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DESIGN :: DesignBy Them ‘TUCK Collection’



DesignBy Them was formed by Sarah GibsonNick Karlovasitis founded their Sydney studio in 2007, producing collections of contemporary furniture, lighting and design accessories designed not only by the duo, and also product products in collaboration with other Australian designers.

The Tuck stool & table collection was launched at designEX NEST, & combines a timber top with a zinc-plated steel frame that can be customised in any Dulux Powder Coat colour, and the colour can be updated over time, thus extending the longevity of the furniture.

True to the DesignBy Them ethos timbers are FSC certified and the steel frames are also recyclable at the end of the product’s lifespan.




Browse other products, shop online or find stockists

Product photography © Peter Daly // designEX NEST installation photography © Nicole England.

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TRENDING :: The Memphis Design Revival!


Memphis Movement founder Ettore Sottsass ’Carlton Room Divider’ (1981)


Sottsass protogee Michele de Lucchi’s ‘Flamingo’ bedside table (1984)

TSA_DESIGN_MEMPHIS_6The misunderstood 1980′s Memphis Movement has revived full throttle, with the distinct 1980′s influenced motifs and block forms appearing in furniture, lighting, fashion and jewellery design, making it one of the most dominant trends of the year!

Contemporary interpretations span the spectrum from ‘literal’ to ‘homage,’ and whether you like it or not, Memphis is back – even if in a far more sanitised incarnation.

A collective gasp resounded through the design industry when the Memphis Group unveiled the debut collection in Milan 30 years ago, the Post Modern inspired pieces then considered to be as shocking as they came to later be revered. Despite the controversy, the original pieces now command big bucks as collectors and galleries clamber to add the now iconic pieces to design collections – something that no doubt contributes to the revival of the movement.

Founded by Italian design icon Ettore Sottsass  in 1981, Memphis furniture lighting and objects were produced until 1987, despite Sottsass departing the collective in 1985.

Typified by asymmetrical shapes, block colour, distinct patterning and black & white stripes, the imagery was also produced on laminates, textiles and carpets.

Named after the Bob Dylan song ‘Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,’ the soundtrack that reportedly played on-rote during the inaugural meeting of the group. Referencing Pop Art, Art Deco and 1950′s kitsch, the works reflected a philosophy, exhibiting annually in Milan from 1981 – 1987, prior to the collective disbanding the following year.

MEMPHIS was born of some of the biggest names in 20th century Italian design, with members including Alessandro MendiniAndrea BranziMichele de LucchiNathalie du PasquierMichael GravesMatteo ThunJavier Mariscal, and Marco Zanini, to name but a few of the collective.


Nathalie du Pasquier for American Apparel

Original Memphis member Nathalie du Pasquier was commissioned this year to design a collection for American Apparel, and created a textiles for Dutch design brand Hay that launched in April during Milan Design Week.

“I have started from where I stopped and I now have put the machine in motion again.

I’m going to design other things, textiles. If I have requests I am more than happy to do it.”


Citing Memphis to represent much more than just decoration, du Pasquier refuses to see the movement as a ‘style’ – seeing it more as a ‘post modern philosophy.’ Fellow Memphis members George Sowden and Agerman Ross agree – explaining to dezeen in April they see the revival as stylistic interpretations of a deeper thinking.

“Maybe younger Postmodern designers are using it themselves also as communication, but I don’t think they’re doing it in the same way we were doing it during Memphis time.”


“Memphis is being used as a style and as a styling tool by a lot of designers and companies, whereas it was actually more of a philosophy and way of working,”



Clocks by Jenny Nordberg, an industrial designer from Sweden, Sight Unseen Offsite (New York 2014)TSA_DESIGN_MEMPHIS_8

The Valis table by Matthew Sullivan (LA x Milano Project 2014)TSA_DESIGN_MEMPHIS_09

Lamps by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio Sight Unseen Offsite (New York 2014)

An exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movement was held during Milan’s Salone del Mobile last April, stylistic interpretations were evident across other installations that week.

the following month it seemed MEMPHIS had gone viral – impossible to avoid during New York Design – most notably at SITE UNSEEN – OFFSITE – the physical installation curated by design blog founders Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer

Whilst coloration may be more muted and forms simplified, the cues were evident as seen in the custom-print clothing (below) created with Print All Over Me.

Whether it be a watered down version of the original radical movement by a design generation not likely born when that first collection was unveiled in 1981, Memphis, like it or note – is here. For awhile anyway!

The Sight Unseen + Print All Over Me collaboration with contributions from Camille Walala, Louie Rigano, Saskia Pomeroy,

Damien Correll, Fort Standard, Ellen Van Dusen, Eric Trine, Santtu Mustonen, Dot/Dash, and Will Bryant; photo Mark Vorrasi


Kelly Behun furniture Sight Unseen Offsite (New York 2014)

Historic images courtesy of National Gallery Victoria // Photo via Dennis Zanone of his private collection of Memphis design in his home.

New York Design Week images via gizmodo and THE SNAP ASSEMBLY

Read the dezeen feature here // read the full gizmodo post by Alissa Walker here

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EXHIBITION :: Silent Interval by ceramicist Kirsten Coehlo

Having exhibited at London’s Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum, award winning South Australian ceramicist Kirsten Coehlo will unveil a new body of work at Helen Gory Galerie next month.

Reminiscent of utilitarian enamel kitchenware, Kirsten Coehlo’s minimal white vessels feature metallic rim detailing and small ruptures created by the use of iron oxide glazes.

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‘I am interested in the context and the way objects are perceived – the way in which objects can be redefined and understood through their cultural and historical associations

..and also how they take on new meanings when taken out of context. The interplay of tone, form and surface – all converging to give new possible readings of what at first appears familiar’

Kirsten Coehlo

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August 30 – September 20, 2014.

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Sydney design studio DAAST debuted at the recent NEST installation curated by Anne-Maree Sargeant, at designEX in May.

Featured on creative network HOW WE CREATE,

DAAST were interviewed by Bec Findlay

Their experimental approach to fabrication and design process lead the duo to develop a thirst for product design, last year making the finalist of LAUNCH PAD competition, winning People’s choice award in the finalist selection of WORKSHOPPED 2013, and winning the prestigious QANTAS SOYA 2013 award for craft and object design – the initiative judged by Marc Newson. In early 2014 Andrew and Alex reached the final 8 in the Space and MOOOI Design Residency, presenting to Moooi co-founder and CEO Casper Vissers.


Alexander Kashin and Andrew Southwood-Jones met while studying Architecture at UTS. They set up their own studio in the second year of their bachelors degree so they were able to experiment more with digital fabrication and physical prototyping techniques. It wasn’t intended as a business initially but soon after they began people started to approach them with inquiries. Since then it has just grown organically, in the creative sense and the business!


In combining their efforts through collaboration, these young designers find they are much more productive and they are always able to achieve a better outcome.

“Collaboration is essential in order to be able to get a different perspective on what you are doing. There is no particular role for each of us. It always happens organically. We like to challenge each other in the process – which always brings a better result.” says Kashin

Remaining open minded and challenged through their process they are always on the look out for ways to improve and develop. With the raft of prestigious accolades awarded within 12 months of exploring furniture, lighting and object design – Southwood-Jones and Kashin have decided to launch their own design brand – set to unveil at designEX NEST 14, in Sydney May 2.DAAST_TSA_TSC_640_2

HWC: Can you tell us about ‘The Beast’?

Kashin:” The Beast was just an experimental temporary large scale installation that we did in collaboration with Lenny Gash. Main goal of this project was to make a large scale inflatable installation that interacts with the human body. It morphs depending on the movement of the person inside. We really like to experiment with the scale and try to switch a lot between large and small scale projects/installations.”


At NEST 14 – the Furniture, lighting and objects will be showcased as production models for the first time, along with previously unseen products.

HWC: Plans for the future? Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Kashin: “We never plan that far. We just like to come to our studio everyday and try to do what we enjoy. This proved to be the best plan so far. Hopefully it will last. The worst thing that can happen to a creative person – he doesn’t enjoy what he is doing anymore. If it doesn’t happen to us you’ll see a lot of exciting things coming out of our studio. Promise.” //


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DESIGN :: Raw-Edges Radical Kitchen Concept

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Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, founders of London design collective Raw-Edges were invited by solid surface brand Caesarstone to present an interactive kitchen island installation during Milan Design Week last April.

“We want to further-explore the concept of the sliding of objects into Caesarstone Islands… the kitchen set as a working station – a stage for performing cooking.”

Taking the work surface as a starting point, the project rethinks kitchen by inserting storage and utility components as required; the outcome creating island elements that are stand alone design elements as well as being functional.

Presently a concept kitchen, the designers stated their intention to attempt to influence mainstream kitchen design. // Raw-Edges Design Studio

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ARCHITECTURE :: Zaha Hadid Awarded Design if the Year




TSA_DESIGN_MUSEUM_ZAHA-HADID_Heydar-Aliyev-Center_18Zaha Hadid  has been announced as the first female recipient of the coveted DESIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD by London’s Design Museum for Heyday Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan.

‘The surface of the Heydar Aliyev Centre’s external plaza rises and folds to define a sequence of public event spaces within; welcoming, embracing and directing visitors throughout the building. It’s an architectural landscape where concepts of seamless spatial flow are made real – creating a whole new kind of civic space for the city.’


TSA_DESIGN_MUSEUM_ZAHA-HADID_00The project was selected form 70 nominated categories spanning Digital Design, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport, and is the first architectural project to take the top gong in the seven year award program.

Whilst the award has garnered significant political backlash  over regional human rights issues in Azerbiajan, the all-London jury defends the decision  stating to online design blog DEZEEN

‘It’s a prize about architecture rather than politics and its architectural quality is outstanding. The jury made a decision on what they thought was the best project. I support that decision but I played no part in making it.’

Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic 

Online criticism has also extended to a distinctly London bias to past recipients of the prestigious prize.


Other category winners include:

DIGITAL // Peek (Portable eye Examination Kit) – designed by Dr Andrew Bastawrous, Dr Mario Giardini, Dr Iain Livingston

FASHION // PRADA ss14 – designed by Miuccia Prada

FURNITURE // Pro Chair Family – designed by Konstantin Grcic

GRAPHICS // Drone Shadows – designed by James Bridle //

PRODUCT // The Seaboard Grand – designed by Roland Lamb & Hong-Yeul eom

TRANSPORT // XL1 Car – designed by Volkswagon | |

Earlier posts  ZAHA HADID designed SUPER BOAT // incredible LIQUID GLACIAL TABLE // ZAHA HADID for Neil Barratt

Photography by HUFTON & CROW

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