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Culinary Culture

For food lovers, there’s nothing more exciting than the prospect of a full-blown festival. Apart from the copious amounts and dazzling diversity of meals available, it’s also a chance to broaden the palette and treat the tongue to new and exotic flavours.

Sydney International Food Festival (SIFF), previously Good Food Month, has been inspiring foodies for 11 years. As always, there is a full calendar of events and offers to be taken advantage of during the month of October. Whether brunch, lunch, barbecues or night noodle markets are your specialty, SIFF has catered to all tastes and mealtimes.

This year, the piece de resistance is the inaugural World Chef Showcase, with an international array of world-class chefs offering ticketed guests insights into various cooking traditions at themed on-site demonstrations. Learn about the intricacies of Japanese cuisine, French flavours and complex combinations in Vietnamese, from personalities such as Luke Nguyen of Red Lantern in Sydney’s Surry Hills.

Immerse yourself in Luke’s culinary adventure in Vietnam in the birthday issue of Habitus magazine, out now.

Sydney International Food Festival
siff.com.au

 

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NOT HOMES
Around The World

Alila Villas – Serene Sustainability

Located on a plateau overlooking the southern Indian Ocean, Alila Villas have a sublime symmetry of old and new. Designed by renowned Singapore-based architects and designers, WOHA, the resort reflects a hybrid of cultural influences combined in a singularly sustainable approach that offers a range of experiences for guests.

The passive solar design is attuned to the rhythms of the natural environment, with a room-opening ritual taking place every morning. During this daily routine all the sliding and pivot doors are opened, allowing a water feature to capture air movement and cool the room during the day. This is reversed at night, when each room is ‘closed’, retaining the temperate environment indoors. This climate control ritual also has an overwhelming effect of harmony and well-being – an opportunity to reflect on the symbiosis of the environment and the human experience.

Custom journeys can also be created, with spa, wellness, culture, arts and crafts and environmental tours available – introducing the ideas and ethos of the resort directly from the site’s head engineer. Here, the guests become acquainted with some of the arcane knowledge of the site and local vegetation (which has been incorporated into the design), the water-recycling systems and plans for alternative energy sources.

Finishes are both beautiful and appropriate, the black volcanic stone used as a roofing material and throughout the site soaking up heat and providing a connection to the local landscape. The sensitive design continues to a minute level – beautifully designed in-house amenities include soaps and aromatic products sourced from the locale, bookmarks that feature local batik prints and stories, nightly ‘comfort cubes’ and cooled vanilla tea. These traditional Balinese elements are combined with individual pools for each room and a dedicated butler.

This resort offers total privacy within a detailed and thoughtful design – the first in Indonesia to be awarded a Green Globe certification through the use of recycled materials and protection of the natural environment.

For more information and images click here.


Ultimate Hides
ultimatehides.com

 

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Accessories

Maserati Ultimate Drive

Static car shows of old just aren’t cutting it anymore. With the interactive worlds of the internet and gaming consoles, Maserati are offering something new for the motor enthusiast. While many exotica brands displaying as ‘untouchables’ at car shows, this experiential offering from the luxury manufacturer is irresistible.

Taking place at race circuits in both Sydney and Melbourne, the unique format allows Maserati lovers to take part in low speed slalom and brake-swerve safety courses to ‘get their eye in’.

The invitation-only event gives attendees the chance to take three current models – including the Gran Turismo and Quattroporte S – for a spin on the circuit, with the benefit of an experienced instructor (an ex-racing car driver in some cases) in the passenger seat to offer advice and encouragement.

The next drive days will take place on 20 October in Victoria and 6 November in Sydney. Participants will also receive a gift bag with an array of gifts from a number of exclusive brands including the latest issue of Habitus magazine.


Maserati
maserati.com.au

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NOT HOMES
Around The World

Diamant in the Sky

City penthouse living may not be within reach for all of us, but if you’re looking for somewhere to spend a well-deserved break, there couldn’t be a better view than from the Penthouse Suite of Sydney’s beautiful Diamant Hotel.

Sitting at the heart of Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and Potts Point, the Burley Katon Halliday-designed apartment – with captivating views to the harbour bridge, city skyline and along William Street – is more like a home than a hotel suite.

The beautiful, fully-equipped open plan kitchen and the sun drenched living areas with floor-to-ceiling windows offer world-class furnishings and finishes. The large master bedroom comes complete with walk-in wardrobe, powder room and luxury sunken spa bath, while two guest bedrooms with ensuites make this the perfect place to entertain.

You can spend the day exploring Sydney’s treasures below and at night enjoy the best restaurants and bars in Australia, before ascending to your retreat high above the buzzing city. Two generous outdoor decks provide the perfect place to gaze out at the city lights – stretched like a carpet before you.

There’s also the option of staying in; with a butler service available on request, full media room with surround sound and a selection of fashion and design books, you can while away the hours on those rare rainy days in Sydney.

Operating out of Sydney and New York, Burley Katon Halliday is renowned for designing some of Australia’s most exclusive city hideaways – from harbour side apartments, to modern restaurant interiors and the most elegant hotels – and the majestic Diamant Penthouse is no exception.

The Penthouse Suite has state-of-the art security and private access and is available for short and long-term stays, allowing the sophisticated world traveller to immerse themselves in the best Sydney has to offer.


Diamant
diamant.com.au

 

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NOT HOMES
Around The World

HQ Hostel

In the past, the word ‘hostel’ and the thought of travelling
on a budget in Bangkok conjured images of flea-ridden mattresses and sweaty
dormitories.

HQ Hostel offers a new boutique accommodation. With all the
standard elements in place – handy location, 24/7 check-in and check-out, free
internet and breakfast – the emphasis on design is a standout feature.

The architects set out to create a unique experience for
travellers, within the context of a commercial building that maintains the
harmony of the street façade.

In essence, the hostel operates as a large, temporary home,
with both public and private spaces and all the considerations for the complex
social dynamics that shared living requires. Great attention was paid to the planning
of space and circulation, the building’s drilled aluminium composite façade
creating privacy during the day and moving beams of light at night.

Rather than try to deny or disguise the fact that hostel
design must consider space efficiency, HQ celebrates this as a positive
aspect, with the internal planning and colour palette inspired by the traditional
Japanese Ryokan.

The interior finishes are simple and feature robust
materials honestly exposed, such as cement, brick and steel, which are combined
with thoughtful details such as quality cotton bed sheets and pillows, to
create a more valuable experience for the discerning traveller on a budget.

A range of dormitories and double rooms are available, all
with different design elements, to accommodate for Design Hunters™ of all
budgets.


HQ Hostel

5/3-4 Silom Soi 3 (Soi Phiphat), Silom Road, Bangruk,
Bangkok Thailand
(66) 02 233 1598
hqhostel.com

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Furniture

A Philippine Philosophy

Philippine Furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue lives in a modern home, inspired by traditional Asian pavilions, and is on a constant mission to fill it with pieces he loves and understands.

He describes the modern sanctuary as possessing cold architecture which is “made warm by things inside”. In essence, this sums up Cobonpue’s entire design ethos, to take the already existing and invigorate it with new life which reflects the individual.

Having grown up in Asia, studied industrial design in New York and lived for three years in Europe, Cobonpue’s philosophy was born out of an appreciation for global approaches to design. The way he values the East’s emphasis on handmade craftsmanship and traditional techniques, and the West’s respect for international appeal, privileges Cobonpue with a unique design perspective.

Returning home to Cebu, where the design arena places high importance on environmentally friendly processes, has strengthened Cobonpue’s approach. He now takes inspiration from the lush greenery and sparkling seaside that surround his home, and finds encouragement in the young farmers weaving walls to their homes and fisherman constructing their own boats from natural materials.

“Learning to live off the land and sea to make up their living environment,” explains Cobonpue, summing up his home’s impact on his design philosophy. It is these attitudes which Cobonpue brings to his lifestyle as well as his work, ensuring his home reflects his character and expresses an affiliation with natural beauty.

He refers to the furnishing of his house as an ongoing process with no end, and somehow, it seems safe to assume that Cobonpue would not want it any other way.


Kenneth Cobonpue
kennethcobonpue.com

 

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