 edition of the Rising Talent Awards celebrates five designers and a duo from France, selected by an acclaimed jury under the auspices of the French Ministry of Culture. This year’s Maison&Objet Rising Talent Award winners are: Wendy Andreu The focus of Wendy Andreu’s work is the exploration of materials. “I like the weight, the texture and the smell of things,” she says. She studied metalwork at the Ecole Boulle in Paris before moving on to the Design Academy in Eindhoven. It was there that she started to develop Regen (“rain” in Dutch), a series of objects made from a highly innovative material consisting of cotton fibres and latex wrapped around custom laser-cut steel moulds. The resulting waterproof fabric…

6 min.
the edit

Outdoor collection from Cassina Italian furniture brand Cassina has unveiled its first outdoor collection, featuring three contemporary collections designed by Patricia Urquiola, Rodolfo Dordoni and Philippe Starck alongside two classic designs by Charlotte Perriand re-imagined for outdoor use. Urquiola’s contributions are the Trampoline love bed with optional canopy and an outdoor version of the Bowy coffee table (pictured), characterized by a stainless steel base and recycled material top. Space — spacefurniture.com.au Chimney sofa from Vipp Having developed its steel manufacturing and tool-making trade over more than 80 years, Danish design brand Vipp is now expanding into furniture production, spurred on by its involvement in Vipp boutique hotel projects. The Chimney Sofa, made for the Vipp Chimney House, features curved forms, a compact shape and a steel frame and feet – a nod to Vipp’s…

1 min.
a collection inspired by liquid

Cosentino presents the Liquid Collection by Patternity for Dekton, the state-of-the-art, ultra-compact large format surface. Designed by London-based pattern experts and designers Patternity, in collaboration with Cosentino’s design team, the 2020 collection offers three new innovative colours, first previewed at Design Miami in December 2019. Taking over the Collectors Lounge at Design Miami, the highly conceptual installation showcased an original concept for Dekton in three new colours. Cosentino commissioned pattern experts and designers Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham of Patternity to create a collection for Dekton that reflects the state-of-the-art material. Inspired by liquid, each of the individual colours are aesthetically innovative and, as a collection, touch on the future of global trends. True to the Patternity ethos, the collection’s concept centres around the beauty of nature, environmental awareness and celebrating…

4 min.
nicolette johnson

Entering ceramicist Nicolette Johnson’s humble home studio in Brisbane, one is immediately filled with a sense of serenity and reminded of the importance of slowness and time. Inherent to ceramics generally, time exudes from Johnson’s vessels and their highly detailed surfaces. Working with throwing and coiling techniques (small pieces are thrown and large pieces coiled), the form of each vessel is constructed and allowed to turn leather hard before Johnson begins the repetitive and almost meditative process of hand-building the countless “protrusions” that cloak her vessels. Johnson comments on the labourious process and its physical effect on her body, in particular the protrusions, which share an affinity with mark-making artists such as Agnes Martin, whose paintings are geometric, meditative in their repetition and have been described as an “essay in…