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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 spot…

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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, drawing on her love for…

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beautiful, functional things

Bentu concrete lighting Guangzhou-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 sofa Danish furniture has been on trend for quite a while now, but perhaps too much emphasis is placed on the designs of the…

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“creating something that’s contemporary and australian.”

“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 a way. We didn’t have experience in the furniture or design industry! So how did you make the transition from being an upholstery business to designing and manufacturing furniture? Initially, our focus was on making sofas for the bigger retailers – Myer, David Jones, Country Road. But more and more, we wanted to work with architects and designers. We…

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the town-home

It’s common for select materials to be recycled from old homes as they make way for new residential architecture, but not so common for the entire house to be recycled. Yet this is what Coy + Yiontis Architects did when the practice set about building a new home for its clients in the idyllic seaside town of Barwon Heads, on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. The clients, a couple retiring from their rural property a couple of hours to the west, wanted a single-level town-home that was easy to maintain, easy to move through and could accommodate overnight guests, as well as the odd party. The late-60s beach house that sat on the site didn’t meet that brief but, according to architect Rosa Coy, it was “too nice to knock down”. Her…

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history reinvented

Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Balmain was once home to coalmines, metal foundries and soap factories, and it’s this blue-collar blood that gives the now affl uent area much of its celebrated character. While pockets of its industrial heritage have been swept aside for large housing developments, new dwellings such as Carter Williamson Architects’ Truss house, located on the site of a former timber mill, reference its history in both direct and subtle ways. Shaun Carter, principal architect at Carter Williamson Architects, struggles to count the number of homes he’s designed in Balmain and the broader Leichhardt municipality, but says it’s in the ballpark of 50. “We’ve had a strong connection to the area and we’ve turned many old buildings into workable homes,” he says. “We wanted to maintain the sense of…