Bethan Gray champions local artisans in her latest Middle Eastern-inspired furniture collection

Welsh designer Bethan Gray showcases her latest collection in Australia featuring pieces inspired by her travels in the Middle East and her own rich heritage.  Available in Living Edge stores, the Shamsian collection is named after Iranian artist Mohamad Reza Shamsian, with whom Gray collaborated. Shamsian has been making pieces for the Sultan of Oman for the past 40 years, but […]

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 […]

How Vola reinvented the bathroom

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow, so the saying goes, and the same can be said for tapware brand Vola, which grew from a home-grown brand to an internationally renowned name. As it enters its 50th anniversary year ADR talks with marketing director Birthe Tofting to find out how the brand changed bathrooms around the world, and how its designs […]

Schiavello celebrates at Sydney Opera House

Top 5 Alexandra Buchanan

Alexandra Buchanan is the founder and director of Alexandra Buchanan Architecture (ABA), a boutique studio based in Brisbane, whose residential projects are dotted all along the eastern seaboard. 1. Favourite item in your own home I have a beautiful Sri Lankan planter’s chair that I love! My husband bought it for me for Christmas one […]

Scandi design: In convo with Anderssen & Voll

Established in the fall of 2009 by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll, the design company that bears their names has flourished thanks to an approach that is receptive to cultural and market influences. We caught up with the pair to learn more about what makes them tick. ADR: What typifies Scandinavian design? Espen Voll: Democratic? […]

Ten years in the making: Luxxbox’s Jason Bird

Being a designer and manufacturer in Australia is no easy feat, particularly as the manufacturing sector has dried up over the past 10 years. One studio in Brisbane that has been going from strength to strength, however, is Luxxbox. Aleesha Callahan chats to the founder, Jason Bird, to learn about its trajectory, plus, what’s in […]

Freshness, quality, commitment: DesignByThem

“The name DesignByThem was chosen because it represented the collective vision we had for the brand.” Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis of DesignByThem discuss their brand, the future of Australian design and overcoming limitations.

Q&ADR: Ilan El, founder of ILANEL lighting studio

This week we meet Ilan El, founder of lighting studio ILANEL. He discusses his 13m tall Deco chandelier, working with Save The Children, and his upcoming project in Melbourne’s Malt District.

5 minutes with Bryan Cush of Sawdust Bureau

As the VIVID design competition is days away from being announced, ADR chats with last year’s furniture design winner, Bryan Cush.