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Indesign Luminary: Diane Jones

Indesign Luminary: Diane Jones

Diane Jones has been executive director at PTW since 2014. A natural leader of people, she considers herself to be “just one of the team”, bringing to the role a coherent philosophy and sense of conviction built over many years of practice.

Indesign Luminary Mark Landini

Indesign Luminary Mark Landini

Mark Landini is not a man to mince his words. His relationship with retail design is one of practicality and inventiveness. Because there’s no room for ‘experiential’ and ‘fashionable’ design when you’re faced with fickle consumers and a booming e-retail economy.

The game changer: Rachel Neeson

The game changer: Rachel Neeson

Overcoming personal tragedy enabled Rachel Neeson to establish herself as one of Australia’s leading architects. We reflect on Neeson’s career having recently been announced as a 2019 INDE Luminary.

The late bloomer: Jon Goulder

The late bloomer: Jon Goulder

Jon Goulder has been a mainstay of the Australian design industry for 20 years, but it’s only now that he considers his career to be taking off. We look at the 2019 INDE Luminary nominees career trajectory.

Indesign Luminary: Jon Johannsen

Indesign Luminary: Jon Johannsen

Jon Johannsen’s career has been about buildings and their context. He is led by the conviction that liveable communities are diverse in their demographic engagement. This is his story.

Khai Liew’s masterful approach to craftsmanship

Khai Liew’s masterful approach to craftsmanship

Khai Liew’s masterful body of work is informed by his background as a conservator and dealer and framed by a practice characterised by collaboration.

Indesign Luminary: Michael Banney, m3architecture

Indesign Luminary: Michael Banney, m3architecture

Michael Banney likes to talk and write architecture into existence. It’s an “inclusive habit” that allows him to step outside the architect’s mindset, but still inhabit the role. He talks to Indesign about what makes m3architecture so idiosyncratic.

The boy from Adelaide: Woods Bagot CEO Nik Karalis

The boy from Adelaide: Woods Bagot CEO Nik Karalis

London-based Woods Bagot CEO and Indesign Luminary Nik Karalis is still that curious boy from South Australia – always looking to qualify his understanding of design’s purpose and intent, and ultimately, search for its meaning in the most unlikely of places.

Indesign Luminary: Pip Drysdale

Indesign Luminary: Pip Drysdale

Australia has produced some fine ceramicists, but none has achieved the international prominence of Pip Drysdale, which makes her an Indesign Luminary alumni.

Indesign Luminary: Bruce Rickard

Indesign Luminary: Bruce Rickard

We dive into the Indesign archives and reflect on the life and work of Indesign Luminary Bruce Rickard (1929-2010).

Indesign Luminary: Mia Feasey

Indesign Luminary: Mia Feasey

Mia Feasey of Siren Design is living proof that guts and ambition can make distant dreams a reality. Here’s how the former girl-band front-woman came to lead her own international design firm.

Indesign Luminary: Johannes Kuhnen

Indesign Luminary: Johannes Kuhnen

The pioneering work of designer, Johannes Kuhnen, has had a considerable influence on craft-based design in Australia.

Indesign Luminary: Adam Goodrum

Indesign Luminary: Adam Goodrum

Collaborations with iconic brands and recognition by international museums have confirmed Adam Goodrum’s reputation as a truly world-class designer.

Indesign Luminary: Nexus Designs

Indesign Luminary: Nexus Designs

It’s with sadness that Indesign has heard of the passing of Janne Faulkner – a true pioneer of design in Australia. Here we republish the Indesign Luminary feature from issue #57 of Indesign.

Indesign Luminary: Tom Sitta

Indesign Luminary: Tom Sitta

Expatriate Czech, Vladimir ‘Tom’ Sitta, has changed the way people think about landscape design in Sydney.

Indesign Luminary: Charles Wilson

Indesign Luminary: Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson‘s career as a successful and innovative furniture and industrial designer has had a seemingly unstoppable upward trajectory.

Indesign Luminary: Caroline Casey

Indesign Luminary: Caroline Casey

A meticulous and intuitive designer, Caroline Casey has a diverse range of outstanding products to her name.

Indesign Luminary: Ken Cato AO

Indesign Luminary: Ken Cato AO

Ken Cato has brought a new level of sophistication to Australian graphic design in a career spanning over forty years, which makes him an Indesign Luminary.

Indesign Luminary: David Trubridge

Indesign Luminary: David Trubridge

Mercurial seems too mild a word to describe David Trubridge who has changed the face of design in New Zealand.

Indesign Luminary: Rosemary Kirkby

Indesign Luminary: Rosemary Kirkby

Rosemary Kirkby has been described by an industry commentator as “a fearless, well-organised dynamo of a campaigner for better workplace design.” Kirkby has created internationally acclaimed and award-winning workplaces, which have revolutionised the thinking about work and workplaces and set completely new benchmarks.

Indesign Luminary: Col Madigan

Indesign Luminary: Col Madigan

The High Court and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra are arguably two of the finest buildings in Australia – both were designed by Col Madigan.

Indesign Luminary: Ken Woolley

Indesign Luminary: Ken Woolley

A founder of the ‘Sydney school’, architect and artist Ken Woolley was a national design treasure. Two years after his passing, we look back at his Indesign Luminary profile.

Indesign Luminary: Helen Kontouris

Indesign Luminary: Helen Kontouris

One of Australia’s most successful product designers internationally, Helen Kontouris is a star whose career has taken a stellar trajectory.

Indesign Luminary: Harry Seidler

Indesign Luminary: Harry Seidler

The death of Harry Seidler in March 2006 marked the end of an era and, for Australia, the loss of one of our most powerful architectural voices. Seidler was also our architectural conscience who, as Philip Drew points out, consistently argued the validity of modern architecture.

Indesign Luminary: Kerstin Thompson

Indesign Luminary: Kerstin Thompson

Kerstin Thompson has many accolades to her practice’s name, but for all her success, architecture is just one of her many passions.

Indesign Luminary: Peter Stutchbury

Indesign Luminary: Peter Stutchbury

As an award-winning architect, Peter Stutchbury has artfully demonstrated his own vision of what architecture in Australia can be.

Indesign Luminary: Richard Hoare

Indesign Luminary: Richard Hoare

Design and Innovation Director at the Breville group, Richard Hoare has been a guiding hand in the development of electrical appliances in Australia for over 20 years.

Indesign Luminary: Susan Cohn

Indesign Luminary: Susan Cohn

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?

Indesign Luminary: Frank Bauer

Indesign Luminary: Frank Bauer

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.

Indesign Luminary: Jennifer Taylor

Indesign Luminary: Jennifer Taylor

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.

Indesign Luminary: Linda Gregoriou

Indesign Luminary: Linda Gregoriou

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.

Indesign Luminary: Andrew Parr

Indesign Luminary: Andrew Parr

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.

Indesign Luminary: Carl Nielsen

Indesign Luminary: Carl Nielsen

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.

Indesign Luminary: Michael Bryce

Indesign Luminary: Michael Bryce

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.

Indesign Luminary: Robert McBride and Debbie-Lyn Ryan

Indesign Luminary: Robert McBride and Debbie-Lyn Ryan

Mcbride Charles Ryan is an architecture and interior design practice which has carried the ‘hot, young, up-and-coming’ tag for long enough.

Indesign Luminary: James Grose

Indesign Luminary: James Grose

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.

Indesign Luminary: John Andrews

Indesign Luminary: John Andrews

In the mid-1960s, he was the first Australian architect to achieve a high level of international recognition, especially in North America where he was seen as an American architect working in the then fashionable ‘brutalist’ style. But John Andrews has at times been less comfortable in Australia where several signature buildings have been treated with less respect than they deserve. Indesign thought it time to celebrate one of the icons of Australian architecture.

Indesign Luminary: Robert Foster

Indesign Luminary: Robert Foster

A totally focussed designer and manufacturer who is building an international reputation in product design, Robert foster has a DIY determination, a sophisticated eye, an original mind and big ambitions for the Australian design industry.

Indesign Luminary: Philip Cox

Indesign Luminary: Philip Cox

Indesign celebrates the career of luminary Philip Cox, whose distinctive style is seen throughout Australia as well as internationally.

Indesign Luminary Tribute: Charles Furey

Indesign Luminary Tribute: Charles Furey

Pioneer of Australian industrial design Charles Furey has passed away at the age of 92.