STREAMLINED silhouettes and a tailored minimalist edge form the distinguished codes of Giorgio Armani and his ARMANI/CASA designs.
The rise of FLACK STUDIO over-recent years has seen the practice, led by David Flack, expand to encompass all facets of design. And now, the team has a highly expressive, ARTFUL space worthy of such ambition.
MATTER OF FACT
Piero Lissoni has just visited Australia to mark SPACE Furniture’s three decades in business and in this discussion charters his own DESIGN pursuits since he started his eponymous studio at the age of 30.
ON THE RADAR
The variety and scope of the AUSTRALIAN DESIGN community continues to make leaps and bounds with these three Australian creative TALENTS adding their unique voices and distinctive output to the conversation.
What’s an Oigåll — a forest dwelling mole native to Finland? “That’s funny,” says Andy Kelly, artistic director of the project space flashing said name across a window on Melbourne’s city-edge Gertrude Street. “It’s the nickname of Mitchell’s maternal grandmother — Oigåll, that’s Oiiiiigall.”
He works the word into an emphatic pout and lets his partner Mitchell Zurek run with the story of Gertrude Spilsbury who hated her name, changed it to Irene and endured her husband’s debasement of its lyricism to Oigåll.
“She was always creatively tinkering in the garden, urging me to ‘give it a go’,” says Zurek of living with her for four years while studying landscape architecture at RMIT University.
Cementing her status as a master of TACTILE flourishes and VIBRANT colour use, designer Bethan Laura Wood is set to unveil a major career milestone at NGV Triennial.
Bethan Laura Wood is nervous. “I’m like a bad backseat driver right now, kind of on tenterhooks hoping to see everything finished,” she says. I’m speaking to the designer in London via Zoom, as she awaits the latest photos from Italian veneer specialists Alpi, who are assembling the intensely hued wood pieces that feature in her latest installation. After making several trips to Italy to check them and tweak the design, Wood is waiting to hear if all the pieces fit. Considering she has been crafting this defining work for close to a year, it’s understandable that the British creative is anxious about seeing her vision coming together.
THE VL EDIT
A curated hit list of the latest statement makers including a continued devotion to artful floorcoverings with YABU PUSHELBERG realising a set of hyperreal landscapes in their Momento collection for CC-TAPIS.
CATCH THE LIGHT
JEAN-MICHEL FRANK and American Psycho may seem like odd bedfellows, but all were style touchstones for designer Gillian Khaw’s SYDNEY harbourside family apartment.
As The New York Times columnist Frank Bruni put it: “Decades are like people. Some take up more oxygen than others.” Which makes the 1980s positively vampiric, suggests Sydney designer Gillian Khaw of the gaudy spectacle of politics and cultural peacocking that defined her childhood and made her swear off bad denim and big hair forever.
But don’t we all revile and later return with begrudging affection to our first beginnings, the question asked of the Handelsmann + Khaw co-founder who makes the ‘mea culpa’ confession of recently buying back into the era and embracing the big dream energy sparked by its deregulation of banks.
Olivier Garcé and Clio Dimofski are known for their CONSIDERED furniture and interior design work that effortlessly links TIMELESS SKILL with the present moment so it’s no wonder their elegant Lisbon home embodies this philosophy.
On the edge of the PARISIAN golden triangle, Hauvette & Madani creates a vibrant Haussmannian-style apartment, casting a confident blend of CONTEMPORARY works with unconventional furniture pieces.
A NEW LEAF
Salvaging the PAST was an exacting labour of love for Hugh-Jones Mackintosh and AN+A, where inspiration has flourished within heritage parameters in the resurrection of a 1930s SYDNEY home.
Colour, MATERIALITY and spatial awareness come to the fore in an Italian apartment recast by designer CRISTINA CELESTINO.
For his own family space, an idiosyncratic canal home in Amsterdam, Thomas Geerlings of Dutch design studio FRAMEWORK leans into the bowerbird nature of treasures and MEMORIES collected on travels.
For Kate Bellm and Edgar Lopez, HOTEL CORAZÓN offers a chance to showcase creative pursuits, MALLORCA and the bountiful gifts of Mother Nature.
BRAVE NEW WORLD
After unveiling a SLEEK and sensual new flagship in sunny CALIFORNIA, it’s clear Armadillo is only headed in one direction: going global.