Lee Broom – Park Life

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British designer Lee Broom reveals ‘Park Life’, a dazzling pop-up exhibition in a car park in Sydney

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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UK design talent Lee Broom is known for glamorous lighting, furniture and accessories. His shows are just as cutting-edge, with the rising star previously exhibiting his work in a mock department store, a mobile van (albeit one tricked out with an elegant room interior) and on a fairground carousel. Now Broom is taking over an underground car park below Space’s Sydney furniture showroom for ambitious pop-up ‘Park Life’, sharing his new lights with the public in a modernist maze. The Alexandria installation will be his largest to date, covering 4,000 square feet, with the free exhibition running from 14 to 20 March.

‘I am delighted to return to Australia to present this exciting exhibition with Space Furniture,’ says Broom. ‘Australia has been a big supporter of my work for many years and it is an honour to create such a significant installation to showcase my collection in Sydney.’

TOP: The entrance to Sydney’s subterranean ‘Park Life’ maze pavilion, with Lee Broom flanked by his ‘Orion Globe’ and ‘Orion Tube’ lights. ABOVE RIGHT: Fix up, look sharp… London lighting designer Lee Broom before he turned blonde for his Australian tour

A former actor and fashion designer, Broom is known for his trademark sharp look, teaming simple classic and street-savvy details. His designs also reinterpret classical styles in contemporary ways, giving them an unexpected edge. Expect more striking fusions at immersive experience ‘Park Life’, where he’ll be transforming the raw, concrete, industrial car park into his take on a trad English garden.

ABOVE: Lee Broom’s surreal modernist garden maze ‘Park Life’ in Sydney, a beautifully resolved installation featuring his lighting, accessories and furniture in a series of 16 illuminated room sets. Enchanting vignettes play with ideas from chess boards and Newton’s Cradles to cascading waterfalls and trompe l’oeil reflections

Channelling a meandering maze, the pop-up will take guests on ‘a poetic journey of discovery through hidden passageways, with tableaus and vignettes,’ says Broom, showcasing his lighting, furniture and accessories. Inspiration hails from 18th-century pleasure gardens, with their mazes and miniature waterways, amusing visitors with the latest art, architecture, music and illuminations. However, Broom gives the concept a modernist spin, aiming to create a sense of escapism, entertainment and drama.

ABOVE: More mesmerising moments from the ‘Park Life’ pavilion. A white polycarbonate box within the concrete car park, its interconnecting spaces are lined with pale gravel, with designs displayed beside classical statues on boxy, layered plinths. Black acrylic, cut-outs and mirror add surprise to surfaces

If Broom’s mind-bending 2017 trompe l’oeil installation ‘On Reflection’ at his London showroom is anything to go by, design hunters should be in for a treat. Broom chose to show in Sydney, not Milan this year, reaching out to his Australian and Asia-Pacific fanbase, and has put all his creative energy into crafting a surreally beautiful space, guaranteed to whisk visitors into wonderland.

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ABOVE: Lee Broom’s new ‘Eclipse’ pendant lights, updated in polished gold, will be showcased at the pop-up

Debuting at the ‘Park Life’ installation is a new version of Broom’s award-winning ‘Eclipse’ light in a polished gold finish, a warmer, softer interpretation of the original chrome. Like an elegant mobile, these sculptural pendants look different from every angle, with mirror-polished gold and acrylic discs interacting, simultaneously eclipsing and revealing their charms.

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: ‘Eclipse’ chandelier three piece in sheeny gold. The design also comes as a table lamp, with all three variations available to order from April. Broom’s ‘Orion Tube’ and ‘Orion Globe’ pendant lights in polished gold

‘Park Life’ is part of Broom’s wider #LBTour of Asia and Australia, which has seen him give design talks at Space’s showrooms in Singapore for Singapore Design Week (4-17 March), and Brisbane, with another to come at Space Melbourne on 14 March (6pm-9pm) for Melbourne Design Week (14-24 March). Design fans can buy tickets to the Melbourne event, in which Broom will chat about his career, global brand and the experimental nature of design. Plans are also afoot for him to talk at ECC’s Auckland showroom in New Zealand. Don’t miss this illuminating talent…
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ABOVE: Broom’s circular ‘Carousel XL’ pendant light in matte black at the installation, inspired by British fairground merry-go-rounds

Free exhibition ‘Park Life’ is at Space, 84 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, Sydney, from 14 to 20 March 2019 (open daily 10am to 5pm); a launch evening on 13 March is by invite only. Lee Broom’s products are available exclusively in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia from Space Furniture. His ticketed Melbourne talk is at Space, 629 Church Street, Richmond, on 14 March (6pm-9pm)

Pictures: Craig Wall (Sydney installation)

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

Sydney Open 2017

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Discover inspiring architecture, from skyscrapers to studios, at this weekend's Sydney Open

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Sydney Open 2017 is catnip to architecture fans, throwing open the doors to more than 60 of the city's most inspiring spaces this weekend (4-5 November 2017). Much-loved heritage edifices and cutting-edge, future-forward buildings are in the mix at this annual event, run by Sydney Living Museums, so get out and about...

TOP: Taking in views of Sydney Harbour from George Street's EY Centre
ABOVE: Popular must-sees include the curvy cool Abercrombie Building at The University of Sydney, with its dramatic spiral staircase; Seidler's 50-storey concrete Australia Square building, set in an open but contained plaza; and the futuristic interior of the Reserve Bank of Australia, including a grand double-height lobby with granite-faced columns and a ceiling of gold-anodised aluminium

Go behind the scenes with expert-led Focus Tours on Saturday 4 November, featuring more in-demand destinations. Popular tours such as the St James Station Tunnels sell out early, but you can still bag a spot to explore Carriageworks railway yards-turned-contemporary arts centre with architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.

The real action kicks off on Sunday 5 November, with self-guided access to around 45 buildings around town, from the CBD to Central, Redfern and Eveleigh. There are 13 new attractions for 2017, including the Abercrombie Building at The University of Sydney by Woods Bagot and Dexus Place and The Terrace at One Farrer by Girvan Waugh. You can also see some of the most inspiring recent buildings, including 2016's curvy gold-and-timber workplace skyscraper the EY Centre by FJMT, as well as iconic designs such as the 1964 Reserve Bank of Australia (inspired by the International Style and built by the Commonwealth Department of Works) and Harry Seidler's art-wrapped, inclusive Australia Square complex, completed in 1967.

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ABOVE: The entry to 2016's EY Centre by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), two overlapping rounded towers with graphic timber blinds on the glass facade, granite floors at street level and an eye-catching indigenous artwork in the main lobby

Architects studios will welcome design hunters too, including Candalepas Associates, DKO Architecture at Old Redfern Post Office, Grimshaw, JPW Studio (within Harry Seidler & Associates' Plaza Building at Australia Square), PTW Architects in Aurora Place, and Unispace (on Level 43 of Grosvenor Place).

It pays to plan your itinerary ahead of time, shortlisting favourite buildings and charting the most energy-effective routes (you can download an app and map from the website). Ideally book tickets in advance online (a limited number can be picked up on the day), and wear your Sydney Open wristband for quick access. You can keep track of the event's social media to avoid queues at hot spots (@sydneyisopen on Instagram and Twitter, @sydlivmus on Facebook, #sydneyisopen). Share your best pics for a chance to win design-led prizes. A series of free drop-in talks and tours should also earn a place on your Sunday schedule, and there are a few tempting food and drink stops for refuelling.

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Sydney Open 2017 takes places across town from 4-5 November 2017; see website for visitor information and ticket passes. Basic entry is $49 for an adult Sydney Open Pass for Sunday 5 November, including access to more than 40 buildings; Member and VIP passes offer special extras. Most buildings are open 10am to 4pm on Sunday, but see website for specific venue hours.

Pictures: James Horan, Brett Boardman Photography, Peter Tabor

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