Archier turns the “sterile and transactional experience of showrooms” on its head

Melbourne-based design practice Archier has designed a new showroom for Australian bathroom manufacturer Caroma that is a step away from the traditional showroom set up.  The brief for the showroom and office space for Caroma in Sydney, called Caroma on Collins, was to make physical the values and history of Caroma. Contained within that simple brief […]

AILA Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards announced

The 2019 AILA Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards were announced at a gala ceremony on 20 June at the Calile Hotel in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. The awards program was celebrating its fifth year running the competition, with this year’s entry number reaching 62 over the 13 categories, which included tourism, infrastructure, cultural heritage, play spaces and […]

Playing with materials and light: EST Lighting Showroom

Christopher Elliot Design has designed a new trade showroom for EST Lighting Showroom inspired by the way light interacts with curved surfaces. Offering a curated mix of both architectural and decorative lighting products EST Lighting wanted to open a ‘destination’ showroom, featuring a central workstation where it could present products and workshop plans with clients, who […]

ALDI enters China with store design by Landini Associates

German food retailer ALDI has entered the Chinese market for the first time, opening two prototype stores in Shanghai last week.  The format and design is an evolution of Landini Associates’ work for ALDI Australia, aimed at celebrating and conveying product quality and value. There are key differences however in scale, layout, and tone. In […]

Carr designs penthouse that will ‘double as a live-in art gallery’

Carr Design Group’s vision for the penthouse of the $2.8 billion Melbourne Square precinct in Southbank is that of a ‘live-in art gallery’.  The penthouse forms part of the building’s Couture Series: an arts-led collection located on levels 55-68 which draws on Melbourne Square’s location on the doorstep of the Arts Precinct. Carr, in collaboration […]

Flack Studio draws on migrant architecture for Lagotto wine bar

Inspired by the surrounding migrant architecture and the desire to evoke a strong European sensibility, Flack Studio has imagined a space that speaks of community and a desire for neighbourly connection. Design statement Referencing Italian modernist Gio Ponti, the studio harnessed a strong interplay of materiality that flows in unexpected harmony. A sense of permanency is […]

Finnis Architects designs fine dining restaurant Navi

A new fine dining restaurant Located in Yarraville in Melbourne’s inner west, Navi has the feel of rural, earthy Australia with the background of the Westgate bridge. Designed by Finnis Architects and with interiors by Catherine Francis, Navi was an exercise in creating architecture that would flow on and become an extension to the meals […]

Inside k20 Architecture’s new studio

Conceptually framed around the idea of a campfire, the new Melbourne office for k20 Architecture is very much about the collective intelligence. Ostensibly at its design end, the building was cold in winter, hot in summer and while “cool with really good bones” as k20 principal Theodore Kerlidis states, generally feeling its age. That said, […]

Mim Design creates a new retail destination for e&s

Mim Design has created a new retail space for kitchen, bathroom and laundry appliance retailer e&s designed to feel like an extension of home. Retail is dying – haven’t you heard? We are told this constantly with facts and figures announcing that online purchasing is king, while the local high street is a mere shadow […]

Kokaistudios mix literature and lifestyle in a new concept store

Shanghai-based interior design practice Kokaistudios has designed a bookstore in Ningbo, China, which encourages people to linger. The Altlife bookstore’s design is based on organic geometries and the notion of circulation as a journey: the idea is to encourage people to move around the expansive space and keep a constant flow of people in the building. […]

Luchetti Krelle’s design for Mode Kitchen & Bar oozes grandeur and glamour

 Luchetti Krelle has drawn on the refined glamour of the 1920’s golden days of grand hotels to create a luxe and immersive dining at the Four Seasons-owned Mode Kitchen & Bar in Sydney. The interior design practice was tasked with creating an intimate dining venue within a challenging and disconnected space. The original restaurant was […]