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The Alexandria House

The terraces that make up so much of Sydney’s architectural character offer obvious limitations such as space, light and adequate connections to the outdoors. For architect Tom Ferguson these were the most exciting challenges.

Creative use of modern dark cabinetry in the middle portion of the ground floor allowed him to create a journey through the home.

 

 

 

“The principle idea is to create a sense of compression as you move through the central darker spaces to emphasise and enhance the lightness and openness of the living room,” he explains.

“The darker colour combined with the lowered ceiling height achieve this, but the feeling of compression is balanced by the glass roof and internal courtyard so as not to become oppressive.”

 

This central core houses the laundry and powder room and the open kitchen. “The long bank of kitchen cupboards was done in gloss to give a mirror effect adding interest to the space,” Ferguson says. “I don’t usually do gloss cabinetry but it works well in dark colours and narrow spaces for that reason.”

Originally built in 1894, the terrace’s characteristic detailing – balusters, architraves and skirtings – have been retained. “I tried to keep as much character in the old parts of the house… but give consistency with the new work with a base wall colour, the parquetry flooring and the furnishing and decoration,” Ferguson says.

 

The whole home has been activated with light, with a fully-glazed back wall, the glass roof over the kitchen and the glass-topped walls of the en-suite bathroom.

 

Ferguson has designed the rear yard as a real outdoor room - “architectural” planting with a layering of heights – while the boundary fence has been designed to be “part of the architecture” of the house.

 

So although your neighbours may be just a wall away, terrace-dwellers can still create their own space – just pinch it in the middle.

 

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tfad.com.au

 

Photography has been done by Tom Ferguson himself – a very multi-talented guy!

 

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Page Thirty Three

We were doing some design hunting one of our favourite little shops recently and spotted some of the quirky homewares of Page Thirty Three. We caught up with co-founder Ryan Hanrahan to find out a bit more about the new label.   Tell us a bit about your day jobs... Our day jobs have been changing constantly all year since we began this venture. As my partner Bianca and I are the only two employees, we’ve taken each item in our range from the loose thoughts they began as to packaged, finished items. It's pretty funny really, how many different jobs you have to do when you start your own label; you have to become an expert at all sorts of things really quickly. The great part of this, is watching concepts grow and evolve from start to finish. The tough part is realising that you suck at packing boxes. I have learnt there is an art to everything... especially taping a box together.   What sort of products does Page Thirty Three make? That's a really difficult question to answer. Truthfully, we have a zillion ideas, and we base our range somewhere between ideas that linger most strongly, and the reality of creation versus costings. Our range is quite diverse but we are most interested in the cross pollination of ideas, products and genre's. (But you can check out their range in their catalogue below)   What's with the name? Books and pages are great themes to run with. The number three, and in particular thirty three, are really strong numbers in our lives, so it really felt like the perfect name. Also Larry Bird (33) was my favourite basketball player as a Kid.   What's your favourite product and why? My favourite product is the Cinematic Light box. It is basically a lighting unit based on the classic cinema sign and typography.       It comes with 103 interchangeable letters so you can personalize and change the message. I built one of these from wood as an art piece a few years ago, and every time we had a party, people would always mess around with the letters, so when we started playing around with ideas at the start of this year it became a must have.   What made you start Page Thirty Three? Bianca and I are interested purely in the idea of creation. We love coming up with new ideas, and then working on bringing them to fruition, so I suppose we just started making our ideas, and the company grew from that.   Do you design all the products yourselves? What's the process? Yes we design all the products ourselves... We have a five-page list of ideas, so we are constantly working and playing with concepts. The range evolves from the ideas we have been most successful at translating.    Fly'n Vee Flyswatter   Bath Brew       Jigsaw Plate   Any upcoming products you'd like to tell us about? Yes heaps, but that's a secret of course.   What next for Page Thirty Three? We love this world, so in the future we will increasingly be looking to create environmentally friendly products using re-usable, and sustainable materials. What inspires me most at the moment is design that incorporates this ideal, without losing the original creative vision. Page Thirty Three pagethirtythree.com   abc
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Bamboo Business: Kent Gration

Bamboo is back. It might even be the new black. More importantly though, it’s about serious design and a sustainable ethos – renewable, biodegradable products boasting structural and aesthetic longevity minus an over-emphasis on visual stimulation, according to Brisbane designer Kent Gration.

An avid scuba diver, Gration’s affinity with the sea means he’s witnessed first hand the impact waste plastic has on the ocean and waterways – a consideration at the crux of his preference for bamboo.

The designer’s work thoughtfully addresses “the overuse of synthetic materials” by using bamboo as an environmental solution and substitute.

Prior to opening his Windsor-based Integration Studio in 2004 Gration spent eight years working for leading firms in Melbourne and Brisbane, and in 2007 launched his premier bamboo furniture range, Wambamboo – using Moso bamboo – a rapidly renewable, durable and environmentally preferred material dating back to 3000 BC.

 

His designs are characterised by bamboo poles, cross-laminated boards and veneers hand-crafted using CNC-cut components, recyclable materials, non-toxic glues and water-based finishes - each emblazoned with appealing laminated grain patterns akin to strands of DNA.

With his talent for sustainable innovation Gration has received a slew of accolades; more recently winning an Emerging Design Leader award at the inaugural 2010 Queensland Premier’s Design Awards, while his award-winning Constellation Light was exhibited as an installation at this year’s Unlimited: Queensland’s Asia Pacific Design Triennal (October 4 - 6).

Gration’s ethos centres on growing environmental concerns regarding mass-production and the overuse of non-renewable polluting materials in the furniture industry such as synthetics which have a perpetual lifespan.

 

 

“By designing objects which don’t have an expected end-of-life we are creating an over-population problem in terms of how many artefacts we choose to keep in our company,” he says.

“Many plastic products are based upon current colourways, forms and finishes, which in many instances, only last a few years in terms of buyer acceptance.

Quality design doesn’t have to adhere to a trend of aesthetic agenda Gration says.

“I really like the concept that good design is really all about intelligent resolution rather than visual over-stimulation.”

 

Kent Gration, Integration Studio
0418 124 087
wambamboo.com.au
info@wambamboo.com.au

 

 

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Momenti Peroni pop-up bar

You’ve got around another 6 weeks to enjoy a little slice of Italian nightlife at the Momenti Peroni pop-up bar on Victoria Street Darlinghurst.

The minimalist design is the work of Italian fashion designer and Peroni Ambassador, Antonio Berardi, who we met on his recent visit to Australia – where he announced the winner of the Peroni Young Designer Awards and launch aperitivo in Australia.

Aperitivo – essentially small servings of food with drinks – has a long history in Italian culture, and Peroni hopes to foster a similar culture in Australia. Momenti Peroni is its Australian introduction.

 

 

“It’s about meeting people, it’s about relaxing and it’s about eating,” Antonio explains. “It’s about people rubbing shoulders, it’s about being Italian and about people not being in cliques.”

The interior features white walls and minimal furnishings, with a few timber logs and an amazing lighting installation. “I thought there should be a feature – that feature is the Tom Dixon lights – I wanted it to feel kind of like bubbles, the impression of the bottle of beer,” Antonio says.

 

 

“I think it’s the people who inhabit the bar that make the bar, not how amazing this is because it costs this much and because that person designed it.

“It’s like parties: the best parties are the ones where people go away and they remember it because they had fun – to me that’s what it’s all about, it’s a much more Italian way of doing things, stripping it down to the basics.”

Along with a selection of Peroni beers there’s a range of wines and cocktails on offer to help you while away the hours surrounded by friends and good food.

The pop-up Momenti Peroni bar will be open until 19 December.

 

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The Supernatural Wine

Already a hit in England (it’s one of the few New Zealand brands on the exclusive wine shelves of London’s Selfridges), New Zealand wine company &Co launched its 2009 vintage, The Supernatural, in the USA on 1 November.

After a decade of searching for the perfect viticultural site, organic winemaker Gabrielle Simmers set up &Co in Hawke’s Bay, with the purpose of selling its 100 percent estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc to the world.

“This is a true ‘terroir’ wine, from one of the best viticultural sites in New Zealand,” says Gabrielle, who runs &Co with partner Greg Collinge.

To be served in Michelin starred restaurants and fine eateries in 25 US states, plus stocked in Manhattan stores such as Wholefoods and Astor Wines, The Supernatural is destined to further New Zealand’s global recognition as a producer of world-class wines.

 

The Supernatural’s label – designed by Arch MacDonnell of Inhouse Design – won a Gold Pin at the recent The Best Design Awards. “The Best Awards are an initiative by The Design Institute of NZ to recognise the very best in product, graphic, spatial and interactive design, so we are incredibly proud to have taken out the coveted Gold Pin Award in our first year,” adds Gabrielle.

A bottle of The Supernatural will be placed on a wall at the San Francisco MoMA exhibition How Wine Became Modern alongside other innovative bottle designs, as an example of the progression of design in the world of wine.

 

&Co Wine
andco.co.nz

 

 

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