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Habitus Loves… The Kitchen



title    Designed by: KitchenAid Why we love it: How could we go past this classic kitchen appliance. They’ve seriously boomed in popularity of late, due in no small part to the 19 colours they now come in. We love this pistachio one! Where you can get it: KitchenAid

Electrolux Combination Steam Oven

title    Designed by: Electrolux Why we love it: Despite its clean horizontal lines, it’s actually what this oven does that impresses us. The steam oven can produce the most amazingly succulent, fresh and healthy food using the power of water. It gives amazing accuracy you just can’t achieve on a stovetop. It’s also recommended by Tetsuya! Where you can get it: Electrolux

Sydney Tea Towels

title    Designed by: Make Me Iconic Why we love it: We love that these tea towels inspired by Sydney and Melbourne icons are way more than just a gimmick for tourists. They’re about reclaiming these icons and making them part of our own homes – which city will be next? Where you can get it: Top3 by Design

Erik Buch Stool

Designed by: Erik Buch Why we love it: What kitchen is complete nowadays without a breakfast bar, right? These beautiful classic stools are the personification of Danish design – simple elegance, yet casual enough for any kitchen. Where you can get it: Great Dane

Dualit Toaster

title      Designed by:Dualit (original by Max Gort-Barten) Why we love it: There’s something about using an old-fashioned lever to make your toast that makes you feel like you’re doing some good – for your soul at least. These toasters use simple technology and come in 13 colours. Where you can get it: Dualit
Marc Newson for Smeg
  Designed by: Marc Newson for Smeg Why we love it: Australian designer Marc Newson has teamed up with Smeg to create this beautiful range of kitchen appliances. We love their different colours and perfect forms. Yum. Where you can get it: Smeg Appliances

Kyton Kitchens

title  Designed by: CR&S Vareena Why we love it: There’s a certain level of quality you get from a European kitchen that often seems a cut above. If we know ‘outdoors’ in our corner of the world, it’s the Europeans who nail cooking inside. Kyton really brings living into the kitchen. Where you can get it: Poliform

Muuto Pepper Mill

title    Designed by: Muuto Why we love it: These pepper mills remind us of skewers with their segmented design. They’re made with beech wood and a ceramic grinder and are an essential ingredient in any kitchen. Where you can get it: Top3 by Design

Amore Mio Low Chair by Jon Goulder

We first met Jon Goulder in Habitus issue 07 when the Perth-based furniture designer took Elisha Buttler around to his favourite places in Australia mining capital.

At the time, Jon was preparing for his solo exhibition 11.12 New Furniture by Jon Goulder at FORM Gallery, which launched this lovable easy chair, Amore Mio Low Chair.




The original limited edition piece was hand-carved from American Black Walnut with a press-laminated seat and back, upholstered in a vibrant teal fabric from Kvadrat Maharam.


Jon’s refined design sensibility and master craftsmanship is one of a kind and it’s not hard to believe that Amore Mio has been collected by the likes of Wesfarmers Private Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia and recently the National Gallery of Australia. It’s also been a sell-out success.

But don’t despair, Amore Mio Low Chair is being tooled up for a new production run made using Rock Maple and studio furniture production techniques, manufactured by Perth’s creative and design enterprise Midland Atelier, and will be on the market in mid-2011.


Jon Goulder

Midland Atelier


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Design Hunters

Emma Hack

From beginnings as a children’s face painter, hairdresser and make-up artist, the work of Adelaide-based Emma Hack has evolved to encompass full-body artworks incorporating many different textures, techniques and materials.

Emma’s most striking pieces feature nude models who meld into their backgrounds with their intricately painted bodies.




“I initially loved the female form due to my make-up background and fashion influences,” Emma says.


“I love to see it decorated organically with paint. Although the blends are difficult at the time, the results still amaze me – the flow over the body looks gorgeous!”

Hack’s work continues to amaze her loyal Australian audience too – an audience that, 21 years ago, was a little bit more difficult to convince.

“Honestly, I thought I was the only one doing it,” says Emma of the early days of her work.

“When I started, people laughed and told me I would never make a career of it. About 6 months after I started, the Demi Moore [Vanity Fair] cover with her painted in a suit was released, and I realised there were others doing it and knew it was the path I would strive to follow.”

Emma’s next collection will launch in May at ART Melbourne 2011, as well as her first book Wallpaper Collection, a limited-edition compendium of her entire ‘wallpaper’ series, including her much-admired work with rare Florence Broadhurst prints.


Emma Hack



MoPho Noodle

If there’s something we can be sure of, it’s that Melbourne’s culinary scene is a rich, classy and ultra-tasty one. But our aim as Design Hunters™ is always to eat in design, so we thought we’d touch base with the good people from HASSELL who are behind the design of MoPho Noodle bar in South Yarra and find out how they went about creating this great new space.


How has the food been expressed in the design?

MoPho Noodle was designed to respond to Executive Chef Benjamin Cooper’s pan-Asian culinary style. It has elements of a hawker’s bazaar, with its exposed dry store and an array of shelves, hangers and pendant lights dappled throughout.


The dry store lined walls are screened by a collection of custom patterned bamboo panels, referencing the various regional influences of Cooper’s food. The stitched fabric ceiling, hung loosely, evokes a canopy, depicting abstract images of cheeky Shanghai models from the 1950s.

Like Cooper’s food, MoPho Noodle is a balance of bold complexities, adhering to a philosophy that creates a powerful dining experience.


What was the hardest part of designing this restaurant?

One challenge was treating the kitchen as an open, interactive feature without it being over-exposed and purely about function. We also put a lot of thought into maintaining the casual aesthetic without it looking untidy.


What's it like to dine here?

Located in Yarra Lane, MoPho exudes a strong yet warm street presence, with the excitement of an open kitchen enticing you inside. 

The open kitchen and revealing dry store provide an honesty which translates to the food. The dark bamboo and soft fabric ceiling creates dynamic, graphic elements and are lit in a subtle, subdued way to provide comfort and intimacy.

The furniture is simple and restrained; timber stools and tables with woven bar stools and chairs.


How does MoPho fit in the surrounding dining scene and Melbourne's restaurant design as a whole?

South Yarra is a re-emerging culinary precinct. MoPho Noodle was created to allow Cooper to bring his experiences in Asian fine dining to the streets. The restaurant responds to the need for honest, well-priced pan-Asian food that appeals to people as an impromptu go-to, a local staple.




What’s your favourite place to eat in design in Melbourne? Why not tell us in the comments below, and if we decide to feature it we’ll shoot a 1-year subscription to Habitus magazine your way!



Petrina Hicks at Stills Gallery

This weekend marks the final few days of the 2011 Art Month Sydney program, so we thought we’d draw your attention to one of our favourite exhibitions and a talk with the artist this weekend. Petrina Hicks’ photography is startlingly real, polished and almost perfect – that is until you notice the open wounds, faces covered with cat fur and little girls holding ‘naked’ cats.     In her latest exhibition, at Sydney’s Stills Gallery, titled Beautiful Creatures, Hicks asks us to ponder these seemingly perfect images that confront us with their bizarre and disturbing elements and subjects.   There is also an amazing 6-minute-long looping video on show, called The Chrysalis (still image of film at top). The gallery explains: “The cliché imagery of flowers, so fresh they gleam with dew, is perverted as Hicks’ model lavishly licks a bloom, her perfectly dripping saliva captured in glorious detail and high resolution”. But you want to know more right? Well, you’re in luck; this weekend you can attend a talk with the artist herself when Hicks presents as part of Art Month. The talk will give attendees a chance to learn more about collecting photography. We can definitely recommend getting along this weekend or heading to Stills for the exhibition before 9 April.   Stills Gallery stillsgallery.com.au/exhibitions Art Month Sydney artmonthsydney.com [gallery columns="4" orderby="rand"]     abc
Around The World

The Henry Jones Art Hotel

Hobart’s harbour once stood witness to privation and penance. Now, the embodiment of an industrial golden age has melded with edgy embellishments to forge a haven of thoughtful pleasures amidst Australia’s most walkable city.

Ah, if these 1-metre-thick sandstone walls could talk they’d reverberate, most likely, with raucous shouts of whalers and exhausted curses of convicts.

Fast forward to the new millennium and the erstwhile IXL jam factory has been reborn as Australia’s first dedicated Art Hotel - Hobart’s Henry Jones.




To stay at this heritage- listed icon is to relive an era of ‘jobs for life’ and workdays commencing with compulsory bible study and hymns.

When the 6 co-joined buildings – dating from 1826 – were rescued from dereliction, gritty layers of poignant narrative were treated with reverence.

Quirks such as loose bricks, varying floor levels, found horseshoes, reminders of student squat days, and the original corrugated iron roof (delightful in the rain) contribute to an experience which, whilst sensual and soulful, has you occasionally wondering if you’ll need a hard hat.


Whilst sumptuous stone walls and saw-marked, super-sized beams feature throughout, in some suites, machine skeletons - with grease intact- stand as they did when tools were downed.

Each suite is unique and is enlivened with comforting touches such as throws, ottomans and chill defying colours – think shades of pinot, honey and, fittingly, orange marmalade.


Suites and public areas are adorned with inventively edited displays of Tasmanian artworks – rendering a Henry Jones sojourn akin to sleeping in a top national gallery.


Each evening, the resident art curator and historian lead a fascinating tour - well worth prizing yourself away from the transfixing views of the working harbour and Mt Wellington’s snowy peak.   


The Henry Jones Art Hotel


Rain Level Gumboots from Regina Regis

Does anyone remember donning a raincoat and gumboots to play in the puddles as a child? Or perhaps dancing in the deluge at muddy music festivals as a teenager, fashionably underdressed in your dad’s old gardening boots. Remember the fun you had in the rain?

Well get ready to jump back into the puddle because these days, gumboots are stomping their way back into fashion consciousness with a revamped attitude – think Burberry, Marc Jacob and Prada – rain is the new sunshine.

Featuring, bold colours and an irreverent sense of humour, Rain Level gumboots brighten the greyest of rainy days.


Designed by Italian Stefano Pirovano, the Regina Regis Rain Level gumboots first hit the market back in 2000 to torrent of success. Marked with a rain level indicator on the side, the gumboots are both stylish and informative in a tongue-in-cheek way.


Now you can jump in the puddles and know exactly how deep they are. Rain Level is now available in every colour of the rainbow as well as classic black or white.


Regina Regis

Design Hunters

Lanzavecchia + Wai

Hunn Wai and Francesca Lanzavecchia started their cooperation at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, where they found that they worked well together; and in 2009 they formalised their studio, Lanzavecchia + Wai, when they won an award to pursue a residency at the Danish Art Workshops in Copenhagen.

Their debut Spaziale collection resulting from that residency was launched last year at Milan Design Week.


With the ability to straddle both sides of the globe, the young studio has quickly caught the eye of design-watchers on an international scale.

Their unique collaboration is based on differing areas of interest: Francesca, with the relationships between objects and humans, and Hunn with the collisions and fusions of materials, meanings and forms. The work is fueled by their different backgrounds, knowledge and skill sets.

This year, Lanzavecchia + Wai is involved with an interiors project for a major brand in Milan, and will be showing new designs at Milan Design Week, including the Pile-Up bookcase, Fragmented nesting cabinets, and Lion lamps. Hunn Wai tells us more.


Fragmented nesting cabinets


Fragmented nesting cabinets


Pile-Up bookcase


Pile-Up bookcase


What is it like being a partnership of two people coming from different cultural backgrounds and with different design focus?

It's a complimentary and at the same time contrasting process and experience. And I think we thrive in this dynamic tension.


What do you see as one of the highlights of your portfolio to date?

We are proud of the Spaziale series, a furniture collection constructed from light wooden structures and stretchable fabric skins, that encourage you and your possessions to interact with your interior pieces in a tactile and visual manner. And the practical side of it, to change the colour of the furniture just by dressing it in new clothing, hence lengthening its product lifespan.



The Lion lamps were done in collaboration with Singapore's last lion dance mask craftsman. How did that come about?

Truth is, we have been trying to find a craft technique unique to Singapore and to create works with it. This was hard to find since the cottage industry here is basically depleted after going into high-technology industries and labour being cheaper elsewhere. It was pure serendipity when I saw him in The Straits Times covering his craft.


We had a crash course in the significance of the mask and the dance, and how it was made – from raw materials to finishing touches. Having the context of the interior environment in mind, we then designed a family of 5 lighting objects that look like contemporary archetypes from afar, but reveal their hand-crafted quality upon closer inspection.


How do you feel about the international interest in your work, in such a short span of time?

While we feel happy that people find what we do interesting and relevant, we still have a long way to go. In Italy, you are still considered a 'young designer' before 40! We both have the inherent need to create and express, so when the attention we get transforms into opportunities for design work, that is reward itself.


Lanzavecchia + Wai



The Treetop House

What we love most about this house: The amazingly detailed sheet metal screen is like peering into an enchanted forest. The details: Architect: Matt Gibson Architecture + Design Location: Middle Park, Melbourne From the rear, this Melbourne terrace is like a timber-clad apostrophe nestled tightly between its neighbours. Matt Gibson Architecture + Design took on this renovation and extension on a tight budget. “The rear addition presents as a long tall timber-clad tube wrapped around the remnants of the existing boundary walls and cleared ground floor interior,” Matt explains. By reconfiguring the interior spaces to one side they have been able to draw light in through a 10-metre-long skylight, solving that ever-present terrace drawback of cave-like spaces.   At the rear of the first floor a ‘forest’ transfer has been applied to the windows of the master bedroom, while a cut sheet metal screen is set externally beyond the windows.     “The artistic treetop graphic plays on the intention of bringing the garden inside and looking over treetops,” Matt says. “At night an eery cinematic dimension takes over the master bedroom with a wise owl keeping watch over the Parkland.”   The most is made of the narrow site by using unobtrusive cabinetry while the skylight draws in light and widens the space.   Recycled timber products, low embodied energy materials, low energy appliances, AAA rated water fittings, T5 fluro lighting and locally sourced & made materials all add to the environmental credentials.       Who says there isn’t room for a little bit of enchantment in the suburbs!   Matt Gibson Architecture + Design mattgibson.com.au   Photography: John Wheatley     abc

AP Stool for Lapalma

I was recently lucky enough to travel to the imm Fair in Cologne, Germany, where the latest in furniture and interior design was on show. The fair sets out the trends for the year ahead and shows off the best products to hit the market.

The only bad thing about attending a fair like this is that you just know that it could take ages before these amazing pieces make their way to our corner of the world.

Well, one gorgeous little stool I spotted has found its way to Australia through ECC Lighting + Furniture. The Award-winning AP Stool from Lapalma designed by Japanese designer Shin Azumi.



Azumi has moulded a single sheet of ply into this amazing stackable stool. The folding process creates a structurally strong form and a comfy curved seat.

It’s perfect for those times when you need extra seating, but don’t want it taking up too much space when not in use.

The stool received and Interior Innovation Award at imm Cologne as well as the Best Chair in the Domestic Category in the 2011 Wallpaper Design Awards.


ECC Lighting + Furniture

Habitus Loves

Habitus Loves… Candleholders


Nordic Light

title Designed by:Jonas GrundellWhy we love it: Made from rubber wood colour-coated on one two sides, the arms of this candelabra are movable, meaning you can position them however you like. Where you can get it: The habitusliving.com Shop

PO/0130 Candleholder

title  Designed by:Marre MoerelWhy we love it: There’s something organic about this candle holder that feels like it could have grown at the bottom of the garden, like beautifully formed mushroom. Where you can get it: Corporate Culture

Double Candleholder

title  Designed by: Mikaela Dörfel for menuWhy we love it: Romance? You’ve got it covered with these intertwined candleholders in polished steel – although at 65cm tall they’re no shrinking violets. Where you can get it: Top3 by Design


Designed by: Jaime HayonWhy we love it: In typical Hayon style, this candleholder has more than a dash of whimsy to it. The white ‘bubbles’ are like clouds with floating candles and we love the accent of the single gold bubble at the base. Where you can get it: Generate

Bearing Candleholder

title  Designed by:Claesson Koivisto RuneWhy we love it: These two candleholders, made from solid American Walnut with turned brass inserts, can be placed one inside the other (resembling a bearing) or separately as individual, yet complementary holders. Where you can get it: Phase Design


Designed by:Tanja SoeterWhy we love it: This small candleholder is inspired by the structure of leaves, but also reminds us of the delicateness of a cicada’s wing. Made using 3D printing techniques (cool!). Where you can get it: Not available… yet! Get in touch with the designer to find out more.

Distortion Candlestick

title Designed by: Paul LoebachWhy we love it: It’s all very Alice Beauty and the Beast, but this ‘distorted’ candlestick is pretty high-tech – made using 3D rendering and rapid prototyping. Where you can get it: Areaware

Fly Candle Fly

title  Designed by: Ingo MaurerWhy we love it: Okay, so we may have a bit of a thing for Harry Potter-esque objects, but this ‘floating’ candle holder definitely has some magic to it. Suspended from the ceiling by wires. Where you can get it: Space Furniture

Montblanc Accessories

Montblanc are renowned for their high-quality pens – a guilty pleasure of this online editor! However, they also produce a range of accessories, from watches and jewellery to leather goods and some beautiful bags.

The company has recently released a new range of accessories featuring the same craftsmanship and high quality as their pens.

The new range includes this beautifully crafted Montblanc leather ‘hold-all’ bag [pictured above], made from Australian calfskin leather. It’s got one main compartment with zipped pockets internally and externally (for keeping your Montblanc pens and sunglasses of course!).

The collection also includes this leather bracelet featuring the iconic Montblanc insignia, as well as a new watch, several new bags, cufflinks and a leather diary.




Montblanc’s products might be designed for some seriously stylish business, but they definitely help you to Move in Design.