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DESIGNER ROSS GARDAM









From early on Ross Gardamknew that industrial design was for him. He clicked with the subject at university after growing up in the country town of Barham near the NSW and Victorian border with a father and grandfather who had a passion for making. After working in the design industry for a number of years, Ross stepped out onto his own and launched his eponymous business in 2007. He says it took...

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INTERIOR DECORATOR + STYLIST JILLIAN MIDDLETON






Life took a swift turn for Jillian Middleton when she landed in New York in early 2000. After falling in with the interior styling crowd, she became the assistant for Carlos Mota (interviewed here), who is currently Architectural Digest’s international style editor and the former editor-at-large for Elle Decor. Her work with him included creating events and styling the pages of The New York Times...

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DESIGNER FELIX ALLEN







“I was born, raised and still exist on the side of a steep mountain surrounded by tall trees that drops into the Tasman Sea on the shoreline. On maps it is known as Austinmer, on the Coal Coast of New South Wales,” says Felix Allen, designer of maker of lighting, furniture and homewares for Somewhere South. From his base, south of Sydney, he shares a workspace in an old beer brewing factory with...

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CERAMICIST + ARCHITECT BRUCE ROWE







After 15 years of painting in private, Melbourne-based Bruce Rowe held a small public exhibition of his paintings in 2010. It provided him with a glimpse that it might be possible to integrate designing - he’s a trained and practising award-winning architect - and making. “I began to imagine something other than the ‘either-or’ existence I had been leading up to this point,” he says. In 2012 he...

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DESIGNER CINDY-LEE DAVIES







“Take your passion and make it happen,” says Melbourne-based designer Cindy-Lee Davies. “Probably watched Flashdance too many times in the 80s.” But since an early age she was motivated to make things with her hands, partly spurred on by her brother who taught her how to weld with scrap metal. They would create ashtrays from clay at a nearby dam and bake them. Cindy-Lee went on to have a studio in...

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DESIGNER SARAH FISHER







There’s an increasingly diverse range of homewares coming out of Byron Bay right now. One of the recent success stories has been from Sarah and Kane Fisher and their lighting brand Fromage La Rue. They design fonts and hand make lights taking inspiration from vintage marquee letter lights and symbols. The pair set up the business in 2009 after working in various areas of the design industry. Sarah...

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DESIGNERS EDWARD LINACRE + VIKTOR LEGIN








A lot of great design comes out of Melbourne. A recent example is Copper - a collaboration between industrial designers Edward Linacre, pictured above left, and Viktor Legin. Both of them studied in their chosen profession and worked through the ranks of leading Melbourne design firms before teaming up to create Copper in 2013. Now they are focussed on creating and manufacturing a range of...

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