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Sustainable Design

Studio Visit

Experimental Designer Jessie French Is Shaping A Seaweed-Centric Future

The Melbourne artist shares her process of creating seaweed-based bioplastics, the beautiful resin-like homewares she makes from it + what t...

Sustainable Homes

A Former Corner Store Turned Sustainable Family Home

A dilapidated, Federation-era shopfront is transformed into a truly unique, energy efficient home by CplusC Architectural Workshop.

Sustainable Homes

A Zero-Waste, Two Bedroom Home In The Middle Of Melbourne’s Federation Square!

Anti-waste crusader Joost Bakker takes us inside the culmination of his life’s work - a completely non-toxic, self-sufficient home!
Sasha Gattermayr

Sustainable Homes

The Most Inspiring Sustainable Homes Of 2020

From retro-fitted period houses in the country, to inner city apartments, these were the standout sustainable homes we shared in 2020!

Tiny Homes

A Tiny Handmade Home Built By A Father-Daughter Duo!

With home ownership out of reach for Camilla Walker, she and her dad Patrick hand-built this tiny one-bedroom home at the bottom of the fami...
Sasha Gattermayr

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.

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...

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...

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

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

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 -

Sustainable Homes

An Ultra Energy-Efficient Makeover Of A Victorian Country Home

In this country Victoria project, MRTN Architects prove even the coldest period houses can be updated to achieve incredible sustainability s...

Building Better

Everything You Need To Know About Installing Solar

The complete beginner's guide to installing solar power at home.

Sustainable Homes

An Unbelievably Energy Efficient 100-Year-Old Workers’ Cottage!

With the expertise of Altereco Design, this cute cottage in Yarraville is now an ultra sustainable homed home, powered predominantly by sola...

Sustainable Homes

The Perfect Prefab Home in South Gippsland

Prefabricated construction is behind this sustainable home designed by Pleysier Perkins, and built by Prebuilt, in Bena, South Gippsland.

Sustainable Design

Join The Conversation On Designing A Sustainable Future

Lucy hosts a dynamic panel discussion with three local leaders (and ladies!) in sustainable design – Join us!
Miriam McGarry

Creative People


An awesome initiative keeping coffee grounds out of landfill, and enriching local gardens.

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 – we would love to hear from you.

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