175 Years of Design Exhibition puts a name to the clever thinking behind familiar designs.

From the iconic Sherrin to Redheads Safety Matches and the Oates All Australian Mop Bucket, the ingenuity of Victorian designers is captured in the Design Institute of Australia’s (DIA) current exhibition, 175 Years of Victorian Design.

This is the eighth exhibition staged at DIA’s Design Gallery since the contemporary space was launched in Melbourne’s Collins Street in May 2010. Showcased as part of an annual program are design projects across multiple disciplines throughout Australia spanning experimental, conceptual and unbuilt design from student work, post graduate through to mid and late career designers. The essence of the current exhibition is closely aligned to DIA’s standing as Australia’s only multi-disciplinary professional design body.

Curator Ian Wong says, “as part of Victoria’s celebration of 175 years of becoming a state, the brief called for works from a range of design disciplines.”

“It is about us. While the exhibition includes design achievements that have a global impact, I don’t think it’s essential that we perform on a world stage for the designs to be of value to ourselves and our culture,” he says.
The potential to curate an exhibition of this genre at Design Gallery furnishes both the design and broader community the opportunity to gain a heightened appreciation of the people and the achievements underpinning designs that have formed part of our everyday fabric from 1835 to 2010.

“There are examples of everyday objects still in production today and made locally which sets Australia apart as a manufacturing nation,” he says.

Case in point is the Safe N Sound Baby Capsule, the Regis glass carafe and Richard Carlson’s insulated Wine Chiller. This BYO receptacle designed for Décor in 1978 is one of the few Australian products in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Safe N Sound Baby Capsule designed by Robert Pataki and Phillip Slattery in 1982 has been the carriage for more than 2 million babies departing hospital and defies the notion of “assumed planned obsolescence.”

“This demonstrates the capability of manufacturers in Australia to develop a unique product that was meeting a need and to retain that market.”

“The capacity of Australian industrial designers to achieve a high quality product in a limited production environment is another characteristic embodied in some of the exhibits,” Mr Wong says.

“There are products that were designed 20-25 years ago that have endured, they’ve not been threatened by cheap imports, what was done was exactly right and has been retained,” he enthuses.

This is the third exhibition to emanate from Mr Wong’s predilection for Victorian designed products which grew from his PhD study at RMIT University of the history of Industrial Design in Victoria.

Staging 175 Years of Victorian Design at Design Gallery holds special relevance with the work of DIA members strongly represented. Among those are Hall of Fame Inductees Robert Pataki, Gerard Mussett, Ken Cato, Dr Frances Burke, Grant Featherston, Brian Sadgrove, Richard Carlson, Brian Davis and Tony Wolfenden.

“At a time of year when consumerism reigns supreme, 175 Years of Victorian Design on show until December 23rd, is a poignant reminder of the value of considered design and quality local manufacturing,” says DIA President and Industrial Designer Oliver Kratzer FDIA.

Design Gallery at the Design Institute of Australia is located at Level 1, 175 Collins Street, Melbourne in Kurrajong House. Suited to graduate shows, exhibitions, corporate events and product launches, Design Gallery accepts proposals for hire. Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm. Admission is free. T: 1300 888 056 E: gallery@design.org.au W: www.design.org.au/gallery

The DIA Gallery gratefully acknowledges the significant support provided by
SIDA Foundation
City of Melbourne

Design Institute of Australia
The DIA is the voice of professional design in Australia and has been actively improving the community recognition and status of designers since 1947. The DIA is the only multidisciplinary organisation representing designers in Australia. The organisation promotes the value of design and designers to industry, business, government and the community. The DIA provides a vibrant networking base on a state, national and international level. Through its international affiliations, the DIA links its members with designers in over 40 countries.


In January this year, Designer Rugs announced the inaugural EVOLVE AWARDS. The winners were announced at an invitation only event in Sydney on the 30th November, 2010.
With over 850 submissions from Australian and New Zealand Interior design professionals, 25 were selected as short listed finalists. Each shortlisted design has the opportunity to win the People’s Choice award voted by industry and the general public.
The winner of this award receives a BeCom 5 phone from Bang and Olufsen. Valued at $1,265.(An individualised two-line handset for the household, BeoCom 5 includes an elegant cordless speaker phone, built-in phonebook and full-graphic display.)
With over 1,500 people voting for their favourite design, the winning design is:
TAIL FEATHER by Jessica Graham from Base Architecture.

Designer Rugs is pleased to announce the joint major prize winners for the 2010 Evolve Awards.
Gavin Harris of Futurespace and Lachlan Allen of Group GSA became the first major prize winners of this international design competition.
Over 150 industry guests and media joined the celebrations at Sun Studios to view the six finalists’ rugs and were surprised with the announcement that the judges who included Sibella Court, Matthew Sheargold, Stephen Ormandy and Shareen Joel also designed a rug for the ID collection.
Guests enjoy St Germain cocktails and Peppertree wines in anticipation of the announcement.
Both Gavin and Lachlan will each receive return flights and accommodation to Milan to coincide with the Milan Furniture Fair, their rug and a trophy by Dinosaur Designs.

Squiggle it- Gavin Harris

Dusk- Lachlan Allen

EVOLVE will continue as an annual fixture on the design calendar. The selected six rugs, each limited to an edition of 30, will join Designer Rugs ID COLLECTION which are on sale now.
View the collection at www.designerrugs.com.au
Designer Rugs are acknowledged as the Australian company for handmade, custom-made rugs and carpets. Working closely with Australia’s top designers, architects and artists for over 24 years, as well as collaborating with leading creatives Akira Isogawa, Dinosaur Designs, Catherine Martin and indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle, to name a few – Designer Rugs remain at the forefront of floor surface design.

Australian Red Cross & Caroma launch campaign on toilet & sanitation issues in Asia-Pacific

On World Toilet Day (Friday, 19th November), Red Cross and leading bathroom brand Caroma launched a joint, long-term fundraising program – ‘I Love my Bathroom’; to highlight the plight of the two billion people around the world who don’t have access to basic sanitation.

‘I Love my Bathroom’, is an ongoing campaign designed to raise money to build toilet facilities and provide clean water for adults and children in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste, and as a result help reduce disease and deaths associated with lack of sanitation.

The website http://www.ilovemybathroom.com.au/ provides information on how to donate towards the much needed program.

Red Cross and Caroma are working together to improve water and sanitation facilities for those most in need, but all Australians can make a contribution to changing lives. For example in Vietnam, $20 will buy a water filter for one household; $95 will build a household wooden-structured latrine; $570 will provide a rainwater harvesting tank for a village; and $6,000 will build a school latrine for up to 400 children.

Castlecrag Residential Architecture Bus Tour

The Australian Architecture Association’s next Residential Bus Tour will be held on Saturday 27 November 2010 in Castlecrag. On this wonderful tour you will visit the handpicked, inspiring houses in this suburb designed by Walter Burley Griffin. These houses have been designed by award winning architects and the majority will be on site to talk about their work.

The houses you will see on the tour are varied and spectacular. You will see how they relate to the site, their orientation and the view. Some are brand new. One of the houses was architecturally designed in the 1950’s and updated for today’s living standards.

You will have the opportunity to walk through some of the suburb and gain an understanding of Griffin’s landscape and why he designed this suburb as he did.

This tour will open your eyes to what architects can do and you will go away inspired!

When: Saturday, November 27, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Click here to book online now! http://www.architecture.org.au/bus-tours/266/

Luxury Home Design announces new tour to Italy

The Road to Rome is the latest tour to Italy announced today by Luxury Home Design magazine.

If you love Italy’s architecture art lifestyle and design, this tour is for you! Join managing editor, Kate St James for 15 nights in Italy where you will visit such towns as Como, Bellagio, Padova, Venice, Vicenza, Lucca and Florence.

Escorted by our host in Italy, interior designer, historian and best-selling author, Isabella Dusi the wonderful itinerary will be complete soon.

Keep a watch on our website, Facebook and Blog for more information but pencil in the date now! September 27 until October 12 (TBC).

Interior Design Excellence Awards Announced

The Interior Design Excellence Awards [IDEA] winners and highly commended projects were announced last week at a ceremony held at Sydney’s Ivy in the Ivy Room, before moving on to Ivy Lounge for the glamorous after party.

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) showcase the best of Australian design. First held in 2001, the prestigious awards program receives hundreds of submissions from across Australia each year and is recognised by the design community as the country’s pre-eminent design awards program.

IDEA promotes and rewards recent work in interior design and product design across 14different categories, as well as recognising emerging young talent and designers whose work demonstrates exemplary sustainable objectives.
Now in its ninth year, IDEA 2010 Interior Design Excellence Awards received a record number of 288 shortlisted projects across 14 different categories.

The Overall Winner was a joint venture between architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture for the Hilton South Wharf in Melbourne.

HASSELL also won several awards for commercial categories including the Leo Burnett office in Sydney and the ANZ Centre in Melbourne.

The residential category saw architects BKH receive the Multi Residential award for Chippendale Apartment with Multiplicity winning the Single Residential category for Westwyck Unit 4, a modern eco-house.

Multiplicity Westwyck 1 450x298
Multiplicity Westwyck 1 450×298
Project: Westwyck Unit 4
Design practice: Multiplicity
Photography: Emma Cross

Bkh Chippendale Apartment 3
Bkh Chippendale Apartment 3
Project: Chippendale Apartment
Design practice: BKH
Photography: Sharrin Rees

The retail design winner was Dreamtime Australia Design’s Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher and Museum Victoria won the new event design category for Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, an interactive exhibition blending traditional displays with multimedia screens.

In the product categories, Koskela won for the Mika Table, while Ross Gardam of Spaceleft received the award for sustainable product for Ply High – a pine ply table with legs fabricated from cut-outs from the underside of the table top. The Goods Shed North by BVN Architecture was awarded in the second sustainability category, winning the sustainable project award.

The emerging designer award was presented to Sydney product designer Henry Pilcher, who also won Design Pitch at Corporate Culture on Tuesday night. This year’s Designer of the Year award was split into two categories for 2010 – the judges award, and the people’s choice award. Bates Smart designer Jeff Copolov was recognised by the jury, while Stuart Krelle and Rachel Luchetti of Luchetti Krelle won the people’s choice award.

An important new category introduced this year was the IDEA Gold Medal award. With nominees chosen by the jury, the shortlist acknowledged the work of a selection of high achievers in the world of Australian design. The winner of this year’s inaugural award was Sue Carr of Carr Design Group, chosen by the jury for her extraordinary body of work since the formation of Inarc in 1971.

Overall Winner
Hilton South Wharf, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
Commercial under 1000m2
Winner Leo Burnett, HASSELL
Highly Commended Sydney Seafood School, Dreamtime Australia Design
Highly Commended Cornwell Studio, Woods Bagot with Hecker Phelan & Guthrie
Designer of the Year
Judges Award Winner Jeffery Copolov (Bates Smart)
People’s Choice Award Winner Luchetti Krelle
Emerging Designer
Winner Henry Pilcher
Event Design
Winner Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, Museum Victoria
Highly Commended Giant Digital Origami Tigers, LAVA
Highly Commended Lulamae Pop-up Shop, Breathe Architecture
Winner Hilton South Wharf, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
Highly Commended Crown Metropol, Bates Smart
Highly Commended Outpost, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie
IDEA Gold Medal
Winner Sue Carr
Winner Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
Highly Commended Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, Francis Jones Morehen Thorp
Highly Commended Glasshouse: Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Major Commercial over 1000m2
Winner ANZ Centre, HASSELL
Highly Commended Goods Shed North, BVN Architecture
Highly Commended Host, WHOdesign
Multi Residential
Winner Chippendale Apartment, BKH
Highly Commended 10 Darling Street, Neometro
Winner Mika table, Koskela
Highly Commended Block 2, Henry Pilcher
Highly Commended LD Desk, Jon Goulder
Winner Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher, Dreamtime Australia Design
Highly Commended Lisa Ho Adelaide, Nicholas & Alexandra
Highly Commended Aesop Chatswood, Ryan Russell
Single Residential
Winner Westwyck Unit 4, multiplicity
Highly Commended Elm and Willow House, Architects EAT
Highly Commended Golden Crust Bakery, Jackson Clements Burrows
Sustainable Product
Winner Ply High, Ross Gardam – Spaceleft
Highly Commended Yuta Badayala, Koskela and Elcho Island Arts
Sustainable Project
Winner Goods Shed North, BVN Architecture
Highly Commended Lulamae Pop-up Shop, Breathe Architecture
Highly Commended Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture



Have you ever wanted to know more about Sydney’s built environment by actually going inside the houses and public spaces otherwise closed to the public? The opportunity is now here at Sydney Open which runs over the weekend of 6 & 7 November 2010.

An exciting line up of Sydney’s most exclusive addresses was revealed today at the launch of Sydney Open held at the Moebius House, the home of architect Tony Owen, which he designed using the same modelling software used to create James Cameron’s Avatar film. This amazing house is just one of the highlights on the event program.

Inspired by similar events in London, New York and Toronto, Sydney Open is coordinated by the Historic Houses Trust (HHT) to showcase the best that the beautiful city of Sydney has to offer on Australia’s architectural stage.

Tony Owen and Kerry Sackville at the Meobius House

Kate Clark, director of HHT said that Sydney Open unlocks the doors to some of Sydney’s newest buildings as well as much loved heritage sites and stunning private addresses. “Sydney open gives you the chance to see the latest in award-winning architecture, underground, tunnels, towers, roof gardens and stunning penthouses with fabulous Sydney views. This year we’re also focussing on lesser-known areas of Sydney, inviting people to be cruious about their own city and to poop into unfamiliar, new urban areas and laneways.”

This is the eight time the HHT has run the bi-annual Sydney Open, which unites architects, interior designers and more than 400 enthusiastic volunteers who come together to make Sydney Open such an exciting event.

The Moebius House is one of 18 exclusive Focus Tour sites on offer including underground Tank Stream tours as well as the Sulman-Award-winning Jack House in Wahroonga or the three level waterfrot Spencer House in Mosman embedded into the side of a hill.

For more information visit www.hht.net.au/sydneyopen

Australian Design Alliances launches national design agenda

Twelve peak organisations representing all aspects of Australia’s design industry and research network have launched the Australian Design Alliance [AdA] to boost Australia’s productivity, sustainability and innovation.
One hundred of Australia’s leading designers, architects, planners, artists, educators and policy makers launched the new Alliance at a first-ever meeting held in the Utzon Room of Australia’s design landmark, the Sydney Opera House.
One of the attending [AdA] directors Jo-Ann Kellock said the new Alliance emerged from a series of consultations about how design should be an integral element of Australia’s national innovation system at a time of rapidly changing business models and processes.

Ms Kellock said: “Australia’s design professionals are internationally renowned for their creative skills, project management and teamwork. These are crucial capabilities for a more productive Australian economy.”
Ms Kellock said the Alliance would pursue a national design agenda based on: Case studies demonstrating how good design can contribute to improved economic growth through supporting superior business models and improved public sector service delivery; Education and design skills at all education levels from school to MBAs; and National design policy linked to Australia’s innovation agenda.
The Alliance was launched by His Excellency, Michael Bryce AM AE who advocated for design at the 2020 summit in 2007.
Mr Bryce said: “The formation of the Australian Design Alliance to provide evidence-based multi-disciplinary advice to governments and industry represents a step towards a new respect for the place that designers can play in our everyday lives.”
“Good design in all of its fields creates economic and competitive outcomes. Poor design or design by default leaves too much to chance. If Australia is to be counted in the progressive nations of the world, competing on a world stage, it is no longer good enough to be only an agricultural and minerals based economy.”
In one example discussed at the meeting, Mr Anthony Henry, Division Director at Macquarie Group was asked how design thinking has had a positive impact on Macquarie and helped the business maintain a competitive advantage.
Mr Henry said: “The environment that staff now work in is designed to provide the opportunity for the maximum amount of collaboration and sharing of knowledge to provide the best solutions for clients and client services. Our new interior has impacted in ways we didn’t anticipate and design process has started to influence the way we think and provide the ability for different teams to sit in customized areas that help them to find business solutions that were simply not possible before.”
Other case studies discussed at the Opera House meeting include the impact of design strategies at the state level in Queensland and Victoria.

Australian Design Alliance
The Australian Design Alliance represents a substantial constituency. The combined national membership of the member organisations is in excess of 20,000 and they represent a constituency of almost 80,000 design practitioners.

[AdA] Members include
Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC)
Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)
Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA)
Craft Australia www.craftaustralia.org.au
Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
The Council for Humanities Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS)
Australian International Design Awards (AIDA), Standards Australia
Australian Planning Institute – Urban Design Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)

KBDi design20ten Award Winners

The winners of the KBDi design20ten national awards have been announced. Congratulations to all who entered. The judges were impressed by many of the entries and were excited to see more designers using the professional methods of documentation that are recommended by the Institute.

For both kitchen and bathroom designs, the entries which stood out as finalists commonly displayed: a clever sense of design style; a strong understanding of the rules and regulations which govern a functional design; professional documentation which clearly demonstrated all facets of the design; attention to the inclusion of eco sustainable products, fittings and fixtures and, of course, effective achievement of the client brief within budget.

And the winners are…

National Certified Designer of the Year: Darren James

National Kitchen Designer of the Year: Lee Hardcastle

National Bathroom Designer of the Year: Eileen Middleton

National Unique Project of the Year: Justin Putric

Kitchen Designer of the Year VIC & Large Kitchen Vic: Markus Sawatzki
Kitchen Designer of the Year NSW & Medium Kitchen NSW: Gavin Hepper
Small Kitchen NSW: John Little
Small Kitchen Qld: Mal Corboy
Small Kitchen Tas/Vic: Patricia LaTorre
Medium Kitchen SA/WA: Tony Warren
Medium Kitchen Vic: Lindsay Williams
Medium Kitchen Qld: Darren James
Large Kitchen SA: Haris Bahityarov
Large Kitchen WA: Kordula Stuart
Large Kitchen NSW: Geoff Little
Large Kitchen Qld: Lee Hardcastle

Bathroom Designer of the Year SA/WA & Small Bathroom SA/WA: David Ellwood
Bathroom Designer of the Year NSW & Large Bathroom NSW: Karl Noonan
Bathroom Designer of the Year Vic & Small Bathroom Vic: Owen Barnes
Small Bathroom NSW: Karl Noonan
Small Bathroom Qld: Eileen Middleton
Large Bathroom SA: Eliza Rudkin
Large Bathroom WA: David Ellwood
Large Bathroom Vic/Tas: Lenka
Large Bathroom Qld: Eileen Middleton

Most outstanding KBDi student in Kitchen Design: Craig Johnson
Most outstanding KBDi student in Bathroom Design: Levi Skliwa

For more information on using a certified kitchen or bathroom designer for your next project visit www.kbdi.org.au

Do you have a gourmet kitchen?

The rise and rise in the popularity of shows such as Masterchef has seen an increase in the amount of attention paid to our kitchens at home as we strive to create such culinary delights as seen on the show.

In a press release today, Mr Adam Sleigh, the Chief Executive of Australia’s largest kitchen retailer and supplier, Kitchen Connection (http://www.kitchenconnection.com.au/), says Australian consumers are increasingly seeking alternatives to the traditional style of kitchen layout.

“The traditional kitchen with the sink, cooktop and refrigerator located against the walls and a dining table in the middle of the room is changing,” Mr Sleigh said. “More and more of our customers are looking at design features such as central island benchtops which contain cook tops and sinks, while new surfaces, colour and lighting are providing choices that were unimaginable a few years ago”.
“The enormous popularity of celebrity chef and cooking programs has sparked a new generation of home cooking enthusiasts who want their kitchens to be as functional and stylish as those in top-rating shows.”

So…what’s your kitchen like? Is it as ‘gourmet’ as you’d like? If you could change something about your current kitchen, what would it be?