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Welcome to 2016, a new year and a new look for inside. While everyone was resting over the Christmas and New Year break we have all been working on a new format for the magazine and we hope that you like it. Nothing stays the same and this year we feel will be one with many changes – but all for the good!
The magazine has been grouped into sections – Studio, Products, Minds and Projects: all the elements that are needed for a great design. It’s easy reading with stimulating topics. To make things even more interesting we have introduced a new feature in this issue entitled, In-house. Having enjoyed many ballets, operas and theatre evenings, we decided to celebrate those designers who take their creativity to the limit and feature their imaginative design. Over the next issues we will be highlighting a variety of set designers who are not afraid of taking a risk and reinventing their design stage.
The rest of the magazine is a virtual cornucopia of reviews, profiles and projects. In STUDIO, we visit Paris for a rundown on MAISON&OBJET (p23) and compare the two fairs held annually in that beautiful city. PRODUCTS features public art (p40) and investigates how it interacts with communities throughout Australia, while Insight looks at the top of things with a review of surfaces. MINDS is laden with fine designers, KPDO (p55), Smart Design Studio (p62) and Manuelle Gautrand (p66), each of whom invites us into their lives to talk about their work, inspirations and journey.
PROJECTS traverses the nation and ventures overseas with a diverse offering of built work from Sorrento Beach House (p72) and the new AGL premises (p106) in Victoria, Hindmarsh Residence (p86) in South Aus-tralia and Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University (p80) in Queensland to Hôtel Bachaumont (p92) in Paris and The Broad (p100) in Los Angeles.
We also present a rundown of last year’s IDEA Awards gala party: the smash hit of the event year. It was so good to see 650
of Australia’s best designers, architects and object makers enjoying themselves at the beautiful Melbourne Museum (p20). Again congratulations to those who received accolades, but to all who entered we say thank you, let’s do it all again this year. IDEA 2016 is now open, so we look forward to receiving your projects and objects and celebrating with you in Sydney come November. But in the meantime, sit back, pour yourself a long cool drink and enjoy the new look inside.
– Jan & Gillian
Now in its eleventh year, Shaw Contract’s Design Awards program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the way people engage and interact with a space.