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Society South Yarra

We are often told that we’re experiencing a shift towards apartment living, but overall, the question remains whether multi-residential developments are delivering a culture of ‘community habitation’ as well as convenience.

For Plus Architecture and Hamton developers, community was the driving force of Society, a 242-apartment development in Melbourne’s South Yarra.

“There is a real trend toward apartment living,” explains Plus Architecture’s Ian Briggs. “This is not just because they are cheaper than houses. Today people of all ages have come to the conclusion that they would rather live in an apartment than a house.”

Core to the sense of community at Society to draw occupants together. Centralising the lifts and bringing residents through a communal lobby space – where a lounge and bar can be found, along with access to a ‘contemplation garden’– have helped achieved this.



“The Lobby is entered through the coffee shops and restaurants – another place to meet friends,” Ian says. “All of this ground floor activity creates a ‘Lobby Culture’ – a place to hang out and meet your neighbours.”

In addition, Plus have created a number of ‘laptop pods’ – egg-like pods of stacked laser-cut plywood – designed by Emma Selzer, which invite residents to work within the communal spaces rather than secreting themselves away in their apartments.




A casual rooftop terrace area, including a gym, dinning room, lounge and outdoor cinema, spas and entertaining areas, accompanies the ground-floor amenities.


Ian tells us that people are becoming more inclined towards apartment living, for it’s proximity to cities, reduction in travel costs and time, lower maintenance and affordability. “The way we live is changing. It comes down to the basic aspirations of what people want out of their home.”

However, apartment residents aren’t just young professionals – the lifestyle appeals to young families, single women and downsizing empty-nesters.


“Society was the catalyst for changing the way multi-residential apartments are designed. All of the developers and valuers were waiting to see if the apartments settled well,” Ian says.

“The development proved to be a massive success. It sold out in two months, had no defaults in settlement and increased in value over its first year more than the median house prices.”

This is perhaps a sign of things to come, as developers increasingly understand the need to provide community, not just volume.


Plus Architecture


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Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

Geberit Monolith Elegant WC Module

Visit any bathroom showroom and you’ll find an almost celebrity-style line up of glitzy taps, mixers, basins, vanities and a dazzling array of tiles. But when it comes to exposed toilet cisterns, your choices are limited to just white – ordinary, unimaginative, porcelain white. Take a look again. Geberit, a world-leading manufacturer in in-wall cisterns, have given the exposed cistern, the forgotten Plain Jane of the bathroom family, a radical makeover. The new Geberit Monolith WC Module uses the finely honed technology of in-wall cisterns concealed behind a premium quality glass panel in a brushed aluminium rectangular frame. The slimline exposed cistern is available in black, white or mint to compliment any style of bathroom. Unlike concealed cisterns, it’s easy to install, can be retrofitted and it doesn’t require major alterations to the building structure. This classically simple design won an iF product design award in 2010.   Geberit geberit.com.au         abc
Design Hunters

Seasonal Concepts

Entering into the weird and wonderful world of Ken Wallis is a bit like stepping through the wardrobe and entering the world of Narnia. From an unsuspecting storefront on Redfern St, Sydney, clusters of 50s luggage and rusting outdoor benches make way for a fantastical shed filled with colourful collectables, freshly-cut flowers and parrots – both stuffed and live.       Andrew Birley, who today is manning the store while Wallis is at the auctions in Melbourne, tells me he is compelled to greet the collection on entering, such is the life seemingly imbued in each of the hand-picked items. You could indeed expect anything from Wallis’ world. Each object and artefact – whether it’s the vintage skittles, retro children’s tricycles or the stained specimen bottles ­– tells a story of their former life or incarnation.     His forest of finds clamber up the walls, dangle from the high beams and jostle for space on the groaning shelves. Wallis opened Seasonal Concepts just over 1 year ago, and while it appears to be full to the brim, “things move quickly” in store. Gasps of delight seems quite the norm upon entering– “it’s unreal” exclaims one bowled over customer who proceeds to marvel at all her findings, particularly Roger the taxidermal giraffe from Melbourne’s Zoo, who bears the price tag of $35,000 and, I am assured, died of natural causes.     “It’s an eclectic store that attracts an eclectic mix of people,” Andrew tells me. An eclectic mix it might be, but Seasonal Concepts has certainly cornered the market for housing precious treasures with more to offer than meets the eye.   Seasonal Concepts seasonalconcepts.com.au 122 Redfern St Redfern NSW 2016 (61 2) 8399 2435   abc
Design Accessories

Frost* Series 4 T-shirt Collection

Frost* design have announced the arrival of their latest collection of t-shirts. The new tees are a collaboration with Frost* and photographer Giles Revell. We grabbed a moment with Vince Frost (who’s currently in Japan) to talk a little about the new collection.

How did your collaboration with Giles Revell come about?

Giles and I have been friends for twenty years. He was a photographic assistant to a guy called Steve Rees who I worked with on many still life photography projects. Both Giles and myself were in our mid-twenties and passionate about ideas and image-making both graphically and photographically.


Can you tell us a little about Revell’s photography?

Giles’ work is amazing. He is a massive thinker, won’t let anything be average and has a relentless passion for discovery and research. His photography is breathtaking and he manages to make images that have taken years of painstaking effort to create look graceful and effortless.




There appears to be a limited colour palette, why’s this?

Simplicity is the key


Can you tell us a little about your previous collections?

There have been many and are all very different. There is a motorcycle theme one which I started 20+ years ago in art college called 'dad road a tiger' this was reproduced form some very cool images of my dad riding a Triumph Tiger motorcycle on the streets of Brighton England in the early 60's.

This has become a popular series with the discovery of new vintage images and creating imagery through using a greasy bike chain as illustration. The beauty of creating t-shirts is there is an endless amount of stimulus to create new and unique designs.

I love typography and word games and these often feature in our t-shirt designs.


Some of these tees have an almost macabre quality to them, would you agree?

Perhaps you are referring to the baby scan. Not sure if I agree as many people find it funny. I was walking through a busy street in Tokyo this morning and had a swarm of kids come up to me giggling and asking me where I got it from.

The same thing happened in Cape Town last week, as I think the black and white version from a previous series looks almost like an abstracted zebra print. The biggest compliment for me is when someone stops you and asks you where you got your t-shirt from.



How do Frost*s different disciplines inform each other? For instance, is your fashion influenced by your signage design?

I see it as one creative studio that the many experiences within the many disciplines influence everything. Also working with other external creatives on collaborations such as Giles's creates opportunities.




You can pick up the new collection from the following stockists:


Footage, Darlinghurst

Alfies Friend Rolfe, Darlinghurst

Cyberia Chapel St

Subway Dc Perth

Universal QLD



If you’d like to own your own slice of the Series 4 collection, simply send us an email telling us where you’d go in your new Frost* tee. The 5 most creative responses will win a Frost* t-shirt design (male or female, in your size).







The Royal Saxon

Bars are so much about atmosphere. We’ve all had uneasy experiences where you just can’t relax, where the design of a space leaves you feeling claustrophobic.

Well, we all know bars are what Melbourne does best, and The Royal Saxon in Richmond is no exception. Like so much of inner-city Melbourne, there is a melding of exposed brick and historic building with clean modern lines and black ironwork.




“I wanted to give people a quality everyday experience at The Royal Saxon and we achieve this by offering various dining and imbibing moods under one roof,” says Paul Olynyk, Owner of The Royal Saxon.

When you enter the Saxon’s courtyard, your attention is drawn skyward by the large established Jackson Bay Fig tree – creating a sense of openness. You’ll also notice the patchwork nature of the new building work on the ground and first floor levels – sensitively creating a new vernacular for the bar.




Giles Freeman of Six Degrees Architects, who are responsible for the design, explains: “As the garden matures and covers the walls with foliage, the building will take on its intended feel of being an urban ruin.”

Upstairs, the ceiling appears to float, providing an open wall overlooking the courtyard and creating an uninterrupted flow from inside to out.


As with so many things in Melbourne, it’s the attention to detail that sets the Royal Saxon apart, with wonderful parquetry tables, stained glass windows and use of timber cladding and ceiling panels.

The Royal Saxon recently received recognition from the Australian Institute of Architects, being awarded a Commercial Architecture Award.


The Royal Saxon


Design Accessories

An Icon Re-imagined

I’ve always been fond of Jaguars and, like many, have always associated the brand with their classics – the E-type, the C-Type and, of course, the 1968 XJ.

Recently given the opportunity to test drive the new Jaguar XJ, I must admit to an initial concern, however slight, that the brand was breaking with its classic roots. How wrong I was. The new luxury saloon not only brings the brand racing into the future, but also pays homage to the classic lines, design features and powerful engineering of the Jaguars it succeeds.

Famed British car designer, Ian Callum, Design Director at Jaguar, is responsible for the elegant new XJ. Callum’s most recent car, the XJ is designed to appeal to a younger, contemporary market, and it certainly seduced me, although the price could prove a slight obstacle.


The price of the new XJ is more than many inner-city apartments (around AUD$198,800 - $367,800), but, then again, a description of the new XJ cabin outdoes many apartments. Light and spacious thanks to a new panoramic glass roof, contemporary chrome and piano black detailing with elegantly-crafted leather and veneer surfaces, Dual-View technology 8-inch touch-screen that projects DVDs to the passenger and vehicle functions or sat nav to the driver, and a top-of-the range 1200W Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system comparable to the best in-home entertainment.




It’s not only about looks and entertainment though – sustainability is just as important. With a lighter aluminium body, ultra-efficient Gen III petrol and diesel engines available, and economy figures of 7.0l/100kms and CO2 emissions of 184g/km for the standard car, the new XJ meets the expectations of the sustainably aware new generation.

It wouldn’t be a Jaguar without the highest level of performance – and every feature of the new XJ makes for responsive, dynamic handling. Not used to driving a big car, I was definitely impressed with how easy I found it to handle.

“The new XJ is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the quintessential Jaguar,” says Callum. “Its visual impact stems from the elongated teardrop shape of the car’s side windows, that powerful stance and its wide track. It is the most emphatic statement yet of Jaguar’s new design direction.”

It really is as Jaguar puts it – an icon re-imagined.





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Around The World

The Library Koh Samui

Now if we asked you to name your ideal holiday destination, it’s unlikely you’d say the library – but with this amazing hotel in Koh Samui, we think we could change your mind.

The design of The Library on Thailand’s Koh Samui does, in some ways, echo the aesthetic of modern minimalist municipal libraries, but few of those come with a red swimming pool and luxury accommodation.

We’re told that the idea for The Library came from the notion that all you need to enjoy a great holiday are a beautiful location, comfortable surroundings and a good book.

The resort offers 26 cabins dotted around the 6,400 sqm property. Each cabin offers a downstairs suite and a separate upstairs studio with amazing views across the old-growth trees and the ocean.



There are a number of sculptures and artworks across the property, including a number of quirky ‘readers’ relaxing with their books.



Designed by Tirawan Songsawat, The Library, of course, gives visitors the opportunity to peruse a range of books and surf the web (in the “iMac corner”) in the on-site library – or if reading isn’t your thing, you can get out into the paradise that is Koh Samui, then indulge yourself in The Page Restaurant and Bar (such a cool name!) and finish your day with a dip in the vivid red swimming pool.




If you’re anything like the editors of habitusliving.com and Habitus magazine the idea of lying on the beach with a good book is bound to appeal!

Read more about The Library on the Design Hotels website.


The Library


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Around The World

Lost and Found Hotel Room

A hotel room without a phone or television? Who ever heard of that! Well, you’ll be pleased to know, it’s the last thing you even think about when you step inside the Lost & Found Hotel Room at Little Collins Hotel.

Created by Melbourne’s insider guide, Lost & Found, this spacious suite is a real sight (and site!) to behold. From the tea bags to the bedspread, every item is Melbourne designed, made or sourced.

Devised by Lost & Found to showcase some of Melbourne’s most popular and unique design products, the room instantly engages you in the local scene.

A selection of records reveals the city’s most popular musicians, while magazines and books stacked throughout the room offer up cultural gems from local poets, photographers, fashion designers, illustrators and more.


Opened in June, the room has been available for subscribers to stay, upon application, and – we’re sorry to hear – will soon close in August.

Meanwhile Lost & Found have been running a blog, encouraging visitors to share in their experiences at and around the hotel.
And, after a day/afternoon/evening of exploring the streets around Little Collins Hotel, where better to rest your head than Third Drawer Down’s bespoke pillow cases! (And I can tell you now – they’re definitely dream inspiring).

For more information on the covetable Melbourne treasures hidden around the Lost & Found’s hotel room click here.


Lost & Found Hotel Room