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Habitusliving.com explores the best residential architecture and design in Australia and Asia Pacific.


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Boxa angle slab end table

Designed by: Brad Nicholls        


I am: a table


About me:

The Boxa credits its clean simple lines to the traditional box join which shows its structural detail in all its beauty. Boxa is an honest design respecting form, where less is more.

Nicholls’s love for the environment and his beloved farm southeast of Melbourne led him to source sustainable materials for his designs. So, unlike lacquers where you are actually touching a thin film of plastic, when you touch the surface of Boxa its actually timber at your fingertips.



Materials: Select Vic Ash or American Oak finished in natural oil or water based lacquer


Nicholls Design





Design Accessories

CMS45X – Classic Coffee Machine

Designed by: Smeg


I am: Coffee Machine


About me:

Italians love their coffee. As a point of pride, Smeg produces the most remarkable, elegant, easy-to-maintain and cleverly conceived coffee machines imaginable.

For stunning barista-quality results, choose the Smeg Coffee Machine. It is built-in and requires no plumbing – and that means greater design flexibility.

Finished in fingerprint-proof satin stainless steel and all the components are hidden from view, but can be accessed with ease.

This includes a massive 1.8-litre water tank with the capacity to produce cup after cup of café quality coffee. The machine offers a convenient, internal, self-cleaning function, so you don’t have to clean it after every cup of coffee.

Fully programmable, it will remember exactly how you like your espresso shot, has five coffee strengths, a pre-ground option and easily stores up to 220 grams of coffee beans. You can even add a warming drawer underneath.

For the perfect cup of coffee, choose Smeg.


Materials: Stainless Steel

Dimensions: H455mm x W595mm x D480mm


61 2 9384 5678

Design Accessories

Highland 76cm Pyrolytic oven

Product Name: Highland 76cm Pyrolytic oven (HIO75MP / HIO75DMP)


Designed by: Highland Appliances


Category: Kitchen Appliances


I am: a 76cm multi-function pyrolytic oven


About me:

Reliable and elegant in design, these stylish, hand-crafted Highland ovens offer numerous features equipped with the latest technology that only leading oven manufacturers present today.

Large oven capacities, multifunction programs, pyrolytic cleaning, mark-free stainless steel are a few of the many standard features of this oven.

Serious about cooking and serious about cleaning, the highland ovens are by their very nature, an oven every kitchen must have.

Available as both a single and a Double oven.



  • Stainless steel / glass exterior,
  • High-grade enamel / pyrolytic cleaning interior


Dimensions: 76 cm, 104 litre capacity


Highland Appliances
1300 511 072



Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

Puddle Basin

Designed by: Minosa


I am: a Basin


About me:

Minimal in design and completely functional – the perfect choice for those wash areas that reflect aesthetic simplicity.

Its function is to capture the flow of water, rather than retain it; making it an ideal basin for such areas as guest powder rooms or commercial settings such as restaurants and bars.

The Puddle features beautiful form and its subtle bowl depth is highly practical.

The Puddle washbasin was created by Minosa as a reaction to Sydney’s growing water crisis and the introduction of water restrictions.

Creating flat or shallow washbasins was never the real challenge; the challenge was to understand the way water responded to flat surfaces.

Designers Darren and Simona sought smart water-saving technology to complement this new design practice for their new range of basins, not only to avoid splashback but also to highlight the excessive amount of water running through most people’s taps



  • Handcrafted from the premium quality material Corian®
  • Corian® is a solid surface material made up with acrylic resins and natural aluminium
  • Corian is 100% renewable which means it will last the test of time and also sit with the Minosa company ethos.
  • Minosa not only offer a design made from  low VOC materials, the are also actively recycling. Their washbasins can be repaired and reused if they are damaged or old

61 2 8090 9039   



Design Accessories

The Pontos Chronographe Sport

The character of the Pontos Chronographe range remains loyal to the codes of the Pontos collection: design, contemporary style and purity. In this new sports version, the range becomes an archetype by refusing any compromise.

The Pontos Chronographe Sport Full Black occupies the field in the same way as the sportsmen and women who have the calibre to impose themselves right from the starting line.



Sculptural and physically unmistakable, it is shaped to declare its outstanding features.

The timepiece exploits black in all registers and hues to give more body to its solid volumes, and uses textures and finishes that enhance its key attributes.

The Pontos Chronographe Sport Full Black features a precise, reliable automatic movement and a chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters, a small seconds display, a date display and a tachymeter on the outer ring.


The second addition to the collection is the Pontos Chronographe Sport titanium. This high-tech version of the Pontos Chronographe Sport titane stands out by its colour, materials and finishes.

The brushed 43 mm case is made of titanium. The black dial allows the counters to take pride of place in the centre. In black and silver, the 30-minute and 12-hour counters are read by means of appliqué numerals in the ultimate colour of sport: orange – also present in the tachymeter and at the ends of the hands.

With strong personality and easily identifiable architectural lines, these timepieces express sports aesthetics combined with a high-precision mechanism of tried and tested reliability.


Maurcie Lacroix



Design Accessories

Canturi eau de parfum

"Like jewellery, fragrance is the ultimate expression of the wearer’s personality” believes Stefano Canturi.

In 2011 Canturi celebrates 25 years designing jewellery. Deeply inspired by the Cubist art movement a period that saw avant-garde change and experimentalism become the new reality, Canturi pioneered a unique jewellery style, his ‘Cubism’ collection.

Cubism cradles the essence of Canturi Jewels – the exquisite balance between concept and form.



For the first time, Canturi set out to articulate his point of view through a new art form, the creation of a signature scent. Created in New York with perfumer Kevin Verspoor the scent is Canturi’s first artistic expression outside of jewellery design.


Driven by the challenge of creating a scent that would take him back to the creative and innovative mood of the Cubist art movement, Canturi has created a unique fragrance, which captures that iconic period in time.

A modern fusion of the classic Oriental and Chypre perfumes of the Cubist epoch, yet with distinct originality and warmth. It is Canturi in a bottle.



For the bottle, Canturi was inspired by his interlocking, signature ‘Cubism’ style. The iconic round bottle with its woven sleek black lines evokes vitality and style, while the golden juice hints at the luxury within.

The Canturi eau de parfum is available in 100mL $195 and 50mL $135 at Canturi, selected Myer stores and online at myer.com.au

View an interview with Stefano on his new fragrance here.




Design Accessories

Barazza Tao

Designed by: Barazza


I am: Cook top and Oven


About me:

The unmistakable stylistic research carried out by Barazza is exemplified by this new exclusive range.

The Barazza Tao range if born of an harmonious and original combination of curved lines, which - as they follow the most modern furniture trends - add a unique aesthetic to the kitchen.

Original round pan supports in cast iron, deep recesses for independent burners and the ergonomic arrangement of the cooking areas are distinctive strong points of the Tao cooktop designs.

The multi program oven features and easy clean interior and a state-of-the-art digital programmer.

The Tao range of ovens and cooktops would be at home in any modern kitchen.








Design Accessories


Designed by: Alessandro Pedretti


I am: Outdoor Luminaires


About me:

I am floor and wall outdoor luminaires using low energy LED light source to provide a warm, intense light.

My floor version is available in 2 heights (50 cm and 90 cm). Floor fixing with ground mounting plate.



Body lamp in die-cast aluminium; extruded aluminium stem; policarbonate diffusor.

Colour: light grey

Light emission: direct






Around The World

Park8 Hotel


A city centre oasis located in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s vibrant CBD on the corner of Park & Castlereagh St, Park8 Hotel is the latest addition to the 8Hotels collection of boutique properties.

36 oversized rooms and lofts accommodating up to 6 guests per room offering luxury in-room amenities, ultra-comfort bedding and bathrooms with rain showers and separate baths.

The hotel’s Interiors are inspired by Sydney’s natural surrounds, and coupled with the 8Hotels renowned personalised guest services, Park8 creates a truly unique hotel experience.

Formerly known as the ‘Central Park’ and developed by Sydney property magnate Victor Comino, the hotel was recently acquired by 8Hotels and has undergone an extensive refurbishment.

Park8 has been designed with Design Hunters™ in mind. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, Park8 is far from the big hotel chain franchise style and perfect for those demanding something a little different from their accommodation experience.











Habitus Loves
Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

Habitus Loves… Baths


Ellipso Duo

Designed by: 

 Phoenix DesignWhy we love it: There’s something about the size of this freestanding bath that scream opulence – as a good bath should – and it looks amazing in black. Now for the chandelier. Where you can get it: Bathe


title   Designed by: 

DadoWhy we love it: This isn’t a huge bath, but it is perfectly proportioned and offers a freestanding option for those with limited space. It’s also a deep bath which means big volume. Where you can get it: Dado


title   Designed by: 

 Michael Schmidt for FalperWhy we love it: One word, ‘unique’. The wonderful scoop form of this bath just makes you want to slide on in and while away the hours – and in some awesome colours too. Where you can get it: Rogerseller

Latis Bath

title Designed by: 

OmvivoWhy we love it: The amazing combination of timber (storage cabinet) and white bath is beautiful and the angular aesthetic unusual for baths, but seriously striking. Where you can get it: Coming soon to Omvivo

Agape Ottocento

title   Designed by: 

 Benedini AssociatiWhy we love it: The traditional claw-foot bath re-imagined. We adore the rounded lip of this bath and the curves against the straight legs. Where you can get it: Artedomus

Acanthus Bath

title Designed by: Dado Why we love it: This low-profile solid bath has real presence. Large, certain, perfect. Where you can get it: Dado


title   Designed by: 

AQVAWhy we love it: We’re used to the average bath; long, sometimes rectangular, sometimes oval, but generally pretty standard. Well the Cinque throws all that out the window with its organic flower-like shape. Definitely made for two! Where you can get it: AQVA

Agape inout

Designed by: 

 Benedini AssociatiWhy we love it: This round beauty looks good enough to share. It’s fine aesthetic and shape are like a china bowl – elegance. Where you can get it: Artedomus
Around The World

The Hotel DeBrett Auckland

If there’s one thing a Design Hunter™ can’t get enough of it’s amazing hotels. We look to these ‘homes away from home’ as destinations, not mere base camps.

So while the New Zealand city of Auckland has a lot to offer – natural beauty, an exciting design culture and fantastic bars and restaurants – but one of its landmarks is a destination you’ll want to spend some time in.

The Hotel DeBrett is like history updated. The historic building rose from the ashes of the old Commercial Hotel in 1925. The Art Deco hotel received a couple of refurbishments after this and was a popular meeting place throughout the 80s.





In 2009, current owners John Courtney & Michelle Deery opened the new Hotel DeBrett – with 25 rooms, a bar (House Bar) and restaurant (Kitchen) – honouring the original Art Deco style while nudging it into the 21st Century.



Designed by Architectural firm Mitchinson Simiona with interior design by Martin Hughes Design the new building received major renovations including the addition of the central glass-roofed two-storey atrium

You’ve got the choice of four different rooms, from a ‘Classic Room’ to a ‘Duplex Suite’. Each room features beautiful classic furniture, bright contemporary touches of colour (including the amazing striped carpets), high-quality linen and sleek black-mosaic bathrooms.





Throughout the hotel’s history House Bar has been at the heart of it’s goings on, inviting visitors to relax and enjoy each others company, with a private drawing room for hotel guests, while the new Kitchen restaurant (headed up by Chef Mark Sycamore) offers a range of New Zealand culinary offerings.

Hotel DeBrett can be found in Auckland’s CBD between High and Shortland Streets. Best to book yourself in for a few extra days if you’re planning to see the city, because you’ll want to get to know this piece of Auckland’s history before you step foot outside.


Hotel DeBrett

Soon to be a member of Design Hotels

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Little Mule Cycle Co and Café

Hugh McIntyre and Matt Bates are self-professed computer nerds – yes it’s true, “deep down we like computers,” says Hugh.

But the two IT professionals also have something else in common: a love of bikes and coffee – and this is where the story begins.

Looking for a new challenge, the two biking buffs started brainstorming – and the Little Mule Cycle Co & Café was born.



Set within Somerset Lane in the Melbourne CBD, Little Mule is a café-cum-bike shop, and the source of a number of creative collaborations.

The bike component of this space came about through Matt’s brother.

“He suggested we should sell our own bikes, and offered to design all the frames – it was too good to pass up,” says Hugh.


Brother Ben, who is an artist and designer, proved to have a talented hand with bikes – “he was the driving force behind us doing our own frames” – as well as creating fully-customisable bikes for clients. 

Fitted out with a textural array of recycled materials and repurposed cabinets, counter tops and lockers, the café is run by two hospitality professionals (otherwise known as Hamish and Joe).

Of the mix of clientele Little Mule attracts, “it’s really interesting – people who are into bikes are from all walks of life,” says Hugh.


Further connecting with their new following, Little Mule will be holding a Laneway Cinema night on 25 November as part of the Melbourne Bike Festival (MBF).

You can also find them among the finalists in MBF’s Better By Bike design competition, or see them in person on Somerset Lane!


Little Mule

Melbourne Bike Festival
25 – 27 November 2010