“We don’t want to be just business owners having lunches. We want to design” – Richards Stanisich

The designers behind the IDEA 2020 overall project winner and Residential Single award winner open up about their design process, their creative vulnerabilities and their future as one of Australia’s best loved studios. Kirsten Stanisich and Jonathan Richards made names for themselves as the directors of SJB’s Sydney interior design department. In 2018, they left […]

Inside the Future Food System home by Joost Bakker

Designer, floral artist and ‘no waste’ advocate Joost Bakker’s latest greenhouse in Melbourne’s Federation Square is 25 years in the making. The 87-square-metre Future Food System home on the banks of the Yarra River embraces a zero-waste approach to living and is the fifth iteration of Bakker’s Greenhouse project. Residents, chefs Matt Stone and Jo […]

GOLDEN embraces activity-based working in office fit-out

GOLDEN has ditched the traditional workplace model of offices, meeting rooms, boardrooms and workstations to design an open and modern fit-out conducive for activity-based working. Created for the Australian Financial Services Licensed contributory mortgage investment manager RBML, the new office is located in the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Dandenong. Located in the city centre, above […]

studiofour creates “residential scale amphitheatre” in Melbourne home

The green surroundings of a Melbourne suburb are drawn into this two-storey addition by studiofour through a series of stepped levels inspired by amphitheatres. The site was previously occupied by a Heritage-listed Art Deco home that had no connection to the landscape and “turned its back on the borrowed views” available into Malvern East’s Hedgeley […]

Bergman & CO. inserts ‘modern interpretation of chiaroscuro’ into Melbourne bistro

Bergman & CO sought to create spaces to ‘hideout or hangout’ in its fitout for the new Poodle bistro and bar in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. Located in a Heritage-registered double-story dual shopfront Victorian terrace, Poodle’s design brief called for a series of spaces that firmly placed the client at the centre. “The client […]

Wood Marsh ‘discretely tucks’ surf club into landscape

Wood Marsh has taken inspiration from the “corrosive nature of Victoria’s sandstone coastline” in this surf lifesaving club in Ocean Grove. The centre, which opened in July 2019, is ‘positioned lightly’ in the landscape and divided across two levels so as to fit within the footprint of the original building. “Connected to site, landscape and […]

Decus Interiors “builds upon the bones” of Heritage home

Decus Interiors interplayed old and new in this revival of a Heritage home on the Western Australian coastline. The Sydney practice approached the interiors for Coastal Home as a “layered interplay between traditional and contemporary decoration” blending Heritage bones with the new three-storey addition and pool cabana. “The existing heritage build required a more traditional […]

Five projects from IDEA Designer of the Year finalist Studio Bright

With less than two weeks to go until we announce the winners of IDEA 2020, we take a peek into five our favourite projects from Studio Bright – a finalist in the Designer of the Year category. Previously MAKE Architecture, the Melbourne-based practice is known for creating enduring and responsive architecture for people and places. […]

The shortlist: Concrete Blonde by Carter Williamson

Concrete Blonde by award-winning Sydney design studio Carter Williamson is described as an ‘architectural jewellery box’. The light-filled, gem-toned extension has been shortlisted for the Residential Single 2020 IDEA award. In the lead up to the IDEA gala on the 19 February 2021, we’re introducing you to some of our favourite projects in the running […]

Theatre at the heart of new Melbourne hotel from Carr

2020 was anything but an easy year for the latest hotel offering from Carr to open, but Lancemore Crossley St embraces everything we missed about Melbourne during the COVID-19 lockdown. Opened in December, Lancemore Crossley St channels a theatrical design narrative that is a “seamless extension of the city’s creative spirit”. One of the last […]

Architects EAT fills Melbourne restaurant and marketplace with travertine, terrazzo and warm timbers

Architects EAT has brought Japanese “sophistication and simplicity” to a restaurant-to-retail brand in the heart of Melbourne. When approached with the brief to design Calia Emporium, the local studio had Omotesando in mind. A luxury shopping destination and one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Tokyo, Omotesando is, as Architects EAT director Albert Mo describes, […]