Alexander Lotersztain is an Argentinian born Australian designer and founder of the multi-disciplinary design studio Derlot. This highly awarded studio specialises in product, furniture and interior design, as well as hotel concepts, branding and art direction with a long list of international clients. These include; Idee (Japan), Planex (Australia), Sigg (Switzerland), Asahi (Japan), Mizuno (Japan), UFL (New Zealand), Escofet (Spain), Nestle (Switzerland), Superior (Australia), Virgin Australia Airline (Australia), The Queensland Art Gallery (Australia), Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (Australia) and Australia’s first Design Hotel, Limes Hotel in Brisbane.
In 2011 Alexander expanded his studio by founding Derlot Editions to design, manufacture and distribute furniture and lighting to the global contract and domestic markets. His latest brand Les Basic, is a collection of furniture, lighting and accessories for home, work and play.
His work appears in design journals around the world and can be found in the collection of the Pompidou Museum in Paris. He is highly awarded in both product and interior design and in 2010 he was bestowed the inaugural Queensland Premier’s Smart State Designer of the Year fellowship award. He was named one of the 100 most influential designers worldwide in & fork by Phaidon and among the top 25 designers to collaborate with Monocle.
Alexander is design advisor to a number of private and government projects. He regularly presents at conferences such as TEDx and often participates on design judging panels, both in Australia and abroad. He has also appeared on Australian television, as a mentor to contestants of The Renovators.
Response to COMMUNITY
The techniques that we would like to showcase utilize the stretch and travel of knitted fabrics to create ultra-generous curves that soften a space and draw the viewer in to touch and sit. They have been designed during lockdown in Queensland and developed in Victoria for Kvadrat-Maharam in collaboration with the Dutch textiles producer FEBRIK.
As a Brisbane based studio our work relies on relationships with colleagues and collaborators around Australia and the world. A usual year would follow a substantial itinerary of travel to accompany this community through the design process, working closely to instil our brand of thinking and methodology, and allowing the final product to be a personification of our studio. The last twelve months have tested this version of a professional network; dislocating the hand, the eye, and the arm, as we all attempted to work throughout the pandemic. Last year however, as we transitioned from physical to digital communication, we found that we could rely on our strong existing relationships to continue to bring new, tangible, and subtle products to life. Our experience has been one of renewed confidence in an ability to think together within a community of skilled and passionate makers, despite distance.
Derlot is extremely proud to present articles from this period of our practice and hope they carry an element of the optimism that we feel working in Australia today.
Derlot Editions x Febrik MOCHi
MCH-03 Details –
• FEBRIK Sprinkles, Roller 0714
• 1510 mm x 1025 mm x 700 mmH