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A New Chapter For An Eclectic 100-Year-Old Cottage

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Only 15 square metres is a true addition to the house – the remainder simply a reconfiguring of the existing space, designed by Inbetween Architecture as a natural reaction to the client’s curious collection of souvenirs.

As the director of Inbetween Architecture John Liu explains, the house aims to be unapologetic in the pleasant messiness of living with ‘things.’

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Cultivated Wilderness In Inner Melbourne

After seeing team Phillip Withers’s ‘I See Wild’ installation at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2017, Melbourne-based couple Malcolm Watkins and Peter Kerr (of PLK Interiors) engaged the landscape specialists to create a captivating garden to surround their Cera Stribley and AV-ID designed residence in Toorak. 

Comprising three separate pockets of garden that each required a distinct horticultural approach, Phil and his team devised channels of foliage that connected the landscape with the architecture, while also giving the separate sections a distinct character and function. Not to mention one seriously vibing infinity pool!

How One Ceramicist Turned Her Creative Calling Into A Full-time Job

familycreative-peopleHow One Ceramicist Turned Her Creative Calling Into A Full-time Job

In 2015, Arcadia Scott took a six-week class at Northcote Pottery Supplies, and decided she had found her calling. She’d spent the years preceding following ceramicists on Instagram, collecting pieces she liked, and dreaming about one day doing something like that itself.

‘On a whim, I attended wheel throwing classes and felt an immediate reconnection to that creative energy I had spent so long quashing,’ she says. ‘To this day I pinch myself that I get to do what I do and immersed in an industry that I have long yearned for after all these years.’

Attending steiner school throughout her adolescence and growing up with an incredibly artistic mum and grandmother, a nourishing creative environment was what Arcadia was missing in adult life.

‘After that I just spent every spare moment I could practicing and honing my skills and making many, many mistakes,’ she says.

Unshackled by formal study, Arcadia creates pieces that are textural and intuitive, realised in earthy hues and blushing pastels. Her mugs, planters and tableware found an immediate audience in the local creative community.

Arcadia spends each day in her glorious studio at the wheel, glazing pieces, or hand-carving the surfaces of fluted pieces. It’s her dream gig!

‘Despite the smoke and mirrors of Instagram, it’s not always sunshine and happiness running a creative business so I am truly grateful for the support I receive from the community,’ says Arcadia. ‘It has taken me a long time to realise that being creative is my happy place and I hope that always shines through with my pieces.’

It truly does.

Shop Arcadia’s pieces here.

The glorious sunny studio of ceramicist Arcadia Scott. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


Working at the bench, surrounded by plants. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


The glazed earthenware is available in planters, mugs and tableware. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


Arcadia handcrafting a piece at the wheel. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


The volumes in this studio are incredible. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


All the ceramic mugs in the fluted series lined up in a row! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


Arcadia handcarves the rivers on the surface. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


Shelves stacked with finished pieces. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


A pup to keep her company! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


Originally, Arcadia was sharing her studio but as the business grew, so did her need for space. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


A nook holding books and a collection of pieces by other ceramicists. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.


Arcadia herself! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

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