• Prize
    Winner in Interior Design - New Concepts
  • University
    Sydney Design School
  • Lead Designer
    Louise Mackay
  • Interior Designer
    Louise Mackay
  • Location

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by everything going on in the news?
Or trying to keep up with the insta life?
Or need to escape from work and the hustle and bustle?

Well, it is time to ascend to a new place… ascend to a moment of joy.

Ascend is a vibrant design solution for a pop-up cafe in collaboration with Sydney Festival and Carriageworks Sydney. Ascend to joy in this pop-up cafe – an inspiring collective of colour, art and amazing architectural cakes.

Inspired by artist Jean Michel Basquiat, customers are invited to indulge in this interactive, innovative concept cafe to engage in cultural commentary as part of the Sydney Festival.

The design is transparent, colourful and vibrantly contemporary – a high contrast to the industrial host of the Carriageworks. Made of perspex acrylic, guests are invited to graffiti the walls of Ascend with messages of joy. Over time the concept cafe will evolve – a making of everyone who makes up Ascend.

“I’m not a real person. I’m a legend” - JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT

Louise is a multi-award winning designer who navigates clients through the anatomy of design from concept to delivery. Through a curated design narrative, Louise specialises in concept development, placemaking and curating spaces that ignite feelings of joy.

Louise is on a mission to realise memorable and creative design solutions through bold application of colour and exploration of texture and materiality. Her true purpose: to challenge the design industry with curiosity, authenticity and heart.

Other prizes
Winner - Dulux Colour Awards 2020 (Student Category) Bronze - International Design Awards 2020 Honourable Mention - International Design Awards 2020