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Habitus Loves

Habitus Loves… Clocks


The Font Clock

  Designed by: Sebastian Wrong Why we love it: This reminds us of those calendars you see in post offices, but with its use of different fonts it makes for a fun, eclectic little ticker. Where you can get it: Living Edge

Soft Clock

title    Designed by: Kiki van Eijk Why we love it: The Soft Clock looks as though it’s been roughly moulded from play-doh, but it is actually ceramic, with beautifully refined hands. Quirky, fun. Where you can get it: Space

 alarm clock

title    Designed by: IDEA International Why we love it: This alarm clock is just so… well, red. The bell is located at the back, playing on the traditional alarm clock form and everything is a bright fire engine red. Where you can get it: Moss

Wall Clock

title  Designed by: Daniel . Emma Why we love it: Part of the ‘Solids’ collection, this clock is a simple as they come. Like something from an old-fashioned toy box, it brings out the child in us. Where you can get it: Daniel . Emma


title    Designed by: Naoto Fukasawa for Magis Why we love it: The simplicity of this clock is what we love. No numbers, no seconds hand and a solid black outline give it a slight cartoon quality. Where you can get it: Corporate Culture


title  Designed by: Singgih Kartono Why we love it: Much like the popular wooden radio by Singgih Katono, this new clock represents honest materials and a simple, playful aesthetic. Where you can get it: Areaware

The Grandson Clock

title    Designed by: Rowen Wagner Why we love it: This clock is a beautiful modern take on the classic grandfather clock. It’s relaxed wall-leaning style and thin pendulum are ultra-cool. Where you can get it: Rowen Wagner

Around Clock

Designed by: Anthony Dickens Why we love it: This one turns the idea of the clock on its head. The clock becomes the moving part while the ‘hand’ stays still to indicate the time on the scale. Where you can get it: Make: Designed Objects
Design Hunters

Beyond the Page

As much as we’d like to put everything in Habitus magazine, it just isn’t always possible. That’s why we’ve created a new page on habitusliving.com where you can explore more of the stories from the magazine.

Selected stories have extended photography, information and offers to help you get more from the magazine.

You can find the page on the MAGAZINE tab of the menu bar at the top of the site.

When you’re flicking through the pages of the magazine and spot the black and white ‘h’, that’s your clue that there’s more waiting for you on the site. Just type in the URL and you’ll be taken ‘beyond the page’.

In issue 10 you’ll find extended content from our stories on the Rob Mills House, the Utsav House, Queen Astrid House, The Cottesloe House, Greg Hatton, our Snapshot story in Kerala, P. Tendercool and your chance to win Green Architecture Now!

So come beyond the page with us on habitusliving.com.

Design Hunters


In this issue we get excited by reinventions of the traditional chandelier, and discover contemporary products and forms in bamboo.

Conversations with Design Hunters™ take us around the Region, from NZ jewellery and furniture designer Stephanie Donald and P. Tendercool in Bangkok to Sydney interior designer Antonia Pesenti, Victoria’s maverick maker Greg Hatton and jeweller turned perfumier, Stefano Canturi.


Stephanie Donald


Antonia Pesenti and family


Stephano Canturi at work

Whether in the hills of New Zealand, on remote Stradbroke Island in Queensland or the plains outside Mumbai, homes across the Region respond to the climate, landscape and cultural traditions to create environments that embody unique ways of life.


Pieter Compernol's Apartment


The Stradbroke Island house 


Enjoy Habitus 10.

You can pick up your copy of issue 10 in good newsagents and bookstores, including Borders and Magnation. Or subscribe to future issues here for your chance to win 1 of 2 Gras Lamps.


The Green House

Our homes are so often palettes upon which we paint our own aesthetic. For this home in Singapore, it is the owners collection of art and a memory of a copper-roofed childhood home that have shaped a brightly-coloured blank canvas.

“This house was a family home to the client when he was growing up in Singapore,” explains K2LD Architects’ Leong Lai Ping. “Typical of a traditional Chinese Indonesian family, the house is constantly opened to all the relatives who visit them throughout the year, especially during festive seasons.”



The 9x9m cube that forms the main section of the home has been clad in patina-aged copper – with its pre-weathered bright green hues – while windows and eaves are clad in teak. The copper offers a low-maintenance long-lasting alternative to other cladding options.


“The impetus of using copper actually came from the client,” Lai Ping says. “The client suggested using copper because they had a copper roof in their home in Indonesia and its value had appreciated during the time that they stayed in that house. Over a span of 20 years, the value of the copper roof appreciated many-fold.”



Art and gardening are two of the owner’s biggest passions, so the interiors were created with whitewashed walls to act as canvases, while the sculptured Japanese-style gardens are viewed through large framed openings across the house – where sliding doors retract into the walls to create unobstructed views.

“Although formally sculptural and monolithic from the exterior, the interior spaces are varied and shift horizontally and vertically spatially,” Lai Ping says.


A large display cabinet above the double-height atrium features the owner’s collection of vases, while a second atrium features a modern, elegant curved staircase linking the ground and first floors.


Helping to keep the home cool, the copper shell features a gap of air between it and the brick behind, while cross ventilation is provided through wall openings – essential in the tropical climate.




While a green house may not be everyone’s idea of home, this house sits well in its surroundings and it intertwined with the lives of its inhabitants – and surely this is why we build our own homes, as a sort of storytelling of who we are.




Photography by Jeremy San


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This bar takes drinks on the rocks literally. One consumes one’s Scotch on ice (or other beverage) perched 14 meters above a rocky outcrop of Jimbara Bay. It’s a sobering design feat.

To the south-west (across the Indian Ocean) are neighbouring Indonesian islands; to the west is Denpasar airport; while to the east, is multi-award winning Ayana Resort and Spa, of which this bar is a small (but key) part.



Access to this sprawling property, that features private luxury villas, an 18-hole golf course and a multitude of eateries and pools, is via an inclinator. This very necessary contraption is in perpetual motion as it ferries visitors up and down the adjacent cliff face all with heads turned to the killer views. 


But, the Rock Bar is not just a spectacular spot for a drink. It’s a considerable architectural and engineering achievement by Tokyo based designer Yasuhiro Koichi.

Koichi (along with business partner Masakazu Koizumi) is responsible for some of Asia’s top dining venues and bars, such as NOBU located in Hong Kong and Tokyo. These projects, like the Rock Bar, marry classic Asian style with modern materials and application.



The luminous glass-topped bar – created by celebrated Japanese glass artist Seiki Torige – is a big feature of the rock bar.  It is constructed from thousands of paper-thin glass canes, each individually crafted and layered. It filters light in an attention grabbing but ambient way. 

The result is a world class spot that is hard to get to and even harder to leave. Be certain that a drink or two in these surroundings will live long in the memory.


Ayan Resort Rock Bar


Ten Days on the Island

It’s not every day that the Australian mainland’s little cousin, Tasmania, is spotlighted. That’s why we’re buzzing with anticipation for Tasmania’s biennial international arts event, Ten Days on the Island, to be held in March 2011.

Centred on the theme of Island Culture, this multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory experience will feature spectacles ranging from theatre to film and literature to music and dance. 62 Tasmanian communities will showcase their talents in locations spanning across the entire island.

And just in case the thought of travelling through woody Tasmanian thicket is a little too intimidating, Artistic Director Elizabeth Walsh has created an extensive step-by-step Ten Days Grand Tour to be enjoyed by all visitors.

You’ll be guided through the lush Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, or move your feet into the slick jazz sounds of Mim Suleiman and Trio Rafiki Jazz at the Queenstown Dance Hall.

Guests can also look forward to indulging in local food and wine while admiring the island’s pristine landscapes.

Ten Days on the Island is set to be an artistic feast for those Design Hunters™ with a passion for the diversity of creative island culture.


Ten Days on the Island




Around The World

The Racha hotel, Phuket

There isn’t much thinking involved in booking a stay at Phuket’s Racha hotel.

Perched on the pristine beaches of Racha Island’s Chalong Bay, the hotel island is dotted with whitewashed villas and turquoise plunge pools.



The Island is located 12 miles south of Phuket and can be reached by a 35-minute speedboat ride from the Bay. With the Racha Island’s isolation and lush surroundings, the Racha makes for the perfect refuge.

The hotel has a number of beautiful, minimalist design features, each organically integrated into the hotel’s natural surroundings.

The deluxe suites are equipped with swimming pools that sit on the island’s tide-line, allowing water to ebb onto its tiled terraces. Guests can listen to underwater music as they relax in the Sublime Infinity Pool or the secluded Garden Pool.



Peaked-roof villas are back-dropped by coconut palms and far-stretching waters, and are accessible via floating tile walkways lined with shallow water pools. The lighthouse villas are another eye-catching feature, with its five-storey cylindrical design and 360 degree view of the entire Island.

Rooms are furnished with somewhat of a geometric sensibility. The white colour scheme used in each room is punctured with stylish crimsons and ebony. Glass-walled rooms allow guests to enjoy the view of surrounding mountains and the Andaman Sea.


When the lights go out, a sea of pebble lamps are illuminated, casting coloured hues onto the Lobby Bar.

If you haven’t experienced Phuket’s blissful getaway already, visit the Racha and take some time out for yourself. You can thank us later!

Christmas gift vouchers are available from Mr & Mrs Smith team, and can be purchased online or by calling 1300 896 627.


Mr & Mrs Smith


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Around The World

10 Rooms

The site was Sydney’s first Opera House before the Grace Brothers purchased it in 1926 and the transition began into its current hotel status. There’s plenty of history, but the Grace Hotel in Sydney is now offering something very new to complement the class.

Inspired by hotels in Malaysia, the 10 Rooms concept offers 10 rooms (not surprisingly) with customisation options designed to pamper all the senses.



From three different layouts – geared towards the corporate traveller, single traveller or couple – you are also able to select from different colour schemes and designer furniture pieces. To complete the personal experience, the hotel will provide a tasty treat and luxurious body products that cater to your favourite flavours, colours and scents (noted as part of the booking process).


Finally, a range of bathrobes and pillows to choose from, complimentary internet and iPod docking station and LCD with sound piped into the bathroom will set you up for a night of enjoyment, whether you want to relax, connect or entertain.


Grace Hotel