United in Design sets out to make interior design more diverse

Two UK designers have come together to launch United in Design, an organisation that aims to increase racial diversity in the interior design industry. Founded by Sophie Ashby and Alexandria Dauley, United in Design seeks to provide an “actionable road map” for design studios, magazines and suppliers to address the lack of representation and make […]

“I’m always asking myself how does colour affect one’s life and space?” – Danielle Brustman

Fresh from her solo exhibition at Melbourne Design Week, set and interior designer Danielle Brustman says she has always been drawn to colour and how it can manipulate our mood. Our relationship to colour is an intensely personal thing. To childhood declarations of favourites to wardrobes filled with shades that suit and hushed whispers of […]

At home with Adele McNab

Caught up in a Miami Vice fantasy, Adele McNab couldn’t resist this apartment in Bondi Beach, stripping the space back to its bones and enlisting her partner and father to help her restore its original Art Deco features. We catch up with the principal of Adele McNab Architects and 2019 IDEA Emerging Designer of the […]

NGV launches studio visits with Australian designers and artists

The National Gallery of Victoria has launched a live in-studio series with Australian artists and designers, giving viewers an insight into their life and practice while in isolation. Artist and designers including Sydney artist Agatha Gothe-Snape, musician and artist Jon Campbell, iconic furniture designer Mary Featherston AM, and contemporary artist Yhonnie Scarce will invite viewers […]

Women designers on their experience at the top

Women in design aren’t new or particularly revolutionary, but the fact remains that there are still more male practice and studio leaders than there are female ones. Meet three women who are working to change that, as they share their experiences at the top and their aspirations for the generation to come.   Rosa Coy, Coy […]

Interview: Lighting designer Christopher Boots

Chatting to Christopher Boots is disarming. It might be a gloomy Melbourne afternoon, late in the week, when the working from home inertia has most definitely set in, but Boots has a cheerfulness that is impossible to ignore, even if he forgets you had an interview scheduled and calls back 45 minutes later. The Melbourne […]

COVID-19 will further separate the talented from the “cookie cutter” says Jackie Johnston

Creativity will “go through the roof” when the coronavirus pandemic passes, forcing designers to be even more “individual, unique and distinctive” according to Rothelowman design consultant Jackie Johnston. “This experience will further serve to separate the cookie cutters from the good designers,” Johnston tells ADR. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to stop, focus […]

Designers will be challenged to integrate to post-COVID-19 restrictions says Jessica Ball

Designers will be challenged to “respond to” and “come up with” strategies that address and alleviate concerns about public safety and physical comfort post-COVID-19 according to interior architect Jessica Ball. “The challenge will be creating that sense of distancing and encouraging people to spread out in an integrated and beautiful way.” Speaking to ADR, Ball […]

“It gave me the confidence to keep doing what I’m doing,” say IDEA winners

With the deadline for IDEA 2020 fast approaching, we spoke to last year’s victors to find out how winning has helped them win business, feel validated by their Australian architecture and interior design peers and enjoy the “icing on the cake” after a completing a project. IDEA 2020 is open for entries until 5 June – enter […]

“You can’t stay stagnant” during COVID-19, says Carley Nicholls

Practices and studios need to think beyond the now to how they want to be positioned when the coronavirus pandemic passes, says interior design strategy and practice director Carley Nicholls. In another of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the co-director of Melbourne’s Studio Tate brings the […]

“Teamwork is more crucial than ever” during COVID-19, says Miriam Fanning

Making yourself available to your team members and preparing a set of guidelines to assist with working remotely, isolation and anxiety is the advice from interior designer Miriam Fanning. In another of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the founder of Melbourne’s Mim Design Studio […]