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Furniture

A Lush New Line Of Contemporary Furniture From Jardan

The ‘Living Form’ collection reinterprets Jardan’s classic designs, with traditional Australian textures - and some brand new silhouet...
Sasha Gattermayr
  3 hours ago

On The Market

The Colourful Beach House Of Kip&Co’s Co-Founder Is For Sale!

The renovated 1970s beach house in Sorrento, Victoria, of Kip&Co's Kate Heppell has hit the market.
Amelia Barnes
  11 hours ago

Architecture

A Stunning Coastal Home, Created From A Revolutionary Building Material

This house by FMD Architects is built using CLT (cross laminated timber) – a revolutionary, sustainable building material.

TDF Design Awards

You’re Invited To The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2020!

Join us on November 5th at 7pm for our online ceremony as we celebrate the finalists and reveal all the winners – and WIN a bespoke sculpt...

Creative People

Australia's Original Instagram Secondhand Furniture Seller

We chat with OG Instagram seller Pip Newell of Curated Spaces, about how she grew her business out of her living room to a network of more t...

Design Eye

Studio Martin on Refined Rattan

Emerging design duo Lauren and Amanda Martin share their advice on using rattan furniture in contemporary interiors, in partnership with DOM...

Homes

A Rustic, Inner-City Family Home Of 33 Years

Inside a Cornish/Spanish/Greek style home terrace renovation – in Port Melbourne!

Architecture

This Sydney House Takes The High Ground

A previously granted development approval allowed the sandstone ridge on this Seaforth site to be cut away, but Stafford Architecture had ot...

TDF Design Awards

10 Awe-Inspiring Creative Collaborations From Across Australia

From furniture made with a 17th-century craft technique to a culturally significant war memorial, these are the finalists in the Collaborati...
Sasha Aarons

Studio Visit

Kerryn Levy's Wonderfully Wonky Ceramics

A studio visit with the Adelaide-based ceramicist known for her distinctly collectible statement candelabras.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

The House That Lived

When bushfires ravaged the NSW South Coast this summer, this house by Collins Pennington Architects survived.

Shopping

Dreamy New Homewares From Maison Balzac To Level Up Your Dinner Table

Is it just us, or is coloured glassware having a moment? This Sydney-based brand takes the trend to new heights!
Sasha Gattermayr

Dream Job

Creating Captivating Content With The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney’s Digital Marketing And Media Coordinator, Victoria Ngu

The digital marketing and media co-ordinator of one of Australia's oldest public gardens fills us in on her dream job, from good email etiqu...
Sasha Gattermayr
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Podcast

A Podcast Conversation With Interior Designer Mim Fanning

Mim chats to Lucy about her impressive career journey, from solo design consultant to launching and growing Mim Design, and her role as amba...

Food

Julia's Raspberry, Coconut And Lime Cake

Julia Busutill Nishimura delivers a triple-threat of tropical flavours in one delicious loaf. It's like a holiday in your mouth!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Creative People

These Colourful Cakes Are Straight Out Of A Wes Anderson Movie!

When the pandemic hit and Melbourne-based chef Patchanida Chimkire lost all her work, she said ‘Let them eat cake!’ And Instagram did.
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

A Creative Family's Eclectic Apartment in Melbourne’s CBD

Designer Michael Chazan and photographer Ying Ang have made this new Melbourne CBD apartment their character-filled family home.

Art

Paul Davies’ Paintings Capture The Essence Of Iconic Modernist Architecture

The Australian painter returns home after 6 years in the United States with a showstopping exhibition!
Sasha Gattermayr

Giveaway

Holiday At Home And WIN $1,000 To Spend With Kip&Co!

The brand's vibrant new Vacay collection promises to make your home as warm and bright as a sojourn by the seaside. Enter now!
Lucy Feagins

Gardens

A Fragrant, Inner-City Garden Rejuvenates This Heritage Home

Landscape designer Nadia Gill creates two gardens with two very different personalities - on one block in East Melbourne!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Victorian Terrace Renovation Inspired By Feng Shui

Using feng shui principles, Steffen Welsch Architects have reimagined a functional and beautiful terrace home in Melbourne's inner-north.

In Print

The Ultimate Guide To Ensuring Your Houseplants Thrive

Sophia Kaplan + Lauren Camilleri of Leaf Supply tell you everything you need to know about house plants - from their new book 'Plantopedia'!...
Sophia Kaplan + Lauren Camilleri

On The Market

An Early Flack Studio-Renovated House In St Kilda On The Market!

It's not often that a house renovated by the iconic Melbourne interior designers goes on the market, but this St Kilda stunner is looking fo...

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Australian Fashion Icon, Lee Mathews

The legend of local fashion takes us through a day in the life of running her international design business - during a pandemic!
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

A Luxe Sydney Home With Jaw-Dropping Views

Decus Interiors and Luigi Rosselli Architects have taken this stunning new Bellevue Hill home to the next level.

TDF Design Awards

These Are The Very Best Of Australia's Handcrafters and Makers!

Take a deep dive into the outstanding shortlist of handmade designs for The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards!
Lucy Feagins

Creative People

Bonnie Hislop Is The Ceramicist-Cheerleader We Need Right Now

The Brisbane-based ceramicist launches her 'Better Luck Next Year' collection - a series of clay trophies celebrating the losses of 2020. Gi...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

A Colourful, Art-Filled Family Home In Balmain

We return to the family home of Sophie Trippe-Smith: a Sydney terrace house full of amazing art, bold colour, pattern and personality!

Architecture

A Classic Queenslander With Mid-Century Vibes

Hive Architecture fuse heritage design with contemporary living to create the perfect family forever home in Bulimba, Queensland!
Sasha Gattermayr

Studio Visit

Painting Mozambique From Melbourne, With Mafalda Vasconcelos

The Melbourne-based, Mozambique-raised artist paints her striking portraits to put together the pieces of the past, and explore her identity...

On The Market

This WOW-Factor Penthouse Apartment In Fitzroy’s Former Confectionary Factory Is For Sale!

One of Melbourne’s best original warehouse apartments has just hit the market, in Fitzroy's iconic MacRobertson building.

Architecture

This Non-Conventional Holiday Home Is Mostly Underground

This coastal home by Rob Kennon Architects was built three quarters of the way underground to overcome its challenging site.

On The Market

This Cute Brunswick Cottage Has A Very Special Place In TDF's History - And It's For Sale

This sweet weatherboard Victorian was once the home of our very own editor Lucy – and, it’s on the market again!

Family

Artist Maggie May & Musician Josh Kelly Are Parenting And Running A Business Through COVID And Cancer

2020 has been an exceptionally crappy year for all, but especially for Maggie May and Josh Kelly, parents to 18-month-old Remy and founders
Ashe Davenport

Food

Summery Vegan Pad Thai With Shredded Kale And Cabbage, From Hetty McKinnon's New Book

In 'To Asia, With Love', the culinary heavyweight (and longtime TDF fave!) explores the fusion of her Chinese-Australian heritage.
Hetty McKinnon

Interiors

A Showstopping House For A Family Of Entertainers

Interior designers Golden pull out all the stops for this decadent family home in Brighton - including an underground home bar!
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

‘Innovative + Considered’: Announcing The 2020 Dulux Colour Awards Winners

A suite of diverse projects have been recognised for their original and dynamic uses of colour, in the 34th Dulux Colour Awards.
Amelia Barnes

Homes

THIS Is How You Renovate An Architect-Designed, Mid-Century Home

Amelia and Oliver Hesketh and share their sympathetic renovation of their 1969 Upper North Shore home, which saved every piece of original j...

Creative People

Patricia Piccinini’s 'Truth Bombs’ On Living A Creative Life

Third Drawer Down's Abigail Crompton shares empowering advice from 22 female artists, in her new book ‘Truth Bomb’.
Abigail Crompton

Gardens

A Dramatic, Multi-Tiered Coastal Garden

A steep coastal slope atop Gordon's Bay is transformed into a lush green oasis, by Secret Gardens.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

This Renovated Victorian Terrace Is Like Living In A Day Spa!

How Timmins+Whyte Architecture and Design turned a dark, Victorian terrace in North Melbourne into a flexible, light-filled home.

Studio Visit

This Adelaide-Based Emerging Designer Is One To Watch

Dean Toepfer's multifaceted creative practice spans furniture, lighting and object design.
Sasha Gattermayr

Stays

A Quaint Miner's Cottage In Dubbo Made For Slowing Down

A sympathetic renovation to a dilapidated 19th century cottage makes it the perfect regional getaway.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Dramatic Riverfront Home In Tasmania

Views of the river, mountains and surrounding vegetation are all cleverly captured in this house at Otago Bay, by Topology Studio.

Textiles

The Mindboggling Artistry Of The Opera House's Nearly-Forgotten Tapestries

In a brand new podcast series, Australian design aficionado Tim Ross takes a closer look at the four enormous textiles by Le Corbusier, John...
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

Two Inspiring Kitchen Transformations - From Affordable Update To Complete Overhaul!

Lauren Li shows us what can be done in two very different kitchen renovations on two different budgets – one tiny, and one rather large!
Lauren Li

Design Eye

Mardi Doherty on The 80’s Revival Interior

From bold colour, to chunky, curvy furniture forms, the 1980s is back, baby! Interior Designer Mardi Doherty gives us her take, in partnersh...

Homes

A Creative Couple's Lovingly Renovated 1950's Home

Lucy Spartalis and Alastair Innes of She Takes Pictures He Makes Films share their renovated 1950s home in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.

Architecture

An Open-Plan Home Partially Inspired By A Hitchcock Film!

Modo Architecture challenge the standard open floor plan in this Melbourne family home – taking partial inspiration from the house featur...
Amelia Barnes

Sustainable Homes

A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused

Rammed earth and recycled timber come together in this creekside Melbourne home by Breathe Architecture.

Art

Intricate Bark Artwork From The 'Top End', On Show At Koskela

'Top End Bugi' at Koskela showcases 36 incredible bark artworks from three art centres in Arnhem Land.

Gardens

A Dreamy, Generous Coastal Garden

This Mollymook property's incredible front garden by Dangar Barin Smith has inadvertently become a local tourist destination.

Shopping

Create Your Own Salon Wall With These Affordable, Vintage-Inspired Artworks

Interior designer and stylist Jono Fleming pioneers a new affordable art alternative, with the launch of his limited-edition, stretched-canv...
Sasha Gattermayr

Art

Announcing The Finalists For The Record-Breaking 2020 Archibald Prize

From 1068 entries, the 55 shortlisted artworks for Australia's most prestigious portraiture prize have been unveiled!

Interiors

The Cosy New Australian-Made Sofa Range, Inspired By Togetherness

Jean-Pierre Biasol talks us through his lush new collection of locally manufactured sofas - inspired by the feeling of companionship!
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

A Spectacular, Art-Filled Home In Melbourne's Outer Suburbs

Interior design extraordinaire Chelsea Hing conducts a sweeping transformation of this sprawling family home in the Victorian suburb of Park...
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

An Action-Packed, Compact City Home

A formerly unliveable art deco house in Northcote gets a major overhaul by Rob Kennon Architects.

Homes

A Local Post Office Transformed Into A Meaningful Family Home

How photographer Alexandrena Parker, and carpenter Michael Riseley, turned a rundown former post office in Beaconsfield Upper, Victoria, int...

Building Better

The Best Building Materials For A Sustainable Home

From rammed earth to concrete, which building material is the most environmentally friendly? The answers may surprise you...

Food

Julia's Salmon + Potato Spring Salad With Yoghurt Dressing

A versatile salad of salmon, potatoes and vibrant zesty greens from Julia Busuttil Nishimura.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Studio Visit

The Northern Rivers Ceramicist Crafting Vessels With A Soft Edge

Ceramic designer Layla Cluer shows us around her farmyard workshop in the Byron hinterlands.
Sasha Gattermayr

Creative People

Business Is Blooming For This Idyllic, Family-Owned Flower Farm In NSW

Meet the family of six behind Jonima Flowers, a flower farm in in Yanderra, NSW, on the border of the Southern Highlands.

Studio Visit

Painting Wild, Abstract Scenes With Diana Ellinger

The painter and graphic designer returned from expat life in Mumbai due to the onset of the pandemic at the beginning of the year - and now
Sasha Gattermayr

Dream Job

Taking The Opera House Online With Digital Programming Associate, Sophie Penkethman-Young

An inside look at what it's like to help produce digital events for one of Australia's most important cultural institutions!

TDF Design Awards

These Australian Designers Are Changing The Textile Industry

Which one of these innovative textile design projects will take out the 2020 The Design Files + Laminex Design Award?

Gardens

A Powerful Landscape Of Earth And Sea

Landscape architect Jane Irwin creates a surprising yet understated clifftop garden in Sydney.
Sasha Gattermayr

Creative People

A First Look at Knit! - A Global Textile Exhibition Showcasing Extreme Creativity

Australian designers Adam Goodrum and Benja Harvey are part of this Danish design initiative - and you don't have to go to Copenhagen to see...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

An Artist's Thoroughly Sophisticated Brisbane Rental

Decorated with vintage furniture, treasured artwork and handmade ceramics, potter Nicolette Johnson and web designer Tom Dawson share their

Architecture

Two Best Friends Create A Spacious Contemporary Apartment In A Former Chocolate Factory

Lighting designer Jess Perry and Michael Roper of Architecture Architecture collaborate on a contemporary apartment in one of Fitzroy’s mo...
Sasha Gattermayr

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents 'I've Missed You, But Not That Much' By Emma Currie

The Melbourne-based artist's solo show elegantly balances abstraction with figurative forms, and it launches online today!

Architecture

An Architect’s Own Momentous Home, Buried In The Tasmanian Bushland

This modular, totally moveable home by architecture firm Archier is a feat of local craftsmanship.
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

A Victorian Terrace Gets A Chic New Lease On Life

Bespoke joinery and designer furniture gives this Victorian terrace in South Yarra a totally new identity, perfectly complementing the owner...

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Rae Johnston, Trailblazing TV Journalist And Organisation Super-Woman!

We follow the groundbreaking NITV & SBS science and tech reporter and proud Wiradjuri woman around for a day, to learn just how she gets it
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

A Compact Heritage Bungalow Becomes A Functional Family Home

Interior designer Georgie Shepherd maximises every square inch, in this sleek renovation of a 1920s bungalow in Adelaide.
Sasha Gattermayr

Creative People

A Landmark Collaboration Between Bábbarra Women's Centre x Kip&Co

After two years of development, the Bábbarra Women’s Centre x Kip&Co collaborative collection is finally ready for the world to see!

Creative People

Meet The Emerging Artist Using An Unexpected Year, To Make Unexpected Objects

Melbourne-based artist Lucy Tolan shares her new collection of wonderfully wobbly ceramic objects + what it’s like to be a full-time artis...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

A Collingwood Warehouse Transformed With Paint + Plants

Artist Ellen Porteus and Ryan Klewer of Plant Charmer share their colourful Collingwood warehouse home!

Architecture

A California-Style Summer House In A League Of Its Own

A serene contemporary home by Pandolfini in Sorrento combines modernist Palm Springs with seaside Santorini vibes.
Sasha Gattermayr

Sustainable Homes

This Sustainable Apartment Is A Little Slice Of LA, In Melbourne

Illustrator Samantha Curcio and primary school teacher David Waddell share their sleek, sustainable and personality-filled North Fitzroy apa...

Interiors

The Dulux Colour Forecast 2021 Is All About Soothing Shades

Amid the turmoil of 2020, the industry-leading annual colour forecast puts forward a palette emphasising comfort, security, and optimism.
Amelia Barnes

Interiors

A Converted Dairy At One With Its Roots

Named after a Paul Kelly song, the Firewood + Candles project by Rachcoff Vella transforms the interiors of a derelict tin shed into a quain...
Sasha Gattermayr

Sustainable Design

Creating Alternative Food Systems With Melbourne Food Hub

We visit Melbourne Food Hub's urban farm in Alphington to learn more about their Grow/ Source/ Eat program - a subscription-based delivery s...
Sasha Gattermayr

TDF Design Awards

Australia’s Most Stunning Gardens, Revealed!

From rugged coastal gardens, to historic suburban estates and family backyards, take a closer look at the 11 Landscape Design finalists of t...

Architecture

A Historical-Style Beach House That Expands With The Seasons

The Township Residence by Wolveridge is a new home, fully informed by Sorrento’s traditional vernacular.
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

12 Of The Most Fabulous Floor Lamps

Lighting is THE key ingredient in creating a warm and inviting at-home atmosphere. Our resident interiors expert Lauren Li shares her favour...
Lauren Li

Gardens

A Luscious Inner Suburban Garden With An Enormous Ethereal Lagoon (In Northcote!)

Sam Cox Landscape transcends time and place with his designs for a harmonious green extension (and a jaw-dropping poo!l) to this rolling inn...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

An Art-Filled Melbourne Family Home, With Santorini Vibes!

Artist and interior decorator Phoebe Rolleston, and husband George Rolleston, share their relaxed and elegant family home in Glen Iris.

Design Eye

Jean-Pierre Biasol On The Modern Classic Interior

Award winning Melbourne designer Jean-Pierre Biasol shares his design wisdom - and introduces us to heritage Austrian brand, Wittmann, avail...

Food

Two Recipes From Julia Busuttil Nishimura's New Cookbook, Out Now!

'A Year Of Simple Family Food' has FINALLY arrived! Today we share recipes for soba salad and pork gyoza, from this instant classic!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Art

Sam Michelle's Realist Still-Lifes Capture The Beauty Of Two Landscapes

The New Zealand-born artist explores her dual citizenship and the pull between the two countries she calls home, in her upcoming exhibition
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

A Harry Seidler Apartment Renovation That Champions The Arts

An apartment in one of Brisbane's iconic buildings has been thoughtfully updated by interior designer Alicia Holgar, with an emphasis on bes...
Amelia Barnes

Interiors

A Contemporary Update For This California Bungalow In Sydney

A Californian bungalow receives a soft, understated interior makeover by Sydney interior design firm, Bone Made.
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

4 Big Ideas For Small Spaces

From storage to styling (no, you don't have to be a minimalist), we bring you the best tips and tricks for making the most of a tight spot!

TDF Design Awards

These 12 Innovators Are Forging The Path For Sustainable Design In Australia

From sunglasses made from 100% ocean waste, to lighting created using discarded phone screens, these are the impressive Sustainable Design f...
Lucy Feagins

Architecture

A Toowoomba Family Home, Designed To Transcend Time

The long awaited second project of architect Jesse Bennett is now complete!

Building Better

How To Approach Interior Design, Sustainably!

From choosing the right materials, to improving energy efficiency, here’s everything you need to know about sustainable interior design -

Homes

A True Family Home, Passed Down Over Generations

The 1923 Moonee Ponds home of Martin and Jennifer Tighe has been passed down over generations, and features two former dairy buildings and a...

Architecture

A Light-Filled Forever Home With A Uniquely Australian Outlook

Architects Ink design a striking, contemporary home around two ancient sugar gums, in South Australia.
Sasha Gattermayr

Food

The Ultimate Working From Home Salad

Sweet and crispy roasted Brussels sprouts, toasted hazelnuts and tart apple makes this the perfect late winter lunch!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Studio Visit

Meet Sydney's Newest Furniture Maker, Architect-Turned-Designer Jun Kim

Jun Kim is a multidisciplinary designer making handcrafted furniture under his new brand - Oure.
Sasha Gattermayr

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