Contributor: Rachel Elliot-Jones

Rachel is a London-based curator and editor of cultural programs for Hotel Hotel (and former creative producer of AP!). In 2011, she co-founded the curatorial and publishing platform Many Many and occasional publication 'House Wear', exploring nomadic culture across art, design, architecture and writing.

A Living Legacy: The Robin Boyd Foundation

Influential architect Robin Boyd, known for his sensitive variation of modernism, is a household name that stretches far beyond the architectural elite. Boyd’s is a legacy that has endured in his expansive body of work, lovingly upheld in no small part by the 2005-established Robin Boyd Foundation. Rachel Elliot-Jones visits founder and director, Tony Lee, at the Foundation’s headquarters in Melbourne.

Amee & Karl’s Brutalist Maisonette

Inside the 16-storey Keeling House in London's Bethnal Green, PR specialist Amee Patel and illustrator Karl Maier (one half of transatlantic duo Craig & Karl) welcome us into their Brutalist maisonette inspired by the Japanese concept of 'zakka'. Rachel Elliot-Jones and photographer Morgan Brown drop in on the couple to chat about their work, their daily routines and their Brutally beautiful London abode.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

South Melbourne's City Edge, built in the early '70s, is inner-city medium-density housing at its finest, with its 'urban village' design by Daryl Jackson and Evan Walker rendering it a landmark development of its time. Rachel Elliot-Jones and photographer Tom Ross head to City Edge to chat with residents about City Edge's significance and value to Melbourne's built heritage.

Critical Charisma: Situations

For Claire Doherty, public art is an opportunity to inspire and surprise by engaging directly in people's lives. As founding director of Bristol-based arts organisation Situations, Doherty opens the public realm to art through unconventional, long-term programs. Rachel Elliot-Jones speaks to Claire Doherty on how Situations continually disrupts our expectations of public art.

Modesty and materiality: Keiji Ashizawa

Keiji Ashizawa’s hats are many. As an architect, product designer and erstwhile steel fabricator, his work spans vast luxury residences to tiny tealight holders. There’s a common vernacular no matter the size or context – a lightness and conciseness informed by Japanese simplicity, modernist pragmatism and a deep understanding of his materials.

Inkster Maken: history and prehistory

Hugh Altschwager is a designer with a deep connection to the materials of his craft. His first range of products under his brand Inkster Maken – a nod to his Nordic background, taken from his mother’s maiden name and the Dutch verb ‘to make’ – is a series of hanging pendants and wall-mounted orbs made from hand-lathed South Australian limestone and reclaimed Australian hardwoods.

Assemble Papers issue #2: The Space Between

Welcome to Issue 2 of Assemble Papers in print. This edition is inspired by Melbourne’s new public architecture commission, MPavilion – initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation – with Sean Godsell’s inaugural form soon to be revealed amidst the lush foliage of Queen Victoria Gardens.

The Purple Rose of Cairo

The 1930s Best Overend-designed Cairo Building on Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, is an example of minimal living mastery that inaugurated our This Vertical Life column in 2012, with an article that reflected on the modernist apartment building through the eyes of former residents looking back fondly.

Lightbox House

Edwards Moore's Lightbox House is a particularly ingenious rendition of a traditional single storey terrace in Carlton North, making it one of our favourite Less Is More-leaning projects on our home turf. Replacing the interior boxiness with a central landscape suffused with light is a seemingly difficult task, but one which the architect duo rose to with ease and aplomb.

Casa Iberica on Johnston Street

Casa Iberica has single-handedly been providing Melbourne with hard-to-find Spanish and Portuguese smallgoods and culinary essentials since Jose and Alice de Sousa opened its doors in 1973, and it continues to flourish under the shrewd management of current owner, Jose and Alice's godson Paulo. We caught up with Paul over one of Casa Iberica's legendary sandwiches.

West Space: beyond the walls

With this year’s fundraiser just around the corner, Assemble Papers Editor Rachel Elliot-Jones met with artists Brigit Ryan and Akira Akira, along with West Space Director Danny Lacy, to talk about what it’s like to work within the unique John Wardle-designed space; how – despite its very special digs – West Space as an organisation transcends the walls that contain it; and why it’s important to support

Assemble Papers issue #1

Our first ever print edition features a selection of greatest hits from the website, exploring our commitment to local and international small footprint living and creativity. The aim of this printed version is to expand, reach out and connect with a broader audience, further pollinating the conversation, thinking and action around cities, design, architecture, art and sustainability.

On simplicity

Opening in Milan next week, 'The Other Hemisphere' invites designers to respond to the theme of ‘Simplified’, prompting the design of an object that, by nature of approach or aesthetic, is as simple and uncomplicated as possible. In the spirit of collaboration, we asked 'The Other Hemisphere' designers and curators to help us cross-pollinate ideas relating to simplicity.

Carrer Avinyo

Carrer Avinyo is a 'piano nobile' apartment in Barcelona's Barrio Gotico neighbourhood, designed by London-based practice David Kohn Architects. It is a true homage to its surrounds, referencing the triangular forms of the building and the nearby public Plaça, and at only 90m² it demonstrates exactly how to beautifully and intelligently rise to the challenge of a small space.