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Creative House Swap

A new home exchange community for design and art professionals promises sojourns in eclectic residences the world over. By Stephanie Madison.

A Pearl in a Tin Mine

While most hotels in Phuket react to their marine setting, the Indigo Pearl emphasises and celebrates its own heritage. Wynn A. Bay learns about the island’s history through the lens of a tin mine re-imagined as resort

“The Vintage Jewels” by Megan Hess for Designer Rugs

Designer Rugs is thrilled to unveil “The Vintage Jewels” by Megan Hess - three intricately detailed, hand-tufted, New Zealand Wool and bamboo designs, available exclusively from Designer Rugs

Hidden Oasis

Isaac Leung discovers that an unassuming sandstone façade hints at an unexpected cultural gem at Ryokan Gojyuan.

Tasmania’s Newest Jewel

Situated amongst the breathtaking surrounds of Tasmania's coast land, the new Saffire Freycinet hotel offers an unforgettable and magical experience.
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Village People

A sense of simpler times is effortlessly evoked in Wingham’s un-reconstituted heritage streetscapes. By Melissa Rimac

Lit Thy Neighbour

The Lit Bangkok combines an ethical concept with a consistent aesthetic, radiating a successful design solution. Wynn A. Bay is lured in by the luminescence

New ‘Clone’ Light from Classiclite

The newly expanded Clone range offers a larger format of the original modular, versatile and attractive lighting solution that suits a variety of settings.

On the Banks of the Ganga

30km from the town of Rishikesh, India, the Atali Resort stands alone on the banks of the historic river Ganga. A rough stone façade, caged in steel, borrows from the visual and tactile vocabulary of its historic surrounds, a serene monument in rustic isolation. Text by Philippa Daly

Secret Penang Spice

The renovation and conversion of four historic shophouses into a boutique homestay in George Town, Malaysia creates a beautifully updated example of Straits Eclectic architecture
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Helsinki Hospitality

The birthplace of a host of iconic design names, the aesthetic pedigree of the Finnish capital is palpable throughout its built environment. Habitus Deputy Editor Nicky Lobo discovers a unique and stimulating hotel in the city’s heart.

Amazing Galle

Site of the intriguing Galle House project featured in Habitus 20 (on sale June 26), the southern Sri Lankan 17th century Dutch Fort town of Galle layers culture, history and heritage architecture throughout its beguilingly narrow, cobbled streets, beckoning and mesmerising the visitor. Jennifer Henricus reports

“The Vintage Jewels” by Megan Hess for Designer Rugs

Designer Rugs is thrilled to unveil “The Vintage Jewels” by Megan Hess - three intricately detailed, hand-tufted, New Zealand Wool and bamboo designs, available exclusively from Designer Rugs

Set Adrift

Estranged from the ruckus of tourist-ridden Phuket City, the stunning new Naka Phuket resort seduces guests amidst a sensuously crafted haven hovering between the sea and the mountainside. Adele Chong reports.

The Ovolo, Melbourne

With a portfolio of hotels and serviced apartments established in Hong Kong, Ovolo Hotels expands into Australia with the launch of The Ovolo in Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. Alice Blackwood reports
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Shanghai Fusion

The latest addition to Shanghai’s iconic Bund, the Indigo Hotel samples old and introduces to new to create an eclectically stylish change of pace from its more traditional neighbours

Funky Town

Hot with head-turning architecture but chilled in vibe, Newcastle is relishing its renaissance. This vibrant surfside city makes for an intriguing weekend getaway, discovers Melissa Rimac.

Leolux by Misura

Leolux is a modern furniture brand from the Netherlands and is renowned for its quirky and clever designs. Leolux's signature product is the Gisa armchair designed by Jane Worthingon

Southern Splendour

New Zealand’s wild, windswept south attracted rugged individuals. Their verve remains vividly imprinted in the escapist beach huts of the Catlins Coast. Melissa Rimac reports

Intimate Fortress

Wynn A. Bay trespasses into a fusion of defense, surrealist design and a mythical war epic
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