Capital gains: Canberra’s design scene
Looking beyond the roundabouts and political machinations, our nation’s capital is fast becoming a breeding ground for a new generation of Australian furniture and object designers, as MEZZANINE finds out.
Clean lines: focus on sanitary ware
When design maestros, such as Stefano Giovannoni and Philippe Starck, turn their minds to bathroom sanitary ware, you can be sure this once utilitarian space in the home will never be the same again. Featuring a special blend of pragmatism and panache, new sanitary ware designs are elevating the humble bathroom, improving its form, functionality and hygiene quality.
Flat-packed with designer cred?
With icons like Tom Dixon and Danish brand Hay now in collaboration with the Swedish furniture giant, why is IKEA still such a dirty word in design circles?
Pieces we love: ACME&CO
“[These artefacts are] a collection of some pieces that we have acquired and others that we dream of…” Vince Alafaci and Caroline Choker from award-winning design practice ACME&CO pursue a style that is simultaneously eclectic and minimal. The pair share some of their most sought-after objects with inside.
Into the light
“Light in its purest form is about perception. It literally changes the way in which we see the world,” says Melbourne-based lighting designer, Volker Haug. MEZZANINE talks to Volker and other designers about new technologies that are bringing aesthetic opportunities to their work, and allowing them to set a new mood of sustainability.
Piero Lissoni: respectful design
“You have to use fun,” says Piero Lissoni. ADR speaks to Lema’s prolific artistic director about design cultures, his longstanding relationship with Lema, and his secret to producing work that is both modern and timeless, on his recent visit to Australia as a guest of Rogerseller.
Moving metal with Korban/Flaubert
Korban/Flaubert is a Sydney-based duo – metal specialist Janos Korban and architect Stefanie Flaubert – a creative pair with a fascination for producing objects from natural materials. ADR speaks with the design duo about their inspiration, design process, and the nuances of working with metal.
Arper’s complete solution
In the specialised area of workplace design, a recurring challenge is for offices to stay ‘of the moment’.