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Australian company Minosa is an innovative design studio specialising in high quality washbasins and bathroom furniture. Minosa create bespoke systems from bathrooms as well as  stand-alone design concepts for contemporary bathrooms and kitchens.

Launched in 2001, the company invested heavily in research and development prior to opening their Minosa Gallery in Annandale, NSW in 2003. 

“Our goal was to make available in Australia, a high quality locally manufactured product, that was custom-made, crafted by artisans and importantly, not mass-produced. We wanted to create products that were up there with the best in the world across all aspects of design, from workmanship and use of materials, to aesthetics and performance,” says company co-director Darren Genner.

Minosa bathroom products are available exclusively from the Minosa Gallery where the company directors, Darren Genner and Simona Castagna, provide one-on-one selection advice for their customers as well as tips about installation and maintenance.
“Minosa Gallery has the ambience of a art gallery. It’s a space where people can admire and consider how the product can work in a space, rather than trying to guess when they are standing in front of rows and rows of porcelain basins and chrome taps,” says co-director Simona Castagna. 

Minosa specialise in residential projects and work closely with developers and architects to deliver bespoke solutions for individual properties.
“Minosa washbasins are all individually created from Corian® by Du Pont TM by a local artisan. Our products are specially made to order, by hand and can be ready in 10 days, or with our furniture 4-6 weeks,” says Genner.

“While we strive to produce world-class product, we’re also committed to supporting local manufacturers and tradespeople,” he says.

Not only is Minosa family owned and run, they in turn choose to work with a local network of four family run businesses and artisans, who specialise in one part of the design process.
“Our made to order, Australian made manufacturing process allows thorough product scrutiny and exceptional quality control and workmanship.” Castagna says. “This also means a reduced environmental impact through waste minimisation and lower transport miles.”
The quality and integrity of Minosa’s design and product collection is evident in the extensive awards list the company has. Recent awards include taking out prizes in three categories at KBDI Design Awards 2011 and best kitchen designer at KBDI Design Awards 2009; being a Finalist for the Kitchen Designer of the Year at the Corian® Du Pont TM Design Awards 2008; being Grand Prize Residential Design Winner at the IDEA Inside Magazine Product of the Year Awards in 2008 as well as Finalist in the Bathroom Product and Emerging Design Studio categories.


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Sandhills Road, Barrier Island by Fearon Hay

Life on Medland’s Beach is like stepping back in time. There is no piped water or electricity and the small local store is 15 kilometres away over a gravel road. In summer when the bach owners arrive for the holidays, there is a burst of social activity. Longboard and fishing competitions become a focal point for the small community. However for most of the year, it is a quiet solitary place which requires much self-efficiency.

These qualities are exactly what attracted Anne and Steve Jenkins to Great Barrier Island 30 years ago. And they have been returning here with their family ever since. In 2007, an empty plot of land came up for sale along the beach, purchasing it triggered a lifestyle change.

They engaged architects, Jeff Fearon and Tim Hay who had designed a house further down the beach at Shark Alley.

As a semi-permanent residence rather than a holiday home, the owners wanted privacy and a very direct connection with the land. A view of the sea required a second storey, so locating the living spaces on a the top floor was ruled out. Instead the house is single storey with a roof deck.

The architects began by exploring notions around permanence versus temporary, keying off local caravans, holiday cabins and rural sheds. They chose to place the house lightly on the site, with decks to connect it to the ground level in the straightforward manner many local bach’s do. There are notionally two sheds; one at the front and one at the rear which contain bedrooms. The morning deck and the afternoon deck determined the configuration of the house. Main entry and kitchen flow off the morning deck. The living, dining and main bedroom flow out on to the afternoon deck.



Charcoal coloured cladding wraps into the living space, enclosing the bedroom wing.


The main bedroom and deck over look the farmland.


The Open–plan living space extends onto the north and south decks.

The reading platform sky-light pops up through the roofdeck offering a 180˚ view of the bay.



Paddington House by Nobbs Radford


“Our brief was to create a modern, calm place with refined detail
and occasional surprises. It’s a larger than average inner city site, so the spaces
should feel as generous as possible,” explains architect Alison Nobbs.



Using the original cottage as a point of entry, and adding the new
elements on as a sort of ‘surprise,’ it is only once entering the house and reaching
the end of the hallway that the ‘new’ house becomes apparent.

Fresh white planes, light timber and dark charcoal tones create a
sense of openness and tranquility that is complementary, while distinctly different,
to the identity of the initial elements. 




One standout feature is the central timber ‘tardis’, which not only
differentiates the old from the new additions, but also quietly contains the
laundry, television, air conditioning and offers storage
space required by the young family.

The open plan kitchen living room area that ends with a full height
picture window leading to the pool and garden is another highlight.




“This allows direct surveillance of the pool from the hub of the
house, and also a place for the family to be, to ‘hang out’ in the kitchen,”
adds Nobbs.

While the Paddington House represents both old and new, existing and
extended, it’s peaceful charm lies in the clever meeting of the two.

Nobbs Radford Architects



Photography by Peter Bennetts

Design Accessories

Frezoli Industrial Lighting

Before the fluorescent light was introduced en masse, many factories, warehouses and workshops were lighted by heavy hanging lamps, attached to chains or thick steel wire. By the 80s, an increasing amount of these industrial buildings were reconstructed to studio’s and living accomodation. Characteristic for these buildings were the rooms with high windows, supporting beams made out of wood or steel and the concrete or wooden floors. The original industrial lamps often stayed in use to leave the atmosphere intact. This “loft-style” was so successful that in recent years many new built houses and renovation projects were designed in this style. Inspired by this industrial look TierlanTijn designed an entirely new line of lighting. The FREZOLI line is characterized by a contemporary, burly, unpolished collection with an industrial flavour from past times. Watch the beautiful photoshoot of the Frezoli XL lamps that took place in an old yeast factory. Town and Country Style abc
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Luke design showroom launch

Guests gathered at LUKE Furniture 214 High Street, Prahran, on the 17th August to launch their new design showroom space. The event marked the first opening and provided the opportunity to view new collections from young Swedish furniture company Massproductions.

Furniture designer Chris Martin from Massproductions was the guest of honour and gave the audiences an inspiring insight into his design process for the Tio outdoor furniture range on display. Chris also presented the door prizes for the evening and handed one lucky guest with a much coveted Harry Stool by Massproductions. Guests mingled amongst the furniture viewing new product lines from Matthew Hilton and Autoban designs. Adding to the international guest list were representatives from luxury furnishings company De La Espada who distribute Autoban and Matthew Hilton.

The LUKE showroom is located in Prahran. They specialise in mid century modern classics and are Melbourne’s oldest Herman Miller dealer. They have been retailing designs by Charles + Ray Eames, George Nelson and other designers for the last 18 years.

Luke Furniture



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As part of Saturday in Design Sydney homeware retailer Spence and Lyda produced ‘The Project’ – a collaboration between Swedish furniture company Massproductions and Australian installation artist, Jordana Maisie.
Kaleidoscope images were projects onto tables to create a subtle and colourful installation in the store’s gigantic street facing window.

Inspired by a work curated by British projection artist John Easterby, The Project used Massproductions’ minimal indoor/outdoor TIO range as the canvas for Maisies projections.
Berlin-based Australian installation artist Jordana Maisie developed her ideas during the making of a previous kaleidoscopic work entitled The Reel Thing in 2008. This work utilised live feed imagery to project moving images of people, flowers and life –in vibrant display.


Collaborating on the showpiece for Spence & Lyda’s Saturday In Design presentation, the work was exhibited in the showroom from August 18-22.




Design Hunters


MCA staff, VIPs guests and artists celebrated the opening Sydney’s 20th Primavera exhibition of contemporary on Thursday 8 September. For the first time in history the exhibition curated by MCA’s Anna Davis was held entirely outside of the museums confines, with sculpture, photography, installation and video presented in a series of locations around the historic precinct. 


The launch event was celebrated with a ‘meet the artists’ party welcoming guests including installation artist Rebecca Baumann, Dinosaur Designs founder Liane Rossler and Sydney based print-maker Karl Khoe. The MCA will re-open its doors in March 2012 after undergoing a 15 million dollar makeover that aims to expand gallery’s exhibition spaces and add a brand new National Centre for Creative Learning to its complex.


This year the brief to Primavera 2011 artists was to create a site-specific, participatory and installation works in locations throughout The Rocks. Emerging Australian Artists featured in the show include; Rebecca Baumann (Western Australia), Eric Bridgeman (Queensland), Brown Council - Kelly Doley, Frances Barrett, Diana Smith, Kate Blackmore (New South Wales), Tom O’Hern (Tasmania), Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward with the Parachutes for Ladies (New South Wales), Keg de Souza (New South Wales), Hiromi Tango (Queensland), and Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe (New South Wales).












Primavera 2011

Habitus Loves




  Designed by: Marc Harrison for Husque Why we love it: Handmade with recycled macadamia shel,l these beautiful bowls mimic irridescent spotlights - with their bright colours jumping out of their cool charcoal coloured fibre. Where you can get it: www.husque.com alt


Designed by: Mud Australia Why we love it: Hand-made porcelain, with a nuanced finish, this range of Mud water pitchers features delicate pieces in crayon yellow and matt black. Where you can get it: www.mudaustralia.com alt


Designed by: Tait Why we love it: The perfect backdrop to coloured tableware, these quirky trays feature Australian icons designs including the FJ Holden and Kookaburra. Where you can get it: www.tait.biz alt    


Designed by: Paul Smith for Stelton Why we love it: Smooth and sexy these tableware designs add a welcome burst of colour. A new range of multi-purpose table ware by Stelton, each piece is injected with a single colour from UK Fashion Design Paul Smith's distinctive palette. Look out for these in Issue 14 of Habitus. Where you can get it:  www.top3.com.au alt


Designed by: Marimekko Why we love it: The confident use of colour by glassware designer Anu Penttinen for Marimekko is irresistible. The Socks Rolled Down Range of tumblers add an exuberant edge to any table. Where you can get it: www.kiitos.com.au alt


Designed by: Sia Mai Why we love it: These elegant handblown drinking glasses by Danish designer Sia Mai are super-fine and light as egg shell. Taken from her Less range, first released in 2009 they come a set of pale in rainbow colour from mauve to green. Where you can get it: www.hardtofind.com.au alt


Designed by: Beclau Why we love it: This range of nicely-weighted breakfast ware adds a vibrant punch of colour to any kitchen. Look out for more Beclau products in issue 14 of Habitus. Where you can get it: www.cheesoonfitzgerald.com alt


Designed by: Ingrid Tufts Why we love it: Ingrid Tuft's functional range of ceramic tableware, teaware and vases are all hand-made. Each piece is thrown on the wheel and then turned and finished in her cosy Victorian sutdio. Where you can get it: www.ingridtufts.com alt  
Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories


Designed to provide a neatly integrated solution for bathrooms, Catalano’s leading washbasin designs are now available with integrated cabinets. Catalano’s bathroom cabinetry has been designed to complement each exclusive style of washbasin they offer, whether it’s the soft curve of their ‘Projections’ basin or the solid rectangle of the ‘Zero’ range.

Catalano, who has been manufacturing ceramic basins since 1967, is one of the largest Italian companies in its field. Their ‘integrated’ basins and cabinets are wall mounted, helping to maximize floor space and ensure the area under the basin can be used for storage. This latest range of high quality basins and cabinets is extensive, providing multiple styles, sizes, and drawer options for the customer. There is also a vast selection of timber and lacquer finishes on offer, which allow for further customisation of the Catalano Bathroom Cabinetry.



Catalano is a leading Italian manufacturer of luxury bathroom basins, internationally renowned for their attention to detail. Top designers such as Antonio Rodriguez and Matteo Thun have moonlighted designing the various lines of the Catalano modern bathroom range, helping to cement Catalano’s place as an unmistakably European brand. Italian bathroom designs from Catalano are brought to your bathroom through Rogerseller who can deliver a complete, customised solution for all bathroom designs.

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Around The World

Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort and Spa

Most resorts invite guests to kick back and relax with the tempting offer of a decadent spa experience (or two), but Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa – formerly known as GuRich – offers such blissful features, and more. Here, Bangkok-based studio BEGRAY has carefully factored feng shui into the design to promote a sense of wellbeing. 



The octagonal shape of the porte-cochere resembles yin and yang to ‘screen out’ stress and negativity. Water ‘reservoirs’ are also used to signify prosperity and abundance, enhanced by flowing water throughout the resort by way of wall fountains and swimming pools with overflowing edge, among other features. The main buildings have been designed to reflect the island’s strong Chinese heritage – following the journey made by Chinese immigrants to Thailand centuries ago. 



All 77 suites and villas are built across a mere 4 acres of land, with the maze-like formation ensuring privacy while nurturing a sense of community. 

Apart from water, the other important elements of wood, fire, earth and metal – that together represent a balanced physical body – are also well incorporated into the design. For example, wood forms the main building material, while natural stones (earth) are widely used throughout the resort to imitate the natural setting. 



Beyond its Chinese influences, the resort thoughtfully reflects the rich cultures that geographically surround Thailand; the landscape is Balinese, and the interiors carry a mix of Thai, Chinese, Burmese and Indian elements. Art here also comes in both visual and conceptual forms, from physical objects such as Chinese antiques to modern lighting displays.



And lest we forget, the resort has indeed every manner of luxury expected of a resort getaway, including a specially constructed ocean pool, located at the end of a floating dock.

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Visual artist Rebecca Baumann likes to get a reaction from her audience. In her performance and installation based works she explores the spectrum of emotions associated with celebration and evokes violence that often accompanies wild happiness. Using mechanical tools such as fans, ball-throwers, flip-clocks and detonators her vibrant displays literally pop and erupt in a sequence of uncontrolled events. Baumann’s recent works are known for being highly choreographed and meticulously planned and for using eye-catching materials like confetti, tinsel, streamers and smoke.

Chosen by Curator Anna Davis to participate in the Museum of Contemporary Arts’  Primavera 8 September – 13 November 2011, the Perth-based artist is presenting two works for the show including; Improvised Smoke Device, a coloured smoked display, and Confetti International, a work that disperses glittering confetti into the air. 

“The more time you spend with it the more exhausting it becomes,” she says of the work Confetti International, a performance in which viewers get to add glitter to a moving conveyer belt that heads the confetti straight toward an electrically powered fan.

The 28-year-old Perth-based artist admits that while she loves working with these colours and materials sometimes her artworks can be quite exhausting. “It kind of wears you down after a while. It’s so beautiful, but it’s also endless,” Baumann says. “One guy came up to me in the gallery and said that the work was ‘monstrous’. I kind of had to agree with him - it is monstrous!” Baumann says. 


Confetti International (2007) Industrial fan, conveyor belt, coffee table, 12kg confetti 
Dimensions variable  Old Berlin Photography: Tomasz Machnik

Critically acclaimed for ability to whimsically unpack the dichotomy of emotions associated celebration, Baumann says she hopes her next body of work will evolve in an unexpected way. “Change is so constant I never know what’s coming next. Last year I went to Udaipur in India for the Holi Festival - also known as The Festival of Colours,” says Baumann of her inspiration for her current body of work.

“It’s a Hindu festival held at the beginning of spring and basically it’s a festival using coloured powder. There is a night of giant bon fires designed for warding of this evil demon and then the next day everyone goes out and put colours on each others faces and bodies... by the end of the day you are just covered in colours and dye from head to toe.  “It’s so beautiful and such a nice way to celebrate something like Spring, but it also kind of gives you that feeling of being a little out of control, like of something a bit frightening might happen. It felt to me that there might be a threat of violence,” she says.

“This work is not so much a representation of the festival, but more about how it affected me. I am interested in the element of beauty, but also in the risk of it getting out of control,” she says.  “It’s like when we have Australia Day and people go to the fireworks and then they get drunk and then it gets violent. I am interested in that edge, that dichotomy I guess between celebration and violence – and in particular in those uncontrolled elements,” she says.

To see Rebecca Baumann’s Confetti International in Sydney visit the courtyard of DFS Galleria, 153-155 George Street, The Rocks on 23 September 2011. Other artists taking part in The Primavera 2011 include Eric Bridgeman (Queensland), Brown Council - Kelly Doley, Frances Barrett, Diana Smith, Kate Blackmore (New South Wales), Tom O’Hern (Tasmania), Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward with the Parachutes for Ladies (New South Wales), Keg de Souza (New South Wales), Hiromi Tango (Queensland), and Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe (New South Wales).







Improvised Smoke Device (2010) 825m3 coloured smoke, aluminium, foil, wire, black powder, 
quick match fuse, detonator  5 minute performance  Perth Cultural Centre  Photography: Bewley Shaylor

Rebecca Baumann





Husband and wife team Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy have spent the last 25 years developing their resin practice with co-collaborator Liane Rossler. Throughout their history they’ve created collections inspired by river stones and rock formations, and taken visual cues from artists like Rothko and Pollock. Yet nothing in their experience could have prepared them for their latest commission that came to them from the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

“When GoMA approached us last year, the opportunity just brought up so many questions. We thought about creating a giant sculpture from our jewellery and homewares, or creating something just out of jewellery. In the end, because both Stephen and I are trained as artists and painters, we decided to use resin, using it pictorially,” she says.
“What we settled on was doing a palette, exploring colours from warm to cool. We wanted to play with the variations in colour, scale and casting and really venture into our own design vocabulary. The aim was  just to work with a lot of freedom and experiment.  “Some of the designs are solid and painterly and others are very bright and translucent,” Louise says.

Detail of: Dinosaur Designs Solar Flare 2011 Polyester resin with pigment and dye 120cm (diam.) Commissioned for Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Stephen and Louise set aside time in the studio this year spending three months making giant resin artworks. The works, which measure 1 to 1.2 metres in diameter, will be displayed in the glass cabinet that greets visitors at the entrance of the GoMA museum from October 15.


Detail of: Dinosaur Designs Sea Garden 2011 Polyester resin with pigment and dyes 120cm (diam.) Commissioned for Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane in with pigment and dyes 120cm (diam.) Commissioned for Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane & Dinosaur Designs Sun 2011 Polyester resin with pigment and dyes 120cm (diam.) Commissioned for Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

With names like Solar Flare and Sea Garden it’s clear to see from where their inspiration came. Still, even Louise and Stephen two artists with considerable experience pouring, setting and designing between them found there was a large element of chance and surprise in the casting the process.

“We have never actually made works in resin that are this big. So things like temperature, airflow and proportion all played a role. We had to produce quite a few (discs) to get the designs we wanted. Stephen and I were pouring them together and found we had to consider things like different chemicals setting too quickly, different colours like the red setting faster than others and of course some of these larger works had a tendency to crack, so that meant we had to start again,” she says.

Bold and powerful, the resin discs for GoMA will likely be displayed on one long shelf – leaning up against the wall like giant plates. Weighing almost as much as glass, some of the final discs in the series of 8 weigh up to 20kgs. “It’s like glass,” says Louise. “When you make something at that scale, it really kind of bowls you over when you stand in front of it. Just the weight and the intensity of the colour,” she says.
Helping to celebrate 5 years since GoMA threw open its doors, the Dinosaur discs will be on display from 15 October and until 25 March 2012.

Stephen Ormandy, Dinosaur Designs

Louise Olsen, Dinosaur Designs