Talking Design is a fortnightly podcast review of design in all its facets - from architecture to industrial design, from fashion to automotive design. It features interviews with prominent designers and expert analysis from RMIT University academics. Talking Design is produced by experienced journalist Stephen Crafti and sponsored by RMIT.
David Lennie, Owner of Signature Prints
The name Signature Prints has become synonymous with wallpapers in Australia. At the helm is owner David Lennie, who started his wallpaper business in the late 1980s. Now working with leading designers, as well as overseas companies, his Sydney-based business has grown, with many of the designs from the company's extensive archives.
Rerun: Joseph Saba, Australian Fashion Designer
Described by the media as 'arguably the most creative force in Australian fashion', and 'the man responsible for teaching us how to wear black', Joseph Saba is an icon of Australian fashion.
Joe opened his first store, the 'Joseph Saba Shirt and Sweater Shop' in Flinders Lane in 1965. He went on to create the famous Staggers jeans label, which revolutionised jeans in Australia in the 1970's. He introduced his now famous Saba brand in 1974, building the business up to 17 stores, including a store in New York, before selling the Saba business in 2002.
Joe's most recent success was with his online and wholesale label Joseph Saba, a lifestyle range of womens clothing consisting of Joe's signature knitwear and jersey pieces, for easy relaxed dressing.
Rerun: Tony Newsham, Vice President of Comme des Garcons
Tony Newsham came from the United Kingdom in the early 1970s not knowing what to do as a career. Five years later, he opened Trellini in Melbourne and later in Sydney. After almost 20 years forging a path, Newsham went onto become Vice President of Comme des Garcons in New York, where he resided for 13 years. An extraordinary fashion trajectory!
Rerun: Piero Gesualdi, Architect, Fashion Designer and Interior Designer
Fashionistas of the past will fondly remember Masons, which was one of the leading fashion houses in Melbourne through the sixties and seventies. One of its principals was Piero Gesualdi, architect, fashion designer, interior designer and café owner who brought much of his modernist aesthetic to Rosati's, the café he established in Flinders Lane. Here he talks about his long and varied career, the creative flame, and his latest innovative venture - turning one of Melbourne's electricity substations into an underground bar.
Rerun: Mardi Doherty, Co-director Of Doherty Lynch
Mardi Doherty is co-director of Doherty Lynch, an Interior Design Practice based in Melbourne. A graduate of RMIT's Interior Design program, Doherty worked for Chris Connell for several years before moving to London to work with leading design practices. Her business partner, Interior Designer Fiona Lynch, worked for JCB Architects before forming her own practice with Doherty.
Rerun: Nicci Greene, Lighting Designer
Lighting designer Nicci Green started her career as a chef. After deciding she preferred to be enjoying company rather than being hidden in the kitchen, she switched to food styling, initially working for Votre Beaute magazine in Paris. Green founded Articolo Lighting in 2012 after realising a gap in the market for bespoke lighting. Her story is fascinating.