Interview: Jenni Carbins
London-based Jenni Carbins is the founder of Matilda – an alternative export initiative that helps promote the work of Australian designers in UK and European markets hungry for new work.
The Australian Response
Why is the idea of a national identity in Australian design so hard to define? A wave of designers are currently rising to the challenge, producing work that specifically refers to our history, place and iconography. So what does it mean to be quintessentially Australian?
Often called a ‘blight on the landscape’, the humble electricity pylon has been the subject of a recent spate of competitions to rethink its design. But what is really at stake when we do away with the pylon’s classic form? Are we missing the chance for a more ‘communicative’ infrastructure?
Brodie Neill: A new craft
Tasmanian-born, London-based designer Brodie Neill utilises digital technologies and tools to create furniture and lighting that is slick and high-gloss, with a slight nod to the artisanal craft of his training.
Opportunistic Urban Design
The fifth International Urban Design Conference took place in Melbourne this September. Themed ‘Opportunistic Urban Design’, this year’s event examined the creative interventions that are transforming contemporary urban spaces. Jo Leeder reports.
Life Cycle: Melbourne Gateway
Once branded the plaything of Jeff Kennett’s defunct Victorian state government, DCM’s Melbourne Gateway is now an urban classic. Mark Raggatt presents this singular roadside infrastructure as one of Melbourne’s most compelling examples of contemporary urban architecture.
Notes from Venice: Juliet Moore
Juliet Moore travels to Venice for her first experience of the International Architecture Biennale, where exhibitions from 55 different countries come together under David Chipperfield’s theme, ‘Common Ground’.
MIFF roundup: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
First time filmmaker Alison Klayman gains unprecedented access to China’s most famous contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, documenting the public and private life of this extraordinary artist and activist.