ADR’s top 16 Australian architects and designers for 2020

It’s December already! We’re kicking off our review of 2020 with a look at the year’s best interviews with Australian designers and architects. “We’re here to live, not to defy death. Our architecture should do the same” – Koichi Takada A chance virtual encounter with Koichi Takada in the middle of Melbourne’s second lockdown turned into an […]

“Through design, we tell stories or narratives with hidden meanings” – Esoteriko

Established in late 2017 by founder Anna Trefely, Esoteriko Interior Architecture is a flourishing emerging studio located in Sydney. Perfectly balanced between residential and commercial projects, at its core Esoteriko embraces trust, honesty, respect and collaboration. Known for delivering a highly considered response to clients and site, Esoteriko creates versatile interiors with an emphasis on […]

“Design is scaleless” – COX’s Patrick Ness on bespoke design via Osteria Tedesca

In spearheading the bespoke interiors of Osteria Tedesca, COX director Patrick Ness proves you can teach an old practice a new tune. Ten years ago, Brigitte Hafner sat down and wrote a manifesto to one day cook somewhere that had heart, wine, music, nature, architecture, stories, theatre and joy. In a journey that took her […]

Getting to know IDEA 2020 Emerging Designer finalist Ricci Bloch

We catch up with Ricci Bloch, a finalist for the IDEA 2020 Emerging Designer of the Year award. The Sydney architect has four years under her belt in her own practice and and 13 years in the industry creating beautiful, holistic spaces that weave together elements of architecture, interiors and landscape. Her two shortlisted IDEA […]

YSG infuses Sydney gin bar with juniper berry blue palette

Defining a new era of hospitality, Four Pillars from YSG design creates an unfolding experience of grown-up sophistication and cool as hell chic. Bringing to mind the most famous of gin bars, the fictitious Rick’s of Casablanca, and the celebrated Humphry Bogart delivered line: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all […]

Ben Burrows explores queer self-identity in DIA Graduate of the Year winning project

The exploration of queer self-identity through the analogy of the bedroom is at the centre of the Design Institute of Australia’s Interior Design Graduate of the Year winning project by Ben Burrows. The Queensland of Technology student was also named the state’s Interior Design Graduate of the Year and Overall Graduate of the Year, taking […]

K-3 artistic director and designer Kenzo Takada dies aged 81

The artistic director of K-3 and founder of Kenzo, Kenzo Takada, died at the weekend from COVID-19 related complications. The Japanese-born designer passed away in the American Hospital in Paris, where he had resided since 1965. Takada was born in 1939 in Himeji to hotelier parents. After the death of his father, he became the […]

Getting to know Bianca Fraser of The Unlisted Collective

It’s a cliché, but there’s something chic about The Unlisted Collective director Bianca Fraser. The Sydney-based interior designer is a bit of a hidden gem. She hasn’t been in the solo practice game for long, starting out in 2016, after cutting her teeth on some of Burley Katon Halliday’s most envy-inducing projects, including the gorgeous […]

Latest issue of inside magazine on newsstands now!

The September/October issue of inside magazine is on newsstands now and includes all the projects shortlisted for IDEA 2020. In this issue, place is at the forefront. It’s the lynchpin that holds all our projects together. The driver for all our featured architects and designers. Place is a word that’s used a lot in this […]

“We’re constantly inspired by the power of design and its ability to affect lives” – Pattern Studio

The directors at Pattern Studio share a few traits with Goldilocks: they are young and keen to try new things. But they’re worldly-wise too. Just look at their projects. Lily Goodwin and Josh Cain have tried working in large and small practices, operated from remote and local studios, and created ephemeral and enduring projects. And […]

Getting to know Melbourne interior designer Nickolas Gurtler

Discovering designers like Nickolas Gurtler is perhaps one of the most exciting perks of being editor of ADR. When his name crossed my desk a couple of weeks ago, I thought, ‘I’ve met Nickolas before’. The affable Melbourne designer was behind Design Donated, an online platform started earlier in the year as a way of […]