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In order to promote their little European ‘get about’, Renault invited 4 celebrities to re-interpret the interior of the car. Participating artists included French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac,  Italian chef Davide Scabin, German designer Nils Holger Moorman and UK pop singer Nicola Roberts. Each artist took to the car with their creative spirit, choosing to reflect their personality or an attitude toward driving. Nicola Roberts, queen of the charts, placed a mini recording studio in the rear and decked the front with a coffee machine and dashboard dressing table. de Castelbajac, a man of multiple talents, made a nod to the sumptuous luxury of the Elysées in his little Twingo – complementing a regal interior with matt black bodyshell and white rimmed tyres.
Davide Scabin, renowned for his creative cooking, placed 3D video on the screen in the boot of his car, while pragmatic German designer Nils Holger Moorman has created a unique New Twingo by making it a place of peace, rest and meditation. In  stark contrast to the stress which, too often, cars symbolize Moorman decied to create a shrine to inner peace.
The Twing 2.0 is not available in Australia but we think Renault gets some points for taking a design approach to marketing their new model. Renault Renault.com.au  abc

Deer Duck Bistro Brisbane

Charcoal walls, over-sized oil paintings, Persian rugs, taxidermy and mismatched granny’s china help set a new tone for dining in Brisbane's inner city dining, This is not a typical brisbane restaurant with a slick bar, polished concrete floors and retractable glass windows. Opening quietly late last year, Deer Duck Bistro feels  much more like you are dining at an eccentric aristocrat’s house. A moodily psychedelic mural of ducks and deer designed by local street artists - The Anomy Project - adds a nice touch, with the street edge helping prevent all the gilt frames and velvet from sliding into fustiness. Owner Nicholas Cooper, a former chef from Melbourne, has spent a lifetime collecting the antiques and bric-a-brac you find collected in the interior. “My grandparents used to take me to auctions when I was little and now I find all this old stuff incredibly nostalgic and soothing,” Cooper said. “It tantalises other people’s emotions  too, by reminding them of things from when they were younger.” Every one of Cooper’s treasures has a story: some of the chairs used to be in the High Roller’s Suite at Crown Casino; antique fish cutlery was picked up at a recent King Salmon hunt in New Zealand; and  a table destined for the private dining room was originally commissioned by The Good Food Guide for it’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Chef Minh Le who originally created the menu at Deer Duck Bistro worked hard to reflect the quirky vibe. Cured ocean trout lounging on a bed of avocado with pillow-y pommes soufflé is almost too pretty to eat, while a baby vegetable dish served with spears looks like a tiny enchanted forest. Cooper has a double garage crammed with even more antiques that will shortly be used when DeerDuck opens a downstairs cocktail bar with a private dining room. “I had always hoped there would be a taste for this kind of restaurant in Brisbane,” Cooper says. “I wanted to create a place where people could forget about their problems and go on a bit of a journey.” Deer Duck Bistro 396 Milton Rd, Auchenflower, Brisbane 07 3870 8482abc
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Brodie Neill in conversation

Once a less desirable part of London, the cobbled backstreets of Shoreditch have now become an intricate maze of trendy boutiques. Today, this is where you can find Aussie designer Brodie Neill, who has been living and working in London for the past 7 years. With some of world's biggest design names just metres away – Jasper Morrison and Barber Osgerby to name two – Neill has set up his small studio in an old warehouse on Charlotte Road. “London is a huge melting pot of culture and people, and especially in this part of the city, the creative industry is very strong,” Brodie says. “It’s a really inspiring place to be.” Studying furniture design at the University of Tasmania, Brodie learnt to craft timber, to be a designer and a maker. He learnt an appreciation for organic lines, natural materials and ‘design as art’. “In that art school environment, the final piece was always seen in a gallery,” he explains. “You wanted to make these pieces as sensational, art-like pieces. That foundation is how I learnt design.”   Brodie went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design in the US, which exposed him to 3D Printing and computer-aided design. “When I was studying in Tasmania I already had this love of modern, ultra-contemporary shapes and forms and colours, but the digital aspect of the work didn’t really come to the forefront until I got to America,” he says. “I did classes in the architecture department on rapid prototyping. Some of the digital techniques and tools I learnt and developed then I still use today.” The Clover light is the perfect example of organic form meeting digital execution. The light began as a sort of logo, a flat two-dimensional drawing. “I saw that as 3D, not just black lines. We then put this into the computer and started to see the shapes and how that diagram could actually have a volume.” Brodie is currently working on a new timber bench for Italian company Riva 1920, due to be launched in 2012. This object represents perhaps the first piece that truly melds the organic in form and material with the digital process. Brodie Neill brodieneill.comabc
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Adam Cruikshank Design

After 5 years working as a designer at the Midland Railway Workshops and 4 working with the groundbreaking Midland Atelier group at FORM, designer Adam Cruickshank has stepped out on his own. At FORM Adam was a key member of a non-profit organisation that helped promote creativity throughout the state of Western Australia.

His move to working on his own now sees him return to familiar ground. He has just opened his own consumer facing shop and atelier at the  just-closed Australian School of Fine Wood, Dwellingup – where he honed his skills between 2004 and 2006.

“I just felt the time was right to go out on my own again and put all my energy into launching my business,” says Adam. “FORM has been an amazing experience for me, selecting me for the Bay of Fires Workshop under facilitator David Trubridge and organising a mentorship with David for me. Plus, I worked on a commission for Perth’s Wesfarmers executive floor with Woods Bagot. It’s been fantastic for my career.”

This year Adam will be launching a small-production collection that includes furniture, lighting and objects. All his designs have a high degree of originality and innovation, and rely on concept development he has been working on since 2007.

The new range includes a dining table, dining chair, range of cabinets, lighting, a stool, ottoman and spacial divider. The new pieces build on his already impressive technical ability to manipulate wood – they use tension and folding techniques he has developed to create new furniture forms – and the dining tables are light so they can be  flat-packed and easily freighted.

“It constantly amazes me that you can still come up with new ways to create a form out of timber. It’s one of the oldest building materials around, yet you can still push the material to innovate different shapes. That is a huge drive for me and one that I intend to explore in my business. I love developing new techniques,” he says.

“The LED light in my new collection is especially exciting. It comes in wenge, stainless steel or copper and can be used as a fluorescent replacement. I used flat sheet material and put it under tension to create the compound form. It is ideal for illuminating island benches and dining tables, and is good for task lighting as it gives off plenty of lumens. It will be available in low and high wattage.”

Adam also has a commission side to his business, and is working on concepts for private and corporate clients. He’s excited about this arm of his business as this is where he can use his technical ability to manipulate materials even further to continue to create innovative furniture solutions.

To see Cruikshank's tables and chairs in the context of a family home, pick up a copy of Habitus 18, on sale December 12. 

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