Ideas

Be inspired by design-led and industry leading architecture or architectural design ideas and interior design ideas. Priceless architectural design tips, interior design tips and commercial or home interior design ideas from the leading brains and brands known to contemporary design.

May 30, 2024

Comment: Lighting and circular economy on a finite planet

In this comment piece, Matt Marshall, Head of Lighting Design at Cundall Singapore, considers circular thinking and how to make a high impact in the right way.

May 29, 2024

New crises, normal solutions: Innovative design prototypes on show at Powerhouse

Building on its beginnings in Melbourne Design Week, A New Normal is a new exhibition presented by Vivid Ideas Sydney at Powerhouse Ultimo.

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Distilling modernity: In conversation with Giulio Cappellini

In an exclusive interview with one of the most iconic figures on the international design scene, Cappellini’s charismatic art director talks about design that transcends time and geographical context, embraces diversity – and captures the elusive essence of our times.

May 28, 2024

Supporting First Nations artists to deliver authentic stories in urban landscapes

Tilt Industrial Design Managing and Creative Director, Tim Phillips, comments on how industrial design intersects with First Nations artists.

May 28, 2024

Material matters: Striving for circularity in the retail sector

Ahead of the Melbourne Design Week panel, industry experts and moderator Genevieve Brannigan explore the potential of bio-based and upcycled materials, envisioning a sustainable circular future spanning retail and beyond.

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Classics informing classics: a design evolution

Join us for a Herman Miller series that looks at how architects and designers use their most iconic designs to create beautiful and functional office spaces.

May 28, 2024

Time and repetition with aged care design on Yolngu Country

Yolngu Elders and Communities with Kaunitz Yeung Architecture have designed a place of influence, where healthcare can be delivered through form, function and flexibility.

May 23, 2024

Curiosity and colour: Behind the Brand with Nexus Designs’ Sally Evans

Next up in our series, we hear from Sally Evans MDIA, Design and Colour Consultant, and Director at Nexus Designs.

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Delighting in details: What the trendjournal can do for Australian design

Marylou Cafaro’s first trendjournal sparked a powerful, decades-long movement in joinery designs and finishes which eventually saw Australian design develop its independence and characteristic style. Now, polytec offers all-new insights into the future of Australian design.

May 22, 2024

AD-APT: Deep floorplates and adaptive reuse with Woods Bagot

Matt Stephenson, Principal at Woods Bagot New York, discusses a number of adaptive reuse approaches for deep floorplates.

May 21, 2024

“The architecture is the play” at award-winning Bradbury Park Playscape

Fresh from a highly successful showing in the Greater Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards, Alcorn Middleton’s genre-hopping project is worth a closer look.

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MillerKnoll: The great responsibility of great design

As MillerKnoll offers a deep-dive into some of the company’s ESG initiatives with the recently released 2023 Better World Report, we take a closer look at their unwavering commitment to transformative design – and the belief that with great design comes great responsibility.

May 16, 2024

Global crises and the architect’s social responsibilities under discussion at AIA Conference

Kate Goodwin, curator and Adjunct Professor (Architecture) at the University of Sydney, reports back from the AIA Conference in Melbourne.

May 16, 2024

Hassell and GBCA on social value in the built environment

Building on a recent research paper, Helen Bell and Dr Brett Pollard discuss how social value is defined, its potential pitfalls, and why it matters.

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American hardwood challenges perceptions in environmentally responsible design

The recent Kurunpa Kunpu collaboration, an exhibition of new furniture pieces realised in American maple, cherry and walnut, puts a spotlight on the resilience of First Nations People as well as the environmental impact of American hardwood species and their role in Australian design.

May 16, 2024

Map out your Melbourne Design Week with these 12 highlights

Melbourne’s epic Design Week is almost upon us. I put it out to my friends and colleagues, asking what they can’t wait to see, and have collated a top 12 program highlights list for you here.

May 14, 2024

The Stirling Prize-winners setting up a Sydney studio

British architecture practice, AHMM, now has a home in Sydney. We caught up with Paul Monaghan ahead of his Australian Architecture Conference keynote speech.

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Technogym evolves an ecosystem of wellness: available anywhere, anytime

Industry specialists in providing personalised wellness experiences, Technogym continues to innovate and adapt. This new comprehensive health and fitness platform takes a holistic approach to individual fitness and empowers people to take control of their own wellbeing - at anytime, from anywhere.