Tuesday, December 7, 2010


175 Years of Design Exhibition puts a name to the clever thinking behind familiar designs.

From the iconic Sherrin to Redheads Safety Matches and the Oates All Australian Mop Bucket, the ingenuity of Victorian designers is captured in the Design Institute of Australia’s (DIA) current exhibition, 175 Years of Victorian Design.

This is the eighth exhibition staged at DIA’s Design Gallery since the contemporary space was launched in Melbourne’s Collins Street in May 2010. Showcased as part of an annual program are design projects across multiple disciplines throughout Australia spanning experimental, conceptual and unbuilt design from student work, post graduate through to mid and late career designers. The essence of the current exhibition is closely aligned to DIA’s standing as Australia’s only multi-disciplinary professional design body.

Curator Ian Wong says, “as part of Victoria’s celebration of 175 years of becoming a state, the brief called for works from a range of design disciplines.”

“It is about us. While the exhibition includes design achievements that have a global impact, I don’t think it’s essential that we perform on a world stage for the designs to be of value to ourselves and our culture,” he says.
The potential to curate an exhibition of this genre at Design Gallery furnishes both the design and broader community the opportunity to gain a heightened appreciation of the people and the achievements underpinning designs that have formed part of our everyday fabric from 1835 to 2010.

“There are examples of everyday objects still in production today and made locally which sets Australia apart as a manufacturing nation,” he says.

Case in point is the Safe N Sound Baby Capsule, the Regis glass carafe and Richard Carlson’s insulated Wine Chiller. This BYO receptacle designed for Décor in 1978 is one of the few Australian products in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Safe N Sound Baby Capsule designed by Robert Pataki and Phillip Slattery in 1982 has been the carriage for more than 2 million babies departing hospital and defies the notion of “assumed planned obsolescence.”

“This demonstrates the capability of manufacturers in Australia to develop a unique product that was meeting a need and to retain that market.”

“The capacity of Australian industrial designers to achieve a high quality product in a limited production environment is another characteristic embodied in some of the exhibits,” Mr Wong says.

“There are products that were designed 20-25 years ago that have endured, they’ve not been threatened by cheap imports, what was done was exactly right and has been retained,” he enthuses.

This is the third exhibition to emanate from Mr Wong’s predilection for Victorian designed products which grew from his PhD study at RMIT University of the history of Industrial Design in Victoria.

Staging 175 Years of Victorian Design at Design Gallery holds special relevance with the work of DIA members strongly represented. Among those are Hall of Fame Inductees Robert Pataki, Gerard Mussett, Ken Cato, Dr Frances Burke, Grant Featherston, Brian Sadgrove, Richard Carlson, Brian Davis and Tony Wolfenden.

“At a time of year when consumerism reigns supreme, 175 Years of Victorian Design on show until December 23rd, is a poignant reminder of the value of considered design and quality local manufacturing,” says DIA President and Industrial Designer Oliver Kratzer FDIA.

Design Gallery at the Design Institute of Australia is located at Level 1, 175 Collins Street, Melbourne in Kurrajong House. Suited to graduate shows, exhibitions, corporate events and product launches, Design Gallery accepts proposals for hire. Open Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm. Admission is free. T: 1300 888 056 E: gallery@design.org.au W: www.design.org.au/gallery

The DIA Gallery gratefully acknowledges the significant support provided by
SIDA Foundation
City of Melbourne

Design Institute of Australia
The DIA is the voice of professional design in Australia and has been actively improving the community recognition and status of designers since 1947. The DIA is the only multidisciplinary organisation representing designers in Australia. The organisation promotes the value of design and designers to industry, business, government and the community. The DIA provides a vibrant networking base on a state, national and international level. Through its international affiliations, the DIA links its members with designers in over 40 countries.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


In January this year, Designer Rugs announced the inaugural EVOLVE AWARDS. The winners were announced at an invitation only event in Sydney on the 30th November, 2010.
With over 850 submissions from Australian and New Zealand Interior design professionals, 25 were selected as short listed finalists. Each shortlisted design has the opportunity to win the People’s Choice award voted by industry and the general public.
The winner of this award receives a BeCom 5 phone from Bang and Olufsen. Valued at $1,265.(An individualised two-line handset for the household, BeoCom 5 includes an elegant cordless speaker phone, built-in phonebook and full-graphic display.)
With over 1,500 people voting for their favourite design, the winning design is:
TAIL FEATHER by Jessica Graham from Base Architecture.

Designer Rugs is pleased to announce the joint major prize winners for the 2010 Evolve Awards.
Gavin Harris of Futurespace and Lachlan Allen of Group GSA became the first major prize winners of this international design competition.
Over 150 industry guests and media joined the celebrations at Sun Studios to view the six finalists’ rugs and were surprised with the announcement that the judges who included Sibella Court, Matthew Sheargold, Stephen Ormandy and Shareen Joel also designed a rug for the ID collection.
Guests enjoy St Germain cocktails and Peppertree wines in anticipation of the announcement.
Both Gavin and Lachlan will each receive return flights and accommodation to Milan to coincide with the Milan Furniture Fair, their rug and a trophy by Dinosaur Designs.

Squiggle it- Gavin Harris

Dusk- Lachlan Allen

EVOLVE will continue as an annual fixture on the design calendar. The selected six rugs, each limited to an edition of 30, will join Designer Rugs ID COLLECTION which are on sale now.
View the collection at www.designerrugs.com.au
Designer Rugs are acknowledged as the Australian company for handmade, custom-made rugs and carpets. Working closely with Australia’s top designers, architects and artists for over 24 years, as well as collaborating with leading creatives Akira Isogawa, Dinosaur Designs, Catherine Martin and indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle, to name a few – Designer Rugs remain at the forefront of floor surface design.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Australian Red Cross & Caroma launch campaign on toilet & sanitation issues in Asia-Pacific

On World Toilet Day (Friday, 19th November), Red Cross and leading bathroom brand Caroma launched a joint, long-term fundraising program – ‘I Love my Bathroom’; to highlight the plight of the two billion people around the world who don’t have access to basic sanitation.

‘I Love my Bathroom’, is an ongoing campaign designed to raise money to build toilet facilities and provide clean water for adults and children in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste, and as a result help reduce disease and deaths associated with lack of sanitation.

The website http://www.ilovemybathroom.com.au/ provides information on how to donate towards the much needed program.

Red Cross and Caroma are working together to improve water and sanitation facilities for those most in need, but all Australians can make a contribution to changing lives. For example in Vietnam, $20 will buy a water filter for one household; $95 will build a household wooden-structured latrine; $570 will provide a rainwater harvesting tank for a village; and $6,000 will build a school latrine for up to 400 children.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Castlecrag Residential Architecture Bus Tour

The Australian Architecture Association's next Residential Bus Tour will be held on Saturday 27 November 2010 in Castlecrag. On this wonderful tour you will visit the handpicked, inspiring houses in this suburb designed by Walter Burley Griffin. These houses have been designed by award winning architects and the majority will be on site to talk about their work.

The houses you will see on the tour are varied and spectacular. You will see how they relate to the site, their orientation and the view. Some are brand new. One of the houses was architecturally designed in the 1950's and updated for today's living standards.

You will have the opportunity to walk through some of the suburb and gain an understanding of Griffin's landscape and why he designed this suburb as he did.

This tour will open your eyes to what architects can do and you will go away inspired!

When: Saturday, November 27, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM

Click here to book online now! http://www.architecture.org.au/bus-tours/266/

Luxury Home Design announces new tour to Italy

The Road to Rome is the latest tour to Italy announced today by Luxury Home Design magazine.

If you love Italy's architecture art lifestyle and design, this tour is for you! Join managing editor, Kate St James for 15 nights in Italy where you will visit such towns as Como, Bellagio, Padova, Venice, Vicenza, Lucca and Florence.

Escorted by our host in Italy, interior designer, historian and best-selling author, Isabella Dusi the wonderful itinerary will be complete soon.

Keep a watch on our website, Facebook and Blog for more information but pencil in the date now! September 27 until October 12 (TBC).

Interior Design Excellence Awards Announced

The Interior Design Excellence Awards [IDEA] winners and highly commended projects were announced last week at a ceremony held at Sydney’s Ivy in the Ivy Room, before moving on to Ivy Lounge for the glamorous after party.

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) showcase the best of Australian design. First held in 2001, the prestigious awards program receives hundreds of submissions from across Australia each year and is recognised by the design community as the country’s pre-eminent design awards program.

IDEA promotes and rewards recent work in interior design and product design across 14different categories, as well as recognising emerging young talent and designers whose work demonstrates exemplary sustainable objectives.
Now in its ninth year, IDEA 2010 Interior Design Excellence Awards received a record number of 288 shortlisted projects across 14 different categories.

The Overall Winner was a joint venture between architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture for the Hilton South Wharf in Melbourne.

HASSELL also won several awards for commercial categories including the Leo Burnett office in Sydney and the ANZ Centre in Melbourne.

The residential category saw architects BKH receive the Multi Residential award for Chippendale Apartment with Multiplicity winning the Single Residential category for Westwyck Unit 4, a modern eco-house.

Project: Westwyck Unit 4
Design practice: Multiplicity
Photography: Emma Cross

Project: Chippendale Apartment
Design practice: BKH
Photography: Sharrin Rees

The retail design winner was Dreamtime Australia Design’s Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher and Museum Victoria won the new event design category for Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, an interactive exhibition blending traditional displays with multimedia screens.

In the product categories, Koskela won for the Mika Table, while Ross Gardam of Spaceleft received the award for sustainable product for Ply High – a pine ply table with legs fabricated from cut-outs from the underside of the table top. The Goods Shed North by BVN Architecture was awarded in the second sustainability category, winning the sustainable project award.

The emerging designer award was presented to Sydney product designer Henry Pilcher, who also won Design Pitch at Corporate Culture on Tuesday night. This year’s Designer of the Year award was split into two categories for 2010 – the judges award, and the people’s choice award. Bates Smart designer Jeff Copolov was recognised by the jury, while Stuart Krelle and Rachel Luchetti of Luchetti Krelle won the people’s choice award.

An important new category introduced this year was the IDEA Gold Medal award. With nominees chosen by the jury, the shortlist acknowledged the work of a selection of high achievers in the world of Australian design. The winner of this year’s inaugural award was Sue Carr of Carr Design Group, chosen by the jury for her extraordinary body of work since the formation of Inarc in 1971.

Overall Winner
Hilton South Wharf, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
Commercial under 1000m2
Winner Leo Burnett, HASSELL
Highly Commended Sydney Seafood School, Dreamtime Australia Design
Highly Commended Cornwell Studio, Woods Bagot with Hecker Phelan & Guthrie
Designer of the Year
Judges Award Winner Jeffery Copolov (Bates Smart)
People’s Choice Award Winner Luchetti Krelle
Emerging Designer
Winner Henry Pilcher
Event Design
Winner Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, Museum Victoria
Highly Commended Giant Digital Origami Tigers, LAVA
Highly Commended Lulamae Pop-up Shop, Breathe Architecture
Winner Hilton South Wharf, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
Highly Commended Crown Metropol, Bates Smart
Highly Commended Outpost, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie
IDEA Gold Medal
Winner Sue Carr
Winner Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
Highly Commended Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, Francis Jones Morehen Thorp
Highly Commended Glasshouse: Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Major Commercial over 1000m2
Winner ANZ Centre, HASSELL
Highly Commended Goods Shed North, BVN Architecture
Highly Commended Host, WHOdesign
Multi Residential
Winner Chippendale Apartment, BKH
Highly Commended 10 Darling Street, Neometro
Winner Mika table, Koskela
Highly Commended Block 2, Henry Pilcher
Highly Commended LD Desk, Jon Goulder
Winner Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher, Dreamtime Australia Design
Highly Commended Lisa Ho Adelaide, Nicholas & Alexandra
Highly Commended Aesop Chatswood, Ryan Russell
Single Residential
Winner Westwyck Unit 4, multiplicity
Highly Commended Elm and Willow House, Architects EAT
Highly Commended Golden Crust Bakery, Jackson Clements Burrows
Sustainable Product
Winner Ply High, Ross Gardam – Spaceleft
Highly Commended Yuta Badayala, Koskela and Elcho Island Arts
Sustainable Project
Winner Goods Shed North, BVN Architecture
Highly Commended Lulamae Pop-up Shop, Breathe Architecture
Highly Commended Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture


Monday, October 11, 2010

Masdar City Masterplan Review

Masdar Institute - Residential Units and Knowledge Centre (Photo: Business Wire)

Masdar City, the emerging global clean technology cluster being built on the outskirts of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, today set out the conclusions of a comprehensive review of the sustainable development’s master plan.
Initiated earlier this year, the review process was intended to update the master plan and take into account market and technology developments since the original strategy for Masdar City was developed in 2006. In particular, the review sought to capture the knowledge gained through three years of construction and completion of Masdar City’s first building as well as take into account changing market conditions and the evolution of technology.
The master plan review highlighted the achievements at Masdar City to date, including the completion of the first six buildings of the Masdar Institute (students and faculty having moved into the new facility in September 2010), residential units that use 54% less water and 51% less electricity than the UAE average, 30% of electricity demand provided by rooftop photovoltaic panels and 75% of the buildings’ hot water provided by rooftop thermal collectors. The review also confirmed the need for a phased approach to the development to allow for new technological innovations to be incorporated as building progresses.
“From the beginning, Masdar has been engaged in a journey of discovery to create a blueprint for the future of sustainable cities. Our steady progress is being built on our ability to discover the best technologies and approaches to sustainable urban living and bring them most effectively to Masdar City,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar.
“As the construction phase progresses, we will be continually learning, adjusting and moving forward towards our vision for Masdar City. As technology and the market evolves so will our plan. The key is to be flexible and adaptable rather than rigid and dogmatic. By doing so we can constantly apply the knowledge captured during our development to the delivery of our Master Plan. We will continually review and update our thinking so Masdar is always at the cutting-edge of global clean technology,” said Dr. Al Jaber.
Masdar’s review of the City’s Master Plan detailed key updates to the project’s build-out timeline, sourcing of renewable power and transportation and building infrastructure. Key revisions include:
• Limiting of the Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) system to an ongoing pilot project within the Masdar Institute facilities, while allowing for the possibility of alternative electric vehicle technologies and transport system to be rolled out in the City.
• Limiting the 7.5m podium and service trench to the Masdar Institute.
• Revised delivery timeline, with the one million square meter Phase 1 now scheduled for completion in 2015 and final build-out by 2020-2025.
• The exploration of new potential sources of power – such as geothermal energy and solar thermal cooling – with a number of pilot projects already underway.
• While still aiming to eventually be powered 100 percent by renewable energy, Masdar City will no longer rely solely on on-site clean energy sources. Instead, the purchase of renewable energy from off-site locations may also be utilized as energy demands increase over the project’s lifetime.
Alan Frost, Director of Masdar City, said, “By its very nature, research is discovery. As Masdar City moves forward over time, many new discoveries will shape the future direction of our journey. The effective capture and implementation of this knowledge, built on our experiences, will prove to be key to our long-term success.”
“Sticking firmly to the scale of our original vision, Masdar is proactive in reviewing and revising our forward plans to embrace new thinking and changing realities across technology advancement, commercial feasibility and the global market,” said Mr. Frost.
“Technology is constantly advancing; we are in the new technology business. At every step of our journey we are tapping into these new solutions and incorporating them into our future plans. Masdar is showing we combine forward thinking with flexibility as we make real progress towards delivering on our vision.”
This is the first of several regular project updates which will continue during the delivery of Masdar City.
*Source: ME NewsWire

Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future - developing the “greenprint” for how we will live and work tomorrow. Backed by the stability and reputation of the Mubadala Development Company, an investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy.
For more information about the Masdar Initiative, please visit: www.masdar.ae
About Masdar City:
Masdar City is an emerging clean-technology cluster located in what aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable cities. This special economic zone in Abu Dhabi seeks to become a global centre for innovation, research, product development and light manufacturing in the fields of renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Leading multinational companies in the cleantech sector, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurial start-ups will locate R&D labs, marketing offices and headquarters in the city. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will base its headquarters in the city, while GE will build its first Ecomagination Centre at Masdar City.
For more information about Masdar City, please visit: www.masdarcity.ae

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sydney architects win at Think Brick Awards

Last night in the shadow of Australia’s architectural icon the Sydney Opera House, a host of designers, builders, landscapers and architects were recognised for their creative application and modern manipulation of man’s oldest building tool – clay bricks.

The gala event of over 150 guests was staged by Think Brick Australia, the representative body of the country’s clay brick and paving manufacturers, with the evening paying homage to the ‘best of brick’ used in many forms of modern Australian architecture.

Think Brick Australia launched its annual awards in 2006 to recognise the excellence and innovation of architects, designers and builders using brick in residential and commercial building projects. Two major accolades are announced on the evening – About Face, an invitation-only competition which challenges architects to ‘rethink brick’ and present original ways of using bricks in a contemporary environment, and the Horbury Hunt Award; recognising architectural innovation and brickwork in built projects and named in honour of renowned Australian architect John Horbury Hunt.

MC James O’Loghlin presided over this year’s Think Brick Awards, announcing this year’s winners of the course of the evening. The results of the Think Brick Awards 2010:

About Face 2010
Winner: Durbach Block Architects (Sydney) – Infinity House

About Face challenges invites architects to design a project within a specific design brief, and this year’s timely theme was ‘The Essential House’ – a small-scale residential project providing sufficient rooms in limited space.

Durbach Block Architects’ Infinity House is a figure of eight brick structure which fits comfortably inside the modest 215sqm lush garden leaving plenty of greenery to enjoy and a few hidden purposes for the modern family. The curved walls and arches allow the home to be integrated effortlessly in to its garden surroundings, and also provide the home-owner with an easily divided house that can be used as a rental income, can separate parents and their teenagers, or simply keep living areas and bedrooms in different areas of the home.

Highly commended:
NMBW Architecture Studio - Core House
Terroir - Prototype

Horbury Hunt Award 2010
Residential winner: Durbach Block Architects (Sydney) - Garden House

In the affluent, perfectly landscaped suburb of Bellevue Hill in Sydney, Durback Block Architects firm has crafted a Tuscan-style residence which invites the eye to appraise its delicately textured walls, clever ‘hovering’ structure, and stark design softened with organic elements and leafy surroundings. The exterior walls of the project have a lacy, woven-looking surface, which was achieved by tapping through the façade alignment, resulting in a handcrafted pattern of brick resembling a soft fabric veil across the front exterior.

The winning residential project captured the imagination of the judging panel, who said: “The Garden House displays a different use of brick that is well-controlled, but at the same time creates organic variation while maintaining the discipline of the wall.”

Highly commended:
Design King - Elizabeth Bay House

Commercial Architecture joint winners:
McBride Charles Ryan (Melbourne) - Fitzroy High School
Donovan Hill Architects (Brisbane)- AM60

So impressed were the judges by the calibre of design in the Commercial category, they awarded Donovan Hill Architects (AM60) and McBride Charles Ryan (Fitzroy High School) joint winner status.

The high rise commercial AM60 tower in downtown Brisbane is a pillar of masterful brickwork in a town with very few brick buildings remaining in its CBD. The front façade of the building features an intricate brick ‘open weave’ system which not only catches the eye and plays with patterns, but also acts as a substantial solar control method, letting Brisbane’s famously intense light in to the buildings windows but filtering out the harsh rays and protecting the glass-build boardrooms.

Fitzroy High School certainly doesn’t blend in to the background – coloured bricks have been used to reflect the surrounding Italianate architecture and the curved, smooth exterior of the main building resembles a wave of bricks flowing out from the original community structure. The project brief was to accommodate an additional 250 students and staff across three levels, and the architects thoughtfully approached this task by researching the suburb of Fitzroy, its history, and the importance of the school as a public marker for the local community.

Urban Design/Outdoor Spaces winner: Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture (Sydney) - Balfour Pocket Park

Balfour Street Pocket Park provides a Pedestrian Connection between Sydney’s inner west suburbs of Chippendale and Broadway. The public space, used as a community breakout area, has a rich material of brick, stone and concrete and uses clay bricks in a decorative medium to link in with the nearby brewery buildings, workers terraces and old factories that loom in the distance. The judging panel praised Balfour Pocket Park for being “more artwork than brick” and were impressed with the range of materials combined as a coherent whole.

Think Brick CEO Elizabeth McIntyre said: “Judging the Awards this year was incredibly difficult due to the exceptionally high standard of design demonstrated by all entrants. Think Brick Australia would like to congratulate all our winners and we are thrilled that these amazing building projects have brought to light just why brick is man’s best building material.”

For more information visit: www.thinkbrick.com.au

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Have you ever wanted to know more about Sydney's built environment by actually going inside the houses and public spaces otherwise closed to the public? The opportunity is now here at Sydney Open which runs over the weekend of 6 & 7 November 2010.

An exciting line up of Sydney's most exclusive addresses was revealed today at the launch of Sydney Open held at the Moebius House, the home of architect Tony Owen, which he designed using the same modelling software used to create James Cameron's Avatar film. This amazing house is just one of the highlights on the event program.

Inspired by similar events in London, New York and Toronto, Sydney Open is coordinated by the Historic Houses Trust (HHT) to showcase the best that the beautiful city of Sydney has to offer on Australia's architectural stage.

Tony Owen and Kerry Sackville at the Meobius House

Kate Clark, director of HHT said that Sydney Open unlocks the doors to some of Sydney's newest buildings as well as much loved heritage sites and stunning private addresses. "Sydney open gives you the chance to see the latest in award-winning architecture, underground, tunnels, towers, roof gardens and stunning penthouses with fabulous Sydney views. This year we're also focussing on lesser-known areas of Sydney, inviting people to be cruious about their own city and to poop into unfamiliar, new urban areas and laneways."

This is the eight time the HHT has run the bi-annual Sydney Open, which unites architects, interior designers and more than 400 enthusiastic volunteers who come together to make Sydney Open such an exciting event.

The Moebius House is one of 18 exclusive Focus Tour sites on offer including underground Tank Stream tours as well as the Sulman-Award-winning Jack House in Wahroonga or the three level waterfrot Spencer House in Mosman embedded into the side of a hill.

For more information visit www.hht.net.au/sydneyopen

Friday, September 10, 2010

Australian Design Alliances launches national design agenda

Twelve peak organisations representing all aspects of Australia’s design industry and research network have launched the Australian Design Alliance [AdA] to boost Australia’s productivity, sustainability and innovation.
One hundred of Australia’s leading designers, architects, planners, artists, educators and policy makers launched the new Alliance at a first-ever meeting held in the Utzon Room of Australia’s design landmark, the Sydney Opera House.
One of the attending [AdA] directors Jo-Ann Kellock said the new Alliance emerged from a series of consultations about how design should be an integral element of Australia’s national innovation system at a time of rapidly changing business models and processes.

Ms Kellock said: “Australia’s design professionals are internationally renowned for their creative skills, project management and teamwork. These are crucial capabilities for a more productive Australian economy.”
Ms Kellock said the Alliance would pursue a national design agenda based on: Case studies demonstrating how good design can contribute to improved economic growth through supporting superior business models and improved public sector service delivery; Education and design skills at all education levels from school to MBAs; and National design policy linked to Australia’s innovation agenda.
The Alliance was launched by His Excellency, Michael Bryce AM AE who advocated for design at the 2020 summit in 2007.
Mr Bryce said: “The formation of the Australian Design Alliance to provide evidence-based multi-disciplinary advice to governments and industry represents a step towards a new respect for the place that designers can play in our everyday lives.”
“Good design in all of its fields creates economic and competitive outcomes. Poor design or design by default leaves too much to chance. If Australia is to be counted in the progressive nations of the world, competing on a world stage, it is no longer good enough to be only an agricultural and minerals based economy.”
In one example discussed at the meeting, Mr Anthony Henry, Division Director at Macquarie Group was asked how design thinking has had a positive impact on Macquarie and helped the business maintain a competitive advantage.
Mr Henry said: “The environment that staff now work in is designed to provide the opportunity for the maximum amount of collaboration and sharing of knowledge to provide the best solutions for clients and client services. Our new interior has impacted in ways we didn’t anticipate and design process has started to influence the way we think and provide the ability for different teams to sit in customized areas that help them to find business solutions that were simply not possible before.”
Other case studies discussed at the Opera House meeting include the impact of design strategies at the state level in Queensland and Victoria.

Australian Design Alliance
The Australian Design Alliance represents a substantial constituency. The combined national membership of the member organisations is in excess of 20,000 and they represent a constituency of almost 80,000 design practitioners.

[AdA] Members include
Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC)
Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)
Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA)
Craft Australia www.craftaustralia.org.au
Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
The Council for Humanities Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS)
Australian International Design Awards (AIDA), Standards Australia
Australian Planning Institute - Urban Design Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

KBDi design20ten Award Winners

The winners of the KBDi design20ten national awards have been announced. Congratulations to all who entered. The judges were impressed by many of the entries and were excited to see more designers using the professional methods of documentation that are recommended by the Institute.

For both kitchen and bathroom designs, the entries which stood out as finalists commonly displayed: a clever sense of design style; a strong understanding of the rules and regulations which govern a functional design; professional documentation which clearly demonstrated all facets of the design; attention to the inclusion of eco sustainable products, fittings and fixtures and, of course, effective achievement of the client brief within budget.

And the winners are...

National Certified Designer of the Year: Darren James

National Kitchen Designer of the Year: Lee Hardcastle

National Bathroom Designer of the Year: Eileen Middleton

National Unique Project of the Year: Justin Putric

Kitchen Designer of the Year VIC & Large Kitchen Vic: Markus Sawatzki
Kitchen Designer of the Year NSW & Medium Kitchen NSW: Gavin Hepper
Small Kitchen NSW: John Little
Small Kitchen Qld: Mal Corboy
Small Kitchen Tas/Vic: Patricia LaTorre
Medium Kitchen SA/WA: Tony Warren
Medium Kitchen Vic: Lindsay Williams
Medium Kitchen Qld: Darren James
Large Kitchen SA: Haris Bahityarov
Large Kitchen WA: Kordula Stuart
Large Kitchen NSW: Geoff Little
Large Kitchen Qld: Lee Hardcastle

Bathroom Designer of the Year SA/WA & Small Bathroom SA/WA: David Ellwood
Bathroom Designer of the Year NSW & Large Bathroom NSW: Karl Noonan
Bathroom Designer of the Year Vic & Small Bathroom Vic: Owen Barnes
Small Bathroom NSW: Karl Noonan
Small Bathroom Qld: Eileen Middleton
Large Bathroom SA: Eliza Rudkin
Large Bathroom WA: David Ellwood
Large Bathroom Vic/Tas: Lenka
Large Bathroom Qld: Eileen Middleton

Most outstanding KBDi student in Kitchen Design: Craig Johnson
Most outstanding KBDi student in Bathroom Design: Levi Skliwa

For more information on using a certified kitchen or bathroom designer for your next project visit www.kbdi.org.au

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Do you have a gourmet kitchen?

The rise and rise in the popularity of shows such as Masterchef has seen an increase in the amount of attention paid to our kitchens at home as we strive to create such culinary delights as seen on the show.

In a press release today, Mr Adam Sleigh, the Chief Executive of Australia’s largest kitchen retailer and supplier, Kitchen Connection (http://www.kitchenconnection.com.au/), says Australian consumers are increasingly seeking alternatives to the traditional style of kitchen layout.

“The traditional kitchen with the sink, cooktop and refrigerator located against the walls and a dining table in the middle of the room is changing,” Mr Sleigh said. “More and more of our customers are looking at design features such as central island benchtops which contain cook tops and sinks, while new surfaces, colour and lighting are providing choices that were unimaginable a few years ago".

“The enormous popularity of celebrity chef and cooking programs has sparked a new generation of home cooking enthusiasts who want their kitchens to be as functional and stylish as those in top-rating shows.”

So...what's your kitchen like? Is it as 'gourmet' as you'd like? If you could change something about your current kitchen, what would it be?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hansgrohe's interactive iPhone app for individual washstand planning

If you love technology and love design then this is the iPhone App for you. Hansgrohe AG (http://www.hansgrohe.com/) is offering a new iPhone application for its award-winning bathroom product line, PuraVida.

“Hansgrohe@home” works really easily in three stages. First: photograph the washstand in your bathroom with your iPhone.

Second: use your finger on the touchscreen to highlight the existing fitting and remove it from the photograph.

Third: the application will then digitally remove the existing fitting and insert the new fitting in its place. Youcan change size and position individually until the fitting is well positioned on the washbasin according to your requirements.

Let us know if you try out this App - we'd love to know what you think.

Monday, August 9, 2010

BDAV Annual Awards

The winners of the Building Designers Association of Victoria Annual Awards were announced on Friday 30th July. Among the wealth of categories, two stood out:

Most Innovative Kitchen Design - Winner: Form & Function Building Design
The renovation, by Form & Function Building Design, was designed to create an aesthetic of a home that has been lived in for a while. Paula Hanley, Chair of the judging panel, said the design achieved the warehouse feel it strived for.

“The raw use of black metal pipes, reclaimed timbers and concrete give the kitchen a feeling of place and age. The client’s ‘abstract’ personality and ‘masculinity’ are evident in these finishes. The use of industrial switches and power points sit comfortably beside the metal dropped light fittings, and exposed timber structures,” Ms Hanley said. “This is a great example of what building designers can do, and is exactly what we’re looking for when we judge these awards,” she said.

Form & Function Building Design (03) 5561 1099

Most Innovative Bathroom Design - Winner: Royston Wilson Design
St Kilda West Project, by Royston Wilson Design, transformed an existing storage space into a
spacious and light filled bedroom that includes an ensuite and robe. Paula Hanley, Chair of the judging panel, said that it would have been very easy for a bathroom installed into a ceiling storage space to feel claustrophobic and dark, but careful planning and creative thought have given this bathroom both light and space, rarely found in ceiling spaces.

“The use of a single finish of ply cladding to line the cathedral ceiling has contributed to the effect of maximising the space. It also provides a warm background to the white and high gloss of the bathroom finishes,” Ms Hanley said.

Royston Wilson Design (03) 9822 3173 www.roystonwilson.com.au

Building Designers Association of Victoria Inc
Phone: (03) 9416 0227
Email: info@bdav.org.au
Web: www.bdav.org.au

Friday, July 23, 2010

KBDi design 20ten finalists announced

The state finalists for the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute 'design20ten' awards have been announced. Winners will be announced at a gala evening held as part of the KBDi Annual Conference on 14 August. Good luck to all finalists and check back here for details of the winners after the event.

NSW Finalists
Small Kitchens: John Little/Gavin Hepper/Karl Noonan
Medium Kitchens: Joseph Ardita/Gavin Hepper/Elizabeth Luke
Large Kitchens: Geoff Little/John Little/Gloria Rose
Small Bathrooms: Bev Kahn/Karl Noonan/Karl Noonan
Large Bathrooms: Geoff Little/Karl Noonan/Elizabeth Luke

Qld Finalists
Small Kitchens: Kim Duffin/Elton Roep/Mal Corboy
Medium Kitchens: Kim Duffin/Mal Corboy/Darren James
Large Kitchens: Eileen Middleton/Ann Gillis/Lee Hardcastle
Small Bathrooms: Aimee Baddock/Eileen Middleton
Large Bathrooms: Allan Fry/Eileen Middleton

SA/WA Finalists
Medium Kitchens: Haris Bahityarov/Robert Bayly/Krystal Castle/Tony Warren
Large Kitchens: Haris Bahityarov/Bronwyn richards/Mike Schirmer/Paul Hutchison
Large Kitchens: Kordula Stuart/Maggie Milligan
Small Bathrooms: Eilza Rudkin/David Ellwood/Maggie Milligan
Large Bathrooms SA: Paul Hutchison/Eliza Rudkin
Large Bathrooms WA: David Ellwood/David Ellwood/Maggie Milligan

Vic/Tas Finalists
Small Kitchens: Patricia LaTorre/Patricia LaTorre/Lenka
Medim Kitchens Vic: Frank Iaria/Frank Iaria/Lindsay Williams/Albert Zarb
Large Kitchens Vic: Ed Mamrot/Frank Iaria/Markus Sawatzki
Small Bathrooms Vic: Owen Barnes/Owen Barnes/Royston Wilson
Large Bathrooms: Lenka/Royston Wilson

Unique Project Award
National Finalists: Catherine Young/Justin Putric/Karl Noonan

Most Outstanding KBDi Student in Kitchen Design
Finalists: Craig Johnson/Darren James/David Barr/Christine Gillam/Chenoa Watson

Most Outstanding KBDi Student in Bathroom Design
Finalists: Levi Skliwa/David Ellwood/Susan Wasley

Certified Designer of the Year
National Finalists: Mal Corboy/Royston Wilson/Woen Barnes/Darren James/Kim Duffin/Paul Hutchison

For more information visit www.kbdi.org.au

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The future is clear

This morning I attended the launch of a new toaster from Magimix. Named the "Vision" toaster, it is so called because of its revolutionary clear side panels that allow the user to view their toast as it cooks.

The toaster has been 15 years in the making with Magimix launching the new product approximately 18 months ago in France. Joining us at the launch this morning was Francois Picquerey, International Export Director for Magimix, who told us that the reason for the long time in development and production was because of Magimix's commitment to a quality product with the goal being to create consistency every time the toaster was used.

In addition to looking fabulous, the toaster has been designed to allow toasting of a wide variety of breads including bagels, crumpets, muffins, baguettes, Turkish breads and Indian breads. Our breakfast this morning was hosted by Gourmet Safaris' Maeve O'Meara and took place at the stunning Shangri La Hotel in Sydney's Rocks district, with its gorgeous views overlooking the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Visit http://www.magimix.com/ or speak to distributors Cambur on (03) 8787 4200. The Magimix Vision toaster will be available exclusively through David Jones in August and September and available in a wider range of outlets later in the year. The toaster retails for $499.
What do you think? Do you like the design? Would you buy one? Let us know your feedback.

Friday, July 2, 2010


The Australian Architecture Association presents Rick Joy

Award winning American architect Rick Joy is renowned for this climate responsive and landscape sensitive work, based mostly in the desert region of Arizona. Using a robust palette of materials, including rammed earth, hardwoods and rusted steel, Joy’s work looks as much from the earth, as sitting within it. Joy’s practice predominantly includes residential work, with Tubac House being his most celebrated. Joy’s work has been both published and exhibited widely with a group of architectural experts recently choosing a Rick Joy house as one of five most influential and inspiring homes in recent times, alongside work by Rem Koolhaas and Shigeru Ban.

Rick will be talking at the Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney on Monday 19th July 2010 and at the BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne on Thursday 22nd July 2010. The Melbourne talk will be presented in association with Architectural Review Australia.

Book online now...

AAA Black Talk: Rick Joy - Sydney
Monday, July 19, 2010 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
AAA Black Talk: Rick Joy - Melbourne
Thursday, July 22, 2010 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursday, July 1, 2010


The ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, Tas, Vic and WA state chapters of the Australian Institute of Architects recently announced their winning commercial, public and residential projects. SA is due to announce next week.

All award recipients are now in the running for National Architecture Awards, which will be announced in late October.

Australian Institute of Architects

Salvado Residence by Bates Smart + Madeleine Blanchfield Architects.
Photographer: Tyrone Branigan


Presenting this year’s awards, jury chair Bruce Townsend said: “This year the jury has selected a number of smaller projects for recognition. Despite their small budgets and scope, these projects have successfully investigated solutions for achievable ways of living in a more sustainable, albeit simpler way. These projects stand out in the context of our modern-day preoccupation with more, bigger, faster and only occasionally better! When everything else is telling us to up-size, these projects demonstrate a sustainable approach to consumption with spaces that will be rewarding for life.”

Honouring the H House, the jury said: “The jury believes that H-House is an important project. The result is a wonderful living environment that has resulted from a series of extremely fine judgements in regard to subtraction and addition, scale, light, materiality, form and program.”

The state’s top public architecture prize, the Sulman Award, was presented to the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Intermediate Stations, by HASSELL. Presenting the award, the jury said: “The four stations that make up the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link set a new benchmark for transport design in Australia. They are an elegant and innovative integration of engineering and architecture, where technical challenges and complexities have inspired rather than constrained the outcome.”
A public architecture award was also presented to the Surry Hills Library and Community Centre by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), which emerged as this year’s most honoured project — also taking out the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture and the John Verge Award for Interior Architecture.

H House by Nino Bellantonio, AiL Studio &
Joanna Nelson Architect.
Photographer: Tim Thomas

A university building successfully bringing a modernist approach to tropical architecture has been awarded the two top honours at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2010 NT Architecture Awards.
In presenting the awards, 2010 NT Awards Chairman John Mainwaring said, “The controversial decision to choose modernist typology over the contemporary Darwin vernacular for this key building on the CDU campus has paid off. The impressive scale of the exterior and internal public spaces combines successfully with a permeability and democracy of access and movement that establish it as a true public facility, and serve to reflect the vision and values of Charles Darwin University.”
The Award for Residential Architecture – Houses was presented to The Pink House by Build Up Design, described by the jury as “a prototype for tropical suburban housing, designed to suit smaller blocks. It draws on the topology of Darwin’s government-built, high-set houses from the 1950s to the 1970s. This contemporary tropical home takes the best nostalgic design elements from old Darwin and blends them with modern architectural design utilising standard construction systems of the suburbs.”

Commenting on this year’s entries, Mr Brannigan said: “It’s commendable to see such a high proportion of projects entered into the public architecture category across the state, a trend that reflects the growing confidence of government organisations and regional councils in working with architects on key projects.” Speaking on the quality of this year’s entries, he added: “The jury has noted that it’s very obvious the best results are being seen in projects where architects have been employed at every stage of the process, from concept through to end of construction.”
Leading the regional charge was this year’s top public architecture winner, with the F.D.G Stanley Award for Public Architecture going to the Ipswich Justice Precinct by Cox Rayner Architects with ABM Architects (ABM Cox Rayner). Presenting the award, Mr Brannigan said: “Located on the edge of the Ipswich CBD, this court building engages with the public domain in a number of ways and makes the interaction of the community with the justice system highly visible and accessible.” In a multiple win for Ipswich Justice Precinct, it also received this year’s Art and Architecture Prize and the G.H.M. Addison Award for Interior Architecture.

A regional building described as a “spectacular icon for imaginative civic regeneration and community identity” has taken out the highest accolade at this year’s Australian Institute of Architects’ 2010 Tasmanian Architecture Awards. The Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture was presented to the Makers’ Workshop by Terroir. Presenting the award, Jury Chair Ian Moore said: “The project incorporates and reinterprets two key regional activities — an emerging creative crafts industry associated with Burnie’s paper manufacturing and a centre for local rural and pioneering heritage — as a single visitors’ centre with a robust approach to context, form and materiality.
“This is architecture with an arresting attitude to vision; looking out pointedly at different aspects of its setting — port, town, hinterland, ocean and built context — just as it demands to be looked at from different vantage points, distances and times of day and night. Completed on a stringent budget within 15 months from initial briefing, the Makers’ Workshop is a testament to lucid architectural intent and direction.”
In another win, the conversion of an 1840s stone barn into a contemporary studio residence, the Strangio House by Maria Gigney Architects, was awarded the Roy Sharrington Smith Award for Heritage and a Small Project Architecture Award. The jury said: “The Strangio House at West Hobart epitomises the principles of The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance (The Burra Charter) while confidently balancing the challenges of contemporary occupation. This unambiguously modern refurbishment, sensitively placed within existing heritage fabric, appears as robust as its environ, yet retains a perceived element of mobility, as if ready to be introduced to an equally deserving locale.”

The Melbourne Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre by joint venture architects, Woods Bagot and NH Architecture has been honoured with the 2010 Victorian Architecture Medal for successfully crossing design boundaries and taking out awards in four categories: the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, the Steel Architecture Award, an award for Sustainable Architecture and the esteemed Melbourne Prize.
The top award for commercial architecture, the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award, went to Wood Marsh Architects for the Port Phillip Estate Winery. Described by the jury as being like “an archaeological artefact revealed by drifting sands, the rammed earth walls of Port Phillip Estate winery spiral from the earth and heighten anticipation of what lies below.”
The stunning Lyon HouseMuseum has won the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for Residential Architecture. Lyon Housemuseum is a family home that has been designed around an extensive collection of art. A function of the Housemuseum is to share the art collection with the community via public access. The success of the project has been the delicate and confident weaving of a sensitive family home through the towering galleries and spaces, says the jury.

Perth’s Saint Mary’s Cathedral by Peter M. Quinn Architect was announced the winner of the state’s top public architecture prize, the George Temple Pool Award. In presenting the award, the jury said: “The completion of St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth is a major civic work that has been lovingly executed by a sole practitioner. Such an endeavour over a considerable period has required a complete commitment to the one project.”
In a strong year for single residential architecture, with 11 awards and commendations presented, this year’s major award for residential architecture, the Marshall Clifton Award for Residential Architecture— Houses, was presented to a compact, low-maintenance beach house at Cottesloe designed for a retired couple — the Salvado Street Residence by Bates Smart + Madeleine Blanchfield Architects. The jury said: “Generous and delightful spaces are created from the modest footprint of two pavilions, one open and the other private, and linked by an internal courtyard; it’s a very successful response to local climate and the marine environment. The special ambience of this building is in part due to the careful and controlled selection of natural local materials that have been crafted together with great skill and meticulous detailing. The resulting delightful home is understated and not at all ostentatious.”

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Board for the AAA

Last night at the Annual General Meeting of The Australian Architecture Association (AAA) a new Board and Committee was elected.

Held at the Seidler apartment in Milsons Point, Sydney the Annual General Meeting was attended by more than 30 members who unanimously voted-in the new Board, giving them a vote of confidence to move ahead with their ambitions to create a more positive and ambitious agenda for the year ahead.

Re-elected to the board was the current President, architect Angelo Candalepas with the new Vice-President, interior designer and magazine editor of Luxury Home Design magazine, Kate St James, FDIA who is also one of the volunteer tour guides for the AAA. The Secretary, architect David McCrae was re-elected as was the Treasurer, architect Vincent Lam.

Committee members elected are Annette Dearing, one of the founding Directors of the AAA, architecture graduate and CPA, Robert Morley and Dinosaur Designs' Liane Rossler.

The new committee acknowledged that there were difficult but exciting times ahead for the AAA as they strive to create a higher profile for the organisation with increased public awareness of its tours, lectures, seminars and events which will continue to support and promote architecture to the wider community.

“Our first challenge is to obtain increased funding through sponsorships and events, which will enable us to provide a higher standard of service to our members,” said President, Angelo Candalepas.

The AAA was established in 2004 as a not for profit organisation to promote the understanding of both local and world architecture in Australia. It offers talks by internationally renowned architects in its Black Talk series and conducts regular walking and bus/car tours showcasing important buildings and architecture of Sydney, architecturally significant suburbs of Surry Hills and Castlecrag as well as Sydney Bar tours, Harbour cruises and Blue Mountains tours all led by volunteer tour leaders.

In 2006, the Australian Architecture Association started the annual Sydney Architecture Festival on World Architecture Day, the first Monday of every October, with the Australian Institute of Architects and the New South Wales Architects Registration Board.

For more information on AAA tours and events visit: http://www.architecture.org.au

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Michelangelo's Kitchen

Arriving at Sydney’s Doltone House for the Hettich Michelangelo’s Kitchen event (held on Thursday 20th May), we were greeted by a row of cute Italian Vespas lining the walkway that runs alongside the venue. At the far end stood a gleaming, black Ferrari and we were serenaded by Italian music as we gorged on sumptuous canapés and enjoyed the view.

Hettich had obviously gone all-out for this stunning event and it was a great opportunity to catch up with industry associates who had flown in from all corners of the country for the function.

We chatted and snacked and sipped and listened until the doors opened to a magical world full of mood and mystery — and more food! Two buffets — hot and cold — kept guests busy while waiters roamed with the all-important drinks trays.

Centred in the room was a long catwalk that held the promise of further entertainment with two silver "statues" perched at well-spaced intervals.

The theme was a celebration of Italian design and style, hence the reference to Michelangelo who was light-years ahead of his time, and the guest speaker was internationally renowned designer Mal Corboy, fresh from his trip to Eurocucina.

After a quick introduction by Hettich’s Richard Abela, managing director for Australia & New Zealand, it was down to business with Mal taking us through his impressions of Eurocucina. In particular, Mal showed us that a number of classic kitchen elements from centuries ago, are still being reflected (albeit in their modern equivalents) in the kitchens we design today. It was a fascinating journey both through history and through the design showcase.

As someone who also attended Eurocucina, it was a great opportunity for me to revisit the show and I always enjoy hearing Mal speak.

At the conclusion of Mal's presentation the catwalk came to life with a stunning parade from high-end Italian label Varino. The "wow"s could be heard from every corner of the room as we soaked up the visual indulgence of this display.

As a branding exercise, they don’t come much better than this. A wonderful night was had by all and, thanks to Hettich, we were all able to experience the wonders of Eurocucina courtesy of Mal’s expertise.

For more information visit http://www.hettich.com.au/ or http://www.cosmit.it/

Friday, May 28, 2010


According to Decorex trend forecasters, Victoria Redshaw and Shelley Pond from Scarlet Opus, as the latest Sex and the City 2 film release contains exciting desert and lively marketplace scenes filmed in Morocco (made to look like Abu Dhabi), it's anticipated that the exotic and glamorous Bedouin style of the 'girls' will make its way from the world of fashion into our homes.

Inspiration can also be found in the cultural melting pot that is Istanbul – European Capital of Culture 2010 – with it wonderful architecture, crafts and colours.

This trend is all about a sense of escapism and adding a touch of the exotic into your life! It’s a fusion of old Moorish and Ottoman influences with a modern twist which results in an intensely stimulating style that also has a wonderful chill-out factor; a sophisticated yet informal look working with a warm colour palette of sandy terracotta shades and dark spices with intense blue accents and elements of bronze.

Shelley and Victoria advise that to create an exotic bohemian look in your own home use low-level seating and long cushions to give a relaxed 'Hookah' lounge vibe. Additionally, rugs, Ikat designs in fabrics and cushions and rich warm tones will set the scene.

As we enter the cooler months here in Australia, I think these colours and this style of decorating - with rugs, Ikat designs and rich warm tones - will work perfectly with our style of living.

I have chosen the colours shown here to represent this look from the Dulux range, which include the following:

Spice of Life
Velvet Rose
Kangaroo Pouch
Summerday Blue
Oasis Spring
Raw Cotton

You can find these colours on the Dulux website:

For more information on Decorex, London 2010 visit:

Thursday, May 20, 2010


This year, Luxury Home Design was the official Media Partner with the HIA Home Shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Our stand was located adjacent to The Design Precinct, which returned to inspire visitors with all the latest trends for their home interiors. Presenting series V were six fresh, innovative and cutting-edge designers from Sydney who took to the challenge of creating International Style rooms, which you can also see here on my Blog.

Sincere thanks must go to those suppliers who helped make our stand a "stand out"! With vibrant red walls painted in Dulux Red Clown and fabulous Ystavat wallpaper by Marrimeko from Inhabit, the stand was hard to miss. The stylish furniture was supplied by Interstudio and the lighting was by Inlite.

Special thanks to Simon Hodgson who organised the L-shaped counter for us(had it made by Artline Kitchens and delivered to site) - he even ended up doing all the installation himself as the scheduled installers became delayed on another job - this was a full-days work for him and we really appreciated his assistance.

Our magazines were eagerly snapped up by enthusiastic homeowners and we had sold out of all our titles by lunch time on Sunday - thanks to Shaun and Hannah for their superb service.

Apart from the Design Forum, my favourite part of the show was the gloss Ferrari red Alex. Steinbach Sync-a-Vision baby grand piano - at a cool $40,000 this piano was a statement piece (which also played its own music and DVDs) and would look fabulous in my living room...

I can dream can't I?

Best in Show

The HIA Sydney Home Show finished with a flourish last Sunday with massive crowds packing the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre. 275 exhibitors displayed a range of products and services for more than 26,500 visitors.

One exhibitor, Apollo Kitchens was awarded Best Stand (19-49m2) for its display of a European-inspired space, complete with electronic lift up systems, drawer pull out units and a gorgeous display of open shelving. The espresso machine on the stand was working overtime as visitors enjoyed the revitalising effects of a lovely brew.

Apollo Kitchens is a family-run and -owned business that has operated in Sydney since 1968 and is involved in myriad projects including residential, commercial, developments and office fit-outs. Two conveniently located showrooms - one in Smithfield and one in Beresfield - make it easy for the company to service both the Sydney and Newcastle markets.

A variety of Home Shows across Australia are organised by Exhibitions and Events Australia and Everything Exhibitions and Events in partnership with the HIA (Housing Industry Association). The next Home Show is scheduled for Brisbane from 30 July to 1 August. For more information follow the links below.



Images courtesy Apollo Kitchens


The Dreamweaver Design competition, now in it's seventh year, has become a major part of the curriculum for RMIT University's final year Textile Design students. The Award aims to highlight Australian Textile Design, and specifically the talent of our young Australian Textile Designers, which is of world standard. In addition, the Award endeavours to expose the great ability we have to manufacture and produce fabrics and furniture for the Australian furnishing industry that are sold and distributed not only locally, but throughout the world.

The winner of this year's Award will receive a fully paid trip to Belgium to visit the major textiles trade show, MoOD (formerly Decosit), with accommodation and airfares paid by Warwick Fabrics.

Entrants for the award must design a woven upholstery fabric suitable for domestic furniture and present their concept to a panel of industry representatives. Three finalists will be selected during the first round of judging on 9th June. These three finalists will then work with the Warwick design team before visiting Beaulieu Pacific Textiles to have their fabric commercially woven. The woven designs will then be manufactured into a piece of upholstered furniture by Colby Furniture, Molmic and Nicholls Design prior to the final round of judging which will take place on 21st July during which the winner will be determined.

With entries for the 2010 Dreamweaver Design Award closing on 8th June, students have less than a month to finalise and submit their entries.

The winner will be announced at the 2010 Dreamweaver Design Award Presentation on August 4th 2010 at the Warwick Fabrics Showroom in Collingwood.

(Fabrics shown here designed by Laura Labrin, Dreamweaver Design Award Winner 2009)