Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 63 June 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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Occasionally I’m asked to present to architects and designers on how to get published in design media. Among my tips, I always encourage architects and interior designers to enter their projects into awards programs. Just like updating your website and social media or preparing a project pitch, entering awards should be a regular part of your marketing strategy. By entering awards programs, you aren’t just throwing your hat into the ring – it can be the starting point for a raft of benefits, not least the chance to be shortlisted or even take home an award. In addition, you gain the respect of your industry peers, give your team the satisfaction and pride they’ve earnt from countless hours spent labouring over that special project, receive worldwide publicity and recognition, open…

4 min.
celebrating the wins

Now that we have reached the midpoint of our working year, shivering in the midst of another Australian winter, it can be difficult to maintain our enthusiasm and tempting to begin to wonder whether we ever get rewarded for our efforts. DIA is a proud convenor, participant and partner in many design award programs, including, but not limited to, the recent Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA), the Australasian Graduate of the Year (AGOTYA) and the Industrial Design category at the Good Design Awards. While each program caters to a specific audience and life stage of a designer’s practice (in this case, architecture and interior practices, emerging designers and industrial designers respectively), each celebrates the professional talent, creativity and sheer grit required to not only survive, but thrive in our industry. There’s been…

7 min.
in brief

Turn stool from UCI Designed by Studio Trabaldo, the elegant Turn stool brings together functionality and versatility. The collection includes a fixed-height and an adjustable-height version, with or without a footrest. It is a versatile and practical piece that is suitable for use in breakout, hospitality, retail and private environments. The stool is available in solid ash timber with a natural, bleached or lacquered finish. UCI — uci.com.au Make HQ by Tecture Tecture’s design for the headquarters of Make Ventures in Windsor is based on the client’s open brief of “brick, plants and ply.” The materials palette contributes to a fresh and youthful interior, befitting a young company. Subtle references to the client’s logo (a cross inside a quartered circle) have informed key design elements, including the breezeblock screens, meeting tables and credenzas. In…

2 min.
ahead of the curve

Kaynemaile has reimagined two-thousand-year-old chain mail into a unique architectural product – manufactured with the company’s patented, award-winning technology. The polycarbonate mesh is now being specified and installed around the world. Kaynemaile makes systems for both interior and exterior applications. One of the latest projects is a custom ceiling feature at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, using Kaynemaile’s Spacemaile interior system. Inspired by a nearby winding river, the beautiful bronze coloured mesh ribbons wind through the foyer of the hotel, bringing warmth to the space as guests arrive and are welcomed by staff. The hotel was repurposed from an office block significantly damaged during the devastating 2011 earthquake. With the hotel’s opening date locked in, Kaynemaile worked in collaboration with the interior designers at Designworks to ensure the systems could be…

3 min.
maison&objet in brief

Abstract cushions by Tom Dixon Textile artist Josephine Ortega’s cityscape watercolours are super-scaled and reproduced in a pair of cushions made using rug-making techniques: the watercolours are blown up in scale and separated on graph paper to create a grid. The cushions are a cosmopolitan mix of New Zealand wool hand-tufted by North Indian craftspeople and filled with Danish duck feathers. Tom Dixon — tomdixon.net Dedece — dedece.com Horoscopes textiles by Missoni Home These textile panels depict the twelve symbols of the Chinese zodiac reproduced from the works of Italian artist Piero Zuffi. In the 1980s, Missoni founder Ottavio Missoni purchased a set of boards by the artist, which featured the twelve zoomorphic figures along with ideograms designed with geometric precision and in bas-relief technique. The textiles can be made from printed cotton satin…

3 min.
colourful language

Held in Brisbane, the March 2018 session of Artichoke Night School brought together four speakers to reflect on the consideration of colour in the design process and its impact on experience. Georgia Cannon, founder of her eponymous Brisbane-based design studio, opened this session of Artichoke Night School with an overview of interior and textile projects that have cultivated project-specific approaches to colour. Cannon’s design for Brisbane cafe Pitch & Fork is an example of a richly layered interior in a compact footprint. The grey-green stone counter, green velvet banquette seating and high-gloss green painted timber detailing delineate customer seating and service areas, while also giving a nod to the interior design of the cafe’s sister venue. In contrast, the stark white kitchen and storage wall define the functional zones accessed by staff. Cannon…