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

Bohinc Studio

Lara Bohinc, the fashionistas' favourite jewellery designer, has a chic new London space to play house in. Step into her gem of a showroom...

BY DEE IVA

‘Jewellery for the home’ is how Slovenian jewellery designer Lara Bohinc describes her venture into furniture, lighting and accessories. Having wowed the fashion intelligentsia with her delicate filigree jewellery designs since graduating from London's Royal College of Art in 1997, Bohinc is having the same effect on the world of interiors.

So much so that she launched Bohinc Studio in 2016 to continue her foray into homewares and has now opened a new showroom in West London to share the results. Set on the ground floor of a Grade II-listed townhouse, it's the perfect setting to view her elegant marble, brass, glass and ceramic collections, backdropped by period cornicing and bold geometric-patterned marble floors.

ABOVE: Lara Bohinc's new West London showroom
ABOVE RIGHT: Designer Lara Bohinc
BELOW: Bohinc's 'Collision Console' table, £15,550, and 'Collision Large Table Light', £4,815

Bohinc’s first furniture design the rotating marble-and-brass ‘Solaris Kinetic Table’, part of the 'Lunar Collection' for Lapicida, can be seen here but we’re particularly taken with the new ‘Collision Console’ table, also for the luxe UK stone specialist. A star piece in her chic showroom, the simple geometric shape echoes Bohinc’s jewellery, albeit on a much larger scale. Also on show is the ‘Fortress’ collection of ceramic vases, inspired by octagonal towers at Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia, sinuous Murano glass 'Venturi' vases, and the deconstructed gold-and-white ceiling and table lights from the ‘Collision’ series.

BELOW: The 'Fortress' collection of vases in white, gold and bronze, from £625

Welcome to grown-up glamour for the well-heeled home...
bohincstudio.com

Bohinc Studio, Ground Floor, 59 Kensington Gardens Square, London W2. Open daily from 10am to 6pm by appointment only

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