Damm Design

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In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

In/Out: Damn Designs

Florida design duo Robert and Brenda Zurn of DAMM design create joyful lights. DAMM stands for Design.Art.Means.Motive and is the core principle behind this collaborative couple. Married for 18 years with five kids(!), these two artisans are invigorating in their dedication to conceptual exploration through design.

Wonderful arrangements of shape and material their lamps have small footprints but big personalities. Like the ‘Myron’ pendant with it’s mirrored underbelly, and the ‘Amanita’ table lamp with their shy metallic mushroom hoods. With names like ‘Noland’, ‘Theo’, ‘Little Boy’, ‘Theorem’ and ‘Hombre’ each piece has its own fanciful story. Built mainly from basic materials like timber, metal and stone, they are then waxed, beaten, brushed and patinaed into hues ranging from natural to smokey shades of blue black.

Follies of true dreamers this budding collection is just the beginning from DAMM. Exploring the more conventional side of glass, their next move is sure to have their touch of fresh delightful discovery.

Credits: Damm Design

Al Que Quiere

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In/Out: Al Que Quiere

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In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

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Al Que Quiere’ is an LA based design studio that explores the unreason of design. Headed up by Matthew Sullivan, this is a highly intellectual study into decoration. Bright, bold and graphic, his objects are emotionally responsive.

Frustrated with the earnestness of Modernist design, Sullivan has put himself in the mindframe of Post Modernism – creating visual delights that are more interested in their own identity than yours. As he puts it “The positive thing is that postmodernism has never been dealt with in a good way, because it was so bold—it didn’t get along with things in the room… these things are not necessarily easy to live with. But now it’s made it through a couple of decades and is coming out filtered.”

Invigorating and assertive, ‘Al Que Quiere’ is latin for “he who wants it”, which is apt for his collection of decorative arts. Painted wood, wall follies and sculptures burst with vitality. Sullivan believes in the “grammer of ornament”. His first ideas are formed through written word and so it’s no surprise that his website has an academic narrative that is responsive to his work. Completely refreshing and exhilarating ‘Al Que Quiere’ is bringing confrontation and spirit back into design.

Credits: Al Que Quiere

PAGE THIRTY THREE

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Welcome to ‘Page Thirty Three’, the collective vision of Sydney-siders Bianca Riggio and Ryan Hanrahan. These two dreamers have produced a wonderful collection of furniture, lights and well-being accessories. Their pieces reflect their attitude; open, responsive and filled with good humor.

Personality plus the ‘Ugly Chair’ in yellow makes no excuses while the ‘Protractor Lamp’ with the help of ‘Zig Zag’, talks over it’s shoulder to ‘Tipi Lamp’. As a collection they read like Memphis deconstructed. Beautiful and delightfully unpretentious, each image looks like a puzzle of objects just waiting to be precariously stacked.

Beautiful basics like the ‘Leather Shapes’ and ‘Bessa Blocks’ are all lovingly crafted with sustainability in mind. This is core to Page Thirty Three’s ethos, that they step lightly on our planet.

It’s wonderfully encouraging whenever we come across a patch of brilliance in our own backyard. Thank you Bianca and Ryan!

Credits: Page Thirty Three

MEET THE WICKER

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In/Out: Meet The Wicker

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In/Out: Meet The Wicker

Copenhagen-based duo Nils Chudy and Jasmina Grase, of Studio Chudy and Grase are the fresh talent behind ‘Meet the Wicker’, an inspiring story of innovation and age-old traditions finding common ground in contemporary furniture design.

Chudy and Grase employed generational Latvian wicker craftsmen and industrial steel workers to realize their ‘Meet the Wicker’ collection. The minimal black lines create striking frames for these contemporary but classic pieces. The gradient in thickness varies from 2cm, for 2 years old wicker, to only a few millimetres, for very young wicker and all possible variations are explored in each of the 3 pieces.

The two materials harmonise effortlessly; one from the earth’s core and the other harvested, both at once raw and refined. The wicker plants are harvested during a specific time in spring to maintain their pale colour which is in such strong contrast to their black steel frame.

German Nils Chudy and Latvian Jasmina Grase have a mature outlook on the European community. They call themselves “Children of Europe”, swearing no alliance but endeavouring to embrace the multitude of culture and tradition that makes up their incredible continent.

Credits: Meet the Wicker

Out/About: Robert Malherbe & Prue Venables ‘Gathered in Spring’

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Sydney based artist Robert Malherbe’s latest show ‘Gathered in Spring’ – a collection of still-life paintings – is soft and delicate in subject, and robust in delivery. Renowned for painting from life in real time, Malherbe’s hand is impulsive and confident.

Malherbe’s blooms exude life. Leaves curl and petals catch and reflect light. The minute is expressed with lush brush strokes. You can visually feel the weight of the rose’s head. Chrysanthemums, peonies and tulips are rich in colour against black backdrops, red table tops and swathes of graphic black and white striped cloth. Light refracts and bounces around and through glass vases.

Warm and full, it’s Malherbe’s tactile paint surfaces that steal you away to the very moment he painted these floral arrangements. Take some time out to stop by and smell the flowers.

‘Gathered in Spring’ also features the beautifully delicate ceramic works of Prue Venables.

Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables ‘Gathered in Spring’
Olsen Irwin Gallery
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025 NSW
Monday 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Until 20th December 2014

Credits: Images courtesy of the artist and Olsen Irwin Gallery

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