Melbourne Design Week 2019 – 6 Must-Sees

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This year’s Melbourne Design Week offers a thought-provoking mix of exhibitions, talks and tours. Take a peek…

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

2019’s Melbourne Design Week features more than 200 exhibitions, talks, tours, films and workshops, with events across town and in neighbouring city Geelong. Running from 14 to 24 March, Melbourne’s largest festival programme to date celebrates both local and international talent, with the core theme of ‘Design Experiments’ – asking how design can shape the future. A mix of ticketed and free activities embrace diverse challenges from the environment to social issues and materials. This year’s festival wraps up on Sunday, but many of the inspiring shows continue beyond the weekend. Here are six of our top FizzPicks…

‘SOMEWHERE OTHER’: JOHN WARDLE ARCHITECTS
Ground Level/Foyer, NGV Australia, Federation Square
Until 28 July (10am-5pm, free)

Visitors are invited to peek through five portals within timber and steel structure ‘Somewhere Other’, a compact, interactive experience by Melbourne practice John Wardle Architects. At NGV Australia until late July, this intriguing installation was first shown as part of 2018’s 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale (pictured, top and above). Each of the wooden volumes, voids and apertures in its interconnected series frames views of the studio’s projects, the Australian landscape or the craft of collaborators including artist Natasha Johns-Messenger and filmmakers Coco and Maximilian.

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‘NEW VOLUMES BY ARTEDOMUS’: AN INSTALLATION BY FIONA LYNCH AND THOMAS COWARD
TDF Gallery, 14 Little Oxford Street, Collingwood
Until 24 March (11am-5pm, free)

We’re big fans of Artedomus’s ‘New Volumes’ collection, which showcases solid marble homewares by eight Australian designers. This Collingwood exhibition, curated by interior designer Fiona Lynch and designer Thomas Coward, represents the range in an installation that follows the journey of this sculptural material from the ‘ground to the house’, contrasted with a series of chunky marble plinths.

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‘MATERIAL THOUGHT’
Modern Times, 311 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Until 24 March (see link for times, free)

Presented by Fitzroy interiors store Modern Times, group exhibition ‘Material Thought’ explores material through the work of innovative Australian designers. On show are furniture, lighting and objects by nine top talents, including Henry Wilson (‘Stone Surface Sconce’, in Calacatta Marble, above), Coco Flip and Christopher Boots, all illuminating themes of design experimentation and sustainability.

’CLEMENT MEADMORE: THE ART OF MID-CENTURY DESIGN’
Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Swanston Street
Until 24 March (see link for times, free)

Fans of modernism will enjoy exhibition ‘Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design’, a homage to the acclaimed Australian talent. The first major survey of Meadmore’s industrial design practice, it explores the inspirations that shaped the renowned sculptor’s early career as a designer. Part of a new wave of Australian design in the Fifties and Sixties, Meadmore championed streamlined forms, fresh materials and new manufacturing processes. His furniture and lighting appeared in the houses of iconic architect Robin Boyd, with well known designs such as his 1951 corded dining chair on view at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

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‘WELCOME TO WASTELAND’
Compound Interest, 15-25 Keele Street, Collingwood
Until 24 March (11am-5pm, free)

Presented by Friends & Associates, ‘Welcome to Wasteland’ shares the work of cutting-edge local talents involved with sustainable design. Featuring architects, industrial designers, furniture makers and researchers, the show explores the potential of waste materials recycled into fresh, eco-friendly products. Typically innovative is Vert Design’s ‘HuskeeCup’ made from coffee husk waste, their collaboration with Spark & Burnish to craft ‘Marine Debris Bakelite Door Knobs’, and Maddison Ryder’s use of discarded Iceberg lettuce to form ‘Lettuce Eat’ disposable plates. Other materials in the mix include waste glass, ceramic, plastic, oyster shells, rubber bands, paper pulp, denim jeans, pigs’ blood and even golf balls!

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WORK SHOP: FIONA LYNCH
7 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood
Until 24 March (see link for times, free)

A curatorial showcase of experimental design, fine art and objects, interior designer Fiona Lynch’s new permanent gallery Work Shop aims to celebrate work by Australian and international designers and artists, as well as doubling as a testing ground for her own studio’s practice. For Melbourne Design Week, the debut show curates a selection of pieces examining the tension between resolved and incomplete elements, including ceramics by Olivia Walker (black porcelain collapsed vessel, above), burnt wood bowls by Makiko Ryujin, paintings by Jiaxin Nong and lighting design by Mary Wallis.

www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbourne-design-week
Melbourne Design Week 2019 runs until Sunday 24 March at venues across the city and Geelong

Jardan Sydney

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Australian interiors brand Jardan's new Sydney store has put the seductive into staircases

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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Sculptural. Seductive. Super-stylish. The staircase at Australian design brand Jardan's new Sydney flagship store has been drawing admiring glances, from its pale, pretty-in-pink pastel colour to its gorgeous curves. Linking the shop's three levels, it's a serious scene-stealer, with a sinuous wooden hand rail, sleek, gold-edged wooden stairs and grainy marble flooring.

ABOVE: Poised in pink: the sculptural staircase is a centrepiece at Jardan
ABOVE RIGHT: The inviting gold-meets-glass exterior of Jardan Sydney's flagship new store on a corner of Paddington's Oxford Street
BELOW: The softly geometric staircase runs from the lower ground floor up to the first storey, lit by a skylight, with tactile details including a sinuous wooden handrail, marble flooring and gold-tipped treads

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ABOVE: A seductive first-floor living area at Jardan, painted to pick up the greens and blues of the trees, sky and Sydney Harbour. Covetable ceramics make great take-home buys

By Melbourne's IF Architecture, the store on Paddington's Oxford Street takes its cue from Sydney's shifting seasons, spanning the blues of the harbour, the green canopy of the city's hilly streets, and the reds and yellows of the sun. 'Colour is expressive light, and Sydney has light like no other place in Australia,' says lead architect Iva Foschia, who designed the different levels of the space to transition between whites, blues, greens, pinks, greys and blacks. Foschia also took inspiration for the palette from the colour systems of iconic Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, 'who used colour to enhance the emotions of people in his buildings', harnessing custom paints from Australian specialists Porter's Paints.

Sydney's creative families were another key influence for Foschia, including local interior designer Marion Hall Best (whose career from the mid-1930s celebrated bold colour, pattern and modernism), late artist Brett Whiteley (who famously painted the harbour in ultramarine hues), veteran artist John Olsen (known for his love of nature, greens and blues), and his daughter Louise Olsen and son-in-law Stephen Ormandy's homewares/jewellery brand Dinosaur Designs (beloved for its sleek forms and vibrant hues).

BELOW: Up on the first floor, Jardan's modernist-inspired, contemporary furniture is flanked by a fireplace and backdropped by airy views; Rugs and cushions are displayed on the lower ground floor, styled with a dark-grey sofa as a living zone

Melbourne-born, family firm Jardan sells Australian-designed and-made furniture and lighting, crafted using local materials to exemplary eco standards. Its own-label contemporary collections are displayed alongside a brilliant edit of art and accessories, from tableware to coffee-table books, rugs to vases. After closing its original Sydney showroom in Rosebery, Jardan launched a recent pop-up in Paddington, before finding a permanent home in Oxford Street's 1924-founded Alderstein House, an Art Deco building formerly occupied by Ariel Booksellers.

Styled like a home, the stunning flagship features dedicated zones for living, sleeping, dining and cooking – an alluring curved shelving area displays print titles, ceramics and plants, while upstairs there's an entertainer's kitchen – with lofty views over the harbour. Connecting the lower ground floor, ground floor and first floor is the eye-catching central staircase, flanked by sensual surface materials. Art is a highlight, especially Australian talent Kate Ballis' kooky-coloured 'Infra Realism' photos of America's palm-dotted landscape, pools and modernist architecture. You can even pick up a Maren surfboard. Only in Sydney...
www.jardan.com.au

BELOW: Blue-and-rust-grained marble etched with the Jardan logo forms the store's impressive entry wall (signage was created in collaboration with Seasaw studio); A sleek modern first-floor kitchen showcases tableware and vessels by local makers

Jardan Sydney is at 42 Oxford Street Paddington, Sydney. Click here for details of Jardan's Melbourne and Brisbane stores, also designed by IF Architecture

Pictures: Sean Fennessy

LDF 2015 – 10 London Design Festival Highlights

It may be the last day of London Design Festival 2015, but here are 10 top FizzPicks to end on a high...

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

So, the London Design Festival draws to a close this Sunday 27 September, but you can still cram a hell of a lot into just one day. With seven design districts beckoning, from Bankside, Brompton and Brixton to Clerkenwell, Shoreditch, Islington, Chelsea and Queens Park, there's plenty on offer. Here are 10 of our favourite shows and installations from this talent-packed week to tempt you to hit town for one last hurrah...

Walala in da House at Aria Islington Design District
Fans of East London designer Camille Walala's ultra-bright, bold geometric street art – a hit from Shoreditch to Sydney – will love her show 'Walala in da House' in the Islington Design District. Walala's trademark Pop-tribal digital prints look equally at home in her interiors range, exclusive to Aria store, featuring armchairs and shelving, graphic cushions, prints and ceramics. Walala (above) collaborated on the furniture with local designer-maker Dale Kirk and on the ceramics with innovative Stoke-on-Trent potters Flux (CoBaltum). It's like Memphis went raving, and we're up for joining the party.
Aria, Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, Islington, London N1
camillewalala.com  ariashop.co.uk


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A Bullet from a Shooting Star by Alex Chinneck Greenwich Peninsula
Combining surrealism with spectacle, British sculptor Alex Chinneck has created 'A Bullet from a Shooting Star' out on Greenwich Peninsula, an area being developed for new housing. Don't worry, it's not a collapsed electricity facility. Chinneck has a knack for making the everyday extraordinary, and his 35-metre upside down steel pylon looks like it was shot into earth at a radical angle. Acting as an arrow to the neighbourhood, and a reminder of its industrial past, it's a star at LDF15 (the views from Emirates Air Line cable car are great). Also catch companion exhibition 'Straight Jacket Star Jumps' at nearby NOW Gallery, which sees a 20-metre pylon coiled bizarrely into a seven-metre-high space.
Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10
alexchinneck.com  greenwichpeninsula.co.uk  nowgallery.co.uk


Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard Holborn
It may look like a boulder from the Red Planet, but this Mars-esque marvel is actually the squishy 'Species' sofa, formed from polyurethane, glass fibre and polyester coated in red velvet by design-art duo Fredrikson Stallard. It's on show at their theatrical Holborn HQ/home as part of their 'Momentum' selling exhibition, spanning experimental furniture, sculpture, product and print. Supported by David Gill Gallery, it includes one-off and edition pieces themed around bronze, steel and ice.
Fredrikson Stallard, 10A Warner Street, London EC1
fredriksonstallard.com  davidgillgallery.co.uk


Barber Osgerby Lanterns at Twentytwentyone Islington Design District
Fans of George Nelson's iconic pendants and Isamu Noguchi's 'Akari' light sculptures will love these contemporary new 'Hotaru' lanterns by Brit duo Barber Osgerby, launched at exclusive distributor Twentytwentyone in Islington Design District. Drawing on the traditional heritage of Japanese lantern-making, they're manufactured by Oseki using translucent handmade Mulberry bark paper stretched over a bamboo frame. Named after the Japanese word for 'firefly', they come in two shapes; 'Buoy' (above), inspired by the maritime markers, and 'Double Bubble', which fuses twin spheres. We think they look great in groups.
Twentytwentyone, 274-275 Upper Street, London N1
barberosgerby.com  twentytwentyone.com


Donna Wilson SCP Editions at SCP Shoreditch Design Triangle
Serious design is all well and good, but sometimes only a ceramic critter will do. Fans of Brit designer Donna Wilson's cute animals motifs, usually seen on cushions, tableware and throws, will love her new earthenware 'Bear' and 'Bird' designs, part of SCP's small-batch SCP Editions released for LDF15 in the Shoreditch Design Triangle. Based on Wilson's illustrations, they're hand-painted and glazed in Stoke-on-Trent, and are available in various colours. SCP is also launching six sofas by six different designers for 'Sofa in Sight', including the minimal boxy 'Rochester' by lighting whizz Michael Anastassiades.
SCP East, 135-139 Curtain Road, London EC2
donnawilson.com  scp.co.uk


Twisting Tradition at Mint Brompton Design District
South Kensington store Mint, in the Brompton Design District, is known for its sharp, eclectic edits of the best new design. Discover cutting-edge and curious craft pieces in their LDF show 'Twisting Tradition', including Japanese brand Nendo's 'Tokyo Tribal' collection of chairs and tables for Singaporean firm Industry Plus, which incorporate woven baskets as supports and storage.
Mint, 2 North Terrace, Alexander Square, London SW3 (until 30 September)
mintshop.co.uk  nendo


Lenneke Wispelwey at SMUG Islington Design District
Dutch ceramicist Lenneke Wispelwey's contemporary new porcelain tableware teams sherbet colours and geometric patterns. In residence at Islington design store SMUG, she'll be launching new pieces, including the 'Pour Darling Jug''Fat Lady' and 'Queen Mother' vases.
SMUG, 13 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1
lennekewispelwey.com  ifeelsmug.com


Pinch: Nim at Pinch Shoreditch Design Triangle
We're longtime admirers of British furniture label Pinch (Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon), whose sleek wooden designs always turn heads. In a new departure, though, the studio has launched its new limited edition 'Nim' table made from Jesmonite, channelling lava strata, stone and the weather. It looks like something forged from the natural world, not a man-made object; we want! Although their shop is in Clapham, their LDF show is at the Rochelle School in the Shoreditch Design Triangle, and includes elegant offerings such as the 'Leta' chaise and 'Eugene' table.
Pinch show, First Floor, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London E2
pinchdesign.com


Tom Dixon: Multiplex by Tom Dixon Old Selfridges Hotel
Brit design star Tom Dixon and Wallpaper magazine present Multiplex, a playful take on an immersive, multi-sensory shopping mall, at the Old Selfridges Hotel behind Selfridges department store. Drawing on look, scent, sound, touch and taste, it includes design, technology, fashion, film and interiors, exploring ways in which we might encounter retail environments in the future. Under pressure from online shopping and rising rents for bricks and mortar, traditional stores need to reinvent themselves in the digital age. Shop till you drop at this trendsetting pop-up, which offers bespoke products, unique services and potent experiences, as well as new lighting, furniture and accessories from Dixon.
Multiplex, Old Selfridges Hotel, 1 Orchard Street, London W1 (until 15 October)
tomdixon.net/uk/multiplex


Darkroom is Five – 5 Years / 5 Products / 5 Shapes Bloomsbury
Circle, triangle, square, semi-circle, ziggurat. Directional design store Darkroom celebrates five years in business by launching five new products focused on five bold shapes. Expect 'Bauhaus Alphabet Pendants' from their first jewellery range, hand-dipped 'Monochrome' enamelware tableware, 'Shapes Scented Candles' in charcoal or white tea (housed in reusable glass containers with cork tops), handwoven 'Kilims' and Welsh woven 'Shapes Blankets' in grey, black and white geometrics with vibrant accent stitching. Shape up!
Darkroom, 52 Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1
darkroomlondon.com

The London Design Festival runs until Sunday 27 September 2015, although select shows continue longer; londondesignfestival.com

LDF 2015 – Shop till you drop at designjunction

Step this way for designjunction's dedicated one-stop design shop at this year's London Design Festival

BY DEE IVA

The success of dedicated shopping zones at previous designjunction shows proved that the old adage 'look but please don't touch' is fast becoming a thing of the past. These days, we want to engage with the products on show and be able to buy them there and then. So for September's London Design Festival, designjunction has created the biggest design supermarket in town at Victoria House in Southampton Row.

On sale will be shiny new products from more than 50 leading design brands such as Tom Dixon and Skultuna as well as smaller independents. There'll be a vast selection of contemporary furniture, switched-on lighting, smart accessories, striking prints and more in store, while Thursday 24 September sees designjunction staying open until 9pm for late-night shopping. Plus in the Design Clinic you can also get free advice on how to spruce up your home from interior stylists 2 Lovely Gays. Let the shop-a-thon commence!
thedesignjunction.co.uk

FIVE FIZZ-TASTIC BRANDS TO SHOP AT DESIGNJUNCTION

OUTLINE EDITIONS
The swimming pools, skyscrapers and palm trees of Los Angeles are caught up in a tornado of textures in 'LA Woman', a limited edition print by Tim Marrs. A disembodied head floats above, surrounded by layers of paint drips and spray can splats, surveying the carnage below. This menacing depiction of the City of Angels is one of the eye-catching prints from London-based Outline Editions' impressive stable of artists and illustrators deliberately chosen for their direct graphic take on the world. No pastoral landscapes here then...
outline-editions.co.uk


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H
London furniture company H works with emerging and established designers around the world to produce carefully edited collections of design-led sustainable pieces. We love the playful nature of this modular set of side tables by Mexican design company Hierve. It's based on divisions of a circle, so you can start with a quarter, add another to create a half-circle and keep on adding to make endless interlocking combinations. The 'Pie Chart System' is available as a simple table or a lidded container (very handy for extra storage). There's a wide range of finishes too from dark wood to brilliant green. 
hfurniture.co


RICHARD BRENDON
British ceramicist Richard Brendon first caught our eye with his witty take on the traditional Willow plate pattern and his optically challenging collection of tablewares with Patternity. Now Brendon has widened his remit and ventured into glass with the 'Diamond' collection, a seriously luxe set of lead crystal barware. Comprising of a decanter, ice bucket and three tumblers it brings a touch of old-world glamour to contemporary homes. One for the road? Oh, if you insist...
richardbrendon.com


GEORGIA BOSSON
The publishing industry may have gotten itself into a flap over the rise of digital media but one area of print is still going strong and positively thriving. Georgia Bosson's love of pattern and colour has resulted in a range of pretty hand-printed textiles for the home. Cushions, throws, tablecloths, tea towels and aprons all bear her signature style of loosely ordered geometrics along with limited edition screenprints and hand-printed stationery. 
georgiabosson.co.uk


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NATIVE UNION
If you're looking to up the style stakes and flaunt the best dressed iPhone in town then head straight to Native Union's stand where they'll be selling their acclaimed range of cases for iPhones. In addition to their groundbreaking 'CLIC Marble' collection (we sooo want one of those), 'CLIC 360°', a new set of waxed canvas cases, will also be on show. Apple Watch owners are well catered for too with a dedicated marble dock being shown for the first time. 
nativeunion.com

designjunction runs from 24-27 September 2015 at The College, 12–42 Southampton Row, WC1, and Victoria House, 37 Southampton Row, WC1.

EXCLUSIVE FIZZ TICKET OFFER!
Register in advance online using code DJDESIGNFIZZ to get 50% off the standard ticket price of £12.
Go to thedesignjunction.co.uk/london/register before 24 September 2015 to enjoy this exclusive discount.