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10 great reasons to attend Sydney Indesign

1. 300+ of the world’s leading design brands

Get ready for a design encounter of epic proportions with the likes of Abey Australia, Agape, Arthur G, At Work With Camira, Zenith-BuzziSpace, Coco Republic, Consetino, Dal Brands, Design By Them, Design Republic, Gibbon Group, Hub Furniture, Janus et Cie, Ke-Zu, Lamicolour Pfleiderer, Living Edge, Luxxbox, PGH Bricks & Pavers, Sancal, Savage Design, Shaw Contract Group, Signature Floorconcepts, Smeg, Spence & Lyda, Studio Dossier, Stormtech, Sunbrella, TCW, Viabizzuno, Zip Industries and many more.

2. 30 top Sydney flagship showrooms

Sydney’s most elite design suppliers are rolling out the red carpet and welcoming you into their premier showrooms for a unique experience that blends brand, product and space.


3. Discover 70+ design brands at Galleria

Immerse yourself in world-class design at Galleria, a unique open-plan showcase featuring a curated mix of 70+ designers and brands from Australia and the world.

4. Sensational installations with The Project

In 2015 suppliers and retailers team up with creative teams to explore the theme of Ritual with interactive installations and exciting, sensory-rich activities. Taking place in showroom, The Project promises to be the highlight of your day!


5. “If all the larger companies go to flexible workspace formats and practices then we really need to think about the nature of the space we provide for their workers” - David Rolls, Group Executive, Commercial Development Mirvac

Join David Rolls and over 20 industry thought-leaders including Gavin Harris - Futurespace, James Calder - Calder Macmorran and Gijs Nooteboom - Veldhoen + Company, as they debate the future of the workplace in our WorkLife Seminar Series.


6. “Art, like architecture and design, needs to be accessible in order to survive”

Find out what happens when art, architecture and design come together in everyday living environments with Habitus Editor, Nicky Lobo, and speakers including Hannah Tribe - Tribe Studio Architects, Meryl Hare – Hare & Klein, Luigi Rosselli – Luigi Rosselli Architects and Gene Sherman – SCAF.


7. “Designers are either merchants or pastors - merchants want to make money and pastors protect ethics...”

“But I don’t think these are necessarily mutually exclusive - I often wonder how the rest of the industry feels about it” – DQ Editor Sophia Watson leads a RoundTable Discussion on balancing business with creativity, design leadership styles and cross-industry influences on today’s design businesses.

8. Fresh emerging Australian design

Meet Launch Pad’s next wave of emerging designers with production-ready products just waiting to be discovered. Our Launch Pad program is geared towards exposing new talent, rewarding fresh ideas and helping your design career grow.

“There are very few platforms that nurture wonderful young Australian designers in such a practical, career-defining way” – Adam Goodrum


9. New design made in Australia

Indulge your passion for beautiful Australian made product at Sydney Indesign. There’ll be plenty of incredible Australian designs on show, with key suppliers and independent designers sharing the story behind the skill and quality involved in designing for our local market.

10. Specify/Purchase at Sydney Indesign

Use Sydney Indesign to discover, purchase and specify new product during the event. We’re giving you the exclusive opportunity to purchase and specify the latest designs from the industry’s leading brands at exclusive discounted rates during Sydney Indesign.

Sydney Indesign info@indesigntheevent.com.au 02 9368 0150 sydneyindesign.com.au

Design Stories
Design Hunters

How can we change the culture of copying?

Above: Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chair / Image via wegnerwishbonechair.com   There is now an upswing in momentum within the design industry to respond to the challenges posed by unauthorised copy products. The formation of an industry association of original designers and brand owners is an important development. Architects and design specifiers have a role to play in the ethical sourcing of products and in educating consumers of the benefits of purchasing authentic products. One important means of effecting cultural change will be to change the way we talk about unauthorised copies. The euphemistic term "replica" has been deliberately chosen by copyists to make rip-off products sound inoffensive. Let's reclaim the debate by calling these products what they actually are: counterfeits. There is also a push for legislative change to strengthen intellectual property protection for designers. While such changes are welcomed and necessary to provide greater protection for this industry when compared to the creative output of other industries, the trade marks and designs system already provides a solid foundation for tackling the replica problem. One of the key reasons why counterfeits are a far greater issue for interior design than other creative industries is that, to date at least, very few designers of furniture, lighting and accessories have been prepared to invest in protecting and enforcing their designs and trade marks. The action taken by the fashion industry, which has faced widescale counterfeiting, provides a practical model for furniture, homewares and lighting designers in effectively addressing counterfeiting. Fashion houses have taken full advantage of the benefits of the trade mark and design registration system and importantly, they have also been prepared to invest in taking action against copyists when required. Applying for design and trade mark registration should be considered an essential part of the product development process. Original design lies at the very heart of the industry. The cost of protecting that design, and the goodwill attached to the designer's name, must be viewed as a worthwhile investment. The Courts will award damages against infringers. Successful cases can also bring positive publicity. It is time for designers to take bold steps to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. There are a number of avenues available to designers. The protection of original design from the "replica" industry need not be viewed as a lost cause. K&L Gates klgates.com   Please contact us if you would like to discuss the most effective method of protecting your designs. Christine Danos, Senior Associate, christine.danos@klgates.com; Gregory Pieris, Senior Associate, gregory.pieris@klgates.com; Chris Round, Partner, chris.round@klgates.com  abc
Design Products
Design Accessories

New bespoke winter fabric range from Kate & Kate

The new Winter ’15 range from Kate & Kate includes blankets, towels, linen throws and hand towels. kate&kate_towels_group_4 The new seasonal collection from Kate & Kate also includes two knitted blankets in collaboration with Melbourne creative Marsha Golemac, featuring an arresting, yet politely restrained geometric design. kate&kate_towels_group_3 kate&kate_towels_group_1 The limited edition Marsha Golemac for Kate & Kate collection reflects her instinctive approach to design, and an aesthetic that has become recognisable for its consistent reference to line, shape and colour. kate&kate_blanket_group_5 kate&kate_blanket_group_1 The Winter '15 range sees the introduction of Kate & Kate’s debut collection of towels and hand towels. The double sided and 100% cotton towels are soft, absorbent and generously sized – ideal for both the bathroom and the beach. kate&kate_blanket_group_4 kate&kate_blanket_group_2 The linen, screen-printed throws can be used as a lightweight blankets, beach throws, tablecloths, picnic rugs and more. K&K-linen Kate & Kate kateandkate.com.au Marsha Golemac marshagolemac.comabc

Harwyn designer pods for creation and recreation

Conceived to meet the increasing demand for more flexible and creative types of spaces across Australia, the spaces serve as areas for Australians to continue to evolve the way they live, work and play. Manufactured in Australia from European materials, these self-contained customisable, purpose built ‘Harwyns’ set a new benchmark for innovative building models. Designed in Melbourne by architect Selwyn Blackstone, the visually striking Harwyn pods have endless possibilities fir extra room for home, business and recreational needs. Available in four size options, the pods plug into existing site mains and are fitted out with connective technology and fixtures that can be installed on site in a matter of hours. Harwyn Managing Director Jason Fremder says that the company is experiencing a significant level of enquiry across the market, reflecting the trend and desire by Australians to create dynamic and diverse living and working environments. Harwyn_med-res “We are excited by the response we are receiving from our product and the Australian market’s growing appetite for prefabricated, customised building models. We are finding that businesses, big and small, are seeking inspired solutions, as their commercial needs change and develop. And on the other hand people working from home are looking for modern, secure, comfortable and professional environments that assist with establishing that all important boundary between work and home,” said Fremder. Finished in aluminum composite material, the Harwyns are designed to achieve the latest sustainability innovations; each pod is constructed using dual barriers to protect against the Australian sun. Every pod exceeds the environmental rating of most domestic and commercial developments. Just as much thought has been put into the building’s interiors; buyers can select from three upgrade options with contemporary internal finishes and, whether home or business office, backyard studio, art room, study space, music studio or meeting space, all Harwyn sanctuaries feature insulation, thermal control, sound insulation, electrics including LED lighting, desk and cabinetry. Harwyn’s exteriors are contemporary and available in over 60 solid, metallic and transitional colours. With the current ‘Harwyns’ already inspiring strong interest, what’s next for this forward-looking design company? The not-too-distant future will see the launch of fully solar-powered pods, operating off the grid and drastically changing both the way people live and the impact they have on the environment. Harwyn harwyn.com.auabc
What's On


For those of you not in the know, EVOLVE is a design competition open to eligible working architects, interior designers or interior decorators. Wattle-Blooms-at-Dusk-by-Victoria-Cybulski-1-lo-res Designer Rugs are proud to announce their third EVOLVE Awards where the eight winning entries will form part of Designer Rugs ID COLLECTION 2015/2016, and will be in the running for a whopping $20,000 in prizes, including a trip to the Salone Del Mobile, Milan 2016. Warp_Speed_-_black Entrants are invited to submit a maximum of three (3) designs intended for a 200x300cm or 250xm diameter rug. The designs should be innovative, inspiring and original, suitable for residential and commercial interiors. Wairau This year’s awards program also welcoms a panel of industry heavy-hitters to the judging panel, including: Eli and Yosi Tal (Design Rugs), Gavin Harris (futurespace) and Raj Nandan from Indesign Media – with two more to be announced! Connected Designer Rugs is acknowledged as one of the best Australian companies for handmade, custom-designed rugs. Working closely with Australia’s top designers, architects and artists, as well as collaborating with leading creative including Akira Isogawa, Dinosaur Designs, Catherine Martin and indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle, Designer Rugs remains at the forefront of floor surface design. Escape Entries open 1st June 2015 and close 15th July 2015. Stay tuned for more updates This year ALL entries are to be made ONLINE: designerrugseveolve.com.au For more information on EVOLVE Awards 2015 please contact Designer Rugs 1300 802 561 or email evolve@designerrugs.com.au  abc
Design Products
Design Accessories

Antonio Arico makes a splash with new jug

  For the Italian designer, a water carafe had to include a few essentials: a round and comfortable shape, simple aesthetic, and a handle in order to offer a nice and fresh glass of water to guests and friends. 6_a Playing with the ideas of purity and simple shapes, Antonio has creates an emotional yet solid object: organic, minimal but strong and full of character. Like a giant ice cube, the body of the carafe itself is iconic and straightforward. This oversized glass cube with a hole on the top can house both water and ice, and protects the contents from dust. 7a Complementing the jug are six little companions in the form of cubic glasses. The carafe has been hand blown by Antonio’s good friend, and accomplished artisan Massimo Lunardon.

Antonio Arico antonioarico.com

Design Hunters

Design Hunter® Q+A: Jenny Kee

Photography above: Damien Bennett for Sunday Style Name: Jenny Kee Where you are from/live: Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, NSW What you do: Designer/Artist When did you first know you wanted to be a Designer/Artist: When I was ten years old. Your latest project: A New Beginning – collection of limited edition knitwear with Woolmark.   Jenny-Kee-Campaign-11   Please tell a bit about this, what were the highs and what were the challenges? How did you overcome these? Each piece in this collection – A New Beginning - is a limited edition of 50. The collection references my iconic patterns from the archives made with Italian natural yarn from Zegna Baruffa a 100 percent 'cashwool' premium superfine merino wool which is the highest quality in the world and utilises digital knitting technology to create the ultimate modern Australian knitwear.  One of biggest challenges was to translate my multi-coloured handknits into high-tech digital technology. Working with a great team in Hong Kong and here in Australia and with beautiful wool was a highlight of the project. Where you find inspiration: Australian nature and particularly the bush around where I live and Aboriginal art.   Jenny-Kee-Campaign-9   Three people that inspire/excite you: Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Sonia Delaunay Vern Lambert and Anna Piaggi  What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: Nothing in particular Chair model: Rolley Clarke bush chair Residential space: Where I live now in Blackheath Commercial space: The Museum of Modern Art in New York – the building provides a seamless backdrop to the art. Decorative product: My Flamingo Park sand blasted mirrors – made especially for the shop in 1973. Functional product: My father’s (nearly) 100 year old wok and my mother’s collection of cleaning cloths.   Jenny-Kee-Campaign-8   Handmade good: My Jenny Kee knit. Mass-produced good: My check flannel shirts. Item in your studio: My oil pastels Time of day to work/play: Late and into the night for both Meal: Anything by Kylie Kwong Restaurant: Billie Kwong at Potts Point, Sydney Drink: Fresh green juice with tumeric Bar: Don’t go to bars Piece of technology: My phone   Jenny-Kee-Campaign-4   Historical figure: Tibetan Buddhist Master – Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Fictional character: Mr Moonface and all the characters from The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton Vice: Always running late Virtue: Faithful friend What does the term ‘Design Hunter®’ mean to you Searching high and low for the perfect object  Who are two people you’d call Design Hunters®? Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales from Romance was Born as they are always looking for the perfect designers and artists to collaborate with.   Jenny-Kee-Campaign-1   Jenny Kee jennykee.comabc
What's On

Handmade – Back to Where we Started

  Is the ever-rising popularity of replica furniture creating a new renaissance of handmade, locally crafted pieces with designers and artisans? Handmade and made-to-order furniture, lighting and objects are now sought out by the discerning buyer – who sees bespoke products as future heirlooms and points of pride in the house. Curated by design journalist Anne-Maree Sargeant, the Handmade – Back to Where We Started panel will discuss these questions and more as it explores the new order in interior design. Cult’s designer Adam Goodrum, Broaches Commissions’ founder Lou Weis, designer Christopher Boots and Blakebrough+King’s Sarah K and Ben Blakebrough will talk over the future of interior design in the face of replica popularity and the resurgence of the handmade craft. With consumers increasingly seeking out bespoke products in retaliation to the homogenisation of the interior design landscape, you can be sure this will be an event not to be missed for those with a passion for bespoke beauty. You can buy a ticket to this June 5 event here – but be quick as seating is limited


in association with VIVID SYDNEY

MCA - Friday June 5th, 11.00 - 1.00pm

140 George street, The Rocks, Sydney - level 5

Has a sea of mass produced designer furniture seen a return to slow and thoughtful, artisanal design?


TICKETS - $30.00 early bird / $40.00 GA - DIA members CPD points


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Specialised cafe calls for specialised design

  “The client brief was very straightforward,” says Hana Hakim, co-director of Melbourne-based design firm Studio You Me, “to create a place that no-one had seen before.” KB-12-Landscape KB-13-Portrait-LHS Hakim’s client, Nathan Toleman, had spotted the opportunity for a unique eatery and coffee spot in the underbelly of a newly completed apartment tower - a “precious jewel” located between commercial and residential buildings on Albert Road in South Melbourne. KB-11-Portrait-RHS KB-11-Portrait-LHS “The Kettle Black is not a standard café. It sits somewhere between a café and a restaurant, almost creating its own new genre of venue,” continues Hakim who designed the cafe with her Studio You Me co-founder Kestie Lane. “It consists of two distinct eating areas; the light filled voluminous atrium and the heritage terrace house, the more intimate of the café areas.” The two areas are seamlessly linked by the theatrical elegance of the entry foyer, which spills out to the coffee cart and the outdoor seating, uniting the two spaces. KBStudio-00-Feature KB-14-Portrait-LHS However, the project wasn’t without its challenges. “We were faced with the challenge of how to transform the somewhat brutal commercial tenancy, with its imposing glass facade, into a delicate and friendly interior.” KB-13-Portrait-RHS KB-09-Portrait-RHS In response, the designers collaborated with many artisans, local craftsmen and designers to create a number of bespoke elements and quality details that have transformed the tenancy into a subtle, intimate and beautifully composed space. KB-10-Landscape KB-05-Landscape KB-07-Landscape “We also selected and specify sustainable options for finishes and fixtures where possible,” Hakim continues. “We used minimal lighting, re-used existing building components, for example the concrete piping at the water station, and integrated Australian-designed and manufactured furniture.” KB-09-Portrait-LHS KB-08-Portrait-LHS Overall, Studio You Me’s interior palette is carefully curated. Warm finishes of soft oak timbers and polished concrete are offset by the playful overlay of green furniture and tiled walls. A harder-edged aesthetic is defined by black crafted steel hanging waiters stations and mesh screens, whilst the hexagonal marble tiles and brass detailing bring a refined elegance and luxurious feel to the space. KB-03-Landscape KB-02-Landscape KB-04-Landscape However, what really resonates and comes to the fore in this scheme are the meticulously constructed vignettes within the interior. This is where Studio You Me’s innovative and curated approach to design can be truly admired and appreciated. KB-06-Portrait-LHS KB-06-Portrait-RHS Studio You Me studioyoume.com.auabc
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Milan Review 2015 | Melbourne, Jardan

At the Melbourne review, held at Jardan, our panelists discussed their experiences at the fair, offering our audiences an engaging, interactive, and meaningful report. The focus was on what Australian design + Architecture can take from the world’s biggest furniture fair – from aesthetic trends to commercial developments, which our panelists Narelle Cuthbert, of Plus Architecture; Leo Terrando, of SJB; and Celina Clarke, of ISM Objects – led by Alice Blackwood, Melbourne Editor, Indesign Media – discussed with conviction. It was a great evening of discussion and opinion, and good company. Thanks again to Jardan for being such wonderful hosts   [gallery ids="43571,43572,43573,43574,43575,43576,43577,43578,43579,43580,43581,43582,43583,43584,43585,43586,43587,43588,43589,43590,43591,43592,43593,43594,43595,43596,43597,43598,43599,43600,43601,43602,43603,43604,43605,43606,43607,43608,43609,43610,43611,43612,43613,43614,43615,43616,43617,43618,43619,43620,43621,43622,43623,43624,43625,43626,43627,43628,43629,43630,43631,43632,43633,43634,43635"]  Photography by Anita Dyer Photography Jardan jardan.com.auabc

A beast of a bar

Labelling itself a “prehistoric beast”, one of Brisbane’s recently launched ‘meet and eat’ venues, or perhaps that should be ‘meat and eat’ (although the venue caters to omnivores and herbivores), the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse offers multi-purpose experiential spaces, live music, a range of mouth-watering fare and craft tap beer – even paying homage to its namesake with a full-sized woolly mammoth replica. Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-100 Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-101 Staking its territory on Fortitude Valley’s Ann Street, Woolly Mammoth is divided into a trio of zones – the Alehouse, Garden Bar and aptly named, Mane Stage. Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-102 Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-121 Derlot director Alexander Lotersztain, who along with designer Pamela Georgeson designed the Garden Bar and Alehouse, says the brief called for a “beer hall-styled interior” lower level to complement the client’s focus on food and craft ales whereas an upper level required an activity-based space with a “lighter aesthetic” for cocktails and bocce. Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-200 Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-201 “The balance was to make both venues complement each other,” says Lotersztain. “We have managed to achieve this by paying particular attention in collaboration with the client on the food and beverage, music and entertainment theme. This has allowed patrons to experience different levels of enjoyment throughout the day and night.” Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-202 Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-208 The challenges? Lotersztain says coming up with the name, Woolly Mammoth and convincing the client to include a replica of the Ice Age beast was no easy feat. “(It) took a long time to convince him.” Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-122 The name and prehistoric concept was born as Lotersztain and Georgeson brainstormed a drawcard for the interior. “We came across a manufacturer of all kinds of beasts and birds for museums, saw the mammoth and thought it would be perfect,” says Georgeson. Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-220 Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-221 “The interior has a sort of ‘cave-y’ prehistoric presence downstairs with stone walls and artificial plants spilling from nooks and crannies. Upstairs…is a jungle.” In a former life the building was home to the Mustang Bar but now, as Woolly Mammoth, patrons can enjoy food and drinks at all three venues including live music at the Mane Stage, craft beers and shuffleboard in the Alehouse and indoor bocce and giant jenga at the astro-turfed Garden Bar. Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-222 Derlot-Woolly-Mammoth-224 Derlot Derlot.com Wooly Mammoth Woollymammoth.com.auabc