The Phillip Johnson team has been awarded with a Best in Show medal overnight at Chelsea
The Phillip Johnson team has made history with their design for the Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming's, being awarded with a 'Best in Show' medal overnight at Chelsea - a feat never before achieved by an Australian team in their nine years of taking part.
Melbourne Design Market - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!
Our online application system is up and running for all designers who would like to be selected for the July 28 Melbourne Design Market, held at Federation Square undercover carpark. It's true that there are a lot of design events out there now, but we consistently get feedback from those who attend that this event, the original design market, is the one that they depend on for a truly complete and high-quality design shopping experience.
DESIGNEX 2013 - Melbourne - 30 May to 1 June 2013
designEX, Australia's longest-running design and architecture event in Melbourne from 30 May to 1 June 2013. With industry-leading brands in furniture, textiles, lighting, architecture, bathrooms, surfaces & finishes, as well as seminars and workshops, independently curated features and a host of new brand alliances.
Celebrating 50 Years of Australian design
DIA Victoria Tasmania presents a stellar line-up of design aficionados and practitioners in a dynamic presentation and panel discussion evening at the Poliform showroom in Richmond.
Colourways Australasian Trend Forecast Workshop
The workshop is the cornerstone of the Colourways program connecting designers, manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, marketers, educators, builders, media, and others in a forum to explore ideas and emerging trends.
Portable Presents Brooks Atwood
Portable is excited to announce international award-winning industrial designer Brooks Atwood will tour Australia this June. After the sell-out success of Portable's tour of Debbie Millman earlier this year, take advantage of our early bird pricing to secure your place and hear from one of the world's leading thinkers in design innovation.
WORKSHOPPED 13 APPLICATIONS OPEN
Applications are open for this much anticipated exhibition. The theme for WS13 is:
WORKSHOPPED 13: Designing a Modern Heritage. Show how your design can be future proofed for a disposable society?
Melbourne Design Awards winner Gotye wins multiple Grammys including Record of the Year
Gotye has been awarded three Grammys for Alternative Music Album (for Making Mirrors), Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of The Year (for Somebody That I Used To Know feat. Kimbra) at the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony in L.A. today.
Pete Ford's Wynter Dark Graphic Novel App
The WYNTER DARK GRAPHIC NOVEL APP is a whole new comic reading platform. We're planning on creating a new way to experience comic books and graphic novels without detracting from what makes them great in the first place. This isn't a motion comic or a standard comic book reader, this is a whole new way to dig into the books that will be published that allows readers to get involved and contribute in a dynamic way. This campaign is to raise the funds for us to code the platform - we have the first series ready to roll out well on the way (WYNTER DARK) but the idea will be that this becomes a platform for other books and creators to publish their work via the tablet medium. Once we have the platform ready roll we'll be soliciting from other creators to start a next generation comicbook e-publishing company.
Call for Papers - Abstracts due 30 Nov
We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words that examine the role of design in building competitive advantage. The abstract submissions process is available on the agIdeas website.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED - 2012 Melbourne Design Awards
The 50 winners across the six major categories for the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards have been announced by Mark Bergin, Creative Director, design100 on Wednesday 19 September at the Business and Investment Centre, Melbourne.
Bungalow to Bold
July 21, 2012
By Jenny Brown
A near-century-old bungalow has gone from dingy to darling thanks to passive solar design that lets the sunshine in.
The clients who asked Penny Guild of Zen Architects to extend their ''hybrid Edwardian-California'' Brunswick bungalow stated upfront that they didn't want ''a brilliant addition bolted onto the back of an old, crappy house''.
They were more emphatic that what they required was ''a nice home that would flow inside''. For them, Guild says, ''the inside was more important than the outside''.
Colourful vision as bold as brass
By Jenny Brown June 30, 2012
Statements in metal and glass cast an ever-changing light over a shining example of client-designer synergy.
When the translucent glass for the clerestory windows in the new extension arrived, the builder had an OMG moment. ''Don't know about the pink,'' he said.
When the big, round disc of brass that has become the centrepiece kitchen table was rolled down the hallway, the client, too, was looking askance: ''I thought it was huge,'' she says.
As the various elements of a distinctly individual back addition to a double-fronted Victorian house were taking shape, architect Fiona Winzar had instances of wondering if so many daringly different components of design and decor would eventually hang together.
He's just a laid-back ideas man
by Georgia Wilkins June 24, 2012
Couches have become an unlikely accessory at summer music festivals in recent years, with sunburnt music fans often seen lugging battered furniture between stages at outdoor venues around Victoria.
Mardy Daniel, a self-proclaimed ''ideas man'', has found a way to make their lives a lot easier.
Just over a year ago, the 21-year-old acted on a late-night brainwave and designed a couch with a solar-powered motor, wheels and a stereo system.
Alison Jackson launches new collection
Canberra based silversmith Alison Jackson is pleased to announce and invite you to the launch of her new collection at Design:Made:Trade July 19 – 22, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
Having exhibited nationally and internationally over the last four years, this is the first time Alison will be showing her entire collection in Australia. Combining traditional silversmithing techniques with a contemporary aesthetic, the collection includes a range of one-off and limited edition tableware and jewellery pieces. Her designs are characterised by simplicity, functionality and playful quirky twist.
A bright idea to help bike riders be seen and not harmed
By Henrietta Cook
June 17, 2012
Wouter Walmink never considered wearing a bicycle helmet until he moved to Melbourne a year ago.
But after pedalling through the city's hectic streets, the Dutch designer realised he was going to need a helmet - so he set about making a better one.
The result is the LumaHelm, a flashing headpiece with 104 multicoloured LED lights that illuminate like indicators when a cyclist tilts the head left or right.
''One of the things we wanted to do was make a helmet that was more exciting to look at,'' the 28-year-old says. ''We saw an opportunity where we thought no one had seen it before.''
The Tallest Greenwall in Australia
Australia’s first greenwall developer Mark Paul, Founder and Director of The Greenwall Company, has recently completed work on the tallest greenwall in the country. Spanning over 22 floors of the Origin Energy head office in Melbourne, each floor has its own unique make up, specifically designed to maximize the varying angles and lighting.
Mark Paul, Horticulturist and Director of The Greenwall Company said, “They form a continuous green spine down the core of the building. A green lung and wild place to traverse while using the stairs between the floors.”The Greenwall Company builds its walls from 94 per cent of recyclable materials that would otherwise be destined for landfill, taking the benefit of their greenwalls beyond just their aesthetic appeal.
Living Spaces Suburban Revival
Living Places Suburban Revival is the culmination of an open design competition to establish an innovative approach to medium density public housing which sensitively integrates with and rejuvenates low-density suburbs in an environmentally and socially sustainable way. Initiated by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect and the Office of Housing, the project involves the design of fifteen environmentally efficient, low-cost dwellings on six consolidated residential allotments in Dandenong.
The Australian Design Collection
design100 is pleased to announce The Australian Design Collection.
The Australian Design Collection, the first of its kind in Australia, aims to capture the design culture and trends of our times for future generations and will be launched in October 2012.
It is expected that more than 1000 designs will be initially digitalized and then available as an online resource at www.design100.com
Initially The Australian Design Collection will be made up of the shortlisted entries from the Melbourne Design Awards, the Sydney Design Awards, and the Mobile Awards each year. It is planned that the collection will be expanded with further design to be added over time.
Builders forge new alliance
by Carolyn Cummins, Commercial Property Editor
June 6, 2012
A new $400 million construction group has been established through the merger of Victorian-based company Icon and New South Wales-based Southern Cross Constructions.
The alliance comes at a critical time for the national construction sector, which is reeling from the high-profile collapses of several companies, including Kell & Rigby.
Icon made the initial approach to Southern Cross about a year ago, as they are similar in size and turnover and both focus on multi-residential (apartment) and some commercial projects.
Following the successful talks, Icon Southern Cross will be the new name and the merged entity will assume responsibility for $230 million worth of commercial and residential projects in the NSW market alone.
Update behind a severe facade
By Stephen Crafti June 6, 2012
The former Emily McPherson College, on the corner of Russell and Victoria streets, presents as a fairly stoic piece of architecture. Designed in 1926 by architect Edwin Evan Smith, chief architect of the Department of Public Works, the heritage-listed building features a serious set of columns and distinctive steel-framed windows influenced by the American Beaux Arts style.
''We restored most of the original features and those that were replaced are identical to Smith's design,'' says project architect Milica Tumbas, associate director of Lovell Chen Architects and Heritage Consultants, who worked closely with architects Peter Lovell on the heritage side and Kai Chen on the design. ''Building 13 [as it's now referred to] is beautifully proportioned, but has quite an eclectic style,'' adds Tumbas.
Update on the Australian National Design Policy
By design100 Guest Editor Beatrice Pitt
A few months back, the Australian Design Alliance (AdA), backed by well-known designers such as Marc Newson and members from the DIA, AGDA, the AIA and other professional bodies, launched their campaign to fund the nationwide initiative of the Australian National Design Policy.
A worthy cause, with the goals of promoting design advocacy and putting design on the forefront of government agendas, they met their target of raising over $15,000, earlier this May. So how do they plan on representing the professional voice of designers and promoting Australian wide design productivity and innovation? Lisa Cahill from the Australian Design Alliance describes the future of the design policy.
Body is built from the bones up
by Jenny Brown 2 June 2012
An architect couple went with the grain to remodel a cottage as a holiday house that embraces its coastal surroundings.
The bones beneath this cathedral-ceilinged cottage in the old part of Barwon Heads - a first project by new local practice Auhaus - belonged to a cabin that came a long way to lodge among the twisting tea-trees in sea-change central.
Before architect couple Kate Fitzpatrick and Ben Stibbard applied their creativity to remodel, furnish and landscape a holiday-house compound of two small pavilions, the 700-square-metre site was occupied by a basic wooden bungalow with a sleepout at the back - structures that had been relocated to the Surf Coast after serving as accommodation for workers on the Snowy River Scheme.
Chic living behind the factory wall
by Jenny Brown 26 May 2012
Quasi-industrial materials turn out to be perversely pliant.
How do you make a home of real sophistication on an old factory site and using materials as fearlessly industrial as unadorned concrete, grey-brown brickwork and galvanised steel?
In a two-level and highly internalised house on a North Melbourne corner site once occupied by a cheese-manufacturing operation, architect Robert Simeoni has even made a big feature of galvanised steel grating, usually employed on boggy walkways or factory gantries.
10,000 Hanging Garments Encourage People to Recycle
Sourced from My Modern Met blog
Fashion department store Marks & Spencer launched its project called Shwopping, a portmanteau of shopping and swapping, in an effort to recycle clothing and decrease waste. The project, which they refer to as a revolution, seeks to draw attention to the amount of clothing that's discarded every day in the UK and make a conscious effort to reverse this wasteful habit. The cause claims that approximately 10,000 articles of clothing go to landfills every five minutes.
Sisters-in-law find that if the shoe fits, sell it
The world's most photographed kid, Suri Cruise, has been spotted wearing them and if you go to playgrounds around Sydney and Melbourne, it's likely you will also see toddlers jumping around in the same simple canvas shoes sold by Sophie Cooper and Sophie Cooper, the identically named sisters-in-law behind Walnut Melbourne.
design100 Makes Significant Announcements
Last night at Comme, Mark Bergin, Creative Director of design100, announced the Australian Design Collection and the opening of applications for the 2012 Premier's Design Awards to a crowd at a Melbourne Design Awards networking event.
2012 Premiers Design Awards - Applications now open
Applications are now open for the 2012 Premier's Design Awards which recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses using exemplar design effectively and sustainably. Premier Ted Baillieu said the awards recognised Victoria's design capabilities and businesses that invested in design to contribute to business success through increased market share, financial sustainability, and environmental and social outcomes.
Stunning Bicycle Club Design in China
Amsterdam-based NL Architects recently proposed this design for a Bicycle Club in Sanya, the southernmost city of China. Sanya, located in the Hainan Province, is well-known for its tropical climate and is a popular tourist destination. The plans include a dedicated space for visitors and bike enthusiasts, who can pedal around the top oval structure or take a rest in the glass-enclosed cafe below. The second level provides a fun bicycle area as well as respite below from the hot tropical sun.
March Studio Weaves a Tale of Freshly Baked Bread
I had heard of the line-ups. After seeing images of the seemingly endless, undulating wooden form inside March Studio's latest retail endeavour, Baker D. Chirico, it only confirmed that I had to experience it for myself.
Invigorating the Public Realm
Having just flown back from a very brief trip to Paris and Copenhagen, I am reminded by how important good design is to the enjoyment and well being of our lives. These cities, like all good cities, are a product of their high quality public realm, those spaces outside of their fine buildings in which the public act out their civic life. In the main, the public realm of cities is made up of its streets, and as such the realization that if you design good streets you will end up designing good cities.
She made Gotye somebody we all know
SOMETIMES you just know. Melbourne filmmaker Natasha Pincus felt that serendipity the first time she heard Gotye's now chart-topping hit Somebody That I Used to Know.''[The idea for the clip] came on the first listen. My heart dropped. I thought, this is going to be massive, this is an amazing song,'' Pincus said. Her instincts were pitch perfect.
Offer to 2012 Melbourne and Sydney Design Awards shortlisted entrants
One of our 2012 Melbourne and Sydney Design Awards sponsors, Bayard Lawyers, has made a generous offer to all of this years' shortlisted entrants. See their offer below - information on how to organise a consultation will be sent to you when your entry is shortlisted.
Thoughts shared by Richard Henderson at 2012 Melbourne Design Awards launch
As price, product and service converge into sameness, how brands distinguish themselves becomes critical.
To be seen is one thing, to have an authentic brand story that encourages rewarding relationship with customers requires messages that inform and motivate. Bringing the story to life requires design to maximise the desired customer experience - be it a product, a package, a service, or a destination.
Fashion and Art collide for the launch of Melbourne label Tettmann.Doust
Light, movement and sound will unite in the form of a collaborative runway installation, 'Aves Insecta' for the debut of Australian fashion label Tettmann.Doust during the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
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