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Letter from the Editor

24th May, 2019

The winter chill is starting to hit Melbourne, and the post-election blues have sparked a few frustrated conversations in the office this week. If you’ve been feeling as deflated as we have, and are looking for a way to take action, tune in tomorrow (yes, Saturday!) for an uplifting interview with filmmaker Damon Gameau, creator of the just-released climate change action documentary 2040!

This week we took a look inside the Northbridge home of top3 by design’s Terri Winter (which used to belong to famous Australian surrealist painter, James Gleeson!), Lauren Li schooled us on current ideas in kitchen design (SO MUCH amazing kitchen inspo in one story!) and we shared an AMAZING modernist home for sale in Caulfield North courtesy of Modernist Australia (love those guys).

ALSO, we shared the winners of The Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards – I tell you what, Aussie interior designers are kicking SO MANY GOALS right now! Special congrats to the divine David Flack for taking out Interior Designer of The Year!

We also spent a day with food writer + TV presenter Melissa Leong for our most recent column, A Day In The Life. Mel got real about the freelance hustle, as well as overhauling her priorities after a life-changing diagnosis.

It’s reconciliation week next week, and we’ll be highlighting a new Indigenous Art Gallery in Adelaide. We’re also working on a handy how-to guide for commissioning art (a common reader request!), as well as releasing the latest episode of our TDF Talks podcast where I’m joined by one of the most influential art people in the country – NGV Director Tony Ellwood. And of course, we’ll be sharing a whole bunch of amazing homes!

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The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email