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Trojan house




This alterations and additions project addressed a brief requiring space for a young growing family with 3 children, all under the age of 10.


The central idea was to challenge the conventional ‘box on the back’ type addition and to bring to life a sculptural form born of site restraints. Restraints included ResCode setbacks along the south boundary; trying to fit in an ideal internal programmatic arrangement of rooms and a desire to maintain as much back yard as possible.


Inspired by the rooftop topography of hips and valleys of the existing Edwardian house the home was designed to fit within the space allowed for by the modest roofline.

Three kids bedrooms and a bathroom were placed inthe top story - cantilevering above the garden and a large living space. This programme was then wrapped in a seamless timber skin, covering roof, windows and walls. This idea of skin is carried through to the detailing of operable timber shutters that are scattered across the façade where openings are required.

Jackson Clements Burrow Architects

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Habitus loves making cocktails


Tray Table

Designed by:BassmanFellowsWhy we love it: Craig Bassam compares the Tray Rack Side Table (2000) in solid walnut oak to a post-and-beam structure. It delivers the the simple honesty of a well-built object and can be used as a table top drinks tray or to complement a coffee table with cockail suppliesWhere you can get it:Living Edge 

Folding Gastone

Designed by: KartellWhy we love it:The Gastone rolling tray encourages a roaming cocktail hour. Zipping up to nothing, this foldable drinks cart from Kartell has a durable lacquered polyester/ polyurethane top, a chrome-plated steel frame and polished aluminum feet.Where you can get it: Space Furniture  

Happy Hour Tray

Designed by:Alfredo Häberli for B.D BarcelonaWhy we love it:Shaped like a medical tray, this cocktail cart is part of Alfredo Haberli's Happy Hour furniture for the home. The range  includes a High Bar, Side Bar and a Side to Side Bench.Where you can get it: Ke-zu   

Kartell Cocktail

Designed by: Piero Lissoni for KartellWhy we love it:This Tray Trolley designed by Piero Lissoni is a well-articulated table system that can neatly double for home or office cocktails.Where you can get it: Space Furniture  

Drinks Tray

Designed by: Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen for KartellWhy we love it:This classic flip tray cocktail cart comes in white, sea-blue and black and is a simple design suitable for use indoors or on the deck.Where you can get it: Space Furniture  


Designed by:Niels Otto MøllerWhy we love it:To satisfy customers' requests for a classic trolley, DWR worked with Møllers to bring the iconic Møller Trolley (1952) back into production. The Trolley can be used as a bar, serving trolley or occasional table - or more importantly for cocktails!Where you can get it: Great Dane Furniture  

Battista Tray

Designed by: Anna Deplano for ZanottaWhy we love it:This classic rounded cocktail tray will never go out of style. Light and easy to move it has a wood grain finish and plenty of room for all the essentials.Where you can get it: Space Furniture   


Designed by:Georg JensenWhy we love it: For those who want something simple, functional, yet stylish – this is the cocktail shaker for you. It's got a playful aesthetic with the honesty of simple design.Where you can get it:Georg Jensen 
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Designing solutions


Something as simple as a building product can inspire a solution that not only meets the practical criteria, but adds to the aesthetic as well. The brief for this coastal family home in Sydney’s Northern Beaches was “a contemporary, energy- and water-efficient home that has the elusive ‘wow’ factor and utilises the expansive sea views”. 

But along with the potential vistas of the site came potential view-sharing issues with neighbours that needed to be addressed. Council policies also included a restriction of 40 per cent maximum allowable site coverage (which included the building, balconies and driveway), an 8.5m height limit, setbacks on all sides and a building envelope. 
The sloping site provided part of the answer to the neighbours’ sight line concerns; and COLORBOND® Ultra steel did the rest. From the street level, the roof level was kept low – as if on a single storey dwelling – which meant looking for an alternative roofing material. 

Architect Peter Downes of Peter Downes Designs says, “I personally like the iconic informality of COLORBOND® Ultra steel, it suits the beach house design and coastal lifestyle. There’s simplicity in installation and no joints or gaps for leaks to get through.” Combining long-term durability, high formability and exceptional corrosion resistance, the COLORBOND® Ultra steel in the colour Woodland Grey® was the perfect choice for this site. 
With its bold sweeping forms, it becomes both a solution and a feature. This house won the 2010 Building Designer Association NSW award for best new residential building over 450 square metres. 
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The Bellevue Whiskey Bar

The Bellevue Hotel on Hargrave Street in Paddington has long been a favourite with locals. Now thanks to a renovation, the hotel has been given a fresh lease of life and a whisky bar. Interiors firm Curious and The Specimen have helped renovate the second storey to include a compact restaurant, sun deck, and two private feeling rooms.
The re-design references traditional Scottish and English interiors with beautifullly restored wrought-iron fireplaces, Chesterfileds lining the walls and bold tartan carpet lining the floor. The colours palette is pulled direct from English Hunting Lodges and details include both stately and homely objects.

Dan Woolley, one of the country’s leading Whisky gurus, has take the initiative of extending the Scottish theme with Bellevue's new Whiskey Workshops. Each month there will be a different Whiskey Ambassador on site holding a master class for paying guests. Whiskey masters will provide guests with a detailed education about their particular portfolio of Whiskies and help students to explore new flavour profiles, distillery methods and regions of Scotland.
The first Whisky Workshop will be hosted by UK-born man-about-town Robb Sloan. Sloan is a passionate advocate of whiskey and Reserve Brand Ambassador for Diageo's Classic Malts. The whiskey's he will taste on Wednesday 26th October include Glenkinchie, Dalwhynie, Cragganmore, Oban, Talisker and Lagavulin.  A consumer focused extension of Diageo's Alchemy Training Program, Sloan says the Whiskey Workshops aim to de-mystify whiskey and reposition it for the every day drinker.

“I think whiskey has recently re-entered public consciousness, through TV's show like Madmen. There was once a perception that whiskey was a grandpa’s drink or that there were all these rules associated with drinking whiskey. Now whiskey is back in the realm of good taste
Right now for the modern gentleman it’s all about the details. Perfectly cut hair, solid shoes and drinking better, but less,” says Sloan
To find out more about the Bellevue's function rooms and Whiskey Workshops click here.

Curious and The Specimen


waterfall by tokujin yoshioka

Tokujin Yoshioka, Waterfall, 2011. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. 
The Japanese concept of Shinrabansho – the whole of the universe, the whole of creative creation – has no direct translation in English. Yet when you witness Waterfall by Tokujin Yoshioka at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, you come one step closer to understanding the concept. 
Waterfall is not a representation of a waterfall. It is a gallery space transformed into a giant sanctuary. Yoshioka's Waterfall is a startling installation that inspires a naïve wanderlust. The room is painted all white and is filled with varying piles of transparent straws. The straws which relfect the light in a luminous show have been stacked, piled and twisted by the artist on their axis to fill the space at varying heights. 

Tokujin Yoshioka, Waterfall, 2011. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. 
“I have always wanted to create something very new,” says of the design practice he has fostered since he was a child. 
“I decided to become a designer at the age of six. I always liked drawing as a child and it was my father who told me that being a designer was an occupation. I wasn’t good at articulating my ideas at that stage, but I started to realise that it is possible to communicate with many people by means of design,” says Yoshioka. 

Tokujin Yoshioka, Waterfall, 2011. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. 
“Nowadays we are shifting from material world to spiritual world; we are appreciating more things that are more spiritual than physical; it’s the same for design world. 
“On holidays you won’t go and buy something shopping, you will use your quality time for experiencing something that’s very positive or good for your well being. So I think that’s maybe why my installation is appreciated because, it’s not just this object you buy, but rather you come to the installation and you gain some kind of experience that you associate with your memory,” Yoshioka says.
With Waterfall it is evident how Yoshioka’s longstanding interests in both nature and materials have informed his art practice. Ice, water, glass and plastic are just a few of luscious, light-reflecting materials he has chosen for past installations. 

Tokujin Yoshioka, Waterfall, 2011. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. 
Yoshioka says he spends hours playing with materials in order to discover the surprises they hold for him. 
“I like light as a material,” he explains. “Like a crystal– it is just transparent without light, but as soon as it is hit by light, the light it reveals the brilliance of the crystal. When I design something I go through many experiements and discoveries before reaching completion. I start as a beginner and end up as a master by testing the design in various condtions, including some bad conditions." 
Yoshioka says his whole practice stems from his interest in nature. “Nature never gives us the same face twice, and the beauty of nature comes from that aspect. Many of my works adopt this principle of nature."
Waterfall is on display Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation located at 16 Goodhope Street in Paddington until 15 December.
All photography by Paul Green.

Into the Mystic

How do you capture a moment of ecstasy? Where do you draw the line between performance and faking it? These are questions artist and photographer Stuart Spence has spent a long time grappling with.
In his next solo photography show Into the Mystic, opening at Damien Minton Gallery Annex on 28 October 2011 Spence will present 17 portraits that seek to answer these questions.
His latest show consists of a dark series of photographs that capture Australian musicians 'lost' in moments of performance.
“I am from a commercial background and I started shooting my own artwork after a deep malaise, after a relationship break-up actually," Spence explains of the inspiration behind his new body of work.
"These sort of strange, dark, blurry pictures –came out of nowhere – and were for me the antithesis of what I had been doing as a commercial photographer,” he says. “These, disjointed, lovely, dark narratives just started working their way out of me organically. But it was a very slow and very subtle process. Nothing was set up.
“The music shots were kind of an extension of that," he continues, "But there is nothing subtle about raw emotion right in front of you."
Spence who spent some of his formative year shooting magazine covers and celebrities for a living says he was keen to try and capture artists in raw moments of passion, when their guard was lowered
“Whereas in the past I’d spend hours, and days sometimes in the studio, or out on the street, waiting for some moment of serendipity to happen –on stage its happening every couple of seconds,” he says.
Now Spence who describes himself as 'unstoppable' – is pushing his photographic work to new limits. In 2012 he is taking up an Emerging Artists Grant from the Australia Council to develop character-based monologues from quizzing people on their interpretations of his photographs.
In late 2012 Spence will travel to 4 countries across Europe and to London to gather reflections on his photographs from people of all walks of life. He will then write  and fictitious monologues and perform each character as part of multimedia stage show.
“I will study at RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London) for two weeks doing a monologue masterclass and then I am going to five cities including Berlin, Budapest, Rome, and Belfast," Spence says.
But even with help from vox popping passers by, I was keen to know if the leap from photography to stage was frightening to the artist. His answer is clearly 'no'.
“I have performance in my background. I have acted in a few movies, done TV presenting for a few years and I also had a small role in the Australian film Two Hands opposite the late Heath Ledger,” says Spence somewhat sheepishly.
“For this work I was sort of influenced by writer and actor Mark Ravehill, author Miranda July and also the performance artist William Yang. Yang in so much as that I love the idea of being able to put a couple of projectors and a couple of a screens in your bag and being able to travel the world. But that’s as far as the comparison goes because he is very much about personal exposition and I am working very much in the realm of fiction.
Into the Mystic opens on Friday 28 October at 6pm.

Minwoo Lee – Klassiker Chair

"There is no other object that holds more memories of the human body than a chair," says young South Korean designer Minwoo Lee. 
"The more chairs are touched by hands, the more our bodies will remember its structure," says Lee, by way of introducing his Klassiker Lounge Chair. 


Chairs are also the perfect blend of architecture design and object design. My Klassiker chair combines comfort, durable structure and aesthetic beauty to create everyday architecture for people," Lee says.

The Klassiker reminds us of the Eames LCW chair but with a slightly more formal feel. Minwoo Lee who graduated from the Konkuk University in 2005, he is  a member of Graphic Design idealgraphy and he also designs products, fashion and lighting.
Around The World

Gary Shead’s Fine Art Retreat

Acclaimed artist Gary Shead spends most of his time painting and drawing in his beautiful studio in Bundeena, NSW.  Only once or twice a year does he take leave of his little patch to do some travel through South East Asia or to teach a workshop on an island.
The acclaimed figurative painter, who has previously led fine art retreats at Arajilla on Lord Howe Island, has just announced his next art workshop will take place in Ubud. In May 2012, Gary Shead together with the Fine Art Dealer David Nagy, will welcome guests to an art workshop that is designed to wake up the five senses.
“It’s all a mystery to me, it’s all a big adventure and that is how it is for everybody,” says Shead, who traveled extensively through Papua New Guinea as a graduate from the National Art school in the late 1960’s, and believes cultural immersion is a tonic to the creative brain.
Open to only a dozen art enthusiasts, Nagy and Shead’s ‘Bali Art Experience’ includes close encounters with a local Balinese storyteller, intensive drawing workshops and just a dash of 'de-cluttering' meditation.
“I don’t really regard it as teaching, I regard it as a sharing of experiences at the place. We probably are a kind of guide, whoever we are, us artists, but that’s our function just to kind of guide the people,” Shead says.
The Fine Art Retreats Gary has taught previously supply students with all the materials they need and are suitable for everyone from very beginners to fully practicing artists.
Having painted and exhibited work for almost 50 years, Gary says he will share with people the various methods and techniques that have worked for him.
“I always start these things with drawing, at first we have a bit of fun with perception. Then once the group has got to know each other. We choose someone to start drawing. At first they usually say to me; 'Oh I’m not very good at this', 'I haven’t drawn for a long time', 'It’s very hard,' and so on and so on. Then I say: okay we will make it easier, you draw with the opposite hand - the old yard stick method - then we ask them to draw with their eyes closed and we just go on and experiment like that, until they start to feel free and they realise that to make a mark on paper is really not that hard," Gary says.
The next retreat planned for May 2-12 will take place at the resort of Warwick Ibah Ubud. Home to a series of Villas and Suites, Warwick Ibah is situated on 2 hectares of land between a Hindu Temple and a Holy Spring.
When working en plein air,o picnic lunches are provided by Bali’s leading boutique caterer, Lynley Marston and for some local insight Ida Bagus Oka, the retreat’s storyteller and cultural expert, will offer up a wealth of knowledge, on the historical, religious, spiritual and artistic context of the workshops setting.
“I think this experience that we are going to have, will be good because it's always quite different when you go to place, when you go to Europe or wherever and you know someone there who is local then it is always quite different. You go to their place and see how they really live. It is not the same as if you are a tourist and you just go the hotspots."
Bali Art Experience runs in May 2012.
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Contemporary Farmhouse Features Velo Ceiling Fan by Spinifex

The home’s layout is cleverly arranged to maximise natural airflow from the two dominant summer weather patterns, the coastal north east sea-breeze and the southerly buster, both of which are fantastic natural cooling influences. However during the middle of the day the house needs to be closed up to keep the worst of the summer heat out and in the evenings the coastal breeze tends to die off, at which times ceiling fans come into their own.

“The appeal of the Velo Ceiling Fan is its elegant simplicity”, says the property’s owners. “We were looking for something modern to suit the house and yet simple in form so it wasn’t too much of a statement”, she explains.


The raised ceilings of main living area also pose a warming challenge in winter. The warm air from the farmhouse’s slow combustion fireplace rises to the high point of the ceiling. Set to their winter mode the Velo Ceiling Fans gently bring the warm air back down to floor level. The mixing of the air also serves to reduce window condensation preserving the view out over the paddocks and animals.


The Ron Rezek designed Velo Ceiling Fan is one of his latest designs and is rapidly becoming a contemporary class amongst ceiling fans. It has a compact minimalist feel while housing all the components necessary for exceptional air movement. It also features a moulded resin aerodynamically shaped blade set, which is highly efficient and durable while maintaining a subtle elegance that is comfortable to have in your home.

For more information on the Velo Ceiling Fan contact Spinifex Fans at 1300 935 285 or info@spinifexfans.com.au or view the full Spinifex Ceiling Fan range at spinifexfans.com.au.

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The Tank

I am:
A repurposed Indoor Pendant Light


Removed from their original use, but still performing an industrial task, these re-purposed and eco-friendly tops are sure to add a “green” look your project. Supplied with efficient LED lamps really adds the new to the old.

Standard colours are Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Orange.

205mm high x 100m diameter.



205mm high x 100mm diameter




Lighting Options Australia

Around The World


Situated on the south coast of Bali on the island’s very eastern tip, just outside the Nusa Dua enclave of resorts, the Conrad Bali feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations. 

Set on 6.8 hectares and stretching alongside 350 metres of beach, the resort is a sprawling network of buildings surrounded by tropical gardens and lagoons.

The stylised ‘rice terrace’ landscape is the work of landscape architects Belt Collins. 

Tranquil pools and clusters of lush Balinese and Javanese vegetation – coconut, frangipani and forest trees – break up stretches of open lawn. Beachside cabanas, made of the grass alang alang in the traditional Balinese style, dot the smooth yellow sand of the beach. 
The buildings themselves are a mix of traditional and contemporary, incorporating subtle touches that remind visitors where they are rather than being overtly ‘exotic’ or ‘Bali’.

The interiors – including the guest rooms, suites, villas, restaurants and spa – were designed by Singapore-based firm LTW Designworks. In the public areas, dark stone floors are juxtaposed with timber and lighter shades for a contemporary but earthy, natural effect. 

Locally sourced materials and hand-crafted objects are a key element of the interiors. Furniture, sculptures and artworks by local artisans feature heavily in the resort’s public spaces. In the guest rooms and suites, Balinese art and hand-crafted objects – such as soap dishes, or woven head-boards – create a lovely element of surprise. 
The striking entrance to the resort features a rotating exhibition showcasing the work of Balinese artists, or international artists who have a special connection with the island and are inspired by the beauty of its landscape and culture.

Design is so important to the Conrad Bali experience that visitors often ask for their favourite elements to be sourced or replicated. 

The Conrad works in collaboration with Sourcing Bali, a company dedicated to seeking out the best of Balinese art and craft and making it available to designers and visitors, to help guests take a piece of their Conrad experience home. Among the items that guests have been inspired to seek out and ship home are the beachside cabanas, and even the dark timber lobby floor – by all accounts a very special example of flooring which has been replicated a number of times! 
It’s quite a special experience to stay at a resort that’s about more than pools, beaches and massages (although they do all that very well, too). The Conrad is also about getting in touch with your surroundings, experiencing the culture through the art of its local craftsmen – and maybe even taking a piece of it home with you.



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  Designed by:Dior HommeWhy we love it: Made from beige linen, horse-hair toile and white calf skin the tone on tone elegance of these high-tops gives them a refined elegance. Where you can get it: Dior alt


Designed by: Gourmet ShoeWhy we love it: These forest green high-tops embody a classic american style.  Pull on sides in high-quality canvas enhance the design, while brushed nickel hardware and nylon laces complete the story. Where you can get it: Gourmet Shoe Store alt


Designed by: Isabel MarantWhy we love it: Queen of French street-cool Isabel Marant breathes life into the high-top this season by giving them a distinctly disco-come-Apache Indian feel. These black on black suede and leather booties have recently give street cred to screen siren Anne Hathaway. Where you can get it: Isabel Marant alt    


Designed by: GideonWhy we love it: Hand-made in Australia these Gideon high-tops are structurally stitched for strength. This style represents a top shelf Gideon sneaker; sporting a cane toad collar and leather body. Where you can get it: Gideon alt


  Designed by: FEIT and VibramWhy we love it: Hand-made in Kudu skin (a large South American antelope) this high-top is lined using French calf skin in and is hand-sewn to an all-read rubber sole. Where you can get it: Feit Direct alt


Designed by: Pierre HardyWhy we love it: An off-white vision of the 80's, these high-tops feature white laces, a side zip and a Velcro-fastened tab. Team with denim for a smarter take  on sportswear. Where you can get it: www.pierrehardy.com alt


Designed by: Gram StoreWhy we love it: Made from black oil-skin, cow nubuck, buffalo leather and rubber these are sleekest hi- top in the Gram Store's classic collection (where they have chosen to name shoes by their weight). Where you can get it: Gram Store alt


  Designed by: Dior HommeWhy we love it: These ultra-luxe sneakers prove that high-tops are now a contemporary classic. Converse has done a lot to place sneakers in the centre of our fashion consciousness as brands like Dior come on board with collections for 2011/2012 summer and autumn. Where you can get it: Dior    alt