Only two weeks left for 2020 IDEA early bird discount

There’s only two weeks left to get 25 per cent off your entry fees for the 2020 IDEA Awards.  The 2020 IDEA is open for entries until 5 June, but early bird entry closes 26 March.  Submit your entry now and you’ll save $100.  Entry Fees Standard entry opens on the 28 March and fees […]

Friends & Associates explores matters of life & death in new exhibition

Dale Hardiman and Tom Skeehan of Friends & Associates are teaming up with the likes of Flack Studio, March Studio, Breathe Architecture and Mark Richardson to interpret life and death through object design. Part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, Life & Death asks 31 Australian designers, architects and artists to answer the question, ‘What happens […]

Hassell completes kaleidoscopic cafe in Melbourne laneway

Stainless steel, glass and a dichroic ledge that sends sparks of colour throughout the space transform Cafe Lafayette into the otherworldly antithesis of the typical Melbourne cafe. Cafe Lafayette is the sister of Grand Lafayette, a bright and airy restaurant in Prahran with plenty of natural wood and industrial overtones. When its owners Solar Liang […]

What not to miss at Melbourne Design Week 2020

Melbourne Design Week 2020 kicks off on 12 March with 300+ talks, exhibitions, tours and workshops exploring this year’s theme – How Can Design Shape Life?  With so much to see and so little time, we’ve narrowed down the list of events to a compact unmissable 14 that you can easily slot into your calendar. […]

Six designers share their biggest career missteps

Anyone who runs their own design business knows it’s not just about the drawing on paper (or render on a computer). There are client relations, balancing the books, seeking new business and managing workloads – all potential minefields for even the most acclaimed industry players. ADR asks six of the shortlisted emerging designers from IDEA […]

Flack Studio defies colour conventions in Melbourne vintage store

Flack Studio combines colours with its signature gleeful abandon in this recent interiors job for Italian vintage store Castorina & CO. The world of retail is fast and trepidatious, particularly when taking a mid-century Italian vintage store from a cosy and known location to the fast lane of high street. Granted, the vintage is more […]

Bates Smart uses timber and brick in the new Living Edge showroom

A black ceiling, exposed beams and slim sandstone-coloured bricks provide a pared back palette for the furniture on display in the new Living Edge showroom. Having outgrown its original showroom space, Living Edge called on the Melbourne practice to transform a 1980s-building on Church Street in Richmond into its new flagship store. The new space […]

Meet the 2020 IDEA Jury: Simone Haag

Melbourne-based interior designer Simone Haag has been revealed as the first jury member for IDEA 2020.  Founder of her eponymous design studio, and with over a decade in the industry, Simone Haag sees herself as the mediator between her clients and the design world that she says she is “lucky enough to call home”.  It’s […]

Genesin and Peculiar Familia pave Adelaide’s first KFC in handmade 3D tiles

Covered in baby blue 3D tiles, Ban Ban captures almost everything we associate with KFC. That’s Korean Fried Chicken for the uninitiated. The culinary craze that is all about spicy fried chicken and beer, K-pop, minimalism and shared platters is celebrated within the walls of this 150-square-metre Adelaide shopfront on Franklin Street. It’s the city’s […]

At home with Dan Cox and Jamie McGibbon

Jan Henderson explores the private domain of Carr director of interior design Dan Cox and partner Jamie McGibbon’s inner-city warehouse world and discovers a fabulous light-filled interior for work and play. How long have you lived here and what drew you to the property? Dan Cox: We inherited the current interior design when we purchased […]

IDEA 2020 launches with party in Melbourne

IDEA 2020 launched with a party in Melbourne attended by last year’s winning and highly commended local practices, as well as a few fresh faces from the industry. The launch event, which celebrates IDEA 2020 being officially open for entries, was hosted by Miele at their South Melbourne Experience Centre. For guests, it was a […]