Sydney Design Festival 2019 – 5 Must-Sees

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Sydney Design Festival 2019 brings inspiring exhibitions, talks and workshops to town. Here are five Fizz faves for getting your design on!

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Sydney Design Festival is back for 2019, unpacking new design, sharing emerging and established talents, and tackling design challenges. This year’s theme is ‘Accessing Design’, making design accessible to fresh audiences, with the action spread beyond the obvious inner-city hot spots. Running from 1 to 10 March – but with many shows lasting longer – the festival also shines a light on local design, including indigenous creativity, hosting events from exhibitions to talks, workshops, open studios, screenings and parties. Here are five of our #SDF19 Fizz faves…

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TOP: Sydney Design Festival keynote speaker Rachel Wingfield of Loop.pH with a range of dynamic past projects. ABOVE: Loop.pH’s ‘Arborescence’ installation for 2014’s Amsterdam Light Festival, proposing a future hybrid of trees and street lighting harnessing the studio’s signature bio-luminescence. Think sustainable ‘living lighting’

FESTIVAL KEYNOTE: RACHEL WINGFIELD OF LOOP.PH
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
8 March (6pm-8pm)

London designer Rachel Wingfield, co-founder with Mathias Gmachl of Loop.pH, will give the festival keynote speech at Ultimo’s Powerhouse Museum. Launched in 2003, their spatial laboratory is known for cross-disciplinary designs that combine digital, light, art and craft details, often in public spaces. Exploring design, architecture and science, Loop.pH’s intriguing installations and experiences harness diverse materials from LEDs, electro-luminous fibres and NASA’s reflective silver mylar to carbon, bamboo and algae. Buy tickets to the talk online or check out Wingfield’s collaborative workshop ‘Archilace’ on Sunday 10 March (3pm-5pm).

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ABOVE: Mungo Scott Flour Mill, historic home to authentic Australian design showcase ‘Home.Grown’ in Summer Hill

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Mungo Scott Flour Mill, 2 Smith Street, Summer Hill
8-10 March

A three-day celebration of Australian furniture, lighting and home furnishings, ‘Home.Grown’ is presented by the Authentic Design Alliance and curated by its director Anne-Maree Sargeant. Expect three halls over two levels featuring exhibitions, installations and pop-ups, championing locally designed and made products and homegrown talents. All up you’ll discover around 175 designers and 100 brands. Ground Floor Hall 1 features a combined showcase of designers and smaller independent brands, spanning innovative lighting by Lumil, rugs by Designer Rugs and stylish storage by Sagitine, alongside a pop-up mini mart of Australian homewares available to buy from top3 by design. Installations occupy Ground Floor Hall 2, including ‘Undervalued’ by Nick Rennie, ‘Project Replica’ by Mitch Tobin, ‘Brand a Fake’ by ADA, ‘Used by 3018’ by Will Thompson, a Mercedes-Benz Design Award display and atmospheric photos of the historic venue itself. Upstairs, the First Floor Gallery presents curated zones by 10 established Australian design brands, including Nau, Catapult, Didier, Furnished Forever and Artedomus (‘New Volumes’). Talks, starring talents including Adam Goodrum, Adam Cornish and Christina Bricknell, tackle issues affecting the country’s design scene. The location is a wow too, with the event taking over the 1922 Mungo Scott Flour Mill. A free preview afternoon on Friday 8 March is by RSVP only; for the weekend, buy advance tickets cheaper online or snap them up at the door.

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ABOVE: Trent Jansen’s ‘Tidal Lounger’ chairs and ‘Tidal Coffee Table’, made from premium stainless steel wire for Australian outdoor living brand Tait, feature in ADC’s exhibition ‘Steel’

STEEL: ART DESIGN ARCHITECTURE
Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst
Until 3 April (closed Sundays and Mondays)

Discover the innovative ways artists, designers and architects are using steel in the 21st century at this major touring exhibition from Adelaide’s JamFactory. Free to visit at Darlinghurst’s Australian Design Centre, it showcases the work of 29 Australian creatives, including Korban/Flaubert’s bold steel sculptures, Trent Jansen’s wave-inspired ‘Tidal’ outdoor furniture collection for Tait, and BVN’s graphic Australian PlantBank research building at Mount Annan in New South Wales. A selection of steely works is also displayed across the road at Stylecraft’s showroom (24/100 William Street). Fancy some craft shopping? ADC hosts a Makers Market on Saturday 9 March (10am-4pm), featuring more than 27 local makers.

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ABOVE: ‘Purple with Black, White and Blue’ photo (detail) by Jon Setter, part of the artist’s exhibition ‘The Urban Text’ at design store Koskela

JON SETTER: THE URBAN TEXT
Koskela, 1/85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
Until 31 March

This series of 12 minimal photographs explores the unnoticed aspects of urban environments and our everyday streetscapes. Detroit-born, Sydney-based Jon Setter’s free exhibition ‘The Urban Text’ is on show at inspiring design store Koskela in Rosebery, so call in for a culture fix, then stick around to shop for Australian-made furniture, homewares and accessories. The artworks are available to buy as unframed prints in three sizes, and their abstract, graphic, simple, colour-block style will look a treat on your wall. Feeling peckish? Three Blue Ducks cafe shares this atmospheric former factory space.

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ABOVE: Bernabei Freeman’s contemporary ceramic ‘Hybrid Vessel’ (2018), incorporating 3D-printed ABS and handwoven rattan, is part of digital craft show ‘Femufacture’ at The Japan Foundation

FEMUFACTURE: JAPANESE AND AUSTRALIAN DESIGN
The Japan Foundation Gallery, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Until 30 March (closed Sundays)

Lovers of craft and design will enjoy cutting-edge exhibition ‘Femufacture’, which explores the interface of craft traditions and digital fabrication technologies. Hosted by The Japan Foundation Gallery, upstairs in Chippendale’s Central Park mall, it features new works by Japanese and Australian women including 3D-printed ceramic and hand-woven rattan vessels by Melbourne’s Bernabei Freeman (Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman). Mediums include weaving, wood turning, indigo-dyeing, paper cut, silversmithing and knitting, combined with 3D printing, CNC machining, coding and robotics. The show also includes wearable technology by light artist Erina Kashihara, who joins the gallery’s free panel discussion to mark International Women’s Day (8 March, 6.30pm-8pm).

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Sydney Design Festival 2019 runs until Sunday 10 March at venues across the city, but many events continue beyond this weekend. For more inspiration check out SDF’s suggested itineraries, from free and family-friendly ideas to sustainable thinking and design after dark.

Goop London Pop-Up

Goop brings its Californian-inspired beauty, fashion and homewares collection to the UK with its debut London pop-up store, a blend of British craftsmanship and West Coast chill

BY CLAIRE BINGHAM

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop has opened in its first UK pop-up store – in London’s Westbourne Grove – and we’re already feeling enriched.

Combining retail therapy with their open-minded and holistic approach to wellbeing as a lifestyle, it is far from wacky and a brilliant new destination for anyone interested in Californian-vibe beauty and style.

Expect a chic, curated collection of Goop’s own-line products, including luxurious, high-performance skincare drawing on organic ingredients, Italian-made limited edition clothing, and pretty plates and glassware by brands such as Mud Australia, Nude Glass and CB2. The understated homewares range features tempting cushions, throws, tableware and kitchen kit.

You’ll also fall for the light-filled, nature-inspired surrounds created by London-based interior designer Fran Hickman. Her vision for the store references the Zen-influenced monochrome paintings of Yves Klein and early physic gardens devoted to the study of restorative plants. Fran worked with local design talents to bring the space to life – Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart for planting, Pinch for furniture and beauty displays, Nest Design for the electric-blue curtains in the dressing area, and Vitsoe for its iconic shelving systems. Architectural salvage firm Retrouvius supplied a vintage museum cabinet.

ABOVE: The entrance to Goop’s London pop-up shop is filled with plant displays by Nikki Tibbles.
ABOVE RIGHT: Goop’s own-line detoxifying salt bath soak G.Tox. £30 for 680gm

ABOVE: A deep blue colour scheme channels the ocean on the basement fashion floor; industrial chipboard delivers an inexpensive yet effective display system in the homewares section, flanked by sunny gold paint; Pinch’s smart red ‘Joyce’ cabinet and ‘Clyde’ side table with stripped floorboards and tile details; the ‘Imo’ bench by Pinch in a restful foliage- and light-filled space at the front of the store

Goop celebrates its 10-year anniversary with this London outpost – slated to stay open until 27 January 2019 – setting the stage for further international boutiques. Goop fans in search of their simple yet elegant contemporary pieces can also shop online.
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Goop, 188 Westbourne Grove, London W11

Northern Design Festival 2017

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This year's Northern Design Festival in the North of England champions good design, from furniture to graphics and material innovation

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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Forget Geordie Shore! For exciting action up north, head to the UK's Northern Design Festival, celebrating inspiring design at six venues across Newcastle and Gateshead. Running from 3 to 8 November, the annual showcase includes 50-plus designers, nine exhibitions, installations, talks and tours, taking in products, furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics, fashion, graphic design, illustration and architecture. 2017's theme is 'Material Matters', explored by a host of northern, national and international talents, with special commissions from designers and artists.

Major one-day symposium Design NOW kicks things off on Friday 3 November, attracting big-name speakers including Lancashire-born, Leeds-trained graphic artist, printmaker and designer Anthony Burrill, whose clients include Google, Apple, Hermès and London's Design Museum. Alongside established talent, you'll find emerging names, with shows such as 'Chairs and Lamps' presenting prototypes by five second-year students from Northumbria University's BA (Hons) 3D Design programme. 

Keen to join industry insiders on the design trail? The festival's exhibition hub is at historic venue The Assembly House on Newcastle's Watergate Road, alongside nearby Cooper's Studios. Here are six FizzPicks to get you started... 

ABOVE: Graphic design exhibition 'Unforsaken (Part 1)' was conceived by Jimmy Turrell, who worked on Beck's video (still, shown)
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Wireless' lamp by Georgina Heighton for student exhibition 'Chairs and Lamps' at The Assembly House


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UNFORSAKEN (PART 1)
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Graphic artist and director Jimmy Turrell, who has worked with Adidas, Beck and The Guardian, will present exhibition 'Unforsaken (Part 1)', which explores beauty found in unexpected places. In 2016, Turrell rescued a job lot of 1,000 vintage books and objects from eBay, before using them as a base for screenprinting, drawing and painting. Discarded and forgotten materials, from ski manuals to scrapbooks of the Norwegian royals, are salvaged with style.

ABOVE: UK graphic designer Jimmy Turrell's vinyl record and cover design for Beck's new album 'Colors'


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DANIEL SCHOFIELD
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Up-and-coming UK design talent Daniel Schofield – who has bagged an award from Elle Decoration magazine – gets a solo show and a chance to share new work, from furniture to lighting and accessories. Warwickshire-born, Sheffield-trained Schofield has previously collaborated with top British brands Benchmark, Conran and Skandium, and his simple, contemporary pieces draw on materials from brass and oak to enamelled volcanic stone, paring forms back to chic essentials. He has a background in both graphic design and carpentry, and it shows.

ABOVE: Young British design talent Daniel Schofield will present new work at The Assembly House


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AURORA
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Known for innovative surface materials, sculptures and architectural works, Giles Miller has crafted a new installation – 'Aurora' – for the festival. Past clients of the London studio include Stella McCartney and the V&A, with creations involving a mix of high-tech and the handmade. A 'composer of materials', Miller took inspiration from the Northern Lights for his latest piece, which incorporates around 2,000 mirror-finish, stainless steel 'pennies', suspended within a structural lattice, designed to harness diverse reflections while still being visually permeable.

ABOVE: Giles Miller's dramatic new 'Aurora' installation, a sculptural lattice of mirror-finish, stainless steel discs throwing out reflections


ART ON PAPER SINCE 1885
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Discover iconic printed designs from the G . F Smith archives at 'Art on Paper since 1885', including work by influential contributors Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Paul Rand. Founded in 1885 as a paper merchants, the Hull- and London-based British firm has a legacy of creative collaborations with graphic designers, artists and photographers, with promotional and marketing materials under the spotlight here. Names in the frame include Made ThoughtStudio Makgill and SEA.

ABOVE: Printed works, spanning promotional and marketing materials, from 'Art on Paper since 1885' showcasing the G . F Smith back catalogue


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NEW BOOSBECK
Part of a growing movement committed to social design and enterprise, New Boosbeck helps the unemployed, community groups and public to build furniture, with more than 130 people gaining valuable work experience and skills to date. Led by artist Adam Clarke, and inspired by Boosbeck Industries, a 1930s initiative to tackle unemployment with creativity, it produce bespoke pieces for sale. Check out the results here.

ABOVE: A wooden chair created by members of social enterprise group New Boosbeck, celebrated at Northern Design Festival


DESIGN SOURCE
Selling show Design Source is your go-to for a spot of design shopping, with furniture, lighting, products, ceramics, wallpaper, textiles, and jewellery from across the North of England. Selected by industry experts, designers involved include Deadgood, Nick James, North Sea Collaborations and Susi Bellamy. There's also a Pop-Up Shop. 

ABOVE: Selling show Design Source includes work by northern talents Deadgood ('Bute' armchair), Susi Bellamy (cushions, lampshade, ottoman and wallpaper), Godfrey Syrett ('Low Ken' stools and circular 'Harry' table), Nick James (lamp base) and Dove Street Pottery (bowls and jug); European oak 'Fluted' cabinet by Nick James, with fluted doors and drawer fronts; Handmade 'Oak' bench with subtle curves and rounded corners by Nick James; 'Working' table, 'Setter' chairs and 'Pop' rug by Deadgood

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Northern Design Festival 2017 runs from 3 to 8 November 2017. All the events listed here are on show at The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, (entry £2.50; see website for opening hours, and other events at alternative festival venues).

Pictures: Sasa Savic, Guy Archard

LDF 2017 – 8 FizzPicks for London Design Festival

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8 FizzPicks for making the most of the last weekend of London Design Festival 2017

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

With so many goodies up for grabs, London Design Festival can be bewildering. We've already shared some standout shows – from Camille Walala's rainbow-bright installation Villa Walala to Lee Broom's inky-black showroom, Bethan Gray's monochrome marquetry and designjunction's stylish smorgasbord. Here are 8 more of our top picks to help you navigate the final weekend of the city's biggest design bash, with all the exhibitions, events and experiences listed here wrapping up on Sunday 24 September, unless otherwise stated. Enjoy!

ABOVE: Captivating V&A installations include Flynn Talbot's experiential coloured light 'Reflection Room'; Ross Lovegrove's long folded textile 'Transmission' sculpture; and Petr Stanicky's glass-inspired 'Evocations' art works

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Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7
Once more the V&A is a humming hub of design activity, including a cluster of must-see creative commissions. Topping our wow list is London-based Australian lighting designer Flynn Talbot's mesmerising 'Reflection Room' installation, illuminating the arched, 35-metre-long Prince Consort Gallery. Viewers are immersed in shifting waves of Talbot's signature complementary orange and blue light, reflected via large, gloss black Barrisol panels. Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove's undulating, tactile 'Transmission' installation is a 21.3-metre fluid textile-sculpture formed from folds of Alcantara material in the Tapestries room. It looks vaguely monstrous and bodily, but its curious colour tones and textures riff on the heritage hunting tapestries hanging on the surrounding walls (on show until 8 October). Also look out for Czech glassmaker Petr Stanicky's 'Evocations' installation by the Glass & Ceramics Galleries, two sculptural racks holding light-filled vessels backdropped by city skyline views.

ABOVE: Customised chairs by Yinka Ilori created in collaboration with volunteer restorers for the Restoration Station auction; citizenM Shoreditch hotel's vibrant playground installation, inspired by Ilori's childhood memories of playing outdoors at his North London council estate

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Restoration Station, 118 Shoreditch High Street, London E1
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London-born designer Yinka Ilori has two eye-poppingly colourful projects brightening up town for #LDF17, channelling his Nigerian heritage. For Restoration Station x Yinka Ilori, he has collaborated with volunteer restorers at not-for-profit vintage furniture store Restoration Station in Shoreditch to upcycle pre-loved chairs in vibrant hues. Snap up the mood-boosting results at an online auction to support this enterprising addiction recovery charity (deadline midnight Tuesday 26 September, although the exhibition wraps this Sunday). Ilori has also designed public play zone 'Estate Playground' in the entrance of the 2016-launched citizenM London Shoreditch hotel, inspired by the bright patterns of West African textiles and growing up in a council estate as a child. What with Camille Walala's interactive inflatable 'Villa Walala' in Broadgate, we're seeing a trend exploring patterntastic play and creative community spaces for this year's festival.

ABOVE: Faye Toogood's graphic sandcast-aluminium 'Spade' chairs; Surreally beautiful styling at The Tradeshow, her exchange of work with UK designers including furniture, ceramics, art and installations

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The Trade Show, The Garage, 1 North Terrace, London SW3

Inspiring British designer Faye Toogood is hosting The Trade Show in South Kensington, inviting 50 of the country's leading creatives to join her in a mutually supportive collaboration. Toogood gave each of them one of her signature 'Spade' chairs – created for this project in limited-edition sandcast-aluminium – and in return they traded a representative piece of their own work. On board are architects, artists, photographers and fashion stylists, as well as top-notch furniture designers including Max Lamb, studio Glithero, Michael Sodeau, Peter MarigoldBethan Laura Wood and Tom Dixon. Their interactions with the chairs are captured in the beautifully realised show, alongside a surreal site-specific installation by food designers Arabeschi di Latte, drawing on folk-art superstitions.

ABOVE: Multi-disciplinary designer Bethan Laura Wood; The eccentric British talent's work is showcased by ONEROOM alongside diverse designs from Milan exhibited in a Victorian townhouse

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9 French Place, London E1

Split over a four-floor Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch topped by an airy terrace, this atmospheric gallery show combines recent works by quirky British designer Bethan Laura Wood – known for her bold use of colour, pattern and texture across ceramics, lighting, furniture and fabrics – with a selection of design, objects and art from Milan. It's a collaboration between Wood and Shoreditch-based multidisciplinary design office ONEROOM, which delivers interiors, industrial and graphic design.

ABOVE: Design Frontiers' cutting-edge shows include Benjamin Hubert/LAYER's new 'Axyl' chairs and stools for Allermuir; Jaime Hayon and Jasper Morrison's menswear fashion label Jijibaba; and 'Materialise', wearable sports tech presented by Katie Greenyer of Pentland Brands

Design Frontiers
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2

Free group show Design Frontiers at Somerset House gathers more than 30 boundary-pushing international designers, from furniture to fashion and technology to textiles. Brit designer Benjamin Hubert of design agency LAYER is launching his 'Axyl' collection of sustainable chairs for Allermuir, sporting sinuous silhouettes in recycled and stackable aluminium and plastic. Hubert is also unveiling his lifestyle-focussed tech brand nolii, including sleek device chargers, global plugs and cable management. Spanish designer Jaime Hayon and UK star Jasper Morrison have joined forces to create new menswear range Jijibaba, launched here and at Dover Street Market. Featuring workwear jackets, cotton shirts and chinos, the 38-piece collection includes witty T-shirts and cardigans (sporting smiley faces), with the duo curating future contributions by art and design talents. Vitra and Fritz Hansen pieces furnish the apartment-style space. For wearable technology don't miss Materialise: The Big Studio and Pentland Brands, a red-hued installation spotlighting performance-enhancing sports kit and athleisure wear, from trainers to swimsuits and backpacks.

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ABOVE: Miniature pots by Yuta Segawa at group showcase 'Ceramics in the City' at Hoxton's Geffrye Museum

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Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2

Lovers of the handmade who are potty about pottery will adore this annual selling show at the Geffrye Museum, with 'Ceramics in the City' showing work by 50 of the UK's leading ceramic artists. Buy direct from the makers, with user-friendly tableware and one-off craft pieces to tempt you. With ceramics embracing oriental influences, organic forms and kooky colour, you're bound to find your favourite; then wander this museum of domestic interiors with room sets displayed in a string of 18th-century almshouses flanked by herb and period gardens.

ABOVE: Posters by German graphic designer Otl Aicher promoting the alpine town of Isny Im Allgäu, part of the largest retrospective of his work ever shown in the UK

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3 Tyers Gate, London SE1 (until 29 September)

If graphic design is your bag, knock yourself out at 'Otl Aicher's Isny', a fascinating exhibition hosted by design/brand consultancy dn&co at its Bermondsey gallery Ground Floor Space devoted to the work of the acclaimed German talent. Graphic designer Otl Aicher is best known for branding airline Lufthansa and the 1972 Munich Olympics, as well as founding the influential Ulm School of Design. This show explores the iconic design identity he devised in the 1970s for the small town of Isny Im Allgäu, an alpine tourist destination in southern Germany keen to plug its summer cycling and winter skiing. Aicher distilled the town into 120 pictograms – stark, black-and-white and pared back – expressing German Modernism at its best. We can't wait to order the limited-edition book launched to tie by sister company Place Press. 

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ABOVE: Pattern and colour rule as fashion duo Peter Pilotto bring creative collaborations with design and art world pals to a Victorian townhouse in South Kensington, including Martino Gamper's 'Arnold Circus' stools

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3 Cromwell Place, London SW7 (until 15 October)

Fashion, design and art walk hand in hand at Peter Pilotto's boho takeover of a three-storey Victorian townhouse in South Kensington for Brompton Design District. The East London-based duo behind the arty UK fashion label – Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos – display their wonderful womenswear (including the just-revealed Spring/Summer 18 collection), but have also brought their design scene pals on board. So Bethan Laura Wood provides pastel-hued glass lighting, furniture designer Martino Gamper creates colourful 'Arnold Circus' stools, glassblower Jochen Holz crafts jugs and vases, and artist Francis Upritchard and designer Max Lamb provide art works, including collaborations with the boys. Rugs, antiques, throws and vibrant painted walls hint at the pair's taste, giving an insight into their style and creative processes.

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London Design Festival runs until this Sunday 24 September 2017, although select events may continue longer.

Five Must-Sees at Melbourne's NGV

In the mood for a culture hit? We share five FizzPicks from Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria, including fashion, architecture and art...

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has a flock of fascinating shows and installations on this season, from radical fashion to architecture, design and art. We share five of the best current must-sees below. For future diary dates, make plans to catch US photography exhibition 'William Eggleston Portraits' (17 March-18 June 2017) and major draw 'The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture' (27 August-7 November 2017).
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ABOVE: Australian Islamic Centre, Newport, Melbourne, by Glenn Murcutt


VIKTOR&ROLF: Fashion Artists
Until 26 February 2017
Radical Dutch fashion duo Viktor&Rolf's surreal creations get their first Australian airing in 'Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists'. Exploring their love affair with wearable art, the exhibition includes more than 40 haute couture and ready-to-wear looks, many verging on the sculptural with 3D details. Dollphobics look away, as there are also 21 handmade Belgian dolls sporting ensembles. A video gallery of runway footage brings the pair's performance-art-inspired catwalk shows to life. Children will love separate interactive installation 'Atelier: Viktor&Rolf For Kids'.

ABOVE: Chromogenic print Heather Marks by David LaChapelle, 'The House at the End of the World', 2015, featuring Viktor&Rolf 'Bedtime Story RTW collection A/W 2005, published in Vogue Italia, October 2015; Viktor&Rolf 'Wearable Art' haute couture collection, A/W 2015-16


GLEN MURCUTT: Architecture of Faith
Until 19 February 2017
Known for his environmentally conscious, locally sensitive designs, Glenn Murcutt turned 80 recently, but this hugely influential Australian architect is still making waves. NGV exhibition 'Glenn Murcutt: Architecture of Faith' delves into one of his most inspiring recent projects, the new Australian Islamic Centre at Newport, Melbourne, created with practice Elevli Plus. Defining a new language for contemporary Australian Islam, the building respects traditional mosque architecture while bravely pushing the boundaries in terms of geometry, colour and materials.

ABOVE: Australian Islamic Centre, detail of minaret wall; Elevated roof detail showing lantern layout, Australian Islamic Centre, Newport, 2016, designed by Glenn Murcutt AO in collaboration with Elevli Plus


2016 NGV ARCHITECTURE COMMISSION: M@Studio Architects
Until April 2017
We told you pink was trending! This playful pink reimagining of a suburban car wash has taken over the NGV's Grollo Equiset Garden. The 2016 NGV Architecture Commission, it was designed by local M@Studio Architects and modelled on the dimensions of a real car wash. Made of lightweight steel with cricket-netting walls and a translucent polycarbonate roof, it sports five bays of hot pink AstroTurf with rubberised humps and road markings. Illuminated at night with a sparkly 'car wash' sign, it hosts talks, live music and events, with two lanes diffusing cooling mist.

ABOVE: 'Haven't you always wanted...?', M@Studio Architects car wash installation for the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission


JEPPE HEIN: Semicircular Space
Until 26 February 2017

A disorientating maze of reflective stainless steel, 'Semicircular Space' by Danish-born, Berlin-based contemporary artist Jeppe Hein is a striking, immersive installation in NGV International's central Federation Court. Shaped like a sinuous nautilus, it's proving an Instagram favourite.

ABOVE: Installation view of Jeppe Hein's 'Semicircular Space', 2016


JOHN OLSEN: The You Beaut Country
Until 12 February 2017
Major Australian art exhibition 'John Olsen: The You Beaut Country' celebrates one of the country's greatest living artists, aged 88, known for his wonderful ways with colour, fluid form and grand scale. Featuring Olsen's 'You beauty country' series begun in the 1960s and inspired by Australian landscape and nature, as well as more recent prints, paintings and watercolours (including some representing Lake Eyre's return from drought), it's pure palette pleasure.

ABOVE: 'Seafood paella' oil on plywood, 2007, John Olsen, private collection


The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is at Federation Square; nearby NGV International is at 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne; see website for locations of specific shows

Photos: Viktor&Rolf (David LaChapelle; Team Peter Stigter); Glenn Murcutt (Tobias Titz), copyright held by G. Murcutt on all mosque drawings and designs; NGV Architecture Commission (Peter Bennetts); Jeppe Hein (Courtesy König Galerie, Berlin, Nicholai Wallner Gallery, Copenhagen, and 303 Gallery, New York; John Olsen (Administered by Viscopy, Sydney)