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Maurice Lacroix Ambassadors

It is often said that you should stay true to yourself.

For watchmakers Maurice Lacroix, this has become an obsession with a new brand statement, "follow your convictions." 

Releasing its first watch in 1975, the company has developed a strong credibility for highly innovative and stylish timepieces. This has come from a strong sense of staying true to their principles.

“We are about authenticity. Pure and simple,” says CEO Martin Bachmann. “We are an independent company and have the inner confidence to do things our way, just like our clients.”

To accompany the new direction is the introduction of three new ambassadors for the brand; LiveAid organiser Sir Bob Geldof, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and pro golfer Justin Rose. All three have had success by staying true to their crafts. 

For Sir Bob, who has been a music critic, band player and successful fundraising organiser, it takes more than words to show your authenticity. “You’ve got to prove it and you’ve got to be it in everything you do,” he says.

Overcoming obstacles is always difficult, but for Justin Rose, becoming a professional golfer at just 17 was a matter of following his heart. “That decision was always controversial, but I don’t care about controversy. I just believed in myself,” he says.

But so much success can only come from daring to dream big. On founding Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales says “I imagined a world where every single person on the planet was given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. Then I created it.”

Owning a timepiece from Maurice Lacroix is not a statement about fashion, it's a matter of honouring great craftsmanship.


Maurice Lacroix



Justin Rose


Jimmy Wales

Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

Caspien and Portobello Fabrics

Designed by: Luxaflex Window Fashions

I am: Luxaflex Window Fashions hygienic fabrics

About me:

Australian-made and 100% polyester, Caspien and Portobello Fabrics have a unique and elegant texture and are treated with Sanitized® Antimicrobial Protection which effectively reduces the development of bacteria, odour and mildew.

Additionally, Caspien and Portobello Fabrics also feature DURAGUARD® Fabric Protection which effectively repels most stain causing agents with its proven, water based, preventative formula.


  • Luxaflex Caspien Fabric has a strong textured contrast in the yarn, giving the fabric a look of depth and interest. Caspien Fabric was inspired from the classic linen-look but has been developed with a modern twist, perfect for use throughout the home.

  • Portobello Fabric was designed for the homeowner that wants to add understated style and elegance to their home, perfect for living areas. With a hint of glamour, Portobello Fabric can transform a simple room into a luxurious haven.


Available in a matching translucent and blockout fabric, Caspien and Portobello Fabrics are perfect for Dual Roller Blinds. They are also suitable for Roller Blinds, Roman Shade and Panel Glide applications.

Caspien and Portobello Fabrics are available in 2.8m widths and have a modern collection of 10 colours.


Luxaflex Window Fashions
Phone 13 LUXAFLEX (13 58 92) to locate your nearest Luxaflex Window Fashions Gallery

Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

Axor Steel Kitchen Mixer


Family feasts and dinners with friends are lots of fun to prepare when the right equipment is available.

Axor has a long history of making high quality, long lasting and easy to use kitchen fixtures and the Steel Kitchen Mixer is no exception. Its curved profile is easy on the eye and blends in with any décor.

With a telescoping spout and 130-degree range of motion, filling a pot with water is a breeze, while the rounded, ball-mounted handle is easy to grasp and adjust the mix of hot and cold water.

Finished in stainless steel, the tap will last for many dinner parties with friends and everyday cooking and cleaning.

Once again, Axor has developed a product that is not only elegant but also practical to use everyday.

Hansgrohe Australia
 (61 2) 9811 9971


hansgrohe steel kitchen mixer axor


hansgrohe steel kitchen mixer axor



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Design Accessories

The Phoenician Kitchen Tap

Designed by:  Perrin & Rowe    

I am:  A classical kitchen tap

About me:

The elegance and versatility of the Phoenician kitchen tap sees it perfectly placed in kitchen styles from contemporary to country.

The sleek lines of this tap can be enhanced with metal levers to give an industrial feel, while black Corian levers match superbly with a black granite work top. Porcelain levers give the Phoenician a more classical look in a traditional or French country kitchen. 

The selection of finish will ensure the tap is complementary to the other fittings. A pewter tap will match stainless steel, a nickel tap reflects the warmth of a classical or country scheme and a chrome tap fits perfectly with polished surfaces.


•    Machined from premium grade brass
•    Electroplated to 20-25 micron thickness in one of 5 finishes:
     chrome, nickel, pewter (brushed nickel), gold or English bronze
•    Available in bare brass for an antimicrobial surface
•    Porcelain levers can be replaced with metal or Corian levers
•    German ceramic disc cartridges
•    Spout tip is fitted with a water conserving flow aerator


Can be fitted into a bench top up to 45mm thick and 110mm with an extension kit.  

English Tapware
1300 01 61 81




Around The World

Diamant Hotel Canberra


The Diamant Hotel Canberra is located on the Lake Burley Griffin, on the doorstep of Canberra’s key cultural, entertainment, sport and commercial facilities. The Diamant is perfectly situated in Canberra’s first true urban village with a cafe, two restaurants, bars, gym, pilates centre and a beauty & hair salon, plus outdoor events during the summer (live music & open air cinema).

The work of architect Fender Katsalidis and interior design house SJB Interiors, this boutique hotel by Eight Hotels Australia is clearly inspired by its surroundings.

When you face the front entrance, a large cantilevered roof commands your attention, as it appears to dissect a white rectangular box, raising the left wall and roof from the ground.

The reception area is an eclectic mix of art and luxury appointments; an eagle resting on a 3-metre-tall chair overlooks a waiting area finished with a purple throw rug, green upholstered high-back lounge chairs and a fireplace adorned with ceiling-high brushed metal panels.

In the bedrooms, high art and a simple palette makes for an exquisite night’s stay; the bed appears to float mid air as the soft linen contrasts with the black base. The silver details of the wall-mounted bed lamps and door handles on the surrounding cupboards prompt an element of surprise.

With its high level of comfort and luxurious sense of style, the Diamant Hotel Canberra offers a captivating, unique place to stay on an Autumnal capital visit.


Eight Hotels Australia


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Bulgari Vintage Collection

One of the world’s most significant and rare jewellery collections is on display in Sydney this week, featuring over 120 years of Bulgari history.

Assembled by Sotheby’s jewellery expert and Bulgari consultant Amanda Triossi, the Bulgari Vintage Collection was originally created for the commemoration of Bulgari’s 125th anniversary in Rome last year.

Triossi has spent 13 years locating and buying back vintage pieces from auctions and private collectors, including Elizabeth Taylor, Ellen Barkin and Lyn Revson.

Prior to this, the Bulgari family owned only a few of their own creations, and had no major archive of four generations of work. It now has over 300 pieces, with a select group of these being shown for the travelling exhibition.

Francesco Trapani, CEO of the Bulgari Group, says he is proud of the company’s achievement, in establishing and maintaining a brand that, like its jewels, has stood the test of time.

“Celebrating 125 years of activity is a significant achievement that few companies, whether in Italy or abroad, can claim,” he says.

“It represents an immense patrimony not only of rare and precious objects, but of equally valuable testimonies and memories which together constitute the heart of this retrospective.”

Covering many decades of design – from the early antiquity-inspired pieces of the 1880s to the bold, colourful designs of the 1990s - visitors are able to see the progression not only in Bulgari’s own signature, but also the fashions of each era.

One of the main highlights is an emerald necklace, appropriately nicknamed “The Seven Wonders” for its astonishing display of Columbian blue-green emeralds.

While not as recognisably ‘Bulgari’ as some of the other items in the collection, the flawless quality of the stones, the impeccable setting of the emeralds and diamonds, and the timeless quality of the design, all attest to its position as one of the most valuable pieces on display.

The collection is on show at the Bulgari store on Castlereagh Street, Sydney from April 28 until May 6.

To book an appointment to view the collection email Bulgari on: vintage@bulgari.com






Arne Vodder and Great Dane

There is something special about pieces of furniture that are handed down from one generation to the next, but it is something absolutely magical to be handed down the production of a whole range of a Danish design master.

This is exactly what Great Dane Furniture's Anton Assaad has achieved – bringing the works of legendary designer Arne Vodder back to life nearly 60 years after their conception.

“I feel privileged to have worked with Arne Vodder and to have listened to his stories and his inspiration,” says the Great Dane Furniture founder.

Assaad spent time with Vodder, before his passing in December 2009, learning directly from the master about his techniques, approach to design and, perhaps most importantly, the production of his pieces. This contact with the designer has helped Great Dane to retain the integrity of these beautiful mid-century pieces.

“It is wonderful to see my designs back in production after all these years,” Vodder said when working on the project with Great Dane.

As Assaad explains, Vodder’s furniture, with its clean contemporary lines, sits as comfortably in the homes and offices of today as it originally did in the ‘50s and ‘60s – with pieces in the new range like the iconic #26 sideboard, combining organic shapes, timber, metal and coloured door panels.

“I am proud and thrilled that Great Dane Furniture has helped to bring [Vodder’s] extraordinary range back into production,” Assaad says. “I am also delighted that we can produce the range in Denmark, a country that has given me so much both professionally and personally.”

The Arne Vodder Range is now available across Great Dane’s showrooms in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Great Dane are hopeful that they will be able to add to this already successful collection in the future.

Visit the Great Dane Furniture website for more information.

You can see a number of pieces from the Arne Vodder Range in Anton Assaad's home, featured in Issue 08 of Habitus magazine out 23 June.

Great Dane Furniture


arne vodder #26 sideboard great dane


arne vodder sideboard great dane


arne vodder


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Design Accessories

Flipside shower head

Showers have long been seen as less relaxing than baths, but their therapeutic nature should not be underestimated.

Bathroom company Kohler understand how important a good shower is, particularly in this fast-paced world.

Continuing their innovative bathroom design Kohler now introduces the ‘Flipside’ showerhead. Mounted on an axis, the rotating shower nozzle has 4 different shower options to choose from:

For everyday showering, ‘Koverage’ gives you an even dispersion of water with maximum coverage through about 80 dispersion holes in the showerhead.

Producing a mist-like effect from a small shower nozzle, ‘Kotton’ gives you a reinvigorating shower experience.

With just 12 dispersion holes, heavier water flow of ‘Komotion’ gives you a deep massage effect.

While ‘Kurrent’ soothes sore and tired muscles with narrower water spread directing water to the site it’s needed the most.

Available in 2 designs, ‘Flipside 02’ looks simple and elegant in polished chrome and its solid, rolled mounting arm. The showerhead’s mounting ring looks like a bangle, with deep sides and a thin rim.

For a more edgy look, the ‘Flipside 03’ has a wire showerhead with detailed axle and a black mounting arm.

The Kohler Flipside range of showerheads is available through exclusively available through Tradelink stores in Australia and Mico Bathrooms stores in New Zealand.


(61 7) 3260 9777

Mico Bathrooms (NZ)



Design Hunters

Nikolay Sardamov in Sydney

Nikolay Sardamov’s jewellery is a fusion of the precious and the found. Repurposing bicycle inner tubes and combining them with precious metals, Sardamov explores what could best be described as playful industrial.

Sardamov will be visiting Australia next month to open an exhibition at metalab in Sydney, which will show an array of his beautiful jewellery.

The Bulgarian’s solo exhibition, Continuum, is the first Australian showing receiving much acclaim throughout Europe for his finely crafted silver works.

Trained in fine arts with a Masters in jewellery and metal, Sardamov aims not simply to create beautiful objects, but to challenge social norms, asking us to consider issues of environment, sustainability and mobility.

From 6 – 27 May 2010 Continuum will show works from The Secret Garden, Intersections, Bi-Re-Cycle and Soft Construction collections.

To coincide with Sardamov’s visit, metalab will also be holding a 1-day workshop exploring the re-working of bicycle inner tubes into jewellery. Participants will be given a range of different inner tubes and materials that, under Sardamov’s guidance, will be turned into unique contemporary ‘wearables’.

Continuum opens on 6 May from 6 – 9pm, where you'll have the opportunity to meet Sardamov in person.


Nikolay Sardamov



habitusliving.com and metalab are giving one reader the chance to win a place at Nikolay’s workshop on Saturday 8 May 2010. Simply send us an email telling us your most creative re-use story before Friday 30 April and you could win.

Workshop date: Saturday 8 May 2010
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $95/$85 student concession.
Lunch, a selection of bicycle inner tubes and basic hand tools will be
Bookings: phone 8354 1398 or email info@metalab.com.au

Participants will be provided with a selection of different sized rubber bicycle inner tubes, however they may also wish to bring some of their own along with any special tools and other materials they would like to work with. Silver may be purchased from metalab on the day if required.








The Maleny House

Often, to truly appreciate a view, one must stand back and take in the entire landscape. This is the notion behind the renovation and extension of an existing blockwork house in Maleny, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Designed by Sparks Architects, the home sits on the ridge of the Maleny Stanley River Road, overlooking the hills of the hinterland and down to Brisbane. It is undoubtedly this view that has inspired the open, relaxed nature of the home.

“The house seeks to provide a sustainable retreat for a retired couple who love to both entertain and, at what ever opportunity, accommodate several generations of extended family,” explain the architects.

The modular, zoned nature of the home creates usable space, accommodating guests and providing a dynamic design, which meets the needs of its inhabitants.

Expansive decking, terraces and large amounts of glass – extending to the skillion roof in places – open the internal spaces to the outdoors, creating a sense of a house without walls.

To simply appreciate the environment outside may be a little hypocritical if it weren’t for the plethora of sustainable design features built into this home. As well as the re-use of the existing structure Sparks have chosen materials, such as recycled hardwood from 60-year-old telegraph poles.

The house’s old concrete rainwater tank has also been put to good use, incorporated into the landscaping, now forming a terrace for an oversized chessboard. While the installation of 5 additional water tanks allows storage of up to 120,000 litres of rainwater.

Energy and consumption have also been addressed with a ‘butterfly’ roof capturing winter sun – and allowing for a number of solar panels – and polished concrete floors in the extension providing thermal mass. Herb and vegetable gardens have also been developed, increasing the self-sufficiency of the owners.

As testament to developing a strong relationship between architect and owner Sparks have echoed the openness of the landscape that it surveys.

You can read about another Sparks Architects project in issue 08 of Habitus magazine, out June 2010.

Sparks Architects


Sparks recently took out the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2010 Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards Building of the Year for the Peregian Beach Community House, and a commendation for the Sunshine Beach House.


Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones


Design Accessories

Gascoigne and King Luxury Candles

Bronwyn Gascoigne and Dean King sell software by day, but in the evenings and on weekends they focus their energies on something altogether less technological.

After learning of the destructive nature of the palm wax industry – deforestation, exploitation of workers and impact on fauna – Bronwyn and Dean wanted to explore a new way to produce candles that didn’t use palm wax.

For over a year now, the pair has been producing luxury scented candles made from 100% soy-based wax. “I thought, we could make candles, and make them properly, in a way that doesn’t tax the environment,” Bronwyn explains.

“They were really just for ourselves at first, because we didn’t want all the guilt associated with palm wax.”

In a year, the Gascoigne & King brand has grown significantly, with a select handful of retailers across Australia chosen to stock the unique range of scented candles.

“It all started through our own desire to have less of an impact on the environment and it evolved into people saying ‘these candles are fantastic, why don’t you sell them?’,” Dean says.

“We hand make every single candle ourselves right here in our house and we hand-deliver them to our customers in Sydney.”

Bronwyn and Dean have been growing the brand slowly, expanding by nurturing newfound relationships, and ultimately friendships, with retailers and customers.

With 10 scents currently, Gascoigne & King plan to extend the range and move into other products such as soap and bath salts. You can buy the luxury scented candles online or visit one of the 12 stockists.

Gascoigne & King





Design Hunters

Brad Nicholls: Nicholls Design

Brad Nicholls describes himself as a ‘self taught’ designer, but is a craftsman through and through. He has a passion for traditional furniture making, working from his home and studio 40 minutes south-east of Melbourne.

Brad set up shop at his parent’s farm in the picturesque foothills of Mount Dandenong in 2004, establishing Nicholls Design. “It made sense as I could build a home and separate studio/workshop [and give] me and my family a better lifestyle,” he says.

“I am pretty spoilt being able to walk home for lunch, grabbing my food from the garden as I go,” he explains, “though you have to be disciplined because there are plenty of distractions.”

Nicholls Design sources sustainable materials, working with large sectional timbers normally discarded. Brad says the location also contributes to their sustainable goals – using off-cuts from the manufacturing process for heating and sawdust and wood shavings as garden mulch – not to mention minimal car miles working from home.

Brad’s work is an investigation of craft and form, combining traditional methods, modern sustainable design and a deep respect for materials.

“When I first started designing I was looking at the classic mid-Century era but as time moves on I find myself being influenced by everyday life,” he says. This can be anything from the farm environment to the stitch on a pair of shoes.

As a working cattle farm the showroom/studio location provides a focus for the entire family, including brother, Mike Nicholls, who is an established Melbourne artist. The brothers share the showroom space, with Brad’s furniture pieces sitting alongside Mike’s timber sculptures and artworks.

Brad and Mike will be holding an open weekend from 1 – 2 May 2010, opening up the creative and working spaces to the public – displaying both Mike’s art and Brad’s furniture. However, if you’re unable to make it on this particular day, Brad welcomes visitors all year round.

Nicholls Design