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Thank you to everyone who came to make this year’s party one to remember. A big thank you to our our Founding Partner Light Culture, Official Wrap Party Sponsors BOLON and Sunbrella and our Event Partners Luxmy FurnitureThe Whitehouse Institute of Design Australia and Longleaf Tea Vodka.

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Artist Paul Davies Repurposes the Stencil in Other Desert Spaces exhibition

The series comprises paintings and site-specific photograms inspired by the contrasting and epic nature of American landscapes, which Davies experienced first-hand on a road trip through California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Nevada, via Route 66. In contrast to these natural environments Davies employs neutral spaces of modern architecture using stencils that are hand cut by Davies, which derive from the artists’ own digital photographs. Elements of what the digital photograph documents are extracted from the place of origin and reimaged to build fictional, yet rational settings. Here Davies intends to draw a comparison between the stenciled silhouettes as formal elements in the paintings’ composition, and the open plan spaces of modern functionalist living. These elements move in and out of one another to collapse the space the stencil is intended to portray. Date: October 10 2015 Location: Olsen Irwin Gallery, 63 Jersey Road,Woollahra, Sydney Built-Landscape-II-acrylic-on-canvas-70-x-58-2015-[5] Built-Landscape-III-acrylic-on-canvas-70-x-58-2015-[4]abc
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Hear from world-leading names on craft and design at NGV

Parallels: Journey into Contemporary Making is an initiative of the NGV’s new Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, headed up by co-curators Ewan McEoin and Simone Le Amon. Taking place 17 – 18 September, this 2-day speaker series welcomes over 10 international and 20 Australian designers and craft practitioners to discuss the future of contemporary craft and design. Among those presenting will be Gijs Bakker, the co-founder of famed Netherlands brand, Droog. Also visiting Melbourne from Amsterdam will be Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi of Formafantasma – who broke onto the international design scene with their Botanica collection and Autarchy installation back in 2011. Melbourne-born London based designer, Brodie Neill of Made In Ration will also return to Melbourne, to take part in the series alongside Simon Hasan of Craft & Industry (London) and Shun Horiki of the East Japan Project (Tokyo). Teaming up with locally renowned names such as Khai Liew and Jon Goulder, the conference will explore new ideas and new thinking that straddles all forms of making, from handmade to industrial, studio practice, curation, technology, retail strategy, online markets, international exhibiting, limited editions and more. Attendees can expect to explore the full depth of the world’s cultural and commercial landscape for contemporary making, and gain new understanding of how craft and design exists alongside one another and – at times – together. For the full list of speakers and to purchase tickets for the event visit ngv.vic.gov.au. NGV ngv.vic.gov.au Elcho-Islands-2 Dan-Honey---Adhoc-Furniture--®-Field-Experiments  abc
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Five minutes with Urban Walkabout founder Victoria Moxey

  Now in its eighth year, Urban Walkabout publishes a well-known series of free, contemporary lifestyle guides to urban fashion, food and design destinations. We talk to Victoria about Urban Walkabout and how important design is to the Urban Walkabout user. Can you please explain what Urban Walkabout is for those who aren’t familiar with it? What is its purpose or mission? Urban Walkabout publishes digital content and curated city guides in print across urban centres in Australia and the UK. Our guides celebrate and promote the creative local businesses in each area – spanning food, fashion and design. Our mission is twofold: to provide our readers with engaging content that will give them the chance to experience a city through the eyes of an in-the-know local; and to provide local, creative, independent businesses with a trusted platform to promote what they do to a discerning audience. Can you please tell us what pushed you to start Urban Walkabout? I started Urban Walkabout in 2006, three years after I arrived in Sydney. I think what inspired me to start Urban Walkabout at the time was the recognition that there was so much entrepreneurial local talent that was not being celebrated in Sydney. At the time, Sydney paid attention mainly to big players and international success stories. I wanted to bring the focus back to the local communities; to the creative entrepreneurs helping build the character of neighbourhoods. I lived in Paddington at the time, and as a local I had the chance to meet some very talented business owners in the local community, but when speaking with other Sydneysiders there was very little awareness about them. So I came up with the idea of creating a collaborative model through the local guides to promote these great local businesses across fashion, design, food and art– I believed that the collection of all those creative stories in the one guide would be a powerful way to spread the word about them. Urban Walkabout has grown and expanded into almost every capital city in Australia. Can you tell us what you attribute to this success? I think we have tapped into a growing sense of awareness about the search for ‘meaningful consumption’ – that is, finding meaning behind our every day actions, lifestyle and consumption habits. And I think Urban Walkabout has become a trusted source of information for a new type of consumer, one that is looking for more than just a purchase- they are looking for affinity with the businesses they buy from. The choice of where they get their coffee, what food they eat, what furniture they buy needs to resonate with who they are. They want a personal connection with the brand beyond the purchase. And they trust Urban Walkabout as a source to find these type of businesses that are passionate, creative, and with a strong sense of responsibility about what they do and how they do it. Congratulations on your expansion to London. Do you have any plans to keep expanding your reach and scaling the product to other international cities? We opened our London office last year, which was a huge milestone for us! We’ve got plans to expand our presence in key urban areas across the UK… and of course we have dreams of going global! Watch this space. Design is a huge part of the guide’s focus. Can you explain why you choose to include this section in your guide? I’ve always been interested in design – and I think that definitely shows in our guides, from our covers (illustrated by up and coming local artists), to the high volume of design-focused businesses we promote. We are particularly passionate about furniture designers, makers, crafters, textile designers, ceramicists…. the list goes on and on. There are so many niche businesses doing incredible things in design that infuse many aspects of our lives, from where we shop, to what we wear and what we choose to surround ourselves with at home.. What perspective on design are you trying to give? Do you think more and more travellers or locals are interested in learning about these design destinations? We are constantly on the pulse of what is up and coming in each city; as we are so connected to what is happening right now at street level. I think travellers and locals alike are drawn to unique spaces and creative concepts. Today, we expect design to be the contextual framework around any brand or business. We are all becoming visually driven and more aware of expecting well-designed interiors, products, websites and branding. Design has become the context that we are expecting from any brand story. What does a typical Urban Walkabout user look like? Is design important to them? The typical Urban Walkabout user is in their thirties and very much in the know when it comes to culture and lifestyle. Design is a huge part of their life – from where she chooses to shop to where she meets with friends and how she puts together her office and home spaces. Have you seen any changes in the way people use printed guides and search for information over the years? With the explosion in digital, we have a large audience using our directory online to discover great businesses. But we’ve also found that our print guides are as strong as ever – we printed 4 million local guides last year! There’s strong demand for both – and while digital offers immediate access to information, our print guides give people a slower, more exploratory way to engage with information. Where do you search for inspiration? Everywhere! Instagram is a great source of inspiration for our whole team – we’re basically addicts! I also find inspiration in my visits to London. London is filled with inspiring new concepts in retail and hospitality – there’s nothing like hitting the London streets and stumbling over interesting entrepreneurial spaces. Urban Walkabout urbanwalkabout.comabc

CDK Stone reflects on Neolith at Sydney Indesign 2015

  CDK Stone engaged Jorgen Hansen from Interspace Design Australia to help design and create a modern, interactive display at Sydney Indesign for Neolith, a 100 percent natural mineral sintered compact surface. Neolith’s durability and larger format (the large sheets sizes are 3200 x 1500 x 12mm) reduces the amount of wastage and joint lines, and the scratch, heat and stain resistance allows benchtops to stand the test of time. CDK Stone sales manager and Neolith’s Australian supplier, Nathan Karpenko, says that seeing Neolith in the flesh is a crucial aspect of understanding the design possibilities and qualities of the material. “With both natural stone and Neolith it is crucial for the customers to view the slabs in full before making a selection,” explains Nathan. “We are often asked to send out samples of our material, however these can only be used as an indication of the overall material as the samples will not show the full colour variation and movement of each colour.” At Sydney Indesign, Neolith showcased an impressive scratch resistance and durability test that was well received by visitors. “Durability is a key feature of Neolith so demonstrating this to the visitors was essential. Many visitors were quite sceptical until we showed them these properties on the testing area we had set up,” says Nathan. “As we used the Iron Grey as a test piece that has a metallic element to its design, we were able to create sparks while demonstrating the scratch resistance. It had a great effect of being both entertaining and reinforcing the durability of Neolith's surface.” Neolith1 Neolith launched a range of new colours in large format sizes, and showcased some alternative ideas such as the planter boxes and signage for visitors looking to expand Neolith’s design aspects into other areas of the home. “The durability of Neolith is always a main attraction, however the Iron range (in particular, Iron Corten) that was on display as a large panel and the planter boxes was hugely popular,” he explains. “I feel this gave the visitors another aspect to consider for their future designs.” Nathan believes that the great level of interest and feedback for Neolith during Sydney Indesign shows why CDK Stone, a leading Australian supplier of natural stone for over 32 years, is so excited to be the Australian distributor, especially after seeing how well it was received and used throughout Europe and the rest of the world when it was launched only three years ago. Alvaro Palencia from TheSize, the Spanish owner of Neolith, attended Sydney Indesign and was impressed with the great interest in Neolith from the Australian architect and design market, says Nathan. “We found designers coming over and viewing our material along with quite a large number of interior design students or recent graduates looking to get a feel for the market and future possibilities,” says Nathan. “Our main community segment would definitely be the interior designers planning renovations or new builds, who are looking for a little bit of difference within their projects. I enjoyed being able to see the different reactions and hear the visitors thoughts on Neolith.” Neolith2 Visitors were able to see firsthand how Neolith can be used and adapted into a large range of projects, from bench tops to building cladding. Nathan says that meeting visitors face-to-face provided a great level of feedback. “The opportunity to hear their opinions on the current range and what they would like to see in the future was invaluable,” he adds. “It has given us a much better view on what we can do to further improve the options we present to them.” “Being involved in Sydney Indesign not only helps the companies attending, but gives the visitors an excellent chance to walk around and combine the different ideas they have on the day and then go back and review them at the various stands,” explains Nathan. “Sydney Indesign is also the perfect opportunity to meet the new companies that are emerging into the market and discuss ways to work together to create new elements for those looking to renovate or build.” Continuing its engagement with the design community, Neolith is running a design competition that allows architects, interior designers and construction companies to enter their completed Neolith project into the running to win a trip to next year’s KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in Las Vegas. CDK Stone cdkstone.com.auabc

Pathways to Design

  Simon Lloyd and Libby Dempster live with their daughter, Georgia, and Pepper, their Maltese Terrier. Lloyd, an artist and industrial designer, also has a studio in the back garden of their home in Ormond, Melbourne. Rustic, and surrounded by vines, their Californian bungalow is a work in progress. “It’s quite an austere house,” says Dempster, who lectures in Performance Studies at Victoria University. “We bought it twelve years ago more for the location, close to the Montessori School.” Dempster met Lloyd in Darlington, Devon. Lloyd moves comfortably through all the visual arts, including painting – he exhibited recently at the Anita Traversa Gallery in Richmond, Melbourne. In the early 1980s, he was studying three-dimensional design and Dempster was involved in the Dance Umbrella Festival in London, where the duo collaborated. “Simon didn’t really design the stage set,” says Dempster. “It was more a series of objects, in timber, rope and a yacht sail.” HabitusLiving_LloydDempster The main living room is filled with bookshelves and features high-back Danish leather armchairs. Fast-forward three decades and their house is filled with objects. Some reflect Lloyd’s interests in simple household objects. Ceramic plates gather on shelves, together with cups, utensils and even old watches. Some of these items are regarded with pleasure, others are questioned by Dempster as to their worth from a design perspective. “Look at these knifes and forks [by Enzo Mari, a leading Italian designer]. They look beautiful, but I’m not mad on how they feel in your hand,” she says. Nevertheless, she does appreciate Lloyd’s fine sensibility, both his purchases, as well as his finds. Two leather arm chairs in the lounge by Danish designer, Borge Morgansen and bought from Dean Angelucci, are cherished, as is a designer chair found on the nature strip. Other finds, such as a 20th Century chest from the Depression years is Dempster’s find, from out the back of a secondhand store. HabitusLiving_LloydDempster The ‘family skeleton’ adds a quirky feature to the formal lounge. Lloyd and Dempster have slowly re-worked the house over the last twelve years. One of the walls separating the kitchen and dining area has been removed while a new alcove with a concealed skylight provides filtered northern light into the kitchen. Lloyd did most of the work, himself, but he was guided by Dempster’s ideas. Christopher Alexander’s book, Pattern Landscape, showed them the importance of the path of light as it moves through and around a house. “We’re always conscious of the outdoors, wherever we happened to be,” says Dempster. The home grown fruit ripening on kitchen benches is also testimony to the family’s strong connection to nature. “Libby and I are drawn to similar things, those that have a sense of honesty, with little pretence,” says Lloyd. HabitusLiving_LloydDempster The main living room is filled with bookshelves and features high-back Danish leather armchairs. Lloyd’s studio, a shed in the back garden, overgrown with vines, is also a perfect backdrop for his ceramics, paintings and objects. And although the exterior is weathered timber, worn by age, the interior is pristine, with white-painted tongue and groove timber walls, illuminated by generous skylights. One can almost see Lloyd’s precise way of thinking on show, with simple everyday objects, such as rocks, displayed like gallery exhibits. While Lloyd and Dempster haven’t collaborated on a performance in recent times, both bring their own talents to the space. Dempster, for example, sees space with people moving through it, while Lloyd is often drawn to the materiality of a space. “Libby tends to go back to an idea, maybe re-work a concept,” says Lloyd. “A space needs to be functional, not just aesthetic,” says Dempster. Irrespective of how a design decision is reached, it is clear that this house is home to three highly creative people, all conscious of the simpler and often the most important things in life. HabitusLiving_LloydDempster Simon’s studio includes the original back door of the garage. This creates additional light, as well as strengthening the connection to the garden. The studio is extremely ordered with work in various stages of production. HabitusLiving_LloydDempster Tools of the trade are arranged on a peg board. HabitusLiving_LloydDempster HabitusLiving_LloydDempster Simon Lloyd in his studio, a converted garage in his back garden. Covered with ivy, the studio is pristine with white walls and concrete floors. HabitusLiving_LloydDempster Georgia uses the back garden is used as another room, with furniture often taken from inside, as well as sheets of paper.abc
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Metallic in Interiors

  While often used as a supporting material to the hero of wood, plastic or stone metals have recently been brought to the forefront as the key design element. Designers are getting savvy with their metal use and the amalgamation of mixing and matching metals to great effect is gaining popularity. Recently, brass, along with copper and even bronze, have become common sights in cafes and bar fitouts. James Groom, creative director of Savage Design believes the once common polished look has been replaced with a satin and aged or tarnished finish.“I think metals look best when a variety of finishes and tones are used,” says James. “Not an easy thing to do well but there is nothing better than blackened steel paired with aged brass and contrasted with hints of gold.” So why have these metals that were once hidden behind walls in piping or chrome plated when used as tapware become some popular? James believes there are a few reasons. “The appreciation of craftsmanship and a resurgence of local manufacturing has certainly developed over the last few years,” he explains. “Tarnished metals appear aged and cared for evoking the thoughts of handmade or crafted pieces forged or worked by blacksmiths, fitters or turners without being ostentatious and they are often more palatable than shinny finishes.” SavageDesign2 James adds that brass and bronze are also readily available and relatively easy to work with. “While more expensive than aluminium or steels they are still much more cost effective than gold, titanium and platinum but still appear like a precious metal,” he says. “Another reason is certainly the industry’s following of and interest in Tom Dixon’s products. Brass and coppers were first used in his homewares and lighting over five years ago, after being influenced by pots and pans in the kitchen. Tom Dixon is still consistently creating beautiful products featuring these warmer metals.”   What’s next? James believes we will start seeing more black nickels mixed with the warmness of brass, bronze, copper and even golds. “Designers will get a little more adventurous in mixing metals with more typically textured natural materials like wood, leather and stone,” he explains. “We certainly have some tables being released to complement our lights and homewares. The use of stone on top of a brass frame will feature along with leather and metal chairs. We also have some lights designed in darker tones to be used alongside our brighter metal pieces. We are massive supporters of leaving metals raw without putting clear lacquers on them.” “Our pieces are made to be engaged with and having a piece of furniture that ages with the owner showing signs of how the pieces are used is all part of the experience.” Savage Design savagedesign.com.au SavageDesign  abc

Sydney Indesign Director’s Soiree 2015

  Indesign Media Asia Pacific’s CEO and Publisher, Raj Nandan, hosted 200 guests at Catalina, Rose Bay, bringing together key industry figures and influencers, recognising the diversity and strength within the local design communities.

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See Australian design at Workshoppped 15 – Design in Architecture

  Providing a platform for Australian designers to reach national and international manufacturers, retailers and consumers, Workshopped 15 is an exhibition that helps many Australian designers kick start their careers. This year, Workshopped 15 has asked designers to consider the role of design in architecture, and reflect on how their design relates to contemporary architecture locally and internationally. Many of the exhibitors have set out to reshape, redefine and reinvent materials, techniques and forms to create functional product or new classics.

Featured works of the exhibition will be on show at Supa Centa Moore Park from August 6–23.

2A Todman Ave, Kensington 2033 supacentamoorepark.com.au

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Talk Contemporary offers a week full of art-inspired talks

  Sydney Contemporary’s dynamic public program will take place at different locations across Sydney, including the new Sydney Art Week initiative, offering a week full of art-inspired events. Talk Contemporary offers a series of free panel discussions exploring topical and, at times, controversial themes relating to contemporary art with leading figures across a diverse range of fields. Here we look at a few talks that are sure to inspire Design Hunters. ‘Does gender matter in art?’, is a panel discussion with actress Rachel Griffith, Artspace Director Alexie Glass-Kantor, MONA curator Jarrod Rawlins and artists Emma Price and Liam Benson. ‘How Australia sees itself through art’ will feature international gallerist Pearl Lam, with artists Fiona Hall, Abdul Abdullah and Christian Thompson. This talk explores Australian culture and how we represent ourselves to the world as a young country in the process of creating an identity. The ‘Talent borrows, Genius steals’ discussion will look at appropriation in art, with artists Joan Ross and Sam Leach, and will be moderated by author and academic Rex Butler. ‘Post internet Art’ will focus on understanding the new revolutionary movement with Google’s Creative Lab Director Tom Uglow, collector Clinton Ng, and critic Andrew Frost who will moderate the talk. ‘Meet the Creatives’ is a talk that will speak to people across creative industries as they track their process, limitations and production, with artist Michael Zavros, architect Sam Marshall and moderator James Valentine. Habitus Living's editor, Nicky Lobo will be hosting two talks, 'Selecting Art for you Interiors' and 'Art, Design and Architecture'. For full details about Talk Contemporary and a complete list of talks, visit the Sydney Contemporary website.abc
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Habitus: Selecting Art for your Interiors

What are the do’s and don'ts of art in the home? How can you design a home around the artworks you love – or create a space for them? When should you consider artwork in the design process? Join Habitus as we get the tips from those in the know. Interior Designer For Alexander & Co – Anna Trefley Architect for Tribe Architecture Studio – Miriam Green Director of Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane – Jan Murphy Hosted by Editor of Habitus – Nicky Lobo

Location: Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Track 12 Date: Saturday, 12th September Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm RSVP: Click here to register your details and reserve your place

Housed at Carriageworks, Sydney Contemporary presents over 90 galleries from 14 countries, offering visitors access to cutting-edge art from some of the world's most respected artists as well as the opportunity to discover, love and buy art.

Sydney Contemporary is offering friends of Habitus the chance to purchase Opening Night tickets and Day tickets at 20% off!

To book, simply enter the promo-code HABITAS551318 here and click ‘APPLY’.