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Dine in Design with Cosentino for the INDE.Awards

On the eve of the hotly anticipated INDE.Awards ceremony, last night Cosentino hosted an intimate dinner amongst 40 of the industry's best and brightest. That evening we celebrated the success of those nominated – and shortlisted – for the The Prodigy Award, brought to you by Cosentino. Nominees David Flack of Flack Studio, Pan Yicheng of Produce, and Vince Alafaci and Caroline Choker of Acme & Co, were in attendance amongst jurors Sue Carr, Paul McGillick, Adele Winteridge and Stephen Burks. If you can't make tonight's awards gala, stay tuned for the live results from 8pm. Cosentino_Inde-13 Cosentino_Inde-11 Cosentino_Inde-17 Cosentino_Inde-14 Cosentino_Inde-12 Cosentino_Inde-9 Cosentino_Inde-10 Cosentino_Inde-8 Cosentino_Inde-3 Cosentino_Inde-6 Cosentino_Inde-2 Cosentino_Inde-1 Cosentino_Inde-5 Cosentino_Inde-4 Cosentino_Inde-16abc
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Zenith Unites The Region

The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived … the INDE.Awards is here! More than 365 days later, from more than 400 entries, and across 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region, all eyes are turned on Sydney for the inaugural INDE.Awards Gala Night. In what is undeniably a very proud accomplishment for the A+D community in this region, the INDE.Awards represents one of the very first concerted efforts to elevate Asia Pacific design to the global stage. Naturally, we have always known that our collective creative endeavour is just as cultural as it is personal. But it is also awe-inspiring to note that from the more than 400 total entries for the INDE.Awards, it has become clear that some of this planet’s most progressive buildings, spaces, objects, proposals and practitioners stem from our small little pocket of the world. With a spirit that can only be characterised as forward-thinking and compassionate, our A+D community has played an enormous role in bettering our region – its economies, its material ecologies, and finally its political and socio-economic development – to break barriers of inequity. Pushing us to new frontiers and actively creating a better world, we look to our region’s leading design-thinkers to celebrate their work in an ongoing narrative of excellence. As such, we’re excited to announce that Zenith  – the 60-years-young commercial design powerhouse – is bringing you the INDE.Awards 2017 Official Platinum Partner. Asia Pacific’s collective design story is at the very heart of both Zenith and the INDEs’ combined ethos. Of the former, Zenith’s regional reach is staggering. Across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hong Kong, Singapore (and Shanghai very, very soon), Team Zenith’s co-ordinated approach to specification blends locally-designed and globally-desired product with regionally sensitive awareness to the diverse nuances of nations across the Asia Pacific world. And, thanks to this vast regional presence, Zenith are making sure that they are bringing Asia Pacific together for a region-wide celebration of the latest and greatest in our A+D. The INDE.Awards Gala Ceremony is being live-broadcasted from Sydney to Zenith’s satellite ceremony in Singapore. From Australia to South-East Asia, Zenith have ensured that the region is united, demonstrating their power of global mentorship for the visionary possibilities of design. With the support of Zenith’s far-reaching and hands-on involvement throughout Asia Pacific, the INDE.Awards commemorates the home-grown bravery, innovative and local spirit of all architecture and design achievements on our collective doorstep. The INDE.Awards would not have been possible without Zenith’s generosity. We are very grateful to have their partnership for the 2017 INDE.Awards to ensure that ours is a design culture that matters – that matters outside our borders – and will always continue to do so.

We wish to thank Zenith for their ongoing commitment to celebrating and fostering the A+D community across our region. Zenith is your Official Platinum Partner for the 2017 INDE.Awards

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Digging Deep: This is what Social Design Means to Us

Social design, without context, is one of those terms that could fairly easily be appropriated to reference a variety of projects, briefs and approaches. But what is it about these seemingly disparate, varied sector projects that unites them under the “social” banner? This is something we asked ourselves in great detail when creating the INDE.Awards Social Space category – and after much research and discussion, here’s what we discovered… The Social Space is characterized by design that imaginatively brings people together. These are impressive spaces where we interact, play – even work. It’s design that is purpose-built to encourage people to collide and interact with one another. It’s design that uses the principles of typical human behaviour to create strategic spaces that direct and produce social activity. Brought to you by Living Edge, we present your 2017 INDE.Awards shortlist for Social Space…   1 PLAYbox at Esplanade Theatres, Lekker Architects   Cinemaxx Karawachi Cinemaxx Junior, DP Design   MEZZI_MASTER_02 Mezzi Master Bookshop & Exhibit, One Plus Partnership   FLSCP_Social_Space_Award_03 Sensory Lab, Foolscap Studio   M_G_Café_and_Bar__The_Star_Gold_Coast_02_of_10 M&G Café and Bar at The Star, Luchetti Krelle   01_University_of_Sydney The University of Sydney Business School, Carr   08 Humming Puppy, Karen Abernethy Architects   Woollahra Woollahra Library, BVN Words by Sophia Watsonabc
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Not All Objects Are Created Equal – Who’s On Top At The INDEs?

Above: The HUP HUP is a folding chair with the form and experience of a traditional timber chair, designed by Tom Skeehan. If we’re to learn from the experts about good industrial design, we need look no further than Neolith. An all-natural compact sintered surface, Neolith – available through Australia thanks to the team at CDK Stone – was developed with all of the aforementioned aspects in mind. We’re very excited to have partnered with Neolith to present the inaugural Object award at the 2017 INDE.Awards. RossGardam_MasterFiles_Lighting_94-copy Ross Gardam’s Ora desk lamp is the result of a desire for purity and honesty in both materials and manufacturing Pylite_img1-copy Rakumba designer Dan Treacy seeks to explore the raw geometric intrigue of Pyrite’s crystalline form, with ‘Pylite’, a module based luminare system HC160317A_RossGardam_Polar_009-copy A circular motif is used throughout Ross Gardam’s Polar lamp, which utilises a unique magnetically attached arm to allow the disc to rotate DowelJones-Grilld_4-copy Dowel Jones was initiated by Samantha Eades Design in early 2016 to produce a range of chairs exclusively for Grill’d Restaurants ADS.GREENWAY.008-copy The architectural heritage of Sydney’s coast finds expression in the Greenway family of lighting, designed by Alex Fitzpatrick ADC_Nicole_Monks_wabarn_wabarn_10_Photo_credit_Boaz_Nothman-copy Blackandwhite Creative’s Marlu furniture range, designed by indigenous artist Nicole Monks, is designed as a conversion about Aboriginal design, its importance to Australia and to all of us as part of this land 2._GELAVA_chair_front-copy The highly versatile Gelava Chairs designed by Ross Didier are sculpted in form and structurally engineered with precisionabc
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Meet The Prodigies Of A+D

Above: Daniel To & Emma Aiston of Daniel Emma Forward-thinking and compassionate, Cosentino Group is a leader in accentuating the inherent sophistication of spaces. We’ve been thrilled to have partnered with Cosentino for the 2017 INDE.Awards Prodigy award, and cannot wait to reveal who’s taking home that title. Largely due to its staggering investment in research and development, Cosentino Group has succeeded in revolutionising the worlds of architecture and design on a global scale, and we can think of no one better to represent the face of a prodigal talent going forward. VinceAlafaci_CarolineChoker Vince Alafaci & Caroline Choker of Acme & Co PanYicheng Pan Yicheng of Produce NelsonChow Nelson Chow of NC Design & Architecture LoreneFaure_Kenny-Kinugasa-Tsui Lorene Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui of Bean Buro KarenAbernethy Karen Abernethy of Karen Abernethy Studio FrankLeung Frank Leung of Via DavidFlack David Flack of Flack Studioabc
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What Makes An Influencer So Influential?

Despite a bit of distance, our design region is pretty bloody awesome. Unlike our European counterparts, we are unburdened by hundreds of years of strict design tradition and are therefore able to forge our own original path. This of course means that we can be exceptionally responsive to the challenges of the workplace, social initiatives, education, sustainability, hospitality and many more… And here, we as a region are in a unique position to be able to directly influence these areas for the better. This is our role. This is what we excel at. And this is why The Influencer award is such an important one. The Influencer is the only category in which products, people, ideas and projects are all nominated – because they all have the capacity to influence change and improve the world around us. To this end, our local and international judging panel has handpicked the best of the best in this area, asking: “How does design change the world for the better?” The nominated few in this shortlist represent the people, products, projects and ideas that impact the region (and the world at large) positively. The Influencer demonstrates what progressive design can do to improve the world. Though only one will take this years title along with a bespoke trophy by the always-inspiring Dinosaur Designs, every one of these shortlisted entries deserves to be commended for their efforts in influential design. Sponsored by socially conscious textile house Interface, we present your 2017 INDE.Awards shortlist for The Influencer…   04 Central Seat & Drinking Fountain, Steendijk for Embassy Living   88Angel_Arch_(5)_INDE 88 Angel Street, Steele Associates   VEN-LIVING_SHELTER-OUTSIDE_VIEW-01A Living Shelter, WY-TO   01 SJB Melbourne Studio, SJB   CODA_The_Influencer_4 St Stephens Junior School, CODA Studio   FLSCP_Influencer_Award_04 Noma Australia, Foolscap Studio   Hotel_Mono_3 Hotel Mono, Spacedge Designs   Facebook-32 Siren Design Group, Siren Design Group Words by Sophia Watsonabc
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Growing Up While Staying Young

Everyone wants to stay young, right? It’s no big secret that everyone desires youth – there are entire industries banking on – perpetuating perhaps – the fact of it. But generally speaking, the appeal is in looking young not acting young. However, in the context of the Australasian architecture and interior design community, I’d argue the opposite. In this midst of a Mid-Century revival-cum-obsession – again, this is particularly pertinent to our Australasian regional focus – it seems even more important to feed the seed of innovation and new ideas. Let’s move beyond nostalgia for the past in order to reinvigorate the future. But the crux is this: emerging concepts, designs, materials and techniques need not come exclusively from emerging designers. If you take just one thing from this article be it that a youthful curiosity in existing designers can be central to maintaining your influence in the industry. To pick just one industry example, Cosentino is constantly pushing themselves in new and unknown directions. Two of their most recent ambassadors have in fact been outside the A+D community: a tennis star and a supermodel. As perfect examples of what this award recognises, they brings us The Prodigy Award at this years’ inaugural INDE.Awrds. To refresh your memory, the nominees are: Karen Abernethy David Flack Daniel To and Emma Aiston Vince Alafaci and Caroline Choker Lorene Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui Pan Yicheng Frank Leung Nelson Chow Read more about them here or here. The winner will be announced this Friday 30th June at the Awards Gala held at Carriageworks. Words by Holly Cunneen Hero image courtesy of Daniel Emma: HOME at the National Gallery of Victoria, 2015.abc
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The Composites Collection – A New Luxurious Hand-Knotted Rug Range

The Composites Collection is a brand new family of hand knotted rugs from Greg Natale and Designer Rugs, complementing the designer’s recently released Composites Collection of glass mosaic tiles with Bisazza. The collection of hand-made rugs sees Tibetan Wool and lustrous bamboo together with an exciting and playful aesthetic. “I’m well known for my love of uniformed, geometric pattern and it’s not hard to see in the past that I have always been quite mathematical in my love of geometrics and pattern repeats, but the truth is that I always use organics!” says Natale, “ I have always been a believer that for a geometric print to work, it should be paired back with or played off against an organic. For me, this new chapter is exciting because I had great fun in creating a range of organic, nature-inspired patterns that I can use alongside all my usual geometrics. It’s the full picture, now!” Comprising eight daring new designs, the collection expands on Natale’s offering of patterned floor coverings, joining his existing two rug collaborations and the one wall-to-wall carpet range, all with Designer Rugs. “The process of executing these free form patterns in hand knotted wool and bamboo has been a real creative challenge, one I have loved every minute of. The Designer Rugs team are the best in their game and working with them to achieve this broad offering of colour and movement in flooring is a real honour and I can’t wait to see how people embrace them.”  abc
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Say Hello to the INDE Design Studio Shortlist

Above: Working between two continents, with bases in Hong Kong and London, Joyce Wang Design Studio (JWDS) is a multi-disciplinary firm, specializing in crating highly sensory environments. With an aim to become a leader in the Architectural & Construction recruitment space, Denovo supports up and coming talent in the design and architecture world. Denovo is rethinking modern recruitment and doing things differently. More than just a team of highly experienced consultants, Denovo Recruitment are individuals who care about the future of design. "De Novo" is Latin for "a new beginning" or "a fresh start" and we’re proud to have worked with them in presenting the 2017 Design Studio award, unveiled this Friday. SpacialPractice Studio for Spatial Practice is an innovative award winning design firm with a multi-disciplinary approach to architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and art. Linehouse Linehouse, an architecture and interior practice, operates as a platform to investigate the rituals of inhabitation and how these daily moments can be celebrated through design. KennedyNolan Kennedy Nolan was established in 1999 and has since developed a reputation as a design focused practice with a distinctive approach to built form. Foolscap Foolscap Studio is an independent cross-disciplinary design practice centered on built environment and interior architecture at all scales. Breathe For Breathe Architecture, sustainability and longevity are simply a matter of common sense, an ideal the firm applied to commercial and residential projects across Melbourne. AustinMaynard Austin Maynard Architects is interested in life, happiness, fun and family, and are widely renowned for their boundless creative energy, particularly in the residential sector. ArchitectsEat Architects EAT is a Melbourne-based architecture and interior design practice, whose projects range from small-scale private homes to high-rise developments.abc
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Meet Your INDE Nominees – The Building

Above: Ply House, by Upstairs_ is an architecturally ambitious endeavour to mitigate between the client’s love for Chinese culture and modern architecture. The 2017 INDE.Awards gala is happening this Friday! And we’re very excited to reveal the shortlist for The Building award, sponsored by Cult. Whilst not building designers, Cult’s suite of brands celebrate what may be traditionally identified as architectural thinking, but at a smaller scale. The importance of process, delicacy of form, virtues of concision and the recognition of an audience that occupies a specific time and a specific place are all necessary considerations for successful furniture design, as they are for the buildings that Cult’s brands inhabit. Join us in celebrating these stellar examples of building design this Friday.   IndigoSlam_SmartDesignStudio Smart Design Studio’s Indigo Slam represents a rare opportunity to add a large residence of substantial quality and architectural merit to the diverse neighbourhood of Chippendale. NBCSLearningEnvironment_WMK WMK’s challenge was to reinvent the notion of what a school building should be, and the result is the NBCS Learning Environment. MovingHouse_ArchitectsEAT-copy EAT Architects’ Moving House in Kew, Melbourne, is immediately striking for its spaciousness, soft light and breezy atmosphere. SkyebyCrownGroup_KoichiTakada In Skye by Crown Group, Koichi Takada Architects have envisioned a new approach to high-rise living. SouthEastWater_BVN The South East Water project, by BVN, brings together the company’s 700 staff, dispersed across three different locations, into a single purpose-built office. UniversityofSydney_WoodsBagot In a strategic move to consolidate its facilities across nine buildings on the Camperdown/Darlington campuses, Woods Bagot has designed the flagship home for the new University of Sydney Business School. WaterlooStreet_DKO DKO’s Waterloo Street project is a juxtaposition between the old and the new; old fabric, new fabric, old suburbs and new communities come together to tell a tangled tale.abc
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What Makes the Perfect Living Space?

Gaggenau prides itself in creating appliances for the home to enhance the living experience. Whether by affording a home to be full of beautiful yet highly functional pieces; or by researching technology, designing and creating appliances to reimagine daily chores into daily delights.   Cornwall2 Cornwall1 Cornwall Gardens, CHANG Architects Featuring a swimming pool, waterfall, Koi carp pond and a terraced roof garden, this large family home in Singapore was designed by Singapore studio Chang Architects, to accommodate a multi-generation family with space for future additions if the children marry. changarch.com   KewHouse1 KewHouse2 Moving House, ArchitectEAT Architects EAT’s Moving House in Kew, Melbourne, is immediately striking for its spaciousness, soft light and breezy atmosphere. Their solution hinged on a handful of design features, including bespoke vaulted skylights, geometric repetition, light screens, and deft placement of architecture on site eatas.com.au   Peninsula2 Peninsula1 Peninsula Residence, SJB Designed to be a tough, bold reimagined space of the orginal home, the Fitzroy loft honours the history and integrity of its past yet firmly places it within contemporary 21st Century design. sjb.com.au   Fitzroy4 Fitzroy2 Fitzroy Loft, ArchitectsEAT The Fitzroy loft is a conversion of a gritty 250metre-squared brick warehouse in the old industrial area of Fitroy, Melbourne, into a family home. The former industrial building is a mixture of intimately scaled family spaces and vast entertaining voids. Two full height voids act as the lungs of the design bringing both light and sky views deep into the internal space. eatas.com.au   Courtyard1 Courtyard2 The Courtyard House, Kister Architects Straight from the pages of the current issue of Habitus, the Courtyard House creates a private urban sanctuary for a family of five within the urban hub of Collingwood, Melbourne. The home encompasses both a new build and a conversion to the modest St Saviour’s Church. kisterarchitects.com.au   BeanBuro1 BeanBuro2 Disappearing Corridor, Bean Buro Bean Buro has designed a 138-square-metre apartment for a young family of four in the south side of Hong Kong Island. Unchanged since the early 1990’s, the apartment once featured closed off rooms accessed by a long corridor, now the spaces are open, airy and light with large windows looking over the ocean. beanburo.com   House24-1 House24-2 House 24, Park + Associates House 24 is situated on a triangular plot – a constraint taken as an opportunity to engage with the siting and planning of the house – and adjoins a lushly landscaped state land. As a result, Park + Associates turned the house away from the main road and neighbouring houses, instead the living spaces open out to the mature greenery beyond. parkassociates.com.sg   Forest2 Forest1 Forest House, Fearon Hay Architectes Set at the foot of Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges, is a collection of timber clad, gabled structures. They slip past each other, opening spaces for the courtyards, cooking and fire. The owners were seeking a home that enabled family to engage with the lifestyle of the farm. fearonhay.com   More information – and images – can be found on each of the projects nominated for the INDE. Living Space Award here. The Luminary – Brought to you by Gaggenau gaggenau.com.auabc
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This Friday, The Luminary will be Announced!

In 1907 Friedrich Hahne and Christian Wilkening founded a chair-making factory in Eimbeckhausen near Hanover, Germany. In the decades since, their commitment to artistic and ergonomic design has shaped the way offices have evolved. Wilkhahn is now known and highly regarded for their high design office chairs. It’s fitting then, for them to align themselves with the Luminary Award, given that their founders were somewhat luminaries in their own time.   SonnyChan Sonny Chan, Chan Sau Yan Associates With a truly global portfolio of work, Sonny Chan’s experience stretches across an array of sectors including commercial, residential, recreational, and tourism projects.   Woha Mun Summ Wong and Richard Hassell, WOHA Founders of Singapore’s WOHA, Wong and Hassell have a well-earned reputation for their combination of strong environmental and social principles, and top-level design talent.   HeckerGuthrie Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie, Hecker Guthrie Hecker Guthrie’s approach to design has been to create a unique identity for all projects and the pair work both locally and abroad with each design drawing on their expertise in integrating interiors, building, objects and gardens together.   KerryHill Kerry Hill, Kerry Hill Architects Kerry Hill is the director of the Singapore and Australia design practice Kerry Hill Architects, and has been a notably influential figure in South East Asian architecture for more than 30 years. Hill’s work has an iconic sense of modernism within the realms of traditional settings.   WilliamSmart William Smart, Smart Design Studio William Smart is the founder and leader of Smart Design Studio, an architecture studio that channels a sense of pure modernism for the 21st century. Believing that each new work is a chance for new opportunities, Smart harnesses the personalities and requirements of clients to achieve a bespoke and catered result.   NikKaralis Nik Karalis, Woods Bagot Woods Bagot CEO, Nik Karalis, possesses a diverse portfolio of civic, architectural and interior projects. Karalis has also worked under the Woods Bagot research and publishing sub-brand, Public, to bring many top architectural publications to the world, and along the way has transformed Woods Bagot into a globally relevant architectural practice.   The Luminary – Brought to you by Wilkhahn wilkhahn.comabc