Inside Shaw Contract’s Shanghai Mill tour

Over 4 days in March 2018, commercial flooring brand, Shaw Contract, invited a group of clients to experience the bustling city of Shanghai, China and take an exclusive tour of its Nantong Mill. The state of the art Nantong facility represents a long-term investment in the Asia- Pacific region for Shaw, featuring new machinery with […]

Renee Popovic on the changing landscape of Australian design

Last month interior designer and architect Renee Popovic fought off competition from over 140 interior designers and architects from around the world to see her bathroom recreated at Salone del Mobile in Milan. The competition, run by Victoria + Albert, saw Popovic design a boutique hotel bathroom inspired by natural beauty. ADR spent some time […]

Designing in Asia: tips from WMK’s Jonathan Conroy

Hotels are booming business in Asia. Last year in South East Asia alone, an incredible 437 hotels began construction, commissioned by big brand businesses and first-time owners alike. With western tourists visiting the region in their droves, it’s only natural Asian businesses are looking to their relatively close by Australian design and architecture neighbours to […]

New Australian design collaboration blooms at Milan

The Bloom cabinet was among the bold designs at the 2018 Milan Design Week and marks a new collaboration between famed Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur, writes Susan Muldowney.  This year’s Local Milan No 3 exhibition presented by Local Design at Milan Design Week was housed in a venerable […]

Australian design gets risky in Milan

If contemporary Australian design is all about risk taking, the pieces exhibited at Local Milan No 3 during this year’s Milan Design Week seemed to sum it up, writes Susan Muldowney. It’s near impossible to paint Australian design with a single definition and a visit to the Local Milan No 3 exhibition (presented by Local […]

Christopher Boots on his ‘unfailing curiosity about our natural world’

In the lead up to IDEA 2018, ADR is running a series of Q&As and profiles with this year’s esteemed jury. In the fourth instalment we catch up with the inimitable Christopher Boots, who talks through his evolving creative approach to design.  Entries into IDEA 2018 close on Saturday 28 April at 5pm. Get your entry in now! ADR: What’s […]

What is the Australian design aesthetic?

The notion of an ‘Australian design aesthetic’ has been fuelling debates for decades, but ask Sydney designer Emma Elizabeth for her impression and it seems beyond dispute, writes Susan Muldowney. “It’s about risk taking,” she says. “Years ago, it was all about using wood and trying to look a bit Scandi, but today it’s about pushing […]

Inside the studio of Andrei Davidoff

Ceramicist Andrei Davidoff makes functional objects and conceptual art pieces that are textural, beautiful and timeless. Mark Scruby visits his studio to find out about his creative process and approach to design. Mezzanine: How did you get into ceramics? Andrei Davidoff: I was studying chemical engineering and commerce at uni, but it ended up not […]

David Flack on why ‘it’s a beautiful thing to create a space’

In the lead up to IDEA 2018, ADR is running a series of Q&As and profiles with this year’s esteemed jury. In the third instalment we catch up with David Flack, founder of Flack Studio who divulges how his style has evolved since setting up his own practice in 2014. Entries into IDEA 2018 close […]

Hamish Guthrie: why Hecker Guthrie ‘marches to the beat of its own drum’

In the lead up to IDEA 2018 ADR is running a series of interviews with the esteemed jury panel and this week it’s the turn of Hamish Guthrie, co-director of Hecker Guthrie. We caught up with the interior designer to find out why in a competitive industry it’s important to stay focussed on your own practice. You can enter […]

Kirsten Stanisich: how an architectural background has helped shaped her approach to interior design

In the lead up to IDEA 2018 ADR is running a series of interviews with the esteemed jury panel, kicking off with Kirsten Stanisich, director of  SJB Interiors. We caught up with the architect-turned-interior designer to find out what inspires and informs her interiors style as well as what she will be looking for as an IDEA […]