ADVANCE AUSTRALIA DESIGN FAIR

When you think about Australia Day, what comes to mind?

A sizzling BBQ with eskies full of icy cold drinks? A friendly game of backyard cricket with mates? Triple J's Hottest 100 playing in the background? Boats bobbing on the harbour (for us Sydneysiders)? And the only work being done is working on our tans! We don’t often take time to reflect on what it truly means to be Australian.

Australians often believe that the heart of innovation and imagination is born off-shore, in a land far, far away, such as Europe or America. As interior designers, we are proud and privileged to work with so many amazing Australian designers, artists and creatives every day, but during this patriotic period it's perfect timing to recognise and shine a spotlight on these local creative talents. 

So in celebration of all things Australian on 26 January, we are championing our local designers and celebrating home-grown talent in the world of design and bring together our very own Advance Australia Design Fair.

Cheers!  

DEMI ADORES     Demi adores  Mud Ceramics  for their simple beauty and functionality. The colour palette is full of happy and vibrant shades that would cheer up any interior. All ceramics are handmade in Sydney and have a touch of Wabi Sabi, that is, finding perfect beauty in their imperfections.

DEMI ADORES

Demi adores Mud Ceramics for their simple beauty and functionality. The colour palette is full of happy and vibrant shades that would cheer up any interior. All ceramics are handmade in Sydney and have a touch of Wabi Sabi, that is, finding perfect beauty in their imperfections.

ALEX'S FAVE     Alex adores is infatuated with the work of glass artists  Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott . Described as technical and creative, Kathy and Ben are the most successful glass artists in Australia and are recognised all over the globe. Their pieces take Alex's breath away.

ALEX'S FAVE

Alex adores is infatuated with the work of glass artists Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott. Described as technical and creative, Kathy and Ben are the most successful glass artists in Australia and are recognised all over the globe. Their pieces take Alex's breath away.

FINOLA IS OBSESSED   Finola is obsessed with the range of design pieces at  Koskela  in Sydney's Rosebery. When you purchase Koskela furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs (and more!) you are supporting the Australian design industry, as all Koskela pieces are designed and proudly made in Australia. 

FINOLA IS OBSESSED

Finola is obsessed with the range of design pieces at Koskela in Sydney's Rosebery. When you purchase Koskela furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs (and more!) you are supporting the Australian design industry, as all Koskela pieces are designed and proudly made in Australia. 

STUART’S PICK     Stuart is loving the brand  Interia . Their raw timber Australian hardwood handles are uniquely Australian in their material, colour and texture, adding an earthy and sleek dimension to any cabinetry.

STUART’S PICK

Stuart is loving the brand Interia. Their raw timber Australian hardwood handles are uniquely Australian in their material, colour and texture, adding an earthy and sleek dimension to any cabinetry.

JESS LOVES     Having moved to Sydney from France just over 4 years ago, Jess recently became a permanent Aussie who has embraced Australian culture and design with enthusiasm and gusto. Jess's latest love is the work of Melbourne-based artist  Kerry Armstrong , whose colours, texture and scale has inspired Jess to return to the canvas an experiment with her own brushes and paint. 

JESS LOVES

Having moved to Sydney from France just over 4 years ago, Jess recently became a permanent Aussie who has embraced Australian culture and design with enthusiasm and gusto. Jess's latest love is the work of Melbourne-based artist Kerry Armstrong, whose colours, texture and scale has inspired Jess to return to the canvas an experiment with her own brushes and paint. 

MADDIE IS A FAN     Maddie has taken delight in discovering  Made Measure  by Paul Kinny and Christina Teresinka from Melbourne. Their refined range of handcrafted leather and on-trend metal hardware is stylish and sleek. 

MADDIE IS A FAN

Maddie has taken delight in discovering Made Measure by Paul Kinny and Christina Teresinka from Melbourne. Their refined range of handcrafted leather and on-trend metal hardware is stylish and sleek. 

Image 1 via Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 2 via Koskela / Image 3 via Interia / Image 4 via Made Measure / Image 5 via Kerry Armstrong

SPOTLIGHT ON AUSTRALIA

At Alexandra Kidd Design, we love lighting! I truly believe that the secret to a well-resolved interior lies in the lighting layout and the selection of fittings. We design interiors that are based around flexibility, so
a room can be transformed and a mood can be created by the flick of a switch or the click of a finger (literally). 

The lighting industry in Australia has changed dramatically in the past decade. Historically, when local designers and manufacturers were still in the dark, we would source all of our lighting from Europe or the United States. This came with significant challenges with fixtures, fittings and wattages differing from country to country, not to mention the conversion to Australian dollars, shipping logistics, insurance and a contributing carbon footprint. Needless to say, lighting has been tricky to specify and a nightmare for electricians to install. 

However, in recent years we have happily seen the emergence of local lighting designers such as Melbourne-based Christopher Boots and suppliers such as Sydney-based Catapult who are representing very talented Australian designs. The craftsmanship is local and the results are beautiful. It is wonderful to finally see so many illuminated talented Aussie designers and we are thrilled to be able to source and specify their pieces in our projects.

Here, we shine the spotlight on a few of our favourite Australian lighting designers.

CHRISTOPHER BOOTS

'Christopher Boots is a Melbourne-based industrial designer, driven by a love of nature and light, with a commitment to nothing short of excellence. Having graduated from industrial design at the national school of design (Prahran, 2005), Christopher Boots has a background in product design engineering. An apprenticeship with lighting pioneer Geoffrey Mance followed, leading to a half decade training in various techniques of designing and making lighting.'  
Via Christopher Boots

Articolo

'Articolo's founder and design director, Nicci, has over 25 years experience in the world of design. She established the Articolo architectural lighting brand in 2012 and is committed to Australian-made, handcrafted timeless architectural lighting design. She works closely with a diverse team of artisans who have crafted their skills over many years in glass blowing, ceramics, metalwork, woodworkers and copper smiths.'
Via Articolo

BEN-TOVIM DESIGN

'The Up-Down Light by Ben-Tovim Design is a strikingly contemporary twist on the classic industrial age height-adjustable pendant light. The shade is stainless steel with two optional finishes as standard, with the counterweight in Obsidian volcanic glass or shaped river stone as standard. The light can be easily adjusted within a range of heights, from 900 to 1500mm, making it a perfect feature for versatile settings. Custom colours and stones are also available.'
via Catapult

MARZ DESIGNS

'Aztec is part of the Bright Beads range of pendants using a variety of coloured timbers, or all in Smoked Ash. These unique lights can be presented in versatile ways, professionally hung in a permanent fixture of simply hung from a hook in the ceiling. The design uses the latest in 3D CNC cutting methods, with 6 distinctly different arrangements completing the range. While perfect as a single pendant, their impact is amplified with clustered.'
via Catapult

 

PAUL TOWNSIN

'The Me Pendant by Paul Townsin is a handmade contemporary concrete light. It has a timeless aesthetic that, coupled with the durability of the concrete form, is designed to last for many years. As each piece is hand cast, every Me Pendant is unique in individual colouring and form, and is available in two finishes as standard. It is dimmable with the appropriate switch.'
via Catapult

COCO FLIP

'Designed by Kate Stokes and produced by Victorian manufacturers in small batches, Coco Shade was inspired by traditional Japanese spinning tops and is made from Victorian ash timber & powder-coated aluminium.'
via Workshopped

Image 1 via Christopher Boots / Image 2 via Christopher Boots / Image 3 via Christopher Boots / Image 4 via Articolo/ Image 5 via Articolo / Image 6 via Articolo / Image 7 via Catapult / Image 8 via Catapult / Image 9 via Catapult  / Image 10 via Catapult / Image 11 via Catapult / Image 12 via Catapult / Image 13 via Workshopped / Image 14 via Workshopped