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The Big Design Market 2014

  The event brings together the best independent Australian and international design for 3 huge days of shopping at Melbourne's iconic Royal Exhibition Building. A wonderland for Christmas shoppers with over 220 stallholders, this is the ultimate destination for those who value original design and ethical production across homewares, textiles, stationery, fashion, lifestyle and kids products. With free creative workshops, gourmet food, kids activities and exclusive designer showbags there's plenty to enjoy!   TBDM-2014-Arro-Home-tableware TBDM-2014-Arro-Home-bedding Homeware label Arro Home’s debut range includes bed linen, cushions, kitchen textiles, ceramics and rugs designed Beci Orpin.   TBDM-2014-Bridget-Bodenham 'Indigo' vases by ceramicist Bridget Bodenham. Created in the idyllic bushland setting of Hepburn Springs, each piece is handmade from high-fired stoneware clay with a limestone glaze and cobalt indigo stripes.   TBDM-2014-Designstuff-Phil-Cuttence-FACETURE-vases Nominated for the London Design Museum's 2013 ‘Design of the year’ award, the iconic ‘Faceture’ vase by Phil Cuttence (UK) will be available exclusively from Designstuff at The Big Design Market.   TBDM-2014-Hello-Polly Debut collection of bespoke homewares from Hello Polly, featuring a vibrant and eclectic mix of giclee art prints, knitted merino cushions and throws designed and made in Melbourne.   TBDM-2014-JamFactory The ‘Stretch’ jug by D. Jones and C. Cholewa, designed to utilise the specialist skills and facilities of JamFactory’s glass and metal design studios. For over 40 years Adelaide’s JamFactory has been presenting outstanding exhibitions and nurturing the careers of talented artists, craftspeople and designers.   TBDM-2014-Kip&Co-bedding Kip & Co.’s new SS14 range, One Fine Day, combines a bright colour palette and bold pattern to create bedding, bathrobes and towels that capture the essence of summer.   TBDM-2014-Limedrop-bedding An iconic Limedrop design, Clea Garrick’s cloud print captures the ethereal, dreamy sky overhead. Digitally printed onto the finest 100% organic bamboo lyocell fabric and made into beautiful bedding in collaboration with Ettitude.   TBDM-2014-Martinich&Carran JUC Summer Series hand painted ceramic platter by Martinich&Carran, a collaborative artistic partnership between Melbourne artists Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran.   TBDM-2014-Sustainable-Stubbies-pendant-lights Bombay Sapphire Pendant from the newly launched lighting range by Sustainable Stubbies. Using traditional hot glass techniques, Ruth Allen up-cycles manufactured bottles into stunning lights, vases, jugs and glass tumblers.   TBDM-2014-Takeawei-sushi-platters Handmade ceramic food boards from Takeawei’s ‘Origami’ collection in mint and pink. The exquisite patterns and textures reflect ceramicist Chela Edmund's background as a textile designer for New York legends Vera Wang and Donna Karan.   TBDM-2014-The-Mod-Collective-lighting New glass and copper lights by The Mod Collective, a boutique porcelain studio producing sought after ceramic vessels, sculptural works and modern lighting.   TBDM-2014-Zaishu-BethEmily Iconic Zaishu stool featuring artwork by illustrator Beth-Emily – one of the six amazing designers collaborating with Zaishu to create a limited edition of 5 stools each for an exhibition exclusive to The Big Design Market. (Available for purchase only at The Big Design Market.)   TBDM2014-Angus-&-Celeste High-fired stained porcelain ‘Mix & Match’ planter pots in matte pastel colours by creative duo Keir MacDonald and Asha Cato of Angus&Celeste. The generous drip reservoir allows for easy watering and minimises spills inside. TBDM2014-Little-Green-Room Slot together PlayCube made from eco-friendly plywood by Little Green Room, designers of contemporary spaces for children to play and learn.   TBDM2014-Volker-Haug-plug-in-Rope-light Rope light by artisanal lighting designer Volker Haug. Haug’s internationally acclaimed, unique designs range from ceiling pendants, to table lamps, wall lights and bespoke pieces.   The Big Design Market thebigdesignmarket.com   abc

Pixel House

  This house is for a young family with two children. They are very interested in the larger community and plan on sharing their exterior spaces with the community. They intend to create a day care for neighbourhood children. The site is perfectly matched with the client’s intentions; it is the last house in a row of houses. It is the point of rupture between the clearly defined front and back yard spaces; the point at which the continuous façade of the row ends. The public and private territories are not as clear as on other sites within the row.   PIX_SZ_HIGH_07   While the public and private territories are ambiguous, the end condition is where the relationship between the building and the landscape is clearest. The entire row of houses can be read as an object/ field relationship between building and landscape. This opposition between formal clarity and territorial ambiguity requires a very different strategy than with the infill condition, particularly because the client is interested in further breaking down the public private opposition.   PIX_SZ_HIGH_09 PIX_SZ_HIGH_10 PIX_SZ_HIGH_12   We chose to break the row into fragments rather than just extending the row “wall” to the end of the site. Placing the main house at the western end of the site allows passage between the front and back yards and creates an outdoor space open to the street within the depth of the row house.   PIX_SZ_HIGH_11 PIX_SZ_HIGH_01   Separating the main house volume allows us to play with the relationship between landscape and building. Softened and rounded to be somewhere between the rigid orthogonal geometry of the row and the smooth contours of the landscape, the main volume is difficult to categorise.   PIX_SZ_HIGH_04 PIX_SZ_HIGH_02   Is it a rock or a building? At a micro scale this tension between the contoured natural condition and the orthogonal master plan condition is further developed in the choice of materials. By using a simple orthogonal bricks, the smooth shape is digitized into discrete units. This tectonic tension between the larger smooth form and the individual bricks parallels the tension between the individual house and the row and between the buildings, as described by the master plan, and the hilly landscape.   PIX_SZ_HIGH_13   The bricks also provide a very tangible sense of scale and of the making, the process of turning the abstract into the real, manifest in the grain and the inability to “zoom” in beyond a certain scale. The number of pixels determines the smoothness of a digital image; the smoothness of this house is determined by the brick module- the result is a 9,675 Pixel house (1 Pixel = 1 Brick).   pPIX_SZ_HIGH_06   The middle piece of the house, phase two, occupies the back yard as defined in the master plan. By placing it in this zone this piece of the building occupies the semi-private backyard but is accessible directly from the front yard. It invites the community to share this space by taking it out of the housing row. The owner plans to use this space as a community center during the day and as part of the private living space at nights and weekends. Taking advantage of the opposite cycles between educational and residential uses the space performs double duties.   PIX_SZ_HIGH_15  
Photography by Yong-Kwan Kim   DROPBOX
Architects: Mass Studies: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Joungwon Lee, Soonbok Choi, Junkoo Kang, Sungpil Won Slade Architecture: James Slade, Illya Korolev, Oliver Spreckelsen Parameters: 1,200 SF Type of build: new construction Location: Heyri, South Korea Date of completion: 2001 Structural Engineer: Youngho Lee MEP Engineer: Samjung Engineers, Jinsan Engineers Construction: Hanwool Construction Client: Younghyo Jin, Sookhee Chang   Slade Architecture sladearch.com Mass Studies massstudies.com   abc