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The New Benchmark NOMI Talking Business DesignByThem In The Pipeline Techné An Eclectic Perspective Kishani Perera

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editor’s letter SUSTAINABILITY.

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he ‘eco’ revolution is by no means new, but rather a notion that is continually evolving industry. In the current climate, we see young, naive yet entrepreneurial minds and fresh faces at the forefront – an image that was very clearly depicted at this season’s multiple trade events. To this extent, this issue of Furnishing International aims to examine such progression and its front liners by focusing on sustainability in design, manufacturing and the implementation of life cycle thinking into business strategy. Exemplifying this in a perfect manner is NOMI. Taking the industry by storm, its three young gun directors have tackled Australian local manufacturing qualms head on by coupling online technology with flexible product design and life cycle thinking to provide the complete package, pg 28. Further painting the picture is DesignByThem – a bright, young company celebrating good Australian design that is sensitive to the environment. We speak to Sarah Gibson (page 34), who alongside Nicholas Karlovasitis is responsible for the creation of DesignByThem’s playful yet simplistic designs. Backed by reputable expertise, Gibson also teaches sustainability as part of the Industrial Design Program at the University of Technology in Sydney. Dominic Ryan of Pacific Green shares his company’s pioneering use of revolutionary, sustainable hardwood product, Palmwood®, and the significant role various trade shows have played in the brand’s international exposure (pg 40). We also examine the work of eclectic U.S. interior designer, Kishani Perera, pg 52. Our winter cover depicts Justin Norcorp of Techne Architecture + Interior Design, who – starting on page 44 – delves into the design and construction of the impressive Prahan Hotel project. Tying it all together, the book review and new products compilation will shed new light on sustainable design, while the trade show reports and events calendar provide a window into our industry abroad. Enjoy! Elena Papargiris


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Local Manufacturing NOMI shows how local manufacturing can thrive when coupled with online technology

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and flexible product design. In partnership with Henry Gresson and Tomek Archer,

Talking Business

Co-Founder and Director Michael Grassi unpacks the NOMI story, its strategy and lets us

With DesignByThem and Pacific Green.

in on what’s ahead.

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Interior Design Kishani Perera is the guru on eclectic design. Based in Los Angeles, Perera has worked with the high profile likes of Ben Stiller, Gary Oldman and Emily Deschanel on inspiring interiors, to name but a few, and the featured home of LA

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Trade Shows Highlights from the key local and international trade shows recently

Techné Architecture + Interior Design’s extension and fit out of the

gone by are reported, and we provide a

Prahran Hotel presents a clever juxtaposition of facades; daringly

calendar of upcoming events to prepare

merging classic and contemporary architecture. Here, Project and Design

you for the show season to come.

Director, Justin Northrop, gives insight into the project.

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Book Review

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Industry News

This issue we review Sustainable Materials, Processes and Production by Rob Thompson – an informative book detailing smart manufacturing guides for designers. Cover image: Justin Northrop of Techné Architecture + Interior Design Photographer: Mark Rudge @ ELLIKON


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Australian Design. American Hardwood.

Innovative and progressive furniture company Anomaly only use American hardwoods in their designs. The consistent quality, distinctive grain and superior workability of hardwoods such as the American white oak used in designer Ben Wahrlich’s ‘Zig’ continues to make them the first choice material for many of Australia’s leading designers. Anomaly.com.au

Photography by: Steven Popovich

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For over 130 years, Sealy has led the way in quality, technology, and design. Today’s Sealy Posturepedic Crown Jewel is the culmination of this history. Because your bed is your haven, your escape, your hand crafted masterpiece.

Sleep exceptionally.

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Inspiration “I believe that we, as an industry, must work on applying sustainable principles to our bread and butter work. The occasional sustainable showpiece will make little difference. What matters is for the bulk of a practice’s output [to be] better designed than it used to be – better passive design, well sourced materials and less superfluous space.” JUSTIN NORTHROP, TECHNÉ ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN


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Cafe Culture + Insitu Granny Wall Light by Casamania is made from thick wool threads to create a raw yet cosy surface. Each lamp is handknitted by a collective of home-based workers in the Netherlands and features a natural treatment that is applied to make the wool flame resistant and resistant to moth and mite infestation. cafecultureinsitu.com.au

Artisanti Sunower Stepped Glass Mirror features a circular array of bevelled mirror wedges, arranged in alternating angles. artisanti.com

ANAESTHETIC Mariner Stools by Ben Wahrlich are crafted from American white oak and feature a double braided polyester footrest, offering a hint of nautical inspiration. anaestheticdesign.com

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DesignByThem Dial Hangers are made from powder-coated aluminium to be suitable for wet areas and can be purchased with or without the extension hook. designbythem.com

Beyond Furniture Dese Leather Chaise features functional armrests that can be folded, flat or slightly raised. Available in a range of leather colours and size options.

LightCo Torremato Outbox / Inbox Garden Lamps by Il Fanale are LED powered structural cubes made in Italy from Corten steel and are available in various sizes. lightco.com.au

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Signarture Balmoral Perspex Art Print is a limited edition, contemporary perspex artwork. signarture.com.au

Anomaly Ghillie Camo Chair by David Caon is manufactured from timber and features Axolotl concrete and Axolotl metals as veneer.

Art Hide Angulo Rug features a contemporary geometric design and all natural, tonal premium cowhide colours in grey, brown and cream tones.

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Stem Menu Pipe Tealight Hurricane by Pernille Vea is inspired by the Vikings; crafted in cast iron and glass, and designed to be hammered into any type of wood for creative candlelight settings. stemonline.com.au

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Hinkley Lighting Fulton features a clean, airy tapered cage design and possesses industrial vintage appeal. americanlighting.com.au

Habitat Home Collection Brita Sweden Gunnel Runner in Black is a reversible plastic rug, made from soft plastic foil and is produced in Sweden according to old Swedish weaving traditions. habitathomecollection.com.au

Austaron Acrylic Couture速 in Fiocchi Gold is an acrylic glass surface made in Italy, modified with nanoparticles to scatter and reflect light. acryliccouture.com.au

Nicoya Furniture Samara Boca is handmade by master craftsmen using inlaid rattan and palm twigs and features a smooth, polished resin surface. nicoyafurniture.com.au

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Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo is an interpretation of natural Calacatta marble, featuring wide, elegant and cascading, grey veins on a soft white base.

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Milan Direct Sori Yanagi Buttery Stool - Reproduction features an elegant, contemporary design and is suitable for all applications. milandirect.com.au

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Zakkia Small Ghost Box is a clear acrylic box that measures 11.5cm² and comes with a lid. zakkia.com.au

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Koziol Silk Wall Clock is designed and made in Germany from 100 per cent recyclable plastic and comes with two pairs of hands in black and white so you can customise the design to suit your requirements. koziol-shop.co.uk


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Scandinavian Wallpaper & DÊcor Concrete Jungle by Mattias Backstrîm is contemporary wallpaper that will add intrigue and sophistication to any space.

Mayfield Cement Lamps are a new range of table lamps with a unique, contemporary design. The 1030 Tomahawk, 1031 Jetplane and 1032 Lovebug lamps are made from cement and are paired with hessian fabric shades.

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Wood Melbourne Reclaimed Timber Spouts are handmade in Melbourne from reclaimed, 80-year old blackbutt timber. Each piece of timber is put through a 12-step process including de-nailing, sanding and waxing to produce an individual timber spout that is unique in aesthetic and character. woodmelbourne.com

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Elsafe Black LED Pluto has three outlet positions for data and power connectivity, as well as a UBS fast charger. Pluto is best suited to collaborative spaces and breakout areas. elsafe.com.au


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Smeg Freestanders are a new range of freestanding cookers that feature sleek aesthetics and specialised features to suit both the contemporary to more rustic style kitchens. smeg.com.au

norsu interiors By Nord wolf Linen is made in Denmark from 100 per cent organic cotton and is available in single, queen and king sizes. norsu.com.au

Stretch Now HÅg Capisco Saddle Chair is a height adjustable, ergonomic office chair that meets the body’s natural need for movement and variation. stretchnow.com.au Eco wood design Mondrain Tegl Bowl is made in Melbourne using exterior grade plywood. ecowooddesign.com.au

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About Space Indian Lights feature distressed, industrial metal with a timber twist. Handmade in India, the four different styles include Rand, Zamia, Tress and Perrin, and are finished with enamel. aboutspace.net.au

Boyd Blue Aldo Vase is a two-ply, mouth blown glass piece, featuring grey ombre colouration and a surface that has been handchiseled to create a honeycomb-like texture. boydblue.com

St Barts Driftwood Table Lamp is 87cm high, handcrafted from driftwood with the addition of a natural feather lampshade, creating a unique bohemian decorative statement for all spaces. Also available as a floor lamp. st-barts.com.au

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Stylish Outdoors Olivia Set is made out of environmentally friendly, synthetic rattan with a powder-coated aluminium frame. stylishoutdoors.com.au

Eco Chic Deer and Gazelle Coat Rack made from polished, carved Chamcha wood derived from a fast-growing tree that is prized for its richly figured grain and distinct sap line. ecochic.com.au

ghify.com Eco Recycled Console is handmade entirely from scrap timber salvaged from old Queenslander houses.

Zanui Wood Cylindrical Table Lamp from Fat Shack Vintage will add charismatic appeal to any space – a perfect addition to desks or bedside tables.

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Adjacent left: Henry Gresson, Tomek Archer, Michael Grassi Top left: Dove Dining Table and Dove Bench Top right: Pegboard Shelving Bottom left: Time Dining Table, Storyteller Chair and Woodstack Chair Bottom right: Time Dining Table

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ome of the best ideas are born through open minds. The minds of people who cleverly notice a gap in the market and step out to fill it. Michael Grassi paints a perfect picture. On the hunt for a desk, Grassi was after something relatively simple with certain elements tailored to suit his own space – something substantial that would last. “All the great furniture pieces I loved were in boutique stores and offered at extremely expensive prices. So it became evident to me that there was a genuine lack of designer furniture in the mid-market. Furthermore, no one was willing to sell their products tailored to my personal needs,” he said. Driven by the opportunity to create something new, Grassi approached long-term friends Tomek Archer and Henry Gresson with a proposition to develop a business around the idea of custom furniture, online, at an affordable price point.

As such, NOMI was born – the name representing locally manufactured, handcrafted furniture, customised online by each customer and delivered, flat-packed – no tools required – in just four weeks with a free delivery and free returns for any reason policy. The business plan was all-inclusive, daring and not surprisingly, has worked inspiringly. “Tomek’s area of expertise was product design, Henry’s skill sets were around web development, technology sales and marketing, and that’s how it started,” says Grassi. Launched in October 2013, NOMI has already gained bounds of attention. Whether it be the highly interactive, simplistic, userfriendly website; the savvy business mind’s of Grassi and Gresson, or the familiar face of award winning designer Tomek Archer, NOMI is setting a new benchmark in local manufacturing and up-to-the-minute business strategy.

“We are endeavouring to create a heightened experience when people buy furniture. This starts with the online experience of customising our products. We offer an online environment that allows people to interact with furniture products in never before seen ways,” Grassi says. The process of customisation takes place in the online design studio and begins with the presentation of minimalistic base designs. Once a furniture piece is selected, the customer is given several different modification options, including size, material, a spectrum of colours and basic shades, natural timber finishes, washes and the option to select timber table tops or compact laminate tops. The design studio allows for up to three finishes per product. “Our online presence endeavours to make designer furniture accessible to everyone; both from a price perspective and a logistical

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perspective. People all over Australia should have access to great quality furniture – an online platform provides this,” says Grassi. Once a purchase is made, the customer is taken on a journey through the production process, receiving regular updates as their order passes through the various production phases and through to dispatch. “We’re trying to celebrate the romance of making these beautiful pieces, and in doing so, hopefully our customers enjoy the process as well,” Grassi explains. The current range is handcrafted by local furniture makers in Melbourne and is made from American Oak, using tried and tested manufacturing techniques, “together with the latest Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) tooling… then finished in a polishing shop where the customers’ final colour specifications are added,” says Grassi. The flat-pack, self-assembly process involves a thoughtful peg, lock and wedge joinery system – no tools required. The products themselves however, are equally as important and valuable to the directors as NOMI.com.au is. The website provides a tool to appeal to a broad market and allows NOMI products to be accessible to customers on a national scale and beyond. The trio behind the brand also plan to introduce NOMI to an international market. “We are starting to send our products to offshore markets despite not having officially launched offshore,” explains Grassi, depicting the advantage of investing time and money in technology.

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The team however, places significant value on local manufacturing. Prior to launching the business, they undertook studies and found that the majority of local buyers prefer Australian-made products. These findings tied in nicely with the directors’ ethos and plan. “The NOMI model of customisation still relies on the local manufacturing community. Our products still need to be finished, polished, made to customers’ specifications and delivered within four weeks. We also need to be able to service our customers if warranty issues arise. So local expertise and capability is a vital part of our DNA,” says Grassi. Although Nomi takes pride in the practice and preach of local manufacturing, Grassi explains that it isn’t the only redeeming path. “In Australia, for some time, there has been [a common] perception that if it’s made offshore it can’t be as good quality as local. This is true in some cases, but there are also a lot of offshore manufacturers producing good quality.” NOMI has not missed a beat; the company has even ensured that it is branded as eco friendly, with each furniture piece crafted from timber that is sourced from ethically harvested forests, which ensures biodiversity and ecological processes. In addition, the unique joinery system ensures efficient shipping, which reduces transportation emissions. “We chose timber as our material of choice to launch the first range as it’s the most widely available resource on the planet and the only material that is grown entirely by the power

of the sun. It’s environmentally sustainable as it provides a practical solution for reducing climate change due to its exceptional ability to store carbon dioxide,” says Grassi. NOMI is currently working on the design of an occasional chair, another shelving system, as well as some new chairs and stools; all of which are scheduled to be released in the coming months. The team is also working with another high profile, award-winning designer – the name of whom they chose to withheld – to release a new range products. Projections for further development include the release of an outdoor range, a kids range, as well as sofas and beds. “We want to expand our product range, collaborate with more designers, improve our customer service, improve our price points, offer more customisation, open showrooms in both Sydney and Melbourne and we’d like to take NOMI offshore to new markets. So there’s plenty of work to be done!” says Grassi. Young guns, Michael, Tomek and Henry have each adopted an admirable, unwavering work ethic over the past two years to get NOMI to where it is now. “We’re all quite different personalities, but I think this is the one thing that we all absolutely have in common,” says Grassi. The general response to the NOMI offering from the market has been well received. NOMI is setting a new benchmark in the industry and continues to develop and refine its presence – the future looks bright. nomi.com.au

Top left: Dove Dining Table Top right: Time Round Table, Storyteller Chair and Woodstack Chair

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Ideation Design Innovation “We’re a big fan of shows (trade and consumer), and have built our marketing around them. They are perhaps the most effective way to get product out to buyers in a short period, with relatively low costs compared with other types of marketing.” DOMINIC RYAN, PACIFIC GREEN


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DesignByThem CHARACTERISED BY SIMPLISTIC, YET CLEVER DESIGNS THAT BOAST SUSTAINABILITY, DESIGNBYTHEM IS YOUNG, FRESH AND RELEVANT. HERE, DESIGNER AND DIRECTOR, SARAH GIBSON GIVES INSIGHT INTO THE JOURNEY THUS FAR AND SHARES HER PROJECTIONS ON WHAT’S AHEAD. Text Elena Papargiris

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n recent years, the Australian design sector has birthed a fresh front of young, talented individuals with new and innovative ideas on industry, product relevance and sustainability, urging longestablished companies to catch up. At the helm of DesignByThem, design duo, Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis are a prime example. Launched in 2006 with bright ideas and little experience, they stepped out with the mission to create an Australian design brand that produced products that are useful and enjoyable, innovative; “but in a humble way,” animated; “in the most minimalistic way,” sensitive to time and the environment, accessible and affordable. In just four years, they managed to build up a collection of smart products and a distribution network to support the work of other Australian designers. The DesignByThem collection now includes Nicholas and Sarah’s designs, as well as those by other reputable Australian designers

including Tommy Cehak, Stefan Lie and Seaton Mckeon. “The collection is continually expanding to include more work by other Australian designers with the end goal of becoming an internationally reputable Australian design brand with a curated Australian identity. We want to bring together and unify Australian design in Australia and overseas,” says Gibson. “We could see the lack of Australian design brands engaging with local designers. Being young also meant we were a little naive and ignorant to the difficulties of setting up a business, but, well, ignorance is bliss as they say.” Life cycle thinking is embedded into each of the company’s designs; starting with material choice, “which tends to influence many other things like finishing and packaging,” Gibson explains, and flowing through to designing product durability. “Having a product stewardship scheme allows for the long term serviceability of our


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products. We always design our products to have aesthetic longevity, although designing products to be timeless is a pretty hard task and very hard to predict! Most of what we preach is what I teach at university in the sustainability course as part of the Industrial Design program at the University of Technology, Sydney,” says Gibson. With such expertise up her sleeve, DesignByThem is given a cutting edge, presenting a great example of what good sustainable design looks like and clever ways to achieve it. Recycled plastic is used for many of the company’s furniture products. Gibson explained that the idea to use the material came from noticing and being surprised by

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the very many plastic stools on the market that weren’t made from recycled materials. “In order to reduce fossil fuel depletion, we try to use materials that are renewable – this includes the recycled plastic we use, as well as timber, which is a renewable resource. “We also use steel for some of our furniture and accessory items. The ratio of recycled content varies greatly, but most metal has some level of recycled content. The good thing about metal is that it can be recycled over and over without any side effects,” says Gibson. Manufacturing in Australia on a predominately made-to-order basis, DesignByThem sought to find, and thus found, a manufacturing partner that understood the

complex nature of timber, while also being invested in the latest technology. “The smaller accessory and metal items are gradually being moved offshore, as the distribution of our smaller accessory products must allow us enough of a margin to sell through wholesalers. This, in the end, has forced us to reduce our costs in order to sell items at an affordable price in design stores.” The online sales aspect of the business is growing. Currently not a major part of sales, it has been set up to capture customers who are not able to visit DesignByThem’s wholesaler stores and awaits ready for when the company grows to carry more stock. “As online purchasing of furniture becomes more acceptable, we will hopefully


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“In order to reduce fossil fuel depletion, we try to use materials that are renewable – this includes the recycled plastic we use, as well as timber, which is a renewable resource.”

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see this aspect of the business increase. I feel that the price point for online furniture at the moment is also too low for our product offering, but again, I think this will change as the customer becomes more discerning and realises the frequency of which they have to replace replica furniture,” says Gibson. Aside from the DesignByThem showroom in Chippendale, Sydney, a large aspect of the brand’s visibility involves being present at trade events in order to communicate with interested buyers and get noticed, which has been a large advantage working in the company’s favour to date. DesignByThem’s smaller accessory items are currently available in over 30 design stores

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across Australia, with top3 by design being the largest retailer of its products. Thinking ahead, the company hopes to expand its reach overseas next year. “Being able to sell overseas requires our margin to allow for distribution, so we have been setting up our logistics system, which has included moving some manufacturing overseas,” Gibson explains. On a larger scale, when asked about the future of Australian manufacturing and design, Gibson shared an insightful position.  “I see Australian manufacturing lasting where money is spent on technology and marrying this with craftsmanship and indepth material knowledge. 

“I also see more manufacturers selling direct in the future in order to keep manufacturing here. This allows for more margin, without having to sell through retailers, and may be the only way for Australian manufacturing to survive.” Set apart for being intelligently sustainable, willing to experiment with new ways of manipulating materials, talented in design, online savvy and open-minded with the future in sights, the strategy DesignByThem presents is truly a recipe for success. designbythem.com


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Pacific Green PACIFIC GREEN’S COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY HAS BEEN PREVALENT SINCE ITS EARLY BEGINNINGS. HERE, DIRECTOR, DOMINIC RYAN SHARES ON THE COMPANY’S POINT OF DIFFERENCE, ITS PIONEERING USE OF PALMWOOD®, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERNATIONAL PROFILE AS A REPUTABLE, ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS BRAND. Text Kat Chaousis Photography BBL Digital

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t’s an old faithful tale of determination, innovation and loyalty that puts Pacific Green in the spotlight. Birthed in Sydney during 1973 by young designers and entrepreneurs, the company was initially dubbed Post & Rail – a manufacturer and distributor using raw, natural finishes. These products were sold into shops within Australia, and eventually NZ. As sales grew into the Pacific region and the U.S., the company was rebranded as Pacific Green. Started by Bruce Dowse and Peter Ryan who are currently still involved, second generation director, Dominic Ryan, is now at the helm. The last 40 years of operation have seen Pacific Green develop into a unique, strong and sustainable brand, known for the design and manufacture of exotic furniture. The collection of fusion furniture reveals distinct influences from traditional, indigenous arts and tools from the Americas, Africa and Asia. Each item is carefully handcrafted and produced using superior natural materials including Palmwood® – an innovative, sustainable material derived from plantation coconut. “Our designer and founding partner Bruce Dowse was looking at sustainability back in the 1970s, and swapped out all the forest hardwood in our products for plantation timber. Evolving from that, we started looking for sustainable

alternatives to use in the furniture that could match performance with forest hardwoods, but without the ethical drawbacks,” says Ryan. Their research soon took them to the South Pacific where they discovered vast, abandoned plantations of coconut palm trees that were commercially planted in the early 1900s and had reached the end of their productive fruiting. Initial testing showed the palm stems were exceptionally hard and durable, yet flexible enough to withstand cyclones. “The senile coconut palm stem is hard but doesn’t behave like a wood and can’t be worked using conventional wood techniques or tools, so it wasn’t considered commercially viable. Mostly the trees ended up in landfill. “With a series of process breakthroughs, we were able to bring to the market a durable and stable material that could be used in our furniture. It has a distinctive rich brown colour with golden flecks. This was called Palmwood®, and we’ve continued to develop the range and application of the product since, including architectural materials (decorative and structural),” says Ryan. With a team that has spanned a 40-year journey together, it’s not surprising the level of passion that exists around their product. This, coupled with strategic pushes to get Pacific Green noticed on an international scale has put the company in a good position.

“We’re a big fan of shows (trade and consumer), and have built our marketing around them. They are perhaps the most effective way to get product out to buyers in a short period, with relatively low costs compared with other types of marketing. “Since our first international shows in Singapore and Paris in the early 1980s, we now run an annual programme of exhibitions including shows in Italy, Russia, U.S. and Dubai – buyers tend to stick to their region rather than travel, so it’s important to go where they are. We get the best results from China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), held in Guangzhou [during] March. It has a strong international pull – a lot of buyers from the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe attend to make their buying decision for the year. This year there were a couple of other Australian companies exhibiting,” says Ryan. Rebutting claims of the company’s success as yet, Ryan believes it is more of a “work-inprogress.” Pacific Green’s highlight thus far has been China, where there are currently over 20 branded stores set up. “I think we were fortunate to have a collection of strong designs that coincided with a boom in Chinese consumerism and a lot of new wealth and houses. The Chinese consumers respond well to our

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design features and the Australian heritage. It’s a similar situation in Russia. Again, exhibitions were the key springboard into these markets. “Our inroads into the U.S. market have been more incremental as we got to grips with the nature of their market. The U.S. is treated almost as a collection of diverse regional markets (rather than Russia or China, which are more homogenous). In the U.S., the eco-aspect has particular resonance with consumers,” explains Ryan. With regards to production, in the Post & Rail days, componentry was sourced from NZ. Later components from Asia were used. Pacific Green ran a factory in Mascot, Sydney until 2006, however, following a fire that destroyed its Fiji processing factory, the company chose to protect its key U.S., China and Russian markets, at the expense of the (smaller) Australian market. Now, a few years on, with management and design still remaining in Australia, Pacific Green has “made up the lost ground” and has began rebuilding its Australian team, with

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hopes to restart a small manufacturing and assembly plant in the future. “Concepts and prototyping are done in Australia, [while] superior materials are sourced from around the world, including Italian leather, NZ and Australian sheepskin, Brazilian cowhides and Arabian bronze – all from sustainable practices or by-products from other processes.” All woodwork is processed in Pacific Green’s Fijian factory, and the final assembly is completed in the company’s factory in Guangdong, China. “With the skill-set that is available, we think it’s the best place in the world for assembly. It has also helped us to build a strong domestic market in China,” says Ryan. Pacific Green’s commitment to the environment, pioneering and entrepreneurial skills, coupled with a very smart business plan to expand on an international scale presents a clever strategy that is worthy of attention. pacificgreen.net

Top left: The Masters Collection Vérité Rocket Table features cast bronze and Palmwood – a combination borrowed from traditional Middle Eastern design – and is tied with leather bindings Top right: The Luxor Coffee Table features polished spines of rich dark Palmwood and bright spruce, supported by a steel frame – a design that emulates the alternating light and dark patterns that the Egyptians traditionally used in their artefacts and art Bottom left: Pacific Green’s ‘Strand’ pavilion at Salone del Mobile, Milan 2014. Pacific Green was the only company from the Australia/Oceania region invited to participate Bottom right: Each Pacific Green piece is carefully made by artisans using traditional handcrafting techniques


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TECHNÉ ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN’S EXTENSION AND FIT OUT OF THE PRAHRAN HOTEL PRESENTS A CLEVER JUXTAPOSITION OF FACADES; DARINGLY MERGING CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE BY THE ADDITION OF STACKED CONCRETE PIPES. HERE, PROJECT AND DESIGN DIRECTOR, JUSTIN NORTHROP, GIVES INSIGHT INTO THE PROJECT’S CONCEPTUALISATION AND CONSTRUCTION. Text Kat Chaousis Photography Peter Clarke

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he translation of the ancient Greek word techné is to create poetically, and distinctly living up to its name, Techné Architecture + Interior Design has achieved just that with the Prahran Hotel project. The new, engaging art-deco facade and interior fit out, coupled with the existing heritage shell express a rare charm that is both quaint yet seductive. Growing up in a family of builders; witnessing frequent constructions and renovations, Justin Northrop, Project and Design Director of the Prahran Hotel and Co-Founding Director of Techné Architecture + Interior Design, was bound to find his feet in the industry. With an early-identified passion for architecture, Northrop expresses his longstanding passion through his work. Northrop set up operations as Techné Architecture + Interior Design with his business partner Nick Travers, after working together in a large commercial practice. Finding themselves involved in

hospitality projects from the early days appeared to generate ongoing enthusiasm and commitment to work in this sector. Techné, with a growing portfolio of unique designs, now has 12 young but strong years of experience under its belt and what shows is a fresh and innovative outlook on design. Having recently won the Commercial Architecture Award at the 2014 Victorian Architecture Awards for this project, Northrop states, “We were very pleasantly surprised to receive the award, especially given the high calibre of projects in the commercial category. The Prahran Hotel really was a collaborative effort so it was nice for the team to be recognised by such a well-regarded award in the industry.” Cultivating a harmonious remedy for a heritage-listed facade with an interior begging for a breath of fresh air – so-to-speak – was a challenge. Talking us through the initial planning process Northrop explains, “The project had some fixed programmatic

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requirements for the extension and they were first resolved in plan. This gave us a form that was punctured by a courtyard and was double height to connect the ground and first floors. From there, the brief was very open, and when the idea for the pipe facade surfaced, the design evolved from the inclusion of these pipes and everything else had to make sense with them.” Describing this project as a “contemporary design, focussed on form and materiality, driven by the occupant’s experience of the space,” Northrop shared how the design pilgrimage itself took 12 months to complete with the team present on site for eight of them. Stacking standard module drainage pipes appeared straightforward in the initial conception of the idea, but soon evolved into a technically complex process. “The use of large stacked concrete pipes for the street facade of the addition struck a chord for multiple reasons: they have a depth

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and can be interactive; they have a dramatic, sculptural quality; they reference existing, internal circular motifs, and they suggest stacked kegs or barrels,” says Northrop. Regarding internal elements of the design, Northrop adds, “The existing pub interior was refurbished to return some intimacy and period detail to the previously large and uninterrupted spaces. The central courtyard is small in footprint but due to its materiality and relationship with adjacent spaces, its character extends well into the interior of the space.” The interior spaces present functional works of art, including a centrally placed, part-suspended half pipe, which also forms a seating booth, giving the interior a sense of “dynamism and helps add a layer of complexity,” as Northrop puts it. Considering the historical nature of pubs in Australia, and their long-standing reputation of bringing people together, this design was

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First page: Private dining booths within concrete pipe facade Adjacent left: External facade Aside left: View from mezzanine level, looking back at half pipe and booth seating within the facade Aside middle: View from within the concrete pipe dining booths Aside bottom: View from level one, looking down at half pipe and mezzanine level

certainly grounded in the way it cultivates and facilitates a sense of community. “Much effort was made to ensure that patrons have a variety of ways of gathering: private spaces contrast more social areas, there are places for couples and larger groups, and the circulation loops through both levels encourage a voyeuristic procession through the old and new areas of the pub.” Double-glazed, steel framed windows face Upton Road so passers-by can easily see into the venue and immediately engage with the pub. From a designer’s perspective, the facade “isn’t just a wall to be looked at – it contains booths and walkways that enable patrons to actually sit within it, to interact physically with the edifice itself,” says Northrop. Of the entire project, constructing the concrete pipes proved to be the most challenging aspect for the Techné team. “There were 17 of them that were stacked like oversized beer kegs, measuring 2.25 metres in diameter and weighing between 2.5 to 7.4 tonnes each. Understanding and working out the constructability of the stacked pipes came from the collaborative efforts of our project architects, including builder, Visual Builders; structural engineer, Parkhill Freeman; and the pipe manufacturer, Humes.” The vision from the outset was to create a space that added to the thriving Melbourne pub scene, while also providing an enriching experience for patrons, which was communicated playfully through the building’s external expression. As such, considerable focus was spent on the delivery

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Top left: View from central courtyard Top middle: Dining booths within concrete pipe facade Top right: Back bar

of space that facilitated various forms of community engagement. Catering to varied social appetites, the team has woven such preferences into the heartbeat of the Prahran Hotel design, from spaces such as the courtyard; that present as a welcome stage where one may feel at the centre of the action, to the stalls that posses intimate charm. Sharing a grounded perspective for the industry’s approach to ongoing sustainable practice Northrop adds, “I believe that we, as an industry, must work on applying sustainable principles to our bread and butter work. The occasional sustainable showpiece will make little difference. What matters is for the bulk of a practice’s output [to be] better designed than it used to be – better passive design, well sourced materials and less superfluous space.” Specifically, the Prahran Hotel has not been driven by its sustainable properties.

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This project does however boast excellent natural light and ventilation, in addition to the installation of LED lighting throughout. “The structural materials – steel and concrete – are exposed as raw finished surfaces, eliminating the need for an extra layer of material, and most importantly, the effort put into this extension and fit out will give it longevity well beyond the average five to eight year life cycle of a hospitality interior,” Northrop says. With this project, Techné Architecture + Interior Design, along with its project partners, pioneered the use of edgy, industrial materials; not yielding at the point of visual impact, but seeing the Prahran Hotel’s transformation through to functionality in even the minor details. techne.com.au

WALLS AND CELINGS Cowan, Timbersearch, Gyprock WINDOWS AND DOORS Windows On The World FLOORING Classic Ceramic, Timbersearch, Brintons LIGHTING Light Projects, Satelight Design, Dunlin, Quantum Engineering, Edison Light Globes FURNITURE Tait, Cult, Schots Home Emporium, Timbersearch, INSTYLE BATHROOM HANSA, Caroma, Classic Ceramic HEATING Big Ass Fans, Celmec International ROOFING BlueScope Steel OTHER Custom recycled pipes for bar face supplied by builder, proprietary concrete pipes – Hume Steel Limited


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lawlessly mastering the art of heterogeneous design – a feat that is most often easier said than done – celebrity interior designer Kishani Perera boasts a style that cleverly merges the old, the new and the offbeat through refined interiors. Her colourful career has thus far been laced with intriguing exploits, from the three-day overhaul of a double-decker trailer to being sent to the Parisian flea markets for a client. However, one of Perera’s most admirable achievements is the high rate of customers that have sought out her services on more than one occasion – a testament to her reputable work. Actor Enrique Murciano’s home featured here showcases the mid-century, modern eclectic design that Perera is most well known for. Murciano wanted a space that reflected

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his love of colour, whimsy and warm wood tones and highlighted his extensive collection of art and musical instruments. “I like to really speak to my clients [to] get a sense of who they are, how they live and what they would like to achieve. Then I try to find pieces that make their house a home; some place they can relax into, that suits their personality as well as their lifestyle. “Enrique came to me for help, after knowing each other for a few years, so I went into the project already familiar with his style and way of life, which was a huge help in putting together a home that fit him to a tee – eclectic and colourful!” Perera explains. “We really wanted to get this home complete within a year. He was already living in the space, so we took time to go room by

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room, so as not to completely interrupt his life. The challenges were trying to visualise the complete picture while just seeing glimpses as they happened,” she says. The fitout is ideally tailored to Murciano’s interest in modern art and bright photography, with a few featured pieces created by his own family. His vision for his home was of a bold space, which allowed Perera to take chances that she’d previously never tried before. “He was thrilled that the space looked complete without looking too ‘designed’,” Perera said. The majority of the furniture featured was sourced from a company called Environment in LA – an eco-conscious store that specialises in the creation and supply of furniture, décor and unique art pieces. Also sourced from Environment were the African masks and the paper mache man hung on the wall of the living room. “The furniture is all upholstered in vintage parachute materials and eco-friendly materials. Being a vegan, I am always very aware of my global footprint and try very hard to blend my love of design with my love of the earth. Every decision weighs those two things,” says Perera. Murciano was very involved in the design process, pushing Perera to consider some of the unconventional colour combinations

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“I love when I learn and grow from my clients’ aesthetics; I think it makes me a better designer.”

featured throughout, and styles she otherwise may not have tried implementing. “He was bold in his choices and [that] actually influenced my thought process on the project in a significant way. I love when I learn and grow from my clients’ aesthetics; I think it makes me a better designer.” Detailing her favourite aspects of the space, Perera said, “I love the foyer with the hat tree. This was a huge risk and could’ve looked very ‘lodgey’ – totally wrong for this style of house – but with the cool colour of the wall and the beautiful hats that Enrique provided, this piece really [completed] the entire space; very unique, personal and practical.” Enrique Murciano’s home is just one depiction of the many standout

projects Perera has worked on. Meeting with each new client alongside one of her associate designers, Perera begins by taking notes and getting a sense of the client’s personality and needs. “Then we go back and start sourcing ideas to fashion to design boards, which we take back to the client to show them what we had in mind for each room. From there it’s a matter of working with them to tweak ideas here and there, and then we move forward with the designs they love,” she says. Having had the opportunity to work with celebrities like Kate Bosworth and Rosie Huntington Whitley, Perera is often faced with big budgets and minimal limits, with the challenge being to “think ahead” for her high-


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end clients in order to create a space that is completely unique. “I love colour and the unexpected. I am a huge purveyor of making your home comfortable, but still interesting. Pops of accent colours, quirky accessories, and bold patterns are very simple ways of turning rooms into conversation pieces.” Perera also owns a boutique showroom in LA called Rummage, which is filled with carefully curated, vintage furniture and accessories, and custom lighting features, as well as Perera’s very own designs. “I love local artists and craftsmen and source a ton from small businesses for my designs. I additionally frequent trade shows in the U.S., from LA to Las Vegas to stay on top of resources, trends, new products and technology. I believe it is so important to have trade shows in all genres from modern furnishings to vintage because it brings interesting and eclectic resources into the spotlight. I know for myself these shows are an invaluable source, as they introduce me to new and exciting products, showrooms, artists and artisans that I may not have otherwise become familiar with,” says Perera. Well-travelled, Perera has had the opportunity to explore and work within an

array of contrasting design industries, giving her a wealth of experience and foresight. “The pace of industries abroad is very different. Here, people expect everything to happen all at once, as quickly as possible. [In Australia], they take a more time to achieve what they’re after; to make sure it’s done methodically and perfectly,” says Perera. Having recently touched down in Australia for Decor + Design 2014, Perera gave a seminar on ‘the art of the remix’, defining how to mix vintage, modern and custom décor without causing clutter and chaos by creating a good balance of contrasting elements. To ensure she has a wide range of products and materials ready to use on the fly, Perera is continually sourcing interesting items from around the world and storing them in a large warehouse, with her two most often go-to avenues being eBay and various auction houses. This meticulous eye for detail and creative foresight Perera possesses is clearly illustrated through the wide array of interiors she has mastered over her career so far; interiors that cleverly express the art of designing eclectic chic.

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Adjacent left: Custom sauna room featuring vintage lockers from eBay Adjacent right: Music room with flat black walls in order to allow the instruments stand out Above left: The living room is open and fresh with the focus being on the views from the nearby balcony. Focal points include the Paul Smith striped rug, the collectible piano and architectural chair Above right: Kishani Perera

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Trade Shows THE WHIRLWIND OF LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOWS JUST PAST PRESENT ENLIGHTENING DEVELOPMENTS IN SUSTAINABILITY AND PROGRESSIVE DESIGN. HERE, WE DETAIL 10 POST SHOW REPORTS, DELVING INTO NEW PRODUCTS AND TRENDS, BUSINESS AND NETWORKING, BEFORE PROVIDING A RUNDOWN OF NEXT SEASON’S MOST ANTICIPATED EVENTS. NO NEED TO TRAVEL – JUST DELVE RIGHT IN HERE.

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DESIGNEX MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA | 13–15 MAY

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his year’s edition of designEX, held at the new location of Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island, saw record numbers and showed that the Australian design industry is in prime position to embrace greater opportunity and growth in the years to come. With over 400 exhibiting local and international brands across six distinct sections, the event was as visually pleasing as it was informative. Many thoughtfully designed stands delighted visitors, including residential and contract furniture brand KEZU, which was awarded the best exhibit over the 54 square metres of the show. The celebration of good, new design triumphed, with NEST 14 proving to be the most successful feature of the show. NEST 14 celebrated independent design and launched unseen ideas to a commercial audience.

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Participants included Christopher Boots, Porcelain Bear, Alexander Kashin & Andrew Southwood-Jone, Jonathan Ingram and Asher Abergel, along with many more. Keynote speakers involved in this year’s speaker series included international trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, presenting her perceptions for 2016; the witty and successful Alastair Parvin from London-firm Architecture 00, who inspired with his vision of democratic urban design; and Leah Heiss from Elastic Field, who highlighted the role for designers in trans-disciplinary projects – these are but a few of the 40 speakers from three seminar series across the three days. As it was this year, designEX 2015 will be held in Melbourne from 13–15 May. designex.info

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ecor + Design and Furnitex were this year co-located at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 10–13 July; marking the 10th anniversary of Decor + Design (formerly Decoration + Design). The events showcased high-end designs in interiors, soft furnishings and furniture; offering the thousands of industry visitors a glimpse into the present and future state of design across four days. Joel Cooper, Group Exhibition Director of Informa Exhibitions said, “The success of Decor + Design and Furnitex demonstrates that Australia’s soft furnishings and furniture industry is experiencing a resurge in confidence. The feedback from both visitors and exhibitors has been excellent, with numerous sales opportunities generated over the four days.”

A highlight of Decor + Design this year was the international seminar series, featuring LA interior designer Kishani Perera and trend forecaster Victoria Redshaw from the UK, to name just a few. Australian design experts including Shareen Joel of Shareen Joel Design/Share Design, Ben Edwards and Juliet Moore of Edwards Moore, as well as Sonia Simpfendorfer of Nexus Design joined the international speakers. Vivid (Vibrant Visions in Design) celebrated its 12th anniversary this year by showcasing the work of 58 budding designers and awarded standout designs in the categories of lighting, concept, commercial, student and green. In addition, the newest feature to Decor + Design and Furnitex was a series of practical retail presentations. Of the many reputable

Above clockwise from top left: Hermon Hermon Commercial at Decor + Design, Decor + Design show floor, LaForma at Decor + Design, Furnitex show floor speakers involved in the 2014 program, one such was Adam McWhinney, Chief Digital Offier and Co-Founder of Temple & Webster, who shared on the seven secrets of building a great online business. The next installment of Decor + Design will be held from 4–6 February 2015 at the Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney. Furnitex will return in 2015 from 16–19 July, once again co-located with Decor + Design at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. informaexhibitions.com.au

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ay Design Series, organised by UBM Live Built Environment and incorporating a preview of the new The Furniture Show event, was held from 18–20 May, presenting three days of business at ExCeL London. UBM reports a visitor count of 10,051 – an increase of one per cent on last year’s inaugural edition. According to the event’s organiser, the fair attracted high-calibre e-tailers, contract buyers and interior designers from the UK and further afield, with visitors from the likes of Wayfair, John Lewis, Homebase, Tesco, Foster+Partners, Conran & Partners, B&Q, Staffan Tollgard, Nicholas Haslam, Sofa.com, Debenhams, Fenwick, Laura Ashley, Furniture Village, DFS, Tara Bernerd & Partners, M&S, Starwood Homes, Lee Longlands, Barratt Homes, Richmond International and Berkeley Homes.

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Group director Andy Stuart comments: “This year’s May Design Series has been a great success and I am immensely proud of the team executing such a fantastic show. In the last few months not only have we delivered a triumphant final Interiors UK with strong visitor numbers, we’ve successfully delivered a preview of The Furniture Show at May Design Series to quality retailers and buyers doing big business. A high proportion of our visitors were keen decision makers across both the retail and contract markets, with independent and multiple retailers and interior designers and more all in attendance. This year’s May Design Series has built firm foundations on which to take the show forward, with 65 per cent of space rebooked for 2015.” maydesignseries.com

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he 22nd edition of Proposte – the world preview of furnishing fabrics and curtains – brought together 6,593 visitors, 95 of which were exhibitors. These figures show the total visitor count to be up 7.9 per cent compared to Proposte 2013. The show recorded a 2.65 per cent increase in Italian visitors, while foreign visitor numbers we up by 9.9 per cent. The fair was this year held at Villa Erba in Cernobbio (Como) in Italy, with the focus on fostering business and international contacts. Highlights included a sculptural installation by Giulio Ciampi in the Central Hall and Rhapsódija Trio's concert on the evening of the 8th of May, at Villa Erba. From the first day of the show, exhibitors confirmed that they had to remove collections from their racks, as many buyers requested exclusive rights to the pieces they purchased – rising hope for a better economic future. propostefair.it

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fter five days this May, the second edition of Rooms Moscow closed its doors, having hosted 335 exhibitors from 17 countries, featuring furniture and supplier trends, and attracting a total of 21,542 visitors to the fair grounds of Crokus Expo. With only a slight increase since its previous inaugural year (21,120), the fair did see a promising increase in international attendances, resulting in a doubling of the non-domestic exhibitor space. Cologne trade fair boss Gerald Böse said, “For us, the trade fair was a successful further development compared to the premiere event.”

And Alexey Striganov, General Director of Media Globe Krokus (MGK), agrees: “From the very first day, this year’s Rooms Moscow/ MIFS was successful for us, as business for our exhibitors was extremely satisfactory throughout the entire trade fair. It is a mixture of international offerings and Russian manufacturers that makes the trade fair so attractive to visitors from Russia and the neighbouring CIS countries.” Exhibitors included KARE Design (Germany), Dan-Form (Denmark), Spühl (Switzerland), Kilim International and Gaysan (Turkey), Sealy Middle East Mattress (United

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Arab Emirates) as well as Tompol and Zawisza (Poland), to name but a few. Rooms Moscow 2015 will he held from 19–23 May. rooms-moscow.com

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he 29th Jinhan Fair for Home & Gifts gathered 740 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from 151 countries and regions. Over seven days, tens of thousands of cuttingedge products were on show across 82,000m2. The event proved that the global trade environment is steadier, however buyers are still cautious. Having attended the fair for 13 editions, Qingdao Flowersea Home Interior & Gift Co., Ltd. – a professional glassware manufacturer with an annual export of 9,000,000 USD – said

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that the fair is an effective channel to promote new products. “Many buyers are interested in our products; emerging market buyers are increasing. Although clients have higher requirements for customised products and their quality – the company keeps up with the market.” Jinhan Fair for Home & Gifts is organised by Guangzhou Poly Jinhan Exhibition Co., Ltd., and has a history of 15 years since its first edition in 2000. The next edition will mark the

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eld at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, this year’s Hotel Furniture China was centered around the ‘Design Element’, with specific focus on hospitality furniture and soft decorations. On exhibit were 93 brands presenting hotel suite furniture, sofas, dining tables, chairs, mattresses, outdoor leisure furniture and hotel furnishing products. The exhibiting brands visited from Portugal, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Mainland China, giving reception to 21,253 visitors – a seven per cent increase since Hotel Furniture China 2013.

After completing a survey about the event, the organisers found that 80.46 per cent of exhibitors believed the exhibition was successful and felt satisfied. The remaining percentage of exhibitors felt that the event matched their exhibiting purpose. In addition, 87.39 per cent of exhibitors were welling to exhibit at Hotel Furniture China 2015. Hotel Furniture China will open its next edition on 30 March and run until 2 April 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

28 AUGUST– 11 OCTOBER 2014

31 AUGUST– 2 SEPTEMBER 2014

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MIT Design Hub in Melbourne is hosting and co-curating an exhibition from London’s Design Museum dubbed ‘The Future Is Here’ until 11 October. The exhibition will focus on the current state of design and how it is transforming. It will highlight new technologies and techniques and relationships between designer and manufacturer. It will also cover emerging technologies that are responsible for this transformation including robotic manufacturing processes, 3D printing, nanotechnology and open-source micro computing to name but a few. The exhibition will include local design research projects that will demonstrate the significance of speculation and prototyping to innovation and design. Along with a program of associated lectures and workshops, special guest Alisa Andrasek, in partnership with RMIT School of Architecture and Design, will exhibit her project ‘Bloom’, featured here. designhub.rmit.edu.au

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poga+gafa 2014 is set to be full of diversity, with three days dedicated to gardens across 241,000 gross square metres. With over 2000 exhibitors showcasing, a new feature this year will include Landgard Plants Ordering Days – at spoga+gafa for the very first time. Katharina C. Hamma, Managing Director of Koelnmesse GmbH states: “We’re expecting exhibitors from over 50 countries at the spoga+gafa 2014. And a glance at the current registration status reveals that we’re very likely to fulfill these expectations.” The event will be split into five sections: garden living, garden care, garden creation, garden unique and garden basic. Traditionally, the garden living area forms the largest segment, comprising furniture, equipment, décor, camping and leisure, sports and games and more. spogagafa.com


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FURNITURE CHINA

JANUARY FURNITURE SHOW

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his year marks the 20th anniversary of Furniture China, which will be held from 10–14 September at Shanghai New International Expo Centre and Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Conference Centre. Furniture China is one of the biggest furniture fairs in the world, attracting around 80,000 traders every year. At this year’s edition, the exhibition area will cover 350,000 square meters, displaying furniture categorised as contemporary, upholstery, new classic and classic, outdoor, office furniture, home furnishing, and design furniture. Participating exhibitors are expected to exceed 2,500 and come from 20 countries. With the exhibition quality elevated, event organisers, China National Furniture Association and Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo Int’l Exhibition Co., Ltd aim to place great emphasis on development of the whole Chinese furniture industry, not only placing value on high-quality manufacturing and end products, but also highlighting collaboration between the upstream and downstream industry chain.

eld at the UK’s NEC Birmingham, January Furniture Show 2015 is set to host an array of local and international brands including Jansen International, Quarrata Qualita, Alpine Lounge, Lifestyle Europe, ROM, G Plan Vintage, Clemence Richard, Artistic Upholstery, Delta Salotti and Origin Red. So far over 300 furniture brands have confirmed for the event. Directors of Furniture Fairs and industry experts Laraine Janes and Theresa Raymond said: “The new look show will run midweek from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 and as a direct result of the overwhelming success that we’ve achieved so far, we have now signed a tenancy for the next three years. Due to popular demand and to ensure that we don’t clash with any other events, 2016 will run for three days from Sunday 24 to Tuesday 26 January.” January Furniture Show is being launched by the reputable team behind Manchester Furniture Show and the Bed Show. Being backed by such experience ensures the event will be one to mark on your calendar.

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19–25 JANUARY 2015

20–21 JANUARY 2015

IMM COLOGNE AND LIVINGKITCHEN

LAS VEGAS MARKET CEO SUMMIT

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he trade fair duo, imm cologne and LivingKitchen are back in 2015. In 2013, the events gathered 142,000 visitors and 185 local and international exhibitors from 22 countries, who presented their latest products and innovations from kitchen furniture, to built-in appliances, sinks, taps, fittings, worktops, lighting and accessories. Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of the Koelnmesse GmbH said: “Overall, our target is to be able to welcome over 150,000 visitors to Cologne in 2015 – a third of whom will ideally be end consumers. Renowned big-name brands will be participating – according to the current status, we have already received 60 confirmations. That means that a third of the 190 exhibitors we targeted have already confirmed their participation.”

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rganised by International Market Centers (IMC) and Eller Enterprises, the third annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit will run from 20–21 January 2015, sponsored by leading sales agencies, key industry service providers and suppliers. The event is designed to address and provide insight into critical issues facing industry leaders today. It is an executive level gathering for the home furnishings and gift industries featuring keynote speakers including Ron Insana, Senior Analyst at CNBC and Financial Industry Expert; Steven Baker, Vice President at The Great Game of Business, Inc.; Tom V. Morris, Chairman at Morris Institute for Human Values, and more to still be confirmed. Discussions at previous summits have covered entrepreneurship, IT planning, product development, corporate citizenship, innovation and the global economy.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Industry News

HANSGROHE AWARD 2014: EFFICIENT WATER DESIGN

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he Hansgrohe Award 2014 for Efficient Water Design was this June presented to five, young international designers for visionary bathroom concepts in the realm of the iF concept design award 2014. The five best concepts were honoured in Hamburg and the winners, who hail from China, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Germany, shared the prize money, totaling 5000 euros. Christoffer Ohlander was one of the five winners, awarded for Houdini – a three-in-

one, multi-functional bathroom unit that includes a sink, shower and bathtub. Fabrice Hoefgen was awarded for Puro – a wave-like, flat design sink reminiscent of the natural movement of water. Petr Strejcek was honoured for Elastigenic (pictured here) – a bathroom concept that primarily consists of an elastic material that can be used to form objects such as sinks, bathtubs, towel racks and handles. Xiangying Lin was awarded for Energysaving shower – combining minimalistic

design with functional style to save water and energy. The fifth winning design was Kengai by Oliver Keyerleber and Fabian Bitter – a concept shower made up of three cascading modules with different functions, enabling water to pour out of the top cascade like rain, flowing through a steam and natural medicine herb module. hansgrohe.com

TUF TECHNOLOGY

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lsafe has released a new, stylish range of products incorporating the new and exclusive TUF (Twin USB Fast) charger technology. The Elsafe TUF is an innovative intelligent charger that recognises any device that is plugged in, including Apple, Blackberry, Android and all USB powered devices, delivering the optimum charging rate required for that device. TUF can charge up to two devices simultaneously up to four times faster

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than a standard PC USB port. Additionally, it is extremely efficient in standby mode, saving both power and money. The Elsafe TUF has been designed to fit into any of the Elsafe range of products, supplying TUF technology when and where it is required from the office desk to collaborative work areas and public spaces.  elsafe.com.au


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FORBIDDEN CITY SHANGHAI GRAND OPENING

JAMFACTORY WELCOMES DANIEL EMMA

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n June 25, 2014 Lifestyle Enterprise Inc. held a grand opening for its new Asia Pacific operations and exhibition centre, Forbidden City in Shanghai. Before its 650 guests from 26 countries, the company marked the occasion by proclaiming its goal of reaching two billion US$ in operations by 2024. The new three-storey Forbidden City centre spans 3400m2, with floors one

and two featuring sofa displays and the third floor, case goods. The palace style decorations of Forbidden City cost some US$30 million to create. Forbidden City is now the newest and largest exhibition centre in China. lifestyle-datong.com

ising stars, Daniel To and Emma Aiston, have joined the Adelaide collective design studio, JamFactory as joint Creative Directors of Product and Retail. The work of DANIEL EMMA has received international recognition with brands like Field (U.S.), Hay (Denmark) and Tait (Australia). This new joint role will see DANIEL EMMA responsible for product development and curating the retail experience. jamfactory.com.au

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he Furniture Cabinets Joinery Alliance held its first joint Industry Leaders Forum with the Federal Department of Industry in Sydney on April 9 this year and it proved to be a resounding success. The response from all in Government was one of support for the FCJA initiative. This response has united all major associations representing various and diverse industries that make up the furniture, cabinet and joinery sectors to develop a cohesive strategy for the industry overall. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Bob Baldwin MP, said he would not deal with a fragmented industry and will only speak with one peak body, stressing that if industry comes with more than one voice, he will not engage.

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All founding members of the FCJA have reaffirmed their commitment to work collaboratively to develop, refine and implement strategies to aid the growth and development of its constituent members. FCJA membership continues to grow, with now over 2000 member association companies on board. During the forum, Chair of the FCJA, Ron Scott, highlighted the need for those in industry to alter their business models to include generated value for the customer rather than competition on price. He also highlighted the value of collaboration. Other speakers included Peter Ireland, one of the Pricipals from commercial architect firm Allan Jack Cottier, Yianni Mentis of AusIndustry Dale Seymour, Commissioner of the new Anti-Dumping

Commission and Peter Gregory of Enterprise Connect and Skills, to name a few. The next FCJA Industry Leaders Forum will be held in Brisbane on 6 August 2014, in conjunction with the AWISA Exhibition. This year’s forum was the first of five to be held in different capital cities over the next 18 months. For further information, contact Peter Kreitals, FCJA’s policy adviser. peterk@kreitals.com.au


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CONDARI RELEASES NEW RANGEHOODS

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n July 2014, Condari unveiled the new collection of Rangecraft Rangehoods – a novel paradigm in recirculating rangehood technology. The new range utilises plasma technology to clear the air of odour molecules, which are captured by the rangehood, exposed to a cold combustion process in the plasma unit and then converted into oxygen, carbon dioxide and water. The Rangecraft Rangehoods come with a plasma unit that needs to be installed in a cupboard above the rangehood’s motor box, or another similar space up to several metres away. Condari also manufactures the highend Qasair and Condor Rangehoods. condari.com.au

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n July 12, 2014 Mr. Ian Howard, founder of internationally recognised Aristoc Industries, was awarded the inaugural Australian Furniture Industry Master Award, presented at the 2014 Australian International Furniture Exhibition. This year, the awards were held underneath the dome of Melbourne’s world heritage listed Exhibition Building, with an array of nominations received including a record number of student nominated pieces. After receiving his award, Mr. Howard stated, “Now is the perfect time for action – the furniture customer is more sophisticated – and will buy the

best, particularly with a brand name. Let us travel, absorb international design activities, work to acquire skills in manufacturing processes and new materials, then sit down and produce some of that well documented Australian latent talent and ability to create new ideas and new uses of materials.” The AFIA purposes to recognise and shed light on outstanding design and manufacturing practices in the Australian furniture industry. Visit the website for further details of this year’s event. australianfurniture.org.au

he Vivid Green Award 2014 was presented to Yulia Holil for Sandwiched Shelf – a modular and adjustable, free-standing shelving system, designed to be adaptable to different interiors, with easy assembly and disassembly for transportation. The judges noted that the piece was designed for disassembly, flat-packed for reduced transportation impact and is modular; elements which will ensure continuing relevance. Budding product and furniture designer, Yulia received $1000 in prize money. vividsydney.com

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BOOK REVIEW

Sustainable Materials, Processes and Production BY ROB THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTIN THOMPSON RRP $35 PUBLISHED BY THAMES & HUDSON, 2013 (440) 207845 5000 THAMESANDHUDSON.COM

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ob Thompson – award winning designer and author of Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals and current principal designer at Nokia – aims with the most recent edition to his The Manufacturing Guides series: Sustainable Materials, Processes and Production, to provide the designer with an educational reference guide to ecologically sound production. Featuring over 500 colour illustrations by photographer Martin Thompson, who has produced images for major campaigns such as Toyota and Volvo, this book is divided into three categories: Materials, Processes and Lifecycle – providing an in-depth guide on how to cleverly select and use these them, while outlining the environmental impact of each. Practical and informative, with each turn of the page the reader will find diagrams and full technical descriptions provided for each material, process or production listed, including concise notes on its efficiency, sustainability, environmental impact and cost effectiveness. Each section also presents case studies by leading international suppliers on the manufacture of a material or component. This book is an essential reference for industry in the current climate. On the one hand, it is well suited to budding designers, however is also a brilliant resource for long established designers who may need to catch up. Over 35 materials and processes are unpacked, from the easily recognised to the contemporary. Further, the book delves into emerging, cutting-edge technologies. Although very much a detailed educational reference, this book is clearly presented and easy to read. Sustainable Materials, Processes and Production is the only fully illustrated reference to sustainable materials, processes and production currently on the market. It serves as a tool to improve the work of designers going forward, advocating for the industry as a whole to reduce its carbon footprint, with an aim to eliminate unawareness by means of providing a simple, logical guide.

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Saltmotion Gallery is a fine art photography gallery in Manly, Sydney, showcasing the work of photographer, Joel Coleman, who specialises in ocean images captured from around the world that are uplifting and bright. Joel Coleman says that part of his mission statement is to “enjoy the natural world while causing the least harm to it in the process,” and the recent renovation of his gallery is a testament to this. The gallery features furniture that has been derived from reclaimed hardwoods and consists of Coleman’s photographs, frames and mounted images. saltmotion.com

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Charles Parsons Interiors charlesparsonsinteriors.com

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Enjoy Lighting enjoylighting.com.au

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Malaysian International Furniture Fair miff.com.my

Condari condari.com.au

21

Antique Mirror Glass antiquemirrorglass.com.au

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Anji ZOY Furniture Co.,LTD wesley0510.globalimporter.net

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Mayfield Lamps mayfieldlamps.com.au

25

Jinhan Fair jinhanfair.com

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China International Furniture Fair ciff-gz.com

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About Space aboutspace.net.au

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Australian Made australianmade.com.au

71

Recopol recopol.com.au

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American Hardwood Export Council americanhardwood.org

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IAFP iafpalliance.com

10

Sealy sealy.com.au

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Furniture China furniture-china.cn

15

LaForma laforma.com.au

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BIG+BIH bigandbih.com

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Lifestyle lifestyle-au.com

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Elsafe elsafe.com.au

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ELLIKON – Print • People • Planet ellikon.com.au Miles Oliver milesoliver.com.au


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