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january 2017

With the new year well and truly underway, we're sharing a few things that are keeping us inspired at the moment, and for us, it's all about ceramics!

1.  D O .  The Pottery Shed

According to owner and teacher of Surry Hills' The Pottery Shed:

"Pottery is more than an art of skill ... There is a meditative value - the rhythm and flow teaches you things about your life that you may not have been aware of."

Under owner and teacher Joe's patient and attentive direction, after just one class the addictively therapeutic quality of this creative practice is unlocked. With wheel throwing lessons designed specifically for beginners, the premise that pottery is too difficult to learn is thrown out of the window. Classes at The Pottery Shed are structured around a curriculum of fundamental pottery techniques, that are organised around three introductory classes: throwing, trimming and glazing.

Upon completing these introductory courses, students are encouraged to pop in and out of the studio at their leisure to while away the hours working at their own creations. The studio represents an opportunity for both social and solo creativity as an activity over which friends can catch up after work, or where one can spend a few solitary hours on the wheel plugged into a favourite podcast (we're currently addicted to Lena Dunham's Women of the Hour ... !).

Click here to book into a class!

2.  E A T  .  Mohr Fish

Located in the heart of Surry Hills, for the last 23 years the eat in/take out restaurant Mohr Fish has adopted the role of "unassuming corner fish and chip shop."

The architecture of the restaurant pays homage to what the founder himself refers to as the humble old-English seaside fish and chip shop. Mohr Fish exudes an inviting sense of nostalgia that is enhanced by the combination of sea green and powder blue subway tiles that clad both its facade and interior. The menu is honest and uncomplicated - "a home cooked meal when you don't feel like cooking." While offering both take-away and delivery, we think the fresh and delicious fruits of the sea served up by this fine establishment are best enjoyed while people watching from the high tables and stools adjacent to the shop's original steel windows - perhaps after an afternoon of pottery!

3.  S E E  .  Natalie Rosin

A graduate architect and ceramicist from Sydney, Australia, Natalie Rosin integrates her two disciplines as a way to explore the intersection between architecture and ceramics. Rosin herself refers to the extraordinary result as "a place open to experimentation, unexplored forms and intuitive structures, forming new expectations from the spaces we inhabit and the environments built around us."

Rosin's one off, crafted ceramics represent an accessible portal into the world of art, design and the built environment. Her pieces are simultaneously minimal and playful, operating as an accentuated expression of forms in an architecture that is both real and imagined. The pieces Rosin creates are driven by the clay material with which she works in a self-reflexive exploration of the process of creating and conceptualising architecture within a contemporary context. Her work posits the way in which architecture has become the product of the mode by which it is designed. Rosin thrives on the imperfections and freedom offered by the medium of clay, as well as the evolution of each individual sculpture as she moves through the processes of moulding, glazing and firing. Click here to see more of Natalie Ronsin's incredible work.

Rosin will next be exhibiting her work at the Stanley Street Gallery in Darlinghurst from March 1st - 25th.

4. S T A Y.  Bunka Tokyo

With the Christmas break having come and gone, we are already planning our next holiday! Having been day dreaming about Japan for a little while now, we've got our accommodation sorted c/o Bunka, Tokyo.

Designed by Japanese firm, UDS, the design intent for this project firmly revolved around the creation of the "sense of comfortableness we implicitly have between us, through our lives in Japan." The development of an architecture that provides guests with great amenity was central to the design and development of Bunka. This was done so by creating a clean and comfortable experience that allows patrons to "feel and enjoy the invisible code that is the basis of Japanese culture."

The architecture and, in particular, the interior architecture is not bound by the existing images of "Japanese-ness." Instead, the building stealthily steers away from the cliches of Japanese accommodation design that are usually employed to target tourists. Instead, the space is neutral, revealing subtle hints of culture and design that unfold throughout one's experience of the building. We particularly love this building for the locally crafted tiles that clad its facade and interior surfaces. These tiles operate as cultural and historical cues towards Japan's built environment, whilst offering a level of functionality in their strength and resistance against water and stains. All the while these tiles produce a rich sense of patter and texture in an artfully subtle way. Click here to book!

5.  W A T C H.  Faster

There is no more quintessential expression of ceramics in Sydney than the Sydney Opera House, herself!  

With one of our many New Year's Resolutions being to become more engaged in the vibrant arts and culture scene that Sydney has to offer, we will be booking tickets to the newest contemporary ballet, "Faster," to be performed at the Sydney Opera House throughout April of this year.

Described as "ballet in top gear," the contemporary dance production explores the intensity that surrounds the world of elite sports. Designed around a trilogy program, the choreography is designed to allow ballet dancers to exhibit their remarkable athleticism, all to the score of composer Matthew Hindson. We are particularly excited to see the set for this production, designed by architect Kelvin Ho.

Not convinced? Click here to see more and book your tickets!

Looking Back at 2016

January 2017

With the beginning of a new year also comes time for reflection on the one just passed.

2016 was filled with a number of exciting achievements. Featured in a May edition of Domain's weekly column Amazing Design by Jenny Brown, House. Elysium was once again recently recognised, being deemed one of Australia's Ten Best Houses of 2016 in the publication's end of year review of Australia's newest architecturally designed homes. Featured alongside the revered sculptural work, Indigo Slam of Smart Design Studio along with an exciting assortment of new regional and urban architect designed houses across the country, Architect Prineas was humbled to have a project so close to the ethos and intent of the practice recognised in this way.

This recognition comes after a number of accolades received by House. Elysium throughout the year. Shortlisted in both the 2016 Houses Awards and Australian Interior Design Awards 2016, House. Elysium was also awarded a commendation in the 2016 NSW Architecture Awards in the category Heritage Creative Adaptation.

House. Elysium was not our only project that received commendation in 2016. Apartment. Finger Wharf was recognised as a finalist in the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards while also being shortlisted in the 2016 Houses Awards and Australian Interior Design Awards 2016. The apartment received a commendation in the NSW Archtiecture Awards 2016 in the category of Interior Architecture.

With the recognition for these exciting projects in mind, we cannot wait to share a number of new projects that we have been working towards over the past year in the months to come ... Bring on 2017!

Happy New Year!

January 2017

We are looking forward to lots of exciting new projects this year!