Experimental furniture exhibition shows ‘the future of Australian design practice’

The ExLab: Experimental Furniture Exhibition has returned for 2018 and will showcase the talent of graduate students at the Melbourne School of Design. This year, the design brief challenged students to design a small furniture piece using an experimental process that is driven by material qualities and processes of making. This unusual process results in innovative […]

Aesop launches object collaboration with Henry Wilson

Aesop has announced its first functional design piece, in collaboration with the Sydney-based designer Henry Wilson, who has previously designed two Aesop signature stores. The brand’s first foray into object design comes in the shape of a Brass Oil Burner, crafted from solid brass in Australia. Wilson used a lost wax casting process —an ancient technique […]

rD by Ross Didier: uncompromising in design, form and function

These days collaborative design is an essential aspect of a brand’s aspirations and inspirations. For James Richardson, partnering with leading Australian designer Ross Didier was an organic and natural progression resulting in a new collection of furniture that is uncompromising in design, form and function. The ranges from rD by Ross Didier, comprise of Helm, […]

Bringing a residential aesthetic to the workplace

As we continue to see a domestication of the workplace, Zenith has launched a new modular seating range, Platforma, which brings with it a soft residential aesthetic With the continual blurring of the lines between work and home life, it makes sense that companies are increasingly investing in workspaces that mirror our own homes. What […]

A rising star: furniture designer Ash Allen

Melbourne-based furniture designer Ash Allen has won over the judging panel two years running at the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), scooping up the Object – Furniture and Lighting (Rising) award in 2016 and 2017. Ahead of the 2018 awards, ADR spoke to Allen about what it meant to win the award and what’s up next […]

The work of Grant and Mary Featherston to feature in major exhibition

Heide Museum of Modern Art is set to present the first major exhibition dedicated to the iconic work of influential Australian designers Gary and Mary Featherston. Opening 30 June 2018, Design for Life explores the career of Grant Featherston, one of Australia’s most significant modernist designers, and his partnership with Mary Featherston, who is renowned for her […]

Australian designers take over Milan Design Week

The work of 26 Australian designers is currently on show in Milan, the largest independent showcase of Australian design in Milan to date. Curated by the Local Design founder Emma Elizabeth, the Local Milan No. 3, aims to advance awareness and understanding of Australian design amongst a global audience. “It’s hard to describe Australian design […]

“When the context for design is erased it becomes style.”

Josephine Wilson’s second novel, Extinctions, won the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Mark Scruby speaks to her about the key role that furniture and designed objects play in the story. Mezzanine: How would you describe Extinctions to someone who hasn’t read it? Josephine Wilson: I tried to write a book that had many layers, that […]

A contemporary update to Marco Zanuso’s iconic Lady armchair

Designed in 1951 by Italian architect and designer Marco Zanuso for Arflex, the Lady armchair won the gold medal at the IX Milan Triennale in the same year. Today, the look of the Lady armchair has been given a contemporary update via a new offering of fabrics designed by Raf Simons and introduced to Cassina’s Everest collection. The […]

The considered art of custom furniture

Despite creating a wonderful folio of custom furniture pieces, the bespoke road is one B.E Architecture design director Broderick Ely walks with caution. The imposing dining table that sits in the kitchen of the St Vincent Place residence looks decades old. Crafted from two huge slabs of an elm tree that have been cut down […]