“Creativity is new thinking, new ideas, new ways of looking at things. Innovation is the introduction of the new: new process, new product. Design links the two. A designer wants to take creativity and take it to the end” – Sir George Cox, Designing More Innovative, Productive Businesses luncheon, Brisbane 24 November 2011 How do you encourage businesses to embrace design and creativity as a way to excel and to move forward? Celebrated UK design policy expert Sir George Cox recently came to Brisbane and did just that when he addressed industry leaders and senior government figures. Sir George Cox, a former Chairman of the UK’s Design Council, is internationally-known for his authorship of the revolutionary Cox Review on Creativity in Business, which explored design as both a cross-link between creativity and innovation, and as a crucial economic enabler and critical business innovator. Drawing on findings from the review, Sir George Cox encouraged people to avoid the “complacent assumption” that had left the UK with a “poverty of aspiration,” making the country fall behind in comparison to the economic boom of China and India. Sir George Cox advocated us all to harness design and innovative thinking as integral tools to sustain ...


An exhibition opens in Brisbane on 18 November that truly breathes life into art…and needs regular watering. Green Nation is the latest show from Artisan, Queensland’s peak body for promoting unique and individual quality crafted design. This bold exhibition features art, craft and design exploring the next frontier of ‘green’ by integrating living, growing nature into the work.   The living works on display include moss graffiti, growing jewellery, permaculture design, contemporary bonsai, furniture, grass rugs, installation art and living garments. The artists featured in Green Nation are: Eliza Donald, Christian Duell, Donna Franklin and Gary Cass, Janet Laurence, Richard Neville, David Nicholson, La Chanh Nguyen, Claire Poppi and Nicole Voevodin-Cash. (m)art & Gallery artisan is at 381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. It’s open from 10.30am-5.30pm Tuesday-Friday, and 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday. Artisan is funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Federal Government through the Australia Council. Green Nation runs until 21 December 2011. For more information, visit IMAGE: Clare Poppi Growing bangle 2010. Recycled sterling silver, organic pod and organic grass, 90 x 90 x 90mm. Photo: Katie Stormonth.  

Winning design for Brisbane ferry terminal

A cutting-edge design from Cox Rayner, Derlot, Aurecon has won the Brisbane ferry terminal design competition. With a brief to rebuild the terminals damaged in the January 2011 floods, the winning design combines technical innovation, flood resilience and elegant form to deliver terminals that will be iconic features of our river city. The design can be viewed at It features a single pontoon structure tethered to a single up-stream pier that deflects debris away from the pontoon and uses a gangway able to be detached, rotated and secured parallel to the pontoon in the event of a flood to avoid floating debris being trapped. The design is ecologically sensitive, is easily adapted for each terminal location and delivers passengers a more direct engagement with the Brisbane River and its landscape. Construction is expected to begin before the end of this year. For more information go to


Many great designs come from humble beginnings, not too many however can claim a birth as humble as a discarded nutshell. Nor can all designers see the potential in waste as possible materials for their grand ideas. Queensland designer Marc Harrison’s Husque range, which continues to grow, is one of those great designs with humble beginnings. An undisputed model of exemplary design, the Husque products tick just about every box when it comes to innovative, ethical, functional and sustainable design. Made from a unique composite material with waste Macadamia nut shells as a base, Husque products have an organic yet highly polished feel to them. A truly matchless design product made from a uniquely Australian material. More and more these days we’re seeing a shift towards the use of waste materials in design: cardboard, wood off-cuts, paper, plant materials, industrial leftovers, it’s an encouraging and necessary trend. Harrison was way ahead of his time, conceiving the Husque idea back in 1999. A Queensland Government grant through Arts Queensland supported his early research into using composite materials in design, which in turn led to a focus on the Macadamia nut, which was mainly used for its edible nut, kernel oil and ...