Interiors
aesop brisbane
Design

Delving behind Brisbane’s Aesop stores

Every store is unique. Some resemble a lush private gentleman’s salon. Others, a sleek minimalist space. Whatever the design – and the intriguing window display – Aesop stores catch peripherals and turn heads with their commitment to design. more

Interiors
Wrightson Stewart
Design

Two Brisbane firms commended in IDEA Awards

Last Friday saw the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for 2013 rollout, with two local firms ranking amongst the winners. Wilson Architects in association with Donovan Hill Architects were awarded highly commended in the Public Space category for their work on the Translational Research Institute at Woolloongabba, while Wrightson Stewart gained a highly commended title in the Event category for its transformation of the bar space at La Boite Theatre. more

Architecture
Cooroy Library sets a new bar for rural design
Design

Cooroy Library sets a new bar for rural design

Delivering a touch of the contemporary to the sleepy rural town of Cooroy, Brewster Hjorth Architects designed the Cooroy Library and Digital Information Hub as part of the Mill Place Master Plan for Cooroy. Providing a vibrant connection between the existing art gallery at the Butter Factory and the main street, the project was awarded the Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year at the Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards earlier this year. The building consists of two curved pavilions, with one dug into the slope of the site and covered by an earth-sheltered grass roof, which acts as the link between the gallery and the parklands. The environmentally sustainable design features a low-energy shell and a natural-light-filled interior featuring digital training and community rooms, a lounge, reading areas and a cafe that opens onto a large covered verandah. more

Product
lego
Design

Playtime continues with wooden LEGO bricks

The favourite plastic building blocks of our childhood have been given a facelift by Japanese design company Mokulock. Carefully handcrafted from maple and birch, these wooden bricks are biodegradable and treated to retain their natural hues. Small and big kids alike will find joy in these eco-minded toy alternatives, which are compatible with plastic LEGO pieces. Mokulock’s philosophy is to provide children who grow up in an urban environment with a tactile connection to nature in a playful manner. more


Product
Designer to watch: Skeehan
Design

Designer to watch: Skeehan

Canberra-based emerging industrial designer Tom Skeehan is doing good things. The recent graduate specialises in commercial furniture and objects for the home, with his work evident in a number of cafes and bars around Canberra (including Two Before Ten cafe, La De Da bar, Lonsdale Street Roasters and the Zierholz brewery). Last year, Tom was awarded the NSW and ACT Graduate of the Year by the Design Institute of Australia, and took out the top prize at the Graduate of the Year Awards earlier this year. In his latest prototype, the STAY stool, a minimalist aesthetic meets versatility and functionality of design, with the piece shortlisted for Inside magazine’s Interior Design Excellence Awards for 2013. Made from Australian hardwoods, the STAY stool promotes the use of sustainable material in design and delivers a tactile experience. Keep an eye on all things Skeehan here. more