Category: Blog

The Borrowed Landscape

So, it turns out the City of Sydney Council let you officially claim (but not own) the garden verge outside your property, and you can create almost any garden you like there! This came to my attention while walking through streets of industrial Rosebery, Sydney NSW. It appears while nobody was watching, these residents have quietly lined their street with eclectic, diverse, and inspirational gardens that are so captivating to experience that you almost forget where you were going in the first place! Walking along their streetscape now feels like a meander through someone’s sanctuary that belongs inside a private home!

You too can own your streetscape, check the criteria with your local council, or if you live in the City of Sydney, simply go to:

http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/participation/gardening-on-the-footpath

- Des

1
3
5
7
8
11

February 3rd – Dream Site Visit: Roden Crater

Posted on | BLOG

The Australian art world is a bit James Turrell mad at the moment, in part thanks to the National Gallery of Australia’s James Turrell: A Retrospective.

A section of the exhibition is dedicated to Turrell’s life project Roden Crater; a naked-eye observatory inside an extinct volcano in the desert of Arizona. The maestro of light has been working on transforming the volcano’s inner cone into an artspace since aquiring it in 1979.

When completed, the space will be used for viewing and experiencing sky-light, solar, and celestial phenomena. If the ethereal, curiosity invoking installations of Turrell’s museum exhibitions are anything to go by, Roden Crater promises to be an experience of a life time. It’s not yet open to the public (unless you have a spare $5000 to donate towards its realisation), but in the meantime, James Turrell: A Retropective is open until the 8th of June 2015 at the NGA Canberra.

gagosian gallery
Roden-Crater-sunset
Roden-Crater
turrell
01+Roden

Megan Geckler’s Flagging Tape Designs

Posted on | BLOG, Like

Megan Geckler’s installations look like a burst of fluorescent light; a show of bold colours cutting through industrial spaces. Megan uses flagging tape, a brightly coloured, non-adhesive tape commonly made from PVC or vinyl (although a wood fibre based biodegradable version is also available).

Megan lives and works out of LA and has been exhibiting in galleries, museums and alternative spaces around the USA since 1998.

For more information on Megan and her design process click here.

Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler
Megan Geckler

Interview : Maurizio Riva Of Riva1920

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU DO? WHAT LEAD YOU HERE?

I think that every human being, being blessed with health and prosperity, should do his/her best to work hard and to improve our world.

 

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

The most important thing to know about me is that I am just a simple carpenter with a wooden heart, who tries and helps his employees and young designers and architects, trying to lend them a hand for their future.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

I am really proud of my family and of becoming a granddad.

 

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DESIGN PROCESS.

Usually I don’t design, my technical office does. I often draw something, develop an idea, do some sketches.
Then I speak to the guys working in my technical office and we start designing together, trying to develop new products.

 

HOW DO YOUR PRODUCTS MAKE PEOPLE’S LIVES BETTER?

Our products make people’s lives better because they are long lasting pieces, respecting the old tradition and the environment. Low environmental impact and natural finishing…key points for Riva 1920.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN ASPIRING DESIGNER?
After studying and becoming a designer, I would suggest him/her to work in workshops for two years at least. Here the designer would learn a lot and understand the real meaning of working with wood and with different materials.

 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

The world in general. Everything inspires me!

 

WHAT DEFINES A GOOD DAY? AND BAD?

I think that a good day is defined by the way we work.. A good day is when Riva 1920 team works hard with commitment, trying and pursuing good results.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM?
My living room overlooking my garden.

 

TEA OR COFFEE?

Coffee

 

DOG OR CAT?
Dog

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SMELL?

Cedar wood from Lebanon.

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TOUCH?
A woman.

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SEE?
A woman.

 

FAVOURITE THING TO HEAR?

Bird twittering in the morning.

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TASTE?
Pasta and bread.

Maurizio Riva
Maurizio Riva

Cherry Tree Installation

Posted on | BLOG, Like

Whilst exploring the world wide web for inspiration, I came across this beautiful installation by Tom Price. The exhibition was on display at Industry Gallery in Washington DC in 2011.

 

These ethereal structures are very beautiful, created using polypropylene pipe and nylon cables. As impressive as the structures themselves, are the shadows and light. I love the way the light plays through the spaces and the shadows it throws on the walls and floor. The work presents a utilitarian plastic (pvc pipe) in a unique and whimsical way.

 

For more about Tom Price, click here to visit his website.

Tom Price Industry Trees 05lg
Tom Price Industry Trees 07lg
Tom Price Industry Trees 01lg
Tom Price Industry Trees 10lg
Tom Price Industry Trees 06lg
Tom Price Industry Trees 09lg
Tom Price Industry Trees 11lg

Interview : Adam Cornish

Posted on | BLOG, Listen

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU DO? WHAT LEAD YOU HERE?

I have always designed things, even when I was very young, even before I knew it was called design. I was lucky to grow up surrounded by plants and animals (my parents owned a fern nursery) and I think these factors have contributed to my design philosophy.

 

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am passionate and really only capable of doing things that I believe in.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

I am most proud of being able to do what I love every day.

 

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DESIGN PROCESS.

My design process is one of simple observation based design. I believe in the continued evolution of products; just like animals and plants, I believe products need to evolve and adapt to better suit our ever changing environment, materials, technologies and the impact they have on our planet.

 

HOW DO YOUR PRODUCTS MAKE PEOPLE’S LIVES BETTER?

I believe design is all about making people’s lives better, whether it’s achieved through better user interaction with a product, or lessening the impact a product has on the environment.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN ASPIRING DESIGNER?

Make sure you are designing for the right reasons, discover your own design beliefs and be true to them.

 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

I am heavily inspired by the natural world, so many beautiful structures and systems to draw inspiration from.

 

WHAT DEFINES A GOOD DAY? AND BAD?

A good day for me would involve being creative, I love the light bulb moments that drive the projects I work on and a bad day would be the opposite.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ROOM?

I don’t have a favorite room, but I do like spaces to be tactile and honest and incorporate plant life. I believe great/favourite spaces become so, because of the people that use them and how the space influences their life and vice versa.

 

TEA OR COFFEE?

Coffee, the first coffee of the day is always the best!

 

DOG OR CAT?

At this stage I have to say cat, or Billy would kill me (Billy is the studio mascot and a little ginger cat).

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SMELL?

My favorite smell would have to be freshly cut passion fruit!

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TOUCH?

Hard to name just one, I am definitely a fan of natural unfinished surfaces.

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SEE?

My friends

 

FAVOURITE THING TO HEAR?

I play bass guitar and therefore I am a fan of old funk bass lines, George Porter from The Meters is a great example of this type of music.

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TASTE?

Negroni, almost the perfect drink.

Adam Cornish  Foliar 1
Adam Cornish  Foliar 2
Adam Cornish  Grey 1
Adam Cornish  Grey 2
Adam Cornish
Adam Cornish
Adam Cornish  Wooden Hammock1
Adam Cornish Wooden Hammock2
Adam Cornish Stoneware Lamp1
Adam Cornish Stoneware Lamp3
Adam Cornish Stoneware Lamp4
Adam Cornish Stoneware Lamps1944
Adam Cornish  Stoneware 1
Adam Cornish  Stoneware 2

Fearon Hay Architects

BY SALLY :

Jeff Fearon and Tim Hay established their Auckland based Architecture practice in 1998. Their considered designs always celebrate the project’s natural surroundings, often removing the external walls to connect interior with exterior. The simplicity of their designs and material palettes create a recognisable language that echoes Fearon Hay. I have been inspired by these guys for a while, and like to check in periodically to see what they have been up to. Click here to visit their website for more inspiring work.

Fearon Hay : Mountain Retreat
Fearon Hay : Mountain Retreat
Fearon Hay : Mountain Retreat
Fearon Hay : Mountain Retreat
Fearon Hay : Westmere Hosue
Fearon Hay : Westmere Hosue
Fearon Hay : Shark Alley House
Fearon Hay : Shark Alley House
Fearon Hay : Shark Alley House
Fearon Hay : Shark Alley House

Interview : Adam Goodrum

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU DO? WHAT LEAD YOU HERE?

Since I was very young I have always enjoyed making and drawing. As a child I was obsessed with Lego…..then moved too billy carts and cubby houses…I was introduced to art at High School…….Studied Industrial Design…..and now design chairs among other things….

 

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I love what I do.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

In regards to my practice, I feel I have the ability to work on any type of project and apply a creative lens.

 

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DESIGN PROCESS.

Rigorous, experimental, hands on, curious, fun

 

HOW DO YOUR PRODUCTS MAKE PEOPLE’S LIVES BETTER?

I hope they do! I endeavour to design functional products with personality that people will enjoy, love to use and contribute to quality of life.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN ASPIRING DESIGNER?

Don’t be preoccupied with what other people are doing. Find your own way.

Make models and draw.

 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Sounds clichéd, but everything. People, family, nature, mechanisms, geometry, art , fashion,  colour……

 

WHAT DEFINES A GOOD DAY? AND BAD?

Good…Working on a new project and coming up with an idea that I am happy with.

Bad…Admin. Excel hell.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM?

Green Room..ha,… I enjoy surfing.

My studio under my house.

 

TEA OR COFFEE?

Coffee

 

DOG OR CAT?

Dog

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SMELL?

Food smells that remind me of different places I have travelled in the world.

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TOUCH?

New bed sheets

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SEE?

My children being cheeky and laughing

 

FAVOURITE THING TO HEAR?

Crashing waves in the middle of a still night

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TASTE?

Cold beer after a long hot day

Adam Goodrum_Designs_15
Adam Goodrum_Designs_05
Adam Goodrum_Designs_01
Adam Goodrum_Designs_02
Adam Goodrum_Designs_03
Adam Goodrum_Designs_10
Adam Goodrum_Designs_11
Adam Goodrum_Designs_04
Adam Goodrum
Adam Goodrum
Adam Goodrum_Designs_13
Adam Goodrum_Designs_14
Adam Goodrum_Designs_06
Adam Goodrum_Designs_07
Adam Goodrum_Designs_08
Adam Goodrum_Designs_09

Beauty In The Making

BY EMMA

Back burning is a big part of managing the Australian environment. As I am from the UK I find it both scary and impressive that this is carried out regularly to reduce further risk of fire in the landscape.

I visited Palm Beach recently and saw that the NSW Rural Fire Service were carrying out controlled hazard reduction burning within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The sunlight coming through the clouds of smoke in contrast to the empty blue sky and calm waters made for a striking juxtaposition which I had to capture—it shows the power and beauty of the scene happening across the water.

Hazard Reduction Burn2

Interview : Tracey Deep

A MESSAGE FROM NADINE :

‘I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with the very talented Tracey Deep for the last 15 years.  I first met her when she was assisting the great Floral Sculpture specialist, Allison Coates.  I commissioned her to do a sculptural centrepiece for one of our first exhibition gardens, which was at Darling Harbour in 1999.  Tracey is an amazing talent and a delightful person to work with, one of the nicest people in the industry and I love the way her mind works.’

 

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU DO? WHAT LEAD YOU HERE?

I have been working as a floral sculptor for many years. Here I have the opportunity to work with natural materials and play with a diverse range of shapes and textures, which have over the years inspired the more permanent sculptures and installations.

 

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

My passion, love and inspiration for what I do.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

My private commission works :

-       ‘Sails in The Desert’ Uluru — 4 suspended sculptures

-       ‘The Wolgan Valley’ Emirates resort — wall installation

-        ‘Bannisters’ in Mollymook — wall installations

-       Woollahra sculpture prize finalist 2011 & 2013 (winner announced in October).

-       North Sydney art prize finalist 2013

-       John Fries art prize finalist 2012

-       Artisans in the Garden (Botanic Gardens) finalist 2013 to be exhibited in October.

 

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DESIGN PROCESS.

My design process is sourcing the material and drawing inspiration from the material which over time evolves into a sculpture or installation. I am passionate about sourcing found objects and totally transforming the piece into something different from its original form and use. Rebirthing something old into something contemporary and new.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN ASPIRING DESIGNER?

Follow your passion, put your heart and soul into everything you do, spread your wings and fly.

 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Nature is a huge source of inspiration. I love saturating myself amongst nature whenever and wherever possible. I tend to disappear into the trees, sky, clouds — all that draws my eye and plays with all my senses.  A meditation of mind, body and spirit.

 

WHAT DEFINES A GOOD DAY? AND BAD?

A good day is when my work is flowing with minimal interruption. A chance to, maybe play with new materials and start creating a new piece. The time seems to go so quickly. I always wish I had more time to create.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM?

My favourite room is my studio workspace or outdoors under a tree.

 

TEA OR COFFEE?

Coffee in the morning and tea in the evening.

 

DOG OR CAT?

No time for pets but I think I’m more of a dog person.

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SMELL?

Nature, the bush, flowering eucalyptus

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TOUCH?

Nature’s textures

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SEE?

Trees, nature’s shadows

 

FAVOURITE THING TO HEAR?

The ocean, the bush and classical music

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TASTE?

My first coffee for the day and first glass of red wine on a weekend

Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_14
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_13
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_12
Tracey Deep
Tracey Deep
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_11
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_10
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_09
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_08
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_07
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_06
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_04
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_03
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_02
Tracey Deep_Floral Sculptures_01
Tracey Deep and Nadine Bush
Tracey Deep and Nadine Bush