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Design Accessories

Landscapes by I Need Nice Things


Designed by:

I Need Nice Things & photographed my Michael Hall


I am:

Affordable Art


About me:

To make buying world-class photography possible, I Need Nice Things has announced the first of many collaborations.

Australian based, New Zealand photographer, Michael Hall is one of I Need Nice Things’ favourite commercial and fine art photographers. It is with this love for his work that the newly-launched web-based company launch 6 of his landscapes, all very different but equally exciting.


The Beach Series 

Serene and beautiful. The beach series offers a modern take on the expected beach photograph. Perfect if you are are by the sea or if not, just let the art take you there.





The Circus Series

Spontaneous, playful and a little bit fantastic. These pieces will make art the focal point of your home or commercial space.



The Forest

Be inspired by nature’s beauty. A powerful image you can almost get lost in. The Forest is a timeless piece that will work in almost any room lending an air of sophistication blended with modern cool.



You have a choice of archive grade stocks including; smooth matt, textured matt, glossy photograph paper and canvas



You have a choice of sizes including A5, A4, A2, A1 and oversized AO.

I Need Nice Things

Design Accessories

New CaesarStone Website


Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and your bathroom the most intimate and personal of spaces, so when it comes to planning your dream home or renovation it’s not worth leaving anything to chance.

As a leading global brand Caesarstone have always been innovators when it comes to kitchen surface products and solutions. Continuing their commitment to evolution, the company has now launched their new website – making sure that the latest products, design ideas and information are available at the click of your mouse.


Getting your design decisions right are paramount in creating your perfect home, and Caesarstone’s new website is specifically designed to assist in the decision-making process, offering you an array of images and information – everything you could need.

With an extensive photo gallery, the new site showcases the work of Australia’s top designers – giving inspirational examples for your own home.


Or if you’d like to see the products in person, you can use the “Where to view” locator to find a kitchen showroom or a particular Caesarstone colour in a city or suburb near you.

Other features of the site include the ‘News Room’, where leading architects, designers, builders and kitchen companies show off and share their innovative uses of Caesarstone products in a range of applications.


As we Design Hunters™ increasingly make these important design decisions for ourselves it’s reassuring to know that we can rely on companies such as Caesarstone to provide high-quality products and a great range of colours with more information, advice and inspiration than ever before.


Caesarstone Australia Pty Ltd
1300 119 119


Bicicletta Provedore and Cellar


The list of Canberra’s culinary experiences has just been extended, with the opening of Bicicletta Provedore & Cellar. Located at the award-winning Diamant Hotel, this eatery is sure to become a new favourite with food-lovers in the Australian capital.


Flashy, obscure ingredients are eschewed for fresh local produce and simple and authentic old-Italian-country techniques. Dishes like spaghetti scoglio, homemade tagliatelle with duck ragu and handmade thin, crispy pizza with pork sausage and porcini mushroom, are complemented by a range of local and international wines.



The kitchen is in expert hands under the direction of executive chef, Luca Zanini, and second chef Davide Barbisan. Both are Venice-born and trained, with experience both internationally (Italy, Germany and London) and locally in Sydney’s popular eateries Mille Vini, Pizza e Birra and Fratelli Paradiso.

Drop in to Bicicletta any day of the week for breakfast, lunch or dinner from 1 February.



Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

Dado’s Acanthus bath at Jaci’s Lodge

Designed by: Jacques van der Merwe


I am: a bathtub


About me:

Imagine a spacious tree house constructed among a riverine forest with rosewood, thatch, stacking doors and an open plan, en-suite bathroom with an enormous stone bath where you can also expect to see wild dog, rhino, antelope and over 340 species of birds.

This is the picture to be found at Jaci’s Tree Lodge, situated in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in Africa where you can find such a place. 

“At Jaci’s Tree Lodge, we have taken the utmost care to create an environment in which you can relax and put your feet up, amid all of the luxury you would expect of a five-star bush lodge”, says owner Jaci.  This world-class lodge is focused on guests who love class and style.



Even if you are not able to visit Jaci’s Tree Lodge, you could enjoy some of its splendor in your own bathroom.  Get the water running and get yourself a glass of wine, and take the time to relax and read a book in DADO’s stone baths.


The Bath:

The bathtub chosen for Jaci’s lodge is the Acanthus, manufactured from DADOquartz. Not only its quality, but the special allure of DADOquartz made it a natural choice for a luxurious experience.

The stylish matt finish on the DADOquartz only adds to its stunning appearance and its minimalist design.  The Acanthus bath is big enough for two. It has a wide rim for the comfort and even for a glass of wine whilst you relax and its exceptional heat retention will allow an extended warm soak.


DADOquartz is engineered stone with special scratch-, mildew- and mould-resistance, excellent heat retention, colour stability, zero water absorbency, UV-resistance as well as high thermal shock resistance. 

This is achieved through tight quality assurance throughout the entire manufacturing process including materials selection, casting and finishing.  DADOquartz products carry a 25-year warranty.



1920 mm x 1190mm x 680mm


+61 7 5665 7345

Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

The Argo Range

Designed by: Phoenix Tapware   

I am: A Tapware Range


About me:

The Phoenix “Argo” range is characterised by its seductive sensual curves and sculptural form. Visually appealing, the range exudes elegance and refinement.

The full Argo range comes with a 5-year warranty, giving you an air of confidence when purchasing. With the addition of matching accessories, these inspiring pieces will add a touch of luxury, sophistication and timelessness to any living environment.


Materials: Chrome Plated


Phoenix Tapware
 (+61 3) 9780 4200
(+61 3) 9764 1898






Clovelly Outdoor Dining

Designed by: Harbour Outdoor


I am: Outdoor dining set


About me (from my maker):

Named after the famous Sydney Beach, I’m a gorgeous high-style, low-maintenance collection for the ultra contemporary user. Clovelly fuses modern interior styling with outdoor living.

The flat-bar aluminium frame defines Clovelly as the lines sync in perfect form between the table frame, surface and chairs.


My dining chairs are stackable and incorporate subtle design touches meant to increase comfort, such as the “kick” at the base of the frame and the increased angle of the back.

The dining table features a High-Pressure Compact Laminate surface, incorporating a drop shadow effect seen by raising the surface above the frame, leaving the impression that the surface is floating.


The lines of the 4-inch wide flat-bar legs form a seamless synergy of style and function across the surface, as the laminate has been cut to echo the symmetrical form of the legs.


Where you can buy me:

Harbour Outdoor

Design Accessories

Concrete Wallpaper

We came across this wallpaper a little while ago and it’s now available to buy online, so we thought it was time we spread the word across the Region.


We imagine that if you already have concrete walls you probably won’t have too much need for this, but for those looking to get the look of concrete for a tired old wall in their home or home office, this is the product for you.



The wallpaper is actually made of high resolution images of photographs by Norwegian photographer Tom Haga, which means there is no repeating pattern (which would surely give away that you don’t actually have a concrete wall!).



All the wallpapers are custom-made by Concrete Wall and are printed on durable vinyl surfaces – meaning you can wash them down.

If you’re missing that New York loft style in your home, why not grab yourself a concrete wall. Habitus Loves this one.


Concrete Wall


In Good Company

Many people simply consume, without thought for the processes behind the designs they buy. This isn’t the Design Hunter™ way of course, and for the next 3 weeks you’ll have a chance to get better acquainted with the processes and the people behind a wide collection of emerging and established Australian design.

Curated by &Company the exhibtion brings together more than 20 designers, manufacturers, makers and retailers to explore what “local, sustainable and intelligent design really means”.


Visitors will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of free workshops exploring “design in the everyday” and paid workshops getting a sneak peak behind the doors of Sydney’s makers and manufacturers.


The exhibition and workshops will feature designs and creative input from companies inclusing; Cloth, DesignByThem, Dinosaur Designs, Gary Galego, Koskela, Mud Australia, Naomi Taplin &company, Oliver Smith, Trent Jansen, Vert Design, Malcolm Greenwood, Rapid Prototype Services, Somchai Charoen, Edols & Elliott, Top 3 By Design, Gaffa, Metalab, Anibou and more.




So if you really care about what goes into that bowl, that chair, those salt and pepper shakers, then get along to In Good Company from 29 January – 19 February 2011 at the Object Gallery in Surry Hills.


The Workshops:

Designing Life clinics – FREE

2-hour workshops and clinics exploring design in the everyday, supported by City of Sydney

Coffee Clinic - Saturday 19 February
Cycle Clinic - Wednesday 9 February
Food Clinic - Saturday 5 March


Look, Make, Do: manufacturers and makers

2-hour workshop visits

Catch a sneak-peek behind the doors of Sydney’s makers and manufacturers including Cloth, ceramicist Malcom Greenwood, Dinosaur Designs, Rapid Prototyping Services and more.

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March

Cost $20


Object Gallery



The Mount Macedon House

A home should be a place we want to spend time, it should not be something we escape from but should offer us a haven, from which we can enjoy our surroundings, our family and our friends.

When the owners of this Mount Macedon property decided their holiday farmhouse had seen better days, they knew it was time to create something welcoming, in tune with nature and designed to house their extended family.



“The owners are clients that we have done work for in the past primarily their home in Melbourne,” explains Inarc Architects’ Chirstopher Hansson. “They have adult children and a number of grand children.”

“As the children grew they used the house less frequently and it reached a stage where it needed a lot of repair work and maintenance so they decided to demolish it and build a new purpose-designed house.”


Inspired by the ideas of traditional Japanese Minka farmhouse buildings, the result is a home with a focus on natural materials referencing the surrounding environment.

“The stone, which is locally sourced basalt, was seen as an anchoring point of the building, tying it to the natural landscape,” says Christopher. “The timber, recycled Grey Iron Bark, was chosen for its colour and also its resistance to fire and insect attack."


“Both the timber and the stone have been carried through into the interior to create a seamless transition from exterior to interior along with the extensive use of glazing to the front of the house, which faces the distant views.”



Sitting low against a backdrop of towering eucalypts, in the middle of the 30-acre site, this home sits softly within the landscape and is hidden from surrounding properties.

Internally the spaces are zoned to allow kids, parents and grandparents can be separate before coming together in the communal living and dining areas.



“The interiors are very much about appreciating the location and views,” explains Christopher. “Extensive areas of glazing continually connect you to the external environment and the materials, timber flooring and wall panelling and stone walls and fire place give the internal spaces a warm and rustic air.”



This home is a true celebration of shared and private space, both internally and within its environment.

“[I love] its sublime surroundings and distant views through a stand of eucalypts.  When you stand on the decks you cannot see another building and there is a palpable sense of calm and stillness, a perfect place for meditation.”


Inarc Architects Pty Ltd

Photography: kindly provided by Peter Clark



Veuve Clicquot Le Fridge

Veuve Clicquot always have something quirky to offer when it comes to innovative packaging design. Well, late last year they introduced their latest little addition – the Veuve Clicquot ‘Le Fridge’.



This miniature fridge is, of course, coated in the iconic Veuve Clicquot orange and keeps your bottle safe and cool in transit (for at least 2 hours).

A celebration of classic 1950s fridge design, the Veuve Fridge makes those sweet bubbles taste even better! (somehow good packaging always improves the experience).


You can fit any Veuve Clicquot bottle inside – but we’re not sure about cheese and biscuits, you might need to get 2 just in case.

Snap up a Veuve Le Fridge here, here and here online or at your best wine retailer.


Veuve Clicquot


The Diamond Beach House

Sue and James O'Sullivan were thinking about selling their block of land just back from the beach on the mid North Coast.

They couldn’t decide what to do with it, that was until they had friends stay in Rachel Bourne and Shane Blue’s holiday house half an hour down the coast.

The architects’ house – featured in Habitus 05 – in Seal Rocks is essentially the shape of a square donut, with rooms strung around a central timber deck and 4 breezeways providing covered outdoor space, 2 of which have hammocks, the perfect spot to head to with a book to chill out. 

“My wife and I loved that house when we saw it,” James says. “We both fell in love with the concept and we asked him to come and look at our block.”

Blue says as soon as he visited the couple’s land he knew using their own courtyard house as a prototype would work. The site was a flat 1-acre block, hidden from the street by a stand of paperbarks and a 5-minute walk from the beach, so no ocean outlook.




“They wanted something like our house but more luxurious with a few changes,” Shane recalls.

Bourne and Blue designed their own house with a deliberate informality, to deliver themselves a quasi-camping experience.

James and Sue wanted a notch more comfort and space; they wanted to be able to sleep their own family of 5 plus another. They also wanted a covered walkway, so they could move around the house when it was raining without getting wet. There was another significant addition, one which ended up giving the weekender its own distinct character.




James recalls how Shane invited himself and the builder to go through his and Rachel’s Seal Rocks house and 4 other houses in the same street. James says in one of them, he noticed a mini orb screen.

It was rudimentary but he liked it and the idea gained momentum when he and Sue went to India, where they saw carved marble screens in the Red Fort.

So Shane used perforated mini orb screens throughout the Diamond Beach house. They act as sliding screens on the perimeter of breezeways and to lock down the house from its courtyard.


“It also gives them more options in the courtyard,” Blue says. “They can shut them down on hot days or block out rain. Spatially they really change the house as well.”



Like all houses, the weekender went through a test of sorts late last year.

“We had my fathers 80th and we had about 30 people,” James recounts. “There was plenty of room indoors for preparing food and watching cricket, and we had enough room in the breezeway for two tables [to seat everyone] and we could adjust the screens for sun and still get a cool breeze. It was perfect.”


Bourne + Blue


Photography by Simon Whitbread


Design Accessories

Gaetano Pesce for melissa

Proving that the design world has no boundaries, Italian architect/designer/artist Gaetano Pesce has delved into the fashion industry to create a design for the melissa® Autumn/Winter collection. The limited edition Gaetano Pesce design is constructed entirely of interconnected circles that can be cut by the wearer to shape shoe’s style.


Gaetano Pesce’s design ethos centres on the double functionality of objects. His architectural work is characterised by un-conventional exploration of materials and a refusal to accept the separation between function and meaning, design and art.

Known for the political dimension of his created objects, Pesce pursues a balance between the structure of his designs and the importance they hold in society. This has led him to use unstable materials that echo meanings about the instability of culture.

A master of the ‘limited edition’, Gaetano Pesce has continuously produced one-off collaborative industrial designs with studios such as Zerodisegno, Meritalia, and Fish Design.

Perhaps his most notable collection of unique objects is his ‘diversified series production’ – a provocative series that allows the manufacturer to play with certain aspects of his design. His ‘Sansone table’ project, for example, allowed workers to select the quantity of polyester resin used to fill the mould.



The Gaetano Pesce ankle boot for melissa® is available in a variety of of colours including red, black, cream, clear, translucent blue and translucent orange.


melissa shoes