Well travelled: Claire Broun, senior landscape architect with JMD Design in Sydney, takes StreetChat through designing for Copenhagen and Sydney. Tell us about yourself. What drew you to landscape architecture? My father is a fifth generation wheat farmer and my mother an artist. I grew up in an old homestead on a property in Western Australia’s wheatbelt. A flourishing garden surrounds the verandahs where, as a child, I would often forage for plants to dissect and draw. I realise now, looking back, that these environments, both within and beyond the garden fence, are fundamental to who I am today. I showed talent as an artist throughout high school and was enthusiastic about continuing my interest with studies at university. This, combined with a developing interest in the land, lead me to enrolling …
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CHRIS GORIS | National Sales Manager
Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auckland University. He has extensive experience in furniture design, interior design and specification sales.
What inspires you?
Architecture and design are close to my heart. I have always enjoyed the sale of products to designers more than the design process on its own.
As a salesperson, collaboration with architects and designers gives you the privilege to be connected to the bigger picture of urban design and the many talented people in the industry.
Your favourite product and why?
Classic Plaza seat. Versatile, practical, good-looking and a timeless product.
The seats can be modified to suit any need, such as DDA compliance, external power supply for students at Sydney University, and any installation situation.
A simple solution inspired by popular demand, Street Furniture Australia’s new plinth bracket allows seats and benches to fix straight onto concrete and eliminates the need to design and fabricate custom parts. After being inundated with requests to mount our seats on plinths, SFA production manager Christopher Morgan used our in-house 3D printer to create a model for a bracket to match our benches and seats. The new plinth bracket now joins our standard range, received with interest by councils and landscape architects. The bracket is available, at no extra cost, for our Galleria, Concourse and Mall benches, slim benches and seats, with battens in Jarrah, anodised aluminium or powder coated in any colour. A discrete solution, ready to order. Enquire now.
Sydney’s Centennial Park hosted 8,335 runners from 341 companies for JP Morgan’s Corporate Challenge, a charity run to bring employees together and support the Indigenous Marathon Foundation. CM Group sent a team of 29 participants to take on the 5.6km race course, through the rain, with a record number of runners for the Sydney event despite the wet. Team captain Tomas van der Meer says the Challenge brings together staff across the group, from CM+, Context and Street Furniture Australia. He says, “At Centennial Park we went for the group photo, pinned our numbers and lined up for the start. Though it was raining we entertained ourselves with a breakdance and photographs. The sleeves were rolled up and at 6:40pm we were off. “Jason from Context flew over the course and all of the others followed soon after with …