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Design Hunters

Living in Design with Missoni

For the birthday issue Habitus 05, which marked a year since the launch of the
magazine, readers were given an opportunity to win a Missoni gift pack
worth $995. To enter, they were asked to subscribe and answer the question: How
does Habitus magazine help you live in design?

From the many responses that were sent in, six entries were
selected for their creativity and ability to inspire. These lucky readers each
received a double set of hand towels, bath towels and bath sheets from the
Keith Collection, and a coordinating black EOS bathmat.

The winning responses:

“Habitus is a gentle reminder in a very busy
lifestyle of the way in which design can lift the human spirit through the
– Megan Davis, Kensington NSW

“Habitus informs: Live breathe feel escape
Habitus interacts: experiential sensory
Habitus inspires: aspirational inspirational
Habitus comments: sustainable driven and

– Kristina Hetherington, Surry Hills NSW

“Habitus reflects the art of good living... Not
simply by show and tell but by casting a keen eye and highlighting the choices
made by lovers of good design and asking why and how the latest choices were
– Melina Pandelides, Lennox Head NSW

“Habitus – it’s sharp, it’s edgy, it’s got
texture, it’s format is cool and it isn’t over in a flash.”
– Catherine
Serafini, Hawthorn VIC

“Habitus inspires one to reveal who they are
through design whilst at the same time connecting with culture.”
– Sandra
Spinelli, Adelaide SA

“I am an architect and lecturer. I love the
content of Habitus, the in-depth discussions. I use it in lectures and
promote the magazine to my design students.”
– Jenny Menso, Bardon QLD

For your chance to win this issue's subscription prize, a Dinosaur Designs Sunshine Salad bowl valued at $550, pick up a copy of Habitus Issue 06 from a selected newsagency or bookstore, or click here to suscribe securely online.

Design Accessories

Cocopani beach umbrella

Inspired by a passion for the beach, the ocean, friends and summer living, this range of fashion beach umbrellas has been designed by model and interior designer, Bianca Cheah.

The classic beach-umbrella form will protect you through days of slurping up ice creams and lounging on the sand. In a range of colours and prints and with a matching carry bag, they are the perfect accessory for summer.

100% cotton canvas and white-powdercoat aluminium frame, with 360º tilt.

181-centimetre span when open, for full body protection – it’s even big enough to share.



Design Accessories

Mini: a cult following

The Mini is a British icon, and has developed a cult following since in was introduced in the 1950s - finding its way to the southern hemisphere not long after. It was considered a relatively cheap and versatile way to get around and grew in popularity across the Region, with many people still driving ‘classic Minis’ today. Re-introduced to the world as the BMW MINI after a short absence, the car received an updated look retaining much of the original design aesthetics. New ‘special editions’ have been released to mark the car’s 50th anniversary and we can expect to soon see a four-wheel-drive version, described as a “chunky soft-roader tailor made for the suburbs” – bound to impress the faithful. In a promotional collaboration last year between BMW MINI, Airstream and Republic of Fritz Hansen saw the bullet-like Airstream Inc. caravan trailer get a revival, producing a new concept of the classic caravan towed by the latest Mini Countryman and kitted out with ‘pedestal-free’ egg chairs – the whole thing out to inspire a beach-goer aesthetic. However, the company goes beyond just releasing new models and concepts every now and then. BMW MINI also finances a magazine (The Mini international) as well as MINI Space, an online initiative that aims “take part in creative projects, competitions, events and parties - about getting involved in ‘Creative Use of Space’”. While last year saw the largest gathering of Minis in the southern hemisphere for the car’s 50th Birthday celebrations, with over 350 Minis crowding onto a Sydney raceway to help spell out the number ‘50’, and a convoy of Minis traversing Sydney to promote the more fuel-efficient Mini Cooper D. BMW MINI explores the cult status of the little dynamo, reinforcing its iconic nature and nurturing a following. Though the Mini itself has been weaving its way in and out of our cities for half a century and, perhaps quite unwittingly, it has also weaved its way into our cultural milieu. BMW MINI mini.com.au   mini cooper mini cooper s mini cooper d mini cooper     abc

Logan Wines

Peter Logan studied and practiced as a process chemist, perhaps an unlikely start to a career in winemaking, but an appreciation of wine and its production was enough to convince him to take on a new life. Now, 11 vintages later, the Logans have grown a successful brand and a unique cellar door that sits proudly within the lush rolling hills of Mudgee and their thriving vineyard. Architect Stephen Buzacott of Buzacott Webber designed the impressive Logan Wines cellar door and unique tasting room, with interiors by Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent and Pyke. 

“Picture a cantilevered glass box that gives the sensation of hanging in the vineyard,” Peter says. “Architecturally, the building is visually spectacular and allows us to take advantage of our natural surroundings.” Soft, warm furniture and materials make it feel more like entering someone’s home than a business. The light and airy space within leads out to the expansive deck where guests can enjoy a drop to drink and a plate of cheese while taking in the magnificent views. The Logans also live on the property in a small cottage – with a modest extension also designed by Buzacott – by the Cudgegong River. “It hadn’t been lived in for 15 years and had cattle traipsing through it for most of that time,” Peter says. When it comes to the wine, Peter believes that Australia is in a unique position with a range of climates and soils for a wide variety of wine production. “Add to this the fact that we aren’t weighed down by a rich winemaking history which governs the way wines must be made – which is the example in ‘old world’ winemaking centres, such as France – [it gives] our wine industry in Australia a lot of freedom to experiment and modernise the winemaking process.” Logan Wines

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Design Hunters

I Ran the Wrong Way…

If you’re familiar with Sydney’s Cleveland Street in Surry
Hills you’ll be aware that, in places, it can be rather uninspiring. However, where
Cleveland meets Marlborough Street is not one of those places.

Here you’ll find one of the newest Design Hunter™ hubs, where a collection of
design-inspired stores has cropped up over the past four years. The latest
addition to this ‘rose among thorns’ is I Ran The Wrong Way, a shoebox-sized
store described as “a trader of good finds”.

Run by the passionate Melinda Tually – a film production freelancer in her other life – the store’s aesthetic could best be described as ‘unpolished’,
fitted out with old furniture and found objects, with just about every nook and
cranny put to good use.

“The premise is ethical, sustainable and local,” Melinda explains. The products
are all sourced from producers earning a fair wage, from Bioplates – bowls and plates made in India from Palm
tree leaves – to local Australian products such as Jangling Jack’s scrap
yard creatures (an unexpected hit).

“I think it’s nice to have some sort of low-key platform for Australian
producers/artists where sometimes I think the barriers can be quite high,” she

While the store may be small and the faded green and white linoleum may be
cracked in places, it’s the unique designs and ‘upcycled’ objects that make
this store a ‘good find’ in itself.

Melinda explains that with the cluster of stores and a number of restaurants
opening nearby, more and more people are taking the time to explore the area. "It's nice that there's an alternative to the likes of Oxford Street for people wanting interesting finds from independent retailers",” she says.

The Cleveland Street hub includes I Ran The Wrong Way, Bird Textile
producing textiles made from certified organic cotton and made in Byron Bay using
solar power – David Met Nicole – an eclectic collection of furniture, homewares
and fashion - and Garden Life – a retail store and landscape design company.

I Ran the Wrong Way

I ran the wrong way

Oh, and the name….

“During a
conversation years ago, a friend dropped that statement whilst they were
sharing a memory and it struck me - the idea of intentionally heading in the
wrong direction," Melinda says.

usually find yourself wandering in the wrong direction or losing your way but
running the wrong way made me laugh and then when I thought about it it
actually resonated with me. Basically going against the grain can take you to
good places too and that’s what I hope people get when they come in here."


Design Accessories

Designer Rugs’ Saffron Collection

Australia’s Designer Rugs has launched their new Saffron collection, a set of modern rugs suitable for commercial and residential spaces, hand-tufted, designed in Australia and made from 100 per cent wool.

The Saffron collection provides affordable style and comprises more than 50 contemporary designs inspired by an aesthetically appealing mixture of luscious patterns and bold colours with an assortment of designs available for immediate purchase.

The new collection is available in stock sizes 160 x 230 cm as well as 190 x 280 cm. Custom-made sizes are also on offer and include in-lay, hall runners and wall-to-wall carpet. All products can also be delivered worldwide.

Designer Rugs is a renowned rug company committed to producing stylish and innovative hand-made rugs and carpets with a reputation for providing quality products, their meticulous attention to detail and personalised customer service.

Rugs and carpets are created as exclusive works of art by a plethora of Australian artists and designers and include a range of contemporary and traditional hand-tufted and hand-knotted varieties created from New Zealand Wool, wool blends, Viscose and pure silks while selected products made from New Zealand Wool are green-star rated.

Designer Rugs
Ph: 1300 802 561
designerrugs.com.au for showroom locations

Image above: Dandelion Ice


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Around The World

Bulgari Resort Bali

  From the cliffs of Tasmania’s North-east Coast we now travel to another secluded cliff-top location that’s a little warmer. It may seem an odd move for a company concerned mainly with the design of jewellery and watches, but iconic Italian brand Bulgari has seen success with their 3 hotels and resorts in Milan, London and Bali. The Bali resort, perched 160 metres above the Indian Ocean, on the Bukit Peninsula opened in 2006. Designed by architects Antonio Citterio and Partners, the resort fuses classic Italian refinement with traditional local Balinese craftsmanship and materials. Offering 59 villas – each with a plunge pool and expansive views – the facilities also include Italian and Indonesian restaurants, a spa, lounge bar, cliff-edge pool as well as its own Hindu Temple at the highest point of the property (in accordance with Balinese tradition). It was Citterio’s vision that the resort would use materials and local craftsmen, combined with his distinctly Italian style, to deliver a unique understated (rather than clichéd) aesthetic – employing a limited palate derived from local timbers, thatching and stone. “The challenge with the Bali resort was to create a unique experience by forging a location which had to be true to the place and not a picturesque representation of it,” Citterio explains. Throughout the Bulgari Resort Bali unique artworks and Balinese antiques are combined with furniture and accessories designed and produced in Bali by local designers and artists. On approach, this tropical hideaway resembles a ‘medieval hilltop fortress’, but its lush surroundings and luxury facilities make for a relaxing modern escape. Bulgari Hotels and Resorts bulgarihotels.com abc

Taste of Sydney Festival

habitusliving.com is giving away 2 entry tickets to the Taste of Sydney event worth $27.50
each. To enter, simply click here and send us an email telling us your
favourite Sydney restaurant and why before Wednesday 3 February 2010.

Food is
more than just fuel for the Design Hunter™, it is as much about the experience
as the dishes – the atmosphere, the pleasure of a shared table, the finest
ingredients and, of course, good wine.

If you’re
in Sydney in March you’ll be lucky enough to indulge all these passions at the
internationally renowned Taste of Sydney food festival. Bringing together 16 of
the city’s best restaurants and chefs, set up in full professional kitchens in
the green surrounds of Centennial Park.

Over four
days from 11 – 14 March 2010, Taste of Sydney will feature signature dishes
from the likes of Becasse, ARIA and Pilu at Freshwater, to name a few, as well
as wines from across the country. A Producer’s Market will also showcase the
best fresh produce from the region while outdoor dining and live music will add
to the festival atmosphere and make the most of Sydney’s pleasant autumn

can explore the finest cuisine and take the opportunity to take part in live
demonstrations by well-known chefs, ‘polish their palate’ with wine experts,
producers and sommeliers and get some one-on-one time with chefs at the Chef’s

At the
very least, the Taste of Sydney festival will allow you to sample the best
Sydney’s has to offer at a good price and all in one location, including: Becasse,Etch & Plan B, ARIA, Guillaume at Bennelong, Pilu at Freshwater, Restaurant
, Danks Street Depot, Flying Fish, Assiette, Bird Cow Fish, Berowra
Waters Inn
, Marque Restaurant, Jonah's at Whale Beach, Buon Ricordo, Longrain
Restaurant & Bar
and Four In Hand.

are now available
starting at $27.50 for a standard entry ticket. With Premium and
VIP tickets also available.

habitusliving.com is giving away 2 entry tickets to the Taste of Sydney event worth $27.50
each. To enter,
click here and send us an email telling us your
favourite Sydney restaurant and why
before Wednesday 3 February 2010.

Taste of Sydney



Design Accessories

Izona CoolDrawer

Once the kitchen was quite static, determined by often small spaces and placement of chimney stacks and windows. However, as our homes have grown in size and our lives have become increasingly integrated with technology, so our kitchen needs have changed shape.

Thanks to innovations such as Fisher & Paykel’s Izona range of appliances, the dishwasher is more accessible, the cook top easy to maintain and the fridge can even be in more than one place.

The Izona CoolDrawer offers what Fisher & Paykel call ‘modular freedom’, allowing different drawer refrigeration systems to be placed together or separated around the kitchen.

Not only are you able to plan your kitchen layout with a great deal more flexibility, but once installed each unit can also work as pantry, fridge or freezer, offering five different temperature settings for premium food storage, and the ability to reshape your kitchen at the touch of a button.

The CoolDrawer also offers aesthetic flexibility with the option to have units fully integrated into the surrounding cabinetry or with a stainless steel façade.

Taking up no more space than a traditional underbench drawer the units offer freedom of placement that best suits you and the way you live your life – finally, with Izona, you can decide how your kitchen works for you, not the other way around.


Fisher & Paykel

1300 650 590





Gallery Parramatta

Words: Paul McGillick – Habitus magazine Editor

Settled in the same year as the colony was founded in 1788 – because it offered quality farm land which Sydney lacked – Parramatta has long been officially a city. But it has always lacked the urbanity of a true city – until now, because the demographics are rapidly changing. Government departments are moving their headquarters there along with a range of commercial companies, including lawyers and accountants.

The new Gallery development – 246 apartments with eight commercial units on the ground floor – close to the heart of the CBD is a response to these changes, offering quality residential space and amenity comparable to inner-suburban Sydney.

No doubt the strong hint of ‘Bali-style’ owes something to the Crown Group’s CEO, Iwan Sunito, who is an Indonesian-Australian. The building was designed by Joshua International Architects, Watermark Interior Designers and Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects and stands almost as a gateway building to Parramatta with its lively façade the first thing one sees driving off the freeway towards the city.

The two towers are linked by a screened spine and ceremonial entry with a decorative gate. Inside, water features and lush topical plantings connect the lobby with the gardens. A library and functions room form the two arms of a U-shaped garden leading to the 25 metre-swimming pool with its timber decks and Balinese-style gazebo. The complex also includes a Scandinavian-inspired sauna and fully-equipped gymnasium.

Surrounded by low-rise buildings, the apartments enjoy spectacular views, especially from the penthouses on the 16th and 17th floors.

With more such developments in the pipeline, Parramatta is starting to offer the kind of amenity appropriate for its size and importance, but so far noticeable for its absence. The planning mistakes of the past are now being addressed and the city is changing rapidly and, with any luck, its rich historical heritage will soon be matched by more quality contemporary buildings such as the Justice Precinct, NSW Police Headquarters and Sydney Water.

Crown Gallery






Crown CEO, Iwan Sunito, Minister for Housing The Hon David Bodger, and Crown’s Paul Sathio




Design Accessories

Long-D Clock

Hong Kong-based designers Kit Men last year developed a dual time zone alarm clock for manufacturer M.N.S. The quirky design offers one clock to tell local time while a second faded clock face records the ‘away’ time of loved ones overseas.

Now, following the same theme, Kit Men Keung has created the more elegant and refined ‘Long-D’ wall clock for Taiwanese company Verso Lab. However, with ‘Long-D’ the designer has incorporated the second time zone into the single clock face.

The concept behind this latest clock is to create a “visually subtle style while maintaining a regular relationship with someone on the other side of the globe”. The third hand on the clock is ‘greyed out’ as a subtle, yet useful reminder of loved-ones.

“The colour contrast of secondary clock hands have been delicately reduced to appear like a shadow on the interface acting as a conscious reminder of the distance between the user and their connections abroad,” Kit Men explains.

The piece is available in white or charcoal grey and as a square or round face.

The Long-D is another example of design which connects us, in a very lo-tech way, to others – a simple design to evoke very strong emotional ties.

Kit Men


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Around The World

Bay of Fires Lodge

Much of
Australia’s landscape retains the enviable title of ‘unspoiled’, with seemingly
endless stretches of coastline. If there is one particular place that deserves
this tag, it’s Tasmania’s Bay of Fires.

So when
architect Ken Latona was invited to design an accommodation lodge set on the
Bay of Fires coastline, it was clear that the building would need to sit as
lightly as possible upon the landscape.

two long timber and glass pavilions, The Bay of Fires Lodge used sustainable
materials and construction methods to minimise its impact on the surrounding
environment – atop a hill overlooking the ocean and surrounded by Mount William
National Park

this luxury accommodation does not come without a little work – though one
could hardly call absorbing the natural coastal beauty on offer ‘work’ – this
unique experience incorporating at least three days of walking to get to the

On the
first night guests will enjoy the demountable accommodation at Forester Beach
Camp (also designed by Latona), while traversing the beautiful coastline and
stopping to eat and relax on the white sandy beaches and reaching the Lodge on
the second day.

there is no need to lug all your belongings, or food, with the guides arranging
for all your needs including preparing meals. The Lodge has been specifically
designed to provide maximum connection with the environment, with decks and
windows framing views across the wilderness.

For the
adventurous Design Hunter™, the Bay of Fires Lodge will take you off the beaten
track to bring you considerate, sustainable architecture in a truly unspoiled

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