Artichoke, December 2010

Artichoke, December 2010


Enjoy Australia’s most respected coverage of interior architecture, design, objects, people and products.


Khai Liew by Peter Ward
Discussion | Cassie Hansen | 1 Dec 2010

Khai Liew

Peter Ward’s book about Adelaide-based furniture designer Khai Liew is part pictorial study, part biography. Liew’s strict childhood in Kuala Lumpur where, even then, he showed …


A black and white room by DP Architects of Hotel Wanderlust in Singapore, part of Design Hotels.
Discussion | Penny Craswell | 1 Dec 2010

What is a design hotel

We look at how the design hotel has developed and uncover some of the newest hotel projects underway by Australian designers.

Boomerang bar with private booths to the side.
Projects | Marg Hearn | 1 Dec 2010

Middle Park Hotel

Quirky details and a passion for sport set apart the Middle Park Hotel in Melbourne.

Novels by Melbourne writers, bedside lamp by Pierre & Charlotte, pillow cases by Miranda July for Third Drawer Down.
Projects | Kate Rhodes | 1 Dec 2010

The Lost & Found Hotel room

A new hotel concept, the Lost & Found is a temporary, free hotel room for sampling the work of creative Melburnians.

The lounge and bar of the reception building. The roof is made from curved Tasmanian timber beams built in a ribbed structure.
Projects | Pippa Dickson | 1 Dec 2010

Saffire Freycinet

Tasmanian resort Saffire offers a holistic experience drawing on the natural beauty of its surrounds.

Unique layouts And tailored artwork make each of the twenty-two rooms distinct.
Projects | Fiona Nixon | 1 Dec 2010

The Club

Ministry of Design reinvented Singapore shophouses as a chic, contemporary hotel referencing Singapore’s colonial heritage.

A choice of three separate pavilions offers private spaces.
Projects | Elana Castle | 1 Dec 2010

Sangoma Retreat

A retreat in the Bowen Mountains provides a home-style bush experience complete with Glenn Murcutt inspired architecture.

Dark feature wall surfaces and light surroundings help to add drama to the space.
Projects | Heather Barton | 1 Dec 2010

MGSM Hotel

PMDL brings soft lake-side colours indoors at Sydney MGSM business school’s hotel.

Future Forum.
Discussion | Sylvia Robeck | 1 Dec 2010

Hotels future forum

Hybrid thinkers go beyond the boundaries of convention at the 2010 sixth Design Hotels Future Forum in Berlin.

Bathrooms are a refuge, providing restorative spaces, while fresh flowers in the room result in positive emotions.
Discussion | Kathy Lo | 1 Dec 2010

Emotional Responses to Hotels

From hotel desk ergonomics to placement of toiletries, hotels offer a compelling mix of emotional triggers for female guests.


Snow, by Tokujin Yoshioka. Sensing nature, at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum. Within a glass case, fine feathers billow, emulating a snow storm.
Discussion | Darragh O'Brien | 1 Dec 2010

Sensory space

The multisensory qualities of space offer design possibilities beyond the purely visual.

The stepped concrete plinth at the centre of the store and the triangulated front of 
the matt-and-gloss counter continue the geometric theme.

Uscari store

Interior for the new Uscari store is raw and industrial, a perfect complement to the style of this young Australian label.

Zixag’s city series iPad traveller is available in reed, olive green or earl grey (shown here).
People | Penny Craswell | 1 Dec 2010

Profile: Michael Young & China

Michael Young discusses the benefits of living in Hong Kong, the gateway to China.

Trent Jansen: Unexpected design
People | Penny Craswell | 1 Dec 2010

Trent Jansen: Unexpected design

Edra founder Massimo Morozzi and Australian designer Trent Jansen talk about humanistic design.

Curving plywood panels arc across the ceiling of Takada’s Cave restaurant.
Projects | Elana Castle | 1 Dec 2010

Ocean Room and Cave

Pushing the boundaries of timber, Sydney-based Japanese designer Koichi Takada takes us through two of his latest restaurant designs.

A rippling custom wallpaper design wraps around the interior of Cafe Bourgeois.
Projects | Justin Clemens | 1 Dec 2010

Cafe Bourgeois

Cafe Bourgeois by Minifie van Schaik Architects provides a retreat for Melbourne’s Docklands office workers.

A courtyard between the new centre and the adjacent Delacy building, revealing the heritage features of the existing structure.
Projects | Penny Craswell | 2 Dec 2010

O’Brien Centre

A complex functional brief on a difficult corner site adjacent to the heritage St Vincent’s Hospital.

The fitout combined preloved objects with fashion from Queensland’s local talent to create a homely and eclectic space.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 1 Dec 2010

The Fleet Store

Emerging fashion gets a leg up at the Fleet Store, a temporary pop-up shop in Brisbane’s Wintergarden.


The cocktail bar has a golden glow. the space refers to the Chinese element of metal.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 1 Dec 2010

Duck Duck Goose

The interiors of this restaurant by Buro Architects move gradually from dramatic dark to light and airy.

At reception, spotted gum wraps from the floor to the wall, while illustrations of leaves decorate the wall behind.
Report | Tobias Horrocks | 1 Dec 2010

Australian College of Massage

The design of this Melbourne massage school blurs the boundary between graphics and interior design, with striking results.

The Oxford Street store has been painted in the perfect Alannah Hill pink with matching Bisazza tiles.
Projects | Marg Hearn | 1 Dec 2010

Alannah Hill: Store and headquarters

The Alannah Hill Sydney store and Melbourne headquarters show how feminine beauty can still be achieved via rationalized design.

The stepped platform provides a series of ledges and banquettes for flexible use.
Report | Margie Fraser | 1 Dec 2010

Social & Behavioural Sciences Student Learning Centre

Design Nest’s new Student Learning Centre at the University of Queensland provides a casual, flexible, cave-like space.

A horizontal log made of three segments of Himalayan cedar with greenery helps to divide the open-plan space.
Projects | Hélène Frichot | 1 Dec 2010

AJF Partnership

Interiors of AJF Partnership is part of a paradigm shift toward creative workplaces, hopefully making us less stupid.


Integrated Service Modules / Active Chilled Beam rafts with MPO lighting.
Discussion | 1 Dec 2010

Materials Focus: Metal Ceilings

Malcolm Stamper of SAS International discusses how interior architectural design can be realized with metal.

A Day in the Life

Kate stokes in her studio in melbourne.
People | 1 Dec 2010

Kate Stokes

What makes a design studio tick? We ask Melbourne-based product designer Kate Stokes, also known as Coco Flip.