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INSIDE WORD DQ Editor Alice Blackwood Art Direction Deputy Art Director Bronwyn Aalders



Senior Designer Lauren Mickan

rom a four-page party picture insert in the back of Indesign magazine, DQ’s travelled a long way. It’s appeal has always been the conversational, news style, the parties pages and colourful imagery. In the current relaunch these elements have matured, with refined content and a strong visual identity to reflect its unique personality and place within the market. As the first magazine to cover the social side of the design scene, DQ has been instrumental in connecting and promoting the local design community. And the development of the magazine has played a large part in the development of the Australasian design industry. We know both will only get stronger, and with the immense support of our advertisers and readership, DQ can confidently step up each quarter to deliver its unique set of content. To celebrate the personality that is DQ magazine, we now bring you DQ in an online format ( This continues the design conversation between each issue, with regular updates, links and images, extra content from the magazine, as well as content unique to the site, in an accessible, interactive format. We encourage you to join DQ online – and take part in the ongoing design dialogue. Raj Nandan – Publisher

Junior Designer Morgan Coyle Design Intern Richard Roberts Production Manager Sarah Djemal Advertising Traffic Administrator Hannah Kurzke Online Communications Rish Raghu Ramith Verdheneni Online Account Manager Eunice Ku


Advertising Enquiries / Online Advertising Enquiries Marie Jakubowicz (61 2) 9368 0150 – Southern States Richard Burne (61) 423 774 126


elcome to a particularly colourful and visually engaging issue of DQ. I always say January marks new beginnings and I like to think DQ reflects that too. This issue we look back, look forward, and even look up(!) with stories that cross centuries, disciplines, continents and cultural divides. We were lucky enough to meet Giovanna Castiglioni, while she was in Sydney – and what a pleasure it was. Giovanna introduced us to her father, the late Achille Castiglioni, through a series of intimate and revealing narratives. We share this with you, on page 30. Of course the new year is a time for reflection and new progress. And with this in mind we look back on major trade fairs (Cersaie) and festivals (London Design Festival and Unlimited: Designing for Asia Pacific), while gauging the cultural zeitgeist to forecast a new year of trends and developments. You’ll find everything you’ll need to know for the year to come in our Trends Forecast 2011 feature, on page 73. I wasn’t bluffing when I said we look up – because we really do – with artist James Turrell. Turrell is renowned for his awe-inspiring, tongue-tying ‘Skyspaces’: structural wonders which harness light and space to create the most fascinating of optical illusions. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it! Read on, on page 34. And here I save the best for last, with DQ’s special flip-side section featuring the Australian International Design Awards Yearbook 2010. We’re really pleased to be teaming up with AIDA to present this special annual publication as part of DQ magazine, and it’s our great pleasure to share with you the 2010 Design Award and Design Mark winners, as well as Australian Design Award – James Dyson Award recipients, in AIDA’s official Yearbook for 2010. Alice Blackwood – Editor

Contributing Writers Andrea Lunt, Anne-Maree Sargeant, Ben Morgan, Collette Swindells, Frankie Unsworth, Hande Renshaw, Jackie Hawkins, Kath Dolan, Kristian Aus, KT Doyle, Linda Cheng, Lisa Kappel, Mandi Keighran, Nicky Lobo, Peter Sackett, Siobhan McNabb, Stephanie Madison, Stephen Crafti Publisher/Managing Director Raj Nandan PA to Publisher Colleen Black Cover Image: ‘SAYL’ chair by Yvés Behar for Herman Miller

Editorial Director Paul McGillick

Raj portrait photo: Courtesy of Indesign

Operations Manager Adele Troeger

Alice portrait photo: Mark Gambino Correction DQ39, pg15: The new Frank Gehry building is for the University of Technology, Sydney (rather than the University of Sydney!). Please visit for more information.

Published under licence by Indesign Publishing Pty Ltd ABN 96 101 789 262 Sydney Head Office L1, 50 Marshall Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 (61 2) 9368 0150, (61 2) 9368 0289 (fax) Subscriptions AUSTRALIA $25 (inc GST) 1 year / $50 (inc GST) 2 years INTERNATIONAL $50AUD 1 year / $100AUD 2 years DQ is a wholly owned Australian publication, which is designed and published quarterly in Australia. DQ is available through subscription, at major newsagencies and bookshops nationally. Subscriptions – never miss an issue by subscribing online at, faxing us at (61 2) 9368 0289, or emailing Design Quarterly is a quarterly publication fed by who is doing what in the design industry, championing the personality behind design. It aims to promote and create the next generation of design as well as supporting those designers who are more established. The Editor accepts submissions from writers/photographers/illustrators for editorial consideration. We encourage those working in the design industry to submit news and announcements, so we can keep readers abreast of your new developments. Editorial submissions should be made out to the Editor at the Sydney Head Office. Any digital images should be supplied on CD at 300dpi with a minimum width of 15cm. Please also supply full contact details and captions with images. Contributions are submitted at the sender’s risk, and DQ cannot accept any loss or damage. Please retain duplicates of text and images. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any other means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise. The publishers assume no responsibility for errors or omissions or any consequences of reliance on this publication. The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the views of the editor, the publisher or the publication. Magazine Stock At Indesign Publishing we are aware of our responsibility to the environment. When designing DQ, we selected a paper stock produced by Nordland Papier, a company certified under ISO14001 environmental management systems. The paper used to print this publication is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Our printers also adhere to strict policies to prevent unnecessary harm to the environment – including the use of soy-based inks. Print



Financial Director Kavita Lala Accounts Department Gabrielle Regan & Irina Davydova Online Editor Ben Morgan Marketing & Events Kylie Turner Angela Raven Grace Hall Laura Sue-San







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EMERGING TALENT FEATURES 29 PEOPLE Giovanna Castiglioni Henry Pilcher James Turrell Benja Harney Paul Bennett Munkii


“ Australia is the country that exports ‘lifestyle’ to the rest of

45 EVENTS London Design Festival Lego Architecture Cersaie Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific Quench Design Fringe Furniture Audio Design Museum

the world” Tyler Brûlé, Editor-in-Chief Monocle

INDUSTRY 61 BUSINESS Business Report – Work Resembles Life Yazz Euroluce Abey 73 TRENDS FORECAST 2011


81 PARTIES Stylecraft Hub Furniture Yazz Designer Rugs Markant Anibou Häfele 94









02 SLIGHTLY AWKWARD There’s something a bit off-balance about this little guy. With its truncated leg, it can be an ambient table lamp or a directional task lamp, adjustable simply by tipping back. NONLINEAR STUDIO (401) 580 1168

03 EQUIS “Simplicity in an intricate world” is the philosophy behind this new outdoor collection. Its name comes from its X-shaped cross structure, providing great structural resistance. MERMELADA ESTUDIO (34) 934 328 202

04 NEO The sophisticated yet reserved forms of Omvivo’s ‘Neo’ collection perfectly represents the modern environment. Ideal as a statement piece, or an attractive yet practical choice. OMVIVO (61 3) 9339 8130


05 KAMA Created by emerging designer Benjamin Ferriol for EGO Paris, the ultra-modern, aluminium-framed ‘KAMA’ is perfect for a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. CLASSIQUE (61 2) 9331 8826

01 BUTTER The ‘Butter’ seat is an extension of the original ‘Butter’ stool. Made from recycled plastic milk bottles, it was presented at Saturday in Design last year.

06 LEAN Alex Bradley has designed this multi-functional object for hanging towels and bathrobes. A flexible piece, ‘Lean’ can be easily moved and repositioned. Available as a mirror.

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07 HOOP Made from lightweight aluminium with a PVC weave shell, ‘Hoop’ is water and UV-resistant, available in red, black, natural and green. Woolly ‘Hoop’ covers also available. TEMPERATURE DESIGN (61 3) 9419 1447

08 ARABIAN BIRDS This opulent pattern by Florence Broadhurst is printed on the new generation wall covering, OPTILUX. Coloured in spearmint, daffodil, charcoal and china white on champagne and black OPTILUX.


SIGNATURE PRINTS (61 2) 8338 8400

09 CURL From Studio Italia Design and Russian designer Dima Loginoff comes this collection with lacquered steel strands woven into light shades. Includes pendant, table, and floor lamp. SPECIAL LIGHTS (61 2) 8399 2411



10 ARGO Characterised by seductive, sensual curves and sculptural form, this visually appealing collection adds a touch of luxury, sophistication and timelessness to the daily living environment. PHOENIX (61 3) 9780 4200


11 BRONTE Channelling minimalist design for outdoor use, this dining table and benches is constructed from wide boards of sanded teak. Available at 2,200mm and 2,700mm lengths. ECO OUTDOOR 1300 131 413

12 SAYL Herman Miller presents ‘SAYL’, a new family of seating by Yves Béhar. It features 3D Intelligent™ Suspension Back, the first full-suspension back that is literally frameless. HERMAN MILLER

13 SUCCESSFUL LIVING It’s finally here! The ‘Successful Living’ collection from Diesel with Moroso features a whole range of divine pieces for the interior, including this ‘Over-dyed’ side chair. 11

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HARNESSING LIGHT Master of light and illusion, James Turrell uses art and architecture to present light within a completely new context. Siobhan McNabb visits his ‘Skyspace’ to experience this firsthand.



Clockwise from top left » ‘Within without’ (2010) » ‘Within without’ is most dramatic at dawn and dusk » ‘Within without’, interior detail » James Turrell All photos: Courtesy of National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

ames Turrell is a man who transforms our skies into visions of beauty, making them seem majestic and ephemeral, while at the same time solid and strong, and yet infinitely delicate. He is an artist who takes people on a journey of transcendental self-discovery, through the use of light in art as well as architecture. Studies in psychology, maths, art history, art, and astronomy have all facilitated Turrell’s work, which explores the edges of human perception, vision and spirituality through the use of space and natural light. His continuing work has contributed to the world’s collective knowledge on the impact and effect of light on the brain, as well as our physical and emotional wellbeing. As a young artist in the 1960s, Turrell became intrigued with the light of the sky. He created his first light-art by covering his windows, leaving only a rectangular aperture free to draw in light to create what seemed to be a floating cube of light, focused on the wall. Soon after, Turrell and artist Robert Irwin changed art history forever when they presented a series of experiments and works that instigated change in human perception. This created a nonobject based exhibition – one of the first in the world – and placed Turrell on a lifelong endeavour to continue creating scientific, experiential works of light-art, with the aim to “make the universe part of our lived-in space”. Turrell enjoys illuminating architectural projects, noting, “With light, you can bring out characteristics of the architecture you may not see during the day. When illuminating a building there is a tendency to blast the outside, leaving the interior and windows black and dead.” With the use of colour-changing LED technology on projects such as the Louise Blouin Foundation, Kunsthaus Bregenz, and One Hyde Park residential complex (designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners ), Turrell has created ever changing light-art works for all to appreciate. His most well-known body of work is ‘Skyspaces’, permanent built structures located at specific points around the world and aligned to astrological coordinates for celestial occurrences. These ‘Skyspaces’ aim to change human perception by harnessing natural light and displaying the everchanging colours of the sky. Australia has been graced with its very own experiential ‘Skyspace’ – the first in the southern hemisphere. Entitled ‘Within without’, this new work is nestled upon the front lawns of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, and was officially opened in October 2010. Beneath a large pyramid-shaped roof, situated within a body of water, sits the ‘Skyspace’ viewing chamber. Inside the tall dome structure, smooth white walls tower towards a large circular opening to the sky.

Wrapping around the periphery of the wall is a low bench for sitting, and here the journey begins. Tranquility and a contemplative silence settles in, the sky pulls the viewer upwards. Slowly the walls become washed in soft hues and tones, creating a colourful contrast to the ever-changing sky which, at times, seems black against the internal walls; other times it appears clear, or even feels as if it’s falling in on the viewer; and then the oculus transforms into a solid disc hovering in front of the backlit ceiling. At a certain point clouds seem to enter in through the hole and the walls of the dome disappear into the sky. Then birds fly overhead and the illusion vanishes. Using that delicate balance between natural and artificial light, Turrell plays with the mechanics of the eye and the mind’s perception. As he puts it, “My art is not so much a matter of my seeing, but of your seeing. There is no one between you and your experience.” NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA – JAMES TURRELL (61 2) 6240 6411



“The Anti-Design Festival was an unpolished, this-isClockwise from top left » Anti-Design Festival, Photo: Susan Smart Photography » Matilda exhibition of Australian design » ‘Quilted Dollar’ by Ed Vince, Photo: Courtesy of Payne Shurvell » ‘A Gust of Wind’ by Paul Cocksedge. Photo: Mark Cocksedge » ‘Rotating Squares’ table by Tom Cecil

what-you-get, fingers-up to the design establishment”



LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL What: Festival When: 18 – 26 September 2010 Where: London, United Kingdom »

esign festivals can make you laugh or cry. At their best, they showcase experimentation and genuine innovation and leave you hopeful for the future. At their worst, they’re a mundane mishmash of so-so products, restyled bookcases, tables and chairs, seen and done a thousand times before. Thankfully, the 2010 London Design Festival with its 200-plus events, had a rich and varied program that catered for a broad spectrum of interests. It was certainly made richer this year with the addition of The AntiDesign Festival in East London, the brainchild of famed graphic designer Neville Brody. An unpolished, this-is-what-you-get, fingersup-to-the-design-establishment experience, visitors were encouraged to rummage through barely curated work, bring in their portfolio for an honest critique or simply come along and have a go. A stone’s throw away on Brick Lane, TENT and TENT Digital confirmed itself as the most diverse event of the festival. From Alex Randall’s taxidermy ‘Rat Swarm’ lamp to Jung Myung Taek’s sprung metal furniture, many of 2010’s exhibitors combined traditional techniques with new technologies. Nearby, Matilda showcased for the first time in the UK, spotlighting 13 of Australia’s best designers. This inaugural exhibition featured designs ranging from Husque’s recycled macadamia nut bowls to Volker Haug’s ‘Antler’ range of porcelain lighting. Tyler Brûlé (founder of Wallpaper* and Editor-in-Chief at Monocle) described Australia as the country that exported ‘lifestyle’ to the rest of the world. Matilda proved that the Australian environment of infinite space, sky and sea provides a backdrop for design that is simple, authentic and full of hope. Across the Thames, Designersblock delivered a convincing return to form, taking over five floors of the Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf on the South Bank. Imogen Luddy’s laser cut stainless steel ‘Cross Stitch’ table and other interior products used antique lace, doilies and embroidered samplers, digitalising their structures and reproducing them in unexpected ways. Royal College of Art graduate Ani Rao is surely onto a winner with his ‘Kranium’ cycling helmet, laser cut from cardboard. It is four times more impact-absorbent than a conventional helmet, 100 grams lighter, recyclable, cheap to produce, and is custom moulded to your head via a nifty balaclava 3D scan. Its potential for use with community bike schemes in cities across the world is huge. 100%Design celebrated its 16th birthday and brought us a varied bunch, including 14 dedicated

international pavilions (Australia was conspicuous by its absence). The strength of this year’s offering came from those who emphasised risk-taking and possibilities for the future. Tom Cecil’s ‘Rotating Squares’ table was a favourite, drawing crowds to see this 480-millimetre square table rotate to 1.4 times its size through clever manipulation of geometry and hand-stitching of wood with nylon. Equally engaging, his two-metre-long stretched steeltop table was held in place under 30 tonnes of tensioned force by a single ratchet strap. From the useful to the joyful, renowned UK design practice Paul Cocksedge Studio presented ‘A Gust of Wind’, exhibited for one day only at the V&A Museum. Threehundred curvaceous pieces of Corian – perceived to be a heavy material – were transformed into lightweight pieces of paper, seemingly blown into the air by a gust of wind. Equally delightful was ‘Drop’ an oversized coin “which has fallen to earth from a giant’s palm”, an interactive sculpture whose magnetic pull had crowds pouring to South Bank. For every penny given by the public, £1 was donated by sponsors to charity – a fitting end to a festival characterised, refreshingly, by purposefulness and a healthy attitude towards risk. Text by Jackie Hawkins



mid the burgeoning Queensland design scene a Brisbane-based creative collective has addressed the thirst for innovation through two major design forums, Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific in Brisbane, and Design Tide Tokyo, part of Tokyo Designers Week in Japan. A collaboration between award-winning designer Alexander Lotersztain (Derlot Studio), Jason Bird (Luxxbox), Marc Harrison (Husque), David Shaw (Street and Garden Furniture Co) and Snack On’s Surya Graf and Bjorn Rust, Quench Design’s mission is to promote Queensland design on a global scale. Team leader Jason Bird says traditionally this type of design collective would have been spawned in Australia’s established design cores of Sydney and Melbourne, yet Brisbane has become a breeding ground for “astounding” edgy design and is a veritable hive of creativity. Bird says Queensland has also come into its own with a distinct design aesthetic that resonates with Japanese sensibilities. “The appreciation and cultivation of sustainable design is one of the cornerstones of an innovative

society and Queensland is quietly fostering a sophisticated design culture that’s fast gaining global recognition,” he says. “The State Government, through Arts Queensland, has a very focussed and supportive design agenda and we’re certainly seeing the benefits of this program in the development of our careers and markets.” Quench Design has drawn strength from the team’s design diversity with last year’s Unlimited (4 – 10 October 2010) and also Tokyo Designers Week (29 October – 3 November 2010). At Unlimited visitors witnessed an exclusive range of sizeable, orange webbed and interactive cubes embellishing the State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) Knowledge Walk. “They encouraged the viewer to walk in and around the random placement, reach in and touch the materials and finishes of the products, glow with everchanging coloured light emanating from within and experience the aural soundscape projecting outward,” says Bird of the cubes. Rust’s new series of ‘Hi-Fidelity’ glass speakers also played a custom-composed soundscape by a local designer specifically for the

event and complemented Bird’s iPad-controlled ‘Fractal Cloud WiFi colour-changing’ pendants. Ten design items were showcased at the Design Tide Tokyo including Rust’s speaker system and Graf’s ‘Crease’ fold-up chair produced from recycled plastics. The exhibition also showcased Shaw’s ‘Jubes’ lounge and ‘Tiger’ floor lamp, Bird’s ‘Neo Roc’ serving tray and colour-changing pendants, Harrison’s ‘Bauple’ bowls, ‘Husque’ jug and ‘Reader’ side tables, and Lotersztain’s ‘Hext’ table series. Displayed at Plsmis gallery, in Aoyama, Tokyo, the five-day exhibition utilised lighting to spearhead the team’s collaborative nature and display vignettes of design scenes created by the pieces. Bird says each of the Quench designers had previously been involved in various Tokyo designrelated exhibitions and had some understanding of the market and people. “We hope to develop these cultural ties that may help us crack what traditionally has been a difficult market,” he says. Text by Stephanie Madison

QUENCH DESIGN What: Creative collective Where: Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific, Brisbane, and Tokyo Designers Week, Japan »

Clockwise from top left » ‘Husque’ jug by Marc Harrison » ‘Crease’ chair by Surya Graf » ‘Reader’ side tables by Marc Harrison




uried within the streets of Surry Hills is a little oasis of design. There it sits, nestled between the bustle of Bourke Street and the traffic of Flinders Street, a modern hideaway of design and architectural excellence. What was once the old HPM factory, where the technology behind much of our power and lighting was born, is now the Euroluce Light Studio, which seems a fitting transformation. Euroluce have created, in collaboration with Fitt De Felice, Jenny Lui and Tim Fleming, not only a great location to see the best in lighting from around the world, but a flexible meeting place and studio to get lighting advice and professional lighting solutions. According to Euroluce Lighting Solutions Consultant, Siobhan McNabb, “The new studio has been created as an inviting, interactive space. We encourage clients to spend time here to enhance their knowledge of light, our products, the designers and brands we represent.” This idea of interactivity comes through both in the design of the space and the ability for clients to see exactly what the products can do, from all angles and in any configuration. This has been achieved, for example, through a series of modular Perspex panels that can be swapped for different lighting scenarios and an ingenious,

technical down-lit space within the studio. The interior itself is one that encourages visitors to view the product and the space from all points of view. A centrepiece walkway, created by Melbourne designer Tim Fleming, allows visitors to “meander through the studio from an elevated perspective”. It provides a different view of the lights on display and allows you to see pendant lights from a distance and up close. The history behind the building can be seen in certain parts of the interior, where the original brick has been left exposed and allowed to create a contrast with sleek, modern elements and, of course, the lights themselves. These lights come from the drawing boards of design stars such as Achille Castiglioni, Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa. Euroluce are aiming to continue ever upward on their path to supply excellence in lighting solutions, both technically and aesthetically, with the highest quality knowledge and experience across all aspects of the lighting field. Add to this their efforts to supply and utilise in their own spaces the finest in energy-efficient technical products, and you have a place worth seeking out in what is becoming a new hub for design and technological excellence. Text by Kristian Aus

EUROLUCE Address: 2 Hill Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Phone: (61 2) 9380 6222 Showroom opened: February 2010 Designer: Collaborative effort by Euroluce, Fitt De Felice, Jenny Lui & Tim Fleming Size: 300m 2 »


Clockwise from top left » ‘Colour’ by Daniel Rybakken with Andreas Engesvik, Photo: Kalle Sanner » Diesel for Successful Living ‘Cumulus’ chair, from Hub Furniture » ‘Perch’ stools by Ross Gardam, from Interstudio » Installation for Porro in Milan, Photo: Courtesy of Glen Proebstel » ‘Woolly Pockets’ bring the outdoors in, from Koskela


bring it on

TRENDS FORECAST 2011 What are the defining ideas and influences driving the design worth watching in the year ahead? Kath Dolan asked four of Australia’s most discerning design aficionados for their insights.


hrough her investigations Dolan discovered an industry questioning its role in mass over-consumption and emerging from the gloom of the global financial crisis using interwoven layers of riotous, uplifting colour; bespoke interior treatments oozing with character; the resurgence of niche artisantrades people; nostalgia for timeless classics; concern with sustainability and longevity; and a yearning for emotional connection via the homegrown, handmade and the highly personal. Designers looming large on the horizon include Norwegian lighting luminary Daniel Rybakken and Bondibased homeware duo Page Thirty Three. Also, Japanese studio Drill Design for their classic style and nofuss approach, and Danish up-andcomings like Jonas Lyndby Jensen.










“Guests checked out Patrizia Moroso’s tables, chairs & soft furnishings over a few Peronis”




HUB FURNITURE What: Launching Diesel for Successful Living range in Australia Where: Melbourne CBD showroom When: October 2010 Guests: A&D community, clients, colleagues & friends Contact: (61 2) 9319 0655 » 11


01 Robin Craig, Vicki Barnes, Celeste Pegoli 02 Melanie Masel, Dave Budge, Michael Green 03 Josh Batty, Alice Hobday 04 Steven Berton, Nick Panella 05 Erica Passmore, Melinda Dipetta, Samantha Edel 06 Don Musto, Denise Michie 07 Danir Ockerby, Natalie Martin, Jordan Keene, Simon Blewett 08 Jacqueline Foti-Lowe, Sandra Foti, Nathan Bachli 09 Stanley Kor, Angela Chung 10 Seona KellyPearce, Steven Ritchie 11 Melissa Fredericks, Victoria Cole 12 Andrea Sammut, Liz Sarda, Stephen McLaughlan Photos: Jim Lee Photo

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