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 […]

Designing for aged care

As Australia’s older generation continues to grow, the architecture and design community is beginning to see tremendous opportunity for change within aged care, says Kirstin Ojerholm business development manager at Zenith Interiors. By 2042 one in four Australians will be 65 years or older. This unprecedented change in our society, coupled with longer life expectancy, means […]

Fusing online and offline in the pharmacy world

A new pharmacy has sprung up in Brooklyn, New York that blends its online and physical worlds through playful visual cues and ease of use. Medly Pharmacy is a neighbourhood pharmacy that wants to override the often impersonal experience that people have when they visit a pharmacy. Owners Marg and Sahaj Patel wanted to create […]

The Arne Jacobsen classic Pot chair gets a modern facelift

It might not have received the same appreciation as its design icon siblings the Egg and the Swan, but the Pot chair by Arne Jacobsen has been relaunched by Fritz Hansen to bring a classic 1950s feel to contemporary interiors. The trio of chairs were originally designed in 1959 for the SAS Royal Hotel in […]

Bringing mobile style to desk environments

High numbers of us now work in shared spaces or find ourselves hot-desking around the office. While flexible environments promote collaboration and give employees more freedom, they can leave our creative spaces looking a little bland. To inject some personalisation into hot-desking, interior designer Christian Pistauer and Judit Maireder, director of brand consultancy firm Y Brand, […]