Stories

People, projects, places, ideas – design stories from Walyalup and beyond.

In Review / DesignFreo Conversation 05: Kate Fitzgerald
"Let’s talk about why we’re here. Our architecture practice received 40 enquires in the first six months of this year, and the majority of those were for projects under $500,000. We loved 90% of the potential clients we spoke to but ended up working with none of them. Why? Architects require …
Swan River Crossings Updates and Video
We are providing regular updates on the progress of this project and what we believe the Sawn River Crossings should deliver to our community.
My Home: design-led housing for the homeless
Architect Michelle Blakely leads ‘My Home’, a philanthropic development company that combines private funding, unused government land and good, sustainable design to address homelessness.
Brian Klopper 1937 – 2020
The Australian design community lost an icon when Brian Klopper passed away late last year. Emma Brain offers a personal reflection on Brian's legacy.
SHOPFRONT 01: Compendium Design Store
Fremantle offers a unique retail experience. With Christmas around the corner, we visit local favourite Compendium Design Store to chat with owner/ curator Jayden Weston.
DesignFreo Conversation 02: Gabi Scott x Angus McBride
DesignFreo Conversation #2 was an intimate event in a furniture-making workshop in semi-industrial outer Fremantle. From designing events spaces to renovating with Gumtree, Angus and Gabi provided plenty of inspiration.
Harriette Gordon: Sonnet XVII
Harriette Gordon's exquisite new collection is taking her made to order bridalwear from Fremantle's appropriately named Princess Chambers to the world.
Shoes off. Masks on.
As a design object, masks have had a pretty crazy 2020. Cameron Hurst reports from lockdown in Narrm / Melbourne on how to choose the right mask for the job.
AILA Awards: WA’s top landscapes
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the winners of the 2020 Western Australian Landscape Architecture Awards, with two local practices receiving Awards of Excellence.
Design you can’t see
Design isn't just about things you can see. DesignFreo's Michael Tucak draws on precedents from around the globe to explore how the design of services and processes can improve life for everyone.
Freo shines at WA Architecture Awards
Fremantle architects are always on the podium at the WA Architecture Awards and this year was no different. Take a look at the projects that impressed the judges in 2020.
The DesignFreo Story
DesignFreo – we’ve launched! But why here, and why now? Founder Pippa Hurst traces the DesignFreo story back to a light-bulb moment from her childhood.