5 Top New Designer Cafes

Strong design credentials and bold branding have become integral, success-determining elements in our increasingly competitive hospitality industry. With so many impressive interiors in our midst, designers are constantly pressured to up the creative ante. Elana Castle looks at a few of the standout restaurant and cafe interiors to emerge in recent months.

Bringing the backyard back to Brisbane

The brief was to create a contemporary, inner city home for four without sacrificing the warmth that comes from a family home. The result, from Plazibat Architects, is a modern, generous L shaped house based around a private inner courtyard.

Charming Melbourne Renovation: A Photo Essay

A newly renovated home in Melbourne's inner city showcases a timeless aesthetic and immaculate build from Nest Architects.

See the tropical renovation of a Federation dwelling

When a Danish couple became enamoured with Australia and set about making a home for themselves in North Sydney, they probably didn't anticipate the tricky design process ahead of them.

This is not a stamp shop

Opened in late 2014, Mrs. Pound is a speakeasy and restaurant discretely perched on a sloping corner in Hong Kong’s famous antiques district, Sheung Wan.

Why Design an L-Shaped House?

Located on a steeply sloping site, the design of 23 Olive Road in Singapore celebrates the spirit of living in a tropical climate where boundaries between exterior and interior spaces are blurred, writes Justin Farmer.

An especially sustainable home: Westgarth Timber Project

Using a diverse array of recycled, re-milled and salvaged timbers, Ben Callery Architects have created a thermally efficient and low embodied energy home, which is visually compelling writes Justin Farmer.

En Suite Inspiration

Usually small spaces, the en suite can prove a tricky room to make comfortable. Here, we see a range of designs that work - and beautifully.

Using Mirror to Create a Sense of Space

In this luxury two-unit renovation at Bondi Beach, mirrors enhance a sense of space in the small bathroom.


When Australia’s SJB Architects were invited to design the Bathroom of the Future for Kohler’s Flagship store in Shanghai, China they envisaged a luxurious cocoon of new age materials. Here it is.

A private residence in a very public space

It sounds like a contradiction, but yes, this house is private despite being in an awkward corner site by a roundabout with a high volume of traffic.

6 Bathrooms that Feature Tiles

Above: Brandling street Home by Elaine Richardson Architects / Photography by Florian Grohen   1 [&hellip

What makes a Family-friendly Kitchen?

As we begin a month dedicated to kitchens and bathrooms, in preparation for Habitus Magazine's first ever special issue, we look at a project by David Bartlett - which won the 2014 KBDi NSW Kitchen Designer award for Large Kitchens.


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