For the past 25 years, the common launchpad in some of Australia’s brightest, emerging young designers has been one place: Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia. On December 2nd, we will officially mark 25 years of providing excellence in design education with a celebration, ‘A Night in White’.
In little over 24 hours, Whitehouse third year Fashion student Yin Ye will compete against 49 other aspiring designers in the Arts of Fashion Foundation competition in San Francisco. It’s taken a whole year of pattern making, draping and late hours of sewing in the studio by dimming lights for Yin Ye to produce her fabulous garments.
Grand Designs Live 2013 has shifted cities, with Melbourne offered their chance to impress – and we’re excited for you to see our student’s room! The Grand Designs Live Melbourne entrant in the Rooms by Design competition is Olivia Daniele, fresh from winning the Domayne Designer Discovery award, and will display this winning design style in her room Aura Aura. Before the event opens this Friday (October 25th), we sat down for a Q+A with Olivia Daniele to discuss what makes her interior a winning room.
Whitehouse: How did you get involved in Grand Designs?
Olivia Daniele: My [lecturer] had told us about the opportunity in class. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved with Grand Designs. I love both the Australian and English shows and I also helped out the girls from last year create their spaces. It was really fun and the outcomes where incredible!
W: What has the collaboration with Whitehouse teaching staff been like?
OD: Great, they are really enthusiastic about helping create the best space I can. Giving me great advice both creatively and the functionality of my bathroom.
W: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve needed to overcome so far?
OD: Ah… that would have to be the process of working out the dimensions of the space! Creatively I am really comfortable, styling and creating this beautiful space, but when it comes to finding out what the measurements for things, its a little different! Thankfully I have a great people behind me to help out.
W: How would you classify your design style?
OD: My style is a mix between edgy, contemporary and a hint of organic celebration. Taking pride in the abstract and avant-garde, my style is simple but creative.
W: What would you say is the overall focus, or intention with your space?
OD: The intention for the space is going to be cleansing space with organic properties, a place of ritual to cleanse ones self in there own place of worship. Aura Aura is a cleansing zone to bathe the body, to rid yourself of impurities both inside and out. Filled with live greenery, smooth finishes and cool lighting, getting away from the harsh work world and get back to nature: To purify your mind, body and soul.
W: What do you think will set your design apart?
OD: The style of the space isn’t your ordinary look for a bathroom. It’s organic and fresh, my design sets itself apart by its outdoor look, filled with both vertical greenery’s and textured walls it creates a place of luxury.
W: What do you hope to achieve from this Grand Designs Live?
OD: Basically a space that I am truly happy with: I would love people to view the space a think “hey, I could do that in my own home!” So far the process has been really insightful about interior styling works, design wise it has pushed the limits of my own style. I cant wait to see how it turns out.
Congratulations to Olivia Daniele from Third Year Creative Direction and Styling! Olivia, from Whitehouse Melbourne campus, beat out fierce competition to be crowned winner of the Domayne Design Discovery Award 2013. We must also make an admirable mention to the the four runners up – Casey Simms, Ruby Keddie (both from Sydney), Larissa Ryan and Ashlea Hawkins (both from Melbourne). The competition brief was to style an interior based on the three Summer themes from Domayne. As part of the competition, the rooms were shot for the November 2013 issue of Home Beautiful magazine. Grab yourself a copy and see which was your favourite room.
There’s just one week left until Grand Designs Live 2013! Before you see the rooms at Grand Designs, we sat down for a Q+A with our students in the Rooms by Design competition. From Sydney is the very talented Casey Simms, third year Creative Direction and Styling, to talk about her room: Effervessance.
Whitehouse: How did you get involved in Grand Designs?
Casey Sims: After having success in another interior design competition it was suggested to me the Grand Designs might be something fantastic for me to get involved with.
WH: What has the collaboration with Whitehouse teaching staff been like?
CS: Collaborating so far has been fantastic. Its a huge project, and having the support from Luke with twice weekly meetings has really helped the whole process run smoothly.
WH: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve needed to overcome so far?
CS: As a Creative Direction student the biggest challenge has most certainly been juggling this and my major work all at the same time as well as dealing with my lack of technical interiors knowledge.
WH: How would you classify your design style?
CS: I’d classify my design style eclectic, elegant, exuberant and unexpected.
WH: What would you say is the overall focus, or intention with your space?
CS: Effervescence is a space to cleanse the mind, body and creative soul, the design intention was to create a retreat like space which provided the feeling of being within your own personal bubble.
WH: What do you think will set your design apart?
CS: What will set my design apart is the mix of patterns, textures, styles, shapes and colours. Its a room that is at once modern, classic, eclectic and sustainable.
WH: What do you hope to achieve from this Grand Designs live?
CS: I really hope to achieve not only a room that I love but a room that others really enjoy and want to engage with. I’d also like the chance to be involved with the interior design industry on a more long term basis, and of course I want to go to London!
Grand Designs Live is showing in Sydney from October 18-20 at the exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour.
“MacFarlane’s work has been recognisable since the mid-to-late 80s: the subjects are often slightly noirish, used often to suggest hard-boiled urban-myth and televisual (or ‘B-movie’) narrative situations; the lighting harsh, the figures heavily outlined, colour keyed up high.”
Experimental Art Foundation Review
Stewart MacFarlane Paintings by Nicholas Jose and Timothy Morrell surveys four decades of the artist’s work and includes over 200 colour plates. A figurative painter with nearly 50 solo exhibitions throughout the world, his stark, powerful, realistic style has propelled him into the upper echelons of contemporary Australian art.
MacFarlane is a notable contributor to the creation of an Australian identity. Dramatic, colourful, and sometimes shocking, MacFarlane’s paintings uncover the intense human dramas that run beneath the civilized order of society. In a framework of stark realism where recognizable Australian cityscapes, superbly evoked, sum up all Western urban life – the artist suddenly lets loose a surreality of human gesture and emotion, a cryptic enactment that seizes the viewer with its potency. Each of MacFarlane’s canvases holds a self-contained design: a woman, or a man, or both together, at a moment in life when the dreams and desires of erotic love have sharply conflicted with reality. Each canvas thus highlights a typical problem of modern sexual relations. But assessed as a group, these pictures go even further, for they span the entire socio-psychology of contemporary life.
A truly stunning publication.
The real beauty of digital is that nothing is impossible to design. Earlier this year, UK visual effects company Framestone brought back one of Hollywood’s style icons to the silver screen – if only for a minute – the glamourous Audrey Hepburn. The video is entirely CG, which makes the film all the more unbelievable. Plus it also advertisers chocolate, which gives us all the more reason to share this!
Last year, third year Fashion students from Whitehouse Institute of Design competed in a Whitehouse exclusive uniform design competition, “Style Our Threads” for Ibis Hotels Australia. The winner, Bethany Everitt was announced by guest judge Charlie Brown. She was the winner in two categories; the design of the Ibis Style uniform and the Ibis Budget uniform. Her winning designs are also to be used as the new Ibis Hotels uniform Australia wide. The bonus prize was a trip to Italy and a scholarship to study at Accademia Italiana, Florence.
Bethany Everitt tells Whitehouse Institute about her experience in Florence:
“As winner of the IBIS Style Our Threads competition, I was lucky enough to spend a month studying in Florence at the Accademia Italiana Design School. It became one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Living in Florence for a month, I felt I really got to experience the city as a local.
“My classes in Intensive Fashion Design consisted of many illustrations, visual communication techniques and design processes individually tailored to each student. It was great to see the respect Italians have for style, design and quality. One of our tutors had previously designed for Salvatore Ferragamo, who shared this manifesto with us.”
Interior spaces created by artists and designers, fashion personalities and artisans, architects and set-designers. These enclosures have a special significance; the private environments where many experimented and lived with their inspiration.
Featuring one hundred of the world’s most important and influential spaces, by some of the great talents of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Iconic Interior tells the often intimate stories of these remarkable domestic designs, their creators and their clients.
Every conceivable style is represented, including some that defy categorization. The book includes everyone from Alvar Aalto to Coco Chanel, Henry Moore to Piero Fornasetti, Marcel Wanders to Axel Vervoordt, Marc Newson and Karim Rashid.
Interiors range from integrated spaces of architecture and built-in furniture to spirited essays in texture and fabric, breathtaking decorative follies, mind-blowing craftsmanship and elegant compositions of precision and restraint.