To grasp the essence of just what makes a designer the very best, we spoke with Penelope Forlano to uncover the thoughts and processes behind her work.
Respected nationally and internationally, Susan Cohn merges art, craft and design. She designs for Alessi, creates commission work and delights in the expression of street-culture and its interplay with technology. Yet she enjoys the long traditions of gold- and silversmithing, is inspired by the rituals and connections of everyday life and proudly calls herself a craftsperson. Where is Susan Cohn coming from?
In the artfully designed modernist workshop in the back garden of his home in inner-suburban Adelaide, Frank Bauer – internationally recognised jeweller, industrial designer, light artist and kinetic sculptor – works in a colourful world all of his own making.
Architect, scholar, teacher, writer and critic of international standing, Jennifer Taylor is almost without peer in Australia. An authority on contemporary architectural history, she is known for her rigorous academic standards, her passion for architecture and her generosity of spirit – a contribution that has been recognised in recent years through numerous prestigious awards.
Not all dirty words have four letters. Take ‘property developer’ for instance. Mention them and an image tends to spring to mind of a ruthless, hard-nosed older male, a profit-junkie in soft-soled, bright white shoes. They’re expectations property developer, Linda Gregoriou, loves to confound.
He still isn’t forty years of age, yet Andrew Parr’s achievements already outstrip those of many another career. He is best known for his elegant and exquisitely detailed interiors. But he has also designed furniture and, with his restless creativity, there may be more careers still to come.
Bruno munari once curated an exhibition dedicated to the “unknown industrial designer”, an acknowledgement of all those fine but anonymous designers whose work has shaped our everyday world. Now in his mid-70s, Carl Nielsen has never been exactly anonymous, but as a key figure in Australian post-war Industrial Design and design education, he is probably not as well known as he ought to be.
A principal of the international design firm, Minale Bryce design strategy, Michael Bryce has been a leader in the design establishment in Australia for over thirty years, energetically representing and promoting the interests of Design to his clients, government, business and the industry.
Mcbride Charles Ryan is an architecture and interior design practice which has carried the ‘hot, young, up-and-coming’ tag for long enough.
James Grose slides into a chair and cruises readily through a series of questions you know he’s answered many times before. He has an affability and boyish energy which, despite his late-forty-something years, he wears with ease. He’s also a natural talker. It has been said, he quips, that he talks too much. But he speaks well and his enthusiasm is engaging. At the same time, he is unassuming and explains his work with the sweeping strokes of thorough consideration.