In recent years, thanks partly to visually inclined social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, there is a new kid on the contemporary design block that everyone’s talking about. Meet Contemporary Australian Design – an aesthetic that is laid back, pared down, playful with clean, uninterrupted lines. It’s the sum of all its parts – a product of its unique natural landscape that boasts endless access to natural light and a warm climate, and giving its designers inspiration to bring elements of the outdoors into its wide-open spaces.
Putting a spotlight on contemporary Australian design, Trendland picks five designers to watch as they rise onto the international stage.
Melbourne-based design studio Articolo celebrates the art of light with its recognizable contemporary, yet enduring aesthetic. Hot off the studio’s celebrated international debut at ICFF last May, Articolo has launched its Float capsule collection pictured here in Drunken Emerald and Snow. The collection’s elongated proportions hark back to a bygone era, while its simplicity of form maintains a contemporary touch.
Founded by Richard Munao, an avid supporter of young Australian design talent and founder of Cult Design, the organization responsible for bringing premium European design to Australian shores. Munao’s latest ambition, which launched as Nau Design at ICFF 2017, is to promote Australian creativity globally. Formed as an Australian design collective consisting of talents such as Adam Goodrum, Adam Cornish, Jack Flanagan and Gavin Harris, Nau is set to bring a full collection of home and commercial furnishings that epitomize Australian design to the world.
A new design brand bringing the world a pared-back Australian sensibility through its collection of furniture developed and made in Italy. For their second range, SP01 teamed up with rising design star Tom Fereday to create a collection of outdoor furniture tough enough to withstand the Australian outdoors, minimal in its appearance yet refined in its detailing on close inspection. Earthy palettes nod to current design trends yet remain understated enough to live through them.
Dispelling the idea that folding chairs should be hidden away in storage. The Hup Hup chair by Canberra-based industrial designer Tom Skeehan takes inspiration from Japanese design and pairs it with Australian materials making this folding chair beautiful enough to display on the wall.
Inspired by nature, light and geometry, Christopher Boots, the Melbourne-based Industrial Designer creates collections of lighting, furniture and objects that approach these themes with the use of his signature quartz crystal. His Greek heritage sees his work reflecting through a conceptual lens of mythology and classicism. Boots’ lighting forms are both sumptuous and unique.
Written by Jenny Nguyen