Class of 2016


Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Living - By Neale Whi­taker Neale Whi­taker is edi­tor-in-chief of

His­tory might record 2016 as an an­nus hor­ri­bilis, what with Brexit, Trump et al, but look­ing on the brighter side, it’s been a great year in de­sign.

I de­voted my first Stel­lar col­umn in Au­gust to Art Deco, one of 2016’s most im­por­tant style in­flu­ences – es­pe­cially in the guise of bold, geo­met­ric tiles, plush vel­vets and brass lamps with glass spheres, like those of Bri­tish de­signer Michael Anas­tas­si­ades.

The un­timely pass­ing of David Bowie in Jan­uary ush­ered in a tsunami of Ziggy Star­dust light­ning stripes, but on a broader level it reaf­firmed the 1970s as a po­tent source for fash­ion and in­te­rior de­sign.

It has also been a great year for wel­com­ing in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers to our shores, like Ital­ian mae­stros Piero Lis­soni and Pa­trizia Moroso, and Bri­tain’s Tom Dixon and Matthew Wil­liamson, and a proud year, too, for Aus­tralian de­sign. Syd­ney-based Emma El­iz­a­beth and Tom Fere­day cor­ralled some of our best young tal­ent to form Lo­cal De­sign, the most im­pres­sive Aus­tralian pres­ence yet at April’s Mi­lan De­sign Week.

Morocco-ma­nia has held us in its grip, due largely to the phe­nom­e­non of the tribal rug. With global de­mand hav­ing surely ex­hausted sup­ply of the gen­uine ar­ti­cles, man­u­fac­tur­ers h have been quick to repli­cate the style.

Not to be out­done by their pre­de­ces­sor, the 1980s came back to shake our hand, largely through a re­newed ap­pre­ci­a­tion of black and white (my money’s on a 2017 re­nais­sance for neo-clas­si­cal tex­tiles pow­er­house Tim­ney Fowler), and a dusty pink shade that an ear­lier gen­er­a­tion knew as apri­cot. Love it or loathe it, the flesh-like tone has sur­faced ev­ery­where.

It’s been a good year for chloro­phyll, with sales of house plants boom­ing, the big­gest spike (ged­dit?) be­ing cacti.

Wh What t I cal­lll soul­fullf de­sign – de­sign­ing from the heart – has been best ex­em­pli­fied by Aussie de­sign­ers Anna Spiro and Si­bella Court, and while it doesn’t ex­actly trip off the tongue, the term “Japandi” has been whis­pered this year, ac­knowl­edg­ing the sym­bio­sis be­tween the Ja­panese aes­thetic and our evergreen favourite, Scandi de­sign.

Viewed from space, 2016 would have surely looked blue (in ev­ery shade from aqua to mid­night to Obama’s tie), while red didn’t get a look in. Sorry, Don­ald.

Vogue Liv­ing.


No stone was left un­pol­ished at Crown Tow­ers Perth, the most en­tic­ing new rea­son to visit the West Aus­tralian cap­i­tal. The 500-room ho­tel cost a hefty $645 mil­lion and in­volved three sep­a­rate de­sign firms. In fact, the city is flour­ish­ing in many ways, en­livened by re­stored his­tor­i­cal build­ings, emerg­ing precincts, in­ven­tive restau­rants and invit­ing bars. North­bridge, a formerly gritty lo­cale, is the hum­ming hood of the mo­ment. But there are ur­ban plea­sures to be found city-wide, and they are just as vi­brant as the jade-coloured beaches. Ge­orge Epaminon­das

1. LYFESTYLED Thai Cin­na­mon & Patchouli can­dle, $350, lshome­ 2. KING LIV­ING Sey­mour High Back Swivel chair, from $2250, kingliv­ 3. MENU lamp, $450,

THE Y YEAR IN DE­SIGN (clock­wise(clockw from top) Boun­ti­fulBount shades of blue, the black­bla and white pal­ette,pal­ette indoor plants and a re­vival of dusty pink werew so 2016.

Frolic by Crown Tow­ers’ la­goon pool by day and sip sun­down­ers, such as the gin-fu­elled Pan­dan, at THE WAIT­ING ROOM bar at night; crown­

In­dulge in a deca­dent La Prairie treat­ment at the Blainey North-de­signed CROWN SPA, equipped with a ha­mam, hot tub, sauna and aroma steam room; crown­

Crown’s EPI­CUREAN restau­rant boasts global cui­sine and a fan­tas­ti­cal dessert bar fea­tur­ing a choco­late foun­tain; crown­perth.

The del­i­cate donuts, crois­sants and ever-chang­ing puffs at Highgate bak­ery CHU have cult ap­peal; in­sta­­ery.

G-STAR RAW back­pack, $100,

Pop into the HIPPOCAMPUS dis­tillery bar and cel­lar door in West Perth to sam­ple award-winning gin and vodka; hip­pocam­

FOS­SIL watch, $149, fos­ JACK THE SNIPPER Orig­i­nal Matte Creme, $28, jack­the

THE CRIT­I­CAL SLIDE SO­CI­ETY TY board shorts, $79.99, the­crit­i­cal­slides­o­ci­

SHERI­DAN beach towel, $79.95, sheri­

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