The Local Project was born out of a desire to showcase Australia’s rich design industry. We span architecture, interiors, product design and much more.
Founded in March 2016 by Aidan Anderson, The Local Project is one of the fastest growing design-based platforms. Driven by curious, innovative artists and designers, we seek to champion the best from industry leaders and emerging artisans alike.
At The Local Project our eye is global, yet our focus is distinctly local. We explore and showcase how locality shapes design – inception, production, display and reception. Whilst materials, talent and products have a global reach, our view is that they are all entrenched in locality. From material to maker to owner. We place person and space at the fore of all our content. We believe locality is the birthplace of stellar design: connection, knowledge and familiarity to resources, conventions and standard; holding sense of something, belonging and community.
Home to a dedicated online marketplace, we connect designers and clients – bridging the gap between artists and design lovers.
We bring you a carefully curated selection of Australian (and global) design excellence.
Founder / Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Aidan was offered the St. Hillier’s Scholarship for Architecture at the University of New South Wales in 2011. Quickly he found his passion for furniture design and woodworking. Aidan’s love of timber, it’s tactility and versatility, inadvertently began The Local Project. Research continues as he culminates the vast catalogue of leading local and international design features that we love to explore and share.
Aidan’s hands-on background in furniture and architecture is the perfect marriage to The Local Project: his deep appreciation and understanding of design.
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) / Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Holding a strong background in digital marketing, advertising and IT, Kieran Sukas is the formidable force behind The Local Project’s digital platform. Following his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Sydney, Kieran began work in the advertising industry, building on his creativity and intuitive understanding of consumer behaviour.
Kieran’s love of photography and design lends a crucial understanding of how The Local Project operates visually and functionally: creating a digital space we love to spend time in.
Mel is an Interior Design graduate with an ever-growing fascination for what makes designers tick and uncovering how their minds work to create spaces of pure aesthetic composition. She loves to be enveloped by spaces that are constantly shifting and adapting, creating an appropriate environment for different moods. She believes that everyday, mundane items can act as artwork in any environment, given that the onlooker is receptive to this philosophy. Inherently, design with great spatial sensibility is what makes Mel vibrate.
Kiwi in origin, Ash is a junior (third) year Manhattanite, who spends half of her time working the banal office life, and the other hanging off (literally) some of New York City’s highest skyscrapers. With a backbone in architecture, Ash writes in the eyes of a kid hailing from down under, about the glitz and grit, the pie in the sky theories and “what’s up” in the nerve centre from one of the world’s leading architecture hubs. “It’s a weird anomaly standing on the 62nd floor slab of a $50million penthouse,” she says. “You’re on your knees looking at some silicone whilst the architect behind you is all about the client’s tea room and sushi bar.”
Writer & Graphic Designer
Hugh Michelmore is an aspiring architect and designer. He has a broad interest in design and its disciplines. Most importantly, he has an incorrigible enthusiasm for anything design related, and swathes of optimism to back that up.
With a keen interest in sustainability in design, Hugh is pursuing bleeding-edge technologies and products that are as innovative as they are beautiful. Hugh views the design process as something that is integral to the progress of society. He intends to inspire others to share this viewpoint.
Hugh Michelmore is currently completing his Masters in Architecture at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.
Having developed an admiration for the spaces people occupy since she was a child, Ashley is fascinated by the connection between design and emotion. She interprets the home as more about the person than the structure itself. While living in Seoul, Ashley delved deeper into the world of industrial design, growing her interest in the spaces in which people choose to spend their time.
Stemming from a background in psychology and law, Ashley is fascinated by the influence of personality and experience on design. As a person who has enjoyed writing since she can remember, her writing fixates on the varying degrees of human emotion and their response to structure, texture and light. Having spent time in Oslo and Berlin, Ashley finds herself enticed by creative, seamless minds and takes interest in the stories their spaces represent.
At The Local Project, Ashley’s articles are based on interviews conducted globally. She believes that an afternoon spent learning about the spaces someone occupies is like no other experience. That there is something unannounced about the whole thing and that it is inherently intimate.
Stana is a freelance interior designer working and living in Melbourne. Having graduated from CATC Design School in 2013, Stana has worked on various residential projects to deliver functional and aesthetic interiors for her clients. Pursuing two careers, her creative side also comes with a geek chic factor, currently working as a senior systems engineer in IT and maintaining one dynamic schedule. Committed to her weekend adventures, Stana’s alter ego sways between foodie/fashion fanatic and photographer of inner city dwellings and architecture. Exploring hospitality and retail design by shamelessly indulging in ricotta hotcakes at her favourite weekend haunts, followed by a spot of shopping for that sleek and minimal Melbournian style (courtesy of Scandinavian influences), regular travel is her gateway to new inspirations.
Rose Onans is a Victoria-based design and architecture writer. With an Arts degree, double majoring in literature and philosophy, Rose and went on to study at honours level in literature, receiving a first class honours degree from Monash University in Melbourne.
In 2016 Rose moved to the town of Castlemaine in Central Victoria, where she is building a house currently in the design phase. Rose’s interests include mid-century art and design of all forms, and the influence of contemporary sustainable technologies and practices on the design and building process.
When not deep in the world of design writing for The Local Project, Rose devotes herself to abstract painting and enjoys devouring a good book or taking in the natural environment with her beloved whippet, Spud.
Since stepping on his first Lego block as a child, Nathan fell in love with the process of turning ideas and dreams into reality through play. As a full time architectural designer and part time people watcher, Nathan invests his time and focus into understanding the ideas and dreams of people and how these are in turn translated into a physical reality. This is expressed through Nathan’s latest project ‘Spacial’, a series which explores the fundamental character and qualities people bring into their most important space. Whether it be the dwellers home space, or the architects paper space, the intention for this storytelling series is to not delude living in a dream but rather to inspire the notion of living your dream.
Carly is an Adelaide based writer and designer with a passion for food, design and wine. Having worked in hospitality for many years, Carly has become an avid food and wine lover and loves to spend her time discovering new places to eat, drink and entertain within Adelaide. Her passion for design has led her to The Local Project where she’s been able to couple her love for design, food and wine to write about some of the amazing places South Australia has to offer.
Fuelled by coffee (and sometimes G&T’s), her appreciation for great wine, food and adventure means she loves being able to hit the road and explore with friends. Whether it’s wandering through the wine regions of South Australia, travelling along the coast or heading inland to discover new places to eat, drink and see the sights. There is always something new to be discovered in South Australia and Carly is here to make sure you know.
James is a freelance digital marketer currently living on the North Coast of NSW, Australia. He has extensive experience writing for various platforms spanning architecture, interior design, travel, fashion and real estate. When not mowing down burgers he can usually be found working them off surfing or swimming. Having lived and worked in architecturally-blessed cities such as London and Berlin, James gained an appreciation for forward-thinking and sustainable architecture. James will be covering all architecture and interior design related news, releases, and unique projects from around the world.
Building on her passion for design Jody is always on the lookout for thoughtful practice at home and abroad. Essentially, she feels interiors and objects speak volumes about the people who use them. “Space and accents should seduce us, ignite us and most importantly, reflect us.”
Influenced by her parents early on, no home was theirs until a wall came down, Jody’s interest was piqued. It was not until later, after a stint in hospitality and buying her own homes, that she became acutely aware of the importance of good design, circulation and how those experiences and influencers came together. Sharing her ongoing thirst for information and a hankering to springboard local designers of all kinds is what makes her excited about everything The Local Project can offer.
Ella is a writer/ editor living in Sydney, Australia. Growing up with architect and interior designer parents, Ella cultivated a fascination with the world of design and its incredible influence over our daily lives. Upon graduating from Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney, she has had the opportunity of working with publications such as Belle magazine and Habitus Living. Ella is driven by the ingenuity of Australia’s home-grown talent and aspires to encourage more thoughtful engagement between the public and local industry.
Passionate about wood to the point of obsession, Dmitry spent several years wandering around through the forest overseas, learning all he could from the trees before returning home to Australia. He has since shaved back his lumberjack’s beard and tried to be more actively involved with local timber design research and education.
Architect by day, creative contributor for The Local Project by night, Dmitry’s background working with top design offices helps to discover new and exciting projects to cover. His writing explores the amazing potential of innovative timber design projects in Australia and the talented and creative people responsible for them.
Dmitry also runs his own casual studio, the predictably titled, Made of Wood, which engages in furniture and object design as well as collaborative design competitions. He also still wanders off into the forest to relax, ideally on top of a mountain covered in snow, with a snowboard near at hand.
Since 2012 Catherine Ashbridge has been involved in setting up her own Interior Design Business, Catmint ID. Specialising in mostly Residential Design she focuses on bespoke kitchens, bathrooms and joinery and puts a strong emphasis into designing creative interior spaces for her clients. Often asked to help with DA approvals and ideas to enhance outdoor spaces, as well as offering a complete project management service, the business provides an all-in-one ‘design and build’ renovation solution if required.
Her career began with studies in Textiles and Design at the University of Otago. With a strong passion for architectural design, interiors, adventure and travel she is always seeking inspiration and exploring new design ideas. Writing is in her genes coming from a family background of journalists.
Interested to fulfill her dream of one day building her own home, and thinking there may be only one way to achieve it, led her to become fascinated in the world of the “prefabricated house”. Coming up with the blog idea, Quick on the Rise, incredibly excites and allows her to explore this field to her hearts content.
Alice is a recent graduate of the Master of Architecture by coursework from RMIT. She has obtained an interdisciplinary approach to her architectural practice by combining personal curiosities connected by the intersections of art, architecture and design throughout both the individual and academic layers of her life. Since returning home to Melbourne from a seven-month period living in Scandinavia, Alice’s interests and inspirations have shifted closer to home. She engages personally with topics such as the politics, history and effect of colonialism, alongside her eagerness to learn about the interactions of Australian Indigenous design that can be discovered amid the unique identity of our countries built environment.