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 […]

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 […]

New glass brick range draws on Murano glass-making techniques

A new brick collection is drawing on the fine quality and craft traditions of Italy’s famous Murano glass-making techniques and transforming them into a crystal-clear glass brick. Created by Austral Bricks, the Poesia collection’s solid glass construction allows architects and designers to use the bricks to create light-filled interiors, gallery spaces and transparent volumes that […]

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 […]