Rigg Design Prize 2018

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

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

LDF 2017 – 5 FizzPicks for London Design Fair

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5 top tips for London Design Fair, which takes over East London's Old Truman Brewery this weekend...

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Hanging out at London Design Fair is pretty much our idea of the perfect Sunday. Spend your day perusing emerging and established design talent in and around East London's Old Truman Brewery, before chilling out at one of Brick Lane's bars, cafes or curry houses. One of our key pit stops for London Design Festival, this sprawling event hosts a huge selection of exhibitors, ticking the boxes from furniture to lighting and accessories.

So where to start? Always worth a look are the Country Pavilions, which offer group shows celebrating the best of national design from Sweden to Portugal, the Netherlands to Finland, Poland to South Korea, and beyond. You'll also discover special Features at the fair, from themed exhibits to material galleries and one-off collaborations. For a mix of inspiring designs, kick off with these five FizzPicks...


TOP: Design hunters can satisfy their curiosity at 2017's London Design Fair at Old Truman Brewery
ABOVE: Handmade with 100% cotton textiles, Mijo Studio's interactive 'Aio' seating encourages users to create different compositions

Mijo Studio (stand E23, Hall T1)
Devotees of bold pattern and colour, painterly prints and contemporary textiles will love the work of Mijo Studio. Based in Copenhagen, the Danish-Norwegian design duo – Miranda Tengs Brun and Josefine Gilbert – have brought their interactive 'Aio' seating to London Design Fair, which started life as a playful experiment into the relationship between patterns and shapes. Turn and flip the elements of this foam seat, with jaunty printed cotton upholstery, to create fresh compositions. Scandi chic.


ABOVE: Flyte's levitating products include the 'Flyte' light and 'Lyfe' planter, which both float in the air; A video showing the 'Flyte' light in action

Flyte (stand L05, Hall T3-C)
An innovation company specialising in home decor and lighting products, Swedish brand Flyte, founded by Simon Morris, launches a minimal light and vase flaunting magnetic magic! Both the 'Flyte' light bulb and the 'Lyfe' planter float in the air, levitating, 'setting the design free'. 'Flyte' draws power wirelessly from the base below while twirling around in mid-air, using induction rather than batteries. 'Lyfe' harnesses maglev ('magnetic levitation') technology, with a custom-shaped magnet pushing up against an electromagnetic base causing the planter to levitate in a zero-gravity growing system. See Flyte's site for more on how these magnetic fields work, or just enjoy the mystery!


ABOVE: Liga Studio's multifunctional 'Liga' series of storage boxes/occasional tables combines ombré pattern, fluoro colour and an unusual ligature detail for a hinge

Liga Studio (stand F33, Hall T1)
Storage gets sexy thanks to new French company Liga Studio, which has unveiled gorgeous ombré 'Liga' tables/storage units for London Design Fair. Run by creative duo Pierre Alexandre Cesbron (ENSCI) and Matthieu Muller (Design Academy Eindhoven), the brand's range of storage furniture includes a box, a bedside and a coffee table. It's the colour gradients that give these sleek contemporary designs star quality, as well as unusual details such as the ligature linking the top and bottom, acting as a hinge.


ABOVE: British Craft Pavilion's showcase includes ash and leather easy chairs by Will Elworthy Furniture; handmade porcelain vessels by Linda Bloomfield; wallpaper murals by Louise Body; stoneware platters by Kana London; and Tanya McCallin's finely thrown bowls in black stoneware and earthenware

British Craft Pavilion
Looking good this year is the British Craft Pavilion, an innovative selection of around 40 UK makers across diverse craft disciplines, curated by Hole & Corner magazine. Furniture, ceramics, textiles, wood, and work in lacquer, leather, metal, and concrete are among the diverse media explored in this striking show, where the handmade rules.


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ABOVE: Graphic lighting by Earnest Studio is a highlight on the USA: Guest Country stand

USA: Guest Country (Stand 10, Hall S3)
Curated by Sight Unseen, this inspiring assembly of 13 American-born or -based design practices includes minimal lighting by Earnest Studio, modernist-inspired furniture by California's Eric Trine, quirky sculptural lighting by Chicago's Steven Haulenbeek, and gorgeous, light-refracting glass objects by Seattle-based John Hogan. Don't miss Brooklyn/Seattle's Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, known for playful furniture, jewellery and lighting creations. Born in the USA...

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London Design Fair is at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 from 16 to 24 September 2017, including public days at the weekend. For visitor and ticket details click here.

LDF 2016 – 10 Fab FizzPicks

With eye-popping numbers of events, it pays to plan your time at London Design Festival carefully. Here are 10 fab FizzPicks for #LDF16

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

A black-and-white climbing wall, a barge full of interior accessories or an architectural 'megatube' shaped like a smile... 2016's London Design Festival really does have something for everyone, with plenty of fresh creations to blow your mind.

With hundreds of events, and thousands of designs, up for grabs before the festival wraps this Sunday 25 September, #LDF16 is nothing if not intense. The art is to be prepared, hone your hit list, take a tote and ditch those heels (and yes, you may need a few prosecco refuelling stops!). Here are 10 hot design destinations to wet your whistle, but keep an eye on our Instagram feed for more inspiring #FizzPicks.

Whether you're keen to see furniture, fabrics or lighting, design or craft, emerging local talent or established international names, we've got a savvy selection for you. From box-fresh showrooms to vibrant street art, and radical scent design to eco-friendly oases in the city, here's to discovering the unexpected. This year's London Design Festival visual identity branding, by Pentagram, 'celebrates what often goes unnoticed, highlighting detail'. We'll drink to that...

ABOVE: Design fans snap 'Sculpting Scent', a show by Zuzu Mengham and Laboratory Perfumes at The Conran Shop, Marylebone
ABOVE RIGHT: Pentagram's tenth typographic identity for the London Design Festival's promotional materials, in its signature red and white, is inspired by Charles Eames' belief that the details make the design


The Smile
Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, SW1
Until 12 October 2016

For interactive design that will put a smile on your dial, climb inside 'The Smile' by London's Alison Brooks Architects, one of LDF's specially commissioned Landmark Projects. A 34m-long timber 'mega-tube' that you can inhabit and explore, it's formed from cross-laminated American tulipwood engineered with Arup into a sweeping sculpture, curving up at both ends. Cue airy viewing platforms, a smile shape and grins all round...


MINI LIVING Forests
Vince Court, N1; Charles Square Gardens, N1; Cnr Pitfield Street and Charles Square, EC1

Until 25 September 2016
Scattered around Shoreditch, Brit architect Asif Khan's three 'MINI LIVING 'Forests' installations offer verdant spots for retreat and reflection. A Landmark Project, these eco-savvy architectural solutions to urban living offer plant-filled 'forest bathing' spots (shinrin yoku), and will host pop-up dinners, workshops, plant exchanges and talks. The project examines ways to activate unused public space in dense cityscapes, creating inspiring 'third places' for social interaction.


Sculpting Scent
The Conran Shop, 55 Marylebone High Street, W1
Until 25 September 2016

'Sculpting Scent', a collaboration between London artist Zuzu Mengham and fragrance innovators Laboratory Perfumes, will seduce design hunters at The Conran Shop in Marylebone. Mengham's vibrant, swirly resin sculptures represent five fragrances through scent and colour, transforming aromas into solid objects. With our regular Looking Glass posts, The Fizz has long championed beauty and perfume design, and this installation has us entranced.


London Design Fair
Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, E1
22-25 September 2016

Dynamic umbrella show London Design Fair, including Fizz faves Tent London and Super Brands, is one of the festival's major Design Destinations. Over four days at East London's Old Truman Brewery, it will showcase more than 500 exhibitors from 29 nations, taking in country pavilions, established brands and emerging talents. Global showcases include the ever-intriguing '100% Norway' (curated by Max Fraser), 'Inspiring Portugal', 'Swedish Design Pavilion' and 'China Academy of Art'. International exhibitions span 'This is India' and the 'British Craft Pavilion' (including Marcin Rusak's sculptural lamps). Connecting British designers with Italian manufacturers, 'Trentino Collaborations' features a monumental granite chair by Max Lamb. Individual exhibitors at Tent include Californian mid-century-inspired furniture brand Bend Goods.


Ready Made Go 2
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1
Until 25 September 2016

Who doesn't love a monochrome climbing wall? This graphic wonder, the 'Ascension', was designed by London studio Patternity, as one of several 'Ready Made Go 2' commissions installed at Shoreditch's Ace Hotel. Located in the gym, it's a celebration of 'pattern, patience and perseverance.' Curated by Modern Design Review magazine, all the designs were made to be integrated permanently into the hotel, or sold in its shop, including creations by Silo StudioFaye Toogood and Jochen Holz. A gorgeous example are the 'BBQ' tiles by Assemble + Granby Workshop, cladding the seventh-floor bar. The patterns were formed by baking in a barbecue.


Light & Colour
Skandium, 86 Marylebone High Street, W1

Until 25 September 2016
Scandi design store Skandium will showcase 'Light & Colour', launching the iconic new 'Panthella Mini' table light by design icon Verner Panton for Danish lighting brand Louis Poulsen. The size and material are new, and it comes in 11 juicy new colours. Skandium's 245 Brompton Road sister store celebrates the whimsical work of Danish maximalist Bjørn Wiinblad, known for playful ceramic homewares and figurines, as well as textiles and tapestries.


Floating Pop-Up
Bert & May showroom, 67 Vyner Street, E2, and nearby canal barge
Until 30 September 2016

When London design influencers Darkroom traded their cool bricks-and-mortar store on Lamb's Conduit Street for online sales and wholesale we stifled a tear. Now the duo is back with 'Floating Pop-Up', a collaboration with Bert & May. Darkroom's pop-up has taken over Bert's Barge to showcase their new nautically-inspired A/W range of interior accessories and jewellery, while Bert & May's nearby showroom unveils fabrics, a new 'Darkroom Black' paint colour, and modular encaustic tile collection 'Split Shift', which can be arranged in myriad patterns. The three-strong launch celebrates simple geometric shapes – the circle, square and triangle.


Rock Pool
Basement Level, 3 Cromwell Place, SW7

Until 25 September 2016
New York-based Australian photographer Martyn Thompson launches his new 'Rock Pool' collection of upholstery fabrics, inspired by his photos of the ocean. Woven in cotton on a jacquard loom, the abstract fabrics are suitable for upholstery, soft furnishings and wall hangings, and evoke the movement of water, the play of sunlight on sea, and natural rock pools, reflecting Thompson's love of the accidental.


Creative Spaces and Places
Hope Exchange, outside 65 Southwark Street, SE1
Until 25 September 2016

Pattern Queen Camille Walala is all over town for LDF16, literally. The London textile and graphic designer has created one of her signature geo-bright street art works for Better Bankside's 'Creative Spaces and Places', transforming a pedestrian crossing on Southwark Street as part of the Bankside Design District. Walala has also crafted an eye-popping, rainbow Vinyl Lounge for Clerkenwell London store's 'Design Undefined' showcase (155 Farringdon Road, EC1, until 24 September), complemented by Yinka Illori's colourful upcycled chairs. For 'Re-inventing Re-vive', at Natuzzi's showroom (80-81 Tottenham Court Road, W1, until 25 September), Walala reinterpreted the classic 'Re-vive' recliner in bold pattern for a limited edition design.



60 Fulham Road, SW3
Until 25 September 2016

Lovers of 's elegant modern furniture rejoice! The European design brand launches its new flagship showroom in London's Brompton Design District for LDF16, its first in the capital open to the public. Expect to see new additions to Slovenian talent Nika Zupanc's glam 'Stay' range (a bench and dining table), alongside collections by Jaime Hayon and Damien Langlois-Meurinne.


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The citywide London Design Festival runs from 17-25 September 2016; see events for individual dates and opening hours. A few extend beyond the official festival.