It’s intriguing to think that our life influences play a direct role in how we design. Of course, there are small aesthetic tweaks that make a difference visually, but then there are designers such as Daniel Boddam who showcase these influences in abundance and rear their heads in every series
Belem Lett, a Sydney-based artist, makes drawings, paintings, and sculptures. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2013, having graduated from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales. A particular series of interest for me is Belem’s collection of work titled ̵
Fantastic Brutalist-style furniture by another bureau of design. This Melbourne-based design studio works in the areas of furniture, lighting, and object design. Through the incorporation of both industrial and handmade production methods they have been able to develop objects that are informed by t
Founded by Melbourne-based designer Kohtaroh Colwell-Matsuura, SOZOU studio specializes in the production of minimal-looking metal lighting pieces that create a Zen-like ambiance. Next to being connected to eastern and western philosophies, the studio’s geometric lamps bring to mind the legacy
Can everyday objects be functional and fun at the same time? Australian designer Ashley Corbett-Smith creates playful-looking monochromatic functional objects made with long-lasting and sturdy materials like bronze or brass. His designs normally stem from a conceptual analysis of the emotional conne
The Look Elsewhere, 2018, acrylic on canvas There is a fresh, breezy lightness to Australian artist Sarah Kelk’s abstract paintings, as swipes and slabs of luminous colour float weightlessly through space. Elements of structure appear here and there in rigid ruler lines and flat, solid blocks of c
I like to come back to many of the architectural builds, or even the interior spaces of the past, and see whether their design choices have stood the test of time or not from an aesthetic point of view. ‘Shearers Quarters’ by Australia based architect firm John Wardle Architects is an ol
We all know that our actions have a repercussion of sorts, a ripple effect that starts somewhere and spans out to many other markets. I tend to think of art and creativity as a place where many of these ideas originate. Something artistic that didn’t necessarily mean to have a wider impact the
One under appreciated element of design is the ageing process. Industrial designers tend to let go of an object in a ‘perfect’ condition and fail to respect the fading version and what happens as the years roll on. Not Anna Varendorff though, a Melbourne-based artisan who crafts vases an
The sense of fun and play that architects must have when designing must be so rewarding. I’m sure when functionality comes in to play there’s a big discrepancy between what can actually be achieved thanks to the functionality of a build and the materials available at this current time. I
Sepideh Ilsey, an Iranian artist currently based in Perth, Australia starts out with a number of digital sketches before later transferring these on to linen with paint using brush techniques.
Wyan McAllister and Kyle Roddenby are the makers behind Clay Canoe, producing these sculptures from clay at their studio in Newcastle, New South Wales that are timeless and beautifully crafted.