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Audi describes ‘duo’, its recent collaboration with Portland, Oregon-based bicycle manufacturer Renovo, as ‘a hand-made work of art that you can ride every day’.

This is certainly a bike to be seen on, with its smooth lines, retro style and luxurious appearance. We can’t resist the old-worldliness of the design – seems like an honest bike to ride.



The love and care put into its design and manufacture is evident in every curve of duo’s handcrafted hardwood frame. According to its makers the Duo was built to combine elegance and luxury with performance and durability, so it’s more than just a showpiece.




Behind every model is a long process of testing and engineering, creating a bike that is at once beautiful, strong and lightweight – perfect for exploring the streets and seeing the city up close.

Via Wired – images by Jonathan Snyder


Audi Collection


Design Accessories

Win: Gaetano Pesce for melissa®

We loved the Gaetano Pesce boots so much when we covered them recently that we thought we’d team up with melissa shoes in Australia to offer a pair as a giveaway.


The wearer can customise these great boots by snipping out the interconnected circles at the top of the boot to create slip-ons – after all, Design Hunters™ love to customise right?



All we’re asking you to do is tell us your favourite fashion customisation (feel free to include a pic, but it’s not essential). The most creative response will win a pair of boots worth RRP$155. Fill in the form below to – if you'll excuse the pun –
be in the running!

The melissa® + Gaetano is available in a variety of colours including; red, black, cream, clear, blue translucent and orange translucent.

For stockist information and more about the world of melissa® please visit melissaaustralia.com.au


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale

When you think of the world’s best photographers, the city of Ballarat in Victoria (north-west of Melbourne) may not be the first location that comes to mind. But it has become increasingly renowned for its celebration of photography, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Now celebrating its 4th instalment, the event has been included in the Festival la Luz (Festival of Light) – a grouping of 26 photography festivals across the globe. This international attention has helped the event secure 22 of the biggest names in photography for their 2011 event from 20 August – 18 September.   Maleonn (above and hero) Featured photographers include architectural photographer John Gollings – who will be displaying works documenting the aftermath of the 2009 Victorian bushfires – and Czech photographer Jan Saudek as well as a retrospective of renowned English photographer and film producer, Duffy.   John Gollings Jan Saudek   Duffy   Other core program artists include: Judith Crispin, Melbourne, Australia Les Horvat, Melbourne, Australia Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown, New Orleans, USA Frances Mocnik, Sydney, Australia Osamu James Nakagawa, USA/Japan Tony Whincup, New Zealand Bruce Postle, Melbourne, Australia Heather Dinas, Melbourne, Australia   Jack Picone   Frances Mocnik   Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown   Cynthia Karalla The Core Program can be seen at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the Mining Exchange and other locations throughout the city, with Fringe Program exhibitions in Ballarat, Creswick and Buninyong. Definitely worth the drive from Melbourne. Visit the program website for more info.   Ballarat International Foto Biennale ballaratfoto.org abc

The White Prahran House

What we love most: The punctured, sharp white façade

The details:

Architects: nervegna reed
Location: Prahran, Victoria
Photographer: John Gollings


It must be quite a daunting thing to design a home for an avid art collector. So when Anna Pappas asked nervegna reed to design a home which included a small gallery.

“Anna was ambitious in her expectations of what a home would be for her and her family,” explains Anna Nervegna.

“This was a real freedom in a sense that we were able to question things together and push boundaries which are sometimes forgotten and accepted as normal.”

There’s an obvious spaciousness to this home, and like with a good art gallery, light is both controlled and plentiful.



"[Anna] wanted a spacious house which was modern with gallery for viewing art," says Nervegna. 


The angular, sharp, white façade is punctured with round holes and window cutouts.


"The stair balustrade was designed on site out of reinforcement rods (used in concrete slabs etc.) and we are delighted with the sculptural nature that the optical transparent screen forms at the entry hall."



"[Anna and her partner John Coats] love the house. Initially they planned to display their art collection in it, particularly in the underground gallery. However, they loved the house so much that they didn’t want to put any art in it; claiming she just wanted to enjoy the architecture. Only recently, after a year, have they started to put a few paintings (of her many) on the walls."






"[Anna] was quite passionate that she wanted a concrete in-situ bath."


"The house is essentially the proportions of a large terrace home without all the Victorian decoration etc. The surrounding homes and apartment buildings vary a lot and the home relates to the various histories which are present on the street while at the same time contributing a new interpretation of a residential form."

 The home is an exercise in modernism and abstraction, drawing from the owners' interest in these styles. It's clear that the owners are extremely happy with the result and that they have a home as individual as they are.


nervegna reed



Design Hunters

Design Hunter™ Profile: Narelle Yabuka

A new home in Singapore, and a role at emerging architecture and design publisher anb editions has seen Australian design writer Narelle Yabuka carve a niche for herself, and the publishing market, in producing specialist design books.

After studying architecture at the University of Western Australia, Narelle realised her passion lay with interior spaces, and so went on to complete the interior architecture course at Curtin University, before launching her career as a design writer.

“I never thought I’d work in the media,” she says, “but doing so has been a humbling experience. There’s a great responsibility associated with uncovering and distilling useful information, and then shaping it for the appropriate audience.”



Having worked as a freelance writer for a number of high-profile design magazines Narelle also worked with Page One Publishing subediting Ish magazine, and a series of architecture and design books including the design of houses, apartments, shops, and bars and restaurants.

Speaking about anb editions’ latest title, Cardboard Book - released late last year - Narelle says that while design blogs and online magazines have helped spread the understanding and enjoyment of design, the book industry has responded by delving even deeper into intimate perspectives on new trends, producing engaging content in much shorter timeframes.


Toy Folder by Rodrigo Solórzano (London, UK). Photo courtesy of Rodrigo Solórzano.


Cardboard (animation still) by Sjors Vervoort (Eindhoven, The Netherlands). Photo by Sjors Vervoort.


Cardboard Office for Elegangz (Paris, France) by Paul Coudamy. Photo by Benjamin Boccas.


Rip Curl Canyon (Houston, USA) by Ball-Nogues Studio. Photo by Nash Baker.


Hualin Temporary Elementary School (Chengdu, China) by Shigeru Ban and Hironori Matsubara Laboratory (Keio University). Photo by Li Jun.


Featuring projects from all over the world, Cardboard Book taps into the zeitgeist of sustainable design, showcasing innumerable ways the lightweight, cost-effective and versatile material has been used recently by creatives.


Paper Bridge (Remoulin, France) by Shigeru Ban Architects. Photo by Didier Boy de la Tour.


Papton Chair by Fuchs+Funke Industrial Design (Berlin, Germany). Photos courtesy of Fuchs+Funke Industrial Design.


Recompute by Brenden Macaluso (Montoroso Design) (Houston, USA). Photo by Trent Veazey.


And with translations into French and Spanish currently underway, Narelle says it is not just design professionals who are enjoying its content.

“A lot of designers and artists have been working with cardboard,” she says. “What’s really striking about cardboard projects, though, is the number of ways the material can be manipulated. It’s excellent fodder for creative professionals, but it’s also a material that non-designers can easily explore - that crossover potential drove the scope, design, and language of Cardboard Book.”


You can win a copy of Narelle's book here.

an/b editions


Around The World

Chandra Villas, Bali

Our good friends at 8Hotels have been offering Australia premium hotel accommodation for some time – see Diamant Canberra, and Diamant designer lofts. Well, they’re now taking on Bali with their new luxurious private Chandra Villas in Seminyak.




Each of the villas has been individually designed and crafted by local architect, Maria Paiva. Surrounded by lush greenery the villas are complete with teakwood furniture, contemporary living spaces and each features outdoor rock showers, freestanding bathtubs, and sundecks.



You can relax by the individual private pools, sipping a cocktail or step outside to savour the most amazing restaurants and shopping that Bali has to offer. If you’re in the mood to try your hand at a little Balinese cuisine, there are also fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances in every villa, or leave it to your own personal chef who prepares your breakfast in your own villa.


The man behind 8Hotels is ecstatic to be bringing this unique offering to Bali. He explains: “We’re thrilled with the addition of Chandra. The villas are a perfect complement to our Australian hotel collection and apartments in Paris”.



“As with all our properties, Chandra offers luxury comfort, a superb location and radiant service at value conscious rates.”

Rates are from USD375 per night including of breakfast and airport transportation.

For reservations and further information, visit 8hotels.com


Cosmic Hiro

Designed by: Spanish manufacturer, Cosmic


I am: Freestanding bathroom furniture


About me:

Elegant organisational solutions for the bathroom. Available exclusively at Rogerseller.

The exciting new Hiro range consists of freestanding bathroom pieces that resolve storage necessities in the bathroom.



Designed and manufactured by Cosmic, the range provides solutions to those often awkward and frustrating leftover areas between washbasins and furniture.




Inspired by the Japanese Torï – the arches found on doors of sanctuaries used to mark the divide between profane and sacred spaces – the arch concept is the basis for contemporary and timeless Hiro design.

Complementing – not competing – with the rest of the bathroom, the Hiro range, with a coal finish, includes a stool, towel stand, mirror with shelves, freestanding shelf unit and freestanding towel rail and shelf.

The lightness of its shapes and the smooth, neat lines of the Hiro range make it the perfect addition to the modern bathroom.



Made from solid oak, the timber is hardwearing and water-resistant, providing a natural strength that lasts years when treated well. The range is presented in a modern ‘Coal’ finish.


The Cosmic Hiro range is available exclusively at Rogerseller. To view the complete range please download the brochure here.

Please visit rogerseller.com.au or call 03 9429 8888 for further information.



When Art Month Sydney launched their website recently, we fell in love with its simple, easy-to-navigate design and layout. So it’s no surprise that the same designers, The Nest, are behind one of the most talked-about art apps to hit the Apple iPhone – artwhatson.

The application is an extension of the successful art calendar, artist profile and gallery directory website, artwhatson.com.au. The App allows you to search for exhibitions and galleries in each state and can even show you galleries that are near you (by locating you in the same way the maps application does).

You can browse galleries by state and A-Z and get information on what’s on right now, what’s closing soon and what’s coming up. You can also mark favourites and return to them later.

The App received 11,000 downloads in its first 2 weeks and, the best part, it’s free! We’re looking forward to a few more listings in other states, such as ACT and Tassie, but with new listings constantly being added we’re bound to see more.

You can download it here.

Of course, you can also download the latest version of the Habitus magazine App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad for more inspiration.




The Salmon Shop

Salmon farming may not sound glamorous, but Mim Design has really teased out the more educational and entertaining elements of the trade, creating a Melbourne ‘home’ for Tassal which delivers experience, product and brand knowledge within a boutique deli context.





“The home for Tassal had to embody the natural feel and environment of the product itself – blue signature tiles adorn the walls and counter – as well as the natural texture of the salmon,” says Principal and Director, Miriam Fanning.


The deli, which encompasses a retail section, restaurant, cooking demonstration kitchen and interactive displays, exudes a light, natural and almost ‘homey’ feel – something which one would not normally associated with a fish that’s often eaten raw.





“It was important the interior felt comfortable and natural, which relates to the process of the product,” says Miriam.

“Timber was used consistently throughout to achieve the local warm feel. And joinery units within the space house the best Tasmanian product there is to offer, which also correlates with Tassal Salmon and its Tasmanian origin,” she says.


In order to communicate the brand and product to Tassal customers, Mim Design needed to embrace the every part of the salmon business and process.

“It was important to understand all facets in order to create a space that embodied the brand, its process, how you cook it, through to how it’s eaten.

“We learnt some great salmon recipes!!”


Mim Design

Photography generously supplied by Shannon McGrath


Design Accessories

Sixhands Fabrics and Wallpapers

We’re not shy about our affection for the 3 lovely ladies behind Sixhands (see our conversation with them here), so when it comes to their latest ranges of fabrics and wallpapers, we’re more than happy to give them a plug.

The Sixhands story is a vibrant one, full of bold colours and true collaborative creativity. Initially focussing on fashion textiles, Sixhands last year made the exciting move into fabrics and wallpapers following their successful rugs for The Rug Collection.


The details:

Designed by: Sixhands

Made: In Australia

I am: Textiles & Wallpapers

About me:

Brand-spanking-new sampling kits display Sixhands’ entire collection of striking printed wallpapers & fabrics. View designs online or samples via appointment.

Special features include:

Incredible digitally printed designs allow for rich depth of colour & texture that can be paired back with organic textures & simple classic pieces.




Easy-to-use 1200mm repeats in the fabric widths are designed to match side-to-side when creating fabric covered wall panels using a standard 1200mm x 2400mm building material sheet size.

1:10 scale versions of designs are also available for use in CAD generated interior design concepts.

Sixhands luxe metallic wallpapers are a treasure trove of glamorous finishes such as the striking ‘Paperflock’ design in Pirate Gold (shown) & Inca Gold colourways.




Sixhands wallpaper is a high-quality paper backed vinyl wallpaper that is mould /mildew resistant, fire retardant, washable and UV resistant.

Sixhands Fabrics are printed across a range of natural & synthetic base-cloths for both domestic and commercial interiors.



Wallpapers are 121cm wide (repeat heights vary)
Fabrics range from 140cm - 150cm wide



02 9310 5225

Design Accessories


As Design Hunters™ we aim to design every aspect of our lives. So every detail of our homes become as important as the next, from big decisions like furniture and kitchens to the smaller features – like the doorbell.

The doorbells of Jacob Jensen offer a carefully considered, well-designed solution to an every-day task.

JACOB JENSEN are available through Lighting Options Australia.


The details:

Designed by: Jacob Jensen

I am: A Doorbell

About me:

The Bell that knocks...

The cordless Doorbell by JACOB JENSEN is more than just a unique design of an often overlooked article for every-day use.

JACOB JENSEN sets a new standard of function and design of doorbells. Behind the pure lines of the classical Jacob Jensen Design, the Doorbell and the Bell push reveal a thoroughly considered technology.

”Not only is the doorbell one of the most common products that we use, it is also the first thing we meet, touch and hear when we visit someone. That’s why I have been wondering why the designers have forgotten the doorbell for a long time – also in the recent years,” says Timothy Jacob Jensen, head of the design studio.

”We decided to design a doorbell which is beautiful beyond time and place, which at the same time fulfills the needs, you can rightfully require from such a relatively important every-day product. I think we have succeeded.”

It is in fact Jacob Jensen himself knocking on the door in the recording used for this tune. “He did find that it was a bit foolish going all the way to a studio just to record his knock and asked if it really mattered who was knocking on the door – no one will hear that it is me anyway,” says Timothy Jacob Jensen.

“I answered that it is never unimportant who is knocking on the door and I think the future owners of the doorbell will agree to this.”



ABS, PMMA & Steel



Bell push – 41mm x 24mm x 90mm
Ringer – 112mm x 36mm x 178 mm


Lighting Options Australia has retail outlets across the country. For a store near you, or for distribution enquiries please contact:

+61 8 6142 4977

Design Accessories

Italian Fireclay Sinks

Stainless steel sinks have their perks, but when it comes down to it, nothing beats the clean finish of a ceramic sink, especially in pure white!

That’s where English Tapware’s new Acquello fireclay sinks come in. There’s something about the modern, clean, seamless aesthetic that we can’t ignore.They’re currently available from the English Tapware Company in Australia.


The details:

Designed & made by: Acquello Italia

My Category: Fixed and fitted

About me:

Handcrafted by the Italian masters, Acquello are breathing new life into the world of ceramic sink design.

Inspired by tradition and designed with both the modern and classical setting in mind, Acquello’s beautiful fireclay sinks speak volumes with their clean, distinctive lines and humbling functionality.





Striking the perfect balance between durability and aesthetic appeal, designed for a seamless installation and finished in flawless porcelain white, Acquello have refined the conventional, shying away from the dowdy, curvaceous ceramic designs of the past.

In doing so they’ve brought ceramic sinks back to the fore of kitchen design with this timeless collection.

True Italian masterpieces.



Single sinks: 600w or 760w x 250h x 460d
Offset double sink: 990w x 250h x 460d


The English Tapware Company
1300 01 61 81