The biggest cost in projects is structure. Two major factors contribute to this cost — labour and Materials. Palette racking, a highly engineered and efficient structure, is incredibly affordable and looks great. It doesn't require a ute full of tools, nor a lot of man hours to assemble.
You can then clad, insulate and line the building efficiently with one material — such as composite styrene panels. Colourbond either side of 250 millimetres worth of high-performance hard insulation provides all the benefits of water proofing, internal lining, good looks and incredible insulation quality — it also has its own structural spanning capabilities.
Simply pin composite styrene panels to the palette racking structure and you have completed walls and roof instantaneously. Efficiency equals affordability.
Andrew Maynard Architects' Pallet Racking House exemplifies this forward thinking design.
Discussing what can Australian design + Architecture take from the world's biggest furniture fair - from aesthetic trends to commercial developments, were our panelists Emma Elizabeth, of Emma Elizabeth Designs; David Caon, of Caon Studio; Georgia Hickey, of SJB - led by Lorenzo Logi, Managing Editor of Indesign.
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Dave Brodziak has turned an old doorway alcove in Mayfield Street into a little cosy space to work. It is just 2.1 metres high, 1.6 metres wide and 1.14 metres deep.The space is the result of having looked at the City of Melbourne’s planning scheme, which rates the CBD’s laneways according to potential, and around 63 small spaces in 50 of the council’s ‘worst’ laneways. Brodziak wants to draw these spaces into what he calls The Metropolitan Small Space Register - a way to make them useful. “It’s about bringing together all the spaces that potentially could be used and making them available," he says. "It would be a database that anyone could access and then people could come up with proposals for how they want to use the space. Whether it’s short or medium or long term. Whether it’s a little commercial venture or just a work space or for display.” Insider Outsider insideroutsider.netabc
Singgih Kartono is by far one of Indonesia's better-known designers.
Since the launch of his Magno brand, back in 1995, he has won countless fans and an equal amount of accolades and awards around the globe, including the 1997 International Design Resource Award and the 2008 Japan Good Design Award.
The most renowned Magno product is a small portable timber radio – the ‘IKoNO’.
A radio styled on the classic brands of the 40s and 50s, like Emerson or Truetone. However this version is made completely of hand selected timbers such as Sonokeling, Mahogany and Pine. The production method employs a basic sustainable model of use and re-plant. With many new trees planted locally, some through a seed-to-sapling initiative with the local junior high school.
Singgih’s unique brand of design centres on a passion for ecology and a love for his hometown Temanggung, just outside Yogyakarta. Each product is lovingly hand made by a dedicated team of Javanese crafts-people, specially trained in the art of custom assembly and finishing. Something he refers to as ‘New Craft’, which is loosely defined as a manufacturing process that uses both traditional craftsmanship as its main means of production and modern management techniques.
The results pretty much speak for themselves. A workforce of 50 or so, capable of producing a small range of beautiful timber products for an audience worldwide.
The simplicity of each item in the Magno lineup evokes connection with a broad demographic. From the nostalgic baby boomers, who might remember the days when radios were the main source of entertainment; to the most serious of cool hunters, who constantly crave the unique and even right down to a 5 year old who may find interest in one of the toys.
Singgih believes “......that the relationship between a user and a product is not merely a relationship between a subject and an object. It is a relationship where a product is an integral part of our life.”
If you are lucky enough to own a Magno product you will understand this completely.
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