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Rethink the way you live, by Amanda Talbot

Amanda Talbot

Amanda Talbot

The Decoration + Design trade event is currently being held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre. And today I was lucky enough to gain access to one of its seminars hosted by Amanda Talbot. For the last 10 years, Amanda has been showcasing her talent for creating sexy, sophisticated interiors around the world, working for big brands such as Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Dixon, and trend forecasting for the likes of IKEA. As the ex associate editor of ELLE Decoration, she has travelled through many a beautiful home, and come into contact with some of the world’s most amazing home and lifestyle designs.

Living in small spaces and having your own personal space, too. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Living in small spaces and having your own personal space, too. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

It’s her latest quest that has me – and after today’s seminar, many more – questioning our surroundings. Rethink: The Way You Live is both the title of today’s seminar and her book. It looks at the relationship between human and home, and challenges our already existing functions and design of our surrounding environment. Today’s seminar explored the way the world is rapidly changing and, in turn, our needs are changing with it. Do we need a home office when all we see in sight is a laptop and an iPad? Is a bedroom only used for sleeping? Through imagery, Amanda took us around the world to highlight inspired designs and tell-tale signs of what the future holds for design that ‘rethinks’ its purpose, functionality, and form. This round-the-world trip highlighted the global nature of this need in the design and architecture industry.

Small home in Japan where dining space becomes office space. Multifunctional room where walls and lighting can be moved. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Small home in Japan where dining space becomes office space. Multifunctional room where walls and lighting can be moved. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

It’s a recurring theme that, as times get tough, we turn to memories of the good times, and we head back to our roots to embrace a ‘nostalgia trend’. A little ‘doom and gloom’ brought on by such effects as the GFC, terrorism, global warming, and technological advances, sparks a clear want for the good ol’ days, with one such example being the current resurgence of craft and handmade creations.

These shifting times evolve into new living and lifestyle trends. No longer is a common open plan home design the best option to live in. No longer is useless design that serves no function and purpose in our lives a welcome addition to our environment or space.

Spaces that cater to the senses. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Spaces that cater to the senses. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

An example of key movements outlined by Amanda today:

Living with nature – new solutions for city dwellers to connect with nature are on the rise, in particular with those that live in small spaces and apartments. Pots and indoor plants are a growing design trend, as is robust, heavy, natural textiles such as timber and wool. Large artwork with nature-inspired scenes that take up entire walls is another clever way designers are reinvigorating the notion of living with nature.

Back to basics – we’re not talking about the stark minimalism we saw in the 90s, we mean an almost warm minimalism, where our purchases and products we choose to fill out space with are needed, make sense, and have a purpose. We want 21st Century mod cons, but we want them discreet, seamless, and hidden.

Excerpt from Rethink: The Way You Live

Excerpt from Rethink: The Way You Live

Create and control – we revel in the idea of being industrious at home and creating and producing our own products from within our haven such as craft. We want to make our own rules, and Amanda reiterates that interior designers need to understand this desire and how their designer inclusions fulfil the lives of the home owners.

Self-sufficient living – there’s a want for things that we know we trust. And what better way to ensure this trust than to produce our own self-sufficient produce such as honey and herbs. Urban farming and rooftop gardens are on the rise as is aquaponics.

Rethink: The Way You Live

Rethink: The Way You Live

Ever-changing space – multi-functional rooms are a necessity. It’s not uncommon for the kitchen to be your place to prepare food, grow food, gather and entertain; or your bedroom to be an office, reading den, escape, entertainment destination and more. Spaces need to evolve with families and ‘nooks and crannies’ need to be exploited as opposed to this misconception of open plan living perfection.

Mobile Living -- house boat. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Mobile Living — house boat. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Amanda went on to discuss optimistic design, downsizing, holistic living, working from home, and mobile living, too, all movements that need to be considered by designers and creative industries for the future of our homes and lifestyles. The seminar emphasised how our world is changing quickly and so are we, adapting to accommodate new social and environmental behaviour, which is why we require fresh vision and new design considerations for the future of this evolving state.

Rethink: The Way You Live

This is a very condensed version of a very interesting subject. Check out Amanda Talbot’s book Rethink: The Way You Live for a further, in-depth analysis on this topic.

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R-16 Korea – Urban Arts Festival & World B-Boy Championships

R-16 Korea is an international festival and competition held in Korea showcasing the world’s top-class break dancers. It’s proudly presented by the Korea Tourism Organsation and sets the stage for the world’s top dancers, musical performers and graffiti artists.

Created and produced by Cartel Creative Inc., R-16 began in 2007 as somewhat of an experiment to promote and celebrate the growth and creativity behind the urban youth culture. Becoming a success and receiving an abundance of international attention, R-16 has now become an annual event.

The festival’s main feature showcases 16 of the world’s top b-boy crews battling it out in two categories: best crew performance and best crew battle. Making the selection for the top 16 crews isn’t easy, each group must compete and place at a R-16 preliminary tournament in their region if they’re to make the festival’s cut. During the month of May, R-16 tournaments will be held in West Europe, Thailand, Central Asia, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia to unveil the best of each region. South East Asia, the Middle East and North America will follow shortly after.

R-16 World Championships will be held July 6-8. More details closer to the date.

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Art Melbourne, May 24 – 27

For its ninth consecutive year, Art Melbourne will open its doors at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. Organisers this year are excited about its contemporary twist and fresh new look that will inspire over 14,000 visitors set to flock to the event.  The art fair showcases thousands of quality, original artwork under $5,000 in an encouraging environment, highlighting the demand for quality artwork at affordable prices.

Fair Director, Tasmin Roberts says, “The Art Melbourne model lends itself to the current economic climate. Now more than ever people want good quality, original work without the high-end price tag. Art Melbourne delivers this to buyers and creates a new market for galleries.”

Exhibitors have been encouraged to be creative with what they show for under $5,000. Galleries may choose to commission special, editioned work from some of their more established artists, show a strong collection of works on paper, or promote their up and comers with a solo presentation in the New Gen sector.

New at Art Melbourne in 2012:

  • Art Asia
    A selective group of galleries from the broader Asia Pacific region and Australian galleries representing Asian artists. The feature is sponsored by the Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF).
  • Street, Urban, and Graphic Art
    A representation of the highly popular artistic movement that is somewhat of a phenomenon in Melbourne laneways and broader Australia.
  • Ausin Tung Gallery
    Ausin Tung Gallery will be exhibiting and will work with Art Melbourne in the creation of an education program covering topics such as ‘The Asian market, how relevant is it to Australia?’, ‘Collecting work under $5000’, and, ‘What to look for in an art work’.

For more information visit Art Melbourne.

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