In profile: DesignOffice
Initially operating as the Australian outpost of London firm Universal Design Studio, Melbourne-based DesignOffice combines a passion for craft and materiality with a distilled graphic aesthetic to shape a design identity that is all its own.
Paris Design Week: Design by nature
Scouring the streets of the French capital during Paris Design Week, Genty Marshall discovers a selection of objects and installations that look to the natural world for fertile inspiration.
The art of fashion
Louis Vuitton has conflated the worlds of fashion and art through its collaborations with contemporary artists such as Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama. Gillian Serisier examines how these collaborations have helped to reposition the brand within the realm of artistic innovation.
In review: Domestic Renewal
A collaborative project curated by Rohan Nicol and recently on show at Craft Cubed in Melbourne, Domestic Renewal uses domestic objects as a lens through which to examine global issues of disposability, consumption and urban renewal.
Reinventing the City of London
In less than a decade, London’s skyline has been transformed from one that was low-scale punctuated by a few tall buildings, to a contemporary global skyline. Philip Vivian examines the planning policies that are allowing it to happen, and considers what quality of architecture is being delivered.
Book review: Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies
First published in 1971, Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies provides both a history of Los Angeles and a chequered survey of its hitherto largely ignored Modern and Postmodern architectural virtues.
Rebecca Roke discusses how, far from turning their backs on bricks and mortar retailing in favour of online alternatives, savvy brands are espousing a new model that offers both the spectacle of retail and the immediacy of the digital space.
Book review: Made in Australia
Craig Allchin reviews new publication, Made in Australia: The Future of Australian Cities, which asks: Where do we fit the extra 20 million people currently not planned for?