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Habitus loves… Toys for grown-ups

One of the greats of mid-century design, Alexander Girard once said: “Toys represent a microcosm of man’s world and dreams; they exhibit fantasy, imagination, humour and love. They are an invaluable record and expression of man’s ingenious unsophisticated imagination.” We agree, and so we’ve rounded up our favourite toys for grown ups – and a few for kids that we just really love. Forget Barbie dolls, toy cars, and brightly coloured plastic play-kitchens, and let these beautifully crafted toys bring out your inner child.

Design in Black and White

Smeg launches Linear in black and white.

Warm French Oak Flooring

Harper & Sandilands' Pale Grey and Driftwood timber colours are beautiful. Composed of a French Oak timber top layer bonded on to an engineered base, they're stable and - thanks to the French Oak - particularly warm.

Yarn Bombing: An Old Craft Re-Imagined

Yarn Bombing, or Guerilla Knitting, Graffitti Knitting - there is not only one name - has become a well recognised form of street art over the past few years. Rather than chalk or paint, groups take to the streets with colourful yarn. We talk to a Melbourne knitting collective to find out more.

A Celebration of Walnut & Oak: Svelto range by ercol

Just the names Walnut and Oak conjure up beautiful images - warm tones, gentle grain and subtle variations of colour. They're two timbers that need little dressing up, and should be celebrated simply as they are. ercol's Svelto collection does just that.

Outdoor Furniture with a French Riviera Feel

Leading outdoor living brand ‘Triconfort’ has arrived in Australia. Evoking imagery of the French Riviera and Spanish Algarve, the range of luxurious outdoor furniture and accessories epitomises the casual outdoor living of ‘costal’ Europe.

Kristalia Launches Sharky by Neuland Design

A contemporary design by nature, Sharky features an extremely thin profile, giving it a clean and delicate form.

5 New Australian Designers to Know About

Seeing new designers enter the industry is exciting, especially when they're doing something new and bringing a fresh perspective to the scene.

Behind the Scenes Video: The Making of Touch by Ross Gardam

Behind the flawless-finish of Ross Gardam's copper pendants is a raw handmade process. The spinning of copper, as we see happen here in the workshop, takes time and skill, and is beautiful in its own right. Seeing the creation of this project feels like we've been let in on a little secret. Gardam's Touch Pendants are even more precious than we thought.

20 Years on: Zuster

We are naturally drawn to celebrating new designers, and rightly so; new energy and creative talent is inspiring and exciting. It is also significant to celebrate designers' milestones and longevity, to recognise those who continue to create year after year and at the same level of quality they began.

Celebrating Design from our region and beyond

Australia has a pool of talented designers on our doorstep, plus a well-established connection to the Region surrounding us. Celebrating the links we have, we look at both sole practitioners and distributors that make up our global design community. With Melbourne Indesign around the corner, where many of these names will be exhibiting, you can even follow these up in the flesh. A win-win for Design Hunters.

Art that changes your experience of place

Site-specific art – as its name suggests – is intrinsically intertwined with place. Informed by a pre-existing landscape or built into one, art and place alter each other. We delve into the practice and talk to the artists who create it.

Site-Specific Art: Emma Coulter

Emma Coulter's site-specific work has a direct link with her background in painting and interior architecture. Blending the two lets her explore the ideas that overlap between them, de-constructing and re-constructing a space to using a refined palette to create something new.

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