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Habitus Loves… Dining Tables



title    Designed by: Nick Garnham and Anne-Claire Petre Why we love it: This is simple Australian design at its best. A commanding table respecting honest materials. Great love for this piece. Where you can get it: Jardan  

Showtime Table

Designed by: Jaime Hayon Why we love it: Okay, so we have a bit of thing for Hayon’s designs, but there’s just something so playful and intriguing about his work. The fine tapered legs, gloss finish and the turned table top with glass ‘pane’ on top deliver a certain sophistication. Where you can get it: KE-ZU


title    Designed by: Humberto and Fernando Campana for Edra Why we love it: They don’t come much quirkier than this. If you’re looking to impress the dinner guests, this will definitely to the trick. With legs in stainless steel, the tabletop is made from specially treated terracotta segments. Whoa! Where you can get it: Space Furniture


title    Designed by: Dirk Wynants for Extremis Why we love it: A love of dining outdoors in our Region makes a good table all the more important. Dirk Wynants has a passion for bringing people together and with this piece he was inspired by the celebrations after the Hops harvest, where farmers gather at long tables to drink and feast. Where you can get it: Cult


title    Designed by: Maly Hoffmann Kahleyss Why we love it: This beautiful table is made from large sheets of High Pressure Laminate. The legs are ‘tied’ together with the timber supports – making for a nice contrast in colour and material. It has matching bench seats with or without back supports. Where you can get it: Conmoto


  Designed by: Café Culture Why we love it: The chunky timbers and trestle legs of this table make us feel like we’ve stepped into a fairytale kitchen. The beauty of this table is that it can be custom-made to suit any space. Where you can get it: Café Culture


title  Designed by: Bartoli Design Why we love it: We love the flared aluminium legs and the way they join the glass table top, giving it a feeling of weightlessness. Where you can get it: Fanuli Furniture

Ex Libris

title    Designed by: Minottiitalia Why we love it: The tempered crystal top appears to sit atop piles of books, with the legs offering storage for your favourite titles. A fun alternative for book-loving diners. BYO books. Where you can get it: Space Furniture  
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Designed by: BOLON


I am: Floor Covering


About me:

BOLON the unique, versatile, design driven textile flooring.

Swedish flooring company Bolon was the first in the world to produce woven vinyl flooring, and under the direction of Annica and Marie Eklund, the company continues to do so today, with the highest design standards and creativity.



Now with an international reputation for superior quality Bolon’s flooring products are distributed in over 30 countries, being used by brands such as Chanel, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Lacoste and Sheraton and by architects and designers such as Tom Dixon, Jean Nouvel and Renzo Piano.


Every Bolon product meets with the most stringent standards for fire safety, wear and durability and sound insulation. While an environmental program has been adopted by Bolon to ensure the lightest footprint on the planet.



The products have many applications across the home, perfect for that little something different for a Design Hunter’s™ oasis.



Unique textured woven yarn
PVC yarn
Synthetic yarn



Available in sheet, tile and shapes (triangles, planks, rhombuses)


The Andrews Group
1300 130 390

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New Regency rug collection


Designed by: Greg Natale for Designer Rugs   


I am: A hand-made Rug


About me:

Greg Natale has collaborated with Designer Rugs to create a collection of strong, colourful hand-made rugs.





'South Beach'




'Palm Springs'

The collection includes 8 exciting and highly individual designs.




'Monte Carlo'



The designs offer a sophistication that makes them perfect for traditional interiors, though they’re just as much at home in a modern setting.


Greg Natale


Materials: 100% New Zealand Wool


Designer Rugs
1300 802 561

Design Accessories

Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet

Stopping in at the new Aesop Bondi Beach store the other day we were given a heads-up about some new products headed our way in a few months, and it’s one for the guys.

The Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet features a serum for use during shaving to “maximise slip and minimise irritation” as well as a soothing, hydrating lotion for afterwards.

From Aesop:

  • Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum (50mL) is a low-foaming serum that allows for a close shave without aggravating the skin. It is enhanced with anti-inflammatory extracts of Aloe Vera, Sandalwood and Neroli Blossom to soften and hydrate.
  • Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion (60mL) is a light, quickly absorbed moisturiser to calm and nourish every skin type, including sensitive. The inclusion of Panthenol and Sandalwood ensures skin will be left relaxed, smooth and calmed.
Now these 2 alone make for a great gift or purchase for any man, but the serum is best applied with a shaving brush, so Aesop will also be releasing a beautiful shaving brush to accompany the set (due to head to the Region around August).

Aesop will also be holding a Shaving Master Class in their Collins Place store to launch the Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet and brushes as well as explaining their preferred method of shaving. This will open to Aesop customers on 28 July – email aesop@aesop.com for more info.




The Curved House

The jury of the recent 11th SIA Singapore Architectural Awards in Singapore were impressed with Aamer Architects' winning Ninety 7 @ Siglap Road project, observing the “very up-to-date take on a tropical language of architecture”.


Equally impressive no doubt is how the progressive design, with its fluid curves and whitewashed facade, animates a traditional terraced neighbourhood.



According to Aamer Architects' principal designer Aamer Taher, the owner, a bachelor and entrepreneur, had his mind set on a house that would be able to accommodate his future family.

“He had very clear instructions on what his needs were and left the architectural form and style to us, only intervening on functional aspects of the design.”




Inside the house, the keen responsiveness and sensitivity to space is readily apparent. It starts with a bold decision to locate what are often considered 'ground floor' areas on the second level instead.

“The design approach is to take advantage of the elevated site with great views towards the city centre of Singapore, by raising the living/dining areas and kitchen to the second storey with large verandahs ideal for parties and gatherings,” Taher explains.



This arrangement not only gives the designer the opportunity to create deep fluid-form patio areas which wrap around the spaces of the house, but the patios themselves extend the entertainment areas and serve as an environmental filter for the internal areas proper.



The living areas can fully open up – back, side and front – to maximise the views, natural light and ventilation while keeping out the elements.

Situated on the ground level are 2 cabana-style bedrooms facing a pool and a large covered area for poolside barbecues and parties. The third (attic) level houses the master suite, which includes a large wardrobe and television room.



The jury of the SIA Singapore Architectural Awards have called it a “beautifully crafted house”. It is, we have to add, a beautifully crafted example of a house in the tropics.


Aamer Architects

Photography by Patrick Bingham-Hall


12×12 at aMBUSH Gallery

It’s been 4 years since the first exhibition at aMBUSH Gallery, 12x12 returns in 2011. There’s a great, simple idea behind the exhibition – 12 Australian artists each displaying 12 artworks on 12x12 inch canvases.


The format, while offering certain limitations, asks the artists to create sharp, well-thought-out works, while helping to make art by some of Australia’s biggest names much more affordable.




This year there are some exciting additions including Daek, Drewfunk, Ears, Edward Woodley, Gary Seaman, Gimiks Born, Mark Alsweiler, Rone, Sean Morris, Shannon Crees, Shida and Troy Archer.

The exhibition runs from 22 – 31 July and the artworks will be available for sale online from 23 July at watim.com/12x12.


aMBUSH Gallery
4A James Street Waterloo
Sydney NSW 2017

Around The World

Fine Art Retreats

There are holidays, then there are true experiences. If you’re a budding artist (or even a practising artist) you’ll love the fantastic, engaging Fine Art Retreats.

Indulge in Bali’s culture, getting to know the local Balinese community, with these retreats. Organised by art dealer Michael Nagy and artist Davina Stephens, the retreats see renowned Australian artists lead daily workshops.



Garry Shead, Jason Benjamin, Joshua Yeldham and Fairlie Kingston have all been secured to discuss how their work – from fine art to photography – and how it is inspired and shaped by the Balinese surroundings.


“The calibre of artistic talent coupled with our local knowledge provides guests with a magical experience and the opportunity to express themselves creatively,” says Michael Nagy.

Exploring the beauty of exotic Ubud, guests will stay in the luxury accommodation of Warwick Ibah where just 17 villas an suites offer a tranquil view of the inspirational Campuhan River. You’ll also be guided aroung the volcanoes, rainforests, rice fields and waterfalls, while being inspired by the architectural heritage of temples, palaces and local villages.



You won’t be roughing it at all though, with gourmet picnic lunches provided by Lynley Marston.




The Charles McKean Bali Photographic workshop will be held from the September 17-24, 2011. The award-winning photographer will lead a workshop on digital photography, focussing on approach rather than the technical side of taking pictures, with an emphasis on artistic and compositional aspects.


The retreat includes 7 night’s accommodation, tuition and excursion fees, guides, translators, cultural talks, airport transfers and express visa service. Prices start at $5,470 per person.


Fine Art Retreats

Design Hunters

Renai Grace, Spiro Grace Art Rooms

There is a gallerist in Renai Grace that won’t be quenched. She gave her first commercial gallery venture, Smith+Stoneley (1997-99), an edge that was lacking in the Brisbane scene. Life took her to Melbourne and other opportunities. Yet some years after returning to Brisbane, despite the success of her public art consultancy Creative Sight, she unleashed that inner gallerist once again in a joint venture with lawyer Paul Spiro.

Spiro Grace Art Rooms opened in Brisbane’s Spring Hill in 2010, at the height of the global financial crisis. Yet sales validated Grace’s curatorial instincts and SGAR’s ambitions have developed apace. In 2011, Grace announced a new art and design focus to explore what she has identified as an increasingly interdisciplinary practice amongst artists and designers.


She is keen to create this visual dialogue between designers (particularly those interested in making one-offs) and artists. Grace has been delighted with the early response. Last month (21 May to 4 June) SGAR participated in the inaugural InDesign Saturday in Singapore. An exhibition called “Inter_Play”, featuring miniatures from Australia and large-scale multiples from Singapore, at Chan Hampe Gallery at Raffles Hotel, highlighted interdisciplinary practice in contemporary culture in the Asia Pacific region. Audience numbers in one day exceeded 2,000. Australian work included miniatures by rising international stars: Alexander Lotersztain, Donna Marcus and Marc Harrison.



At home in Brisbane, the SGAR formula is two simultaneous exhibitions – one of contemporary art, the other of contemporary design. Coming up later in July is furniture from Fukotoshi Ueno (a new collaboration with fashion designer Akira Isogawa), 29 July to 20 August.





Design Hunters

Get Zapp-y

Elaine Devereux has been working in the design business for the past 20 years. The Irish-born furniture importer and designer gave up a job in international marketing throughout Europe before moving into buying, renovating, styling and selling property in Amsterdam and London.

Now in Perth, Elaine is developing and styling properties locally and has launched Sebastian Alexander, a trade-only showroom dedicated to her own furniture line of contemporary colonial-inspired pieces – called Sebastian Alexander – and the exclusive Australian distributorship of Jakarta-based Zapp Design.



Zapp Design is the mostly handcrafted work of a Brazilian industrial designer Reynaldo Maldonado, known as Zapp, who has worked as a product and graphic designer throughout the US and France before moving to Bali in 1997 and launching Zapp in 2000.

“My main principle is to design pieces that are useful, simple, contemporary, sophisticated – but never ostentatious – sensual, well-proportioned and with an artistic quality. It needs to mean something else to the user more than just its functional aspect. It has to fill a space with a certain sculptural quality. It has to bring the experience of touch as much as its visual aspect,” says Zapp.

While his pieces have the relaxed lines of resort-style living, there is also something South American about them, particularly in pieces such as the Sooki, Flying, Crab and Jungle chairs. Zapp calls it ‘tropical Latin’.


“From my native country, I look at the rich elements that Brazilian music brought to the world... I believe that, like Bossa Nova and the new version of this distinctive Brazilian sound, my designs have this unmistakably tropical Latin influence that we call ‘bossa’, which is a special and unique sensual touch I inherited while growing up in Rio de Janeiro. From living in the US, I learned about being practical and functional… From Paris, I learned about taste and refinement... From South-East Asia, I look for simplicity, spiritual values, nature, tradition...” says Zapp.




It’s a passion for wood that also drives Zapp’s designs. He feels strongly about the use of plantation woods, so works mainly in plantation teak and mahogany, plus rattan and is experimenting with bamboo and FSC-certified timbers.

“I also work with a local Indonesian species called mindy, which is a fast-growing timber from the pine family and is very similar to cedar in grain and colouration, and some fruit species, like mango, as accents.

“I am also part of an independent group of entrepreneurs who produce and maintain a tree nursery that is then given to villagers to use in the reforestation of devastated lands, by which we maintain a sustainable supply of timber and, at the same time, contribute to the livelihood of local communities, which is also an effective alternative for them against illegal logging,” says Zapp.




Elaine launched Sebastian Alexander in March this year and says her line of furniture is all about “modern classics with a bit of fun”. “A lot of the lines are based on my experiences in Amsterdam and London, and they have colonial-style, luxury finishes such as lacquer, tortoiseshell, hide and brass,” she says.

Elaine will be bringing out two Sebastian Alexander collections a year – one in September and one in March – but there will be key pieces that she will carry all year round. There are standard pieces in the Zapp range, which will be added to as new pieces are launched.


Sebastian Alexander

Zapp Design


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SAW Bike Tours

The Sydney Architecture Walks program has been a successful part of the design calendar for many years. The program includes a fantastic bike tour for those who like to pedal their way around Sydney’s architectural past, present and future.


Observatory Hill Photographer: Leonardo Rokka

The upcoming tours will take in 5 of Sydney’s diverse and rapidly changing inner-city suburbs – Ultimo, Chippendale, Redfern, Waterloo and Surry Hills – taking in a number of “contemporary projects, contested sites and politically charged themes”.Over 5 hours, cyclists will see and discuss a range of buildings from architects such as FJMT, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Harry Seidler and Ian Moore, while looking into the future of the city with designs by international architects Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Lord Rogers.


Reader’s Digest Building by John James 1967, Cooper Street, Surry Hills. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis


Sirius. Social housing apartments, Cumberland Street The Rocks. Architect - Tao Gofers, 1979. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis


New mixed-use Candalepas building 38-52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis


Dawes Point Park under Sydney Harbour Bridge. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis

We just have to include SAW’s description of the tours, as it sums them up so well: “This is no touristic join-the-dots of familiar places. It’s an exploration of a very different side of Sydney - an insider’s tour with a two-wheeled architectural twist.”


Barangaroo site looking north towards Walsh Bay. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis


Stirling House, Redfern. Architect - Mac Interactive. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis


Barangaroo. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis


Baptist Lane Redfern. Nature seems to be winning. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis


You can enjoy this tour from $80 and can also hire a bike and helmet. Or, if you know an architecture nut who’s also bananas about bikes, SAW has gift vouchers too.


Sydney Architecture Walks


Hero image: Alvaro House by Domenic Alvaro. 2 car parking spaces become a 5-storey pre-cast concrete terrace inspired by contemporary Tokyo architecture. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis


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Habitus Loves… Light from above


Light Forest

title    Designed by: Ontwerp Duo Why we love it: We spotted these guys at last year’s imm Cologne. The Light Forest is a modular lighting system that resembles New York underground pipe work, with lowered trumpet-like lights. Perfect for that games room, or to make the garage more than just a garage. Where you can get it: Ontwerp Duo (currently no stockist in the Region, but definitely worth asking!)  

N.U.D. Collection

title    Designed by: N.U.D. Why we love it: These light cords celebrate the beauty of simplicity. They come in a range of colours and you can pay homage to whichever light bulb you love, or why not mix colours and bulbs for a quirky collection down a hallway. Where you can get it: Top3byDesign

Torch Light

title    Designed by: Established & Sons Why we love it: Each of these hanging pendants (pictured here in a clustered chandelier) has a tactile PVC-dipped polymer coating, while the polycarbonate diffuser is described as being akin to the glass in your car headlight. Where you can get it: Living Edge


Designed by: Kenneth Cobonpue for Hive Why we love it: This intricate pendant features small pieces of bamboo hand-woven onto a welded-steel structure. We love the combination of heavy and light materials and its droplet-like form. Where you can get it: KE-ZU

Sky Garden

title    Designed by: Marcel Wanders Why we love it: Weather you’re wanting to bring a modern touch to a period home, or a period touch to a modern home, this light by Marcel Wanders is perfect. Featuring a real plaster-relief ‘garden scene’ in the underside of the shade, it’s a new interpretation of the ceiling rose. Gloss black and white or satin bronze and gold. Where you can get it: Euroluce

Mini Mini

  Designed by: HABITS Studio Why we love it: These fine LED and low-voltage halogen lights offer an understated elegance – offering a feature piece without overpowering other elements. Great for smaller spaces. Where you can get it: Luceplan  


title  Designed by: Denis Santachiara Why we love it: There is a simplicity in this large pendant light that gives it presence when hung above a table or in the centre of a room. It hangs stoically, giving visual weight to interiors. Where you can get it: Gineico


title    Designed by: Benjamin Hubert Why we love it: These hand thrown clay lights take a material more commonly associated with pots or other vessels and literally turns it upside down. The painted white glaze underneath makes for a beautiful glow when switched on. Where you can get it: Great Dane shortly – Benjamin will launch ‘Chimney’ in Australia at the Great Dane showroom for Saturday in Design on 19 – 20 August 2011    
Fixed & Fitted
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Designed by: Perrin & Rowe   


Category: Fixtures & fittings


I am: Classical bath filler on floor legs


About me:

Renowned English tapware designer Perrin & Rowe’s collection of classical bath fillers on floor legs is the ideal complement to any freestanding bath.  The range provides designers with the option of a bath filler with or without a handshower in a cradle and with lever or crosshead handles.

Perrin & Rowe’s floorlegs are designed to connect to floor mounted water inlet fittings to allow final installation once the tiling and painting has been completed.  Standard sized pipe work assists the filling of large baths. 

Luxurious freestanding baths are here to stay and Perrin & Rowe tapware is the perfect accompaniment.



Machined from solid brass
White porcelain handles and brass handshower hose
Finished in Chrome, Nickel, Pewter, Gold, English Bronze or bare brass


Perrin & Rowe freestanding bath filler with handshower in cradle and white porcelain levers


Perrin & Rowe freestanding bath filler with handshower in cradle and white porcelain lever handles, installed beside a claw foot bath.


Perrin & Rowe freestanding bath filler with handshower in cradle and lever handles, installed beside a bath (left). Perrin & Rowe wall mounted bath filler with handshower in cradle and lever handles, installed over a bath (right).


Perrin & Rowe wall mounted bath filler with riser pipe for overhead shower (left). Perrin & Rowe wall mounted bath filler with crosshead handles (right).


The English Tapware Company
+61 3 9818 1403