This month, we look at products and spaces that challenge the traditional and mainstream notions of design. From gnarly looking pottery to an exhibition based on redemption and spaces that challenge norms, the design industry – and the people behind it – never stand still.
1.Tom Dixon launches new accessories range
Never one to play it safe or do the expected, Tom Dixon has launched his latest collection: this time catering to the bathroom and kitchen. And no, it’s not just a lighting range, it includes hand washes and balms, storage solutions and even a washing up liquid. Dixon says the range was inspired by the hotel bathrooms, spas, apartments and restaurants his design studio team have been working on.
“After working on some of the harder, tougher components of lighting and storage, it all felt a bit incomplete without looking at the softer elements… so it seemed only natural to start thinking of the lotions and potions of this most cleansing of spaces,” said Dixon.
Images: Tom Dixon
A visual delight, the new Alice McCALL store at Melbourne’s Emporium shopping complex is now open. Each of the brand’s boutiques have their own unique look. This store features a monochromatic colour theme offset with brass. Designed by Studio Wonder, their aim was to create a “striking, graphic, minimal space offset with polished brass archways ribboning around the store to highlight the colourful, feminine collections”.
Soft grey and white checkerboard tiles, a solid marble counter and velvet pouffes all have a classic appeal, while more modern touches are introduced through Douglas and Bec stools and a pendant by Jamie Gray for Matter Made.
Images: Studio Wonder. Photography by Tom Blachford.
3. Works by Takuro Kuwata
Japanese artist Takuro Kuwata redefines the idea of pottery. His surfaces are thickly coated in glaze, which explodes when baked, he adds stones to his clay that puncture the surface when fired, he chooses unusual colour combinations, and he works with needles to create texture on his designs. As a result, his creations look like space objects or living things from another planet. The artist says he likes his work to evoke a sense of ‘irreverence and visual ecstasy’ – and that they do!
Images: Takuro Kuwata
4. ‘There is Hope to the Last Flower‘ exhibition by Julian Meagher
Now on at the Olsen Gallery, see the work of former medical doctor and now artist, Julian Meagher. The director of Chalk Horse Gallery in Sydney creates unique oil paintings that explore personal and inherited history, including links to our national identity. His latest collection focuses on poignant themes of redemption and extinction. Matte black bottles create a magnetic centre while metallic reflections provide glamour.