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DESIGN :: Belle features NEST14 by AMS

TSA_DESIGN_BELLE_AMS_Aug-Sept-2014,-focus-1 TSA_DESIGN_BELLE_AMS_-2014-07-30-at-12.05 TSA_DESIGN_BELLE_AMS_-2014-07-30-at-12.04SNAP founder and creative director Anne-Maree Sargeant curated  NEST14 - the key highlight of Australia’s longest running deigsn and architecture event designEX -. Sargeant curated nest, and her agencey Tproduced by my agency THE SNAP COLLECTIVE - which officially launches early July.

“The original concept was too close to Launch Pad - the prototype platform I established for the INDESIGN Group 12 years ago; and given Launch Pad has cemented itself as an important mainstay for Australian furniture, lighting and product designers. – designEX needed something new,” Sargeant explains.

“Given the ‘emerging’ sector of Australian design is well covered by a myriad of platforms, I identified the need for INDEPENDENT (as opposed to emerging) Australian designers to exhibit in a commercial context – and designEX agreed to support my strategy. I was engaged in 2011 to establish NEST as key feature of designEX. Now in it’s 3rd incarnation, NEST14 embodies my original vision and shaping up for an even stronger presence for NEST15 next year in Melbourne.”


The following was posted by Australian Design Review;


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DESIGN :: Bec Brittain x New York Design Week





TSA_DESIGN_BEC_BRITTAIN_Helix-Floor-Pink_20130729444_extended-backgroundOne of our favourite lighting designers Bec Brittain was a clear winner at ICFF, the trade show component of New York Design Week.

After studies in architecture and product design, Brittain founded her Brooklyn studio in 2011, he work since featuring globally in leading publications and blogs.

Represented in New York by MATTER_MADE gallery, expect to see her work soon in Australia.

Whilst wall sconces are priced upwards of $1600 USD, the collectors market is currently coveting  more complex pendant lights – with designs expressing complex geometric forms and luxury metals – fetching upwards of $20,000 USD.




Images courts of Bec Brittain.

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DESIGN :: 00 Reversible Clock by Assembly



TSA_DESIGN_Assembly_clock_detailThe clever, yet simple 00 Clock by Brooklyn furniture duo Assembly features one white side, the other black, and interchangeable arms so the user can customise at will!

“the experience of time is simultaneously measured and abstract


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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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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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