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"Allan Powell Architects are a design focused Architecture and Interior design practice based in Melbourne. The practice has been dedicated to the design and procurement of buildings in Australia and abroad since 1980, with work and experience across residential, institutional, cultural and commercial sectors.

Tim Jackson is a director at both Jackson Architecture and Jackson Clements Burrows in Melbourne, Australia.

Architect Grant Amon has established a reputation in the hospitality industry with his many bars and cafes. his latest project Mesa Verde in Curtain House in Melbourne's CBD, illustrates Amon's ability to interpret a client's vision, in this case a spaghetti western. However, Amon is also adept at multi-residential work, as well as retail fit-outs.

Architect Emilio Fuscaldo, Director of Nest Architects, has received numerous awards although his practice was only established a few years ago. From bespoke homes to bars, Fuscaldo shows great understanding of a building before any design decisions are made. Quiet and thoughtful, NEST Architects create houses people want to live in as well as photograph.

Architect Emma Young is co-director of Phooey Architects. Phooey Architects have established a reputation for their sustainable homes. They recycle the materials in a building as much as possible. One of their latest projects, a renovation to a terrace house in North Fitzroy, Melbourne, beautifully captures the practice's distinctive signature. The past and present has been thoughtfully interwoven to create a contemporary home for a couple with young children.

Architect Ian Briggs, Design Director of Plus Architecture heralds from Tasmania, where the highest building he saw as a child was six storeys. Now designing some of Australia's many high-rise apartment buildings, many of which have changed Melbourne's skyline.
He talks to Stephen Crafti about changes in apartment living and what to expect in the future.


STEPHEN CRAFTI: Hi, I’m Stephen Crafti, I’m presenting Talking Design in Melbourne at RMIT University and I’m here with architect Ian Briggs who is one of three directors of Plus Architecture. Welcome to the show Ian.

Architect Andrew Piva, a director of b.e. Architecture, has been with the Melbourne practice for almost 13 years. While the practice is adept in all architectural fields, from commercial to multi-residential, it has built a name for bespoke housing. Refined and beautifully appointed homes receive as much attention to interior detailing as the gardens surrounding them. The architects take an active role in creating the landscapes as much as the interior detailing.

Architect Mark O'Dwyer, co-director of H2O Architects has established a reputation for bringing considerably more to even the most utilitarian building. H20's recent Genebank for grain storage, located in Horsham, is just one example. The colours of the surrounding landscape is beautifully integrated into the design. As memorable is H20's library, inspired by artist Howard Arkley.

Architect Bruce Trethowan has been instrumental in rejuvenating many of Melbourne's landmarks, including the recently opened Chanel flagship store on the corner of Russell Street and Flinders Lane.

While Trethowan Architects takes such buildings forward, he also responds to its past.

Corlyule, a historic homestead in Victoria, a collaboration with heritage architect Bryce Raworth, which received an Architecture Award (AIA Victorian Chapter) is indicative of the high calibre of work from this practice.

Stephen Ryan trained in Garden and Turf Management at Oakleigh Technical College. Rather than focusing on design, Ryan was more fascinated by plants. A former presenter of Gardening Australia and with his own nursery Dicksonia Rare Plants at Mt. Macedon where he was raised. Ryan has a great deal to pass on to garden enthusiasts.

Tracey Atkins, former television presenter and journalist joined forces with marketing whiz Janette Kendall a few years ago to create Golden Eye Media. When Atkins was asked to interview a 'speaking' furry toy in the late 1990s, she knew it was time to start her own venture. Golden Eye Media now roams the world filming luxurious homes. Part of their success has been in telling a great story about each property and the history uncovered with each gem.

Architect Stephen Javens started his career studying Arts at the University of Queensland. However, seeing the demise of many heritage building in Brisbane during the late 1970s and 80s, changed his focus, graduating in architecture from RMIT University in the mid-1980s.

With life and business partner interior designer Kerry Phelan, the duo, both directors of KPDO Architects, are helping to sensitively reshape Melbourne.

Jeff Provan studied engineering and later architecture at RMIT before venturing into his first developments in the mid-1980s. with then business partner Barry Ludlow, the duo rediscovered Melbourne's laneways by creating distinctive townhouses. Fast forward a few decades, Neometro has become a leader in creating well-designed low rise apartments in inner-city Melbourne.

Architect Jarrod Haberfield, director of Molecule, brings art and architecture to the fore in this program. Haberfield shows how the two come together in an apartment his practice reconfigured for a couple with a significant collection of contemporary Australian and New Zealand art. Whether it's a restaurant, a corporate fit-out or a bespoke home, art is pivotal to this talented design practice.

Architect Emma Tulloch is a director of Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture. The practice, comprising architects Brett Nixon and George Fortey has just reached its 10 year anniversary. The practice is known for their high-end residential work, including new houses and alterations and additions. Tulloch talks about some of the ways projects, as well as clients expectations are handled.

Architect Paul Porjazoski started his practice in 2003 soon after graduating from university. A few years later his partner architect Merran Porjazoski joined him and the duo has been designing bespoke houses ever since. Bent Architecture recently designed a crematorium.

Architect Peter Bickle talks to Stephen Crafti about ARM's award-winning design of the Geelong Library, recipient of the Gold Medal awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects (Victorian Chapter) in 2016. ARM is currently working on a number of projects, including updating the acoustics at the Sydney Opera House.

Architect Rob McGauran wears several 'hats'. A founder of MGS Architects, McGauran is also an ambassador for Future Melbourne and on the advisory committee for the Ministry of Planning. MGS Architects has received numerous awards, including the Regional Award for the Bendigo Library from the AIA Victorian Chapter, with the practice committed to providing housing for the less fortunate. The Drill Hall in Melbourne is just one example of the practice's concern for social housing.

Ashleigh Parker studied interior design at the South Australian Institute of Technology before moving to Melbourne, where he completed an architecture degree at RMIT University. Initially moving to Melbourne in the late 1980s to work as a project architect for Melbourne Central, Parker established his own practice in 1993, building a strong reputation in retail design in Australia.

Architects Brad Wray and Nick Russo first met at RMIT University studying architecture. They both graduated in 2007 and in 2012 established Branch Architecture Studio.

Now with a few projects under their belts, including schools and house renovations, the duo are finding their own 'voice'.

Their Balnaring 'She Shed' as opposed to a 'man cave', has gained considerable media attention.

Architects Michael Artemenko and his business partner Adi Atic first met while studying architecture at RMIT University. After working separately for a few architectural practices, they established FIGR Architects in 2014. To date they have transformed a number of modest terrace homes into family abodes, proving their talent in working with small spaces.

Dr. Martin Hiscock, an interventionist cardiologist shares his passion for architecture after living and restoring a number of important gems including two houses designed by Sir Roy Grounds and his latest by architect Guilford Bell.

Architect Theo Kerlidis established K20 Architecture with architect Anthony U in 2000 after working for a number of firms.

Their practice has gravitated towards public and institutional architecture rather than bespoke homes -K20 Architecture's public housing Trinity apartments in West Footscray was short-listed in an international architecture awards program.

Architect Billy Kavellaris has designed a number of highly innovative apartments and townhouses in inner-city Melbourne, bridging architecture with art. His two girls development and his St Joseph projects, both in Abbotsford, are truly stunning. Kavellaris, an RMIT graduate in Architecture, occasionally guest lectures in urban design at RMIT.

Architect Louise Wright and her life partner architect Mauro Baracco, directors of Baracco and Wright Architects have designed a number of distinct homes in Melbourne and in Victoria. Their latest home in North Fitzroy appears as a pavilion in the park, but considerably more monumental. Huge admirers of the work of the late architect Robin Boyd, they have also wrote o a book on Boyd published by Routledge Publishers, London.

Architect Tim Horton is Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board and is the Series Host of Australia by Design that airs on Free to Air Channel 10 on Saturday 15th July at 3pm. The 9 part series showcases some of Australia's leading architecture, including everything from houses to bridges -one to watch out for.

Architect George Yiontis and his life and business partner architect Rosa Coy first met while working in Paris over 20 years ago. George, a graduate of RMIT University, worked with Brunet Sounier, while Rosa who studied at Deakin before doing post-graduate studies in America, worked in Paris with Renzo Piano. After 20 years after establishing their Melbourne practice, the duo has established a reputation for high-end residential work, along with a number of commercial projects.

McGlashan and Everist are considered one of Victoria's most significant architectural practices. Established by the late architects David McGlashan and Neil Everist, the duo delivered some of the states architectural gems from the 1950s. The designed John and Sunday Reid's Heidi 11 in Bulleen as well a holiday house for the arts patrons. John Lee has been with the practice for almost 40 years, building on their fine reputation.

Architect Antony Martin has established a practice to watch out for. Trained in architecture in Auckland, New Zealand, established his own practice in 2001. In a relatively short time, Martin has received a number of awards, including a recent award for his 'Shadow House' from the AIA (victorian Chapter) in 2017.

Michael McCormack, a director of Milieu, has established a name for creating boutique-style apartments in Melbourne's inner-city. Collingwood has become a highly desirable suburb thanks to Milieu, with his apartments in Peel Street triggering a surge of interest in what was once a fairly neglected part of town. He talks to Stephen Crafti about what he hopes to achieve both now and in the future.

Architect Karen Abernethy trained as an architect doing a Masters in Art in Public Spaces at RMIT University. Abernethy has established a reputation in the artistic community for her highly considered spaces, both at Gallery Funaki and for Craft Victoria.

She is currently working on a yoga studio in New York and a number of residential projects.


Join the curator's of The Endless Garment for a tour of the exhibition at RMIT Gallery.

Four past winners of the RMIT Siemens Fine Art Awards talk about how receiving the travelling scholarship money enabled them to further their careers. The 2010 RMIT Alumnus of the Year Sam Leach, winner of the 2010 Archibald Prize and Wynne Prize, reveals how the opportunity to go to the Rijksmuseum and speak to experts influenced his award winning art work. Artists Robyn Phelan, Nick Bastin and Kate Spencer also discuss their work and what winning the award meant to them.

Professor Elizabeth Grierson, Head School of Art, RMIT University, and Suzanne Davies, Director RMIT Gallery, speak about the successful partnership between RMIT Gallery and RMIT School of Art and Siemens Ltd over the past 10 years of the Fine Art Award. They reveal how the program has generated some of the best and brightest talents in the arts industry.

RMIT's focus on cross-disciplinary research ensures that expertise from many disciplines can be brought to bear when designing the future; a future that includes global warming, water shortages, and increased urbanisation.

RMIT has a strong international reputation for research in the field of built environment with a focus on contemporary design practice, architecture, urban and regional planning and building.

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RMIT Gallery Artist Talk featuring Ainslie Murray discussing her work Intangible Architecture, Chelle Macnaughtan discussing her work Spatial Listening and Malte Wagenfeld talking about his work Aesthetics of Air.

Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention

Art History

Curator Dr Jacqueline Healy examines the aesthetic divergences and vibrancy that distinguishes the art of Balgo and the importance of Christianity to the Balgo community as a means of cross cultural communication.

Anna Crane, co-curator of Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning, examines how the works in this exhibition explore the rich and significant story Garnkiny Ngarranggarni (Moon Dreaming). This talk explores some ideas about how Dreaming stories work as ways of being, sharing, teaching, regulating and creating in Gija society and by extension in cross- cultural encounters in Australia to which stories have become central. Anna Crane has worked with Gija people on language and culture projects since 2005. She is joined by linguist Frances Kofod.

The Ursula Hoff Annual Public Lecture on "Aboriginal Art Centres - The Good, The bad and the Ugly" 2014 held at RMIT Storey Hall on 16 September explored the role of curators and business in Aboriginal art. With speakers: RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies (introduction); Exhibition curator Dr Jacqueline Healy (Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo at RMIT Gallery 16 September - 8 November; Professor Ian McLean– academic and author; and Sister Alice Dempsey, who played a key role in establishing the Warlayirti Arts Centre, and spent 30 years working with the community.

Alex McCulloch from The Arts Show chats with Creative Producers and RMIT alumni Jodi Newcombe and Kim de Kretser to discuss their latest project, Empire of Dirt presented by Wonderment Walk Victoria. Also on the show is artist Tom Vincent to talk about his upcoming solo exhibition with NKN Gallery. This interview originally aired on The Arts Show.

Speakers (India) Parineeta Dandekar, Coordinator, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People; Vibha Galhotra, Conceptual artist (Australia) N'Ahweet Carolyn Briggs, Indigenous language specialist and Boonwurrung Elder; Aunty Di Kerr, Wurundjeri Elder; Rueben Berg, Victorian Environmental Water Holder Commissioner; Dr Matthew Currell, RMIT Senior Lecturer, Hydrogeology & Environmental Engineering; Dr Justine Philip, PhD Ecosystem Management, Museum Victoria Associate; Dr Sandra Brizga, River Management Specialist, Deborah Hart, arts-focussed activist & writer, and artists Glenda Nicholls , C


Performance-exhibition-kinetic sculpture Number of the Machine opens on May 19 at RMIT Gallery and features sound and motion simulators from RMIT's AkE Lab.

Interview is with award winning choreographer Antony Hamilton, featuring ominous soundtrack by RMIT's (((20hz))) - edited by Darrin Verhagen.


Set in Shanghai in 1929, this piece follows a rather grim story of murder, crime and greed. A show down including rabbits, foxes and geese
fighting for their lives and pride, as well as the realisation that their money has gone, takes it toll.

'Late Return' by Daniel Luke Smits tells the story of the frustrating journey of returning a borrowed item. The animator takes the viewer on a journey that sees the characters facing a roller coaster of emotions.

'A Death Worth Dying' is the story of a Private Investigator and the search for a beautiful young woman named Cherry, only to find her murdered. The plot then takes an even more sinister turn for the worst.

'Hip Hop Tennis' by Sean Rodrigo has he viewer delving into what is a game? Where does imagination end and reality take over, and is everything a competition?

When two guys bump into each other things can get nasty. 'Unspoken Disagreement' is a fight without words, and one is left wondering if the entire feud is in their heads.

Josh Le Good's piece 'Soup's new Neighbour' takes the viewer on the endearing journey of Soup, who as happy as one can be, his life is marred with his paralyzing fear of red jam. Soup is compelled to fear to impress his new next door neighbour.

An inquisitive young boy, is lured into a realm of darkness as he attempts to capture the dark beings he is seeing through drawings. Once nearly attacked by the scary main figure, he shows the drawings to protect himself, and at once the scary creature relents, taking the drawings with him.

Get the inside word on producing films from an international and local perspective. Special guests Jack Binder (Hollywood) and Antony I. Ginnane (Melbourne) will discuss the challenges and highlights of producing films in the US and Australia. Get the inside word on how the films make it to our screens in this exclusive interview.

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Australian filmmakers Ben Allen and Clara Chong have used various types of technology to make their latest film.

‘Magical Modernities’, Invited Plenary Address for the Triennial conference of FILLM (the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures), University of Delhi,15-17 March 2017.

Magical Modernities? Post-secularism and spiritualism on Indian television

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, College of Design and Social Context, Paul Gough
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Development, Andrew MacIntyre
Academy-winning animation writer, director and producer, Adam Elliot
Deputy Chairman, Village Roadshow Ltd, John Kirby AM
RMIT alumnus and co-founder of Route 59, Ngoc Thi Minh Vu


Lou Weis is Creative Director of Broached Commissions. He brings together some of the finest talent in Australia to create limited edition objects and furniture.

Founder and CEO- Catalyst Design Group Pty Ltd, and KNOG Pty Ltd

Following a BA in Industrial design at RMIT, Hugo worked for 4 years in Europe and the UK. In 1992 Hugo founded Catalyst Design Group Pty Ltd. Since then Catalyst has designed and delivered consumer, electronic, telecommunications and sporting products from feasibility through concept, engineering right through to manufacture and supply.

Founder and CEO

Brett Phillips is the Founder and CEO of 3 Deep. Over the past 15 years Brett has demonstrated his skills as a creative and strategic leader to establish 3 Deep as one of the most innovative and creative businesses in the world. Having commenced his career in design, Brett quickly identified the need for strategic and entrepreneurial thinkers who were capable of adding significant value beyond the provision of creative services.

Architect John Henry first came to attention with his unusual warehouse style home in Research. Inspired by Architect Robin Boyd's Featherston house designed for Mary and Grant Featherston in 1967, Henry's house includes multi-level platforms hovering above dirt floors. Henry's love of designer furniture is on display in his home including furniture by Marc Newson, Grant and Mary Featherston and Frank Ghery.

Helen McFarlane and Drew Hynninen from Outlines recently collaborated with March Studio in creating the ceiling for Damir Doma's new boutique in Paris. Helen says she 'destroys' mirrors -infact the duo's mirrors are considerably more beautiful once they have been 'aged'. They work closely with architects and interior designers, creating magical spaces in the process.

Phillip Rhodes has established himself as one of Melbourne's leading milliners. With decades of experience, first in London and then back home, Rhodes shares his time between working on hats for theatrical productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company and creating bespoke one-off hats for clients. Technique is as critical to each design as the design itself, with many hours spent on creating that one special hat.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO is the Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University and Naomi Milgrom Executive Chair & CEO of Suzanne Group talking to Stephen Crafti about the upcoming Walter Van Beirendonck exhibition. Van Beirendonck's exhibition, which first opened in Antwerp, will be showcased at RMIT University's Design Hub from 15th July until the end of October.

"Dr. Robert Baines is emeritus professor of RMIT University in the School of Art. His multi-disciplinary research is comprised of three areas: first as an artist goldsmith; second in archaeometallurgy; and third in publishing text and commentary. In 1979 he received a Winston Churchill Study Grant and this has been followed by Senior Fulbright and two Senior Andrew Mellon Conservation Fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and in 2008 a research scholarship in The Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Industrial designers Simon Christopher and Celina Clarke met at RMIT in the mid-1980s. Both were studing Industrial Design and found each other to be like-minded. While most of their fellow students dreamed of designing cars, this duo thought of designing furniture and lighting. They established ISM in the early 90s, now employing 10 people. They produce their own furniture and lights, as well as collaborating with a number of other designers such as Keith Melbourne (who also appears on Talking Design).

Designer Chris Connell is essentially self-taught. He started his career in the late 70s studying interior design, but changed to graphic design a year into the program. Preferring to draw and work with his hands, he now covers most design areas, from designing cafes and homes to furniture and objects. His furniture, which he collaborates with Raoul C Hogg, includes the iconic Pepe Chair (circa 1992), now in the permanent collection of MOMO (Museum of Modern Art) in New York.

Katie Scott is Director of Gallery Funaki in Crossley Street Melbourne. The Gallery, established in the mid-1990s by award-winning jeweller Mari Funaki, represents leading jewellers from Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Scott sets an extremely high benchmark in the work represented with designs from Sally Marsland, Warwick Freeman, and Marion Hosking just a few of the designers represented. A must for anyone visiting Melbourne.

An entirely new library, student services and public concourse will form the heart of this extensive remake of RMIT’s major Swanston Street building.

Additional teaching and library spaces, flexible learning spaces, facade upgrades, fluent circulation spaces and a wholly reinvented public realm will be key features of this major upgrade when it opens in 2015.

The renovation will make permeable this 1960’s fortress creating public links between Swantson Street and Bowen Street over multiple levels.

Rick Eckersley trained at Burnley Horticultural College and has been designing gardens for almost 30 years. He has an innate understanding of plants, with his designs seen in some of Melbourne's best gardens.

Stephen Crafti talks to RMIT's Professor Paul Gough, Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President Design and Social Context.

Paul's range of skills and experience has seen him produce works as an artist, broadcaster, author and academic.

Douglas McManus, a textile designer, first made a name with Prin Tin Tin in the 1980s. Since then, McManus has been lecturing at RMIT, as well as developing his own body of work - he recently exhibited some of his work at the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Dr. Martin Mäntele, director of the HfG-Archive, talks to Dr Evelyn Tsitas, RMIT Gallery media coordinator, about the Ulm School of Design exhibition at RMIT Gallery.

Dr. Martin Mäntele, director of the HfG-Archive, provides a tour of the Ulm School Of Design exhibition at RMIT Gallery and speaks about the 'Ulm Model' and the designer's role in helping to build a democratic society in a technologically driven age of mass production.

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Dr Malte Wagenfeld, Head of Industrial Design at RMIT, talks about the social focus, thinking and impact of the Ulm School and German design in the 60 to early 80s as part of the exhibition "Ulm School of Design' at RMIT Gallery 1-30 August 2014.

Ali Aitkin graduated in fine art at RMIT University. While the program focused on painting, Aikin was drawn to sculpture. Her work, like her studio is quite surreal, with her sculpture almost humanistic in feel. Aitkin, who has received a number of awards over the years, including The Fresh Award from Craft Victoria in 2007.

Ditrocchio, curator of textiles and fashion at the national gallery of Victoria talks about the current Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition which opened on 16th October. She traces the designer's work over several decades, since launching his career in 1976. Ditrocchio is a powerhouse of knowledge when it comes to fashion and provides insights to this exhibition.

Professor Harriet Edquist, Director of Design Archives at RMIT University is known for taking on unusual projects that others overlook. Shifting Gear, currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria, showcases Melbourne's significant role in the development of the motor car, from the early twentieth century to more recent times. Those who appreciate cars, as well as Melbourne's rich design history enjoy this exhibition.

Emma Goodsir, owner of e.g.etal, studied Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT University before establishing a gallery for contemporary jewellery in Melbourne 17 years. A great supporter of Australian & New Zealand contemporary jewellers, Goodsir looks for both technique and how ideas are expressed.

Samantha Sivarajah has studied a number of programs at RMIT University. Initially studying furniture design, Samantha then enrolled in Interior Design. A couple of years later, her interests changed to sculpture and finally Gold & Silver Smithing. Passionate about design, Samantha now operates the Design Dispensary in Gertrude Street Fitzroy, sourcing some of the most innovative household products from countries such as Berlin.

Interior designer Lucy Marczyk is an Associate Senior Designer with interior design practice Nexus Designs. She talks about her recent visit to the Milan furniture fair, as well as discussing a few key projects by Nexus Designs, including a one-off designed ferry interior fit-out which required a different approach to high-end residential housing,

Gerri Williams has had a diverse career, initially studying Arts at Queensland University. But she was drawn to television and became a reporter for a number of media outlets in Cairns.

While working as a television producer for SBS and ABC television, she produced a design series Nest based on the home. Williams most recent position is with Sagra Gallery in Malvern, working as both a director and curator.

Christopher Boots is one of Australia's leading lighting designers. Initially working for Mance Design, Boots now produces exquisite lighting working directly with architects and designers both here and abroad. While his designs vary in scale and detail, his hallmark pieces often include hundreds of crystals.

Interior Designer Caecilia Potter started her career studying chemical engineering before changing to Arts/Law, but after travelling to South Africa, particularly the wilderness areas there, made her reassess her future path. Potter, now director of Atticus and Milo, studied Interior Design at RMIT University and now designs everything from residential to commercial fit-outs.

The exhibition '100 Chairs in 100 Days' curated by Fleur Watson, at RMIT University's Design Hub is a must see exhibition. The 100 chairs by London-based designer Martino Gamper, brings a new vision to the humble chair. Gamper studied Fine Arts & Design in Vienna before undertaking a Masters in design at the Royal College of Art in London -Stephen Crafti caught up with Gamper on his Melbourne visit.

Wendy Lasica started her career as a dancer and choreographer, working in New York in the early 1980s. By the late 1980s, she was ready to return to Melbourne. A rich number of decades followed producing both work for dance and for theatre. More recently Lasica graduated with a Masters Degree in Urban Planning. Lasica brings to planning a sense of 'production', and a fresh perspective on what makes cities work.

Nancy Bugeja, Managing Director of the HM Group and her business partner Miguel Valenzuela, Creative Director of HM first met while studying design at the Barton Institute. Graduating during the recession of the early 1990s, they decided to pitch for work. Now 20 years later, they have become a creative force in the design industry covering everything from graphic design to branding as well as making films, including fashion. Their online magazine Fluoro Digital covers all the arts, attracting an international audience.

Gregory Bonasera and Anthony Ramon are the names behind Porcelain Bear. Bonasera studied ceramics at Monash University and Anthony Ramond Industrial Design, also at Monash.

The duo now specialise in porcelain lighting, objects and furniture and export to the United States as well as creating lights and furniture for Australian architects and designers.

Gordon and Susan Tait head up Tait, one of Australia's leading producers of outdoor furniture.

Working with leading Australian designers, such as Trent Jansen creating designs, Tait established their business since the early 1990s.

The vibrant coloured outdoor furniture is now a feature in many back yards, as well as in cafes and restaurants.

Designer Jon Mikulic has spent the last 30 years designing everything from bespoke houses to restaurants, bars and cafes. With life and business partner Vanessa Mikulic, together with Mark White, director of Ramvek, a new venture designing fine furniture has eventuated. This beautifully made furniture, all produced in Australia, has already received interest from Europe.

Designer Helen Kontouris was always interested in interior decorating as a child. So it was no surprise she later enrolled in interior decoration at RMIT - fast forward 15 years Kontouris has a thriving design practice, not focused on homes but on furniture lighting an objects.

As well as designing furniture for Space Furniture and Stylecraft, Kontouris designs products for Alessi.

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With life and business partner Tom Bodycomb, Tamsin O'Neill established Green magazine 10 years ago. The object was to show that green architecture and design went well beyond photovoltaic cells on the roof of a house and an underground water tank in the back garden. Now widely read in Australia and overseas, Green captures the stories as much as the images for each project.

Industrial designer Ross Gardam is starting to gain attention for his furniture and lighting designed. Now with six staff, his designs are produced in Melbourne. There's a sense of fine craftsmanship combined with commercial savvy that has made Gardam's designs popular with architects and designers.

Established in 2008 by architect and interior designer Mark Simpson and interior designer Damien Mulvihill, DesignOffice recently received numerous awards, including the Design Institute of Australia Awards in the national category of hospitality for their cafe/restaurant bar Higher Ground. Once a power station, this heritage-listed building is now abuzz with people. Their repertoire includes retail fit-outs for the likes of Mud.