Think you know steel? Think again

A new exhibition aims to open our eyes to the incredible versatility of a material that inhabits our homes, cars, buildings and everything in between. Steel is ubiquitous in the modern world. First forged some 4000 years ago, its use has been critical to multiple civilisations. It’s also a material that ranges from functional to […]

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 […]

Christopher Boots on his ‘unfailing curiosity about our natural world’

In the lead up to IDEA 2018, ADR is running a series of Q&As and profiles with this year’s esteemed jury. In the fourth instalment we catch up with the inimitable Christopher Boots, who talks through his evolving creative approach to design.  Entries into IDEA 2018 close on Saturday 28 April at 5pm. Get your entry in now! ADR: What’s […]

Inside the studio of Andrei Davidoff

Ceramicist Andrei Davidoff makes functional objects and conceptual art pieces that are textural, beautiful and timeless. Mark Scruby visits his studio to find out about his creative process and approach to design. Mezzanine: How did you get into ceramics? Andrei Davidoff: I was studying chemical engineering and commerce at uni, but it ended up not […]

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 […]

Phillip K. Smith III and COS create mirrored wall installation for Milan Design Week

American artist Phillip K. Smith III has teamed with fashion brand COS to create Open Sky, a large-scale sculptural installation at Milan’s Palazzo Isimbardi. It marks COS’s seventh consecutive installation during Salone del Mobile and this year’s offering transforms the overhead square of sky of Palazzo Isimbardi’s courtyard into a physical ring of reflected sky. With […]

5 things you must see at Milan Design Week 2018

More than 2000 exhibitors from over 165 countries are about to descend on the global capital of design, Milan, with a dizzying array of must-see exhibitions and events, setting the impossible task of seeing it all. Whether you’re making the journey to Milan or watching the news from home, ADR has rounded up the top five […]

“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 […]