CONVERSATIONS

Why trends, and being trendy, is not a good thing

Habitus Deputy Editor Nicky Lobo wonders why we love it when people tell us what we want.

An Architectural Eye and An Artistic Mind

Michael Lowe is a graduate architect and fine artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. Architecture, for Michael, is rational, and art free but the two disciplines are not so distinct in practise, one playing into the other in various ways. "There is an openness and degree of exploration and playfulness required to understand the potential of a place. For me this feels like art," says Michael. We talk to him about the "fantastic position" he is in between the designing and painting, how they cross over and one can teach the other.

Fashioning Fabric – Grace Tan

She is originally from Malaysia, but these days Grace Tan calls Singapore home. It is here that she is pushing the limits of fashion design. Darlene Smyth asked her about her work and about what inspires her in her new home town.

Talking about Iconic Houses

What do we get out of an architecture or design talk? Nicky Lobo asks the speakers from Sydney Living Museums’ Iconic Australian Houses series.

Creative Omnivore

Jess Scully, curator and collaborator of Vivid Ideas, challenges the arts and creative industries to build more interesting, creative and sustainable cities. As well as spearheading Vivid Ideas for the sixth year running, her current projects include TEDxSydney, Kids Hack Day and directing public art interventions for the City of Sydney and AMP Capital. DQ Editor, Sophia Watson, chats with the creative omnivore herself on Vivid Ideas – then, now and next.

Drawn to the Line

The art of illustration is still as intriguing and captivating as ever. Melbourne-based Megan Hess has found success and international fame by bridging the gap between an art deco and contemporary aesthetic in her illustrative style.

Emerging Designers Award 2014

With voting for the 2014 Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Award now open (until Monday May 12th!), we sit down with Editorial Director for Temple & Webster and competition judge Karen McCartney to hear about this year's entries and Temple & Webster's plans for the future.

Building With The Orang Asli

Featured in Habitus 23 (on sale now), the Orang Asli villages in Malaysia employ unique and fascinating methods to construct their dwellings. In this video, we see how they build a communal toilet and shower in a Jahut village in Pahang, Malaysia

At Home with the Shermans

On the face of it, they move in very different circles – he in the corporate world, she in the visual arts. But, says Michael Young, Gene and Brian Sherman form a powerful partnership weaving together the arts, business and philanthropy

Strength and Security

Caroline Ezzy explores the biophilic and symbolic power of sculptor Andrew Bryant's creations.

Launch Pad: Calling All Emerging Industrial Designers

Now in its tenth year, Launch Pad is an annual competition and mentorship program giving emerging Australian industrial designers a foot in the door and, once the foot’s in, a helping hand to get further. Their motto is, “From prototype to production”

Iconic Australian Houses

You’ve read the book, now see the exhibition and take part in the tours and talks with Sydney Living Museums

Tasmanian Idyll

Welcome to the first in our new occasional series where we peek behind the public face of editors, designers, their manufacturers and retailers. Where better to start than with our own Ediitorial Director, Paul McGillick

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