How is it December already? That’s just crazy talk! That can only mean one thing – it’s time for the December edition of “Yellowtrace Spotlight”. Below is the selection of some of the things that have been submitted or uncovered in the past month – think news, exhibitions, online shops, products, projects etc.

Ok, let’s dive in!


New Platonics IV III by Benja Harney/ Paperform.
100% cotton cold press acid free 190gsm paper & perspex.
Image courtesy of the artist and NG Art Gallery.


Artwork by Ryan Humphreys, courtesy of Vagabond Space.


Art Exhibitions.

Benja Harney (Paperform) // New Platonics.

Once treasured, paper may have lost its primacy in the digital age but for Sydney-based Paper Engineer, Benja Harney, the blank page is a versatile place of possibility. Harney concedes his paper career through his solo exhibition, with a series of natural platonic solids that push the pristine state of paper from the thinking and folding of design into art.

Through the five platonic solids, Harney explores the symmetrical possibility of forms within forms, repetition and tessellation, building on the core concepts of form and material within nature.

Exhibition dates: 27th November – 23rd December 2012.

Venue: NG Art Gallery, Little Queen Street, Chippendale, Sydney.

NG Art Gallery

Vagabond Space // ‘Against The Wall’.

Vagabond Space artist collective are hosting a debut exhibition which launched last Thursday at The Planex Gallery. This group exhibition features twenty practicing Melbourne artists until December 14th 2012. Exploring traditional and experimental art practices in the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, sound art, video, new media, and performance Vagabond Space presents a new sustainable platform for both emerging and practicing artists.

Exhibition dates: The Planex Gallery, 2a Kipling St, Richmond, Melbourne.

Venue: 29th November – 14th December 2012. Gallery hours are 12pm to 5pm.

Vagabond Space


The reissued Matégot coatrack in all-black by Gubi.


New Adnet mirrors by Gubi.


Products & Accessories.

Gubi // Reissued All-Black Matégot Coatrack and New Adnet Mirrors.

Gubi reveals a new, yet wholly authentic reissue of the iconic 1950’s Coatrack design by Mathieu Matégot. With its black lacquer finish and striking brass centerpiece, Matégot’s unique, functional and decorative design takes on an entirely new identity; Matégot Coatrack black is the sophisticated, elegant alter-ego of its playful multi-coloured counterpart.

Following last year’s reissue of French modernist icon Jacques Adnet’s remarkable circular mirror, Gubi will launch another original 1950’s Jacques Adnet design. Adnet Rectangulaire is also a leather trimmed mirror but rectangular in form, a contrasting yet equally striking expression of Adnet’s singular design style and welcome addition to Gubi’s fast growing interior accessories collection.

Corporate Culture


Dial Hangers by DesignByThem.


Luxury Wool Throws & Luggage from Coast New Zealand.


Products & Accessories.

DesignByThem // New Dial Hangers.

Dial Hangers are the latest release from DesignByThem. Sold individually, the Dial hangers can be mixed and matched in various colours, quantities, layouts and can be purchased with or without the extension hook. The hangers are made from powder coated aluminium, making them suitable for wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor spaces. Hang your tea towels, coats, keys, bags, necklaces, umbrellas, oven mitts, pot plants and more. Starting at $30 they are an affordable addition to the DesignByThem collection. Please contact DesignByThem for wholesale and trade pricing.


Coast New Zealand // Homewares & Accessories.

In 2004, Nicola and Alex Webster started Coast New Zealand with the specific goal of establishing a luxury brand that would reflect New Zealand’s unique quality of life. The brand today represents everyday luxury that is made for life. Smart enough to take anywhere, and tough enough to last the distance, Coast New Zealand invites you to escape everyday. In additional to their new luggage range, their latest product includes hand loomed 100% NZ Wool throws. All made and designed in New Zealand and available online, with free shipping throughout Australia.

Coast New Zealand


Homewares by Joost. Photo by Renee Stamatis.


The Book Shelf by Aline Dürr. Photo by Deborah Abeßer. 


Products & Accessories.

Homewares by Joost.

Using raw terracotta from Bendigo, and hand crafted by local artisans in the hinterlands of Queensland, homewares By Joost are a unique range of tablewares. The bespoke pieces are lovingly painted with lead free glaze, which seals the inside of the vessels and freely drips down the sides. The organic nature of the materials means the wares develop character as they age, forming an earthy patina as they travel through life with the user.

Joost’s environmental philosophy of using natural materials and connecting people to real food are reflected in his range of homewares. “I want to bring our food back to the beginning. The pot acts as a reminder that this food has been harvested, planted and grown.” – Joost Bakker

By Joost

Aline Dürr // The Book Shelf.

The intention of The Book Shelf design is to bring to life an everyday object well-liked by everyone, in form of a new practical design that symbolises something greater than the object itself. Playing with the roles of form and function and an element of surprise, the super-sized book creates a library of stories, adventures, knowledge and fairytales. It represents a door into your own imagination and creativity, reproducing the feeling of immersion in itself.

In addition to the standard option, The Book Shelf will be available in children’s versions and other custom options. This piece was recently the winner in the ‘Furniture Design’ category at the Sydney Design Awards 2012.

The Book Shelf


Oak Pendants by Ross Gardam. Photo by Haydn Cattach.


Glaze Pendants by Ross Gardam. Photo by Haydn Cattach.



Ross Gardam // Oak & Glaze Lighting Collection.

Oak is a solid FSC timber pendant light. Each light shade is hand crafted and defined by the grain of the oak selected. The body of the light is accentuated by the intersecting hole, which allows a variety of hanging options with the cord wrapping through and around the hole detail. The light is available in one size and three finishes. Oak comes with a black shadow-line canopy to suit the hanging and a standard 2m of black cloth cable.

Glaze is a stoneware pendant light. The under-stated form of the shade highlights the beauty of its glazed surface. Each shade is hand crafted giving the product a shared yet unique appearance. Pendants are available in a range of standard glazes with custom glazing available on request. Glaze comes with a black shadow-line canopy to suit the hanging and a standard 2m of black cloth cable.

Both Oak & Glaze come with 8W, E27, CFL globes.

Ross Gardam


SKD Residence, Melbourne by MIM Design. Photography by Derek Swalwell.


The Lighting Winter Look Shed by HASSELL. Photography by Shannon McGrath.


Recent Projects.

Mim Design // SKD Residence, Melbourne.

Located in Melbourne’s leafy suburb of Kew, this residence has an interior that melds contemporary with tradition. The project enabled the designers to respond to their clients desire to create an environment that encompassed clean contemporary with a meld of eclectic pieces, from furniture through to finishes and joinery.

Completed in September 2012.

Mim Design

HASSELL // The Light in Winter Look Shed, Melbourne’s Federation Square.

HASSELL designed the Look Shed as part of the Light in Winter Festival, held on Melbourne’s Federation Square every June. The project offered visitors a secret place from which to view the world. It used natural light to reflect and refract views of the outside through a series of simple periscopes, encouraging the viewer to see the everyday from viewing portals cut from the frame. Viewers were able to appreciate the beauty in the built form, the textural layering of the urban landscape and the history buried within a montage of glass and concrete. As the city slowly morphed from day to night, Look Shed provided a different viewing experience.

The 9sqm structure was a collaboration with Shiavello, Inlite and Abet Laminati. Well played to all involved!

The Light In Winter


The Finders Keepers Sydney markets – Spring Summer 2012.


The Loop goes international!


News & Events.

The Finders Keepers // Sydney Spring Summer 2012.

The Finders Keepers Markets return to Sydney on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of December at Sydney’s contemporary art venue Carriageworks. The free, bi-annual event showcases the work of over 65 emerging designers and artists, both locally and all around Australia.

For the first time the Sydney event will be held on Saturday evening only and Sunday day only. It’s the perfect opportunity to start Christmas shopping, as there is something for everyone from clothing, accessories, jewellery, object design, textiles, homewares, stationary and toys. The markets will feature free live music from a great line-up of Australian independent musicians; with the Carriageworks cafe and bar open all day.

The fantastic invite has been illustrated by an emerging Sydney-based artist Hollie Martin.

The Finders Keepers

The Loop Goes International!

Creative industries networking website The Loop, has announced it will be expanding operations into the UK in early 2013 and has appointed agency Carter Digital to lead a brand refresh and website redesign program, to prepare the platform for launch. The company says the plans will also create new enterprise opportunities in Europe, for Australians working in the creative sector.

The Loop is the market leading community for creative professionals connecting people working in the creative industries with each other and commercial opportunities. The company has experienced +300% year on year revenue growth since launching in 2009. The site currently receives over 135,000 absolute unique isitors each month, from Australians working across the spectrum of creative industries including advertising, design, digital, marketing, production, interior design, film and television. You can read our interview with their co-founder Pip Jamieson from their super early days. Congrats to The Loop!

The Loop

About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor

Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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