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Canterbury Rd House

It might be small, but this modest little renovation in Melbourne by Nest Architects, sure packs a mighty punch when it comes to improving the way the residents live in this house.




The family of five (a couple and their three children) wanted an indoor and outdoor dining space large enough to accommodate everyone and a few guests. A new kitchen was also in order as the existing one was in a bad condition, as well a secondary food preparation area for one of the children who had a dietary condition.


“The client is an extremely keen gardener and has a couple of chickens as well,” says architect Emilio Fuscaldo. “So, we extended the brief to include some external landscaping, including a covered pergola.”


So how do you achieve all this on a small budget, in just 50 square metres and without disrupting family life during the renovation?

The answer lies in a masterful stroke by architect. “Instead of just chucking on three new rooms, we made one in three ways,” Emilio explains.

“Our inspiration was to create a beautiful window seat where you could read the paper, open the window and touch the garden. We resolved this by creating a window seat that extends the internal space, making it feel bigger, provides seating to the large dining table, and creates a great place to sit and watch the garden.”





So with one simple gesture, Nest Architects have created what is essentially a dining space which accommodates eight people, that also acts as a secondary kitchen and a place to sit and read.




“The new window box is [also] a great way to mark the threshold from inside to outside,” says Emilio. “We can be so boring as designers to think the inside should flow to the outside without any obstruction, but we reckon there’s something really exciting to be had when the threshold is though of in a different way – as a space where activity can happen, like reading, watching and listening.”


Nest Architects


Lady 1951

Designed by: MARCO ZANUSO   


I am: Chair


About me:

Designed for the IX Triennale in Milan in 1951, Lady perfectly exemplifies the philosophy of Arflex and its revolutionary exploration of new technology and materials.





Lady was developed to realise the potential of new rubbers, foams and elastics within the realms of furniture manufacture.




This adoption of new technology made it one of the first contemporary chairs to be designed for mass production resulting in its designer being awarded the Gold Medal at the IX Triennale and its enduring success as an iconic design.



  • Metal frame with shell in poplar plywood with polyurethane foam / polyester slip cover
  • Metal base finished in aluminium colour or black painted
  • Upholstery in fabric or leather


850mmh x 780mmw x 860mmd sh400mm






Sydney - 184 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 +61 2 9690 0777

Melbourne - 650 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121 +61 3 8420 0800 

Around The World

The 3Unfold from hard graft

Now we often drop amazing holiday locations into your inbox in our Travel section, but we understand they can sometimes seem a little out of reach. So this week, we thought we’d get you in the travel mood with this fantastic overnighter bag, that’s more than just a bag.



We’ve been following hard graft for a long time now, and we absolutely adore their handmade Italian leather and German felt products. These guys have a huge range of accessories to make getting around easy, stylish and fun.




The 3Unfold bag is actually 3 bags in 1 – a laptop shoulder bag, overnighter and a portfolio bag. But even if you just use it as one of these, you’ll be more than happy that you bought it.


The clever design means that with just a few cleverly orchestrated strap realignments, you can go from everyday laptop bag to an overnighter that’s perfect for carry-on luggage when you travel.



The leather is vegetable tanned, while the wool felt is handmade in Germany. We love the respect for materials and the versatility of the 3Unfold (and it’s younger sister, the 2Unfold) and can definitely recommend adding the hard graft website to your travel itinerary.


hard graft


Melbourne Open House 2011

Over 75 sites will be open for the 4th Melbourne Open House from 19 – 21 July 2011.

Along with a speaker series and bicycle tours, the Open House program will take in new buildings this year, including Parliament House, the MCG and Ethihad Stadium, The Myer Mural Hall, Southbank Penthouse in the Triptych Building, The Royal Melbourne Hospital Tunnels and Bishopscourt.



Urban Workshop by Ken Ng


Public Records by Ken Ng

“Melbourne Open House provides an unparalleled opportunity to see in, under and on top of the city. People will get to see first hand the world class architecture we have in this city,” says Melbourne Open House Ambassador Peter Maddison.


NGV by Ken NG


Royal Exhibition Building by Ken Ng


AAMI Park by Ben Hosking

“The program includes the very best and most loved buildings from the boom time 1880's Marvelous Melbourne through to contemporary Melbourne of today.”


Pixel by Ken Ng

Many of the sites will only be open to the public for the duration of Melbourne Open House, so it’s definitely an opportunity not to be missed.


The official details:

The program can be pre ordered online and will be available from the 10 July from melbourneopenhouse.org and the Metlink office at Melbourne Town Hall or the Information Centre at Fed Square.

The event is part of the 2011 State of Design Festival, which runs from 20 – 31 July.


Melbourne Open House

Hero image: Manchester Unity supplied by Manchester Unity


Invisible Forces

There’s rarely a day goes by that we aren’t inspired by jewellers and their work. Jewellery represents that wonderful nexus of art and design, functionality and aesthetics. While, without photography, we'd find it so hard to tell the stories we tell. In fact, the photographer is almost always a storyteller.

So when we heard about the next exhibition at metalab, we were happy to give a shout out.



Amazing jeweller Linda van Niekerk (who we met recently over here) will collaborate with photographer Peter Whyte, who seek inspiration from each other’s work.

“The conceptual framework of Invisible Forces was formed around an exploration of the hidden powers of the natural world,” explains metalab’s Nina Cueva.


From the forces of movement that shape the surface of the sea, to the ripples on the surface of a pond disturbed by a stone and the bending of the grass by the wind, these natural forces are inspiration for both artists.


The juxtaposition of photography and jewellery is countered by a similarly limited colour palette, and of course, the unique shapes inspired by nature.

The exhibition open on 7 July at 6pm – to attend, RSVP to info@metalab.com.au




The Allens Rivulet House

What we love most: The ‘carved’ lighter sections in the dark outer ‘armour’.

The details:

Architects: Room 11
Photography: Ben Hosking
Location: Allens Rivulet, Tasmania


“An old friend of mine had returned from living overseas,” says Architect Aaron Roberts of Room 11 telling us about the Allens Rivulet House in Tasmania. “We bumped into one another in an arcade in Hobart where he told me he'd just bought land in Tasmania and was looking to build. The arcade was close to our studio and obviously you can guess where I took the conversation.”

The brief was simple: make the most out of a dramatic landscape, with outdoor living amongst the often volatile Tasmanian environment, creating a home for the young couple and their child.



“The building was originally set out on an uncompromising grid, which was deformed around the kitchen being the ‘heart’ of the home,” Aaron explains.

“The grid shifts to reveal and amplify particular views of the site, to the thick forest on the east for example.” The steep site means the building had to be cut into the slope at the back of the property to give a “grounded, solid entry”.



“An armoured exterior was a response to the landscape and weather, the thick forest valley to the east and the back of Mt Wellington to the North,” Aaron says. “This armour [offers] protection from the elements and the colour was chosen to allow the building to recede into the landscape when viewed from afar.”

There’s something intriguing about ‘carved-out’ sections that puncture this armour. Juxtaposed in colour and material to the corrugated steel exterior, they expose the warm heart of the home, with light timber and glazing. However, they don’t only reveal interiors, but sheltered outdoor living spaces as the owners wanted.



“The inviting timber lining, the celery top pine adds texture and a wonderful olfactory quality to these spaces, enhanced by voids allowing sunlight to brighten the timber,” Aaron says. “Trees are integral to the architecture and seen as an important component.”



“My favourite part of the home is the entry sequence,” he says. “The way it initially takes the site away, wraps you in a sleeve of timber, delivers you into a courtyard with a focus on sky and trees and finally pulls you back around to a focused view of the mountain through the lens of the building.”


“This entry moment somewhat resets the expectation of the view and gives the site experience back through the parameters of the architecture.”


Room 11

Design Accessories

Bentley Continental GT

The beautiful new Bentley Continental GT continues the design vernacular begun with the R-Type Continental of the 1950s and the more recent Continental GT.



The distinctive “haunch line” of the of the R-Type is echoed in this modern interpretation, now with a sportier feel. “These sharp, contemporary lines are only achievable as a result of new design and manufacturing technologies,” the car company explains.


“The classic, imposing matrix radiator grille, has been given an even stronger feel.”



“The headlights have been designed to incorporate a beautiful jewellery effect. And at the rear, distinctive wraparound lights – seamlessly integrated into the haunches of the car – are distinguished by their signature ‘floating’ LED lamps.”

This facelift of the last Continental GT coupé represents a great deal of work, research and craftsmanship by the company’s design team – fusing the latest technologies with Bentley’s ‘unbroken line’.


“New touchscreen technology, chrome-bezelled dials, and the innovative, removable storage case crafted from matching veneer are housed within this dynamic cockpit area, which rises from the centre console in the form of dramatically surfaced ‘wings’.”


“The boot lid introduces the powerful ‘double horse-shoe’ motif first seen on the all-new flagship Bentley Mulsanne, while flared elliptical exhaust tailpipes drive home the Continental GT’s sporting credentials.”


“Our interior designers have skilfully evolved the car’s cabin to produce a stylish yet cocooning space. Incredible attention to detail has gone into making the cabin as quiet and refined as possible.”

Finer touches such as the dashboard – which echoes the flying wings of the Bentley logo – soft-touch leathers and chrome-bezelled dials provide the sense of modern luxury for which Bentley is renowned.




“The distinctive ‘cobra’ design seats introduce the latest body-supporting materials, for superior comfort. With front-seat ventilation as well as a state-of-the-art massage system. Their improved ergonomics also means more legroom for back-seat passengers and their slim-line design provides easy access to the rear cabin.”


The best way to experience the new Bentley is, of course, a test drive, but why not head over to the website to see more, including some awesome videos.


The New Continental GT


Union Dining

Richmond’s heritage-listed Union House has undergone a major facelift, reopening its doors recently as Union Dining.

After working together years ago at Mecca Bah in Melbourne’s Docklands, manager Adam Cash and chef Nicky Riemer have now joined forces to produce a contemporary European dining experience in the city’s fringe.




And with Adam’s experience as the front man at Cutler & Co, Three, One, Two and Ezard and Nicky’s work at the Melbourne Wine Room, Richmond Hill Café and Larder, Hong Kong’s H-One and Trunk, the pair sought out interior design experts peckvonhartel to direct the creation of their dream restaurant.


Drawing on their extensive hospitality experience, peckvonhartel were guided to use the spirit of the site’s previous use as a Greek tavern to create a place where staff and patrons alike would gather for food and drink.



“Having a sense of comfort in the dining room is of upmost importance to us,” Adam says. “Both of us grew up eating out with our families and benefitting from those times spent together, and we want Union Dining to be somewhere people can be themselves.”



And it was the idea of a ‘union’ that provided the strongest influence in mixing old and new elements of the design, with some of the original finished and decorative details – like the marble floor, timber fireplace and feature archways – retained, but revitalized with modern twists – like the spotted timber gum benchwork and black zinc bar pendant.

And while the muted olive green colour scheme may give off a slightly moody atmosphere, the richness of other tan and bronze elements provide the perfect setting for Nicky’s robust, provincial menu.


Union Dining
270 Swan Street, Richmond VIC

Design Hunters

Creative Pulse at State of Design

This year you can meet some of the creative personalities behind the dynamic Designer Rugs ranges with 2 Creative Pulse seminars.

In the safe hands of designer and artist Simone LeAmon Designer Rugs' Senior Designer Lia Pielli, Julie Paterson of Cloth and Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs will share and discuss their vast knowledge and experience. It will give you the chance to explore how emotions perform a crucial role in our ability to understand the world.



From the Cloth range


From the Dinosaur Designs range


From the Saffron range

Part of the Design for Everyone program, the Designer Rugs Creative Pulse seminars aim to engage the Design Hunters™ in the deeper meanings and power of design; how design can ignite and inspire, and how emotions perform a crucial role in our ability to understand the world.

The seminars will explore what moves us physically and emotionally; our experience of objects and environments, how colour resonates, and how we are moved when we look at something beautiful.

The seminars will be held on Thursday 28 July 2011 in the Designer Rugs Melbourne showroom with 2 allocated time slots: 10am – 12pm for General Public and Students 6pm – 8pm exclusive to trade clients. RSVP to drmel@designerrugs.com.au by 15 July.


The speakers:

Simon LeAmon (MC)

Simone LeAmon Australian artist-designer is a creative force blurring the lines between artistic and commercial product design. Simone delivers design and creative strategies for clients in design, manufacturing, publishing and events.


Julie Paterson

Julie Paterson is a painter, printmaker and designer of textiles. She owns a small fabric company called cloth that she set up 15 years ago because it made sense at the time and still does now. She works with a small team of people who love what they do, making textiles by hand the old fashioned way. She lives by the beach, has a shop in the city and a studio just up the road from home. Her fabric of choice is hemp, old lady red is her favourite colour, she prefers cycling to work and loves being cooked for.


Stephen Ormandy

Stephen Ormandy is the owner and co-founding Director of Dinosaur Designs. Since it was established in 1985 DD has grown into one of Australia’s leading design companies with stores in Sydney, Melbourne and New York. More than 25 years later Stephen still uses his idiosyncratic way of looking at the world to create resin jewellery and homewares which surprise and delight.



Lia Pielli

Lia Pielli is one of the 2 Senior Designers for Designer Rugs. Since joining the creative team in 2000, Lia has created both custom designs and in-house ranges – collaborating with some of Australia's leading artists and designers.



State of Design


Designer Rugs