Getting to know Sydney lighting designer Alex Fitzpatrick

Inspired by Australian designers and Italian masters equally, Sydney-based lighting designer Alex Fitzpatrick is one to watch. The founder and director of A Design Studio, Fitzpatrick is thoughtful and expressive – the human embodiment of his pieces, which are just as considered and contemplative. Using both traditional skills like glassblowing and metalworking and contemporary lighting […]

DesignByThem for DL Range by Gibson Karlo merges fashion and industrial design principles

DesignByThem has teamed up with fashion designer Dion Lee for a project that, at its heart, promotes cross disciplinary design across Australia. The DL Range picked up top prize in the USE category at this week’s Design Institute of Australia awards, beating out 20 other shortlisted entries to take home the win. The DIA jury, […]

“I was not interested in adhering to the designer as an agent of consumption model” – Megan Norgate

Sustainable interior design is not a strategic business choice but rather an opportunity to find work in the world that responds to your “circle of concern,” says Melbourne interior designer Megan Norgate. Speaking to ADR recently, the founding director of BRAVE NEW ECO says sustainability in interior design has “definitely become a more mainstream consideration” […]

Much ado about Florence Broadhurst

A lot has been made of the myth making around Florence Broadhurst, so much so in fact, that the first half of the fabulous book, Florence Broadhurst by Helen O’Neil, feels like a tattletale outing. Following recent news that NSW Police is launching a review into Broadhurst’s 1977 murder, Gillian Serisier delves into the world […]

“Be the originator of your own design” – Mim Fanning, on 20+ years in the industry

The day you stop being inspired is the day you should stop designing, says Melbourne interior designer Mim Fanning. The design veteran and head of Mim Design sat down with ADR recently to chat about the 20-year anniversary of her studio. “If you’re a designer, you live it, you breathe it. It’s part of your […]

Creating in isolation can help designers avoid “self referential” design – Kate Challis

Beauty can come from “shutting out the noise” and creating in solitude and isolation says Melbourne interior designer Kate Challis. “We live in a hyper-interactive world, which is fabulous, but we don’t always know when to close that off and focus just on what’s at hand,” the designer told ADR recently. “Otherwise we can become […]

David Flack named a judge for IDEA 2021

David Flack has been named the fifth judge for IDEA 2021, joining Chelsea Hing, Brahman Perera, Hassell principal Domino Risch and Adelaide-based Ryan Genesin. Entries for IDEA 2021 are now open. Enter before 2 May to save $90 on your entry. Don’t worry if you can’t finish it by this Sunday. You can log back in and edit your entry as many […]

“Within the current world, politics has become a dirty word”, but it’s not – David Flack

The Australian public, and designers in particular, shouldn’t be afraid of being political, says IDEA 2020 Designer of the Year David Flack. “Within our current world, politics has become a dirty word, but it’s not. It’s actually the place all design starts from,” says Flack. “There is a fear within a lot of Australians, but […]

Ryan Genesin named a judge for IDEA 2021

The Adelaide-based director of Genesin Studio has been announced as the second IDEA judge for 2021. Early bird entries for IDEA 2021 are now open. Genesin will be joined on this year’s panel of industry experts by Hassell principal and workplace designer Domino Risch, along with five other judges, which we’ll be announcing soon. An […]

Getting to know Melbourne interior designer Chelsea Hing

Each new project by Melbourne-based interior designer Chelsea Hing is a surprise and a delight. She speaks to ADR about her design approach and life post-COVID. Chelsea Hing views her projects as an expression of her life philosophy, rather than being guided by a design philosophy or aesthetic that is recognisable across her body of […]

At home with COX design director Joe Agius

The Sydney design director takes us inside his reconfigured terrace home in Glebe, which references Moroccan riads and the pleasures of a central garden. From 19th century Italianate terrace to interwar boarding house, Agius’ Courtyard House acknowledges its eventful, but not always glamorous, history by carefully retaining all elements of the original 1885 structure. In […]