Artichoke, September 2011

Artichoke, September 2011


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


Archive | Oliver Kratzer | 2 Sep 2011


I’m angry … I’m very, very angry. On TV last night was a minor celebrity spouting inoffensively about the topic at hand and there, on the …


Covert Jewels exhibition.
Archive | 7 Jan 2012

News Flash

Selected news stories from Artichoke 36.

Corporate Culture showroom.
Archive | 10 Jan 2012

News scope

A selection of news stories from Artichoke 36.

The Design institute of Australia colourways stand, designed by Daniel Dalla Riva of 6 Hats.
News | Cassie Hansen | 1 Aug 2011


Innovative stands, new products and interesting topics for discussion – these were the mainstays of this year’s Designex.

Bleu by Herbert & Mason Architecture.
Archive | 17 Jan 2012

Dulux Colour and Fly Forbo award winners

The winners of the 2011 Dulux Colour and Fly Forbo awards.

London Design Festival: Reddress by Aamu Song (Company), the Finnish Institute in London.
Archive | 18 Jan 2012

News from Artichoke 36

A collection of news stories from Artichoke 36.


Lithocast bath.
Product | 11 Jan 2012

Products from Artichoke 36

The editor’s favourite products from Artichoke 36.


Material Revolution: Sustainable and multi-purpose materials for design and architecture
Discussion | Cassie Hansen | 5 Sep 2011

Sustainable and multi-purpose materials

It’s a burgeoning science, but creating environmentally efficient alternative materials has more importance today than ever before. This book aims to connect the research and …

Urban Interior: informal explorations, interventions and occupations
Discussion | Cassie Hansen | 21 Dec 2011

Urban Interior: informal explorations, interventions and occupations

This book describes and discusses projects that border on the urban and interior realms.

Hella Jongerius: Misfit
Discussion | Cassie Hansen | 22 Dec 2011

Hella Jongerius: Misfit

This monograph tells the story of Dutch product designer Hella Jongerius and her experimental career.

Design as Politics
Discussion | Cassie Hansen | 15 Dec 2011

Design as Politics

Design theorist Tony Fry looks at how flawed contemporary politics are not dealing with current sustainability issues.


Hermes Home's Paper Pavilion was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.
Discussion | 23 Nov 2011

Milan 2011 Salone Del Mobile

As the design world anticipates Milan 2012, Penny Craswell reflects on this year’s furniture fair.

British designer Benjamin Hubert.
People | Jan Henderson and Penny Craswell | 24 Sep 2011

Benjamin Hubert

Working across a range of products and materials, British designer Benjamin Hubert was prolific at the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair.

The lighting and mood in the rooms is dramatic, with some in bright white and some in grey shadows.
Projects | Cecilia Fabiani | 13 Jan 2012

Hotel Palazzo Segreti

Using contrasting light, colour and materials, Brizzi and Riefenstahl Studio created a “palace of secrets.”

The space is serene and awash with a blue light, with cones hanging at different heights.
Discussion | Penny Craswell | 6 Jan 2012

Paul Cocksedge’s Milan installation

Flos, BMW and Cocksedge created an installation all about a trick of the light at the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair.

Catifa 70 soft.
Product | 17 Jan 2012

Furniture highlights from Milan in 2011

Timber was teamed with whites and greys – or with bright colours – at the Milan International Furniture Fair in 2011, with an emphasis on materiality and form.

Designed by Rebecca Asquith of New Zealand-based Designtree, Nectar is made of honeycomb-shaped felted polyester.

Salone Satellite 2011

Salone Satellite is a space to see some of the best emerging design talent, thanks to curator Marva Griffin.

Nebula is made of over ten thousand flat aluminium plates.
Projects | Cecilia Fabiani | 20 Jan 2012

Targetti + Louis Poulsen Spazio Luce

Cecil Balmond’s creation for the new Targetti and Louis Poulsen showroom is based on fractal geometries.

String lamp.
Product | 18 Jan 2012

Lighting – Milan’s Euroluce exhibition

Milan’s Euroluce exhibition displayed new shapes, technologies and references to the past as seen in 2011.

Configurable glass partitions allow patrons to enjoy Yarra views.
Projects | Youna Angevin-Castro | 24 Jan 2012

The Ludlow Formation

Taste, touch, sight and sound create a lasting impression at the Ludlow Formation by Maddison Architects.


Jaime Hayón cuddles up to the Favn sofa, designed for Fritz Hansen.
People | Penny Craswell | 22 Nov 2011

Jaime Hayón

What makes the work of Spanish designer Jaime Hayón so distinctive? We posit some theories after meeting him in Milan.

Humberto (left) and Fernando Campana (right) with Sushi chairs for Edra.
People | Penny Craswell | 10 Dec 2011

Fernando and Humberto Campana

Experimental with forms and materials, these Brazilian designers owe much to their collaboration with Edra.

Tord Boontje with his chandelier designed for Swarovski, Blossom.
People | Jan Henderson and Penny Craswell | 13 Jan 2012

Tord Boontje

Boontje talks about how sewing and embroidery inspired his chair, stool and light for Moroso – Stitched.


The Daily Haptics collection by Marie Rouillon, part of the Textile Futures course at Central St Martins.
Discussion | Giovanna Dunmall | 19 Dec 2011

Ventura Lambrate 2011

In only its second year, Ventura Lambrate is gaining momentum as destination for emerging and cutting-edge design.


Four different zones are connected by the central bar.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 3 Dec 2011

Newmarket Hotel

A functional, inviting venue, complete with highly considered spatial planning and details cherrypicked from history.

The trick was to balance a casual beachy feel with city edginess in this broad industrial space.
Projects | Elana Castle | 8 Dec 2011

Dee Why Hotel

SJB designed the interior to suit the local beach culture with references to its namesake – an iconic rock ’n’ roll venue.

The lower ground lobby is at the side of the building in a newly created laneway.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 2 Nov 2011

Balfour Hotel

Coop Creative has created a chic hotel in this converted Queenslander without losing the feeling of home.

The Sheikh Zayed bridge was inspired by the shape of sand dunes.
Projects | Lisa Reinisch | 23 Dec 2011

Sheikh Zayed Bridge

A fourteen year tale of a futuristic architect crafting a new icon for one of the world’s most forward-thinking cities.

A hollow wall made of recycled, unfinished timber references railway sleepers and maritime wharfs.
Projects | Joan-Maree Hargraves | 30 Jan 2012

Downer EDI

Hassell has created an open, transparent workplace for Downer EDI.


Seating at the front features walls with paste-up graphics by Fabio Ongarato Design.
Projects | Stephanie Williams | 14 Dec 2011


With recycled timber, paste-up graphics and urban texture, this Grill’d restaurant is certainly “not your usual burger joint.”

The curved shape of the timber ceiling is in contrast to the geometric lines of the stained glass.
Projects | Penny Craswell | 29 Dec 2011


A striking glass shopfront and an undulating timber ceiling create warmth and life at Pony.

The T009 table is manufactured from American oak.
People | Margie Fraser | 22 Dec 2011


Xilo’s founder Jim Barbounis and chief designer Dan Jenkins reveal their love for all things timber.

The 111 Navy chair is so named because it is made from 111 recycled PET bottles.
Product | Penny Craswell | 17 Dec 2011

Coca-Cola and Emeco

Emeco has teamed up with Coca-Cola to produce a new indestructible chair, this time made from recycled plastic.

A beekeeper collects honey from one of the rooftop hives.
Discussion | Hélène Frichot | 22 Nov 2011

Design thinking in the beehive

Rooftop Honey is trying to increase bee numbers by installing beehives and collecting honey on Melbourne rooftops.

Reflective Lullaby, (2008), installation view. Stainless steel, photographic wallpaper and mixed media.
People | Inga Walton | 19 Dec 2011

Gregor Kregar

Slovenian-born, Auckland-based Gregor Kregar is a sculptor whose recent works explore repetition and reflection.

The Prologue bookstore in the Ion shopping centre, Singapore, 2009.
People | Youna Angevin-Castro | 20 Dec 2011

Colin Seah

Colin Seah talks about experiential architecture, which he achieves under the mantra “question, disturb and redefine.”

Large oval light wells punctuate the timbered ceiling of the entry foyer, illuminating project images that hang inside the glazing.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 28 Dec 2011

Riddel Architecture Studio

Riddel Architecture’s new studio in Brisbane respects the original 1950s architecture with an ethos of minimal interference.

The atrium, where the inclusion of retail and a cafeteria create a stimulating heart of the hospital.
Projects | Lynn Churchill | 27 Jan 2012

Rockingham Hospital

Hames Sharley and Silver Thomas Hanley make sense of a complex brief without compromising aesthetics in this hospital.

Chassis chair
Product | Penny Craswell | 23 Jan 2012

Chassis chair

Stefan Diez’s chair for Wilkhahn, Chassis, has a saddle-like seat welded to a frame of sheet metal.


The Melbourne store gets its distinctive look through the use of a red webbing material.
Projects | Luke Fry | 14 Sep 2011

New interiors for Crumpler stores

Ryan Russell’s designs for four new Crumpler store interiors use materials from the Crumpler bags in unexpected ways.

A Day in the Life

Vince Frost worked with Marc Newson to design the new Qantas check-in area, the “Next Generation Check-in.”
People | 20 Jan 2012

A Day in the Life: Vince Frost

What makes a design studio tick? We ask Vince Frost from Frost Design.