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Meaningful moments with Tom Mark Henry’s Jade Nottage

Personality magnetically draws us to a place and makes it meaningful. It does not arise from a standard recipe, but from the dynamic interplay of elements infused with flourishes of individuality and aesthetic boldness. Tom Mark Henry is a studio that is known for its ability to colour in the blank canvas of the built form with a unique and compelling interior story that invites us to write ourselves into the narrative. Their projects, including hospitality, gyms, homes and commercial offices, become characters within the urban landscape, engaging, conversational and richly layered in their materiality. Colour and form, movement and stillness, past and present all find their point of balance and harmony. At the heart of the creative process are also meaningful relationships with clients and envisioning those who will find belonging in a space. In selecting furnishings, Tom Mark Henry’s director, Jade Nottage, looks for pieces that are both bold and striking in their personality, yet have a classic, timeless and enduring quality. She was drawn to the Issho Dining Table by King for its character and its potential to become a lasting legacy piece. [caption id="attachment_117770" align="aligncenter" width="810"] Photography: Tim Robinson | Styling: Lara Hutton[/caption] “I loved this table for so many reasons! For me this has the right blend of striking personality and classic elements.” Issho is available in three signature finishes including Congo (pictured), and an American Walnut – a timber Nottage says she is always drawn to for its quality, rich colouration and its connection to the time-honoured traditions of crafting fine furniture. Issho – with its distinctive Modernist touch of the artistic and versatile leg placement – balances the tradition of centuries with a dramatic future-forward geometry. The organic softening of the round top complements the verticality and solidity of the legs. Issho means “together” in Japanese, and when Nottage imagines the life around the table, she pictures a gathering of her closest friends. A feast, with a banquet of Japanese sushi and vibrant conversation and laughter as everybody relaxes, dining casually and passing platters, making up for time apart after the recent months of pandemic lockdowns. “I have felt significant solitude over the past three months,” she muses. This experience of being alone is a complete contrast to the nature of the projects and the design process Nottage engages in. Tom Mark Henry does not have a palette, per se, she says. Its motivation is “always to get to the bottom of what the client is wanting”. “Our job is to guide them, because at the end of the day it is their home, restaurant or bar. Our goal is to have a client who is happy.” In designing a home, Nottage invites clients to reflect on how long they will use spaces for, how many children there are or may be and what space they will need to occupy. The design may not start with a blank slate, she explains. In many cases, clients have items of furniture or artwork that have intense personal meaning and emotional importance. Nottage respects this connection. “I consider it has its place from the outset [of designing]. I respect people owning that item and support them being proud of owning that item. We ask people to be very open with us early on, and it is a trust that they let us into their homes and share those precious things that are heirlooms for them.” The process of aligning with a client and their needs and vision means designers are “asking people to drop their facades a little bit with us”. That vulnerability and openness is key to ensuring that when a project is complete, the result will be exactly what the client wanted. “That is the human side of this business. We come into this as a creative, but the whole client management side is enormous. There is design, but there is also budget and construction to consider. “We care a lot – we dream about our jobs – it is not a job you check out from at the end of the day. The people side carries with you.” Tom Mark Henry tommarkhenry.studio King Living kingliving.com Styling: Lara Hutton H&MUA: Wayne Chick Photography: Tim Robinson Photography Assistant: Corey Madden Production: Eve Milburnabc
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Evoke a feeling

Art and design are powerful signifiers of emotion. More than something nice to look at, when just right combination of colours, textures and forms coalesce, the result is something more akin to an experience. It can be all encompassing. Yasmine Ghoniem, principal of YSG, is motivated to create from this place and the output speaks for itself with interiors that set alight all the senses simultaneously. The Fantales Kitchen, the latest collaboration with Laminex stands as the embodiment of this philosophy. “My end goal is always about evoking feelings rather than a fixed visual conclusion,” she says. As our kitchens have continued to be the centre of family, particularly throughout the pandemic, they need to work even harder, now becoming places of nourishment but also a zone to work and learn. With a completely open creative brief and access to the entire Laminex Colour Collection, Ghoniem’s design centres on the kitchen, with a complementary living and study to be revealed in early 2022. For the Fantales Kitchen, Ghoniem was instantly drawn to the earthy tones of two new Laminex colours – Burnt Ochre and Moroccan Clay. Using colour blocking as the core tenet behind her design approach, Ghoniem’s creation uses “colour fields” with similar tones contrasted to elicit a dramatic and emotional effect. Ghoniem cites the paintings of Mark Rothko as an influence for the kitchen, and in the same way that colour is used in the two-dimensional, she brings it life in the three-dimensional. “It’s like looking at a painting, flat on, going, “oh, it needs a bit of red out here in the corner’. That’s literally how I look at an interior, more like a piece of art. You’re placing the colours where you think your eye’s going to jump next,” Ghoniem elaborates. The execution in the Fantales Kitchen follows this line of thinking. The Laminex Burnt Ochre has been applied to all the kitchen’s front-facing cabinets. Intricate details add interest where striking linear door pulls in the same finish have been post-formed into curved custom handles, which creates an integrated seamlessness. A subtle tonal shift can be seen with Laminex Moroccan Clay applied to the rear benchtop and splashback, with a paint colour matched and used with a textured application. The sense of being drenched in warmth is a powerful provocation, “like being dipped into a pot of sweet, warm caramel!” Not one to shy away from the bold and unexpected, a pop of Laminex Fresh Spring – a soft blue tone – has been used for the internal drawers and cabinetry. Curves and softened edges dominate. A row of overhead cabinets merge into the wall with a sweeping arc, also created by cold-forming Laminex laminate in Burnt Ochre. The island bench is an incredible statement in its expression of texture and form. Appearing more akin to the piece of furniture, the island is defined by a series of opposing curves coupled with contrasting finishes. Two of Laminex’s woodgrains – a darker Danish Walnut in the low gloss Chalk Finish and Milkwood in a Natural Finish texture. Playing up the variation of colour and texture, the base of the island is inlaid with a series of stripes, while a solid timber footrail grounds the object in space. Other textural materials – the mottled paint, small tiles on the kickboard, diagonally laid floorboards – all come together with a startling effect. This is a kitchen where intricate details and clever blocks of colour have created a space that envelopes the senses. “I wanted to capture the essence of ‘afternoon delight’, that warm, cosy time of day when the sun filters into the home and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be, because the world seems to stop in that golden moment,” says Ghoniem. And she has more than delivered.abc
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Surfaces Without Equal: The Many Sides of Austaron

Home interiors are often defined by their materials and surfaces. They not only provide an unlimited palette for creative expression, but they can also add functionality or make the space more sustainable. With a plethora of products on the market, designers have an almost infinite selection to choose from, but only a few truly expand what is possible with our built environment. Leading the way is Austaron Surfaces, an Australian company bringing together a range of beautiful, technologically-advanced surfaces and finishes that are the highest quality of their kind – all under one roof. From benchtops to wall cladding, exterior facades to landscape design, Austaron Surfaces help create beautiful projects by giving flexibility for both interior and exterior applications. Their product range includes world-leading brands that can flow through the whole residential space, either as standout features on their own, or co-existing together in a multitude of settings. [caption id="attachment_117700" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Staron® Solid Surfaces | Project by AM Interior Studio[/caption] One such brand is Staron Solid Surface, a versatile material made of a blend of pure mineral and premium acrylic resin that performs to high standards in the kitchen, bathroom or any other part of the home. Manufactured by Lotte Chemical, Staron can be thermoformed into curves, be carved and illuminated, and is available in more than 90 colours. Alongside its immense design flexibility, this solid surface solution is highly durable, hygienic, non-toxic, renewable, repairable and able to deliver a seam-free finish. [caption id="attachment_117695" align="aligncenter" width="810"] Mario Romano Walls[/caption] The theme of limitless design potential continues with Mario Romano Walls, a collection of multi-dimensional walls that allow designers to create next-level aesthetics inside a home with its intricate detailing, complexity and texture. Designed by renowned Mario Romano in California, then carved into Staron Solid Surfaces, these walls are created by an innovative manufacturing and engineering process, involving the latest in parametric computing and CNC machining technology. [caption id="attachment_117697" align="aligncenter" width="879"] Acrylic Coutoure[/caption] With an extraordinary material composition that has no equivalent within its category, Acrylic Couture also has the potential to elevate the aesthetics of any residential project. Designers can create playful light installations, striking feature walls, kitchen splashbacks and more with this collection of acrylic glass panels that showcase premium quality and ethically-sourced metallic fabrics, decorative particulates and feathers encased in a crystal clear high-quality acrylic glass. Combined with dramatic lighting, this material can achieve intensely radiant effects due to special nanoparticles in the acrylic glass, delivering a design statement like no other. [caption id="attachment_117696" align="aligncenter" width="810"] Solar and Privacy Screening | Double Bay Residence II | SAOTA Architects in association with TKD Architects | Photography Adam Letch[/caption] Pushing the boundaries of what is stylistically possible, Kaynemaile Architectural Mesh is a transformative material that can be used for ceiling features, interior screening and exterior facade applications. Like all of Austaron’s products, Kaynemaile is unlike any other offering in the world, with its series of polycarbonate rings that seamlessly interlink to form a modern chainmail fabric. Bringing more flexibility to interior design, Kaynemaile can be used to divide spaces while its open weave maintains transparency and airflow. On building exteriors, its unique material structure allows it to be used to provide solar shading and sun protection. At the same time, its light weight, strength and high flexibility enable an endless range of design options. [caption id="attachment_117693" align="aligncenter" width="810"] Stewart House (aka ‘Chain Mail’) | Adam Taylor Architecture | Mount Maunganui, New Zealand | Photography: Marshall Masters[/caption] Bold yet functional, Austaron Surfaces innovative product offering, which is supported by excellent customer service and their wealth of technical expertise, is the complete package, ensuring that designers are only limited by their imagination.

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Sustainable Carpets for Eco-Friendly Homes

Climate change, carbon emissions and sustainability are never far from the minds of modern consumers and homeowners. As individuals, even the smallest contribution matters, particularly as the environmental challenges of our time get bigger. Home renovations and new builds are great opportunities to contribute to a more sustainable future for our planet through the selection of eco-friendly products and materials. While the softness, safety and versatility of carpets make them a great choice for flooring, the carpet industry is noteworthy for its lack of sustainability. Most synthetic fibre rugs and carpets end up being thrown everyday into landfills year after year, and many manufacturers still rely on traditional supply chains that are extremely wasteful in their resource use. For those looking for long lasting, beautiful carpet that will keep its look with the environment in mind, carpets made using ECONYL® yarn offer a compelling solution. Invented by Aquafil, this innovative material is made of 100% recycled yarn from recovered nylon waste products – including fishing nets, fabric scraps and carpets destined for landfill – which means your next carpet can be made without ever tapping into new resources or using a single barrel of oil. Carpets made using ECONYL® regenerated nylon are soft and luxurious to the touch, with the resilience, staining and wearing properties of nylon but now in one of the most environmentally-friendly products on the market. Carpet Court’s new Australian-made ranges from Tuftmaster Carpets and EC Carpets offer all these benefits, and more, in carpets that each feature a distinct style, colourway, look and feel. Exclusive to Carpet Court, this new sustainable carpet collection features three soft feel twist pile ranges, a more luxurious soft touch collection, and three high-performing modern textured loop ranges, all in on-trend colours and designs. The Textured collection includes the opulent Expanse range; Genesis, with its neutral, organic colour palette; and the hardwearing Frontier. The Premium Soft collection retains all the features of traditional solution-dyed nylon, with dense yarns creating exceptionally elegant carpets. This collection includes Origins, which expertly balances durability and comfort, and the luxuriously soft Source range available in a large palette of natural carpet colours. Where the application calls for high-performance carpeting, the Performance collection, which features the Awaken, Inception and Provenance ranges, is the ideal choice. The yarns in these ranges are individually twisted to create a carpet that is exceptionally durable and resilient. These new offerings reflect Carpet Court’s intention to decrease their impact on the planet into the future, which is why the company has partnered with a leader in the sustainable use of nylon. Through Aquafil’s innovative production techniques, nylon waste can be purified and turned into carpet yarn that is structurally identical to its virgin equivalent. The ECONYL® process enables endless deconstruction and recycling without any loss of quality. When you are looking at the sustainability of a carpet, you need to look at the environmental impact of the product’s entire lifecycle. The proof is in the numbers – for every 10,000 tonnes of ECONYL® regenerated nylon produced, 70,000 barrels of oil are preserved and 65,000 tonnes of CO2 are avoided in emissions. Carpet Court’s innovative eco-friendly carpets made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon are now available in-store.

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