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Alila Cha-Am

A fixture of its environment, Alila Cha-Am sits in harmony with the natural white sands and cobalt waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
The design landscape of this resort portrays a sense of intimacy and serenity. Upon arrival, guests will be led up a grand staircase to a majestic open-air lobby. The space opens up to accommodate a pristine rooftop pool and a pattern of interconnecting paths.



Guests can breathe in the ocean horizon from their rooms’ own private terrace space, or enjoy the therapeutic effects of the resort’s relaxation zones- the Spa, the Chill Pool and The Red. The guestrooms take on the guise of their surroundings, featuring unobstructed views of the landscape and unique Rain Sky showers by Dornbracht.  



The Alila Ca-Am follows the pulse of Thailand’s seasonal heartbeat with ambient lighting technology.


Designed by top Asian company Bunnag Duangrit, the architecture both departs from and compliments Thailand’s heritage of rustic architecture. Its straight, vertical structural features are coupled with aged woods, limestone and marble finishes, achieving a balance between sophistication and cultural authenticity.


The resort offers 72 guestrooms, 48 deluxe rooms, 24 deluxe terraces and 7 pool villas. The resort has two restaurants and a night-time lounge bar.


Alila Cha-Am

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Design Accessories

RADO r5.5 XXL Chronograph

If there’s one collaboration that ‘gives us the wants’, it the r5.5 collection from RADO. If you’re a lover of good design and master craftsmanship – and if your budget can stretch to it – these watches are worth a look in.

So, we thought we should bring you a little bit of news; there’s been a birth in the family, a big one! RADO has just released the new r5.5 XXL, which features the same seamless case and bracelet design in high-tech ceramics with an “extra size quartz chronograph movement”.



Featuring the same sharp, clear sapphire crystal glass as the original the matt black version has white indexes and hands against a matt black face, while the sophisticated aesthetic of the platinum matt version glows with yellow hands on a brushed platinum dial.

The watch's designer, Jasper Morrison, has impressed us lately with a few new designs for English brand Punkt. for a cordless telephone and an alarm clock (to be launched this week at the Milan Furniture fair). So if you’re a fan, then you can have the Morrison watch for your wrist and the clock for your bedside table.


Both versions of the r5.5 XXL Chronograph will set you back $4,075.




The Citriodora House

What we like most about this home: The timber cladding that echoes the surrounding bushland

The details:

Architect: Seeley Architects P.L
Anglesea Great Ocean Road area Victoria
Photographers: Zoe Economides, John Walker, David Seeley 


It’s always reassuring to hear about homes that are the result of a great relationship between owner and architect, but even better when it represents a close relationship between architecture and environment.

This home by Seeley Architects is as much an expression of its location as it is and expression of the owners. We spoke with David Seeley about the story behind it…



Who are the owners and what was your relationship like?

The owners are a Melbourne-based family that came to us through a recommendation from a mutual friend.

Apparently they had seen and liked several houses we had designed in Anglesea and Barwon Heads, but did not know who had designed them until then met us and we showed them our portfolio.

The owners epitomise the oft made statement that ...."great clients get great architecture". Through this process, they have become great friends and confidantes.


Where did the design come from?

The concept for the house arose from site investigations to understand the conditions, both positive and not so, which impacted on the property.


From within, the shape of the roof and materials reference traditional coastal timber boat-building as well as archetypal coastal houses.



How does the home communicate with its environment?

When viewed from the street, it sits discretely behind several old and gnarly Spotted Gums (Citriodora's) with the living room and Sea deck connecting visually with the trees.

Timber-battened screens on either side of the house restrict views to the neighbouring houses and clerestory glazing and roof apertures give the occupants framed views of sky, the moon, tree tops, vegetation from all of the upper level rooms.



How does the choice of materials add to the design?

The exterior timbers where chosen for various reasons including their bushfire resistance characteristics…

The concrete fins inside the house, along with the burnished concrete floor, [absorbs] heat from the sun, and [radiates] it into the room after sunset.


At a functional level, they contribute more than just for appearance. Additionally, the exterior timber cladding will gradually weather to a silver grey patina, not unlike the colour of the Spotted Gum tree trunks.


These are materials that are entirely suited and appropriate to this wonderful site.

What do you love most about the home?

That's a hard one as there are a number of aspects of the house that I love. That being said, the monumental concrete walls that sit aside the stair and the sense of grandeur, enclosure and ‘groundedness’ that one gets when entering the house from the lower level, constantly move me.

Then as one travels up the stair to the top level, the experience changes from something grounded, to a sense of being in a tree house with birds, sky, tree canopy, branches.

The narrative of the house is varied and evocative.


Seeley Architects


Habitus Loves… Milan


‘FAVN’ sofa





Designed by: Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen

Why we love it: The seamless shell that wraps around the sofa relates this piece perfectly to classic Fritz Hansen pieces such as the ‘Egg’ and ‘Swan’ chairs.

Where it's from:

Fritz Hansen

‘Serve’ trays





Designed by: Established & Sons

Why we love it: A bright pop of colour around the edge of a beautiful timber tray.

Where it's from:

Established & Sons






Designed by: Jasper Morrison for Maruni

Why we love it: A timeless hand-finished timber chair with either a woven seat or detachable leather cushion. Beautiful and classic design.

Where it's from:


‘Shifting’ vase


Designed by: Teruhiro Yanagihara for Mater

Why we love it: These gorgeous vases are handmade in Jaipur, India using sustainable and ethical business practices.

Where it's from:

Mater Design






Designed by:

Why we love it: An eccentric pendant of upturned goblets, which can be hung either individually or grouped to create a chandelier.

Where it's from:

Axo Light

‘Elephant’ wood chair


Designed by: Neuland Industriedesign for Kristalia

Why we love it: A classic chair with a lot of character – a new version with timber legs is being launched in Milan. The chair is upholstered in leather and resembles the back of an elephant.

Where it's from:


‘Interlock’ coat stand




Designed by: Jarrod Lim

Why we love it: This Singapore designer is presenting a stunning new collection in Milan. One of our favourites is this cute timber coat rack.

Where it's from:

Jarrod Lim






Designed by: Foscarini

Why we love it: A colourful collection of pendant lights with simple rounded forms.

Where it's from:



Design Hunters

Loh Lik Peng

Loh Lik Peng is in the lobby of New Majestic Hotel talking about chairs. The 36-year-old's favourite designers include Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl, and he also has a fascination for barber chairs, which appear in most of his properties.

Credited for putting boutique hotels in Singapore on the map, the former lawyer started out with Hotel 1929 in 2003. This was followed by New Majestic and most recently in 2010, Town Hall Hotel and Apartments in London, The Waterhouse at South Bund in Shanghai, and Wanderlust in Singapore.

Lik Peng's passion lies in restoring old relics to their former glory. Here he tells us why.


What's your fascination with old buildings?

Often it’s the layers of history. For example, with New Majestic, finding this old ceiling. This was the original ceiling and the last unrestored bit of the building. And this was the bit that appealed most to me in many ways, because you can see the scars it has had to bear in its 90-odd years of life.




What gives you the greatest satisfaction in your work?

I would say restoring old buildings. Town Hall, for example, was very satisfying given that I knew how old the building was and how long it had been sitting there. And by the time I took it over it was literally falling apart. So having the opportunity to restore a building like that and knowing that it will be sound for the next hundred years, I think for me that was very rewarding.





Tell us also about Wanderlust in Singapore's Little India and Waterhouse in Shanghai.

I’d been looking for a project in Little India for awhile. I realised it was such an interesting ethnic enclave, but there weren’t really any nice hotels there.



The building was perfect for a little boutique hotel in a way – a nice glass lift in the middle with a big air well, lots of windows. It was an interesting building, because obviously it was built as a school, so it’s not a typical shophouse; it’s one unitary block. So Wanderlust came about and in many ways it draws from the kind of chaos of Little India. And I love that chaos.

Waterhouse is in the old industrial area of Shanghai where the docks used to be. This building was to me when I first looked at it, a large big void. The roof had started to collapse. So it was interesting because you could see the bones and scale of the building. I also loved the fact that it had all this dirt and crumbling bricks which we tried to keep as much of as possible.


There has been a mushrooming of boutique hotels here in recent years. Where do you see the future of boutique hotels in Singapore?

I think there’s still a lot of potential. It’s still very fragmented. So long as people do interesting things,  original things, I think there’s definitely a lot more potential for the market to grow.

Recent projects:


Waterhouse at South Bund

Town Hall Hotel & Apartments

Design Hunters

Arthur G Showroom Launch

Arthur G’s beautiful new showroom forms part of the new Hill St. design precinct in Sydney’s Surry Hills. With all their beautiful furniture on show, guests were treated to cocktails and tasty morsels to celebrate their new location.

Their neighbours include Workshopped, Euroluce, the Whitehouse Institute and the highly successful Beresford hotel.


Arthur G


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Bespunk at Workshopped

Giving new life to forgotten things, the Bespunk exhibition at Workshopped will feature furniture and other objects re-imagined in black.



It sounds like a bit of a crazy idea, but Dr Spunk (AKA Alexander Lotersztain) has coated the objects in a (very scientific and technical-sounding) polymer, which offers tear-strength resistance and waterproofing qualities.




So, with items like garden chairs, and sofas on show, and all in black, it already sounds like something awesome to get along to – but wait, there’s more!

The team at Workshopped tell us you can bring your old, tired items in to Workshopped to be Bespunk’d. They’ll ship it off to Dr Spunk and you’ll get it back with a new and exciting look.

Alternatively, you can ask for a particular item to be Bespunk’d and Workshopped will source the item for you.

Things that can be Bespunk’d:

  • wood
  • metal
  • vinyl
  • plastic if treated or old
  • leather
  • cork

Get along to the exhibition from 5 – 28 May 2011


2/8 Hill Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 2 9146 4353

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Design Hunters

A Flight of Fancy Taste

Last month, Gaggenau and Comme transformed Alfred Place as part of their contribution to The Melbourne food and Wine Festival. A Flight of Fancy Taste transported guests to a Parisian-style laneway in the heart of Melbourne.

Chef Daniel Southern displayed his amazing flambé skills on Gaggenau’s Vario series cooktops.

The event will gave members of the public an opportunity to experience what Gaggenau and Comme do best. Guests were be treated to one of three dishes, prepared by executive Chef Daniel Southern and cooked in the laneway on Gaggenau's VG232 Vario cooktop and the VR421 Vario barbeque grill.



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Design Accessories

The Committee Toy Car

The Committee toy car, designed by Brad Denboer for the Auditorium Toy Co., shows a birds-eye-view of suited people with one slumped forward, hands behind his back. In the ‘boot’ there are a number of items, including a rope, shovel, tape recorder and wrench.




We’ll leave the rest up to your imagination. We’re unclear if this toy is meant for kids, or big kids, but either way it is a beautifully crafted design that is definitely worthy of a mention.



It’s got a limited edition of just 25, with each individually numbered with a small metal plate – so it’s unlikely there are many left – but you can track down Denboer here and we’re sure he’ll be able to suggest something else that’s in the pipeline.

However, you can definitely purchase one of the Auditorium Toy Co.’s other items, the Boattail Racer, made using high-quality wheels and polished ply, all beautifully boxed. Click here to place your order.


Auditorium Toy Co.


Design Accessories

Designer Rugs’ Pavement Collection


Our friends at Designer Rugs have just released their latest collection called ‘Pavement’.

We love the rawness of the graphics depicted in these designs, some featuring a gritty urban realism and others echoing the garden walls, fences and paving of our streetscapes.

They’re available now from Designer Rugs stores across Australia and New Zealand.


The details:

Designed by:     Christine McDonald & Lia Pielli

I am:         A Rug Collection

About me:

PAVEMENT is a premium quality rug collection inspired by what we observe from the pavement; underfoot, alongside, farther afield and above.



'Continuous' and 'Woven Garden'

With a focus on loosely structured worn organic repetition, a play on materials and piles, PAVEMENT brings together rhythm and fabulous texture within its 14 designs, which seemingly spill over the edges of the rugs.

The colour palette is based on industrial hues – a juxtaposition of the urban landscape in all its contrasting personalities.



NZ Wool and artificial Silk



170cm x 240cm or 200cm x 300cm
Custom sizing available












'Kyoto Lines'








Designer Rugs
1300 802 561

Habitus Loves
Design Accessories

Habitus Loves… Comebacks


Florence Broadhurst Rugs

title Designed by: Florence Broadhurst, Signature Printsand CadrysWhy we love it: Florence Broadhurst prints have had a revival thanks to Signature Prints in fabric and wallpapers, but this collaboration with Cadrys represents a new and exciting adaptation.Where you can get it:Cadrys

The Fiat 500

title Designed by: FiatWhy we love it:An iconic design that deserved a modern interpretation, the Fiat Nuova 500 (brought back in 2007) is as much a cult item as the original.Where you can get it:Fiat

Navy 111 Chair

title Designed by:EmecoWhy we love it:The Navy chair had its greatest comeback when it fell from favour with the US Navy. Emeco decided to take the iconic design to the consumer. Now, this new collaboration with Coca Cola sees the classic shape re-imagined with recycled Coke bottles (at least 111 in each).Where you can get it:Corporate Culture

Marimekko for Converse

Designed by: Marimekko and ConverseWhy we love it: Although the classic converse shoe has never really gone out of style, Marimekko has brought back some of their classic prints for this collaboration.Where you can get it:Converse

Penguin Classics

title Designed by: PenguinWhy we love it: Penguin released their range of classic titles a little while ago, but it has since spawned a range of products featuring the covers of their most famous titles. They’ve got everything from mugs to deck chairs and most recently, luggage tags.Where you can get it:Art Meets Matter

Smeg Retro Fridge

Designed by:SmegWhy we love it: We couldn’t talk about comebacks without mentioning Smeg's retro fridges. We love the colours, we love the shape. It makes us feel cool.Where you can get it:Smeg


title Designed by:The men of this world (mug from Third Drawer Down)Why we love it:For some, the moustache was put away very reluctantly, but thanks to the Movember movement, there’s been a revival. If you’re still a little bit shy, why not get one of these mugs from Third Drawer Down.Where you can get them:Third Drawer Down

Arcade games

title Designed by: Various clever App developersWhy we love it: The Apple iPad has spawned a huge resurgence in classic arcade games. Our favourites include PAC-MAN, Tetris and Space Invaders.Where you can get them:The iTunes App store