interior design

life is a CAROUSEL

Creative designers, Christine McDonald, Lia Pielli and Phillipa Cowdrey, are the talent behind our many designs and collaborations from Designer Rugs and form the foundation for the success of company. Their new collection CAROUSEL is a reflection of their decades of experience creating custom rugs, and desire to create innovate new designs. It is also the first in-house handknot collection...

rocky coastline – Sydney Aesop

Granite covers almost every surface inside this Sydney Aesop store, which architecture firm Snohetta designed to look like a rocky coastline. Situated amongst the busy, shop-lined streets of Sydney's central business district, Aesop Pitt Street was created to slow down the pace of passersby. The studio sought to create a space that, though large in scale, still embodies the...

exterior relationships – NZ

Sited on an estuary headland off Tawharanui Peninsula, New Zealand, the Bishops Hill Encampment is a small scale dual structure overlooking the water. The pair of minor dwellings are strategically sited to achieve an occupation of the land that feels both timeless and relaxed. The external appearance of each building uses a combination of exposed timber framework and timber shutters, both with a natural oil...

Bleached Gothic and Olympia – NGV

Yesterday I was invited to preview the joint opening of Bleached Gothic and Olympia at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, showcasing the work of acclaimed female Australian photographers Polixeni Papapetrou and Petrina Hicks which was breathtakingly beautiful and thought-provoking. Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou is the first major museum retrospective of acclaimed Australian photographer Polixeni Papapetrou (1961–2018)....

reinterpreting the past

An existing heritage building is transformed through the introduction of a modern, two-story addition that playfully reinterprets the distinctive geometry of the original dwelling through a contemporary lens. Designed by multi awarded studio Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, York St. House catches abundant natural light and garden aspects, with a simple material palette of brick, steel, and timber. The project...

intricate re-working – Fitzroy

Fitzroy Terrace brings me so much joy at every turn. The devil is in the detail and I urge you to look closely at the intricate re-working of a previously run-down double-storey terrace in the gritty, northern fringes of Fitzroy designed by Taylor Knights. The design itself represents a real ‘obscuring’ between the old and the new through the deliberate play...

Less, But Better – Sister City New York

Sister City is a hotel inspired by the functional perfection of Finnish saunas, Japanese bento boxes and post war architecture. Sister City offers 200 intimate, efficient rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and a rooftop bar right on Bowery, Manhattan’s oldest and most storied thoroughfare. Created by the people behind Ace Hotel Group. Atelier Ace were inspired by the philosophy of Less, But...

A new relationship – Lake Geneva

Situated close to the shore of Lake Geneva, the 1920s home has been overhauled by Bureau Brisson Architects to feature a much simpler floor plan and sea blue storage unit. The owners had an experience with other architects, but were not completely satisfied, but they new what needed to happen on the ground floor. They asked Bureau Brisson Architects to...