Industry News

Art Nouveau – a new interpretation

Aug 10, 2017

In the 1990s, 1950s modernism made a return thanks largely to magazines such as Wallpaper*. The Eames chaise and matching ottoman was a pivotal design, as was furniture designed by George Nelson. While there were a few enthusiasts spouting the clean modernist charm of that period, the 1950s didn’t become mainstream until the early noughties. Fast-forward to the present and there’s everything from 1970s through to the early 1980s, when Memphis made a return.

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Open House Melbourne – 10 years of being nosy

Aug 9, 2017

It’s now been 10 years since Open House Melbourne first threw open its doors to a delighted, design curious city. In 2017’s anniversary edition, Annie Reid discovers how regeneration can keep changing a city for the better.

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Colour – elevating the senses

Aug 8, 2017

Colour can transform the most corporate of buildings into something quite magical. However, whether it’s used on walls, for carpets or furniture, there’s always a need to provide a sense of balance. In some instances, colour provides a sense of drama or even tells a story and forms an integral part of the design process.

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Courtyard Gardens – as relevant today

Aug 4, 2017

Courtyard-style gardens are not a new phenomenon. Architects such as the eminent Guilford Bell regularly included courtyards in his homes designed in the 1950s through to the 1980s. Often concealed behind high brick fences, these private and secluded oases were inspired by the architect’s travels to the Middle East. Other architects, equally as respected as Bell, such as Kevin Borland, also used courtyards in their schemes. Find out what lies behind the walls in modern courtyard transformations.

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Aging gracefully – taking a fresh look at Aged Care design

Jul 31, 2017

Life and longevity in the 21st century is better than ever before. And according to the ABS, the long-life trend is set to continue with a quarter of the population soon to be over 65 years of Age in Australia. But we’re at a critical time for design thinking through the problems we’re facing with an unprecedented expanding ageing population. Instead of celebrating our longevity, many of our elders are suffering chronic loneliness, social isolation, intragenerational segregation.

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In a Bush Setting

Jul 20, 2017

Traditional country homes often feature broad eaves, small windows and sometimes a balcony out the front. However, given our climate, these period homesteads often appear ill matched.

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Paarhammer Manufacturer of the Year – Small Business

May 26, 2017

Paarhammer Windows has been awarded ‘Manufacturer of the Year – Small Business’ 2017 by the Victorian State Government.

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VIDEO: Community Designs Presents City of Hobart

May 25, 2017

How wide is your footpath? The City of Hobart is certainly on the front foot as they look to revitalise dead spots within the city.

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Melbourne Developer Profile – Little Projects

May 24, 2017

With record property prices, Melbourne’s a city on the move. There’s no denying the increases are putting pressure on dreams of home ownership, but there are plenty of opportunities within the residential apartment market – you just need to know what to look for, and have a well-informed approach. Annie Reid chats to Fergus Humphries, General Manager – Sales & Marketing at Little Projects, to find out a little more about the Melbourne market.

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State-of-the-Art Alumiere Range is in a class of its own

May 23, 2017

Stegbar has launched Alumiere, a new range of high performance windows and doors with a unique design that allows for larger spans of glass and unobstructed views. With Alumiere, size limitations have been increased to allow for glass panel heights of up to three metres to be easily achieved, making the new range ideal for modern architecture where the emphasis is on ample windows and open-plan living.

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