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Milan 2011: FREE PORT : Martí Guixé for BD

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YOU-ZU: Jackson Wicks…

Axolotl Group are famous for their amazing ability to make light of what is otherwise very heavy or expensive work.  Their expertise in application of their patented finishes to glass, mdf and virtually any surface is second to none.  Before your eyes, transforming timber to stone or paper to aged copper, these guys are very clever cookies.

Jackson Wicks is their in-house Senior Industrial Designer.  Having worked on public scuplture, to bathroom doors, to chapels, to shopping centres and even coffins, there is not much Jackson and the team cant achieve given half the chance.

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Gaulino Wins Again…

The recently re-issued Gaulino Chair from bd Barcelona and the master craftsman Oscar Tusquets, has been a roaring success.

Only three months after the leather and oak armchair has been brought back into production and the classic piece, originally designed in 1987, has been awarded “Best Design” at the Maison et Objet show in Paris.

No stranger to praise the design was previously selected for the Industrial Design Prize and Adi-Fad in1989 and in Iberdiseño in 1990.

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Grinning Winners: IDEA 2010…

Last Thursday saw the ninth IDEA Awards by the team at (inside) magazine, celebrated at The Ivy Room and The Ivy Lounge in Sydney.

As usual, the event was sold out and the spectacular after-party continued until the wee hours of Friday morning.  Without saying too much, we may or may not be aware of a number of bleary eyed revelers crawling into work late on Friday… no naming names!

Winners this year were a welcome mix of large International practices and emerging, smaller firms – a heartening indication that the Australian Interior Design Industry is very much alive and better still: thriving.  The fact that the shortlisted and winning projects ran the full gamut of budgets, scale and time-frames was proof more-so that the local talent pool is abundantly rich and fiercely creative in the face of the recent economic downturn.

Having had a hand in designing the venue for the awards night itself: The Ivy, Woods Baggot celebrated their win of the “overall best design” category for the breathtaking Hilton South Wharf in Melbourne’s docklands precinct.

Coupled with the integrated convention center, the project had already won them the category for Best Institutional Design, Best Hospitality Design as well as The National Award for Public Architecture at the recent Australian Institute of Architects Awards.  It seems Woods Baggot have demonstrated their international design prowess with every facet of this immense project.  Capitalising on the latest in local and imported designer fittings to furnish the world class facility, Woods Baggot specified striking Ferrari red Round Bar Stools from Christophe Pillet and EMU, Italy – A punchy addition to the public bar.  As well as this, restaurants were fitted out with the Carlotta Chair from Andreu World, combining luxurious upholstered seats with fine wicker weave back rests in a timber frame.  A study in pure refinement.

Luchetti Krelle were duly rewarded for their intensely productive two years since the firms inception.  Having picked up the Best Emerging Practice Award in 2009, Rachel and Stuart were back on the podium this year triumphantly but no less humbly collecting their People’s Choice Award for Designer of The Year…  not bad for a two year old!

Michael McCann and Dreamtime‘s Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher was unsurprisingly the big Retail Design winner this year.  The incomparable project was a sure-fire winner as one of the most amazing retail fit-outs Australia has ever seen with Italian Calacatta marble stone floor and Himlayan salt brick walls.

The Major Commercial Category was a win for HASSELL and their ANZ Centre in Melbourne.   The vast 84,450 sqm commercial complex was given life with stunning geometry, an uncluttered sense of space and a riot of colourful breakout areas infusing a sense of playfulness and intrigue.  Very much at home within this brief were the bd Love Bench and bd Love Lamps by Ross Lovegrove and Spain’s bd Ediciones.

All in all, the Awards were again a celebration of local talent and best practice.  We look forward to seeing you all next year!

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Bold and Beautiful….

Black is most definitely back!  You asked for it and you got it, the perennial favourite: CU-C-ME from HIVE is now available for the first time in black!

We got so excited we wanted to showcase some of the other sleek black editions now also offered from our suppliers: bd Ediciones, VONDOM, EMU and Artifort.

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