Tag: Interior Design

YOU-ZU: Scott Petrie

Artist Scott Petrie was born in Sydney and raised on the Northern Beaches, his works evoke intense emotion through a masterful layering of colours. Petrie’s application of wax and glazes to a base of oils, results in a complexity and depth to the canvas.  Each piece seems to burst with colour –  an unmistakable nod to the hues found in Australian and exotic foreign environments.

Currently residing in Singapore on assignment, Petrie’s works are frequently published in print here and abroad thanks to their striking scale and vibrancy.  A favourite of Interior Designer Greg Natale, Scott’s works can be found hanging in many of Greg’s residential projects.

For more on upcoming exhibitions and past works be sure to visit www.scottpetrieart.com

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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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Grand Designs Australia…

Since 1999 the commanding, measured commentary of Britain’s Kevin McCloud has been synonymous with the voyeurism of following everyday Brits embarking on their own building projects.

Quite aside from the varied approaches to design and construction that are showcased, what has reinforced the Grand Design format’s overwhelming success both in the UK and here in Australia is that at the core of the subject are very human stories.

We’d challenge anyone to watch this show without becoming invested in the process on some level: straight-up poor taste, overwhelming lack of experience or a run of bad luck, we are only able to carve out our opinions and draw conclusion on the success or failure of the builds because of the unique window Grand Designs gives us into these often drawn out transformations.

Excitingly, this week, the first Season of Grand Designs Australia kicks off and is being heralded as a more than worthy spin-off.  Having filmed for over a year already, we are given a quintessentially Australian flavour right from the first episode:

…from rebuilding a labour of love in the Victorian bush after it was burnt to the ground in the Black Saturday bush fires; to transforming a tiny corner car park into five level home in the urban jungle; and a cyclone proof, tropical tree house that is windowless and based on the shape of a 50 cent piece…

Ably taking the reins locally is Melburnian Peter Maddison of Maddison Architects.  With over 25 years experience his own projects include a huge range of award-winning residential and commercial work, Peter’s understanding of Australian architecture, climate, culture and history give the commentary and interpretative analysis a strong and insightful context.

In an era where “overnight home renovation” shows and “handy hints segments” wax lyrical on the ease of  quick-fix residential “design” and bemoan the need to invest time and planning, it is buoying to see Australian content focussed on achieving quality and substance in realistic time-frames under realistic pressures.

You can’t miss this!

It all starts at 8.30pm this Thursday, October 21st exclusive to the Lifestyle Channel.

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YOU-ZU: Joel Sampson

HASSELL ARE ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST DESIGN PRACTICES,  COVERING ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND MORE… WE SPOKE TO THE EVER-BUBBLY, ALWAYS BUSY, JOEL SAMPSON OF THE INTERIORS TEAM, WHO HAS RECENTLY BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE HUGE REFURBISHMENT OF THE SHANGRI-LA, SYDNEY AND ASSORTED NOVOTEL LOCATIONS.

TO GET A GRASP ON THE EXTENT OF HASSELL’S EXPERTISE IN ALL IT’S FIELDS OF PRACTICE CLICK YOUR WAY TO HASSELL.COM.AU

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YOU-ZU: Kirsten Stanisich

DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN AT SJB AND NSW COUNCILLOR OF THE DIA, KIRSTEN HEADS A BRILLIANTLY TALENTED TEAM AT THE CENTRE OF A MULTI AWARD WINNING MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PRACTICE.  HEAD OVER TO SJB TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE SCOPE AND QUALITY OF THE WORKS THEIR PORTFOLIO BOASTS.

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