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 […]

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 […]

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 […]