‘Now is the time to reeducate yourself,’ says Alexandra Donohoe Church

Read the books you’ve been meaning to read and tackle all the back burner jobs one at a time is the advice from interior designer Alexandra Donohoe Church. In another of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the founder of Sydney’s Decus Interiors is the […]

Alexander & CO. incorporates ’70s beach nostalgia in Burleigh Pavilion revamp

Sydney studio Alexander & CO. channelled the client’s 1970s childhood holidays into its renovation of the iconic Gold Coast Burleigh Pavilion. The ocean-facing building with panoramic views of the Burleigh Heads surfing point break is historically significant, originally as an Indigenous meeting area then a holiday campsite, skating rink and later, in the 1950s, the […]

Enter IDEA if you’re brave enough to “depart from precedent and tradition,” says Anna Spiro

With just one week to go until IDEA 2020 early bird entries close, we asked our judges what they’ll be looking for when choosing winners for this year’s Interior Design Excellence Awards. Early bird entries close on 30 April, so enter now to make sure that you don’t miss out on saving $90 on you entry.  Read on […]

“As a leader, it’s all about creating a sense of certainty amid the uncertainty” says Kate Challis

Australian studio and practice leaders are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. For Kate Challis, the focus is on providing certainty for her staff in an environment of unprecedented uncertainty. Last week, we chatted to a range of designers, architects, urban developers and furniture makers to see how they’re handling the current situation […]

Designers share highs and lows from their first solo projects

Striking out on your first solo project is an exhilarating, but also terrifying experience. Steep learning curves come alongside the freedom of being your own boss, whether they be underquoting your rate, dealing with a slashed budget mid-project or reconciling your own aesthetic with that of your client’s. ADR asks six of the shortlisted emerging […]

Meet the 2020 IDEA Jury: Anna Spiro and Andrew Parr

Anna Spiro, director and head interior designer at her eponymous studio, and Andrew Parr, founding director of SJB Interiors, bring their 20 years of experience setting the standard of Australian interior design to the 2020 IDEA Jury.  Together with Brendan Wong, The Stella Collective’s Hana Hakim, Alexander & CO.’s Jeremy Bull, Luchetti Krelle’s Rachel Luchetti […]

Meet the IDEA 2020 Jury: Jeremy Bull and Rachel Luchetti

Sydney-based principal Jeremy Bull and director Rachel Luchetti will join Simone Haag, Brendan Wong and The Stella Collective’s Hana Hakim on the IDEA 2020 jury to judge the country’s best architecture and interior design projects. Now in its 18th year, IDEA is one of Australia’s oldest award programs, celebrating iconic design and the people and […]

Yasmine Ghoniem’s new studio YSG rebels against old design tropes

With more than 15 years under her belt, Yasmine Saleh Ghoniem is known for her boundary pushing and bespoke style. Previously at the helm of Amber Road with landscape architect and sister Katy Svalbe, Ghoniem struck out on her own in February, launching YSG in a refurbished hair salon on Liverpool Street in Darlinghurst. A […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]