Now in its 4th year, the Dulux® DIAlogue on Tour is a highly coveted travel scholarship and collaboration between the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and Dulux® Australia.

The 2019 Dulux© DIAlogue on Tour group visited Singapore, a multi-faceted city seemingly always on the edge of her seat in active anticipation of change. Yet, the city revealed its grounding in multi-cultural heritage through the thoughtful design responses of locally based practices. >Read more

More to come on the Dulux© DIAlogue in Tour travels to Lisbon, Portugal. Follow their journey on Instagram

“The Dulux® DIAlogue on Tour is a unique opportunity for Australian Designers to engage with their international peers and gain new insights into their own practice. The knowledge gained through sharing of their experiences enriches our whole design community” says DIA President, Claire Beale FDIA.

“At Dulux®, we place a strong focus on ensuring that we provide continuing support to the profession and we are proud to be a part of this unique and rewarding experience” Dulux® General Manager Trade, Richard Hansen.

The DIA received entries of extremely high calibre from DIA members across Australia. Entries were judged against the selection criteria and by independent peer review. The judging panel had an unenviable task of shortlisting only five winners from diverse entries with a variety of backgrounds, abilities and approaches to design practice.

A jury panel appointed by the DIA and convened by 2017 Dulux® DIAlogue on Tour winner Ben Edwards from Studio Edwards (VIC) included Romina Basto from Dulux® (NSW), DIA President-Elect Gavin Campbell MDIA (WA), Maria Correia MDIA from Gray Puksand (QLD) and 2018 Dulux® DIAlogue on Tour winner Sarah-Jane Pyke MDIA, Arent&Pyke (NSW).

“The judges’ decision was unanimous; the final selection offers a diverse and inspiring group to act as design ambassadors for Australian Design” Ben Edwards from Studio Edwards.

2019 Dulux® DIAlogue on Tour winners are:

Christopher Furminger MDIA
James Russell Architect (QLD)

Christopher’s foundation for design was developed while working as a carpenter and registered builder for over ten years in Brisbane. After completing his architectural studies at the University of Queensland, he is now designing award-winning residential projects with James Russell Architect and sessional teaching at the University of Queensland. Christopher applies his holistic, two speed approach to design: combining a top-down precedent and academic analysis with a bottom-up exploration through making and material. Through this investigation, he designs and makes over a variety of scales including models, furniture, sculpture and internal and external building interventions.

Learn more about Chris's experience > Blog

Yasmine Ghoniem MDIA
Amber Road (NSW

Born to an Egyptian father and Australian mother, Yasmine’s interior design projects are birthed from a nomadic childhood that provided the well-spring for her visionary flair. Her formative years were spent in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia before studying interior design in America.

In 2013, Yasmine founded the award-winning Sydney-based design collective, Amber Road, with her sister, landscape architect, Katy Svalbe. In just six years, their practice has won or been shortlisted for over 38 design accolades, bolstering its reputation as one of Australia’s most directional and respected design studios in Sydney.

Learn more about Yasmine's experience > Blog

Pascale Gomes-McNabb MDIA
Pascale Gomes-McNabb Design (VIC)

Pascale is a critically acclaimed Melbourne-based designer with a Bachelor of Architecture. With a bold take on design, she is influenced by the exploration of architecture, art, travel, food, nature and culture. An ex-restaurateur, she has created some of Australia’s most respected, award-winning establishments including Cumulus Inc., Cutler & Co, Penfolds’ Magill Estate Restaurant and Stokehouse among others. Pascale’s design work includes commercial and residential interior landscapes to furniture, objects, jewellery and lighting. She creates holistic environments that merge art and design, delivering visually engaging, intuitive and thought provoking yet intensely functional designs.

Learn more about Pascale's experience > Blog

Jen Lowe MDIA
Ohlo Studio (WA

Jen Lowe is the Director of Ohlo Studio, an award winning interdisciplinary design practice.

The Ohlo Studio design philosophy is rooted in the discipline of placemaking. Every project seeks to leverage the power of design to build the character and quality of place; feeding financial and social benefit to the community, clients and beyond. Ohlo studio projects go beyond distinct attention to detail and materiality. They are rich in meaning and cognisant of history, community and commerciality, expressed in areas as diverse as commercial and hospitality precincts, residential interiors, public art and furniture design.

Jens passion and expertise lies in her ability to apply pragmatic schemes through the lens of artistic enquiry. She challenges herself to produce compelling designs from exacting briefs that extend beyond formulaic approaches. Her holistic approach considers aesthetic themes, functional parameters and the conveyance of messages.

Learn more about Jen's experience > Blog

Fiona Lynch MDIA
Fiona Lynch (VIC

Fiona is a designer, artist and creative director who brings a sensitive and materially-driven approach to interior space. With over 20 years’ industry experience, she leads a multi-disciplinary team across studios in Melbourne and Sydney to produce wonderfully resolved interiors across residential, retail, hospitality and hotel sectors. Fiona seeks to nurture human emotion, create atmosphere, show rigour and restraint, and above all – pursue beauty. Fiona’s work has been widely published, receiving numerous industry awards and accolades. Drawing on her early career in fine art, Fiona has expanded to curating leading Australian and international artists and designers at Work Shop gallery space.

Learn more about Fiona's experience > Blog

The Dulux® DIAlogue on Tour winners will gain an unforgettable experience in October to press pause on their professional lives. This inspirational sabbatical of exploration and learning will travel to Singapore and Portugal for unique access to a variety of design projects, galleries, site tours and some of the world’s best designers and innovators.

Singapore, with its thriving economy and business-oriented culture, has seen a surge of property development and new design projects throughout its eclectic metropolis. This vibrant city with brilliant colour and flamboyance has made a coordinated effort towards fostering a local design, art and architecture scene.

Amid economic hardship, Portugal has become one of the hottest destinations for creative movers and tech shakers. Medieval infrastructure juxtaposed between 19th-century and contemporary design, the city is making a cultural revival with a vibrant mix of forward-thinking design.

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For more information about the Dulux® DIAlogue on Tour 2019, contact Head of National Programs and Events, Caroline Caneva

Video: Andy Florkowski PDINZ

Dulux® DIAlogue on Tour Alumni

The Dulux® DIAlogue on Tour Alumni represent some of the most accomplished individuals within the Australasian design industry.

2018 - Tokyo and Los Angeles
Daniel Dalla Riva FDIA, Latitude Group
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Andy Florkowski PDINZ, RCG Limited
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Amanda Henderson FDIA, Gloss Creative
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Cushla McFadden MDIA, Tom Mark Henry
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Sarah-Jane Pyke MDIA, Arent&Pyke
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2017 - London and Stockholm
Ben Edwards, Studio Edwards
Miriam Fanning, Mim Design
Rufus Knight, Knight Associates
Melissa Reid FDIA, MRI Design
Adele Winteridge MDIA, Foolscap Studio

2016 - London and Stockholm
Scott Bagnall
Neil Cownie MDIA, Neil Cownie Architect
Keri Cunliffe
Matt Gibson FDIA, Matt Gibson Architecture and Design
Carole Whiting MDIA, Carole Whiting Interiors and Design