Kiyoshi Sadogawa: designing for life

Kiyoshi Sadogawa is a design hero who has been creating for 60 years. Speaking with him before the opening of the Australian Flagship Conde House furniture store in Melbourne, his passion is evident as he speaks of beauty and comfort and the all-consuming drive that informs his work. Beginning his career in 1958, Sadogawa studied […]

Kett Studio: Australian sensibility, global craftsmanship

Inspired by the beauty of Australian landscapes and a passion to work with the best craftspeople across the globe, Kett Studio is producing furniture that is luxurious and elegant yet liveable. Created by Justin Hutchinson – who has worked in-house for brands like Tait and Stylecraft – Kett is a celebration of both Australian landscapes […]

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 […]

Floria Tosca – Old Utopias

Touching on themes of the magical and natural as co-inhabiting the same space and time, the work of Floria Tosca offers a concertinaed kind of evolution. Colour and form are fragmented through shards that shift dimension and break the plane to render perspective ambiguous. Similarly, scale is adjusted to shift focus and decentralise the image. […]

Meet the makers: Wingnut & Co.

Eschewing the practicalities of mass-production has helped Melbourne-based ceramics studio Wingnut & Co create demand for its artisanal homewares. As an object of desire, Wingnut & Co.’s ‘pot and spoon’ is at the top of the list. It is organic, tactile, supremely useful for lovers of condiments, and a perfect marriage of stoneware and steel. […]

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, […]

Burnt out fluorescent bulbs are recycled in this wall-mounted light

Castor Design has come up with an innovative way to recycle burnt out fluorescent bulbs by transforming them into wall-mounted lights lit through induction. The Induction Wall Light is an interesting exploration of the use of existing materials to prevent them from going to waste. Rather than destroying a fluorescent bulb, which would release gases that might be environmentally harmful, […]

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 […]

A new lighting collection that showcases Venetian glassblowing skills

A new lighting collection from Parachilna named Gémo showcases the centuries-honed glassblowing skills of the Venetians. Designed by Luca Nichetto, the lamp has a faceted shape and imprinted surface evoking a ball of yarn: hence its name Gémo, which means ‘yarn ball’ in the Venetian dialect. The mouth-blown glass lighting collection offers a spin on […]