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Michelle Phillips

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Designer (Furniture Design)

Member since August 14, 2007

  • Clock This

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    With a feast of trend forcasts, installations and prototypes, the 2007 Decoration & Design fair was a promising sign of interiors to come...

    Do you ever feel like time is running out? If there's one commodity that defines modern life, it's time, or the lack thereof, so it's only fitting that this was the theme of Melbourne's recent Decoration + Design trend consortium. "We're the clock civilisation; we measure our existence in less time than it takes to breathe in and out. Previous generations used clocks with only one hand!" says trend forecaster Barbara Marshall of the Australian Colour Institute, who headed up the seminar. With time dictating so many of our decisions - decor and othwise - a new wave in designers is opting out of that all too familar race against the clock. "We're looking to more considered interiors that will outlast fashion, and to crafts that remind us to take pleasure in the everyday," explains Barbara.

  • New Designs

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    Check out the new designs from my new furniture range, currently have two pieces. The 'Royal' Table and the 'Stand Alone' Chair. Michelle

  • How to market Yourself and your Designs

    Communication, Industrial Design

    First time designers and those just starting out the best to get your name out there in the community is:

    (free and cheap ways of marketing your designs)

    1. Create a design that has a 'wow' factor, even if it doesn't sell, thats okay its just the crazy, out-there design thats going to help get you noticed and create a name for yourself.

    2. Call or email you local news broadcaster to let them know your out there doing you thing (designing) and you have a great piece they may be interested in doing a story.

    3. Call or email local community newspapers and the main newspaper in your city and state, telling them im here and I have a great design.

    4. Design & Home Interior Design Magazines are great too, they need you to fill pages and you need them to get you name out there. At the start, first few pages they have the credits of who the editor and other people who work for the magazine (these magazine based here in Australia ask for designers to send in work, ie photos of designs and information on yourself) email them and send photos of your designs.

    5. Markets are good too, (Australian based) markets cost only $30 for the day, with a tent along side other arts & crafts shall people. Take down a piece of furniture with you and any business cards etc.. with you and hand out to people walking past.

    6. When starting out, it's good to say that you can and will do custom work, as this opens up your target market (you can do this when just starting out)

    7. Have a website, and become a link to ...

  • Check out these Designs

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    1. The Atlas Shelf DeDeCe Design

    2. Sarah Cihat's Wolf

    3. Marie Antoinette Dresser

    4. Lazy-Night Bed

    5. Stem Mk1

    6.Le Telefon

    1. The Egg of Leon

    2. Maid Chair

    3. Urban Baby Wheeler

    4. Fold Dishes Eno (Auckland) / Design Group (Gisborne)

  • Iconic Furntiure Designers

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    They're the four need to know names of furniture designers:

    1. Le Corbusier
    2. Verner Panton
    3. Mies van der Rohe (Maria Ludwig Michael Mies)
    4. Charles & Ray Eames
  • Designer's you really need to know!

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    Marc Newson - Industrial Designer Andre Balazs - Hotelier Nika Zupanc - Product Designer Paul Huege de Serville - Hair Maestro Kebbell Daish - Architects Eugenia Bruni - Creative Director Kit Kemp - Design Director Kirsty Cameron - Costume Designer Donovan Hill - Architects Bob Nelson - Satori Umeric - Cross - Media Design Mark Brazier - Jones - Furniture Deisgner Luci Pinto - Fashion Doynenne Paul Davies - Artist Phil Cuttance - Product Designer Jeanne Bertenshaw - Design Retailer

  • Designers

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    Designer's to check out: Brooklyn's (New York) Palo Samko - Wood Designer

    Zurich's Alfedo Haberli - All materials Designer

    British Designer - Russell Pinch

    Stockholm's Industrial Designer - Damian Williamson

  • Well known Designers copy each other

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    Ever wondered if well-known designers could or would copy from each other?

    Check out: (solitaire workstation) Designer: Alexander Lotersztain (Futuristic Creative Desk) Designer: Ora-Ito

    What do you think?

  • Your first Design as a Designer

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    If trying to break out in the world of design, your first piece or idea should be crazy, big and different, why?

    It will get you noticed, whether it sells or not, your name will be out there.

    So do something different, it will help!

  • Australian Website

    Community, Industrial Design

    Great Australian Website to check out:

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design