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Month-long Design Canberra festival kicks off alongside NAIDOC Week
Presented by non-profit organisation Craft ACT, the Design Canberra festival is on now in the nation’s capital until November 29. The first week of this year’s dynamic program has coincided with NAIDOC Week (November 8–15), a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To recognise that First Nations people have occupied and cared for the Australian continent for over 65,000 years, the theme for NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, a poignant message alongside the festival’s overarching theme ‘Care’.
November 11, 2020
Destination design: Beefbar Paris by Humbert & Poyet
A few steps back from the Champs-Elysées, the French capital’s most famous avenue, the show-stopping Beefbar Paris draws its design inspiration from the daring cuisine that is dispensed from the chic eatery’s kitchen. A refined menu which focuses on the ritual of sharing a meal combined with freshness and simplicity of ingredients. The starting point […]
November 10, 2020
Architect Viktor Udzenija curates Middle Eastern design auction for Christie’s
Award-winning Croatian architect and interior designer Viktor Udzenija has curated the inaugural design section of the Christie’s Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary Art auction. For the sale, which opens to bids from November 11, Viktor is presenting a selection of ten design works by an impressive roster of emerging and established designers, each hailing from the Middle East.
November 9, 2020
British luxury car maker Aston Martin unveils exclusive New York residences
British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin and visionary architect Sir David Adjaye have united to create a lineup of five exclusive residences at the 66-storey 130 William building in New York. As somewhat of a deal-sweetener, buyers of the exclusive homes will also be able to travel the city in style behind the wheel of a Sir David-designed Special Edition Aston Martin SUV.

Aston Martin chief creative officer Marek Reichman and Sir David Adjaye worked collaboratively on this project to bring the ethos of Aston Martin’s elegant design and dedicated craftmanship to 130 William’s architecture and handcrafted interiors.
November 5, 2020
Queensland’s ‘coral ark’ by Contreras Earl Architecture set to spearhead global rescue mission
The world’s first dedicated coral conservation facility is planned for Port Douglas in Far North Queensland, the gateway to the 2300-kilometre-long Great Barrier Reef. Developed in collaboration with the non-profit Great Barrier Reef Legacy and a number of the best scientific minds and educators, The Living Coral Biobank, if built, would spearhead the conservation of vital marine ecosystems that are under threat from climate change, severe storms and coral disease. “Current approaches to securing the health and biodiversity of corals are not working,” says a statement from Great Barrier Reef Legacy. “With each coral bleaching event we are losing vulnerable coral species and reefs around the world.”
November 4, 2020
Prior cafe in Thornbury by Melbourne architects Ritz & Ghougassian
Facing the tramline on High Street in Thornbury, Prior is a chic neighbourhood cafe that opened its doors to the inner Melbourne suburb in early 2020. Observing the eatery from the street, the building, a former print shop, is crowned by typically Art Deco detailing. Dramatic black windows frame the entrance of the 130-seat cafe while an equally theatrical awning is emblazoned with the single word ‘Prior’, positioned front and centre as if to indicate its strength as a headline act in this neck of the woods.
November 3, 2020
The bar and restaurant at La Sastrería in Valencia by Masquespacio
Taking its inspiration from chef Sergio Giraldo and bartender Cristóbal Bouchet's shared dream to open their own restaurant, La Sastrería is a wondrous establishment in Valencia, Spain, designed by local creative consultancy Masquespacio. As with most of Masquespacio’s endeavours, the aim of the La Sastrería project was to fulfill the ambitious vision of young entrepreneurs. In this instance, a hospitable duo who seek to spearhead new culinary and sensorial experiences in the local area.
Hospitality Design
November 2, 2020
Brick by brick: B20 unveils over 100 new and innovative building products
The culmination of a year’s worth of exceptional innovation, research and development, B20 unveiled over 100 new products during its digital broadcast on Thursday evening. The screening was the first of its kind to come from market-leading building products company Brickworks and is now available for catch-up viewing.

During a year when online streaming rapidly became the new – and only – way for brands to connect with audiences, B20 by Brickworks shone the spotlight on inspiring new collections from the company’s immense portfolio of bricks, concrete, masonry and roof tiles.
October 29, 2020
Home tour: La Scala residence in Bowen Hills by Richards and Spence
Perched high on a cliffside plot in Bowen Hills, a suburb just north of Brisbane’s CBD, La Scala is the private residence of Ingrid Richards and Adrian Spence of Richards and Spence. Drawing upon four years of collected ideas, the architects desired to create a house where the outside space acted solidly as its centrepiece. The resulting dwelling – a section of which was resolved by Ingrid with a sketch on a napkin while on holidays – evokes snapshots of the Mediterranean and Central and South America. Its bare masonry standing out under Queensland’s famed blue skies.
October 27, 2020
Destination design: Santa Monica Proper by Kelly Wearstler
In Los Angeles, locals describe the Santa Monica neighbourhood as Silicon Beach, the surfside equivalent of Silicon Valley, due to the concentration of technology, entertainment and digital media companies that have established offices just a few blocks from the ocean. Among the liveliness, nestled in a six-storey Spanish Colonial Revival-style building (originally designed by Arthur E. Harvey in 1928 and renovated by Howard Laks Architects), the Santa Monica Proper hotel has become a smash-hit since opening mid-2019, winning the hearts of visitors and locals alike.
Hospitality Design
October 27, 2020