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From our base in Australia, we strive to capture the best edit, curating the stories behind the stories for authentic and expressive living.

 

Habitusliving.com explores the best residential architecture and design in Australia and Asia Pacific.

 

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Design Hunters
People

The Thai Touch

Thai designer Korakot Aromdee combines natural materials from his home country with traditional techniques to produce pieces which weave and intertwine with regional flair.

His habit of designing pieces which are honest expressions of his own way of life and upbringing imbues his work with a striking sense of personal connection.

Aromdee was taught kite-making methods by his grandfather, an expert on Chula kite, and has embraced these techniques within his own designs. It is this respect for old approaches which elevates his work and secures it authenticity.

Gaining inspiration from the environment and using materials such as bamboo and hemp rope, Aromdee is an example of a designer using his products to communicate his own life story.

Due to the materials and techniques employed, Aromdee’s range of products capture the tones of his Thai home. Complexly, they also reflect modern styles and colours, ensuring that any single piece demonstrates a uniting of distinctly different modes of design.

Korakot Aromdee acknowledges the potential of his work to improve the lifestyles of those within his community and constantly strives to make this a reality.

“I offer career opportunities for the locals and by doing so the community will be strengthened,” he explains. “Design can better the society if we make good use of it.”

Aromdee bestows even more power on design by understanding its ability to not only provide locals with livelihood but also to preserve and celebrate Thai culture and identity.

He founded his company, Korakot International Limited Partnership, in 2006 employing just ten workers from within his village with the hope of using design to promote better lifestyle and broaden Thai influence.

Since that time Aromdee has extended his team to 60 people and hopes to include other community members in the future.



Korakot Aromdee
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Furniture

Jardan. Home Grown.

Everything you buy has a history, which brings us to the Jardan story. A family-owned and run business working in Melbourne for nearly 20 years, they have built up a business supplying hand-crafted pieces to many award winning homes and commercial installations all over the world.

Jardan's in-house design team bounce ideas back and forth, working with sketches and all manner of inspiration from sculpture to the shorelines of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Highly skilled craftsmen research and develop unique Australian design blending style, comfort and environmental integrity.

From this point the newest addition to the Jardan family is put into production by their timber and upholstery teams. Made up of skilled artisans from across the globe, they focus on achieving world-class practice. All this while providing a super-quick turnaround due to the use and support of local materials and local suppliers.

Jardan has recently been involved in installations at Changhi Airport T3 in Singapore and a number of Green Star 5-Star projects all over Australia. The whole range is now available with Good Environmental Choice Label (GECA) accreditation so, the next time you’re in the market for one of the world's best sofas or tables look no further than your own backyard. Jardan is a proud Australian company supporting Australian manufacture and design.

Jardan Australia
jardan.com.au

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Homes

Bintong Park by MOD

With average daily highs of around 30-32ºC (86–90ºF), Singapore swelters all year round. With this in mind, Ministry of Design (MOD) have designed a 1700 sqm home acclimatised to the tropical climate. An addition and alteration based around an existing skeletal structure, the house has a series of semi-sheltered spaces such as colonnades and outdoor pavilions that serve as trasitional spaces.

Water is both a design feature and functional in the use of a lap pool outdoors, sky-lit spa indoors and water trimming the courtyard areas. The building almost seems to float on its own stone ‘pedestal’ over a reflective pool.

The materials – limestone, solid teak and whitewashed walls – are all in neutral tones, adding to the cool, tropical feel, while meticulous detailing renders the home ‘invisible’. MOD explain, “The house was conceived of as a ‘reductivist’ art sculpture as well as a space for exhibiting the owner’s extensive art collection.”

Contemporary and minimalist, this house combines high design with climate functionality in this tropical city.

Bintong Park Residence
Sun Wind Water
Architecture (with TAA) + Interior Architecture
1700 sq m
Singapore 2004


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Furniture

Planet – Bespoke Method

Bespoke: made to individual order; custom made.

With the proliferation of mass-manufactured products available on the market, custom and bespoke furniture adds another element of personality. These pieces demand personal attention – from their inception and creation, through to the part they play in the home environment.

Thoughtful design, sensitive materials and deceptively simple lines are the hallmarks of the creations from Planet in Sydney’s Surry Hills. Combining fine furniture, collectable artwork and homewares, Planet offers a full design service for those that who are inspired by the unique.

Designer, Ross Longmuir, has a passion for moulding sustainably grown solid Australian hardwoods with the tradition of highly skilled timber craftsmanship. The natural material is revered for its density and finish, which allows the furniture pieces to grow with their environment, developing a rich depth of patina as it ages.

Production is kept local so that standard items can be customised, with varying finishes and dimensions. All furniture is built to order in Sydney, by talented makers who strive for quality in expressing the original designs.

Planet also offers a textile collection created with a variety of methods including printing, dyeing, stitching, shibori, knitting and weaving; and a homewares featuring natural fibres and sculptural elements.

Explore the Planet showroom in Surry Hills to see a diverse range of works from over 70 makers.


Planet

planetfurniture.com.au

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NOT HOMES

Tatzu Nishi

Space, in all its forms, is something often taken for granted. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi plays with this complacency in his unusual public installations.

Known for enclosing public monuments within private settings for people to view in new light, Nishi has meticulously constructed two, large rooms for the latest Kaldor Public Art Project – War and Peace and in Between – currently on display outside the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.

John Kaldor, the man responsible for bringing Nishi to Australia, says the artist is a master of transformation.

“He makes us open our eyes and look at what we are accustomed to in a new way,” Kaldor says.

Nishi has now transformed the two Gilbert Bayes equestrian sculptures   The Offerings of War and The Offerings of Peace which flank either side of the gallery’s entrance, into two, domestic rooms.

 “The sculpture looks fresh and renewed because you see it standing in a room and you see it from a new perspective,” Nishi says.

“I do this work because art is an opportunity to question rationality and get another, new point of view.”

Despite being born in Japan in 1960 Nishi now calls Berlin, Germany home and has been building domestic rooms around well-known public monuments for more than a decade.

Through his work familiar structures morph into temporary, intimate domains, forcing the viewer to reconsider the public and private divide.

Previous works have taken Nishi to Tokyo, Dublin, Berlin, Basel, Seville and Los Angeles. One of his most significant works - a functioning five-star hotel built around a statue of Queen Victoria for the 2002 Liverpool Biennial, in the United Kingdom, has garnered him acclaim while inviting hotel patrons to “spend a night with Queen Victoria”.

War and Peace and in Between will be on display until February 14, 2010.


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artgallery.nsw.gov.au


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On view at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
2 october 2009 - 14 february 2010

War and Peace and in Between
Tatzu Nishi 2009
A Kaldor Public Art Project
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Photography: Carley Wright

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Design Accessories

Aesthetically Aesop

Aesop places huge emphasis on the importance of design and expressing oneself aesthetically. Ultimately, it is this belief which is inherent in the company’s entire range of work, and spills into its retail spaces with uncomplicated beauty.

Proudly maintaining a strong commitment to artistic expression, the very layout of Aesop stores, down to details like the specific patterns of containers, labels and bags, communicate a yearning to contribute to the greater design landscape.

Touring the brand’s many stores is like watching the Aesop name transform, as each space is designed individually to identify with the characteristics of the neighbourhood and bring the culture of the area to life.

Take for example the St Kilda store in Melbourne where a car park driveway was remodeled into a long space whose high ceilings and clean lines are designed to evoke the tones of a medical laboratory.

Aesop’s Fitzroy store, whilst only situated a mere few suburbs away from St Kilda, presents a stark shift in mood. This space, with its cubist-like lines and clever use of timber, is inspired by artist co-ops, trams and discarded metal, paying genuine homage to its location.

Aesop
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Design Hunters
People

Darrin Ingleton, CIBO Design

To many people, infiltrating the world of design can seem a difficult prospect. Many successful practitioners today come from a long history of creatives, have a background in design education or a foot in the industry door. Darrin Ingleton, founder and co-designer of CIBO Design, is proof that a pedigree is not paramount when it comes to creative careers. “I’m definitely not a classically trained designer,” he says, “rather I take my understanding of proportions from past building industry experience and apply the same disciplines to bathroomware and furniture design.” Studying stone masonry and drafting and building design in the UK, Darrin then moved to Australia, receiving an MBA from Victoria’s Deakin University. Joining forces with fellow expatriate Londoner, cabinet-maker Peter Ricketts, their intuition told them to jump into the gap in the market for high quality home storage. CIBO Design was born and Darrin and Peter have been designing and manufacturing furniture and bathroomware, beginning humbly with a small range of vanities through to a comprehensive range today including custom wardrobes. Lofty dreams combined with business acumen proved successful for Darrin and Peter, their story an inspiration for any design lover that wants to turn their passion into practice. CIBO Design cibodesign.com.au 1300 365 738   cibo design   abc
Design Hunters
People

Welcome to habitusliving

Design is a part of everything we see and do – our homes, cities, restaurants, bars, holiday destinations, transport modes, furniture and accessories. Beyond the surface of what these things look like are connections and meanings that create the world we immerse ourselves in.

Habitusliving.com will explore the way we connect with the products and spaces around us, and how these connections reveal our personalities, cultures and values. If you believe that design is much more than the latest and most expensive products, your desire for something deeper will be satisfied.

Following the success of Habitus magazine, launched in September 2008, habitusliving.com also has a strong regional focus. Bringing together creative content from Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia, shared and diverse perspectives, aesthetics and ways of living are explored and celebrated.

The categories on habitusliving.com are unique. In them, you’ll find stories on how we ‘live’, ‘desire’, ‘play’, ‘travel’ and ‘move’, and you’ll also meet some interesting personalities that live within or contribute to design. ‘Connect’ will offer a selection of inspiring books, events, contacts and ideas for creatively rich ways of living in design.

The team at habitusliving.com are always looking for diverse content from the region –submissions are welcome for editorial consideration, as well as feedback and suggestions too!  Our journey is an ongoing search for new ideas, contexts and meanings in creativity, design and architecture that arise through dialogue between individuals, society, culture and technology.

Join the conversation.

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NOT HOMES
Around The World

Boyd Baker House

For many of us who love design, living in an architect-designed home can seem a far-off dream. Especially when that architect is someone like Robin Boyd, one of Australia's most prominent architects and a leader in Melbourne's Modern Architecture movement.

Known for his contribution to domestic Australian architecture in the 1960s, Boyd explored the concepts of aesthetics in suburbia and affordable architecture. Available as a hideaway, this residence by the celebrated architect, author and public educator, more than ever celebrates these values, making design truly accessible to the masses.

Boyd Baker and Boyd Dower houses and the nearby Library building (designed by Roy Grounds) are set on 35 acres of bushland just 45 minutes from Melbourne's CBD and 15 minutes from the local spa district and vineyards.

The aesthetic of mid-century Australia is evident, with Featherstone sofas, Wishbone chairs, Swan and Stem chairs complementing the architecture, while paintings by Charles Blackman, Rick Amor, Sidney Nolan and Brett Whitely complete the spaces. Materials such as local Bacchus March stone, polished concrete floors and a thatched ceiling represent a characteristic 1960s concern with the relationship between inside and out.

As well as a visual and tactile experience, Boyd Baker House is a history lesson. The shape of the roof structure and 12 stone cylinders acting as water tanks, inform guests of a more isolated and self-sustaining time.

These post-war residences offer a unique experience for the discerning traveller, offering iconic landscape, architecture and furniture in close proximity to the city. Five bedrooms and extensive indoor and outdoor living spaces provide space for a group or a family getaway.

For more information and images click here.

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Homes

The Tobias Touch

Tobias Partners build homes which are so in touch with their owners, that distinct personas seem to glimmer from within the walls and furniture, as if mimicking the inhabitants.

One such home is Booth House whose owner feels that the property is a direct representation of his own perspective on life. “It appears from the outside to be ordinary, but once inside it is full of detail with lots to offer. I have always been a detailed person with lots to offer,” he comments.

The residence plays with space by employing varying volumes, some areas overhanging others, some spaces of double heights, with many of these spaces meeting a semi-internal courtyard. This modern layout provides elegance to the home, whilst an industrial aura was added through its steel frame and stainless steel kitchen which pay subtle homage to the owner’s love of riding and collecting motorcycles.

Tobias Partners also succeeded in tapping into the owner’s personality with the Campbell House. At the time it was constructed, it was the home of Tobias Partners’ Managing Director Nick Tobias, and so the home reflected his own approach to design, “simple, honest, strong gestures rather than complex details,” he says.

“I don’t like to over embellish architecture, but I like the inside to reflect the individual through art, books and furniture.”

This is why, Tobias explains, the furnishings of the Campbell house were eclectic, because they were reflecting a time in his life when he was beginning to collect interesting pieces and the furniture became a direct statement on this inherent impulsivity.

Tobias Partners' appreciation for light ensures its abundance in the home and is obvious in the back room where the sun streams through, making this space the original owner’s favourite. He reminisces about how he used to lie on the heated concrete floor with a newspaper on a Sunday afternoon and watch as the light streamed in above him. “I one hundred per cent had that in mind when designing it,” he laughs.

With this comment it becomes clear that Tobias Partners have the genuine foresight to design homes that work together with their owners and reflect their ways of life.

Tobias Partners
tobiaspartners.com

 

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Finishes
Design Accessories

Catherine Martin Collection

Famous for her costume and set designs for a string of seminal Australian films, operas, plays and events, and one half of Bazmark Inq with partner Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin’s signature style is lavish and bold, often drawing on historic styles, but giving them a contemporary edge. Now she has turned her hand to a range of rugs for Designer Rugs, set beautifully in this Victorian Sydney mansion.

Australian native flora and fauna were a key inspiration for Martin, with several designs reminiscent of the arts and crafts movement of the late 19th century and early 20th century, featuring intricate designs of flowers, leaves and birds.

‘Acacia’ in shades of green and brown includes leaves and pods from the Acacia tree teamed with birds, while ‘Feathers’ in grey and white, ‘Peony’ in bold red and ‘Sparrow’ are modelled on their real life namesakes, simplifying and repeating these natural elements without losing their richness and intricacy.

Stepping out from this theme are two contrasting rugs, ‘Lace’ – which blows up the intricacy of this ancient craft in black and antique white – and ‘Circus Silhouettes’, featuring circus people and animals dancing through space in an ever expanding spiral.

The Catherine Martin Designer Rugs collection has a sister range of wallpapers with Porters Paints, allowing for a richly patterned teaming within the home. Antique furniture used sparingly in this house in east Sydney enhances the richly patterned and bold aesthetic of this range, without losing a sense of contemporary edge.


Designer Rugs
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Finishes
Design Accessories

Ambro: Wood and Light

What’s more beautiful than exotic timber? Exotic timber enhanced with dramatic shafts of light and colour. Operating out of their Adelaide factory, which has been running for more than 20 years, Ambro developed the translucent Luminate concept in 2000.

The exotic timbers that they use are only from managed forests – this means that only 10% of the forest is felled, then left alone for 10 years before the process repeats itself. This thinning of the forest also has its own benefits; allowing more sunlight through the forest canopy and reducing the threat of bush fires.

Ambro’s special translucent material is added to the timber to create strips of light and colour. Opaque strips mean natural light is let through a timber surface – for example in a front door or panel – or they can be lit artificially to dramatic effect: for example in a feature wall piece or table.

Ambro’s unique technology of seamlessly combining translucent strips with either beautiful timbers or vibrant colours has been released in a definitive collection of doors and tables that are far beyond the ordinary.


Gibbon Group
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