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Design Accessories

Knog Bike Accessories

From meagre beginnings as the fledgling brainchild of industrial design consultancy Catalyst Design to a multi-award winning bicycle accessory brand with a worldwide audience, Melbourne’s Knog is a company on the move.

Launched under the Catalyst umbrella in 2002 by industrial designer Hugo Davidson and mechanical engineer Malcolm McKechnie with a name inspired by the humble bike helmet – Knog is short for knoggin – the company now distributes to 46 countries across the globe and has a retail store in South Yarra.

From the outset the pair focused purely on bike helmets but soon discovered an untapped market in cycling, relishing the chance to work in exciting new product categories while simultaneously promoting health and sustainability.

Today, the company is best known for bike lights but also manufactures more than 400 products including luggage, gloves, a range of tools, cycle computers and bike locks.


However, their signature product remains the Frog Light – produced from flexible silicon. The product has ‘spawned’ a huge range of silicon-base products from Knog – seen in new alternative bike security option the Sausage Lock which comprises woven braided cable with fibre core over-moulded with vibrantly coloured silicon.

Davidson says for eight years Knog has achieved notoriety for a product range with a simple, “fun” aesthetic.

“We’d be one of the few brands in the market that didn’t originate from within the cycling industry so our product is perceived as being a fresh alternative to 95 per cent of what’s out there.”

Knog shop

364 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Melbourne
+61 3 9824 0110

03 9428 6352



Design Hunters

Canturi eau de parfum Launch

Jewellery designer Stefano Canturi last week launched the new Canturi eau de parfum at the Guillaume at Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House.

Chef Guillaume Brahini took inspiration from the artisan scent to design a 4-course menu infused with notes from the perfume. 

During the meal guests were treated to a presentation by fragrance expert Michael Edwards – a sensory journey through the making of the new frarance from Canturi.

The good people at Canturi say Canturi eau de parfum will be available at selected Myer stores and Canturi from 25 October. 

Stay tuned for a profile of Stefano in Issue 10 of Habitus magazine, out December 2010.

Click here to subscribe to the print, or here to download the iPad app.


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Design Hunters

Wave Hunter Profile

Eugene Tan is the founder of Aquabumps, a regular email newsletter of photography and photographic business based in Bondi. Each day Eugene sends tantalising shots of one of the world’s most famous beaches, making thousands of people very very envious!


Where did the Aquabumps newsletter idea come from?

The idea came from joining 3 of my passions… surfing… photography… and the web (my job at the time).

It was a simple idea that evolved in the late nineties. Blogging and digital photography was still in its infancy… so taking images and posting them to an audience was a new thing.

I wanted it to be easy for my readers to look at the photos so emailing them seemed like the most practical method…a 30 second break in their busy working day – as at the time, I too was a beach-surf starved cubicle dweller.



This has to be most people's dream job - would you agree, are you living the dream?

Yes, this is a dream job. I am living the dream. I shoot want I want to shoot, spending loads of time down the beach, travel to exotic places and work with very interesting people. It did take 11 years to work out well, and there were plenty of late nights along the way – so it’s not all gravy.


Bondi has an interesting culture, what's your take on it?

Bondi is an interesting place. A concoction of so many varied people. Artists, models, wanna-be actors, designers, drunks, they are all here. There’s always something different to photograph… so much happens here.


Do you have a favourite photo?

My favourite image is Lone Swimmer. It’s shot from a helicopter as a girl swims out far on a busy day down at North Bondi.

I love this image as the colours are amazing. No one believes its actually Bondi, a beach 8 kilometres away from a large city centre.


It's always a delight getting your emails – what response have you had from subscribers?

Every day I get an email from a happy subscriber – that makes it all the worthwhile.

Just brightening someone’s day with 5 photographs is the most positive thing a photographer can do – make people happy. I get lots of comments and feedback… and read every single one.

I’ve had emails from Jon, who works on an offshore oil rig platform near South Africa… he reckons I am his eyes to the real world. Then there is an Aussie expat stuck in Poland, who is homesick – badly… they write often.

Then there’s the grandma in the states, who has grandchildren living in Bondi; she thinks my emails keep her connected to her family and she can see what her grand kids see…


On those early mornings, what's the world like?

The morning is the best time of day. No phones, no horns, no emails… just raw, warm flattering light with positive people up doing their morning rituals. I get up at sunrise mostly.

In summer it’s hard as that’s around 5am… in winter I can sleep to 6:30am. I am not a born ‘morning person’ but now I’m addicted to the morning. If I don’t wake up and go to the beach, I feel out of sorts. You should see when I wake up in Singapore – not pretty.


Let's pretend for a moment that digital doesn't exist... If you only had one shot left on your last roll of film, what photo would you take?

I would shoot a picture of my wife Debbie…who is normally standing next to me when I shoot most of my images. She loves the ocean as well, and I’d shoot a shot of her punching through the shore break at Waimea, Hawaii…in the clear water.


Eugene has a book that comes out in mid-November – a big A3 coffee table book called “A Day at Bondi”. Keep and eye out for it. He’s also lunching a line of boardshorts with Speedo with plans to open more galleries and put on a few shows.

Big things to come from this Wave Hunter, just you wait and see.




Design Accessories

New Dinosaur Designs Rugs

The first collection came in 2006 and it was a partnership made in heaven. After more than 4 years of success together, Designer Rugs and Dinosaur Designs have once again joined forces to produce a new rug collection.

Created exclusively for Designer Rugs, the 6 new designs represent an evolution of the signature organic Dinosaur style.

“The designs are even more remarkable than the original series, featuring a mix of big bold amorphic designs, monochromatic patterns and punchy colours,” Designer Rugs explain.



Moving Mountains





Complementing the original collection the designs use the classic rectangular shape as canvas, embellished with organic shapes and bold colours – perfectly suited to the 100% New Zealand wool of Designer Rugs.

“It was wonderful to work with Designer Rugs and expand our collection using such beautiful natural wool which allowed us to work with an incredible range of colours,” explains the Dinosaur Designs team.

The Designer Rugs Dinosaur Designs collection number 2 features the stock size 200 cm by 300 cm and can be custom-coloured and sized upon request. Read more about the new collection here.


Designer Rugs




Shifting Stones



Skipping Stones



The Kiss



Luna Eclipse


Design Accessories

The Heist from Crumpler

Once a must-have for any bicycle courier, the messenger bag has become a mainstream fashion accessory – often providing a quirky alternative to tradition bags.

And if you’re talking about the messenger satchel, it’s impossible not to mention the people who helped make it cool – Crumpler.

These guys have been around for almost 15 years now, and although they started out making bags for actual messengers, their consumer retail outlets now stretch across the globe from China to the US.



If you’ve ever owned a Crumpler, you’ll know that they’re made for moving – a tough exterior and equally durable interior, with straps that feel like you’re wearing a seatbelt when you’re riding.

But the brand is about more than just bags, it’s about a playful tongue-in-cheek culture – the company choosing to give their bags names like The Considerable Embarrassment and (more recently) The Fug sleeve for iPad.

Often referred to as being a little ugly, their ranges also include some more refined options, including their newest bags. The Heist collection offers 4 new bags in the Tech Bag range – for all your technology related moving!

They should be available later this year.

The good folk at Crumpler are giving habitusliving.com readers the chance to take home one of the bags from The Heist range. To enter, just click here and tell us what you’d carry in your Heist from Crumpler. Remember, the most creative response will win.








Around The World

Dickebusch at Patonga

We had originally planned to tell you about this wonderful property we discovered on the central coast of New South Wales, but after speaking to the owners (the pair behind furniture and homewares company Koskela) we thought we’d let one of them, Sasha Titchkosky, do the talking…


The Story so far…

A very good friend of ours has a house at Patonga. We had heard about this place through her for a while but we were a bit dubious - no rolling surf, a creek?

Once we visited her we were smitten and decided that day we wanted a place there. Two weeks later we were walking around Dickebusch with the agent. Six weeks after that we bought it.





Before that…

Dickebusch was built in 1929-1930 by the Flowers family as a holiday home. It was a pre-fabricated home that was barged to Patonga wharf in pieces then erected. 

The name Dickebusch was in memory of the son of the Flowers family who died in World War I when he was serving as a medic and was buried in Dickebusch in Belgium. 

We happened to find out about the original name when one day as we were working on the house, we noticed a car pulled up at the front of the house and an elderly passenger inside pointing and talking about the house.




We asked if there was anything we could do and it turned out that the people in the car were the granddaughter and great grandson of the family that built the house.

We were really fortunate that we made this contact as Jean Elliott provided us with a letter of her memeories about the house and some wonderful old photographs of the times she enjoyed there.


Back to life..

As we were doing the renovation, we discovered that many of the original weatherboard timbers had the name "Flowers" written on their reverse side in pencil on the them.







Stay a while…

Visitors love that the house feels like a holiday house. It was designed to be very different from people's city homes in terms of the finishes that were chosen which gives it a really great relaxed, warm feel.

There is also something about Patonga, which is only 1 1/2 hours form Sydney, that makes you feel like you are a million miles from the city and the stresses of city life.

Surrounded by National Parks, full of wildlife, two streets one way and three streets the other so you can get about by bike -it is the perfect antidote to city living.






Okay, that’s the story. Do you need to know more? You can get most of the details here but you’ve probably already booked it, right?







The Balgowlah Duplex

Now if you’ve been following the Director’s Cut section of Habitus magazine you’ll have noticed that when Architects design their own homes, the results can be truly outstanding. But what if you’re not an architect, how do you achieve the same results?

Simple – buy a house downstairs from an architect. Watershed Design’s Mark Korgul and Carolyn Miles designed an extension and renovation of their Balgowlah duplex for themselves and their downstairs neighbours, Tim Stubbs and Joanna Orton.

Each apartment is a modest 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Once used for teacher housing – along with a row of similar duplexes on the street – the existing building had part of its back wall knocked through downstairs and up to create new living areas indoors and out.




“We retained the majority of the existing building fabric, including internal walls and windows,” Mark explains. “The renovation was largely driven by a desire to create outdoor spaces and improve the amenity of the duplexes.”

While the interiors were updated, including kitchens and bathrooms, it was the addition of these outdoor rooms that created open, usable space. What is a new internal dining room below; upstairs is an outdoor living and kitchen space. Other additions include the large carport, paving and a water tank for irrigating the garden.



Timber forms have been used to both complement and soften the brick of the existing structures. “The new timber structures provide a new layer to the building, they are designed to be transparent and lightweight to filter the sun and the wind, rain and provide privacy,” Mark says.

The two homes sit harmoniously together, with their own different personalities tied together by the existing and new architectural forms.



“There is a wonderful quality of light through the translucent polycarbonate skillion roofs with timber framing below and through the closely spaced timber slat screens,” Mark explains.

“The combination of a limited pallet of materials and the timber detailing of the structure and screens give the home a sense of quality and craftsmanship.”


But what of the neighbours? Most people find it hard enough dealing with new fences, let alone a whole shared renovation.

“We did spend a reasonable amount of time working with Tim and Jo to understand what they were after and reaching an agreement on each of the stages in the process,” Marks says.

“We started off just as neighbours, but we got on so well that we have finished up good friends… In the end I think we were lucky to have likeminded neighbours who were keen for the upgrade.”


Watershed Design



Photography generously supplied by Simon Whitbread






Haus at Unlimited

What’s in a house? What purpose does a house serve? These are some of the questions being raised by an installation at the State Library of Queensland by designer Alexander Lotersztain. The principal of design studio Derlot has created 3 miniature houses based around The Three Little Pigs fairytale – one haus built from ‘straw’, one from ‘sticks’ and one from ‘bricks’. The houses will be on display in the foyer of the State Library of Queensland as part of the Unlimited Asia Pacific Design Triennial and will give visitors an opportunity to gather ‘privately’ in a very public location. If you’re in Brisbane, looking for a great place to meet, this is definitely it – a haus away from home.     abc

Food for Design Forum

This week marks the first ever Asia Pacific Design Triennial – Unlimited Asia Pacific – in the Queensland captial. While the ‘festival’ will celebrate the Region’s outstanding design, it will also take the opportunity to explore how design can improve and shape our ways of life.

One of the public events to do this is the Food for Design forum, to be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October. The idea is, in the words of the organisers, “to plant the seed of designing sustainability into our everyday lives”.


The forum will see architects Brian Steendyk, designer Sam Parsons and TV chef and all-round nice guy Ben O’Donoghue.

The presenters will discuss of the biggest issues facing our Region – and the world for that matter – food production, healthy eating, community building, shelter and well-being will be discussed by the presenters.

Food for Design will bring together these extremely passionate individuals to hopefully spark a fire in us all to design our way of life, consciously and with gusto.

If you’re in Brisbane this week, you should check out the public program and get out to see as much as you can. We’ll be tweeting all the action @habitusliving.


Food for Design forum

October 8 – October 9, 2010 

6pm till late 

South Bank Surf Club

30aa Stanley Plaza, Parklands, South Brisbane



Gewürzhaus Spices

Drawing on their German heritage, and a family love for cooking and baking, sisters Maria and Eva Konecsny are set to spice things up in Melbourne’s culinary scene with the opening of their spice house – Gewürzhaus.

Growing up in both the city and the country, in Australia and Germany, Maria says it was the many tea-shops in Germany – with their self-scoop concept and range of house blends – that first inspired them to create a similar place devoted to herbs and spices.

After separate educations in agricultural economics and urban planning and design, the girls worked on several home renovation projects together, before spending about six months in the kitchen, cooking and blending their mixes.


“We source all the whole things from around the world, then freshly grind them in the shop,” Maria says.

“There’s very few companies that do it in Australia, but it makes a big difference to the quality because with most spices, by the time it actually gets to the shelf, through customs and everything else, are probably 3 to 6 months old.”


Their expanding range – which now stocks close to 400 different blends including rare black lava sea salt and a tantalising mulled wine mix – is also complimented by a select supply of homewares including Jesse Steele aprons and Riess enamelware.

“We wanted to make the whole place feel like a kitchen – very homely,” Maria says.

“A lot of the old things that we have in our own kitchen – like the enamelwear  -we have still got from our grandmother. They are things we grew up with and that you can’t get elsewhere.”

Already wholesaling to a few cafes around Melbourne, the girls are keen to open another location as soon as possible, and share their passion with as many people as they can.


342 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC
+61 3 9023 1028


Photography by Laine Hill