This edition of 'Lately' is bought to you by the fantastic time I had over Christmas - including a beautifully decorated Christmas tree at home in Sydney; a delicious work Christmas lunch at Riley Street Diner [top right]. After flying home on Christmas Eve to spend time in Hobart with my family, Christmas biscuits were baked [I was very impressed that Donna Hay herself liked my photo on instagram...], and my immediate family went for a bushwalk at Lake Dobson on Mt Field.

I also visited my friend from Uni Josh's newly renovated apartment which he designed and did himself [3rd row middle and right] - you should check out the Archier Hex Pendant light [Pictured]; absolutely beautiful and inspiring stuff.

I also had my first meal at new Hobart restaurant Franklin which my architect friend Chris who I used to work with at Terroir was responsible for [Definitely need to go here - it was delicious. If you do go, get the octopus].

I haven't included all of my beach pictures from a week in Bicheno/Freycinet - so jump on over to my instagram to have a looksee at the others!

All photos from my instagram account.


think work observe_spleen magazine.

I am quite drawn to searching for new/interesting graphic based projects - fuelled by my obsession with graphics on pinterest - but when I came across this one I was totally in love.

Designed by Italian-based practice Think Work Observe, the project includes the design of issue 00 of fashion and photography magazine Spleen. Asides from the beautiful and simple layout, Think Work Observe also designed a typeface for the magazine, based on their previously designed font; Futwora.

You can also have a look at the magazine here on Issuu.


marsell tote.

You may remember me previously mentioning that I was on the hunt for a black bag? yep still am. This one was a contender until I perused the price... still haven't robbed that bank either...



This iteration of lately is a tad overdue - it's been a very busy past couple of weeks in Jenna-land.

I had a 4 day trip down to Melbourne for the Dulux Study Tour Alumni trip - where I had the opportunity to meet all of the previous recipients of the tour. It was such a great experience - we had various site and project visits, including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the new Australian Institute of Architects Melbourne headquarters 41X, the incredibly inspiring The Commons residential project and some highly detailed and equally inspiring projects of Dulux Study Tour Alumni Mel Bright's practice Make Architecture.

Pictured above are a few snapshots of my additional time in Melbourne post the study tour alumni, with our face-to-face meeting with the National Executive EmAGN committee, and further time staying with Ella, who took me all over including Carsten Holler's gold carosel at NGV [yes we went on it...].

Back in Sydney, other pictures feature our impromptu Jansz-fuelled picnic to bid my best friend Ginny farewell - given she is moving to London via 3 months in South America [travel safe! x].

I'd also like to say a big thank you also to Rue Magazine who listed me as their current instagram recommendation in their 'instafollow' series; thank you much Kelli for the very kind words, I really appreciate that people value the way in which I caption my photos on instagram. Similar to my blog - I take the approach of being candid and myself - which took a bit of a leap of faith to be comfortable doing - hence it was nice to read that this was valued! If you are a new reader to my blog through finding me over on Rue, thank you and welcome x

All photos from my instagram account [@jenna_rowe]


the bunker.

Whilst wasting away sick in bed this week, I began to read the many design periodicals that had been purchased and retired to my burgeoning 'to-read' pile. A particular stand out was an article within the recent issue of Artichoke Magazine featuring Clare Cousins Architects' project The Bunker.

Within a brutalist 1970's office building in North Melbourne, the new home for Clare's architecture practice is now housed alongside a construction company (which shares the same floor) and a graphic design studio situated below. The approach of the non-corporate environment includes the retention of the existing shell of the building, including the reuse of parts of the original office fitouts.

What particularly stands out for me in this project is the authenticity demonstrated through a minimal yet refined materiality of the industrial palette of hoop pine ply, concrete, concrete blockwork - teamed with carefully selected furniture items such as the marble-topped Henry Wilson A- joint trestle tables (whose work I have a personal predilection for since I came across it last year in a fitout in Surry Hills).

I also appreciate the positive social implications of providing shared kitchen zones, given the shared kitchen zones allow for interactions between the architecture practice and the construction company. I think this also reflects positively on the changing dynamic of the profession, encouraging multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Simple yet highly refined - beautiful and inspiring work as always.

Images by Lisbeth Grosmann, via Clare Cousins Architects website.


philim lim boutiques.

Whilst trawling through my pinterest feed the other day, I came across one of these images, showing details from 3.1 Philip Lim's retail fitouts. Pictured above are stand out images from the Shanghai, Beijing, London and New York stores. I have been trying to do a google hunt as to who designed the fitouts, to no avail. If you know - I'd love to know more.

Update: okay clearly I didn't try very hard to locate the source of the design - and thanks to Dana's post this morning on the New York flagship store I've now discovered that Campaign were behind the fitouts globally.

The further research has allowed me to add yet another multidisciplinary design practice to my dream job list. Upon visiting Campaign's website it is noted that the design firm have work across retail, digital, events, branding, campaign and animation. They further list that they are also involved in tasks such as furniture design, visual merchandising and integrated social media strategies.

I love this. I think given the current changes in the profession it's important and productive to diversify within a spectrum of design fields, as it creates a more cohesive final product, particularly in retail applications. 


tbc1_adam lynch.

I've previously blogged about a bit of Melbourne based furniture designer Adam Lynch's work over here.

Adam's website notes that the design of the TBC1 chair drew inspiration from the Breuer Wassily Chair; with the design intent for owners to leave their mark on the raw leather finish as they use the chair [it appears coffee stains are encouraged - think I'm a bit too OCD to allow that!]

Would love to see the chair finished in brass plate.