What attributes make Australian design unique?
Australian design is free of convention and acknowledges the cultural diversity of our country. It respects international design but edits and adapts to create true individuality.
Who is your favourite Australian designer?
It’s difficult to focus on just one name across so many disciplines, but Dinosaur Designs embodies everything I admire and respect about Australian design. They have longevity, creativity, individuality, business acumen and a sense of humour. There is nobody else quite like them.
Image by Daniel Guerra, courtesy of Dinosaur Designs
What is your favourite Australian building?
Predictably perhaps, it would have to be the Sydney Opera House. I can’t think of any other building in the world (with the exception perhaps of the Taj Mahal) that is such an iconic emblem of a nation. Added to which it is jaw-droppingly beautiful.
How critical is indigenous cultural in our design aesthetic?
Our indigenous culture should be understood, valued and respected, but it cannot influence everything. Design has to be a 360-degree experience.
Describe Australian design in one sentence.
It breaks the rules.
Stay tuned for the New Zealand perspective, we have asked editor of HOME NZ, Jeremy Hansen, his view too!
Clare & Beth outside Mrs. Press Dressing Room, Darlinghurst
Shop Til You Drop, April 2009
Now that I live in Sydney, Australia I have a much greater appreciation for New Zealand’s countryside. Two things resonate, how intensely green it is and how much the landscape changes before you, within such a small amount of travelling time. There is such diversity within New Zealand’s landscape, which makes it such a unique place to visit.
The photo’s above were taken on my last trip to Whangapoua - just last week!
By Stephanie Moffitt
Tetouan colour Fuchsia
We know you love to see our interior textiles used outside their recommended specification. Bethany's gorgeous skirt, pictured above, is made from Tetouan - a 100% silk design from our Morocco collection. Bethany created the skirt using the reverse side of Tetouan colour Twilight.
I also love Modern furniture, so for my scheme I have selected Jardan's Archie Chair and Sofa. The Archie range is made with an environmentally sustainable kiln-dried American Oak and uses high-resilience CFC-free polyurethane foam seat. I have chosen to upholster the chair in Meridian's Mallee, also from the the Australian Botanicals collection. Mallee is an upholstery weight 100% eco-linen fabric with a rustic and natural appearance.
For funky cushions I would choose Mokum's Arabesque colour Red Coral. Arabesque is from Mokum's Maroc Outdoor collection, but is also great for indoors. Arabesque is woven from 100% solution dyed olefin, which can be recycled up to ten times.
For the finishing touch, I have selected an unusual looking accessory, which I found on the Internet, a lamp from Electric Firefly, which contains recycled plastic and provides the ideal light for a relaxing atmosphere.