Conversations with GroupGSA/WMIA

Published on 04/10/2012  Group GSA

CONVERSATION WITH ROSEMARY GILES

What place have you visited that inspired you?

During a recent trip to Spain I visited Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim in Bilbao. I was surprised to find myself captivated by the design, its extraordinary use of light and sinuous forms are sensational. Berlin is another place that inspires me. It deftly integrates old and new allowing the whole city to act as a sort of palimpsest, recording the many layers of history to which the city has bared witness.

What is your favourite designed space in Melbourne?

Ferdydurke on Lonsdale Street – wonderful adaptive reuse of an existing space, lots of great textures and up-cycled materials.

Which artist/architect/designer’s work inspires you at the moment?

BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) – their process diagrams are fantastic. Also Tamara de Lempicka – beautiful art deco portraits.

Something about you that people don’t know?

In my spare time I write a blog about vintage stores in Melbourne – you can find it at: http://vintagemelbourne.com/. The blog was born out of my own fascination and penchant for all things vintage. I hope that it may serve as a guide for Melburnians, and visitors to the city, who wish to discover the many and varied treasures Melbourne’s vintage stores and op-shops have to offer. And it’s a great excuse for me to spend my weekends fossicking through second-hand stores.


CONVERSATION WITH DAVID MOODY

What place have you visited that inspired you?

A visit to Mt Yasur, volcano on Tanna Island, Vanuatu last year was amazing. To stand at the edge of a volcano and have molten lava spurting up over your head is both frightening and exhilarating at the same time. You walk away with a real appreciation for the sheer power and forces of nature.

What is your favourite designed space in Melbourne?

Melbourne’s laneways. They may not necessarily be designed space but I love the constantly changing and unexpected surprise that you are met with each time you walk down one of Melbourne’s laneways, from the randomly located bar/café/eatery or shop to the always evolving street art.

Which artist/architect / designer’s work inspires you at the moment?

Philippe Starck – really enjoy his work across many design fields, especially his product design work.

Something about you that people don’t know?

A few years ago I started to refurbish an old furniture piece as a hobby. It is actually quite hard work and even harder to source specific materials, so a lot of time has been spent at secondhand/op shops and recycled building supply stores. The result is, two years on, that particular piece of furniture is still a work in progress. But it will be finished…..one day.


CONVERSATION WITH MARK JOLLY

What place have you visited that inspired you? 

Fez, Morocco. It was fascinating to see how very ‘designed’ spaces could be hidden away within a very haphazard, organic historic city layout. Combined with the very cleaver use of natural ventilation techniques and courtyard spaces to overcome the heat, Fez helped give me a greater appreciation of a specific type of historic residential scale architecture.

What is your favourite designed space in Melbourne? 

The sympathetic redevelopment of the Shrine of Remembrance by ARM. Set against the heroic original classical Shrine, the 2002 edition hides away below and erupts in a splash of red upon arrival. This bravely modern addition allows visitors to experience the Shrine from a different viewpoint while providing much-needed extra amenity.

Which artist/architect/designer’s work inspires you at the moment?

Since arriving in Melbourne, I have followed the work of the small Brunswick practice Breathe closely. Their use of natural materials and a strong ESD focus has always inspired. Their website is also fantastic and definitely worth checking out from a 2D design perspective.

Something about you that people don’t know? 

The pinnacle of my sporting career was winning the Under 10’s inter-school 50m freestyle in Nelson, NZ! Glory days!