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Site Unseen
20.07.22
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Design Anthology Dispatch: Making Connections
10.06.22

The clock is inching towards 12 on a balmy night and Bar Basso is thick with design. It’s not April though. Nor is it September as was the case last year. It’s June, and the heady onset of summer heralds Salone’s current place in the calendar and a thirst for connection that cannot be quenched by sbagliato alone.

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The Monocle Quality of Life Conference
14.06.22

Attending our first Monocle Quality of Life Conference in Paris was the ideal way to kick off our summer tour of Europe. If touching down at Charles de Gaulle after more than two years of absence wasn’t enough to get the heart racing, then a welcome cocktail reception at Loulou within the Musée des Arts Décoratifs certainly did the trick.

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Book Club
The New Curator
In Conversation with Fleur Watson
11.04.21

Fleur Watson is Executive Director and Chief Curator for the Centre for Architecture Victoria, Open House Melbourne. From 2013-2020, Fleur was Curator at Design Hub Gallery, an exhibition space dedicated to cross-disciplinary design exchange and practice-led research at RMIT University in Melbourne, where she is Honorary University Fellow. She is also the author of The New Curator: Exhibiting Architecture & Design; a text that examines the inherent challenges in exhibiting design ideas.

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Melbourne Design Week
31.03.22

The week that was. In 2022, Melbourne Design Week reached new heights in engagement and visibility. We are always thrilled to play a role, working alongside NGV and scores of designers, studios, curators, academics and thinkers from around Australia, as well as an incredibly supportive media, sharing in our vision to elevate the value of design for the broader community.

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Essays
Nolan Giles on The Value of Design
07.03.22

Beyond Swiss borders, the idea of its citizens enjoying a well-designed life is unlikely to be the first association one has with the Alpine nation. Yet, it’s good design that enhances more common cultural tropes linked with the Swiss – punctuality, preparedness, secrecy and conscientiousness.

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Koorie Heritage Trust Scar Tree Walk
20.01.22

We recently joined Melbourne’s Koorie Heritage Trust Scar Tree Walk to extend our knowledge of the local Kulin Peoples’ cultures and histories.

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Verner Panton
29.11.21

We often reflect on what makes design pieces endure, so when we heard NYC will enjoy a retrospective exhibition of Verner Panton’s iconic work, we were more than keen to visit.⁠

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Essays
Hanna Nova Beatrice on The Value of Design
18.11.21
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Breuer’s Bohemia
24.10.21

The driving ethos underpinning great works of architecture has long been a source of fascination for our team. For iconic architect, Marcel Breuer, modern architecture was not a style, but an attitude – one that was framed by the active cultural milieu of post-war America and the progressive mindsets of his clients.⁠

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Milan Design Week
06.09.21

Given we can’t be in Milan for Super Salone this week, we’ve asked our friend New York based photographer, Eric Petschek (@cb) to be our eyes and ears on the ground.

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Acne Paper Book
19.08.21

In a throwback to the brand’s non-conformist magazine that ran from 2005-2014, Acne Studios have launched the Acne Paper book.

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Podcast Selects
12.08.21

The podcast format has been around for nearly twenty years, however there’s no doubting the proliferation of the medium in recent times. These days it seems everyone has a podcast, which is why recommendations are always welcome.

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Book Club
Architects After Architecture
In Conversation with Rory Hyde
27.07.21

Rory Hyde is associate professor of architecture at the University of Melbourne and a design advocate for the Mayor of London. He is also co-editor of Architects After Architecture; a collection of essays that asks what can be achieved with a degree in architecture beyond the design of buildings. The short answer? Plenty.

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New York Living Rooms
15.07.21

We’ve often dreamt of taking a peek inside the homes of our muses – so we were thrilled to learn that New York Living Rooms, a photo book by Dominique Nabokov, is officially being re-issued.

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Essays
Stephen Todd on The Value of Design
05.07.21

I’ve spent the better part of three decades thinking and writing about design. Not just the aesthetic of things, although there is that. But mostly I’m intrigued by the way inanimate objects incarnate certain moments in time.

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Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life
18.06.21

We are fascinated by the work of Charlotte Perriand, so we were more than a little jealous to discover Londoners will enjoy a retrospective exhibition of her work.

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Robin Boyd Foundation #amplifyourvoice
07.06.21

This June, NHO helped the Robin Boyd Foundation (RBF) raise $75k for new design education and advocacy programs.

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The Estranged by Brooke Holm
30.05.21

When COVID-19 swept the mid-atlantic last year, Brooke turned her lens to the changing face of the city. The result is a haunting photo series entitled ‘The Estranged’ which Brooke has generously allowed us to share over our social channels this week.

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Book Club
Design As An Attitude
In Conversation with Alice Rawsthorn
12.04.21

In the throes of last year’s coronavirus outbreak, many of us took solace in books, journals and magazines, such as Alice Rawsthorn’s 2018 release, Design As An Attitude – a firm favourite here at NHO. As such, to mark the launch of Book Club we couldn’t think of a better guest.

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Stockholm Design Week
18.02.21

While we couldn’t be there this year, Stockholm Design Week looked a little different in 2021.

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2021 Centre for Contemporary Photography Exhibition Program
04.02.21

The release of the 2021 Exhibition Program at Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Photography was much anticipated here at NHO. The annual Ilford CCP Salon kicks off proceedings; Australia’s largest photo media competition supported by our friends at Milieu Property.

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The Evolution of NHO
12.04.21

When we got in touch with our long-term collaborator Studio Hi Ho to discuss a rethink of our branding and our website, our direction was clear. Neil Hugh Office is about more than me. It may have started as a consultancy of one and my name might be on the door, however today we’re a growing team of brand, marketing and communications specialists.

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NGV 2020 Triennial
30.01.21

National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural Triennial exhibition in 2017 left a lingering impression, building a sense of anticipation – and the 2020 edition does not disappoint.

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Melbourne Design Week 2021
07.09.20

We are pleased to be working with the team at the National Gallery of Victoria on the communications strategy for Melbourne Design Week 2021, tasked with a specific focus on supporting the event’s sprawling Satellite Program.

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What I've Learned
03.09.20

At NHO, we consume a lot of media – possibly too much – however we are currently diving into design podcasts. “What I’ve Learned” by Stacy Shoemaker Rauen for Hospitality Design magazine is particularly good, and we loved this week’s episode with interior designer, Joyce Wang.

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Centre for Contemporary Photography
26.08.20

We are pleased to announce the appointment of NHO founder and director Neil Hugh Kenna to the Board of the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne.

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Design As An Attitude
11.07.20

A return to lockdown here in Melbourne is as good excuse as any to invest in some new books. Bookshop by Uro recently opened near our office in Collingwood Yards and their online store has you sorted.

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Events
2020 Melbourne Design Week Lunch at Congress
04.05.20

We were thrilled to co-host a lunch with NGV Melbourne in celebration of Melbourne Design Week (12-22 March 2020). Inspired by Melbourne’s culture of design, it was an opportunity for connection and collaboration amongst Design Week participating gallerists and designers.

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Longevity
09.04.20

When you’re thrust into the unknown by, oh let’s say a global pandemic, it’s only natural that our initial response is reactive. The word that comes to mind is survival.

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Responsiveness
07.04.20

Times are tough, however in business there’s no time to stand still. Amid the chaos and confusion, it’s been uplifting to see how quickly things happen when the writing’s on the wall.

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Agility
30.03.20

The last fortnight has been a whirlwind, and calls for a temporary shift in tone for these musings we call Perspective. Having spoken with numerous clients, colleagues, peers and partners, both near and far, it’s clear we’re all facing similar professional challenges.

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Melbourne Design Week 2020
04.03.20

Not weighed down by history nor convention, the ‘tyranny of distance’ that once defined Australia’s remoteness is now something to be celebrated. While at times Melbourne can feel a world away from more established design destinations such as London and New York, perhaps this is the secret to its success.

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Stockholm Design Week 2020
18.02.20

Stockholm is one of our universally loved travel destinations. Earlier this month, Stockholm Design Week reinforced the Swedish capital’s ongoing focus on responsible design practices and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

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Works by Vincenzo De Cotiis
20.11.19

We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the newly released tome, Vincenzo De Cotiis: Works, published by Rizzoli New York. Having been introduced to VDC’s gallery by a friend in Milan some years ago, he quickly became a firm NHO favourite for his utterly individual expression.

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Collectible Design at Fernando Mastrangelo Studio
28.10.19

Fernando Mastrangelo is a Brooklyn-based artist best known for collectible design, large scale sculptures and experiential installations sculpted by hand from natural or repurposed materials.

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Pavilion Le Corbusier
24.01.20

We are excited to report that the recently restored Pavilion Le Corbusier in Zurich will be welcoming visitors for the summer season, from 08 May.

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Modernism Week 2020, Palm Springs
08.12.19

Palm Springs is an elusive city when it comes to our travel agenda. With its mid-century modern suburban landscapes and sharp quality of light, it’s a city we’ve wanted to visit for many years.

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Events
NHO House Party
20.09.19

Our annual party with Melbourne office-mates Fred International is always a raucous affair, and 2019 was no exception. With a “house party” theme to mark the occasion, our Collingwood warehouse space saw negronis and pizza a’plenty!

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Visiting Zaha Hadid Design, London
29.08.19

Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD) was established in 2006 by late architect Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), and is charged with pushing the boundaries of contemporary design through technological and material advancements.

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Philippe Malouin for Salon 94 Design
18.07.19

We weren’t lucky enough to attend Design Miami/ Basel this year, however we were quick to notice Philippe Malouin’s ‘Industrial Office’ for Salon 94 Design appearing in our feeds.

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Paulin Paulin Paulin
17.06.19

It’s heartening to witness a resurgence in appreciation for the work of late French designer Pierre Paulin (1927 – 2009). This revival is due in large to the work of Paulin’s family under the guise of Paulin Paulin Paulin, a guardian-like entity whose vocation is to produce and sell rare Paulin pieces, many which never entered commercial production.

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Dining with Miró in Zürich
16.05.19

It may be a cliché, but “if these walls could talk” rings true for Zürich dining institution Kronenhalle. On a recent trip to the lakeside city, director Neil Hugh Kenna was lucky to be dining with locals in the know.

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Fredrikson Stallard at David Gill Gallery
20.04.19

Fredrikson Stallard has been described as an “avant-garde partnership”, namely the coming together of Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard who met at Central St Martin’s in London in 1995.

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Meeting Vincent Van Duysen in Antwerp
22.05.18

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, keen eyes may have noticed that on a recent trip to Antwerp, director Neil Hugh Kenna caught up with Vincent Van Duysen, arguably one of the greatest contemporary architects.

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Naoshima Hall by Hiroshi Sambuichi
07.03.19

The most inspiring travel experiences are the ones that stay with you far beyond the departure gate. One that lingers is a visit to the island of Naoshima, Japan, the largest and most famous of 12 islands that participate in the Setouchi Triennale Art Festival.

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Monet & Architecture
10.04.18

This week we were intrigued to read about the opening of ‘Monet & Architecture’ at London’s National Gallery. Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) is well known for his impressionist landscapes, but this notoriety has often overshadowed his appreciation for the built form.

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The Eye by Nathan Williams
18.02.19

A very kind client recently gifted us a copy of The Eye by Nathan Williams – we have been taking turns to pour over its pages since.

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Belgium Calling
26.03.18

Next month, following Milan Design Week, we’ve planned a quick detour to Belgium, namely Brussels and Antwerp. With a growing interest in Belgian architecture and design, we’re planning on absorbing past and present in equal measure.

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Toward a Concrete Utopia
29.10.18

If you find yourself in New York between now and January, make a beeline to MOMA to see “Toward a Concrete Utopia, Architecture in Yugoslavia”.

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Against Obsolescence
11.01.18

At NHO, we are undoubtedly brand loyalists. When we love a brand, we really love a brand. One such example is Vitsœ, the British manufacturer of furniture designed by the great Dieter Rams.

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Diego Giacometti and Museé Picasso
14.09.18

Museé Picasso in Paris is one of our favourite museums, not just for the work of the master himself, but also for the majestic 17th century hôtel particulier in which it is housed.

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Irish Design Maverick Eileen Gray
28.11.17

Despite Ireland’s rich creative history in music, literature and craft, the concept of “Irish design” is yet to gain a foothold internationally. With no shortage of talent, traditional Irish craft and artisanal skills are enjoying a wave of renewed appreciation, however one truly revolutionary designer is often overlooked.

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La Biennale Architettura 2018
24.08.18

It was a thrill to visit the Venice Architecture Biennale; a longstanding must for any architecture aficionado. We were inspired not merely by the incredible showing for this its 16th year, but more so by the backdrop of iconic global pavilions that have played host to biennale for decades.

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Musée Yves Saint Laurent
09.11.17

Musée Yves Saint Laurent has recently opened in Marrakech. A stunning example of the design world’s recently rekindled love affair with brick, the 4,000 square metre space is dedicated to the late fashion designer’s life and work.

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Vitsœ, Royal Leamington Spa
05.07.18

On a recent visit to the UK we were thrilled to visit the acclaimed headquarters of Vitsœ, guardians of Dieter Rams’ 606 Universal Shelving System, 620 Chair Programme and 621 Table.

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Accidentism By Design
27.09.17

Josef Frank (1885 – 1967) is best known as a designer for iconic Swedish interior design company Svensk Tenn – famed for his dynamic, colourful prints – however dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that Frank was actually an Austrian architect by trade, and he didn’t arrive in Sweden until the age of 48.

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Discovering Guy Bareff in Saint Raphäel
15.09.17

While director Neil Hugh Kenna was in Europe over summer, he made a detour to Saint Raphäel on the French Riviera and Hôtel Les Roches Rouges. Attracted by its 1950s modernist origins and a recent reimagining by Parisian architecture firm Festen, he was not disappointed.

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En Plein Air
16.06.18

With design being both a profession and a passion for the NHO team, we’re fortunate to be exposed to a vast amount of inspired work. As such, it’s rare to be stopped in our tracks, even when attending Milan Design Week.

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Good Design Is As Little As Possible
01.09.17

Dieter Rams famously said, “Good design is as little as possible”. It’s an ethos that we’ve grappled with in recent months with our friends at Studio Hi Ho.

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Confidence In Glass: Ichendorf Milano
19.09.17

It’s refreshing to see the design world move beyond its recent fixation with metals and into the world of glass, currently being expressed in vivid colour.

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