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Habitus is a movement for living in design. We’re an intelligent community of original thinkers in constant search of native uniqueness in our region.


From our base in Australia, we strive to capture the best edit, curating the stories behind the stories for authentic and expressive living.


Habitusliving.com explores the best residential architecture and design in Australia and Asia Pacific.


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Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

Slimline linear drain system


Stormtech’s Slim Line range is an Australian designed and made linear drain system which can be used in showers, bathrooms, thresholds, balconies, paved areas, driveways and pools - virtually anywhere a high performance, high quality contemporary looking drainage solution is needed. In interior applications, the Stormtech system forms a sleek partition between the “dry” area of the bathroom, housing the sink and toilet and the “wet” bath and shower area. It also allows internal and external areas to become level and helps create a perfect integration between indoor and outdoor areas.



Materials: 316 marine grade stainless steel 

Dimensions: (where applicable)


For more information for our readers:

(612) 4423 1989





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Design Accessories




An organic, elegant and longed for design, Unique brings back memories of fired bricks, a simple and natural material. The multiple tones of light give the surface unmistakable aesthetic and material qualities. 

A timeless range that will bring out the best in your space, whether it be your home or office.


For further information on the Unique range, please contact ace stone + tiles



Materials: Porcelain tiles

Dimensions: Available in a range of sizes and mosaics


For more information for our readers:

(07) 5493 3344



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  Designed by: David Trubridge Why we love it: Organic and minimal, the elegant New Sling references the early reed boats of South America and makes a neutral addition to outdoor leisure zones. Where you can get it: www.davidtrubridge.com alt


Designed by: Nanna Jørgen Ditzel Why we love it: The famous Egg chair is a classic piece of outdoor whimsy. Designed in 1959, the egg typifies the naturalist themes of Scandinavian design. Still made by its original manufacturer, Bonacina Pierantonio in Italy, nowadays you can also get an outdoor man-made fibre version with a steel stand. Where you can get it: www.classique.net.au alt


  Designed by: Think Studio   Why we love it: Minimal weaving and the traditional patterns of thai basketry give this synthetic fibre lounge an opaque and  translucent effect. Where you can get it: www.thinkk-studio.com alt    


Designed by:Nicolas Thomkins Why we love it: This design unites the dynamic opposites of ancient Chinese philosophy into a harmonious interplay of color and form. Where you can get it: Domo.com.au alt


    Designed by:Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety Why we love it: The hanging 'rest nest'  looks like a giant bird's nest but it is actually a industrial strength pod woven from supersize strands of DEDON Fiibre Where you can get it: www.dedon.de alt


Designed by: José A. Gandía-Blasco Why we love it: This highly trasnportable tipi made of anodized aluminium and plastic fabric makes a dreamy addition to the outdoor range - you can't help but love it. Where you can get it: www.gandiablasco.com alt


  Designed by: Mama Green Why we love it:Luxurious and spacious this lounger is also corrosian resistant thanks to its combination of recyled teak and tubular stainless steel. Where you can get it: Mama Green alt


  Designed by: Arnold Merckx Why we love it: This deck-like wooden lounger can also double as a table when lowered to its optimal level. It also comes in white, taupe, blue and alpine black. Where you can get it: Corporate Culture   alt  
Design Hunters

Viennese Dip


The extravagant Vienna Kaffeehaus opened to acclaim on 16 August at the Great Hall of National Gallery of Victoria. 

A pop-up installation created by the exciting partnership of designer Megan Hounslow and designer/architect Melanie Beynon, Kaffeehaus by Meme Design was inspired by the Cabaret Fledermaus and the grandeur of the Great Hall at NGV.


Meme (pronounced me me) was invited to design the very first popup hospitality venture in the Great Hall, to complement the 2011 Wintermasters ‘Vienna Art and Design’ exhibition running until 9 October.

Vienna Kaffeehaus is a fully operational café, offering guests high teas, savoury Viennese luncheon and traditional sweets like sachertorte and strudels.



On the evening of the launch (pictured) guests enjoyed a private viewing of Klimt, Schiele, Loos and Hoffmann, before Idea Nation’s Annie Harper, introduced Megan Hounslow and Melanie Beynon to the crowd.

Designer Melanie Beynon, says their ambitious pop-up installation took its design cues from Viennese artists, and also looked to local suppliers to bring the concept to life. 


“Meme worked with suppliers to sponsor elements of the project as a way of preserving the design intent and extending the budget,” she says.

“We decided to draw on the synergy between the signature crafted tiled walls of Cabaret Fledermaus and the Leonard French stained-glass ceiling of the Great Hall. We also  brought together a Joseph Hoffman black and white tiled floor and a selection of the #12 and #14 Thonet chairs,” Beynon says.


“Amongst the theatrical foliage, we placed many custom-designed LED light follies and these were used to transform the triple-height space,” she says.

Sponsors for the event were: Inlite for the LED lighting, Volker Haug for the table lamps and Thonet for the chairs. Stems by Design produced the floral arrangements and entertainment was provided by the Stiletto Sisters. AESOP donated gorgeous product for guests to take home and Peter Rowland catering offered delicious Vienesse inspired food and drinks.



Based in Melbourne, the Meme team provide clients with innovative, authentic and timeless architecture with a focus on beauty. Meme also offers one off the creation of interior design, installations and objects that embody these values.

Kaffeehaus Vienna will operate daily from 18 June - 09 October 2011.

Meme Design

(+610) 438 641 552

Design Hunters

Habitus Lounge

  Habitus is all about enjoying the moment and living in design, so its little wonder readers and editors alike enjoyed taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Saturday in Design on Saturday 20 August to enjoy drinks at the Space Furniture showroom in the Alexandria Precinct.   A gorgeous outdoor experience was created by the Space Furniture team with their Driade furniture range styled within an area of the showroom. An afternoon of casual drinks was organised to introduce editors to readers, with guests enjoying wines from Katnook Estate and cheese platters compliments of Space Furniture, all while the sun was setting outside.   Event attendees were invited to chat with the editorial team from Indesign Publishing including Editorial Director Paul McGillick, Habitus Deputy Editor Nicky Lobo, Deputy Editor of Indesign magazine, Mandi Keighran, Indesignlive’s Editor Ola Bednarczuk, DQ Editor Alice Blackwood and Editorial Assistant Linda Cheng. [lg_folder folder="stories/2011/september_11/connect/habitus_lounge/habitus"  display="slide"]     abc

Vampt Vintage Design

They started by making lampshades and restoring vintage lamp stands, “But before long we saw how much amazing furniture there was,” says Dave. “We have been importing from Scandinavia for 6 years and now have multiple suppliers in Denmark as well as some in Germany, Sweden, Norway and Holland.” Vampt specialises in authentic vintage design, and has one of the largest collections on display anywhere. All pieces are sourced individually and most are rare, so they can’t be easily accessed. Dave explains that the three most important things about design are posture, the look and the craftsmanship. “Good design to me is something I can’t stop thinking about. Since we buy in Scandinavia and Europe, sometimes I will get up in the night and make a phone call to buy something someone has shown me. Then I fall asleep smiling. After 10 years I still see something every week I have never seen before. That’s what drives my passion.” Dave’s passion is not just about consuming, it involves an ongoing education and consciousness of design. “Not having access to woods like Brazilian Rosewood means that the mid-century pieces we source will become harder to get and more expensive,” he says. “They can never be copied and with the craftsmanship and individuality of the Danish and Norwegian design, we feel we are providing access to the best furniture ever to exist and are helping people in Australia become more asset-rich for the future. We love Dave’s quotable quotes: “Why do we make poor furniture when there is so much great furniture already available?” “Forget the fakes that fall apart and go to landfill. The quality of the originals will be remembered long after the price is forgotten.” Vampt Vintage Design vamptvintagedesign.com         abc


The waterside suburbs of Millers Point and Walsh Bay have a rich working class history.

Now eight sites across Millers Point will undergo a subtle transformation at street level, as part of the Unguarded Moments creation for the Art & About Festival Sydney. Staged from 23 September - 28 October, the temporary series of projections is currently being co-produced by researcher Sarah Barns and graphics studio Killanoodle.

Sarah Barns brings a wealth of knowledge to the project, thanks to her recently completed phD in Public History at UTS. Redfern graphics studio Killanoodle adds an eye-catching design aesthetic, determined to incite popular intrigue.

“For us it’s more of a celebration of the social history of the neighbourhood, rather than a review of the area’s urban development. We are interested in the faces of the past looking out at you to the present,” says Sarah Barns who is co-producing the event.


Local ‘pointers’ can expect to see twilight projections creeping over eight sites from the evening of 23 September.

Drawing on Sydney’s archival documentary films and photographs from The National Film & Sound Archive of Australia, characters and ideas will be brought to life on buildings. The brain-child of Sarah Barns and Michael Killalea at Killanoodle, Unguarded Moments aims to push viewers to experience the history of local sites in a new way.

“We have mined footage from the wharves in the 1950s to bring some of these ‘unguarded’ characters to the street art,” she says.


“Millers Point is still home to families who have lived in the areas for 3 or 4 generations.

We hope our research reveals historical data and sentiments that are pertinent to the broader community,” Barns says.


To experience more of Unguarded Moments visit thewebsite. Art & About Sydney runs from 23 September - 23 October 2011. For the full program visit the wesbite.








Design Accessories

Cobbled Together

If you have ever ogled a pair of handcrafted shoes and wondered at the intricacy of their construction, then perhaps Andrew MacDonald’s shoe-making course is for you. MacDonald takes artisanal approach to men’s and women’s footwear, and occasionally offers summer shoe-making courses for true enthusiasts.
Perfecting the art of making shoes since for 15 years, Andrew’s skill and artistry were recognised in 1996 when he won the Churchill Fellowship. This award sent him to study in the UK under shoe-making masters including John Lobb of London and Paul Harnden. His online business, operated from his William Street location in Paddington, NSW sells 70% of his stock overseas. Still ambling shoppers may stumble on his little atelier and request of him a bespoke pair. His leather women’s shoes retail for around $800, but if you venture to his shoe-making course, the cost involves constructing your dream shoe.
The five-day shoe-making courses allows students to construct any style of shoe they bring a sketch or image of. Andrew MacDonald’s Christmas courses run for five days 10am - 4pm from 5-9 December and 12-16 December, 2011. The course fee is $2,800 and includes all materials.
“My students can design their shoes, build their shoes and walk out wearing them,” says MacDonald who admits he gets a thrill out of seeing people participate in the process. The course includes pattern making and design, cutting and clicking, upper stitching, lasting and finishing.

“Sometimes I have a really great student, who gets finished with the first pair quickly and gets started on the second pair. When that happens I always say they can come back for an extra day in the workshop to finish them off,” he says.
For more information about Andrew MacDonald shoes and courses call (+612) 9358 6793 or visit the site







GOODMANORS pools + gardens

With a distinctly European design sensibility, Good Manors pools + gardens this year celebrate 25 years of residential landscape design, construction and maintenance. Known for their ability to create timelessly beautiful pools and gardens, their approach to design includes a manifestly long-term view. Good Manors believe gardens should last a lifetime and reflect the personality and needs of the homeowner down to a tee. Like a work or art you hang on a wall, Good Manors aim to design, build and sustain, gardens you want to grow old with. Their design philosophy developed over years of practice includes some reference to formal English gardens, and a nod to the French habit of blending soft and hard landscaping. They favour the planting of trees that will mature graciously and advise a considered placement of swimming pools and garden elements. With a business that takes in all aspects of residential design and construction, Good Manors offer to refurbish gardens, renovate pools or construct entirely new pools and gardens. Good Manors take your ideas from dream to reality with a full list of landscaping credentials. They design and build with a full builders licence and  are also proud members of NSW LCA, SPASA NSW, AILDM and Housing Industry Association (HIA). Good Manors believe in creating sustainable gardens that are designed to be a refined blend of the client’s wishes and the careful analysis and consideration of each individual site. For more information please contact: (+612) 9818 3377 www.goodmanors.com.au             abc