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Clever Design To Reconnect The Community

Often it feels as though our neighbourhoods are dominated by vehicles, and as we drive from door to door, our relationship with the people and communal spaces around us grow quieter. The Cantala apartments by ICON developers and SJB, is a new interpretation of apartment living that seeks to bring residents together and calm our yearning for connection to places and people. Cantala apartments are in Caulfield North, a leafy suburb on the skirt of Melbourne city. The project contains 25 multi-storey townhouses and 44 low-rise apartments set on a grid of generous gardens – a subtle homage to the green heritage of the location. The site was originally a lawn bowls club and SJB honoured this history in the meandering, quiet design, achieved from the open walkways that connect the entire site. Residents are inclined to walk from place to place, enjoy the sun, foliage and slow down to greet other residents. It is the complete absence of driveways, roads and cars that transform the site into a space that is human-friendly and inviting. SJB relocated all vehicles underground with sub-level parking. This also opened up the entirety of the space between buildings to be landscaped into embracing gardens, a total of 16,000 plants were introduced to the site’s exterior. “Sometimes people underestimate the importance of living amongst greenery and vegetated spaces,” says Kyle Reeve, ICON’s Manager. “The boutique size of the development generates a communal and neighbourly feel, while the landscaped walkways promote a healthy lifestyle.” Cantala’s design takes slight cues from the art deco buildings in the wider Caulfield precinct. There is an emphasis on form, translating the larger built site, as well as the individual apartments, into curvaceous, sculptural features. Symmetry informs SJB broader design, twisting the structure gracefully into repetitive patterns. The use of repetition creates a visually arresting site, whilst establishing a quiet sense of calm and order in the built form. The skewed shape of the apartments exudes character in a space that is often tainted with negative connotations of impersonal and ambiguous living. This is the genius of Cantala’s design that won it first prize in the 2017 Melbourne Design Awards for Best Constructed Residential Architecture. Each building is mid-density, preventing an inhuman experience of rising off the ground, along with a mirage of unknown doors and faces. The emphasis, rather, is on the communal gardens and natural elements, proving that designers have the ability to construct human-friendly and social spaces that calm the modern anxieties of apartment living. SJB sjb.com.au ICON icondevelopments.com.au SJB Cantala kitchen We think you might also like The Nightingale Apartmentsabc
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5 Homes That Connect Their Residents To Nature

Five Yards House Seven years in the making, Five Yards House saw Archier realise the dreams, and passion project, of their longtime friends and clients. The house, built for retirement, is designed around the surrounding garden, allowing the couple to to indulge in their shared love of gardening.   Archiblox Bill McCorkell of Archiblox has created a cost effective and customised housing solution for homeowners looking for an architect-designed home with options. Some 50 different modules exist to be configured to create the floor plan and volumes of the house, according to taste, location, and needs.   Inverdon House Once architect Chloe Naughton finished her studies, like many university graduates, she returned home to rural north Queensland. But in her case it was to work. Inverdon House, designed by Chloe for her parents, is on the site she grew up on, but she and her family left 20 years prior. Now in retirement, her parents have returned for good. Inverdon House Chloe Naughton open plan   Balnarring Retreat Balnarring Retreat is a refined she-shed created by Branch Studio Architects as a space in which the resident can create, cook, teach, read, relax and sleep. At the other end of her and her husband's property on the southeastern Mornington Peninsula, Balnarring Retreat is a feminine answer to the man-cave.   Hill Plains House Built by architect Jeremy Wolveridge for himself and his family Hill Plains House is located in the midst of 20 rugged acres of farmland near Kyneton, Victoria. To the north is a large dam and bushland, to the south undulating grazing land. We think you might also like Homes That Make 'Boxy' Look Coolabc
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Celebrating Harbour Outdoor’s New Flagship Showroom

Outdoor furniture brand Harbour Outdoor has officially opened the doors on its flagship Waterloo showroom, showcasing the range of products that have made the brand synonymous with great design. With over 100 enthusiastic architecture and design professionals in attendance, the launch event saw the lucky crowd treated to a preview of the summer collections, including Hayman, Hamilton and Balmain ranges, and celebrating the Condos family business in general, which had been handcrafting furniture in Australia since 1976. During the festivities, founders and owners, Harriet and Jim Condos took the opportunity to introduce the newly appointed Australian showroom team, including Showroom and Sales Manager, Patryc Lampasi and Design and Sales Consultant, Matthew Shanahan. On display and now available were a collection of outdoor furniture ranges, named after prominent beach and harbour locations across the country and abroad, specifically designed to withstand the harsh Australian climate. The harbour and coastal imagery continues with beautiful, scene setting wall photography from Phillip Thurston of Thurston Photo. The event perfectly reflected Harbour Outdoor's family legacy, with guests feeling like they were part of a big, yet close-knit, family gathering. Harbour Outdoor impressed with sprawling savoury and dessert displays, champagne and wine, catered by Elegancy Catering, and ongoing music throughout the evening, reminiscent of a summer cocktail party by the harbour. Harbour Outdoor’s brand new store is located at No. 3, 1037 - 1047 Bourke St (entry via George St), Waterloo. The showroom is open seven days a week to retail and trade. Visit harbouroutdoor.com.au for further information. Photography: Shane Rozario Photography [gallery columns="5" ids="69945,69946,69947,69948,69949,69950,69951,69952,69953,69954,69955,69956,69957,69958,69959,69960,69961,69962,69964,69965,69966,69967,69968,69969,69970,69971,69972,69973,69974,69975,69976,69977,69978"]abc
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What Were Your Top 5 Retail Fit-Outs Of 2017?

Jardan, Sydney Designed by Iva Foschia of IF Architecture, as all Jardan spaces have been – including their forthcoming home, Jardan, Sydney, blew the city away, not least by the millennial pink staircase front and centre of each of the three levels of the store located along Sydney's Oxford Street in Paddington. Iva's inspiration for the space turned to the decadent colour palette of the emerald city to align the colour and vibrancy of Jardan to that of its New South Wales location. IF Architecture Jardan Sydney Flagship upstairs   PLAYA by Lucy Folk Another example of an interior heralded by pink, this time it was "Luis Barragan Pink", not millennial. PLAYA by Lucy Folk marks the iconic Australian designer's first brick-and-mortar foray in Sydney, just steps away from Sydney's Bondi Beach. The interiors were done by childhood friend and longtime collaborator, Tamsin Johnson, bringing together their individual but complementary styles and predilections.   Jac+Jack, Bondi It’s a tall order to design spaces in which the Jac+Jack, quiet approach to clothing neither overwhelms nor under performs, but for five stores and counting, including their latest addition in Bondi, Jac and Lisa have enlisted the help of interior architect George Livissianis. He may not have been there from the beginning but, all things considered, it certainly seems he’ll be there until the end. A casual conversation and a gut feeling saw this union of two like-minded design philosophies.   Farage, Sydney CBD The Heritage building in which resides the Farage Sydney flagship store, has been stripped back to revel in the raw beauty of the site. Teaming up with yet another Australian doing great things for the design community, it was Greg Natale who saw to the interior design. Vaulted heritage ceilings, grey marble flooring, ornate lighting and bronze detailing create a warm and luxurious environment for staff and clients.   Bec & Bridge For their first stand along retail store, interior designer George Livissianis had the daunting task of designing a space for Bec & Bridge geared towards the polar opposite of who he is, with no real life examples from which to draw reference. Well, daunting for some maybe. And yet imbedded in the brand, George saw a uniquely Australian – and more specifically Sydney – aesthetic, established through the brand’s connection to the outdoors, insinuated by repeated reference to the pool, the garden or a terrace. Bec+Bridge Bondi Junction George Livissianis door We think you might also like to read about The Hotels We Stayed At In 2017abc
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Who Will Win The Ticket To Design Adelaide Contemporary?

What was once the Royal Adelaide Hospital, alongside the Adelaide Botanic Garden is now set to become a new cultural landmark on Adelaide’s North Terrace boulevard, care of a design competition. Adelaide Contemporary will combine a contemporary art gallery, a public sculpture park and a meeting place. But what is yet to be decided is who will design the space? A global call for entrants in the design competition encouraged international applications alongside local ones. However one of the conditions of entry for international architecture studios, a condition endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects, was partnership with an Australian practice. Each of the six finalists were chosen by a panel chaired by Michael Lynch AO CBE, with representatives from Arts South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Office for Design and Architecture South Australia. And who are the teams ? Adjaye Associates (London, UK) and BVN (Sydney, Australia) Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, Denmark) and JPE Design Studio (Adelaide, Australia) David Chipperfield Architects (London, UK) and SJB Architects (Sydney, Australia) Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York, USA) and Woods Bagot (Adelaide, Australia) HASSELL (Adelaide & Melbourne, Australia) and SO-IL (New York, USA) Khai Liew (Adelaide, Australia), Office of Ryue Nishizawa (Tokyo, Japan) and Durbach Block Jaggers (Sydney, Australia) Again, Michael Lynch AO CBE will chair the design competition jury alongside eminent leaders from the arts, architecture, culture and business sectors. The winner is expected to be announced June 2018. Cover image : Bjarke Ingels Group, Lego Museum, Bilund Denmark Diller Scofidio Renfro The Broad Museum LA Diller Scofidio Renfro The Broad Museum LA David Chipperfield Architects Museo Jumex David Chipperfield Architects Museo Jumex SO-IL Jan Shrem Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art California SO-IL Jan Shrem Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art California Office of Ryue Nishizawa Teshima Art Museum Office of Ryue Nishizawa Teshima Art Museum Wood Bagot SAHMRI Wood Bagot SAHMRI HASSELL Geelong Performing Arts Centre HASSELL Geelong Performing Arts Centre We think you might also like The Architectural Lives Of Eight Great Citiesabc
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Announcing Your 2018 INDE.Awards Jury

Entries have begun flowing in well ahead of the 29 January ‘close of entries’ date. Entries can be lodged online through indeawards.com for our 14 award categories.

Introducing Your 2018 Jury

The INDE.Awards 2018 jury consists of specially selected, progressive thought leaders with their fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in the Asia Pacific region, as well as globally. We are happy to announce that the INDE.Awards 2018 will be in the respected hands of...

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Abbie Galvin, Principal, BVN (Sydney) - An architect who has worked for over twenty years on internationally recognised public, educational, health, research and workplace projects.

Aric Chen, Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+ (Hong Kong) - A design critic and curator shaping the collection at the upcoming museum for Asian visual culture in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District.

Eleena Jamil, Eleena Jamil Architect (Kuala Lumpur) - An architect focused on creating enduring environments and tactile spatial solutions with strong references to context and local culture.

James Calder, Founder, Calder Consultants (Melbourne) - A design practitioner, facilitator, author and part-time educator interested in all facets of the strategy, design and use of the workplace.

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Joshua Comaroff, Design Consultant, Lekker Architects (Singapore) - A published writer and designer working with his partner Ong Ker-Shing across a broad spectrum of projects with special emphasis on design for the arts, children and seniors.

Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd, Founders, PearsonLloyd (London) - Founders of a celebrated design studio that works across the aviation, workplace, urban design and healthcare sectors with the goal of identifying and responding to shifting behavioural patterns.

Luke Yeung, Partner, Architectkidd (Bangkok) - A Hong-Kong-born, Thailand-based designer interested in exploring local vernacular materials as design starting points for contemporary architecture.

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Founders, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office (Shanghai/London) - Award-winning architectural design practitioners who are also active in teaching and research.

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Paul McGillick, Writer / Editor / Public Speaker, McGillick Consulting (Sydney) - A prominent writer and editor specialising in architecture, art and design, and was formerly the Editorial Director at Indesign Media for over a decade.

Raj Nandan, Founder and CEO, Indesign Media (Singapore/Sydney) - Publisher at the design industry’s premier regional media house, Indesign Media Asia Pacific, and founder of the INDE.Awards.

Shashi Caan, Founding Partner, SC Collective (New York/Edinburgh) - A design practitioner, design futurist, educator, author and distinguished thought leader for architectural design internationally.

William Smart, Founder, Smart Design Studio (Sydney) - An architect channelling a sense of pure modernism for the twenty-first century, and the INDE.Awards 2017 Luminary winner.

Entries for the INDE.Awards 2018 are now open!

Head to indeawards.com for more details, and to view the category criteria.

Stay tuned for more INDEs news, including details of the 2018 gala – which will be held in Singapore!

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Melanie Katsalidis’ Store Launch

Multifaceted and brilliant, the founder of Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melanie Katsalidis, is something of a gem herself. While the talented Melbourne-based jeweller has spent over a decade developing her own covetable works, this week marked the launch of Melanie’s first ever online store. Creatives, peers, jewellery fanatics and longstanding supporters gathered at Saint Louie salon, adjacent to Pieces of Eight, to celebrate previous collections and catch an exclusive glimpse of new pieces. A towering installation of gorgeous blooms by florist Cecilia Fox crowned the artfully curated space, with guests mingling around the understated gleam of precious metals, pearls and rare gemstones at the centre. Drawing excited gasps and longing sighs, visitors were encouraged to try on the exquisitely crafted jewellery. Melanie Katsalidis is sure to appear on many a Christmas wishlist… Photography by Heather Lighton [gallery columns="5" ids="69790,69791,69793,69795,69796,69798,69799,69801,69802,69803,69805,69806,69807,69808,69809,69811,69812,69814,69815,69816,69817,69818,69820,69822,69823,69825,69826,69827,69828,69829,69830,69831,69832,69833,69834,69835,69836,69838,69840,69841,69842,69843,69844,69845"]abc
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A Humble Stable Transformed Into An Elegant Family Home

“It’s never been substantiated but this house is known as being part of the original stables for the Labassa house [mansion] down the road,” explains Robson Rak principal Chris Rak about the firm’s recently completed Stables House in Caulfield North, Melbourne. The original building had been converted into flats in the 1920s and then back to a single house in the 80s, and as such, suffered from a number of structural and spatial challenges. “The client brief was to clean up the various conversions and refine it into a low maintenance family home to see the family into the future for generations to come,” says Chris. “Our personal challenge was to not take away from the original fabric and various historical additions to the property.” As a result, the team restored and repaired the period features and external surfaces of the house. “As you can see from the external images, we did not over-restore the original fabric of the building,” says Chris. “We purposefully allowed the original patch-ups to the building to be on show. We fixed/restored and made good where necessary, but in a very honest way. It would have been very easy and tempting to re-tuck or render the building facade and disguise the various additions, but we chose not to do this; in line with our minimal, pared down aesthetic.” In contrast, significant changes were made to the internal layout to create seamless connections between the living spaces and the outdoor areas. These included creating enlarged openings between the sitting and dining rooms; “a big hole” on the northern side of the house to create space for a large pantry, laundry and powder room; an enlarged opening on the eastern side of the house engendering a good flow from the living room and family room to the back yard and an opening on the southern façade which now features large, steel glass doors connecting the kitchen and veranda. The plan also allowed for the addition of an extra bathroom/toilet and linen store on the first floor and another opening on the eastern side of the dining room wall which features a traditional timber window to draw additional light into the dining room. A new, large skylight above the kitchen has the same effect. In line with Chris’ aforementioned penchant for more a pared down aesthetic, the house exudes a restrained sense of luxury. “This was our intention,” confirms Chris. “The proportions of the house are quite grandiose [3.7 metre-ceilings, triple brick walls], so we pared it down to avoid it [the interiors] looking ‘greedy’. Also, with three active kids and a dog, a low maintenance home was a necessity.” As a result, the house boasts a refined display of elegant yet practical, custom-made joinery elements. “In the kitchen, which correlates with a textured, wood-panelled, stables aesthetic, we carried 3.7 metre-high lining boards down to the entire face of the kitchen and adjacent wall/window surround area creating the overhead joinery cupboards and bench cupboards from the very same ceiling lining boards,” explains Chris. “It’s very dramatic and textured and a nod to a stables aesthetic but also a very minimal and reductionist attitude to design.” Robson Rak www.robsonrak.com.au Photography by Lauren Bamford Dissection Information Tapware from Zucchetti Pendant lights from Viabizzuno Australia White square powder room tiles from Urban Edge Ceramics We think you might also like Croydon House by Arent&Pykeabc
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In Conversation With… Michael Anastassiades

ST: Mike, your own brand has existed for a decade now, and for the past few years you’ve gained global notoriety working with Flos. How have you negotiated the two aspects of your activity? MA: The role model I understood when I was studying at the Royal College was that you must design for big brands working on royalty basis. So after graduation your main task was to endeavour to get brands interested in your work. But the truth is that brands aren’t interested in working with unknown designers. And as a creative, I felt that being stopped at the point where I have designed something and sign it over to a company to produce then slam the door in my face, this would be not only discouraging but counterproductive. Like all creatives, I wanted my work to evolve. A painter, for instance, can always produce work, whether somebody buys it or not or whether a gallery shows it or not. But with design it’s always very limited in the sense that while you may realise a work at the conceptual stage until it’s produced it doesn’t exist. So the decision to launch your own brand was a survival strategy? I felt that it was my duty to produce my work, even if it was a one-off or limited edition. If nobody wanted to work with me I needed to do it on my own in order to evolve as a creative. So I put a collection of pieces together to test the waters and the responses I received made my decision for me. Your early work was vey conceptual, almost installation work. Did you make a conscious decision to gear up to more commercial products? I felt I’d had a very short design education. I went from civil engineering at the Imperial College straight into a masters in design at the Royal College. So after only two years of creative education I felt that I needed to keep exploring my ideas. And those ideas revolved around a consideration of the role objects have or should have in our lives. So those first years were consciously exploratory, I didn't really know what direction my work was going to take me, but I was committed to exploring. At the same time, I didn’t want to become some kind of intellectual of design. So I spent a lot of time thinking, How do you actually survive as a designer? I mean, an architect should build, a designer should have things made. I had a passion for everyday things, I appreciated the beauty of the everyday. How did the transition from small own-brand to industrial design for Flos happen? The first time I met with Piero Gandini, CEO of Flos, he said: I see you have your own brand. You know that we never work with designers who design for other brands? So I said, Does that mean you can’t work with me? Because if you’re asking me to give up what I've created, that’s never going to happen. So we settled very early on that I would continue my own brand. He was curious to see what I was doing. At that moment I was working on the String Lights for myself. I showed him the sketch book and he said, That's for us. If he hadn’t wanted them for Flos I wold have produced them myself, but as it turns out they were the first part of my Flos catalogue. I’ve always associated you with brass, but I believe that’s been contentious for Flos? I've been designing in brass since my very first designs fifteen years ago. At the time brass was somehow stigmatised as old-fashion, which is bizarre. Do we really design according to fashion? What an absurd idea; brass is a beautiful material it has its place at any time. So, when I presented my second collection to Flos, the IC series I’d designed in brass. Piero immediately said, Brass doesn’t sell in Germany, we have to make it in chrome. I said, Well you can make it in chrome but you have to also make it in brass. And sure enough, I’d say around 80 per cent of the IC series that is sold is in brass. You've been invited by Mobilia to do a talk as part of their Design Circus series, in Perth next Monday. What are you going to talk about? Mobilia is an interesting distributer in Perth which offered to work with my brand, but independently of whether we were going to work with Mobilia or not, Sam Fazzari [CEO of Mobilia] is involved in a designer program in Perth which is about raising the awareness of contemporary designers. What I’m going talk about is my journey in establishing a name in design. I took a long and meandering path to arrive where I am and I’m going to share that, talk about my early work, the conceptual years, and the development of a commercial presence both for my own brand and for industrial brands. What is your advice to designers working in 2018 and beyond? I don’t think there is any single route to get where you want to go. You just have to follow what you believe is the path for you. See more here Michael Anastassiades was in conversation with Stephen Todd. abc
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5 Inner City House Designs That Made Our Jaws Drop

Ivanhoe House Suburbia is often tainted with an expectation of standardised and impersonal homes. Rows of neatly kept, quiet premises that lack any real reference to the owner living within. However Ivanhoe House, from Kavellaris Urban Design, has emerged as a highly conceptual space, a manifestation of self rather than a mere shelter from the harsh outside world.   Doll House Working with Matt Day of Day Bukh Architects on Doll House, the residents took the opportunity to fashion a home that was as passive as possible, with a reduced amount of energy consumption. “The living room and master bedroom are orientated to the north with highlight glazing to the east, for maximum solar penetration in winter, and to enhance cross ventilation,” says Matt.   True North Recently Tim Hill of Tandem Design Studio completed works on his own home, True North. Inside the architect's abode, the ground level is one large and open area with a double-heighted atrium. The family come together to cook, socialise, play and eat in the sunken lounge, kitchen and dining area. The project granted Tim the opportunity to experiment, innovate and create a house that reflected and expressed his interests.   Mental Health House Years since Andrew Maynard has swapped the gruelling hours working for a large commercial practice to create his own, Austin Maynard Architects, and they had somehow crept back up – living above the studio almost certainly encouraged this. Deciding to renovate their Fitzroy terrace, and finding he and his wife were both Vitamin D deficient, the Mental Health House experiments with playful design, a quest for plenty of natural sunlight in all rooms, and a mentally stimulating – and engaging – layout.   House W House W sits in an icy region of Beijing, China. The site backs onto the mountainside, causing for the extended building to drop into the sub-zero temperatures in winter. The task was to ensure that the home was well protected from the dramatic exterior temperatures while adhering to passive heating control. This required a certain connection to the outdoors, to allow flooding sunlight in to warm the house without losing any of the heat throughout the duration of the day and into the night. Atelier About Architecture House W streetscape We think you might also like to read about Castles In The Middle Of The Cityabc
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Bold Design Marks The Exteriors Of These 5 Residential Buildings From 2017

Chempenai House Despite its impressive, if not imposing facade, Chempenai House sits lightly on the land in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. Designed by local firm WHBC Architects, the building characterised by its concrete exterior toes the line between inside and out.   LSD Residence Situated in Toorak, Melbourne, LSD House designed by architect Robert Davidov features generous, floor-to-ceiling windows on the second floor in contrast to the robust, asymmetrical concrete walls.   Field House Earlier this year Robert Puksand, founding partner of Gray Puksand, completed construction on Field House for he as his wife. Taking notes from the buoyant era of design that was the 70s –  flagrant use of colour, absorbing patterns and bounding shapes – and renders it, calming it slightly, to better suit the sleek sensibilities of present day.   Binh House The Binh House by Vo Trong Nghia Architects in Ho Chi Minh City is a gorgeous intersection between modern and traditional connotations of Vietnam. Undeniably contemporary in visual presence, the odd stacked vertical levels could not be farther from the more historical stilt houses.   Triangle House Designed by owner and architect Simone Robeson for her and her partner, Triangle House boasts striking geographic lines and clever use of a uniquely shaped block of land to capitalise on all 170 square metres in Mt Lawley, Perth. We think you might also like to read about The Homes We Found Among The Gum Treesabc
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Smart Technology From The Ground Up

It’s not what you know it’s who you know… and who they know. Joey Zwillinger and Tim Brown first met each other through their respective wives, who have been close friends since college. Leading separate lives at first, Tim played soccer at a professional level for over a decade, first for the New Zealand National Football Team, and then for the Wellington Phoenix Football Club (A-league). Concurrently, Joey had been running a renewable chemicals business inside of a biotech company. Throughout his career Tim was sponsored by a number of athletic companies, but once he retired from professional soccer, he took funding from the Trade Association of New Zealand for the research and development of a casual athletic shoe made from merino wool. “There was a lot of focus put on the branding around footwear products specifically, and a lot around performance for the best athletes around the world, but not for the everyday user. And there was not a lot around comfort,” says Joey. While Tim worked on the design and fabrication, Joey was able to help out on the business side of things. And In 2014 when Tim first put the prototype of what was to become the Allbirds shoe on kickstarter, it only took three or four days to raise $120,000 USD. Despite the interest, which well exceeded what was initially anticipated, the project was put on hold until the production could be managed and understood in a way that reflected the quality and ethos of the product Tim was creating. Joey Zwillinger Tim Brown Allbirds runner “We had a lot of conviction that there was opportunity in the casual shoe category. [To] focus on comfort, take out the logos, and use renewable materials to make something that’s better than what existed,” says Joey. In 2015, following 12 months of further R+D, Joey and Tim raised a further $2.25 million – from private investors this time – which allowed them to launch publically in March 2016. After heady anticipation, 20 months later Allbirds launch in the Australian market, their third market following New Zealand and America. The shoes are made from a very specific clip of superfine merino wool, approximately 17.5 micron: 20 per cent of the width of a human hair. As well as being a luxurious and exclusive fibre, one that’s frequently used in high end men’s suits, it’s breathable and moisture wicking. “Because of the structure of merino there are little air pockets that insulate your foot from hot or cold temperatures, so it keeps a nice moderate condition [inside the shoe] and is naturally water resistant,” says Joey. Thinking about sustainability, as designers and architects are increasingly incorporating as part of their normal practise, merino wool has a naturally low impact and a quick regenerative cycle, even at an industrial scale. Despite the occasional push back from suppliers and manufacturers, used to doing things quickly and cheaply – often at the cost of quality and the environment – Joey and Tim persevere. Allbirds are adamant to do things the right way, or the highway. Allbirds au.allbirds.com We think you might also like to read about B&OPLAY and the future of headphones Joey Zwillinger Tim Brown Allbirds runner Joey Zwillinger Tim Brown Allbirds runner Joey Zwillinger Tim Brown Allbirds runner Joey Zwillinger Tim Brown Allbirds slip onabc