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.
We bring you a carefully curated selection of Australian (and global) design excellence.
Founder / Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Aidan Anderson fostered a respect for handcrafted design and detail growing up in and around constructions sites & workshops throughout Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Traveling across geographies as a young man, he extended his gaze, appreciating the essential connection between people and place, and how experiences of culture are infused into objects and architecture.
Aidan’s fascination with, and talents in, design were rewarded in 2011 when he received the St. Hillier Scholarship for Architecture at the University of New South Wales. Soon after, Aidan established his own workshop, realising first-hand the trials of the design industry and the disconnect between makers and a curious local population.
The Local Project was born out of Aidan’s dusty workshop studio as a means to explore further into the frontiers of design. Exhibiting a spectrum of global innovation, TLP is grounded in the local market, merging cutting-edge invention with the personal stories and struggles of Australia’s creative community.
Aidan founded TLP in respect for the calloused hands that pre-empt the finely polished studio piece. Emphasising sustainable production and quality materials, The Local Project celebrates honest and human-centred design to an inspired community.
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.
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 graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from Monash University, Alana has gained exposure to the media landscape through a range of positions from publishing through to marketing.
A natural-born storyteller, Alana has always had a true appreciation for listening to people’s stories and recounting them for others to hear.
While her introduction to the realm of interior design and architecture was only recent, her passion for the field is strong and only continues to grow. It is the stories designers convey through their work that constantly intrigues Alana. Certain spaces radiate elements that ignite different emotions and for her, this is one of the best features of an architect’s work.
Her passion for design is complemented by a serious food addiction. In her eyes, this is the perfect pairing as she dines in some of the best architectural spaces Melbourne has on offer.
When she is not writing for The Local Project, Alana can be found burrowed deep in history books or bingeing on reality TV. High-brow, low-brow; there really is no in-between.
A life spent making and creating had led Sophie to her current acquisition of Interior Design in which she will be graduating from RMIT this year. A painter at heart, having a mix of mediums such as digital media, writing and illustrating keeps her spirited to seek new methods of inspiration.
Happiest when she is active and embarking in the outdoors. Hiking, yoga and kayaking are just a few things that keep her sane. All of these activities pair well with a glass of wine to follow.
Sophie’s previous studies and experience were focused on health and fitness. She has a holistic approach to life, and believes that balance is the key to a productive professional and personal life.
Recognising the importance of quality design within our daily surroundings is a huge factor in maintaining overall wellbeing; which is what has brought this all together for Sophie.
James Lyall Smith
James is a Sydney based university graduate with a passion for design and an entrepreneurial spirit. James has always been fascinated by all things architecture and design. He is always looking out for the latest trends and prides himself and noticing the beauty that surrounds us on a daily basis. When he is not contributing to The Local Project you will find James on various sporting fields across Sydney where he unleashes the competitive nature that has made him successful in business.
Liz has a passion for interiors that stems from childhood. Her father was a talented artist and interior decorator, which inspired her to pursue a career in interior design.
After studying at Sydney’s Enmore Design Centre, Liz has spent the last two decades working across multiple disciplines including television, events, interior design and styling.
A born storyteller, Liz loves nothing more than chronicling the work of local artisans and creatives and following their journeys.
When she isn’t writing for The Local Project about interiors, art or design she is wrangling her two rowdy rascals and drinking too much coffee.
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.
Rebecca is a Sydney based freelance writer with a passion for interior design and lifestyle.
Inspired by American interior designer Nate Berkus who once said: “Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” Rebecca loves fusing together her love for lifestyle and interior design in her writing, to create unique and interesting content for readers.
When she isn’t writing for The Local Project, she is often scouring the city for the latest in vegan cuisine, whilst sipping on rose water lattes or blue algae cappuccinos.
Catherine Ashbridge has a small Sydney-based Interior Design Studio, Catmint ID, specialising in mostly Residential Design.
Her career began with studies in Textiles and Design at the University of Otago. With a strong passion for architecture, interiors, adventure and travel she is always seeking inspiration and scouting new design ideas.
Her grandfather and his siblings were journalists, and a number of other relatives also followed in their direction. For Catherine the blend of family life, design and interiors, and writing, all make for one great combo.
A natural following and exploration of modern prefabricated and modular houses came about when considering how to make a dream become reality. That reality is still a long way off! Quick on the Rise inspires research honing in on projects that are unique and interesting, writing about their design and build process, and thereby spreading her ‘prefab’ passion to all interested readers.