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Made by: Porcelanosa Group (Spain)


I am: STON-KER tiles


About me:

STON-KER is another innovation from Porcelanosa Group, who brought us PAR-KER, the original porcelain parquet.

STON-KER is a technical porcelain tile that looks and feels like natural products – such as stone and metal – but offers all the benefits of tile.


STON-KER can be used on walls and floors, and part of wall facade or raised access flooring systems, providing your home with innovative tiling solutions.



STON-KER is also able to withstand the harshest conditions, due to its extremely low porosity and non-combustible nature. The tiles are resistant to chemicals, stains, scratching, UV damage and even fire. Slip Resistant finishes are also available and allow you to carry the beauty of Australian lifestyle indoors and out.


Not only is it hard-wearing, it’s created with sustainability and beauty in mind. With a nod to natural products including stone and metal, the STON-KER range is beautifully designed with a non-repetitive print for an authentic look.



Technical porcelain


Dimensions: a range of large formats for flooring and cladding


Earp Bros – Innovative Tile Solutions
+61 2 9410 3222

Fixed & Fitted
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Designed Blinds Australia Store

Designed by: Roger Burns and Kevin Clarke


I am: A pioneering retail concept for the window furnishings category



The Designed Blinds Australia Store showroom concept has set a new benchmark for window furnishings by offering a unique retail experience to help Design Hunters™ pick the best design for their home.

The distinct interior design feel of the concept creates an inspirational environment where you can take your time to select the window furnishing solutions that work best for the design of your home.



Designed by retail architect, Roger Burns, in collaboration with the creative force behind Designed Blinds Australia, Kevin Clarke, the Designed Blinds Australia Store has a focus on impressive front windows, large-size fabric swatches, and inspirational lifestyle graphics and imagery.



Exceptional attention to detail in terms of colour schemes, accessories, and comfort as well as stunning life-size blind displays help take the guesswork out of imagining how these window furnishings might look in your home.



Designed Blinds Australia Stores can be found in a number of convenient Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane metro locations, and in selected regional areas including Geelong and Ballarat in Victoria, and Bathurst in New South Wales.


Designed Blinds Australia
1300 322 254.

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Geotech Tiles


I am: Porcelain tiles; perfect for areas such as internal living, commercial premises and outdoor areas.


About me:

The island of Madeira, in the Atlantic Ocean off Africa, belongs to an archipelago of volcanic origin. One of its features is a special stone that has the appearance of fossil wood – Madeira stone – this is the source of inspiration for Geotech.

The collection of fine porcelain stoneware tiles exclusively distributed by ace stone + tiles was created by putting together the typical patterns of natural stone with new, original combinations of colour. 

The Geotech colour schemes are divided into 2 families: neutral tones inspired by the natural shades of Madeira stone and pure colours. With 6 available colours and 3 surface designs, Geotech tiles meet all the requirements of modern architecture.


For further information on the Geotech range contact ace stone + tiles.



Porcelain stoneware



Available in a range of sizes and mosaics


ace stone + tiles
+61 7 5493 3344

Fixed & Fitted
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Via Manzoni


The new Via Manzoni range is the latest offering from Italian company Gessi. Where others have moved production offshore, Gessi continues to produce all its exclusive bathroom and kitchen faucets and fittings in Italy – including all design, production and communication.

This allows them to ensure a supreme level of quality through every step of the process, which means beautiful products such as Via Manzoni display a superior aesthetic and functionality.



Incorporating the latest eco-conscious design technology, when the mixer lever is in the central position, the tap distributes cold water only, eliminating the need for hot water activation and preventing unnecessary energy consumption.


Inspired by the famous street of the same name in Milan’s quadrilatero della moda fashion district, this mixer represent the essence of classic Italian style and design innovation.


In a relatively short time, Gessi has revolutionised a market dominated by long-established brands delivering a new standard for taps and fixtures, earning the respect and appreciation of the international community.

Gessi and the new Via Manzoni are available in Australia through Abey.



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Habitus Loves… Glass


Space Invaders Tables

title  Designed by:Piero Lissoni for Glas ItaliaWhy we love it: Alluding to the arcade game of the ‘80s, these tables use the iconic pixelated characters to create a fun, yet sophisticated geometric low table. They come in transparent extralight or lacquered glass. Where you can get it: Space Furniture

Stilla Decanter

title  Designed by:Vert DesignWhy we love it: This glass decanter holds a whole bottle of wine. You pour the wine in the hole at the bottom, then slowly turn it over. As you turn it, physics does the work and you won’t lose a drop (until you’re ready to drink it that is!) Where you can get it: Top3byDesign

Savoy Vase

title  Designed by:Alvar AaltoWhy we love it: This design classic represents the fluidity of glass. Designed in 1936, the vase is inspired by the mountain lakes of Finland. Where you can get it: The habitusliving.com Shop

KINK Oil Bottle

Designed by:Deb Jones, hand-made by the Glass StudioWhy we love it: Oil bottles come in all shapes and sizes, but this one by Australian designer Deb Jones is a little bit KINKy. It’s hand-blown by craftspeople at the Glass Studio and its ‘kink’ at the top is always unique. Beautiful! Where you can get it: Form.Function.Style

Pill Carafes

title  Designed by: Jonathan AdlerWhy we love it: These pill-shaped carafes are a quirky way to serve up your favourite tipple. With double-cased hand-blown glass, they look just like big pills with their colourful lids and white bases. Where you can get it: Jonathan Adler  


Designed by:Marc NewsonWhy we love it: This hourglass design by Marc Newson comes in two sizes and is, quite frankly, for those with a lot of spare cash. But it is beautifully hand-blown, with millions of stainless steel ‘nanoballs’ that accurately measure 10 and 60 minutes (small and large). Check out a video of the making here. Where you can get it: IKEPOD

Tea Pot

title Designed by:NORM. DESIGNWhy we love it: This great teapot has an infuser which drops down into the boiled water. Once your desired strength is reached, just pull it back up and pour. Simple design, made beautiful in glass. Where you can get it: G Select  

Stone of Glass

title  Designed by: Marta Laudani & Marco Romanelli for OluceWhy we love it: These blown Murano glass ‘stones’ are a beautiful juxtaposition of form and material. The most solid of elements depicted in the most fragile of materials. Where you can get it: Euroluce

Flyaway Donkey by Hansel + Hello Hansel

Half retro, half modern; quirky yet 100% wearable; the new ‘Flyaway Donkey’ Autumn/Winter 2011 collection by Hansel and Hello Hansel will launch in August.

Inspired by Arabian tales, the prints feature literal characters such as Ali Baba and his stolen jewels, Aladdin, his magic carpet and his lamp, as well as the eponymous hero donkey. Textures include magically appropriate pure silk dresses, soft bamboo/cotton knit cardigans, digitally printed cotton/nylon knit dresses and slinky rayon jersey dresses.



A Middle Eastern silhouette with billowing skirts and classic harem pants is Hansel-ified with bold colour blocking, teardrop cutouts on necklines and turban-inspired detailing.


We love Hansel’s past ranges, which are accompanied by designer, Jo Soh’s hand-drawn collateral and decorations, and now also by the Hello Hansel diffusion line (launched in February 2011). Playful elements are balanced by a classic palette of black, grey, navy and cream, with Flyaway Donkey also featuring pale pink, sand and khaki, with splashes of electric blue, hot mustard and hotter pink in the Hello Hansel collection.


Meet Jo in Singapore and find out where she gets inspiration from in the latest Habitus issue 12, out 22 June.




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Design Hunters

Habitus issue 12 out now

Habitus 12 offers a smorgasbord of furniture, lighting and objects to enjoy, as well as the very latest in speakers and new patterns, constructions and textures for fabrics. Meet some of the Region’s creative minds, from Khai Liew’s amazing story to Singapore fashion designer, Jo Soh, of Hansel; and enter the living domain of accessories brand Mimco’s creative director, Cathryn Wills, Filipino designer Milo Naval and interior designer, Juliette Arent.   Jo Soh   Cathryn Willis   Milo Naval   Juliette Arent As always, landscape plays a lead role in our project section; whether dramatic clifftops in Victoria or the Sydney suburbs, the context is highly considered. Add a sprinkling of inspiration from Bangkok, Malaysia and New Zealand, a 1960s revival, and a historic look at the legacy of an architectural icon, and you’ve got the idea of Habitus 12.       You can pick up your copy of issue 12 in good newsagents and bookstores, including Magnation. Or subscribe to future issues here for your chance to win 1 of 6 Bloom Pots from Café Culture.   abc
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We all know that ‘Volvo’ and ‘safety’ go hand-in-hand – it’s been the cornerstone of their philosophy from the beginning, and the association has become so strong that it’s almost a cliché. The new S60 model therefore had a lot to live up to – but needed to show innovation at the same time.





First things first – it’s a good-looking car. The concept design was inspired by a ‘flowing racetrack’ and this can be seen in the lines of the smooth leather interior.

Volvo claim that the car is so beautiful, its safety system was developed to protect stunned onlookers. But it’s really all about protecting the driver and avoiding those silly accidents that can happen when concentration falters.


There’s City Safety, designed to avoid low-speed rear-end collisions – the S60 slams on the brakes when it gets too close to the car in front.

Lasers, cameras and radars work together to detect and warn against pedestrians in the car’s path; the system even lets you know when you’re straying from your lane or making uncharacteristic, jerky movements when driving – just in case you’re falling asleep at the wheel.

It also keeps an eye out for anything in your blindspot, has eyes in the back of its head for when you’re reversing, and peeks around corners when parking or exiting a narrow lane.



Intuitive and protective, but stylish as well – the Volvo S60 takes safety to another level, but it’s more like someone cool and well-dressed giving you a big hug than a tut-tutting mother telling you to slow down.  





Grecian Fish and Chippery TANK.

Inspired by immersive encounters with aquariums, TANK brings fish and chips to life – but in a completely different way! The eatery is located in an 1890s corner shop on Lygon Street in Carlton and while the site is quite historical, the concept behind this inner-city eatery draws on a different kind of heritage to connect with its patrons.



“The client was keen to stir the pot within the iconic Italian locale by throwing some Greek into the mix,” says Interior Architect Anna Drummond of Anna Drummond design. “As a local of the Carlton area, the owner recognised that the area lacked an important staple – the faithful Greek fish ‘n’ chip shop.”


Anna goes on to explain that, having secured the iconic but derelict corner site, the client embraced the character of the location, “steeped in a century of European migrant dreams”. 

The brief focussed on developing a sub-text to that history, with a suggestive play on Italian/Greek rivalry. “The business concept, brand and resultant interior were all developed via the single project brief, and inspired by the building itself which features Grecian god-heads and ionic columns,” explains Anna.


The interiors carry simple finishes set in high contrast to one another. Here, white-hot neon segues into deep indigo Victorian tiles. Silver ‘wet suit’ banquet seating is contrasted against fish-scaled marble mosaics, and the centrepiece of the space: a 6-metre long communal table, is tiled in a richly detailed patchwork of handmade Iznik tiles. These were specially commissioned from a traditional Turkish ceramic factory, “and flown in from Istanbul”.


“The corner-orientation of the shop also offers passers-by a 'fish-bowl' view into space – a rarity in a strip typified by rows of closed awnings,” says Anna.

Tying this all together is the text-based logo, inspired by childhood memories of weekend fish and chips wrapped in steamy sheafs of paper. “The news print font was developed to evoke these simple, joyful memories, in stark contrast to the heavy tradition of the surrounding ristorantes.”




Photography: Shannon McGrath

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Porter’s Maharani wallpaper

Designed by: Porter’s Paints


I am: Wallpaper


About me:

Porter's Paints have just released Maharani, their latest wallpaper design.

Inspired by traditional Mehndi designs and the colours of India, it’s wallpaper fit for a princess (or indeed a prince). Maharani has been released in 2 colourways – Indigo and Verdigris – both pictured.



As the Porter's Paints wallpaper portfolio is now extensive, they have also upgraded the Porter's Colours pages on their website to allow users to search for paints and wallpapers by colour group (such as Reds & Pinks, Blacks).


Porter’s Paints
1800 656 664

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Feeling Sheepish

Jenny Keate thrives on using materials in surprising ways. “Originality is important to me, and it’s easier to be original when you avoid using materials in ways we are familiar with,” says the Auckland-raised object designer who now lives in Ngaio, Wellington.

Jenny first started working in design a decade ago, but she originally had trouble taking her concepts to market. “I made a series of fibreglass lamps (Lily, Noodle and Bud), which I had some success with, but I kept running into difficulties when it came to commercialising my ideas,” she says, noting this was remedied after completing a BDes (hons) in Industrial Design in 2008.





Jenny’s latest product is the Luminant – a cross between a luminaire and a ruminant (pictured above). “My starting point was a desire to design a lamp that used wool in an entirely new way. I settled on the hooked merino because not only did it remind me of my favourite alpine plant - the vegetable sheep - it looked fantastic with light shining through it,” she says. Jenny worked through a range of possible designs for this material, finally deciding that the best use for it was to channel the vegetable sheep’s namesake.


Even though she believes it to be “a bit of a cliché”, Jenny finds all of her inspiration in nature. She spends much of time in the outdoors, musing potential new designs while on hiking trips to the likes of the Nelson Lakes. “There is nothing more inspiring to me than the crazy, sculptural alpine plants you come across once you get above the bush line.”


Jenny Keate



The Randwick House: Arent and Pyke

In the current issue of Habitus, Juliette Arent speaks to Nicky Lobo about her interior design work and the inspiration she has always taken from the life and work of Ilse Crawford. To hear more about that you’ll have to go out and grab a copy of the magazine, but we thought we’d take a look at one of Arent & Pyke’s recent projects, the Randwick House…


Could you tell us about the owners of this home?

The owners of this home are a busy family of 5. Our aim for the interior was to reflect the client’s spirit and personality. The clients were fabulous to work with – they really embraced the design process – colour and texture were definitely on their agenda!


Did they have any specific requirements for the interiors?

A key aspect of the brief was their wish to make more use of the formal spaces at the front of the house, without compromising the sense of grandeur in those rooms.

We did this by interpreting a modern version of “formality “ making the spaces more light-hearted. 


The bedrooms needed to be special and considered, so we also worked with the client to create a warm and inviting master bedroom, and give each of the three children their own unique space.

We began by assigning each space in the house a purpose, responding to the architecture, then trying to embody the space with the character and energy of the client.



How did you approach the interior design of the Randwick House?

Our challenge was to respect both the grandeur of the original structure and the light-filled contemporary spaces created by a substantial renovation, while producing a unified interior palette that suited the family’s style of living.

The client’s lifestyle was of key consideration in the choice of furniture and finishes. Outdoor fabrics were chosen for interior elements in the family room to withstand the strong sunlight pouring in through the skylight.


Slipcovers on sofas allow for a wash–and–wear treatment and add seasonal flexibility. For the furnishing we considered Australian and International suppliers, and commissioned custom-made pieces where needed, keeping the mix unique and fresh.


Did you work closely with an architect on this project, or was it existing?

The clients were in the middle of an extensive renovation, (no architect) when they enlisted our help.

The extension of the house created two distinct architectures to work within. The front rooms of the house retain the original proportions and features of a grand Sydney terrace, while the new family space at the rear contrasts strongly – it is stripped of embellishment and is flooded with natural light. 


Our challenge was to respect both styles, but create a unified interior palette that suited the family’s style of living.


Could you describe your favourite aspect of the design and why you love it?

Transforming the two original formal front rooms of the home into an inviting area for a young family to grow. Theses rooms, originally dark and disused became a popular place for the children to spend time with friends as well as being a warmer entertaining space for the adults.



What part did colour play in the design?

A consideration of colour is fundamental. It represents the mood and feel of an interior and how you should feel in that space.

The colour palette for this house was deliberately kept smudgey in the older spaces, with some clear accents of primary hues in the rear extension. We transformed the dark front rooms of the house by selecting lighter wall and joinery colours, as well as coloured and neutral rugs.


We encouraged the client to invest in some significant pieces of Australian contemporary art, which also informed the decorative elements of the scheme.


Arent & Pyke