Art & Architecture

Artichoke Issue 64 September 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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In this issue, alongside projects from Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, we feature work in regional cities such as Newcastle, Canberra and Nagambie, showing that architecture and design are slowly but surely sprawling beyond the big smoke. In Newcastle, emerging design studio Prevalent, headed by Ben Berwick, has designed Susuru, a futuristic ramen restaurant (page 32). Berwick’s goal for the restaurant is admirable. He wanted to create a space that would challenge the traditional aesthetic notions of Newcastle and would give something to the newcomers, the visitors and the long-term residents yearning to see the city grow and flourish. In the ACT, Universal Design Studio with Mather Architecture have redesigned the historic 1963 Canberra Centre (page 52) into a vibrant new retail precinct that makes the act of shopping a delight. Finally,…

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making meaningful connections

Just over a year ago I commenced my tenure as President of the Design Institute of Australia. In my first Comment column, I signalled a call to action – challenging our members and the design community to think about the different conversations we engage with and to question what we mean by “the voice of professional design” in Australia. How do we harness the myriad and sometimes conflicting views of a diverse group of creatives and disciplines? In my view, it’s not about finding a one-size-fits-all solution – rather, it comes down to getting things done at an individual level through the strength of the connections we make within a network of like-minded practitioners of design. Since that first column I’ve spent time getting to know DIA members across the country,…

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Rachael Bernstone is a writer who specializes in architecture and design. She recently moved from Sydney to Perth and is embracing all the wonders of the west. Intercontinental Perth City Centre (page 92) David Clark has worked in the interior design industry for more than thirty years. As editor-in-chief of Vogue Living Australia for nearly a decade (2003 – 2012) he helped to define an era in Australian residential interior design. In 2012 he was international editorial consultant to Condé Nast for the launch of AD China. Milan Design Week 2018 (page 47) Maria Danos heads boutique architecture and interior design practice Maria Danos Architecture. Based in Melbourne, the practice specializes in residential, hospitality and commercial architecture that is conceptually driven, honest, expressive, finely crafted, informed by context and imbued with cultural meaning. Mitchelton Winery…

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in brief

Observatory collection by Lee Broom Launched at the 2018 Milan Furniture Fair, Lee Broom’s Observatory line features seven celestial-inspired lighting products that play with sculptural, spherical form and the refraction and reflection of light. Observatory demonstrates Broom’s technical craftsmanship and signature mix of classicism and modernity. Space Furniture — spacefurniture.com.au Congress by DesignOffice Surrounded by a new wave of bars, eateries and galleries at the corner of Peel and Wellington Streets in Melbourne’s Collingwood, Congress, designed by DesignOffice, is a “friendly neighbourhood bistro.” A large external clock reminiscent of a town square signals the arrival space, while double-height glazing wraps the corner site, exposing the interior to the street. A solid oak ceiling adds warmth and architectural detailing, rising from the entry to an intimate rear mezzanine. Photography — Dan Hocking DesignOffice — designoffice.com.au Anchor Table…

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Located in Melbourne’s leafy, premier suburb of Armadale, Bouzy Bar à Vins is a petite wine bar influenced by those quintessential bars found on most corners of “gay Paree.” Bouzy is the product of hospitality sage Jason M. Jones and partner Brahman Perera, an up-and-coming designer, and represents the progression of Melbourne’s hospitality scene – “small bites and a glass of wine after work; it’s about making a special occasion of every day,” explains the duo. Occupying a corner site in the historic Kings Arcade, the brilliantly preserved arcade and former milk bar tenancy gives Bouzy two distinct yet connected dining experiences. The arched walkway is lined with timber banquettes softened by an assortment of traditional Côte d’Azur blue cushions, offering a sheltered alfresco setting complete with requisite cane bistro chairs.…

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“Less is more” is a common phrase in architecture and design, meaning less decoration has more impact. Mies van der Rohe popularized the expression to describe his modernist architectural approach, which distilled a building’s elements to extreme simplicity so that each served multiple visual and functional purposes. Less is undoubtedly more at Susuru, but here the phrase can be interpreted in another way too – that it requires more effort to make something that looks like less. All details must be meticulous, exacting and considered, as there is no place to hide imperfections or afterthoughts in a minimalist space. Ben Berwick of Newcastle and Sydney-based architecture practice Prevalent designed Susuru, which opened in late 2017. The ramen and gyoza restaurant is located in a century-old brick warehouse on King Street, an emerging…