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The Ushering In Of A New Era For B&B

When a new collaborator comes into the fold of any brand, alterations, no matter how subtle, will occur. Human nature and our experiences subconsciously shape us, and ultimately reflect our work and our trademarks and characteristics. When Piero Lissoni became the new Artistic Director of B&B Italia, his aim was to take the direction of the Italian furniture company into a different place. With the introduction of the Borea collection, B&B’s first ever outdoor collection, it's clear to see the brand’s direction under Lissoni is certainly one of innovation and intelligence. b&B italia borea outside Borea is a complete and eclectic collection of outdoor seats and tables designed by Lissoni. Encompassing a vast range full of multiple designs, B&B ensures it has covered all bases in the outdoor furniture department with this collection. The collection includes two-and three-seater sofas, an oversized armchair, a low small armchair and a dining chair, all with stackable aluminium structures painted in dove grey, sage, clay and anthracite colours. Available from June via Space Furniture, the pieces stackable, manoeuvrable and most unique of all, consider the planet through a new sustainable approach. b&b italia outdoors Comfort is ensured by generous cushions, which are not only soft and relaxing but were also developed to be sustainable. The padding on the Borea range is made with a polyester fibre filling made from recycled PET plastic bottles. The recycled polyester fibre is used for the upholstery, its covers’ waterproof canvas and the yarn used for the stitching and zips. Recycling one kilogram of PET produces 930-grams of new material, a fibre with exceptional softness, elasticity and durability, which is entirely circular and fully recycled. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="110154,110155,110156,110157"] All pieces within the collection possess the same tubular metal structures that are jointless, meaning a fluid and seamless design that echoes throughout. The metal bending processes take advantage of techniques typically used in the aeronautical sector and transport them into the world of outdoor furniture bringing life to a collection with an unmistakable style. All furniture in the collection can be completely disassembled in order to move easily or give it a new life. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y425ozXVVM[/embed] The dining tables reflect the characteristics and colours of the seats within the Borea collection, but Lissoni has opted for steel as opposed to aluminium to support the tops, which consist of teak and glazed lava stone. The lava stone comes from the slopes of Mount Etna (Sicily, Italy) and is available in large rectangular tiles, coloured in sage, clay and ocean blue, that fit seamlessly with the whole collection. The glazed surface is made with a special material obtained by recycling the glass of discarded TV and PC monitors, applied directly to the stone through an exclusive manufacturing process – just another way that B&B Italia is bringing a circular approach to the brand. b&b italia borea outdoor setting The low tables are designed to complement the sofas and chairs and have the same tops composed of glazed lava stone tiles. The tables are available in two sizes, with structures in steel rod painted in dove grey, sage, clay and anthracite. The collection is enriched and completed by a series of round tables that offer multiple support solutions. The Borea coffee tables, which come in three sizes and heights, have thin structures in dove-gray, sage, clay and anthracite painted steel rod and are available with tops in glazed lava stone in sage, clay and ocean blue colours. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="110159,110160"] The full Borea range will be available in June at Space Furniture, in both their showrooms and online. Space Furniture spacefurniture.com.auabc
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Design Accessories

Cittero M range from Axor


Axor is famous for designing exquisite bathroom fittings in collaboration with world-class designers; their ranges featuring work by by Patricia Urquiola, Philippe Starck and Jean-Marie Massaud.

The Cittero M range is no exception; Italian designer Antonio Cittero has created modernity inspired by Milan, producing a line of post-war Italian and modernist-infused products.

Antonio’s range has an emphasis on profile and celebrates the tap mechanism. The flush tap covers on the splashback of the 3-hole Basin Mixer and the exposed fittings of the Angle Valve Bidet Tap celebrate Antonio’s genius while blending with any décor.

The Cittero M range complements the frosted glass shades of the double wall lamp and the soft tapers of the ceramic bathtub in the Axor Cittero range.

Antonio’s latest designs were used in the recent refurbishment of the 18th Century Ketschauer Hof Hotel in Deidesheim, Germany. While Axor’s parent company Hansgrohe AG was recently heralded the leader in sanitation design by International Forum Design (iF).

Hansgrohe Australia
(61 3) 9811 9971

axor tapware antonio cittero

axor tapware antonio cittero

axor tapware antonio cittero

axor tapware antonio cittero

axor tapware antonio cittero

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Rado r5.5 by Jasper Morrison

Rado have been pioneers in the use of high-tech ceramics in watchmaking for over 20 years, exemplifying the best of Swiss craftsmanship.

This wealth of experience has helped the brand produce some of the world’s most iconic watches. Now, welcomed into the fold is the distinctive r5.5 from renowned British designer, Jasper Morrison.

Demonstrating Morrison’s unique approach to design, the watch has been stripped down to its bare elements, providing a timepiece that is both beautiful and functional.

The curved edges of the square case give a distinctive Morrison aesthetic and also give the watch its name, r5.5 – referring to the radius of these curves.

The chronograph models have been reduced to their essential elements – just two counters, date and hands – while the basic models offer even more refinement.

The r5.5 collection is the third stage in Rado’s collaboration with Morrison; the designer previously re-designing the brand’s iconic Ceramica timepiece and watch packaging.

Available in either matt or polished high-tech ceramic, there are 8 models in total – all water-resistant to 30m, hypoallergenic and lightweight.

Look out for the new r5.5 Automatic, coming soon.


(61 3) 8844 3300


Rado r5.5 Jasper Morrison chronograph

Rado r5.5 Jasper Morrison chronograph side bracelet detail

Rado r5.5 Jasper Morrison chronograph

Rado r5.5 Jasper Morrison basic model


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Design Accessories

Perrin and Rowe Tapware


For projects requiring a traditional look, Perrin & Rowe have a wide selection of tapware and accessories.

Referencing art deco, classical and French country design influences, the company’s tapware and accessories design offer the highest level of honest craftsmanship.

The ‘Provence’ bridge-style kitchen tap, with its lever or crossheadhandles has a certain machine aesthetic, while the ‘Aquitaine’ , with its flared extremities references French hotels. The ‘Art Deco’ hand basin, stands majestically in the bathroom awaiting use.

In keeping with these designs, Perrin & Rowe’s bidets offer a complementary aesthetic.

The products are the labour of  founders Bob Perrin and Greg Rowe who, 30 years ago, dreamt of manufacturing the highest quality traditional tapware for kitchens and bathrooms; to “blend original design with engineering excellence”.

Achieving the highest standards, Perrin & Rowe plate their taps at 20-25 microns in a choice of chrome, nickel, pewter, gold and English bronze. All products are designed and made in-house.

Perrin & Rowe, imported by The English Tapware Company, is  specially made for Australian conditions.

The English Tapware Company
(61 3) 9818 1403








Design Accessories

Smeg: The Linear Range

Stone-plate pizzas, Sunday roasts, chocolate mud cakes and Mum’s special recipes can only be realised if the oven is right.

Gabriele Centazzo’s Linear range for Smeg brings cutting-edge, almost futuristic design to the forefront of the kitchen, melding intuitive controls with outstanding performance.

The SAP112-8 Smeg Linear Pyrolytic Single Oven is the perfect option for every kitchen; with a massive capacity, intuitive cooking and the Smeg Thermoseal system everyone has the chance to be the gourmet chef they have always wanted to be.

Smeg’s new Thermoseal system is unprecedented in terms of a perfectly sealed oven that ensures optimum heat distribution, maximum energy efficiency and the retention of natural juices in meats and fish.

Favourites such as beef, vegetables and biscuits are preset with Smart Chef technology and special home-made dishes can be programmed to make cooking even easier.

The oven features five cooking levels for easy access and a recessed floor for a pizza stone, creating authentic meals at home.

Quadruple glazing and Cool Door technology ensures fingers aren’t burnt against the oven door and less heat is emitted from the oven, creating a more comfortable kitchen environment.

Cleaning is also made easy with a pyrolitic cleaning system - the oven will lock shut and heat up to 500C for a 90 minute process. This extreme temperature literally carbonises all food debris from the walls of the oven, leaving a small pile of dust on the oven floor that can simply be wiped away.

With fingerprint-proof satin stainless steel, a flush oven door and LED-lit display panel, the oven will look smart no matter what mess you make in the kitchen.

A fabulous feast will never be a problem with the Linear Pyrolytic Oven from Smeg.

Smeg Appliances
(61 2) 9384 5678



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Design Accessories

Falper George; bathroom collection

What does your bathroom say about you? For some, the bathroom is a place to make a clear statement of who they are, to be bold and unrestrained. The George range, designed by Michael Schmidt and Falper, gives you that opportunity. Echoing the shape of an aftershave bottle, the pedestal washbasin displays unique ‘quilted’ detail in the Pietraluce basin, with white ‘gelcoat’ surfaces, curves of oak wood and a beautiful stainless steel base. Each material has been carefully selected to create this powerful masculine aesthetic. The ‘George’ mirror is the perfect complement, with a large polished steel frame – created from a single piece – and storage units of matt black wood and glass shelves. The unique George collection from Falper will be available exclusively from Rogerseller Sydney in June 2010. Embracing style with uncompromising boldness and passion, Rogerseller will continue to deliver sophisticated and memorable solutions. To register your interest, or to find out more contact: Steve Liggett Rogerseller PYD Building +61 2 8396 8700 steve.l@rogerseller.com.au or visit rogerseller.com.au         abc

Art Month Art Classes 2010

Art Month Sydney 2010 is ‘drawing’ to a close, however there is still plenty to see and do over the next couple of weeks, including the Art Month Sydney Art Classes.

This Wednesday 24 March, Artist Paul Jackson will lead a class in the use of grisaille – a 16th Century technique for which Paul is well known – in painting the human head.

Paul will guide participants through the system of painting, using himself as the model. The class will be held at the Boutwell Draper Gallery in Redfern from 11am – 1:30pm.

If you’re not able to make tomorrow’s workshop, you can catch ‘Investigating Structure & Colour’ with Artist Rae Bolotin, which will use sculptures to develop a series of colour drawings exploring form and representation.

This class will be held at the Sofitel Wentworth, where Rae Bolotin’s work is currently on display, and will run from 12 – 1:30pm on Wednesday 31 March.

Both classes include use of all equipment including Winsor & Newton fine art materials.

Art Month Sydney and habitusliving.com are giving readers the chance to win a free ticket to each of these classes. The first two people to email rsvp@artmonthsydney.com and quote habitusliving.com will get a free place at one of the classes. If you miss out, you can still secure your place by emailing.

Art Class: Eckersley's and Paul Jackson
Boutwell Draper Gallery - 82-84 George St, Redfern

Wednesday 24 March, 11am to 1.30pm
$60 each, materials included

Art Class: Eckersley's and Rae Bolotin
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth - 5/61-101 Phillip Street Sydney
Wednesday 31 March, 12-noon to 1.30pm
$40 each, materials included


Art Month Sydney

Image above: 'The Smoking Tohunga 2009' by Paul Jackson 


Happy Haus

Did you just watch Grand Designs on the telly? Read on for Australia's answer to the Huf Haus, by Australian architects. The story of pre-fabricated homes is littered with references to ‘kit home’ and ‘country cottage’; the term ‘good design’ rarely gets a look-in. In Europe, companies such as Huf Haus – with precise German efficiency – have revolutionised the pre-fabricated housing market, taking design to the next level. The trend is now taking hold in Australia, with new firm, Happy Haus, taking its lead from its German forebears to create ‘pre-made’ homes (a purposeful deviation from the ‘pre-fab’ tag) suited to the Australian climate.   The idea behind Happy Haus is to provide architecturally-designed homes with minimal build-time and on-site construction. “In addition to their design attributes,” explains Happy Haus founder Toby Lewis, “each home is produced in a specialised factory to ensure quality, cost control and time efficiency, all of which benefit the end consumer with money, time and effort all kept to a minimum.”         According to Lewis, this efficiency means it takes just 4 – 12 weeks to complete a Happy Haus home, trucked in and bolted straight onto screw-pile foundations. Designs are also modular, and can potentially be relocated, encouraging a more sustainable approach to home building – allowing the house to ‘grow’ with its inhabitants.       The designs have received a great deal of media coverage – some heralding the approach as a re-invention of the pre-fab industry – with Queensland firms Donovan Hill and Owen and Vokes responsible the first two ranges – the ‘DHAN SERIES’ and ‘WHITE SERIES’. New ranges will soon be available from Sydney and Melbourne architects, Drubach and Block and O’Connor and Houle.       The base-model 1-bedroom home starts at around $100,000 with 3-bedroom homes starting from around $210,000. If you’re near Brisbane, you can visit the display Happy Haus on the Corner of Tribune and Grey Streets, South Bank.   Happy Haus
 happyhaus.com.au     abc
Design Accessories

The Meyerhoffer Surfboard

This unusual board design is the eponymous work of designer Thomas Meyerhoffer. Meyerhoffer – also a keen surfer – is in Australia for the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing. habitusliving.com took the opportunity to learn a little more about the designer’s passion for surfboards and product design...

habitusliving.com: Why re-design something that's already so popular in its current forms?

Thomas Meyerhoffer: I saw an opportunity to merge the experience of a shortboard and a longboard. Taking the best features from the two and creating a completely new experience. Any surfboard has its place in the shaping world. This is a remix of features and experiences.

Can you describe what you love about surfing and board making?

The physical act of surfing. To shape an object that is then used in its purest form - surfing on a wave. The response from the stoked surfer riding your design is also a very humbling feeling.

Can you describe surfers’ responses to the design?

It’s been really awesome. From weekend surfers that got their "best wave" ever on this design to the professional surfers stoked on exploring a different experience.

Could you tell me a little about your other designs?

Well you can go to my website meyerhoffer.com and there are 3 projects features - the surfboards - the wikireader and the silent boxes - there is also all the sport design I have done prior to the surfboards.

Where to next for the Meyerhoffer?

I’m working on several new projects - I can’t say much more than that - but there are more new projects and board shapes on their way.

More importantly, where's the next wave you'll be riding?

Haha, yes that is very important indeed! After an amazing week in Noosa at the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing with all time conditions, I surfed this morning with former Australian longboard champion Josh Constable - we traded boards and had a great surf. Tomorrow I hope to surf Crescent Head in northern NSW... and then back to California with a trip down to Mexico.... There is a new south swell on its way...


The Meyerhoffer has been selected as a Finalist in the 2010 Australian International Design Awards. To find out more about the Meyerhoffer or buy your own visit the Global Surf Industries website.









Design Hunters

Habitus Magazine Issue 07

This issue, as well as covering the latest design objects, Habitus puts the spotlight on the coffee table and looks at ideas for soft flooring. In the people section, we meet personalities from an array of creative backgrounds, discovering the myriad influences that make them tick.

Discover themes of life and death in the work of jeweller, Julia deVille, and artist, Charwei Tsai, the creative partnership of fashion brand, Nobody, and the regional inspirations of photographer, Simryn Gill. We also welcome a taste of India in to the Habitus mix, with a profile on local architecture hero, Rahul Mehrotra.

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Our exploration of homes this issue includes a terrace belonging to food-lovers in Singapore, a house made of recycled timber electricity poles in Malaysia, a holiday home in New Zealand and the Housemuseum of architect, Corbett Lyon, which incorporates both living spaces and public areas in an impressive hybrid structure.

Available now at newsagencies and selected bookstores globally.

Click here to find your nearest stockist and here to subscribe.


Nobody Denim - John and Nick Condilis - photography: James Geer


Julia deVille - photography: James Geer


House On a Corner - project by Rahul Mehrotra


Around The World

Elegant Resorts and Villas

A relaxing getaway in a tropical paradise is a wonderful dream; top that off with a holiday itinerary customised to your every wish – pure heaven.

With their tagline ‘Island experiences beyond the ordinary’, Elegant Resorts and Villas believe that ‘no two holidays should be the same’. Tailoring each holiday to the desired location and activities, they arrange myriad tour packages – whether for romantic getaways, family holidays or just restful retreats.

“We identified a niche in the market for beautiful islands, high-end resorts, and the best bungalows and villas for clients demanding the best of the best,” says Glenda McMillan-Andersson, General Manager of Elegant Resorts and Villas.

Among the most popular destinations are Tahiti, Seychells, Maldives, Fiji and Mauritius. Each location has been hand-picked by the Elegant Resorts team, who are committed to providing “magical packages to suit any budget”, according to McMillan-Andersson.

Holiday-goers seeking an even more exclusive destination can indulge in the opulence of private islands in French Polynesia, the Pacific and Indian Ocean and be pampered by a personal butler, chef and a crewed yacht. Special requests to add a personalised touch to each holiday are also available.

“One very memorable exercise was having 1000 white roses flown in to a private island in the Maldives where a stunning private dining pavilion was set up. The beach was smothered in petals and the scene was set for a proposal. A honeymoon followed a few months later,” says McMillan-Andersson.

If a holiday away from the beach is not your preferred option, scenic Italian villas and apartments in bustling European cities are also part of Elegant Resorts’ repertoire.

Elegant Resorts and Villas
+61 2 8270 4850



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Design Accessories

Sublime Sanctuary in Stone

At the end of each gruelling workday, there’s nothing more satisfying than escaping from the doldrums of life and sinking into the luxury of a good bath.

Transporting you almost into another dimension, the modern bathroom is more than a functional space – it is a sanctuary of quiet reflection and relaxation.
Perfectly furnishing this personal space, with a touch of luxury in stone, is the Apaiser basin and bath –Lagoon and Sublime.

Aptly named, the Sublime bath’s design is minimalist yet eye-catching, evoking a modern feel with its geometric shapes yet organic lines. In spite of its sumptuous size, it is mindful of space constraints, and is a perfect feature for bathrooms of any layout.

The freestanding Lagoon basin is the ideal complement to the Sublime bath, imposing yet balanced with simplicity.

Both bath and basin are made of Apaiser’s marble-based stone composite, which is durable and requires little maintenance. Affording customers indulgence with a conscience, this eco-friendly material is hand crafted using only recycled marble, and leaves minimal impact on the environment.

The Sublime bath comes in dimensions of 1700 x 850 x 480 mm, while the Lagoon basin is 720 x 410 x 850 mm.

(61 3) 9421 5722 OR 1300 366 762