Object magazine offers an insightful perspective on contemporary craft and design in Australia. Published by the Australian Design Centre, Object is a celebration of creativity and making, and a journal of record featuring inspirational objects, works and projects by Australia’s most innovative craft and design practitioners. 

Object magazine was published in print between 1996 and 2009, and digitally until 2011. Many of Australia’s most important emerging and established craftspeople and designers were featured in Object magazine and many curators, writers, designers and editors were instrumental in the development of the magazine over its life.  

This digital archive of the magazine is a work in progress.  We are planning to eventually upload the key articles and contents of each issue of the magazine as a record of 20 years of craft and design in Australia. 

Issue 59

(2009)
Feature: Seven 21st Century Ceramicists gather for a photo at the National Art School ceramics studio.
Profile: Crafts Mastermind: Jane Burns: Grace Cochrane profiles one of Australia's most vocal crafts movement supporters.
Profile: Marina Murdilnga: Read about the woven sculptures of this Arnhem Land-based Indigenous fibre artist.
Key topics: ceramics; pottery; Jane Burns; weaving; Indigenous design; fibre; textiles

Issue 58

(2009)
Feature: 'Wood: A social commentary' explores how contemporary designers work with wood.
Profile: Kevin Perkins Furniture explores the work of this Tasmanian artisan, written by Australian writer Richard Flanaghan.
Profile: Jon Goulder speaks about his furniture practice on his move to Perth.
Key topics: wood; timber; furniture; making; craft; artisan; design

Issue 57

(2008)
Feature: The Canning Stock Route Project, celebrating the lives and stories of Western Desert Indigenous people.
Feature: Gatherings, Urban Art Projects engages Indigenous artists from remote communities.
Feature: Pottery that defies convention, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ceramics.
Key topics: Indigenous and Torres Strait makers and artists; FORM, Perth; emerging curators; Urban Art Projects; foundry; public art; Indigenous ceramics

Issue 56

(2008)
Feature: The Slow Prototype Design, Brian Parkes writes about rapid prototyping and the work of Australian designers Adam Goodrum, Stefan Lie and Gilbert Riedelbauch.
Profile: Sandra Backlund Knitwear, The lavishly sculptural knitwear of Sandra Backlund.
Key topics: rapid prototyping; design education; product design; furniture; Adam Goodrum; Stefan Lie; Gilbert Riedelbauch; Sandra Backlund; fashion; knitwear; textiles

Issue 55

(2008)
Studios: US-based glass maker Marc Petrovic is interviewed by Shannon Sharpe.
Studios: Adelia Borges invites us into the studio of Brazilian ceramicist Sara Carone.
Studios: Brian Parkes explores the work of New Zealand jeweller Alan Preston.
Key topics: glass; USA; ceramics; Brazil; pottery; jewellery; New Zealand

Issue 54

(2007-2008)
Cover Story: 'An Enduring Relationship', Patricia Anderson writes about six contemporary Australian Jewellers.
Feature: Heidi Dokulil introduces Australian furniture, lighting and object designers Kelly Freeman and Rina Bernabei.
Feature: 'What Museums Do With Objects', Jonathan Sweet champions the value of decorative arts collections in Australian museums.
Key topics: jewellery; Rina Bernabei, Kelly Freeman, furniture; lighting; object design; designers; decorative arts; collections; museums

Issue 53

(2007)
Cover Story: Relationship Counselling, The Current State Of The Union Between Contemporary Art And Craft, written by Robert Cook.
Regulars: Make/Me Everyday Stories, Merryn Gates talks to Anne Brennan about her collection of ceramics by Rebecca Dowling.
Key topics: contemporary art; craft; ceramics; Rebecca Dowling

Issue 52

(2007)
Cover Story: 'Starting A New Sentence About Australian Design', Anne Brennan on the exhibition Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living.
Feature article: Grace Cochrane: Smart Works, Jenny Deves interviews Grace Cochrane about Smart works: design and the handmade.
Feature article: 'Traditional, Or Is It?', Christine Clarke looks at the contemporary reworking of traditional craft forms in the Queensland Art Gallery's fifth Asia-Pacific Triennial.
Key topics: design; handmade; craft; Asia-Pacific Triennial

Issue 51

(2006 - 2007)
Cover Story: Team Glass, The studio glass community's culture of sharing.
Feature: A Touch of Wool, The design and science of wool merged a long time ago within the Western Australian wool industry.
Profile: Charles Wilson, The 2006 winner of the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award is profiled by Rachael Bernstone.
Key topics: glass; studio glass; wool; textile arts; Charles Wilson; design; furniture; lighting

Issue 50

(2006)
Cover Story: Stitches In Time, In weaving, printing and stitching, today's textile artists and designers use astonishing range of old and new technologies in their work.
Feature: Damian Barton, Andrew Nicholls profiles Western Australian furniture designer Damien Barton.
Feature: Dialogue: Exploring Opportunities In Textiles, Weavers Liz Williamson and Kelly Thompson discuss their work.
Key topics: weaving; printing; stitching; textile arts; design; technology; furniture design; Damien Barton; Liz Williamson, Kelly Thompson

Issue 49

(2006)
Cover: Fostering Talent
Feature: Living In A Material World 
Feature: Craft By Design

Issue 48

(2005-2006)
Feature: Whiter Than White
Feature: Verbally Adept Furniture
Feature: Lost And Won

Issue 47

(2005)
Cover Story: The Basket Economy
Feature: Wooly World

Issue 46

(2005)
Feature: A Sustainable Design
Feature: Fion Hall
Feature: Cloaked In Time

Issue 45

(2004)
Article: Four Sisters 
Article: In the Pacific rim 
Article: Sofia Tekela-Smith

Issue 44

(2004)
Article: Handmade at the Heart of things
Article: Talent is not enough
Article: The gentle wash of memory 

Issue 43

(2003)
Article: Copper red, tea dust and temmoku 
Article: Artisans + artist colonies 
Article: Syaw 

Issue 42

(2003)
Article: Magic Carpets from Ernabella
Article: Translucent Light
Article: Seductive Evidence 

Issue 41

(2003)
Feature: Wild Nature
Feature: Beyond the City Limits
Feature: Like a Lizard Drinking

Issue 40

(2002)
Feature: 21st Century Chairs
Feature: The Cast
Feature: Bodies within bodies
Feature: All that glitters...

Issue 39

(2002)
Article: Eau Sauvage
Feature: Glass works
Feature: Lost in Space

Issue 38

(2002)
Article: Marc Newson
Article: The Lure of Metal
Feature: Rare Earth

Issue 36

(2001)
Article: Jeweller Niki Hastings-McFall
Article: Jeweller Marian Hosking
Review: Recycling in Contemporary Craft
Feature: Glass Maker Jun Kaneko

Issue 35

(2001)
Interiors Feature: De Ma
Review: iSaloni 2001
Review: Lace

Issue 34

(2001)
Article: Dyson's Philosophy
Article: Kelly Thompson
Feature: New Design 2001

Issue 33

(2000)
Article: Making & placing the object
Korea — Australia Feature: No Apologies
Korea — Australia Feature: International style & Korean sensibility

Issue 32

(2000)
Lemel: Objects between Cultures
Feature: Design for Everybody

Issue 30

(2000)
Review: No Picnic
Lemel: Discrete and Gregarious
Lemel: Wide (true) Blue Yonder

Issue 29

(1999)
Review: Never enough
Lemel: Earth, Wings and Wire
Feature: Weaving through other eyes

Issue 28

(1999)
What’s New In Museums: Australian design at the Powerhouse
Lemel: Designs on the Future
Feature: Collard

Issue 27

(1999)
Review: Time and Tide
Lemel: Hardware
Feature: The Magic of Indigo
Feature: Tableware through meditation

Issue 26

(1999)
Review: The Ceramic Still Life
Lemel: Jewellery at Galerie Ra
Feature: Glass by Helen Aitken-Kuhen
Feature: Thread-bare textiles

Issue 25

(1998)
Review: Nature as Object
Review: Sit Up!
Lemel: Black histories

Issue 24

(1998)
Review: Pieces of Heaven
Feature: A culture of the tropics?
Feature: Wither Olde Europe?

Issue 23

(1998)
Review: Material Evidence
Review: Wood Dreaming
Feature: Hanchi
Feature: Bat Trang's

Issue 22

(1998)
Review: Spaces of containment — Leaf Grass Bark
Feature: Shona Wilson — A Profile
Feature: A Virtual Craft Conspiracy

Issue 21

(1997)
Feature: Emerging artists
Feature: Nicola Cerini's whimsical textiles
Article: Similarity and difference

Issue 20

(1997)
Editorial: What's new in Museums
Review: Rowena Gough
Feature: All natural

Issue 19

(1997)
Review: Else King's Fragile Objects
Feature: Shanghai Style

Issue 18

(1997)
Special Feature: Donna Brennan, A Standard Cut
Review: Fire in the Heart, Australian Enamel

Issue 17

(1996)
Review: Questioning the practice
Special Feature: Glass Prize and corporate support
Special Feature: Below the surface

Issue 16

(1996)
Special Feature: SOFA, So Good!
Special Feature: Glass Artist's Gallery off-shore
Review: Offerings
Review: Head first

Issue 15

(1996)
Special Feature: The Language of Weaving from Maningrida
Special Feature: Aboriginal and folk art, and "puerile" contemporary art

Issue 14

(1996)
Feature: Col Levy's Crafting
Review: Lascivious opposition
Article: Turning culture into an economic product

Issue 13

(1995)
Article: HiTech Waste
Article: Miyake for the Powerhouse
Article: At the Clinton's house
Arctile: Where worlds converge
Article: Travels around the info-eco future
Article: Doors of perception 3: on matter

Issue 12

(1995)
Article: Oz Ceramics at Faenza
Article: Ether, net, dust mound, or red mountain
Article: Craft Ecology

Issue 11

(1995)
Occupied Territory — Friona Hall
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