A look inside Snaidero’s Sydney showroom by Greg Natale

Underwritten by an elegant cohesion, the sprawling expanse that is the Snaidero Sydney showroom, exemplifies the design acumen of Greg Natale, as inside co-editor Gillian Serisier discovers. Launched in late 2018, the Snaidero showroom is very much about the sense of arrival: the sense that the customer has arrived at something extraordinary, and the sense […]

What are the growth opportunities in aged care?

The proportion of the Australian population aged 65 and is expected to grow even more rapidly between now and 2028,
 as more baby boomers reach the age of 65. Their accommodation requirements mean serious opportunities for architectural practices looking to work in this sector. Over one million people in Australia currently receive aged care services. […]

Design Poets creates cosy Asian bar Eddy+Wolff

Brisbane-based interior design studio Design Poets has created the interiors for Japanese-inspired bar and restaurant Eddy + Wolff. The story behind Eddy + Wolff is an interesting one. Husband and wife duo Thao and Vien Nguyen, the owners of the bar, grew up on Canberra’s Eddy Crescent and Wolff Crescent respectively and it was also where they met as […]

The art of designing a theatre

Architects looking to work with theatre companies need to think outside the black box. Stephen A Russell spoke to three practices embracing dramatic flourish. Hamish Lyon, director of architecture and design at NH Architecture, was thrilled and a little overwhelmed when the practice was appointed to work on the redesign of Arts Centre Melbourne’s (ACM) […]

How dn&co designed seven miles of discovery for the V&A

Brand and design consultancy dn&co has created a new wayfinding system for London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum to help visitors navigate the sprawling site. Located in London’s South Kensington, the museum of art, design and performance, welcomes around four million visitors a year. To meet the demands of these visitors — a mix of […]

Technē transforms old toy shop into ‘people’s’ café

An old toy shop in Melbourne’s Brunswick has been given a new lease of life by Technē Architecture + Interior Design. From the use of colour akin to Brunswick Green on the exterior, a community noticeboard at the front and local personalities’ portraits gracing the walls, the new Lobbs café is a destination made for […]

A look at the Vivid Design Awards finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Vivid Design Awards have been announced, with the work of 53 designers in the running for an award.  This year marks the 16th edition of the program, which shines a spotlight on Australia’s up-and-coming furniture, lighting and object designers from across the country. The finalists will exhibit their design prototypes […]

The Eye Piece: a contemporary take on an optometrist

A suburban optical dispensary is reimagined as an intimate, luxurious ‘dressing room’, as mirrored walls reflect light and deliver spatial illusions in a compact space. As part of the client’s takeover and rebranding of an established local optometrist, the brief to Ricci Bloch was to replace the existing fitout with a more contemporary interior, complementing […]

Adam Kane’s minimalist design for Melbourne bridal store

Set with the task of redefining bridal retail, Adam Kane Architects has created a new, contemporary boutique for Mariana Hardwick in South Melbourne, Victoria. The new showroom was required to be both elegant and refined, and the concept also sought to reimagine the luxury shopping experience. It was imperative the design of the new store […]

Designing an urban cellar door: Handpicked Wines by DesignOffice

Handpicked Wines Cellar Door is an urban cellar door combining an engaging retail offer with cellar door tastings, a wine bar and an experiential wine room for functions and tutorials. Architect’s statement The Handpicked Wines Cellar Door in Sydney’s Chippendale precinct is the first physical presence for the Australian winemaker. The brief called for a […]

In fashion: how bespoke flooring company Modieus is leading the way

Founded in 2015 by flooring expert Xander Okhuizen, Modieus’ ability to create almost any carpet design is putting it weaves ahead of its competitors. After spending 25 years working for a range of companies in the commercial flooring world, Okhuizen decided to strike out on his own and open up B2B flooring company Modieus (which […]