Flat-packed with designer cred?
With icons like Tom Dixon and Danish brand Hay now in collaboration with the Swedish furniture giant, why is IKEA still such a dirty word in design circles?
A refuge from the snow: Grant Amon Architect’s Astra Lodge
“From the dark bark of tall, strong green trees to the silvery snow gums and to the burnt ghost sticks from the 2007 bushfire, it is a narrative of the surrounding environment.” MEZZANINE takes a look at the Astra Lodge in Victoria’s Falls Creek, a recently upgraded ski lodge that takes design cues from its graceful surrounds.
Balance of power: Ben Russell
Responsible for illuminating some of Melbourne’s shining lights in hospitality design, Ben Russell of BREC sheds some light on the process of powering up a project in the latest issue of MEZZANINE.
The technology workplace
A research project by Bates Smart has examined the tech industry, which culminated in a white paper: ‘The Technology Workplace’. The paper shows how tech companies are flipping the traditional office model due to their unique way of working. Kellie Payne, Bates Smart associate director, discusses the findings of the paper with inside co-editor Gillian Serisier.
Higher Ground Q&A with Mark Simpson and Damien Mulvihill
“Our design approach is very much driven by the emotional sensibility and function of spaces – these are the qualities which stay with you, make the place work and keep customers returning.” Mark Simpson and Damien Mulvihill of DesignOffice discuss their work on Higher Ground, the new CBD café from the team behind Kettle Black and Top Paddock.
Flexible future: reimagining in the workplace
Drawing on their diverse experience in building workplace culture, Gavin Harris (senior associate and design director at futurespace), Bradford Gorman (director of Gorman/Birrell), and Keti Malkoski (principle of people and consulting at Schiavello) give their insights on the many factors shaping our offices, the increasing integration of work and life, and how this will affect us in years to come.
Taste sensations: hospitality design with Foolscap Studio
“Kitchens have always been somewhere hidden and dirty, not somewhere you would be invited, but there is a real change going on there,” says Adele Winteridge, founder of Melbourne’s Foolscap Studio – a practice on the tip of international tongues when it comes to clever hospitality design. Winteridge speaks to Sandra Tan for MEZZANINE.
Mapping our interiors: Anka Boychev goes inside with Google
“There are places where you go and you know that the owner gave this place a piece of him or herself.” Anka Boychev is a photographer who has been working on Google Virtual Tours for two years – taking photographs which are then stitched together to create a virtual tour of a store, hotel, bar, or showroom, displaying interiors in a new dimension.
Home work: the rise of the home office
Consider what your work–life balance looks like in 2016. The last time you responded to a work-related email, were you in the office or at home? No longer simply accommodating the kids’ homework, the modern home needs to equip itself to meet the demands of the entire family workforce.
Anglesea framed: A seaside hamlet
The latest residential project from Emma Mitchell Architects is a masterful design of detail and materiality. The house, located in Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, is a perfect interpretation of the personality and lifestyle of those who live there, as inside finds out.