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Places
NOT HOMES

Tanjong Beach Club

Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa Island is described as an “all-day, activity-filled beach destination”.

Part bar, part restaurant and part beachside resort, the Tanjong Beach Club (abbreviated to TBC) promotes itself as ‘open to all’, providing a range of experiences to suit everyone, from evening cocktails overlooking the sea to cooling off in the pool or relaxing on the beach.

TBC, the only venue on the beach, is a collaboration between The Lo & Behold Group (of White Rabbit, Loof and Overeasy fame) and Australian brothers Christian and Julian Tan.

Working in finance and marketing, the Tan brothers found themselves spending a lot of time on Tanjong Beach – and obviously that time was put to good use, dreaming up this new venue.

We just love the proportions of this 6-metre-high white-rendered building, open to the beachscape and hugged by the lush forest behind.

Takenouchi Webb – known for their work in hotel and restaurant design across the Region – have again teamed up with Lo & Behold to design the TBC, with a distinctive Singaporean style, while exploring a clean modernist look.

The Club’s restaurant will open fully in August, but in the meantime they’ll be serving bar snacks and light café meals along with their selection of ‘bespoke’ cocktails.

If you’re not able to get to Sentosa to visit TBC, check back with us next week for some more photos hot off the press.

 

Tanjong Beach Club
tanjongbeachclub.com



Tanjong Beach Club view

 

Tanjong Beach Club view

 

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NOT HOMES
Around The World

Desa Seni

A whole village to relax in – could you ask for more? The raw beauty of Desa Seni – aka The Village Resort – combined with its healthy approach to relaxation is about truly experiencing Balinese culture.

Desa Seni – which translates to ‘art village’ – is the dream of two friends, Tom Tolucci and Howard Klein. After 10 years in Indonesia, Tom and Howard fell in love with the culture, the people and traditional Balinese architecture. So when the opportunity arose to take on a whole village of “antique homes”, they snapped it up.

Inside these traditional 1-2 bedroom huts they have updated bathrooms and kitchens and included mod cons, such as TVs and wireless internet, but have left the interiors otherwise quite traditional

There is a strong focus on the environment at Desa Seni, with recycled materials used in the huts and landscaping. But by far the most sustainable and unique aspect of this village resort is that the locals are invited to be part of the village.

Rather than simply hiring locals as staff, the resort’s wellness programs, including yoga, are also open to the villagers. Tom and Howard also have a focus on education – partnering with the nearby orphanage and teaching locals new farming techniques and yoga.

Guests can watch village life go on around them, with rice farmers going about their daily tasks in the surrounding fields.

"We really believe that wellness today is not just a matter of eating and exercising right, but it’s also expanding the brain. It’s expanding the mind, to other peoples, to other cultures and different ways of life," Tom says (see Tablet10).

Desa Seni offers everything you’d expect from a Balinese resort, from a salt water lap pool and spa to the organic restaurant – with food grown on the resort’s own farm – but with a true, un-staged cultural experience.

 

Desa Seni

desaseni.com

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Design Hunters
People

Vivian Chan Shaw Launch

Known for their collaborations with designers and artists, Designer Rugs has launched their latest collection with fashion designer, Vivian Chan Shaw.

Vivian teamed up with Co-director and daughter Claudia Chan Shaw to present the collection to over 100 guests at Designer Rugs' Edgecliff showroom. 

The range of rugs exemplifies the vivid colour and depth so loved of Vivian Chan Shaw's designs.

Read more on the collection.

 

Designer Rugs
designerrugs.com.au

 


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Accessories

Car Desire from Detroit

It’s a bit of a departure for Brisbane’s Artisan (formerly known as Craft Queensland), known for their craft, art and design exhibitions, but their latest exhibition is bound to spark some interest.

Industrial Desire presents some amazingly detailed automotive design concepts from Detroit – birthplace of Ford Motor Company. The exhibition of quarter-scale models comes to Brisbane from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit – a partnership born out of a link between the College and Artisan’ Exhibition Curator, Kirsten Fitzpatrick.

We spoke to Kirsten who explained that her father was actually once the Chair of Industrial Design at the College, while the current Dean, Imre Molnar, is also an Australian Designer.

There will be 9 high-density models on display complete with automotive paint finishes. Kirsten explains that their scale was a bit of a surprise: “I pictured them to be small until a semi-trailer turned up with them.”

The show aims to bring these innovative car concepts to an Australian audience that rarely is exposed to them, as well as developing ties with the College. “It’s about Detroit too, that amazing crumbling city that’s still churning out these amazing futuristic designs,” Kirsten says.

You can visit the exhibition after it opens on 10 June and can catch a Talk by Curator and College of Creative Studies graduate Leon Fitzpatrick on Saturday 12 June from 2-3pm.

 

Artisan idea:skill:product

artisan.org.au

 

concept cars from detroit college of creative studies

 

concept cars from detroit college of
creative studies

 

concept cars from detroit college of
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Fixed & Fitted
Accessories

Crometta 85 from Hansgrohe

If there’s one place you don’t want to compromise, it’s the bathroom. If the kitchen is the new ‘heart of the home’, then the bathroom is that part of the home most personal, private and relaxing, where all of our troubles can be left at the door.

Hansgrohe understands this, with bathroom fittings that bring efficient water pleasure, providing an invigorating start to the day or a soothing shower in the evening.On top of this, Hansgrohe’s products are incredibly sustainable, employing the latest technologies to save water without compromising on water pressure. Hansgrohe’s range can help you save up to 50% more water.

The Crometta 85 Green is the perfect example, delivering accelerated jets of water, enriched with air, reducing the water consumption to only 6 litres per minute while offering noticeably higher volume.

At an entry-level price range, the durable Crometta 85 can be matched to the Unica wall bar, together providing an even greater and versatile showering experience.

Recharging with a Hansgrohe shower means not compromising on quality, volume or the environment.

 

Hansgrohe

hansgrohe.com.au

 

hansgrohe Crometta 85 green

 

hansgrohe Crometta 85 green

 

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Places
NOT HOMES

Hennessy Paradis Horus

We spotted this beautiful design late last year, but thought it was worth revisiting now it’s available in Australia. We’ve seen some interesting bottle designs in recent years, including a number of collaborations from Evian – such as Paul Smith and Jean-Paul Gaultier – but this elegant design of a Hennessy cognac bottle by Italian architect Ferruccio Laviani takes the cake for opulence. With an oversized cap coated in 18 carat gold and stamped with an authenticity ‘seal’, the bottle holds the extremely rare Paradis Horus cognac – described by Hennessy as “s sensual harmony of fl avours, colours and textures”. The name Horus is the same as the ancient Egyptian god of sun, alluding to both the gold bottle and the amber liquid it encapsulates. The feminine curves of this sculpted bottle are apparently akin to the full-bodied elixir within. Laviani describes the design as “a rounded off, gold rectangle that frames, while still preserving the distinct outline along the edges of the decanter to enhance its undulating contours” – sensual words for a sensual design. Laviani – who has worked for international design brands such as Dolce&Gabbana, Kartell, Cassina, Foscarini and Flos – has also designed the gift box – a black and gold detailed container-for-a-container – designed to “echo the decanter’s grandeuer and the cognac’s golden allure”. If you’d like to pick up a bottle of this rare cognac and enjoy ‘drinking in design’ it will set you back RRP $2,200 from Moët Hennessy Australia. Moët Hennessy Australia 1300 136 590   hennessy paradis horus cognac gold bottle   hennessy paradis horus cognac gold bottle   hennessy paradis horus cognac gold bottle     abc
Fixed & Fitted
Accessories

The IONIAN kitchen tap

Designed by:

Perrin & Rowe  

 

I am:

A bridge style kitchen tap

 

About me:

The ‘Ionian’ kitchen tap from Perrin & Rowe has become a design icon, reflecting the principles of classical style: order, symmetry and balance. 

This bridge style tap has been designed to a scale that gives it a delicacy and understated elegance – a perfect focal point for classical interior design – which is why it is also specified for bathrooms and laundries. 

At the same time it has a commanding presence which matches it to the strength of an industrial kitchen and a linear form to divide an island between ‘prep’ and ‘dine’.

The ‘Ionian’ can be bench or wall mounted.  The selection of lever or crosshead handles and the finish of the tap will ensure the Ionian is complementary to any interior design. 

A pewter ‘Ionian’ will match stainless steel, chrome will enhance glossy surfaces and a nickel tap will reflect the warmth of a country scheme.  English bronze suggests the Mediterranean, gold imparts opulence and bare brass is ideal for an outdoor kitchen.

 

Materials:

•    Machined from premium grade brass
•    Available with lever or crosshead handles. Porcelain levers can be replaced with metal or Corian levers
•    Electroplated to 20 -25 micron thickness in selection of 5 finishes: chrome, nickel, pewter(brushed nickel), gold or English bronze
•    Available in bare brass for outdoors or an antimicrobial surface
•    German quarter-turn ceramic disc cartridges suit low and high pressure
•    Spout tip fitted with a water conserving flow aerator

 

Dimensions:

Can be fitted into a bench top up to 45mm thick.

The English Tapware Company
1300 01 61 81
englishtapware.com.au
sales@englishtapware.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 









 

 
  

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Accessories

Arthur Galan AG 2010

The latest from fashion label Arthur Galan AG landed in the habitusliving.com inbox this week – in the form of a great selection of coats – and we thought it was something worth sharing.

Australian fashion designer Arthur Galan is best known for his sophisticated menswear and elegant-yet-edgy womenswear, with a focus on quality tailoring and fabrics. In the Autumn/Winter Collection 2010, Arthur Galan AG invites us to try on a familiar aesthetic with 80s inspired designs – described as “a sophisticated adaptation” of “80s glam”.

The staple Winter greys and blacks are interspersed with jolts of bright colour, such as the Schiaparelli pink military coat ($698), while leather, fur and feathers are on show in key pieces within the range.

Coats are definitely a standout within the Autumn/Winter Collection 2010, with everything from the classic men’s trench coat ($598) to the women’s Contrast Pipe Coat – an absolute winner in black and ivory ($598). The range includes beautiful fine knits and chunky woolen jumpers combined with zips – seeing a comeback across several pieces.

Galan’s eponymous label has been around since 1998, but there’s obviously a strong appreciation for the 80s in this latest collection – something to keep you warm in the winter months.

Produced in his own manufacturing facility, Galan’s clothing is available across his 7 menswear and 6 womenswear stores, as well as David Jones and dedicated stockists in Singapore, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

 

Arthur Galan AG
agclothing.com

 


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arthur galan 2010 collection

arthur galan 2010 collection

arthur galan 2010 collection

 

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Fixed & Fitted
Accessories

KALDEWEI Shower Tray

Designed by:   

Phoenix Design

 

I am:

A Shower Tray

 

About me:

KALDEWEI Shower Trays are easier to install and have the water slope already conveniently built-in, which eliminates the need for tiling a slope. They are also easier to clean which means no more scrubbing tiles.

This is because KALDEWEI shower trays are made of 3.5mm enamel on steel. The glass-like surface is not only impact resistant, but also virtually scratchproof and abrasion-resistant.

The advantage is that, without scratch marks, there is nowhere for germs to take hold. This means that a shower tray made of KALDEWEI steel enamel maintains its beauty and cleanliness longer than comparable products, and they have a 30-year guarantee to prove it.

 

Materials:

Porcelain on 3.5 Steel Enamel with a 30-year guarantee



Bathe

133 133 320
bathe.net.au

 

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bathe kaldewei shower trays

 

bathe kaldewei shower trays

 

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Fixed & Fitted
Accessories

Raindance Classic and Croma Classic

Designed by:

Phoenix Design

 

I am:

Shower

 

About me:

The value of personality.

You are a lover of classic style in matters of culture, cuisine and home furnishing. You love being surrounded by beautiful things that remind you of precious moments. You create a harmonious ambiance by means of your intuition and personality.

A wealth of options.

‘Raindance Classic’ and ‘Croma Classic’ are the embodiment of a lush, heavenly rain shower and are available in three different sizes – 100mm handshower or 180mm or 240mm Raindance over-head shower.

 

Materials:

Chrome finish



(61 3) 9811 9971
info@hansgrohe.com.au
hansgrohe.com.au

 

 









 

 
  

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Homes

The Sentosa House

Views looking in, views looking out and a fitness focus: these were the guiding principles for this home on the Singapore Island of Sentosa. The clients – a British man and his Japanese wife – asked architects, Ong&Ong, to create a “clean, modern design language” that would cater to their sports and fitness activities.

The new-build home is at the southern end of Sentosa and enjoys views across the adjacent golf course. However, the house is “hemmed in” on both sides by neighbours and exposed to the street, making privacy a key consideration.

“The house pivots around a central courtyard and introspection and contemplation are the motivations,” explains Diego Molina, Director Architecture at Ong&Ong. “The front facade is kept closed with timber louvers on the second floor. On the ground floor, creepers wrap round the front wall.

“The master bath has doors that can slide open completely to take in the surrounding landscape of verdant, unblocked views. There is also a roof terrace, again to allow the inhabitants and their guests the luxurious views around.”

The home benefits from the lush outlook and the architects have drawn this greenery inside by planting a large mature tree – craned in during construction – in the centre of the internal courtyard. While creepers are used to reduce heat gain and provide further privacy.

“The design is meant to be clean and sleek, with the use of muted colours,” Molina says. “To allow for maximum privacy, the house is inward-looking, but skylights and the courtyard let light in.”

A keen sporting family, the owners needed a house that would facilitate their fitness needs. To this end, Ong&Ong have also designed a large lap pool, home gym and a ground-floor shower.

“It’s important to have a continuous dialogue with the owners in order to understand their needs and to build a home… where they will be happy living.”

 

You can see another of Ong&Ong's homes, the Blair Road House, in Issue 08 of Habitus magazine.

Ong&Ong
ong-ong.com


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Homes

Number 11 House

Two of the most distinctive urban elements come together in the construction of this home in the city of Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Predominantly using concrete and scrap metals juxtaposed with natural materials, the Number 11 house is part city living, part country villa.

Situated next to the Federal Highway – the main Klang Valley traffic spine, “the house is a secret garden sitting peacefully at the end of a narrow cul-de-sac,” explain the architects Wen Hsia and BC Ang of Building Bloc.

“The natural terracotta colour of the bricks, greenish tint of the exposed concrete and rusty redness of the steel gates and grilles gives an earthy feel to the house.”

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the home, two large sloping concrete slabs form the overhanging roof. The architects explain that the roof and the western facade are insulated with a layer of inexpensive nursery mesh – a low-tech readily available mean of insulation.

“Internally, half of the house accommodates all the living spaces and the rooms, the other half consists of two double-volume semi outdoor spaces with gardens in between. The front half is a garage cum workshop.”

Despite being made of concrete, the central staircase – hung from above – sits lightly in the internal space.

Stepping out at the rear of the house the double-height overhang invites you to turn your gaze skywards, helping you appreciate the volume of the outdoor living space. An ‘out kitchen’ and breakfast area also flow into the green of the gardens.

“In the day, the double volume space allows the sun to shine in and cast interesting shadows against the metal grilles,” say the architects.

The house also provides for the owner’s extended family, with one parent given privacy in the guest wing, with separate entrances and private gardens.

The Number 11 house truly is an urban oasis, perfectly suited to its climate, contemporary, yet with a unique character – a secret garden indeed.

 

You can read about another of Building Bloc's projects, the Langkawi House, in Habitus Issue 07 – out now

 

Building Bloc
building-bloc.com

 

Photography: Building Bloc & Tian XIng

 

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