Mithun completes airy, colourful interior for office in Austin

Colourful office interior

Pops of colour and a bar with an entrance hidden by a bookcase have been installed in a software company’s office interiors, recently completed in downtown Austin by Seattle-based architecture studio Mithun.

Spanning five storeys, the 157,000-square foot (14,585 square metres) office houses diverse work and amenity spaces for Atlassian Inc, an Australian company that develops products for software developers and project managers.

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Mithun has completed colourful office interiors for Atlassian Inc in Austin

Completed in 2022, the office is housed in a building shell designed by Gensler, while Mithun was responsible for the interior architecture of the workspace, collaboration areas, focus rooms, cafes and kitchen spaces, lounges and rooftop patio.

“Atlassian creates collaboration software, so at the very core of their culture is a focus on fostering collaboration,” said Mithun partner Elizabeth Gordon.

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The office is housed in an exterior by Gensler

According to Gordon, the team prioritized flexibility, inclusivity and sustainability.

The studio created an environment that inspired social connection with people-centred spaces for in-person and hybrid collaboration and amenities for networking as Atlassian’s team re-establishes a workspace.

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The team prioritized flexibility, inclusivity and sustainability

Rather than delineating floor space with individual workstations, the design opens the rectangular office along the glazed exterior for collaborative zones with moveable furniture, dividing curtains and integrated technology that “empower workers to curate their own day-to-day journey”.

The spaces are separated by warm wooden bookshelves set into the structural grid that rounds into a ceiling detail before running down the other side of the space.

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Moveable furniture and open floor plans encourage collaboration

Focus rooms – provided for individual, head-down work – are arranged in rows as a transition from the open workspace to the central core with circulation and facilities.

Lit from a large skylight, a feature stair climbs through the building, connecting the workspaces to the amenities, which include a music-inspired coffee shop and “living room” with a stage for events and an indoor-outdoor happy hour area that connects to a secret, Texas-themed bar through a hidden bookcase.

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It includes focus rooms, shower and parent suites, all-gender restrooms, meditation rooms and a wellness studio

“Indoor-outdoor connections throughout provide access to fresh air, support outdoor work and help promote movement throughout the day,” the team said. “The variety of unique destinations serves to surprise and delight workers while fostering a sense of community.”

In terms of inclusivity, the design incorporates elements that create a “safe and inviting space for all Atlassian employees” – like the installation of art and accessories from Austin-based artists of color and LGBTQIA+ creators.

Wayfinding was integrated in the form of large-scale custom murals by local artists that lend identity to each floor. Additionally, custom bottle chandeliers serve as an abstract reference to Texas bottle trees.

The office also includes single-occupant, all-gender restrooms, shower and parent suites, meditation and ablution rooms and a multi-purpose wellness studio that can hold classes from local fitness instructors.

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A bar is accessed through a bookshelf

The project is targeting a LEED Gold standard with high-performance systems and sustainable materials.

“The design for Atlassian Austin incorporates biophilic principles in many different ways – with new skylights above the stairwells that let sunlight pour in across different levels, with views in and views out, and with the use of plants and natural materials and textures,” said Mithun partner Lisa Scribante

Other office projects that have recently come online in Austin include Michael Hsu’s self-designed architecture studio and a renovated 110-year-old bungalow for a tech investment firm. West of West also completed a concrete office complex in one of the city’s industrial neighbourhoods.

The photography is by Jasper Sanidad.


Project credits:

Interior architecture: Mithun
Core/shell: Gensler
Client: Atlassian
General contractor: Harvey Cleary Builders
Furniture dealer: CRI
Plants: Texas Tropical
Custom installations: Sarabi
Furniture: Coalesse, Hightower, Studio TK, Keilhauer, Spacestor, Hem, Hay, Andreu World, Muuto, TON, Emeco, WCI, Blastation, Fritz Hansen, Carl Hansen & Son, Uhuru, Bend Goods, Offecct, Grand Rapids, Sossego, Herman Miller, Schiavello, Davis, Bernhardt Design, Watson, Fogia, Bludot, Kettal, Pedrali
Materials: Luum, Maharam, Kvadrat, Carnegie, Kirei, Filzfelt, Pollack, HBF Textiles, Clay Imports, Shaw Contract, Flor, Wineo, Stone Source, Caesarstone, Foresso, Daltile, Cambria, Jujupapers, Katie Kime, Wolf Gordon, Armstrong
Lighting: Rich Brilliant Willing, Schoolhouse Electric

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Ten design projects from students taking part in New Designers

A irregularly shaped bowl, beige on the outside and orange on the inside.

Dezeen School Shows: a jewellery collection that combines silversmithing techniques with 3D printing is included in Dezeen’s latest school show by New Designers.

Also included is a bowl made using compostable materials and natural pigment that explores the repurposing of waste materials, and a stool exploring users’ dependence on furniture.


New Designers

School: New Designers

Statement:

“New Designers is an annual London showcase of the UK’s most innovative emerging design talent.

“Since its inception 39 years ago, New Designers has provided a platform for over 3,000 graduates every year to present their visionary ideas to industry professionals and the public.

“The event takes place over two weeks, with different disciplines highlighted in week one and week two, spanning fashion, textiles, furniture, product design, illustration and more.

“The show is hosted at the Business Design Centre in London, with week one taking place from 26 to 29 June and week two taking place from 3 to 6 July.”


A multicoloured room divider displayed on a wooden floorboard with a person walking in front of it.

Liminal Living by Sofia Chapel

“Liminal means a moment of transition – in line with this concept, I have designed panels that act as room partition screens.

“They serve as transient barriers, decorative pieces of furniture, artwork and wall coverings.

“The screens are covered with grout, a material that is typically not considered within interiors – however, when printed and coloured, it creates a relief textured and woven-looking surface.

“Inspired by stained glass windows, the designs feature intersecting geometric forms combined with detailed stylised patterns.”

Student: Sofia Chapel
School: Edinburgh College of Art
Course: BA (Hons) Textiles


A yellow and blue floral fabric placed over a plinth, with two pink and orange cushions on top.

Patterned Playground by Ada Malegowska

“As a surface designer, my obsession with patterns fuels my design projects.

“Moving beyond my usual architecture-based inspirations, my recent venture into florals has diversified my portfolio.

“Exploring a range of drawing styles, from fine lines to photographic motifs, my designs are as versatile as they are vibrant.”

Student: Ada Malegowska
School: The Northern School of Art
Course: BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design


Visualisation of a brown wooden electronic home assistant with multiple small white lights.

Home Assistant by Mirko Vassallo

“Home Assistant 2.0 is a multitasking product made for families, capable of assisting with daily tasks.

“With its AI feature, it can interact with children too, for entertainment purposes as well as aiding in studying.

“The idea behind the project stems from the need to update the present home assistant, which has become obsolete in its purpose and interactions with humans in light of new AI advancement.”

Student: Mirko Vassallo
School: London Metropolitan University
Course: BA (Hons) Furniture & Product Design


A person writing in a notebook with three electronic devices behind her in pink, green and yellow colours.

Kin by Jemima McCaffrey

“Kin is a home device designed to aid students in managing homesickness, helping them to acknowledge emotions, share feelings, enhance a focus on academics and social interactions and provide comforting messages when loved ones are unavailable.

“70 per cent of first-year university students suffer from severe homesickness which affects their mental and physical health – through surveys, I found that the most common cause of homesickness in students is the lack of connection with the people and environments from their family home.

“An expert in psychotherapy led me to the concept of ‘transitional objects’, which bridge the gap between the old and new environment.”

Student: Jemima McCaffrey
School: Bournemouth University
Course: BA/BSc (Hons) Product Design


A person sitting on a metal stool.

Dependence by Joseph Norman

“Furniture is an essential component we all use every day without second thought.

“Dependence highlights this seemingly forgotten relationship we have with furniture by changing how it is engaged with.

“When we use furniture, we trust that it will be able to support us.

“The stool seems weak at first glance, yet such trust is earned back when the user cautiously sits down, realising that its slender frame warps around their body to hold them in place.”

Student: Joseph Norman
School: Manchester School of Art
Course: BA (Hons) Product Design and Craft


A person wearing translucent colourful jewellery around their neck and arm.

Rae of Light by Anna Rae

“My work explores the relationship between mental health, colour and light, and the impact they can have on one another.

“The result is a range of jewellery and spectacles that utilise dichroic materials such as glass and film.

“Whether the pieces are entirely glass, or dichroic film embedded in resin, all pieces encourage movement in the wearer as they try to find their ‘hidden rainbows’.

“Regardless of how the wearer feels, they will now always have colour and light in their life, and I hope that’s enough to make someone smile.”

Student: Anna Rae
School: DJCAD University of Dundee
Course: BA (Hons) Jewellery & Metal Design


Visualisation of a white and silver bike saddle.

Bioselle by Isabel Hillier

“Bioselle is centred around circularity within the cycling industry.

“The project is a scientifically grounded creative endeavour (utilising life cycle analysis) exploring the ecological impact of bicycle saddles.

“Through reimagining the linear nature of current designs, Bioselle challenges preconceived ideas of what bicycle saddles are made of and what happens to them at their end of life.

“Mycelium foam and an aluminium lattice structure replace commonly used persistent petrochemicals such as polyurethane, injection moulded nylon or carbon fibre.”

Student: Isabel Hillier
School: Falmouth University
Course: BA (Hons) Sustainable Product Design


A multicoloured box, skateboard and cycling helmet that are blue, black and white.

Concrete Waves by Joe Williams

“Whilst developing Concrete Waves I questioned why people like skateboarding – it is an expression of freedom and a physical creative flair in which the rider surfs the urban concrete landscape.

“I set myself a brief that allowed me to express my love for design and typography, expressed in the form of a skate brand.

“The motivating factor of Concrete Waves is to provoke feeling and a sense of identity that is relatable.

“Based on British aesthetics, it reclaims a part of the scene where we can say this is us – we’re Northern and we’re proud of that!”

Student: Joe Williams
School: University of Huddersfield
Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Animation


A irregularly shaped bowl, beige on the outside and orange on the inside.

Coop by Josephine Drew

“Coop is a compostable bowl made using discarded eggshells from The University of Edinburgh’s catering services.

“The bowl has been painted on the inside using tempera, a process that uses egg yolk with water as a binder, and paprika as a natural pigment.

“My main aim with this project was to find both beauty and purpose through exploring the properties of waste materials.”

Student: Josephine Drew
School: Edinburgh College of Art
Course: BA (Hons) Product Design


Two gold rings placed on a white surface, one with blue and red embellishing and another with gold embellishing.

Dormante by Kyle Ferguson

“Dormante looks into a fictional underwater realm that acts as a refuge and platform to address personal mental reflection and worldwide issues.

“This concept spawned from my experiences growing up between Scotland and Barbados – I found inspiration in my diverse surroundings which has shaped a unique sense of place that transcends the geographical borders of my two homes.

“Honing jewellery and silversmithing techniques with modern 3D printing, I have imbued my creations with the essence of my upbringing to evolve memories and experiences into fictional narratives.

“I aim to bring them to life through physical, interactive and tactile artefacts.”

Student: Kyle Ferguson
School: The Glasgow School of Art
Course: BA (Hons) Silversmithing & Jewellery

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Explore Chris Dibenedetto’s 90s Movie Posters and Their Illustration

Explore Chris Dibenedetto’s 90s Movie Posters and Their Illustration

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Discover Chris Dibenedetto’s unique 90s movie posters. Learn how his use of color, negative space, and storytelling creates powerful illustration compositions.

Chris Dibenedetto’s alternative movie posters breathe new life into beloved 90s films, capturing their essence through a unique blend of color, negative space, and storytelling. Dibenedetto’s work stands out in the field of graphic design, not only for its artistic merit but also for its ability to resonate deeply with fans of these classic films.

Each poster is a homage to the vibrant era of the 90s, a time when films ranged from gritty and raw to whimsical and fantastical. Dibenedetto believes in telling a story with every illustration, aiming to draw viewers into the world of the film. By integrating key elements from the movies, his illustrations evoke the same emotions that the films did, creating a strong connection between the artwork and its audience.

Color plays a pivotal role in Dibenedetto’s creative process. Each hue is carefully selected to evoke the feelings associated with watching the film. This deliberate use of color acts as a subtle yet powerful bridge between the cinematic experience and the illustrative art form. For example, the soft, pastel hues in his “White Men Can’t Jump” poster capture the laid-back yet competitive spirit of the film, while the bold, contrasting colors in his “Point Break” poster reflect the intense and thrilling nature of the movie.

Negative space is another critical element in Dibenedetto’s compositions. By strategically using it, he creates focal points that draw the viewer’s eye to the most important aspects of the poster. This minimalist approach ensures that each illustration remains clean and impactful, allowing the story and mood of the film to shine through. Starting with a specific scene or character, Dibenedetto uses these elements to inspire the rest of the composition, resulting in images that are both striking and evocative.

Chris Dibenedetto’s posters are more than just visual tributes; they are a masterclass in design, demonstrating how thoughtful use of color, space, and narrative can transform a simple poster into a piece of art that resonates with viewers on a profound level.

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For more information make sure to check out Chris Dibenedetto at chrisdibenedetto.ca 

Elegant Branding and Visual Identity in “Constelaciones” Documentary Series

Elegant Branding and Visual Identity in “Constelaciones” Documentary Series

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Discover the elegant and timeless branding and visual identity of “Constelaciones,” a documentary series about contemporary photography in Argentina. 

Designed by Guillermina Teves-Bejar, this project exemplifies how simplicity and thoughtful design can create a cohesive and impactful visual identity.

Constelaciones, a compelling documentary series on contemporary photography in Argentina, has recently unveiled its refined visual identity. Designed by the talented Guillermina Teves-Bejar, this project stands out for its simplicity and impactful visual communication.

Constelaciones delves into the work of emerging local photographers, presenting their creative processes through a network of peers. This collaborative approach is beautifully echoed in its visual identity, which is both neutral and timeless.

The design framework is built upon well-defined grids and clear reading levels, ensuring information is organized and easily accessible. This neutrality in design allows the photographic works to shine, free from visual competition. Inspired by the concept of constellations, the visual elements create a sense of connection among creators, contributing to a cohesive identity and adding rhythm to the overall visual presentation.

Guillermina Teves-Bejar’s design is a testament to the power of simplicity. By using minimalistic yet strategic elements, the identity reflects the essence of the series – a network of interconnected creators exploring the boundaries of visual storytelling.

For those passionate about branding and visual identity, this project serves as a remarkable example of how thoughtful design can enhance and elevate content without overshadowing it. Constelaciones is a masterclass in balancing neutrality with impact, making it a must-see for design enthusiasts.

Branding and visual identity

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Newsletter with the Brand's Schedule and Content in Mobile Format.

Poster Design about an Episode of the Documentary Series

Graphic elements showcasing the visual identity system in action.

Posters on the Uses and Guidelines of the Logo and the Brand's Visual Resources

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Example of how the designed visual system is applied to social media and digital formats in general.

Design of a poster for public display

Text describing the functioning of color and information layout within the designed visual system.

Examples of Instagram posts. Color usage for each release and grid system implementation.

Grid system applied to newsletters.

Layout design featuring brand programming information.

Credits

  • Director & Editor: Juan Pablo Tristán.
  • Director of Photography & Camera:
  • Fidel González Armatta.
  • Production & Distribution: Ezequiel Motillo.
  • Sound & Camera: Ana Novillo Astrada.
  • Graphic Design: Guillermina Teves-Beja
  • 2021 ©® Visual Identity
  • Constelaciones – Intercambios Fotográficos

For more information make sure to check out Guillermina Teves–Bejar on Behance and website.

Torii bench by Ultramar Studio

Torii bench by Ultramar Studio

Dezeen Showroom: made of wood and brass, the Torii bench by London-based furniture maker Ultramar Studio has a sculptural shape based on Japanese torii gates.

The Torii bench features a striking combination of curved and straight cylindrical wooden components, which together evoke the shape of the traditional gates that stand in front of Shinto shrines.

Torii bench by Ultramar Studio
The Torii bench is based on traditional Japanese torii gates

Ultramar was founded by designer Ewan Lamm, who was born and raised in Hong Kong and produces work that melds Eastern and Western cultural influences.

“The mythology surrounding Japanese Torii gates is deeply alluring – their spiritual presence embodies a blend of tranquillity and mystique that I find captivating,” said Lamm. “The Torii pieces aim to capture this essence, enriching spaces with a sense of enigmatic calm.”

Torii bench by Ultramar Studio
The piece is a follow-up to Ultramar’s earlier stool design

The Torii bench is a follow-up to Lamm’s smaller Torii stool, which was released in 2023.

Each piece is finished with a coloured linseed oil stain that creates a bold appearance while revealing the grain of the wood. The ends of the seat components are capped with metal discs made from aged brass.


Product details:

Product: Torii
Designer: Ewan Lamm
Brand: Ultramar Studio
Contact: info@ultramarstudio.co.uk

Material: wood and brass
Colours/finishes: red-stained wood, black-stained wood or custom wood stain colours
Dimensions: 1580 x 490 x 500 millimetres

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Modular, Minimalist Anker SOLIX X1 Streamlines Residential Backup Power

Modular, Minimalist Anker SOLIX X1 Streamlines Residential Backup Power

The disclaimer “batteries not included” has been standard copy on packaging for electronics and toys for decades, an essential reminder nothing works as promised without power. Today, the same could be said about our homes. With an uptick of brownouts and blackouts connected to seasonal stress on the energy grid, climate change, and natural disasters, residential backup battery storage offers homeowners a peace of mind that even when the grid is down, you’ve got an energy ace card up the sleeve. When paired with solar, a residential energy storage system like the newly launched Anker SOLIX X1 can continue delivering free energy long after the sun has set or sell some of that power right back to utilities.

A modern house with solar panels and an Anker SOLIX X1 residential battery in garage and solar panels on the roof, featuring a man standing at the doorway, a car parked in the garage, and trees surrounding the property

The SOLIX X1 will soon be joined by the SOLIX Microinverter and EV Charger to round out the entire residential micro-grid solution.

Modern home garage with an Anker SOLIX X1 residential battery and an electric car charging next to storage units, interior view into a stylish kitchen and living area.

Anker is a well established battery name you’ve probably seen if you’ve ever shopped around for a backup battery for your home or apartment, alongside a range aimed at outdoor off-the-grid adventuring. Last year the brand hosted its own ReCharge event in New York City, unveiling a new SOLIX line of battery backups, and with it their largest capacity system. The SOLIX X1 is now available stateside as a modular system.

Nighttime view of modern suburban homes with solar panels and an Anker SOLIX X1 residential battery, showcasing illuminated interiors and an electric car charging.

The system is rated to operate in extreme temperatures, whether a sweltering peak of 131°F all the way down to -4°F (the system heats up batteries in frigid conditions).

Because backup battery power capacity is not a one-size-fits-all (nor budget), Anker has taken a modular approach to their system, allowing owners to add additional batteries to their system as needed. Offered between 5kWh of power to a max of 180kWh, on the lowest end a 5kWh battery is sufficient to keep the lights on, the internet up, and the freezer from thawing out. But you’ll need 3 Power Modules with 6 Battery Modules if you’re looking to run an air conditioner, electric oven, heat pump, and charge an EV.

Close-up view of an Anker SOLIX X1 residential battery with sleek design, led strip lighting, and digital display.

A welcome and useful flourish is the inclusion of a light strip designed to illuminate as you approach the unit, with seven distinct modes in three colors reporting the state of the battery storage system.

Three different angles of the Anker SOLIX X1 residential battery.

And that brings us to what might be the SOLIX X1’s most notable feature. Measuring just 5.9-inches thick, the Power Modules are noticeably more svelte than the competition. The Tesla Powerwall 3 measures 7.6-inches thick, the new Enphase IQ Battery 5P comes in at 7.4 inches for comparison. Like most residential battery systems the SOLIX X1 is designed to be secured onto a wall, and its absence of a wall gut means it can be installed indoors or outdoors in spaces where other brands wouldn’t work.

Smartphone displaying a home energy management app with a storm warning notification, held in front of a stylish house interior during the evening, featuring the Anker SOLIX X1 residential battery status.

As someone who invested in solar panels right before California’s Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) policy kicked in at lower energy sell back rates, the idea of adding a pair of battery storage modules like the SOLIX or the similarly modular and minimalist Lunar ranks high on the wishlist.

Two smartphones displaying an app for monitoring the Anker SOLIX X1 residential battery output, energy consumption, and earnings in a clean, graphic interface.

The Anker app reports real-time data tracking of power generation and consumption.

Anker has yet to reveal pricing, but do list that it does come with a 10-year warranty protecting the die-cast IP65-rated sealed system. With its modular buy-as-you-go system and sleek, slim design, the SOLIX X1 has the potential to gird the grid alongside power your critical devices and appliances in more homes than the competition… if the price is right.

For more information on Anker’s SOLIX X1, visit anker.com.

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BetteSuno bath by Barber Osgerby for Bette

BetteSuno bath by Barber Osgerby for Bette

Dezeen Showroom: British studio Barber Osgerby has designed a minimalist freestanding tub made from glazed titanium steel, as part of the BetteSuno collection for bathroom brand Bette.

The BetteSuno bath has a completely symmetrical design, with no fittings interrupting its clean lines and a protruding flat rim that can be used as a head- or armrest, or shelf for toiletries.

BetteSuno bath by Barber Osgerby for Bette
The BetteSuno bath is a freestanding style with a minimalist aesthetic

The bath is made from glazed titanium steel, a smooth material made by covering shaped titanium steel sheets with a thin coating that gives it a glass-like feel.

The material is durable but thin, making it possible to achieve straight lines and precise angles, such as in the vertical walls of the outside of the BetteSuno tub.

BetteSuno bath by Barber Osgerby for Bette
It is part of the BetteSuno bathroom collection

“The form invites engagement, and its exactness is achieved through expert engineering and the use of enamelled steel, which is a far superior material for sanitary ware,” said Barber Osgerby co-founder Jay Osgerby.

Inside, the generously sized tub slopes inwards at each end towards a centrally located waste outlet, providing comfort for up to two bathers.

The BetteSuno bath is available in glossy white.

Product: BetteSuno
Designer: Barber Osgerby
Brand: Bette
Contact: info@bette.co.uk

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