Our work isn't really directly referenced from any particular movement, although it is often likened to "Memphis" we see ourselves influenced much more by things completely unrelated to design or current trends (for example, our extensive collection of food erasers or time spent in Asia).
Like in fashion or any other creative industry, trends move in cycles. Seven years ago, when we began designing and making our work, there was nobody doing that style! At the moment it seems popular, but who knows, in twelve months time the masses may have moved onto something else and we will be left to quietly ponder our own aesthetic!
We work both ways, sometimes form determined function and other time vice versa. Our ideas are quite sporadic and we always design together, which makes the end result unique.
It is all trial and error, quite often we are making things because we like them, so when others feel the same it is a nice bonus!
Houses, multi-storey buildings. Just joking! (Laughs). It would be nice to begin designing larger spaces though, and working on entire interiors rather than the elements that sit within them.
Personally it was a huge motivator, publicly it didn't change our profile, but it was encouraging to know such a prolific publication thought we were doing something right.
There is not a long history in Architecture and Design in Australia compared to Europe, so generally people feel less bound by traditions.
For a while it was challenging, but we have begun to embrace it! Being out of “the loop” allows us to work at our own pace and not succumb to the pressures that face many designers elsewhere. The internet connects us to the rest of the world so it is easy enough to send an email!