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Modern-Day Macgyver: Greg Hatton

For a man who dislikes the term ‘organic’ – and I’m inclined to agree with him – Greg Hatton is just that. While the overused expression is busy ‘greening’ up our coffee and cotton, creatives like Hatton are bringing it back into context.

Stonemason, landscaper, paver, furniture designer, and environmental expert (riparian stream management to be specific!); dirt, trees and rock are the tools of Hatton’s multi-faceted business and everyday trade. His is a craft of raw naturalness and imperfection, inspired by youthful adventures into the Victorian bush, visits to a secret scrap yard and an informed appreciation for the natural environment...


Read the full story on page 79 of Habitus issue 10, available on the iPhone and iPad here, or contact us to subscribe or buy back issues.



Photography by James Geer and Ben Hosking

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ILVE Built-In Steam Oven

Designed by: ILVE Italy   


I am:  
Steam oven


About me:

The new ILVE Steam Oven completes ILVE’s compact cooking collection, home also to ILVE’s Combination Microwave Oven.

Steaming retains foods optimum level of vitamins, nutrients, flavor, colour and texture of delicate cuisine like fish and vegetables, while allowing the meal to absorb only the moisture it requires eliminating the need to add oils or fats to keep from drying out.

The ILVE Steam Oven creates fresh, healthy meals for the whole family. Four separate cooking levels, with two included stainless steel trays, provide ample separation for the different meal aspects, and a large interior ensures enough space for creativity with the cooking options.

Further features include an external steam generator, fan forced ventilation, and double glazed glass door, security opening and child lock for complete door safety.

The innovative and practical ILVE Built-In 645LTKST Steam Oven is available from selected retailers and on display at ILVE showrooms nationally.


RRP AUD$2999.00



  • Stainless steel construction including internal
  • Double glazed glass door



600mm W x 450mm H x 550mm D

(+61 2) 8569 4600



Habitus Loves

Habitus loves… Sofas



  Designed by: Helen Kontouris Why we love it: The name tells you what we love about this lounge. It’s just a little bit chubby in its fine yet solid frame. And with its memory foam and down feathers it invites you to sink in, without becoming sad and saggy over time. Where you can get it: Schiavello


title    Designed by: Francesco Binfaré for Edra Why we love it: It feels a bit like it’s melted in the sun, but this beautiful sofa is made of specially treated leather and uses 'Gellyfoam' and thick goose down to make it seriously sumptuous. Where you can get it: Space Furniture


title    Designed by: Felix Low Why we love it: This lounge is beautifully crafted, with a modular function and modular aesthetic. Modern, yet with a nod to classic styles. Perfection. Where you can get it: Foundry  

Bricks & Mortar

title  Designed by: Richard Woods Sebastian Wrong for Est. & Sons Why we love it: It’s like something out of a cartoon, and while it won’t suit everyone’s living room, you can’t argue it’s a lot of fun. Where you can get it: Living Edge


title    Designed by: Jasper Morrison for Cappellini Why we love it: This modular sofa makes it easy to reinvent your living room, with removable covers and that squishy, yet supportive foam that makes lounging a dream. Where you can get it: Corporate Culture

MJS Lounge

title  Designed by: Matthew Sheargold Why we love it: We love the curves of the back cushion juxtaposed with the straight lines of the base. This one also offers a firmer option for more formal living spaces and comes in a range of colours. Where you can get it: Zenith

Manhattan Sofa

title    Designed by: Patrick Norguet Why we love it: This modular sofa is seriously cool. The sleek angular aesthetic is matched only by its versatility. Rearrange it and make it your own. Where you can get it: KEZU


Designed by: Pearson Lloyd Why we love it: It’s minimalism at its best. While this isn’t the sort of lounge you’ll sink into, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a sleek modern interior, with a range of colours that make it pop. Where you can get it: fy2k
Design Hunters

In Pictures: Easton Pearson Conversation

Over 60 guests battled the torrential rain in Brisbane to attend the 4th in the Habitus Conversation Series, where the women behind the iconic Easton Pearson fashion label, Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton, let them in on their creative inspirations.

The pair explained that they actively try to retain a boutique style, despite their great success.

It was a beautiful evening (despite the rain) and the attending Design Hunters™ were keen to take advantage of the wealth of creative knowledge that Easton Pearson possess, getting involved in the conversation.

See the pictures from the night below and stay tuned for our video next week, for all those who missed the talk.

Thank to Asahi and Katnook Founder’s Block for their support of the evening.


Easton Pearson


Designer Rugs

Photography by Event Photos


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Design Hunters

Linda van Niekerk

Her first career was in advertising and marketing and, after having worked in such a cutthroat industry, “you would have thought I’d know better”, says designer and maker Linda van Niekerk.

No longer a highflying Sydney-sider van Niekerk now devotes her skills and attention to jewellery making, fabulous one-off wearable pieces, and the occasional “repeatable”.



The “world of adornment” drives van Niekerk’s work which features silver as the main material. “It’s a beautiful metal and can have many guises. It can be black and shiny, you can matte it down and make it elegant, you can oxidise it in various shades.”


The adornment part of her work comes down to wearability and “how it feels when you wear it”.

“I’ve failed if I make a piece that you put on the body and it doesn’t work at all.”

There’s her silver scarf knitted from fine silver wire - which she showed in one of her first exhibitions. “I don’t know how everyone else uses it, but I bought a big spool and knitted it.”


There’s also the Silk Dew Drop necklace which moves away from van Niekerk one-off work to connect with the more mainstream consumer, and has earned her the 2010 Tasmanian Design Award Overall Winner prize.


A chemistry exists between van Niekerk’s work and its wearers, and as she says, the work comes to life when worn. “If you look at it, you wouldn’t know what each piece was for. When people put it on it takes on a new dimension.”

She’s been living in Tasmania since 2005 and the influence it has had on some (if not all!) of her pieces is quite remarkable. Her Forest rings are the most expressive: perfect spheres formed from Huon Pine, myrtle and other woods. “They represent the purity of the Tasmanian forest, and the trees which have been growing for hundreds of years.”


Van Niekerk torched one to a beautiful black charcoal, to reflect the degradation of the local forests for woodchips, paper and pulp. And as with all her work, it isn’t until you don the ring that you tap in to the unique language of that particular piece.

Linda van Nierkerk is the Overall Winner of the 2010 Tasmanian Design Award.


Linda van Niekerk

Photography by Peter Whyte Photography aliasX Photography

Design Hunters

The Foundry

Can you tell us a little about Urban Foundry?

Urban Foundry was founded in 2003 with the intention to bring high quality, versatile contemporary furniture to Singapore.

Its collection of sofas, chairs, storage and tables were designed in-house or through collaborations with Singapore-based architects/designers. 

Today, besides its own collection, it also undertakes special commissions and recently designed and produced the furniture used during the APEC Summit in 2009.

Most recently, a family of benches (Leaves) was introduced and is now installed in the Central Piazza of Terminal 1 in Changi International Airport.


How did the Foundry Collection come about?

The Foundry collection came about as I thought it would be timely to explore a different aesthetic and concept. I also thought it would be interesting to introduce a Singapore label to an international audience.




With this goal in mind, the aim was to work with people who share the same design philosophy to develop a new collection based on an entirely different concept. This led to a conversation with the members of Outofstock in 2009, and subsequently more designers were added to the fold.

With products envisioned by design talents across the globe, made into reality by the finest craftsmen from Singapore and Peninsula Malaysia, Foundry made its debut in IMM Cologne 2010.


How would you describe the Foundry aesthetic?

Timeless, contemporary and with a strong emphasis on craftsmanship.




At Foundry, we believe that designs that can stand the test of time amidst changes in trends, tastes and lifestyle, do not have to be uninteresting. Similarly, experimental designs do not equate to being transient, incoherent and disconnected to our roots.

With this ideology, Foundry seeks to forge timeless traditions with innovation. This is grounded in traditional craftsmanship and materials chosen for their longevity.

Crafted with meticulous pride, each piece is intended to be a lifelong companion with a character and soul.



We also scout beyond our shores for adventurous new voices, looking out for forthcoming designers who constantly aim to challenge the limits of function, form and material choices.


Could you describe your favourite pieces from the range?

The truth is I like all of them for them for it to be included in the collection. It would be a difficult choice but to name a few would be Hug -  the idea of layering to combine a stronger structure, using different materials and colours and then displacing them slightly to create a visual interest within  a simple form is amazing.






The simple and assymetric fom of Stalker and the wonder and child-like surpise Rack Your Brain evokes is another. Then, there is the gracefulness of Glide.




'Rack Your Brain'


'Glide' detail 




What is your impression of Singapore Design as a whole?

It is definitely becoming more vibrant! There are now many designers from varied disciplines and it’s certainly encouraging to see many designs and products with roots in Singapore.


What has the response been from your customers to the new collection?

The response has been fantastic so far. Our customers are generally impressed by the workmanship, intricate details and designs. We often take pleasure in the reactions of our customers when they realized that Foundry is in fact a Singapore-based label.





The international response has been encouraging as well. It is amazing how prevalent the internet can be. We have been receiving a lot of inquiries about the collection from different parts of the world – from countries around the region to distant countries such as the United States, Canada, parts of Europe and even Israel.


What's next for the Foundry collective?

We are currently working hard to develop the 2011 collection, working with new designers and on new product categories. We are also working on building the retail and distribution network.


Foundry Collection

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The Anglesea Beach House

We don’t like to play favourites on habitusliving.com, but Andrew Maynard Architects continue to impress us. This time it’s a fantastic beach house renovation in Anglesea, Victoria, that’s grabbed our attention.

The home is a transformation of an existing beach house and represents Andrew’s philosophy that beach houses should remain true to their ‘shack’ roots, rather than being a relocated “McMansion” from the ‘burbs.


“More frequently holiday homes are becoming little more than transplanted suburban ugliness,” Andrew says, “the great Australian tradition of the ‘shack’ is in danger of being superseded by bloated mansions with four bathrooms and all the trappings of modern life.”

For this, rather flash-looking, beach shack Maynard was given the option of starting from scratch or using the existing structure.

“It’s always tempting to start from scratch, on a blank canvas with a larger budget. However the ethical response is to reuse as much of the old structure as possible,” he explains.



“The new elements act as bookends to the old house thematically and structurally. The new structures are rigid steel frames that brace the original house, which was constructed from green timber, which has warped and moved as it has dried over the years.”


The house consists of a series of timber boxes “nestled around the existing house”. These boxes are clad in spotted gum, and provide zones for living, including indoor/outdoor rooms.

The new first floor deck has created ‘play spaces’ beneath. Brightly coloured walls create drama, contrasting with the white exterior of the old house and providing a sense that this is not a rigid, formal home, but one for play and relaxation – a true beach house.




Versatility of spaces is at the core of the AMA philosophy, so it’s no surprise that the red room on the ground floor can be used for anything from a playroom and casual living space to a private bedroom.

We feel a real connection with Andrew’s approach to this house, and while something this impressive may not be within reach of us all, there are certainly elements we could transfer our own little beach shack, should the opportunity arise.


Andrew’s top 7 tips for renovating or building a new beach house:

1.    Remember why you want a beach home.

2.    Remember what it was like to go to a beach home when you were a child.

3.    Don't build a ‘McMansion’. Don't build a second home with lots of gadgets. Build a shack.

4.    Build something that connects you with landscape.

5.    Build something authentic.

6.    Be truthful to the materials you use.

7.    Make your beach home the antithesis of your Monday to Friday home. Too many people expect the same luxuries as their Mon – Fri home. This is a mistake. Don't create a facsimile. Allow your beach home to be a very different experience from your home, otherwise you're not escaping your weekly routine.


Andrew Maynard Architects

Photography by Peter Bennetts


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Why not tell us what you look for in a beach house. Do you agree with Andrew's philosophy? Tell us below.   

Around The World

Kirimaya Golf Resort Spa

We went camping earlier this year on the New South Wales South Coast at the Paperbark Camp. This time, we take a trip to Thailand for another luxury tent experience at the Kirimaya Golf Resort Spa.

This resort features standard rooms with views across the lush forested foothills of Khao Yai National Park as well as a 4 Tented Villas, for that African Safari feel in Thailand’s own wilderness.



Each tented villa features a white canvas exterior with simple contemporary interiors including a large sunken spa pool (so much more than a bath), and each tent has a private deck giving you uninterrupted views of the mountains.




If golf is your thing, there’s nowhere better to indulge, with the manicured greens of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course making the raw surroundings of the national park feel all the more special. 

The resort includes its own restaurant (Acala), bar and clubhouse (T-Grill). Local materials have been used wherever possible to minimise impact on the environment, while the restaurant food is also sourced form the surrounding areas when available.


A few tips from our friends at Mr. & Mrs. Smith:

If you’re seeking peace, book a stay at Kirimaya during the week, as weekends are very popular with city-weary Bangkokians and things can get busy. The rustic surrounds of Maya Spa are a sensual backdrop for a pampering range of treatments.


Food & drink:    

Hotel restaurant

The open-sided, high-ceilinged Acala Restaurant, overlooking the lake and golf course, stands proud at the heart of the resort. Large sunken tables and comfy oversized seating in a neutral colour palette encourage you to take your time as you graze on a menu of modern Thai and international food.

At the clubhouse, T-Grill is a safari-style steakhouse, complete with faux- leopard skin seats. Above Acala is the Mist, an intimate venue serving Japanese cuisine.


Dress code:   

Ralph Lauren khakis and Nicole Farhi linens to get into safari mode.


Top table:   

The corner table closest to the golf course is best for views and a cool breeze.


Hotel bar:   

Inspired by a wildlife hideout, but with sleek leather chairs and charcoal sofas, first-floor the Mist is a minimalist, masculine spot for afternoon tea or an evening cocktail, with killer views of the National Park. Try the resort’s own take on a lychee martini, called the Smile of Khao Yai.




Mr. & Mrs. Smith







Terrace Outdoor Pop-up

Habitus magazine’s own Contributing Style Editor, Paul Jospeh Hopper, opens his new pop-up outdoor furniture store on 4 December, with collaborator Bianca Moore.

Following the success of the pair’s website, Terrace Outdoor Living, the new pop-up will feature the latest in outdoor trends, from furniture to homewares and accessories.


“As a stylist I have had access to a fantastic range of home & garden furniture and objects,” Paul says. “The retail presence gives us the opportunity for our clients to experience the latest and most interesting selection on offer.”


Paul has worked with Habitus since our first product shoot in issue 04, and his keen eye and styling talents have been instrumental in making the ‘in camera’ section so successful.

If you like what you see in ‘in camera’ then you’ll love what’s on offer at the Terrace pop-up store. Both Paul and Bianca will be on hand to provide consultation, custom upholstery, styling and event planning services – you’ll have your whole outdoor summer set with these two.

Terrace will be stocking top brands from Mexico, to Europe and Australian designs, as well as products exclusive to Terrace. The shop is also supported by Chandon and Avido Restaurant and Wine Garden.

You can visit the shop at 47 Queens St, Woollahra, Sydney. Or, if you’re not able to make it, check out the online store here.


Terrace Outdoor Living



Surry Hills Open Late

Habitus is lucky enough have its headquarters smack bang in the middle of the hive of creativity that is Surry Hills – where designers, architects and artists inhabit pretty much every corner.

The group that brought us Small Stories, Big Picture earlier this year has again come together to create Surry Hills Open Late for the next 3 weeks in the lead up to Christmas – with retailers involved staying open til 9 on Thursday.

As part of this they also encouraged participants to create Christmas window displays. I was honoured to be chosen as one of the judges for the competition, along with the lovely Andrea Jones of SMH and stylist and Habitus contributor, Megan Morton.

We traversed the hills one evening peering into beautiful and ingenious Christmas scenes. From a Toy-Story-inspired scene at Metalab to a Christmas wreath of bones at Hudson Meats, each entrant took the brief and ran with it.






The verdict was unanimous, with first prize awarded to Paper2 on Crown Street for their paper-inspired scene, with everything from books for a Christmas tree to a paper fireplace and paper curtains – it conjured up a traditional sense of Christmas while using Paper2’s wares very creatively.


Special mentions went to the displays at Vampt, using their furniture to create capsules of Christmas cheer, while Helix clothing on Crown street took out the fashion section with it’s colourful, non-traditional take on Yule-tide.



If you’re in the hills for Christmas you should definitely get around to see all the windows – and maybe get your shopping done at the same time.

Have you seen any amazing Christmas windows where you live? Tell everyone about them in the comments below.


SHAI (Surry Hills Association Incorporated)



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Designer Rugs I.D. Collection

Designed by:   

Finalists and the winner of 2010 Evolve Awards including Gavin Harris, Emma Elizabeth, Edward Wong, Louise McGregor, Sarah Marriott and Lachlan Allen.


I am:

A rug collection


About me:

Ten of Australia’s most talented interior professionals have each designed an exclusive limited edition, handmade rug for Designer Rugs.

Industry professionals from Australia and New Zealand were invited to enter the Evolve Awards in its inaugural year with over 850 design submissions being received.

The six designs selected by a panel of industry judges have been included in this new I.D. Collection. The 4 competition judges have also designed a rug to be included in this range.

Each design is limited to an edition of 30 pieces and each features 100% New Zealand Wool.

View the full range here.



  • New Zealand Wool
  • Selected designs feature silk and viscose
  • Carving and various pile heights


Standard sizes are 200 x 300cm and 250cm Diameter. Custom colouring and sizing available on application


Designer Rugs
Australia Wide 1300 802 561
NZ +649 300 6116


Image above: 'Squiggle It' by Gavin Harris

'Dusk' by Lachlan Allen


'Round Diamond' by Emma Elizabeth


'Falling In' by Edward Wong



'Emergence' by Louise McGregor


'Serendipity' Sarah Marriott