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Why this pine stool is a design standout of 2023

A piece of furniture with a carved curved seat has been chosen as this year’s chair at MPavilion, a summer-long architecture and design festival in Melbourne.

  • Stephen Todd

Why the new Jacksons on George feels familiar

Creating subtle hints of the original, legendary venue in an entirely new building was the job of creative team Richards Stanisich.

  • Stephen Todd


He only started his own practice a few years ago, but Melbourne architect Pete Kennon has gone on to design everything from swish homes to The Ritz-Carlton Gold Coast hotel.

This young Victorian architect designed The Ritz-Carlton Gold Coast

“There’s been a lot of trust placed in us, which is unusual,” admits Pete Kennon, who founded his practice from his kitchen just on five years ago.

  • David Meagher
Engineer Valentina Sumini’s speculative Moon village is a ‘closed loop’ community that demonstrates design thinking.

Enough plastic. It’s fungi and algae for designs of the future

An Italian exhibition in Melbourne and creatives at Sydney Design Week explore the myriad ways designers will create lovely objects after the climate apocalypse.

  • Stephen Todd
Rode Microphones’ Peter Freedman.

‘We can build anything’: Microphone mogul donates $1m to design

Peter Freedman, Rich Lister and founder of audio equipment giant Rode, hopes his gift will help business design and build things locally and reignite “Factory Australia”.

  • Patrick Durkin