Rigg Design Prize 2018

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2018’s inspiring Rigg Design Prize celebrates 10 of the best Australian interior design practices

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Interiors gets their hour in the sun at the 2018 Rigg Design Prize exhibition at Melbourne’s NGV Australia, which runs until 24 February 2019. Celebrating different contemporary design disciplines, the triennial prize focused on interior design and decoration for the first time in 2018, shortlisting 10 leading Australian practices. Each was tasked with creating a bespoke, purpose-built room in the gallery, responding to the theme of ‘Domestic Living’. The results are inspiring, suggesting fresh ways of inhabiting our homes, new trends and creative solutions to modern pressures. Even if you can’t get to Melbourne, check out our round up the 10 designs below…

HECKER GUTHRIE
Melbourne design practice Hecker Guthrie (aka Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie) bagged the AU$30,000 triennial prize for their graphic yet tactile installation ‘The table is the base’ (above). Riffing on the idea of the humble table, and its charismatic central role in domestic living spaces, the custom-made room plays with clean lines, form and scale. It explores the table as surface, support and enclosure. Judge Shashi Caan said, ‘Using only two elements – the simple form of the ‘Parsons’ table and terracotta as material – the project demonstrates the power of design restraint and curiosity at play.’


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MARTYN THOMPSON STUDIO
New York-based Australian photographer and designer Martyn Thompson’s space celebrates the ‘Atelier’, channelling the modern blurring of work and home life as an opportunity for creative expression. Bathed in light and shadow, his moody space features many of his own designs – including upholstery textiles, rugs, ottomans, wall treatments, ceramics, art and photos shown alongside collaborative, vintage, found and hand-crafted pieces. Even Thompson’s records, shoes and fleamarket finds make the cut. Clothes are hung like artworks and ambient music generates emotion. Flexible and ever-evolving, this is the home as heartland, layered, textural and deeply personal.


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DANIELLE BRUSTMAN
Like a chic spaceship or cool club, Danielle Brustman’s installation ‘Inner-Terior’ is somewhere we’d like to hang out. It helps that it stars a contemporary update of a cocooning, conversation pit and a futuristic record player (shown above right). A set designer before founding her Melbourne studio, Brustman drew on theatrical aesthetics for this curvy white space, edged with vibrant colour, glossy metallics and eye-catching illuminations. A lounge room that borrows from stage and spectacle, it takes its cues from Art Deco bandshells, European retro-futurist designs from the 60s, 80s movie Xanadu, rollerskating rinks and amusement rides. We reckon it’s 2001: A Space Odyssey gone domestic.


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THE SOCIETY INC BY SIBELLA COURT
Stylist and author Sibella Court, of Sydney interiors store The Society Inc, has always had a love affair with global curios, vintage finds, old tools, pirates and gypsies. For her Rigg Prize entry, dubbed the ‘Imaginarium’, she envisaged a space to ‘wonder, imagine, interact, research and create’. An entire home distilled into a single room, it feels darkly magical, with a rich mix of materials from pressed metal to wood and fabric. Layers of textures and colours, old and new, and real and imagined offer a modern take on a 16th-century ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The space celebrates craft, with displayed objects, including a striking feature wall, acting as a catalyst for memory and imagination. From an alchemy workshop to a ship’s crow’s nest, a bar, dress-up cupboard and pot-belly stove, it’s a mini world of wonders.


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RICHARDS STANISICH
Texture rules in the mesmerising tone-on-tone sculptural installation crafted by Richards Stanisich, titled ‘Our natural needs in a digital world’. The Sydney practice, established in 2018 by former SJB talents Jonathan Richards and Kirsten Stanisich, addresses our fundamental need for shelter, sanctuary, hygiene and intimacy and how it has been transformed by integrated technology and the Internet of Things. A central ochre living, sleeping and kitchen space champions the handmade, simple and earthy, with natural fabrics, ceramics and tiles. By contrast, it’s surrounded by black gloss tiles edged with blue light, representing the digital realm.


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FLACK STUDIO
Melbourne interior architecture firm Flack Studio has a way with vibrant colour, bold pattern and unexpected details, as seen in their striking portfolio of residential spaces, cafes, restaurants and boutiques. For the Rigg Prize, David Flack and his team ‘Flackify’ their living/dining space with saturated gold hues, luxe textures and quirky art and ornaments. ‘We’ve boundless plains to share’ references diversity and inclusion, creating an emotionally charged room for a golden age in Australia, encouraging collaboration and community.


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ARENT&PYKE
Elegance and beauty are at the heart of ‘Home: feast, bathe, rest’ by Sydney interior design studio Arent&Pyke (Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke). The smartly zoned space combines areas for dining, washing and retreating, offering ideas for respite and emotional and physical wellbeing in a stressful world. Each area includes a contemporary Australian artwork and a bespoke piece of furniture, blending inspiring design-art with comforting, restorative simplicity.


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AMBER ROAD
Sydney interior design and landscape practice Amber Road’s seductive space ‘Take it outside’ is full of burnt colours, floaty textiles and dreamy desert and starlit views, centred around an inviting lounger. It celebrates the verandah or porch as a key transitional zone for relaxing and chatting together, especially in Australian homes. Principal designers and sisters Yasmine Ghoniem and Katy Svalbe spent time in the Middle East, as well as on their family farms in Australia, capturing this heritage in a beautifully crafted indoor-outdoor room.


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DAVID HICKS
Have homes become inner sanctums, fortresses or vessels for consumerist ideals? Melbourne- and LA-based David Hicks studio presents ‘Panic room’, combining Hicks’ trademark eye for luxe detail with lighting strung on chunky chains and threatening screens. It’s a slick satire on our panicked, media-saturated times, suggesting a life on stage, voyeuristic and yet paranoid about threats from outside. Has the aspirational ideal of a perfect life morphed into homes as psychological retreats and cocoons for self-protection?


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SCOTT WESTON ARCHITECTURE DESIGN
A sequence of six rooms forms ‘Wunderkammer’, an installation by Sydney-based Scott Weston Architecture Design which takes its cue from the renovation of Weston’s own Victorian Italianate terrace house, Villa Carmelina. Each contains a cabinet, or wunderkammer, featuring prized ‘jewels’, miniature artworks by favourite makers. An abstract representation of the house, it makes use of monochrome dioramas with coloured highlights and wallpaper vignettes or ornaments and collectibles.

Catch the Rigg Design Prize 2018 at Level 3, NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne until Sunday 24 February 2019 (10am-5pm) or see the gallery’s website for a virtual tour and online interviews with the designers

LDF 2015 – What's hot at 100% Design?

The big daddy of London design shows, 100% Design, is back in a new venue for London Design Festival 2015. All change...

BY DEE IVA

It’s only a matter of days before London’s biggest design show 100% Design throws open the doors to its brand new home at Olympia. Having vacated Earls Court last year (not more luxury apartments puh-lease), there were rumours of it relocating as far afield as the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in the Docklands. Thankfully, 100% has stayed true to its West London roots, retaining its role as the key design event in the west.

This year, 100% Design has collaborated with trend forecasters WGSN to theme the show around colour. ‘Design In Colour’ will emphasise the importance and impact of colour in the home and will highlight the top colour trends for 2016 throughout the exhibition. As usual, the show will have five distinct sectors, Interiors, Design & Build, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Workplace and Fizz favourite, Emerging Brands. The ever popular Talks with 100% Design forums will once again host stellar guest speakers including Ilse Crawford, Yves Béhar, Afroditi Krassa, Lyndon Neri and The Human League founder Martyn Ware.

We’re gagging with excitement so without further ado, here are our five must-see stands this year….
100percentdesign.co.uk

FIVE HOT FIZZPICKS AT 100% DESIGN

Kirath Ghundoo Interiors
Kirath Ghundoo's geometric wallpapers are unusual in that she has dispensed with the standard notion of a repeat pattern, creating designs that are meant to clash with each other on the wall. However, Ghundoo's tightly controlled use of colour and pattern manages to hold everything together resulting in striking graphic combinations. Her latest 'Mix 'n' Match 15' collection will be on show at 100%, launching the new Tropic and Monochrome ranges inspired by the sea.
kirathghundoo.com


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Delightfull Interiors
Strike up the band! Portuguese design company Delightfull has tickled our fancy with this witty light fitting. Consisting of 24 trumpet-shaped brass lamps, the 'Botti' chandelier is designed to illuminate a room in multiple directions. Choose from four metallic finishes – nickel, nickel and black, gold or copper and black – and you'll be ready to Charleston till the cows come home! 
delightfull.eu


Bette Kitchens & Bathrooms
It's about time someone redesigned the freestanding bath in a graphic and contemporary way. Bette's BetteLux Shape series utilises the idea of an outline frame to support its minimal bath and basin in the most elegant fashion we've seen for a long time. A range of accessories is also available including a circular mirror and sleek shelf. We reckon the best dressed bathrooms will be channelling this Mondrian-esque look as it's way ahead in the style stakes.
bette.de


Concreate Design & Build
Polished concrete is still probably the most urbane floor treatment in contemporary interiors. But unless you're living in a cutting-edge piece of architecture, they're difficult to install, especially on upper floors. British company Concreate has solved this problem with its ingenious system of concrete panels which can be used to tile floors and walls, bringing industrial chic within the reach of normal homes. Available in four colours and suitable for use with underfloor heating, this sustainable and environmentally sound flooring is ticking all our boxes right now...
concreateflooring.co.uk


Esbe Design Emerging Brands
Two snarling panthers challenge each other on this illustrated sideboard by glass artist Esbe. Influenced by Art Deco and Pop Art, her stylised images are printed on to opaque glass before being mounted on to a matt lacquered or solid wood cabinet. The 'Panther' is the first in a new line of bespoke sideboards which also feature trompe l'oeil drawers and doors. We think Bagheera would approve...
esbedesign.co.uk

100% Design runs from 23-26 September (23-25, trade only; 26, public welcome), Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14; 100percentdesign.co.uk

Aesop – London and Melbourne

With a new beauty parlour at each end of the London to Melbourne route, Aesop has just ticked all our boxes...

BY AMY BRADFORD AND SOPHIE DAVIES

Bloomsbury is the setting for another London outpost of Australian skin care brand Aesop, in an elegant store by local design studio JamesPlumb. The duo took inspiration from the location on Lamb’s Conduit Street – the site of a 16th-century conduit to convey water to city dwellers from nearby springs – when creating the interior, which includes two water features. The first is a stream running through a wall of copper shelving; the second a sculptural installation in which water drops from a copper ‘quill’ pipe into a vessel below. The space also features a garden room and outdoor area, reclaimed Staffordshire quarry tiles on the floor and a moody colour scheme influenced by the paintings of Bloomsbury Group heroine Dora Carrington.

ABOVE: Thin pipes convey water between oxidised copper shelves at Aesop Lamb's Conduit Street
ABOVE RIGHT: Reclaimed tiles and plants create a garden feel
RIGHT: Bespoke copper taps and sinks contrast with a dark palette; water drips from a sculptural pipe 'quill' into a shiny reservoir below

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ABOVE FROM TOP: A bold feature wall of 1,550 cardboard sheets creates a curvy cocoon at Melbourne's Aesop Flinders Lane

Meanwhile in Melbourne, Aesop's in-house Design Department has reintroduced its iconic Flinders Lane store on one of the city's hippest strips. Designed in 2007 by Rodney Eggleston and Anne-Laure Cavigneaux of Melbourne's March Studio, the cardboard-clad space was originally created in just five days as a temporary installation. Rebooted after inevitable wear and tear, it now features a tactile, sinuous wall of reclaimed industrial cardboard on one side, reminiscent of a cave or Uluru's rocky outcrop. Intended to evolve with age, it's contrasted with a darker palette in the rest of the shop, with a restrained balance of concrete, lacquered oak and blackened steel. Continuing its habit of collaborating with local design studios, Aesop recently opened boutiques in Berlin, TorontoFrankfurtParisNottingham, Fukuoka, Hamburg and Los Angeles, as well as a new store on East London's Broadway Market. Inspired? Check out our earlier stories on Aesop's Richmond and Berlin Mitte branches.
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Aesop Lamb's Conduit Street, 50 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, UK
Aesop Flinders Lane, Shop 1C, 268 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Australia