CONVERSATIONS

Designing for Local Needs

How important is it to design for a local market, and what benefits are there for designers who keep location a focus

What is a Smart Home?

It sounds great, 'Smart Home', but what does it really mean? How can our homes be smarter? How can we live more consciously? Sven Ehmann, creative director at Gestalten in Berlin, gives us his opinion. He suggests we begin by looking at each word individually: 'smart' and 'home'.

The importance of supporting Australian design

Nobody would argue over how important it is to support Australian design. Not just great for building the local industry, supporting Australian design will only increase the quality and range of design options available to us all

Why Support Emerging Designers?

It's a nice idea to support emerging designers. But aside from that, what are the benefits of doing so? What do we as consumers get out of buying these new designs and what does it mean for the future of the design industry?

Habitus LiveLife venue announced!

Taking their long-standing partnership to the next level, Habitus and John Warldle Architects collaborate to host the LiveLife conversation at JWA studio in Rokeby St in Collingwood for Melbourne Indesign.

Why trends, and being trendy, is not a good thing

Habitus Deputy Editor Nicky Lobo wonders why we love it when people tell us what we want.

An Architectural Eye and An Artistic Mind

Michael Lowe is a graduate architect and fine artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. We talk to him about the "fantastic position" he is in between the designing and painting, how they cross over and one can teach the other.

Fashioning Fabric – Grace Tan

She is originally from Malaysia, but these days Grace Tan calls Singapore home. It is here that she is pushing the limits of fashion design. Darlene Smyth asked her about her work and about what inspires her in her new home town.

Talking about Iconic Houses

What do we get out of an architecture or design talk? Nicky Lobo asks the speakers from Sydney Living Museums’ Iconic Australian Houses series.

Creative Omnivore

Jess Scully, curator and collaborator of Vivid Ideas, challenges the arts and creative industries to build more interesting, creative and sustainable cities. As well as spearheading Vivid Ideas for the sixth year running, her current projects include TEDxSydney, Kids Hack Day and directing public art interventions for the City of Sydney and AMP Capital. DQ Editor, Sophia Watson, chats with the creative omnivore herself on Vivid Ideas – then, now and next.

Drawn to the Line

The art of illustration is still as intriguing and captivating as ever. Melbourne-based Megan Hess has found success and international fame by bridging the gap between an art deco and contemporary aesthetic in her illustrative style.

Emerging Designers Award 2014

With voting for the 2014 Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Award now open (until Monday May 12th!), we sit down with Editorial Director for Temple & Webster and competition judge Karen McCartney to hear about this year's entries and Temple & Webster's plans for the future.

Building With The Orang Asli

Featured in Habitus 23 (on sale now), the Orang Asli villages in Malaysia employ unique and fascinating methods to construct their dwellings. In this video, we see how they build a communal toilet and shower in a Jahut village in Pahang, Malaysia

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