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In the market for art? Sydney Contemporary goes online for the month of October
Aesthetes everywhere, prepare to unleash your credit cards. Australia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, has just launched an impressive online showcase which not only responds to the global pandemic climate, it aims to bolster the art community in the same gallant brushstroke.
Art
October 1, 2020
Watch: Architect Fabrizio Barozzi joins inDETAIL speaker series
For the second instalment of the all-new architect speaker series inDETAIL by Brickworks, host Stephen Varady will be joined by architect Fabrizio Barozzi of Borozzi Veiga. The episode will be streamed live on September 30 (revised date) with Fabrizio joining in via satellite from Barcelona.
News
October 1, 2020
Dots and bubbles: Iconic artist Yayoi Kusama collaborates with Veuve Clicquot
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama – the ‘princess of polka dots’ – and famed champagne house Veuve Clicquot were originally drawn together by the likeness of their signatures: dots and bubbles. The first collaboration between the artist and the luxury brand was in 2006 when Yayoi overlaid a portrait of Veuve’s founder, Nicole Barbe Ponsardin (widely known as Madame Clicquot) with bright red polka dots for a charity auction in Tokyo.
Industrial Design
September 29, 2020
Just revealed: The 2020 National Architecture Awards shortlist
The highly regarded competition for the title of Australia’s best architecture in 2020 has moved a step closer with the announcement of the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards shortlist.
Architecture
September 28, 2020
The 2020 Eat Drink Design Awards shortlist
We all have to eat and drink. Yes, there are times when plain old dinner turns to degustation. On occasion, libations might be merrier than a mocktail, too.

A particularly fabulous feast or a spot-hitting tipple is likely to set tongues wagging – there’s no denying that word-of-mouth recommendations are absolutley irreplaceable.

But when a top-notch culinary experience is partnered with a thoughtfully designed destination, the act of heading out to drink and dine is simply irresistible.
Hospitality Design
September 24, 2020
At 99 years old, the Archibald Prize is still breaking records
With 99 storied years under its belt, the Archibald has presumably endured its share of disturbances in some shape or form since its inception in 1921. So, while this year’s pandemic climate may have reframed the timing of the program, true to form, it certainly hasn’t hindered the excellence of works entered. Nor has it stood as a roadblock.
Art
September 24, 2020
The ‘Puffy’ chair by Faye Toogood is the hug we all need right now
Having developed a solid reputation for its collaborations with vanguard designers, there’s no surprise that Swedish design brand Hem has partnered up again – this time with London-based powerhouse Faye Toogood.
Furniture
September 22, 2020
Art imitates (lockdown) life in exhibition at Melbourne’s bus and train stations
While many physical galleries and other ‘non-essential’ outlets remain closed throughout Victoria, due to the second wave of lockdowns imposed by novel coronavirus, Melbourne’s STATION gallery has joined the raft of businesses spearheading creative ways of connecting with audiences during the pandemic.
Art
September 21, 2020
Ironside workplace by interior designer Brahman Perera
The workplace reinforces the identity of the company,” says Luke Skurrie, managing director of Ironside whose business digs have been bestowed with the warmth and eye for detail, quality and authenticity that’s on par with the boutique construction company’s portfolio.
Commercial Design
September 17, 2020
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Lee Broom launches ‘Maestro’ chair at London Design Festival
During a year like no other, the 18th edition of the London Design Festival is currently underway online and in-person. Among the line-up of launches and events across the nine days of the festival’s dynamic program, British designer Lee Broom has unveiled ‘Maestro’, a sculptural dining chair that is inspired by the designer’s fondness for classical music and its instruments.
Exhibitions
September 15, 2020