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Design Accessories

Neff Slide and Hide


Space- and time-saving devices in the kitchen carve out time for creative cooking.

The German designers of the Slide and Hide oven for NEFF studied the way people cook to streamline features that free the mind for culinary creativity.

As well as the space saving Slide and Hide oven door, the B46W74NOGB features the ergonomic Revolution handle – that eliminates any awkward wrist movements and is particularly helpful for those with weak wrists or arthritis – and the practical and energy saving NeffLight, which lights up the whole oven so you can view your cooking on all three levels without opening the door

The stainless steel oven features 14 cooking modes that will defrost, steam, rise and keep warm as well as bake bread and pizza, roast, grill and even memorise cooking instructions.

The winner of an Australian International Design Award, Neff’s Slide and Hide oven’s timesaving features will tempt time-poor cooks to spend more time in the kitchen.

Neff is distributed by Sampford IXL in Australia

Sampford IXL
1300 727 421



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Smeg Linear PX140 Cooktop


For those of us not trained as chefs, juggling cooking pots with dinner guests can become a stressful experience.

Flawless kitchen design should merge style with functionality – and take the stress out of cooking.

Smeg’s satin stainless steel cook-top will sit in any heat resistant bench top, facilitating creative kitchen design.  The cooktop also perfectly complements the Linear oven and compact range.

The PX140 features 4 cooking zones, flame failure technology and illuminated control knobs.  If you require another cooking zones then you can upsize to the 5 zone PVS750A.

Exhaustively researched by Smeg to meet home cooking needs, the streamlined ultra-low-profile gas cooker adds understated sophistication to the kitchen.

Invite guests to the cooking space to chat over the bench with a glass of wine in hand while you effortlessly cook with Smeg’s Linear PX140.




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Porcelain Tiles: Timber Translations


An appreciation of design is more than just selecting something that looks attractive. It takes place within a holistic realm beyond simple aesthetics and functionality.

True design consciousness reaches towards an understanding of context and awareness of the peripheral concerns and philosophies of the product itself. It becomes a desire to know about the material origins, the product concept, and how they intersect with the look and feel of the physical item.

Such are the concerns when selecting finishes for the home. For example, timber exudes a beautifully warm feeling, but this warmth pales with the knowledge of the felled forests required to produce it. Sustainability is, for many, a way of life – not just a catchphrase.

Quality tile suppliers, Earp Bros, in collaboration with Spanish manufacturer, Porcelanosa Group, offers a solution to this quandary.

A shared concern for the environment has inspired the next ecological step for practical design-lovers – a range of tiles with the organic look of timber, and all the functionality and sustainable qualities of a porcelain finish.



Imagine a product with the organic aesthetic of timber, that doesn’t rely on the felling of trees, requires no sealing and no ongoing care. A product that is able to withstand solar radiation, heavy pedestrian traffic and even fire.

PAR-KER represents true innovation, enabling the appearance of timber in environments where its use has previously been restricted, from bathrooms to outdoor areas and even poolside.

In a number of different finishes and colours, the PAR-KER range offers endless possibilities for around the home, offering an outlet for those conscious of both design and the environment.

PAR-KER is available from Earp Bros – Innovative Tile Solutions.

Earp Bros
Sydney (61 2) 9410 3222
Melbourne (61 3) 9328 8598
Newcastle (61 2) 4962 5500








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Raindance Rainfall Shower


Whether it’s bathing under a waterfall in a tropical location, swimming in the rain or jumping in puddles, water is intimately connected to human emotions.

The feel of water on bare skin excites the senses and soothes the emotions.

Under the Raindance Rainfall overhead shower from Hansgrohe, bath-time becomes an intimate adventure; under a lush waterfall, an abundant rain shower or a hydro therapeutic massage.

The 240mm rain panel projects far into the bathing space, delivering aerated water droplets in each of its three settings, rain, splash and whirl.

Enjoy the healing power of the Raindance Rainfall shower knowing it utilises the latest technology in water efficiency.

Adjust water texture to suit your mood and let the soothing droplets carry you to your ideal destination.

613  9811 9971



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The Curl Collection


Russian designer, Dima Loginoff, has created a lighting design that almost mimics sunlight filtering through clouds, filling a room with warmth and dappled rays.

In Studio Italia Design’s Curl range, lacquered-steel strands are woven like ribbon into delicate light shades that cast decorative shadows on adjacent surfaces. 

The Curl range includes pendants, table lights and floor lamps in white or black and is supplied by Special Lights in Australia.


Special Lights
+61 2 8399 2411







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Sixhands interior collection

If you haven’t heard of textile studio Sixhands, consider this your introduction. Featured in Habitus 04, Sixhands (the hands belong to Alecia Jensen, Anna Harves and Brianna Pike, by the way) are well known in Australian fashion circles.


Their fresh textile designs have been taken on by some of the most prolific brands in Australia, (Bonds and Sportsgirl), established fashion heavyweights (Wayne Cooper and Alannah Hill) and forward young labels (One Teaspoon and Bianca Spender).

But now they’ve got something in store for us design-lovers.

The trio are spreading their wings (hands?) to translate a collection of interior accessories including screenprinted cushions, fabrics, lampshades and canvases and digital and metallic wallpapers. Sixhands at home? Yes please!



The focus is on “Hand-painted rendering styles, photorealistic motifs, that create a richness and depth,” they describe. “We have also explored more traditional screen-printed designs to complement and co-ordinate within the range, fusing the warmth of traditional craftmanship and the limitless possibilities of new technology”.

It’s a new direction for the ‘hands’, but they’re taking on the challenge wholeheartedly. They say, “Sixhands interior products are animated by our roots in fashion, we are very aware of how the scale colour and pattern of our prints manipulates the object they are being applied to.


“The difference between producing textiles and their application to objects is that you are dealing with breadth, depth and height. It’s like designing pret-a-porter, the object will be desired and adored but it also needs to be practical and induce an emotional connection that inspires people’s need to embrace it and take it home.”

That it certainly will.


Sixhands will be sharing their story as part of the Habitus Conversation Series in August. Stay tuned later this week for more details.






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Make Me Iconic

Natasha Skunca founded Make Me Iconic after returning to Melbourne after a 10-year stint in Europe.

“Immediately we fell in love with the city again,” she explains. “How could you not? The city has so much to offer that’s unique, stylish and contemporary. We wanted something in our home that brought those elements to life.

“Sadly, there was nothing to be found. We had great souvenirs from London, but nothing to represent Melbourne – the city we grew up in and once again call home.”

So began the task of identifying, researching and representing Melbourne’s icons in a series of quirky products including mugs, tea towels, cushions and prints.


Mugs and Natasha with Cushions

“The name Make Me Iconic came about from the idea of turning everyday landmarks into icons. It was almost like these icons were begging me to make them famous again,” Natasha says.


It seems Natasha has heard the call from Sydney’s icons too as she plans to launch a Sydney range soon.

Core to the concept is what Natasha calls ‘Urban Education’. “I knew what some of the icons of Melbourne were, but I didn’t know anything about their history. When I did a bit of research and discovered their origin, I knew I had to share it with the locals and tourists alike.”



Make Me Iconic also makes a point of supporting students. All their designers are sourced from local universities and colleges, with a focus on skill and innovation over experience.

“We remember what it is like just starting out, trying to get your first break. That’s why we want to give talented, young designers a chance.”

You can buy Make Me Iconic designs online or visit one of their stockists.


Make Me Iconic


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Trent Jansen reflectors

With no road-side assistance, cyclists proudly fix their punctured tyres with anything that still has an adhesive backing, found in their magic box of bandaid solutions (aka a bicycle repair kit).

For a group of people whose preferred mode of transportation leaves no carbon footprint – or track marks, rather – the Bicycle Boy’s (or Girl’s) views on sustainability go beyond dutifully filling the recycling bin and double-sided printing. Sustainability is also about being resourceful in using old materials.

So you can imagine how Sydney industrial designer Trent Jansen’s bike reflectors, fashioned from repurposed road signs, appeal to the Bicycle Boy’s ethos.


These ‘Cycle Signs’ come in two types – a Spoke Clamp and a Strap, which fixes to the seat post or front of the bike with ties made from old bicycle tube. They’re also available in variety of colours, as long as it’s been pre-determined by the Roads and Traffic Authority – you know, for your safety.

Trent Jansen recently exhibited his ‘Cycle Signs’ at the State of Design Festival in Melbourne.


Trent Jansen




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Maserati GranCabrio


I’ll start by admitting that I’m not a car person. In fact I don’t even drive (gasp). But sitting in Maserati’s new GranCabrio was an experience that revved up even my pedestrian heart.

What I know about Maserati (and cars in general) could fit into those tiny ashtrays in car doors. But I soon found out they have a long history of creating ridiculously sexy cars that drive the line between performance and style.

From the A6G Frua Spyder of the 1950s to the latest offering, Maserati has a top-down heritage that ignites the senses. The GranCabrio is the first designed specifically for four-person comfort.



Performance Stuff

Being an automobile ignoramus, the senses were my only guide – but it’s the perfect way to experience this particular vehicle.

The guttural purring of the engine is a pleasure to both hear and feel. It’s a 4.7 litre 8-cylinder monster that delivers 323 kW of power at 700rpm and a top speed of 283km/hour (meaning it goes pretty good).


But it also feels incredibly safe. The stability control system was put through its paces in the ice and snow of New Zealand and an array of acronyms including MSP (Maserati Stability Program), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and EBD (Electronic Braking effort Distribution) enable the car to come to a complete stop from 100km/hour in just 35 metres.


Design Stuff

So with the performance stats out of the way (I hope they sounded at least semi-knowledgeable), we can get down to the design. Of course, the exterior form is singularly beautiful, with enough sleek curves to appeal to women as well as men.

Slide into the interior and you will appreciate Poltrona Frau leather seats, the polished timber dash and details. There is even a complementary range of luggage available.

What is most exciting though, is the capability for customisation. Six standard colours for the soft top, 14 exterior colours and an extensive range of interior leather, dash, calliper and rim colours, equals over 2,000 possible design combinations – so you can create something quite unique.





Something that won’t be unique to your own GranCabrio, however, is the Bose sound system. But I don’t think anyone’s complaining. Developed specifically for this model, the system has all the funny-sounding features like Twiddlers®, Tweeters and Woofers, plus everything else you need to hoon in style.



In Conclusion

Maserati’s first open-top sports car designed for four people is absolutely, surprisingly comfortable in the rear with plenty of leg room and an ergonomic position that is rare in a sports vehicle.

It can even fit child restraints, so it’s the perfect option for the car-enthusiast family. As long as a $338,000 car fits into the budget.

Hey, if I could, I definitely would.


Maserati Australia


Melbourne Art Fair

The biannual Melbourne Art Fair is set to take over the Melbourne’s Exhibition Building again, showcasing a snapshot of contemporary art from around Australia, and the world.

Director Bronwyn Johnson laughs when she talks about the event’s somewhat ‘earthy’ beginnings, saying that in 1988 there were only about 20 galleries shown on the second floor, with tractors stealing the limelight below.

“You could buy a painting and a combine harvester!” she jokes.


Above: Photography David Marks, Artwork by David Griggs (and hero)


Now hosting around 80 national and international galleries, with over 900 artists and 3,000 works on display, it has definitely established its place in the art calendar.

Attracting about 20 per cent of its viewers internationally, Bronwyn stresses the importance of it being about living artists and supporting their careers.

“It is an event that is about fostering and promoting contemporary art and fostering a culture of collecting contemporary art,” she says.

But it is not just about displaying and buying art – there are several other events and initiatives to suit all ages and interests.


Artist: Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart. Title: Suburban Giants Adelaide Feast Festival 2008 Interactive public installation. Collaboration with Jo Kerlogue. Courtesy of Experimenta, Melbourne.

This year’s highlights include free guided tours, public lectures and forums, an educational learning space and Project Rooms for emerging artists.

“We are really intent on embracing the whole spectrum of art,” Bronwyn says. “We recognise that this is where many artists begin their careers, so we need provide lots of other opportunities.


Artist: Christian de Vietri. Title: Superpit, 2008. Courtesy Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth.


Also on display will be a central commission from the Melbourne Art Foundation, this year from Australian ‘pop painter’ Jon Campbell, whose love of the vernacular filters through his humorous art practice.

The fair kicks-off with an exclusive preview event 'Vernissage' on Wednesday August 4 and runs until August 8, but with more than 30,000 visitors in 2008, you will need to get in quick to avoid missing out.


Melbourne Art Fair




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Around The World

Laucala Island Resort

Now, when it comes to travel, there’s luxury, and then there’s paradise. Luxury is expensive, paradise is priceless. When we came across Laucala Island in Fiji, paradise most certainly came to mind (so don’t ask about the price).

This amazing resort island is truly like a movie set, without reading like a theme park. Lush rainforest and sweeping tropical vistas are almost prerequisites for a Fijian holiday, but there’s an elegance to the execution of the villas and other facilities here that frame the location perfectly.


laucala resort fiji island


You can check out everything they have to offer on their site, but we thought we’d point out a few things.

  • You can choose from 25 ‘residences’ (not suites, but residences) ranging from former coconut plantations to coastline villas and hillside hideaways.

  • With a nod to Australian craftsmanship, you’ll spot Designer Rugs throughout the residences, with textures and colours beautifully complementing the tropical locale.

  • Local produce is high on the priority list for Laucala, with 80% of all their products grown or sourced directly from the island’s 240 acres of farmland – a practical solution for an island resort.

  • The resort is accessible by private jet (if you can remember where you parked it) or via the Laucala’s own King Air B 200 plane.

  • Designed by London Architect Stephen Albert, the resort is made to sit softly in the environment, leaving the island relatively untouched.


laucala resort fiji island


laucala resort fiji island

Now, the price… it starts at $3,800 a night. It’s definitely steep, but it does include your own private one-bedroom villa, all meals and all activities during your stay. It’s been described as a “once in a lifetime” sort of place, but our bet is it you’d remember it for the rest of your days.

If you’ve been, or are planning to go, or have been somewhere else amazing in Fiji, why not let us know in the comments below.


Laucala Island Resort


laucala resort fiji island


laucala resort fiji island

Residence featuring Designer Rugs custom rug


Design Hunters

Singgih Kartono from Magno

His wooden radio made a splash in the design world, where advanced technology, plastics and sleek architectural form had well and truly taken hold. But with the Magno wooden radio, Singgih Susilo Kartono has created an object far from kitsch, and with design integrity that takes it well beyond just novelty.

Based in his home town of Kandangan in Central Java, Indonesia, Singgih has a passion for creating wooden objects and, as he explains to us, he never thought his humble design would receive such huge international attention.


wooden radio magno by Singgih Kartono

“Although I had a strong feeling and hope when I developed the wooden radio, I never thought that the response from the public and media would be so enormous,” he says.

The story of the wooden radio is one grounded in locality. As a boy growing up, wood was the most common material around him. He would make wooden toys as a child, and his love affair with the medium would continue through to his professional life.


Sinngih Kartono in his workshop 

“Wood for me is a magnificent material,” Singgih explains. “Wood is perfect because if its imperfectness. Wood has three major things, it is a living material, it has balance, and the most important thing is that wood teaches me about limit.”

In the production of their designs each member of Singgih’s team uses just two trees each year – making a total of 80 trees a year – while planting and maintaining more than 8000 trees. “I want to exemplify that a wooden company can create a new forest.”


magno wooden radio studio

Singgih’s wooden radio has made it into the Museum of Modern Art shop in NY and he has presented at a number of conferences on the sustainability of his designs and working with wood to create contemporary designs.

We asked Singgih a few questions to find out more about the man behind the back-to-basics design…

You seem to favour the 'simple form', what is it that attracts you to this aesthetic?

“I have learned from various world design works, I’ve seen that designs with simple form can persevere over time.”


magno wooden toys


How does Indonesia inspire you?

“I am more interested in philosophical values from the ancient culture’s artefacts, which are very substantial.

“The design philosophy that has underlain my radio development is the value from Indonesian old society life. I found that the values within are very universal.”


Do you have new products coming up?

“Yes, I will launch a new product. A table clock with a simple form, combining pinewood and Sonokeling (Indonesian rosewood).

“This has been my first design since 2006. I try to hold myself to not produce too much design works, as ultimately design works will become such waste.

 “So, my challenge as a designer now is how to create as little design as possible with as high quality as possible.”


Magno Design