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Design Accessories

Sicis Mosaic Tile and Bath

SICIS products are about much more than tiles; they are works of art, which express culture, trends and the way we live.

One of their latest collections delivers a unique creative approach to mosaic tiles. Consisting of a combination of wall, floor and bath designs the work can be customised to suit almost any application.

The SICIS ‘Flower Power FL06 Red’ wall design, ‘The One Marble, Bianco Carrara’ floor design and beautiful ‘Denver 05’ bathtub combine to create a passionate, rich bathroom setting.

The floral decoration is created with the age-old tradition of artistic mosaic, with each tile hand-cut and hand-laid for each individual masterpiece.

The designs demonstrate the versatility of the SICIS approach, proving that art mosaic is alive and strong in contemporary design.

MATERIALS:    Glass and Marble

DIMENSIONS:    Flower Power – custom-made to customer’s size

                            Bath – Denver 05 – 1770 x 778 x 495mm

SICIS Australia
Ph: 1300 310 002


Circa, The Prince

A popular drinking and dining destination in Melbourne’s (mostly) sunny St Kilda, Circa, the Prince has undergone a major refurbishment which “deconstructs” the dining experience, according to owners John and Lisa van Haandel.

A wealth of natural light, a roof top garden, subtly Scandinavian-esque furniture, and a plethora of local talent have brought this new space together.

“It’s more than just a refurbishment. It’s evolution. The next exciting chapter, if you like,” says John van Haandel.

“[The] new interior has come together through a collaboration of local furniture designers, retailers, artists and stylists including Gloss Creative, Format, Comer & King, Native, Joost Bakker and Dale Frank,” he says.

The result is warm, textured interiors which exude modernity, relaxation and revitalisation in equal parts. “Very much an environment to soothe and stimulate the senses.”

Just past the reception area, a timber table lined with stools forms offers visitors a relaxed communal area for casual wining and dining.

Imbuing the space with a relaxed, convivial feel, this sets the scene for the light-filled courtyard which features a verdant herb garden, designed by Joost.

Most of Circa’s dining takes place here, where a canopy of glass and pressed metal opens the area to natural light, while protecting it from the rain. By night, Tom Dixon hand-beaten brass pendant lights illuminate the space with an intimate golden glow.

The restaurant is a dramatically different space, divided into three dining rooms and defined by classic 1930s triple-feather etched windows, striking Bedouin fabric panels, and Belgian linen upholstery.

And if you think this isn’t quite enough, then it’s worth a wander upstairs, where The Prince’s rooftop deck features a Joost-designed kitchen garden – which we suspect is Head Chef Matt Wilkinson’s favourite area.

“Vertically stacked and tiered plant boxes are sunlit and watered by the large supply of water we collect, creating this amazing compact garden. With everything at our finger tips, things couldn’t be fresher,” says Wilkinson.

Circa, the Prince

Around The World

Capella Lodge – Lord Howe Island

When we travel, we look for home in far away places, constantly searching for our own version of paradise. The World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island is where many people end their search. 

The Island sits in the Pacific Ocean, around two hours flight from Sydney Brisbane and offers the world’s southern-most coral reef. Its climate is described as “perpetual spring”.

Capella Lodge, on the Southern tip of Lord Howe, is a luxury nine-suite resort overlooking picturesque Lover’s Bay. Owned and managed by Baillie Lodges the destination last year received a $1.5 million refurbishment, including new suites designed by architect Justin Long. 

In 2004 husband and wife team Hayley and James Baillie purchased the property – then called Capella South – on a romantic getaway of their own.

“We were struck by its remote beauty, the ‘lose-yourself’, laidback feel, the ever-changing horizons of reef and ocean,” James explains.

“We redesigned the lodge as Capella Lodge, the first in a collection of intimate lodges in unique destinations.”

The Lodge includes a full restaurant with fresh, simple food delivered by Executive Chef Phil Woolaston, with a view to match from the dining room, overlooking the Pacific and Lord Howe’s lush rugged mountains.

Justin Long has delivered two new premium suites – the Lidgbird Pavillion and Makambo Loft – both providing rich connections with the landscape with the highest quality finishes and interior design – echoing the relaxed island life.

Guests have the choice of a range of activities across the Island as well as the Capella Spa. As far as Island escapes go, it doesn’t come more relaxed than Lord Howe Island.

“The idea was to create a luxury Lodge from which a small number of guests would enjoy this island paradise,” James says. “’Barefoot luxury’, we like to call it.”


Capella Lodge

Design Hunters

Indonesia’s Alvin Tjitrowirjo

Perhaps suffering from its proximity to Australia and Singapore, Indonesia has been slow to develop a contemporary design culture – with the market chiefly concerned with traditional crafts and imported designs.

However times are changing, as a small group of emerging designers forges original, exciting expressions of an evolving Indonesia. One of these passionate revolutionaries is Alvin Tjitrowirjo.

Born in Indonesia in 1983, Alvin had always found the country lacking (in everything except the food). It wasn’t until he graduated from Industrial Design at RMIT in Melbourne and returned to his homeland that he saw the opportunities Indonesia presented.

“After experimenting with local material such as rattan and other types of wood,” Alvin explains, “I quickly began to realise that Indonesia had big potential – not just material-wise but also culture-wise – that I could capitalise on to create what is now my long-term target; the new contemporary look of Indonesian Design.”

Following a highly-prized internship with Marcel Wanders, Alvin began his eponymous brand – alvinT – and began presenting the new face of Indonesian design to the world.

“In Jakarta, the ball of the design world has just started moving since several young designers started to shake things up,” he says. While this represents a significant shift, Alvin explains that they face an uphill battle with an influx of international brands.

“We are trying hard to stick to our idealism in this heavily commercialised environment, while at the same time continuing to produce original well-designed, locally made products.”

Alvin T Linger Bench

Alvin’s contemporary Indonesian designs are informed not only by the designer’s heritage and traditional materials, but also by the challenging of accepted social interactions. The Mingle Bench (above), for example, has been designed to create greater interaction between often-shy Indonesians.

“I designed the base with a large curve to create a sense of imbalance so when another person sits on it, the bench will bounce slightly to notify the other user… to provoke casual interaction between them.”

Alvin has received a great deal of international attention, exhibiting throughout the world and appearing in a number of competitions, while promoting Indonesian design through media and local organisations.

“Today, Indonesia has been my source of inspiration, and you can see it not just from the material I use, but also how I interpret how Indonesians react or socialise,” he says. “I try to look at local problems and tackle it through a more international point of view.”



Sydney Seafood School

A culinary institution in Sydney, the fish market at Blackwattle Bay had long held the secrets of seafood cooking close to its chest. That was until 20 years ago, when it was decided this knowledge should be shared with the whole city – so the Sydney Seafood School was born.

Until recently the school – which sees renowned chefs and other members of the food industry pass on their skills – had been teaching Sydneysiders and visitors the best ways to cook seafood in a space akin to a TAFE cookery classroom. Celebrating their 20th birthday last November, the Seafood School decided it was time for a facelift.

Employing the services of Dreamtime Australia Design's Michael McCann, the demonstration room, kitchens and dining area have all been given a dramatic overhaul, including appliances from Fisher & Paykel.

Entering through a corridor with sandblasted sandstone walls you walk on to the demonstration area, set up like a lecture theatre, with large television screens to help catch all the instructions. The walls of the theatre are actually made of hand-cut salmon skin leather tiles.

After watching the demo, you’ll move on to the kitchens where floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the fish market auction floor, while the moody tones, lighting, stainless steel benches and chalk-on-blackboard drawings create a sleek professional aesthetic – the perfect place to test out the recipes you’ve just learnt.

One of the best things about the Seafood School format is that you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour, and with the updated dining room, it is a joy. A backlit photograph of the view towards ANZAC Bridge tastefully impersonates a harbour vista, while McCann’s fishnet lights (7000 light bulbs suspended in netting) continue the understated fishy motif.

The new Sydney Seafood School has a full list of classes available across a wide range of seafood and styles.

Fisher & Paykel and habitusliving.com are giving you the chance to win one of 2 classes to the Sydney Seafood School. To win, simply click here and send us an email describing your most memorable seafood experience. The two most creative responses will each win a class.

Sydney Seafood School

Design Accessories

WHY – Luxury on the Sea

Yachts are often seen as a luxury of the rich, and unfortunately this amazing boat concept is no exception. Unveiled late last year with a full-sized model, the 58 x 38-metre Wally Hermes Yacht (the WHY) is described by its creators as more like an island than a boat.

Consisting of around 3,400sqm of living space, the WHY accommodates 12 guests (in absolute luxury – you could probably fit a small army on board) and also sports a 130-metre-long promenade deck and 25-metre-long ‘thermo-regulated’ swimming pool.

The partnership between global accessories company, Hermčs and Yacht builder Wally, represents a coming together of two well-known brands in yet another cross-discipline collaboration.

Although the WHY may seem like pie in the sky, the yacht has gone through extensive testing, research and development to ensure that a working version could actually be built.

The project also aims to reduce this floating island’s impact on the environment, employing the latest technologies to minimise emissions – using solar and wind power as well as developing new propulsion methods to assist the diesel engines.

The three core elements of the yacht’s design are the same as you’d expect for any land-based home – space, light and shade – taking on much more importance on the sea, where these elements are at a premium.

“The WHY 58X38 yacht looks very unfamiliar but it remains on a human scale,” says Pierre-Alexis Dumas – Artistic Director, Hermčs. “Space is the greatest luxury on the sea, but I believe the new luxury will be the time to enjoy it.”

WHY Yachts



Design Hunters

Wedgwood and Designer Rugs

When it comes to iconic homewares, there’s none more steeped in history than the Wedgwood brand. Producing unique tableware designs since 1759, the company become known for collaborating with some of history’s most talented designers, such as Eric Ravilious, Keith Murray, Susie Cooper and Eduardo Paolozzi – and more recently, fashion designers Vera Wang and Jasper Conran.

In celebration of Wedgwood’s 250th Anniversary Tour Australian, rug company Designer Rugs have been chosen to produce a series of limited hand-crafted rugs using well-known Wedgwood designs.

“It is an absolute honour to work with an iconic brand such as Wedgwood,” says Yosi Tal, Managing Director of Designer Rugs, “a brand that, like Designer Rugs, believes in the importance of innovative and timeless design.”

Designer Rugs will produce five rug designs made from 100% pure New Zealand Wool; ‘The Dancing Hours’, ‘The Palladian’, ‘The NeoClassical’, ‘Renaissance Gold’ – all in exclusive limited editions of 30 – and the ‘Sydney Cove Medallion’ (pictured above) in a limited run of just 10 rugs.

This collaboration sees the iconic Wedgwood brand move into a new realm of design. “Wedgwood is a name inextricably linked to classic elegance and Designer Rugs are renowned for excellence in custom design,” explains Fiona Irving of WWRD Australia.

“Together, we have created an indulgent rug collection which beautifully reflects the Wedgwood aesthetic and celebrates our joint commitment to artistry and craftsmanship.”

This unique rug collection will be launched at exclusive events in Brisbane (March 1) and in Sydney (March 5). The invitation only events will be officiated by special guest Lord Wedgwood of Barlaston.

Designer Rugs


Join the celebrations and take home your own piece of Wedgwood and Designer Rugs

Enter now for your chance to attend the launch of the 250th anniversary rug collection for Wedgwood in Sydney and Brisbane – win a ticket to the launch event and a Wedgwood collectable (valued at $49.95). Simply send us an email by Friday 26 February telling us why you’d like to attend.

Hurry as there are only 10 gift and ticket packs to be won in each city.


Renaissance Gold

Sydney Cove – Wedgwood collectables and Designer Rug

Palladian wedgwood designer rugs


Neo Classical wedgwood designer rugs

Neo Classical

Dancing Hours wedgwood designer rugs

Dancing Hours 

wedgwood designer rugs Sydney Cover 

Sydney Cove

wedgwood designer rugs Renaissance Gold

Renaissance Gold


The Wollongong House

When someone asks you to recall your childhood home, it is most likely the spaces, the smells and the people that come to mind, but undoubtedly they come with an unexplainable sense of belonging. This powerful connection with home is something that occupies many of us for our entire lives.

For designer Brian van der Plaat this connection was the focus of a brief given to him by the owners of the Wollongong house – around 90 mins south of Sydney. The 1950s weatherboard house was originally owned by one of the clients’ grandparents and was where their mother grew up.




“The inspiration was to renovate the existing house in a contemporary manner while maintaining the existing integrity and feeling of original house,” Van Der Plaat explains.

The sensitive restoration of the home included adding modern elements including a kitchen and bathroom while delivering a distinct connection with the established garden – achieved through the use of large timber sliding doors and expansive covered deck.



The outdoor area, with mixed hardwood deck and pergola, updates the 1950s design, creating the outdoor room – a prominent feature of the modern Australian home – providing outdoor kitchen and dining.



Core to maintaining the home’s character, original features such as the plaster cornices, cabinetry and fireplace have been kept and highlighted. These respectful attributions to the past sit alongside the contemporary additions of the kitchen and mirrored pantry, bathroom vanity and shower units.


“These elements are independent of the original fabric and are therefore clearly new, functional elements complementing the existing building,” the designer says.

Mirror has been used to reflect and distribute light from the north-facing garden throughout the house, while red lacquer and coloured mosaics in the bathroom complement the 1950s feel.


“The main purpose for this protect,” Van Der Plaat says, “was to re-use the existing house, maintain its integrity and the personal connection to the past while upgrading its facilities and adapting to the requirements of new a generation.”


Brian Van Der Plaat



Photography by Sharrin Rees

Design Accessories

Block 2 by Henry Pilcher

‘Block 2’ is the first design from Henry Pilcher to go into production. The design turns the classic aluminium industrial lampshade into a playful, dynamic lighting feature – encasing it in a geometric timber frame.

The unique icosahedron frame allows the light to be positioned on one of 20 bases, providing versatile light play in any room.

Inspiration for the design came from an old lightshade found in an abandoned warehouse in Western Australia named Black 2 – giving rise to the product’s name.

“When designing this piece,” Pilcher explains, “I was interested in using the found lightshade. To create a stand and plonk the shade on top seemed too conventional. The idea of a frame for the light brings life to the shade, which was otherwise neglected.”

Pilcher’s craftsmanship is evident in the beautiful mountain ash timber frame, held together with colour-matched custom aluminium brackets and black Chicago screws. The spun aluminium shades come in 4 colours: red, blue black and white.

Neither a pendant, nor conventional floor lamp, Block 2 can be stacked or arranged in countless ways to suit any space.

The details:

Block 2 consists of a 460mm-diameter powder-coated, spun aluminium shade housed in an 18mm x 18mm mountain ash frame in the form of an icosahedron (20 x 325mm equilateral triangles) that stands 510mm above the floor.






Block 2 light henry pilcher anibou red

Block 2 light henry pilcher anibou stacked

Block 2 light henry pilcher anibou red joint detail

Block 2 light henry pilcher anibou red

Design Hunters

Taste of Sydney Winners

For the Taste of Sydney Festival will, running from 11 – 14 March 2010, habitusliving.com offered readers the opportunity to win 2 tickets. The response was overwhelming, showing that Sydneysiders really love their food and their restaurants. We had two winners who painted us pictures of their favourite Sydney restaurants, standing out as the best. Congratulations to Chantal Henderson and Lucy Pullin. "I lurve Bodega in Surry Hills – first the angst of trying to get a table, followed by the thrill of landing one and then the joy of diving into all those tapas treats – perfect for the indecisive person like me – how could anyone say no to chorizo!" Chantal Henderson "An authentic Italian experience. Sitting in the courtyard we could have been in Italy. The staff – mostly Italian, spoke about the food personally. They explained the food and wine through telling stories of where they were from, giving reassurance that this is how is it done in Italy. We started with baked olives - delicious and it was just the beginning. The standard had been set for the evening and it didn’t disappoint." Lucy Pullin Congratulations to you both, enjoy the festival! And stay tuned for more great prizes on habitusliving.com   abc

Arthur G Benson Wing-Back Chair


Designed by:  Arthur G

I am:  The Arthur G Benson Wing-Back Chair


Offering unrivalled comfort and style the Arthur G Benson Wing-Back Chair represents a design classic. As with all Arthur G products, the elegant, luxurious and exclusive piece is the result of local craftsmanship – designed and manufactured in Australia.

The Wing-Back Chair is yet another example of Arthur G’s 30 years experience in producing quality, innovative furniture designs.

Available in either full grain leather or fabric upholstery – with upholstery plugs or piping – the Benson Wing-Back Chair features a magnificent Victorian hardwood frame.

With innovative, unique designs Arthur G is continuing to strengthen and evolve their collection, delivering the character, colour and texture for which the company has become renowned.

Length 770mm x Depth 900mm x Height 1050mm

For an investment in timeless quality and comfort contact (03) 9429 6696 or visit the Arthur G website arthurg.com.au


Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

Parisi – Bathware and Doorware

For the majority of us, living in design is an aspiration rather than a reality. Having an architect design our house, owning the latest Italian leather lounge or a Danish design classic is something to work towards often over a lifetime.

But there are many smaller items and objects in the home that also allow us to express our design personality. The incongruous cabinet handle or the functional basin is just as revealing of our particular aesthetic – perhaps even more so than the large pieces of furniture we feature within our homes.

Parisi incorporates two of these less conspicuous items under one quality brand name. Bathware and doorware are examples of products that speak to our subconscious, enhancing our way of living without dominating over it.

Parisi Bathware manufactures a range of vitreous china toilets, basins and pedestal basins, as well as baths, showers, tapware and accessories. Bringing together sophisticated looks with advance research, the Parisi range of products displays the delicate nuances of design that enable individual expression.

Simple and stylish, Parisi also manufactures and imports a diverse range of architectural doorware. Whether you’re looking for lever handles, door handles, cabinetware or accessories, Parisi Doorware has something for everyone.

When selecting products for the home, personality is just as important as the basics – hardware that is hard-wearing and beautiful, and bathware that creates an atmosphere of well-being.