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Design Products
Design Accessories

Two face watch, Marc Newson

Featuring two Quartz movements, a black ceramic case and woven 18ct yellow gold bracelet, the watch is seamlessly unisex and compact. ikepod watch Water resistant to 30 metres the Solaris SCB18's best feature is its reversible watch face, capable of running two time zones at once. Perfect for the jet lagged jet set, the watch also comes in a white Platinum version and in a range of other styles. ikepod Ikepod is a Swiss wristwatch manufacturer, specialising in conceptual timepieces. Ikepod began in 1993, when Oliver Ike spotted the Australian designer Marc Newson in a European publication. Together they completed their first prototype wristwatch called Seaslug and then commenced the launched numerous designs over the ensuing decade. In 2005, the New York-based entrepreneur, art collector and timepiece aficionado Adam Lindemann, in partnership with Marc Newson, acquired the entire archive of the Swiss Ikepod Company (including the rights to the TM Ikepod and all Marc Newson designs) and began an intensive initiative to launch another company. nder the aegis of this new New York, U.S.A. based company named IKEPOD NEW YORK, Marc Newson has personally redesigned and updated every detail and created a new collection in precious metals only. Ikepod Marc Newson Coletteabc

Musson Diamond Party

The 'Ellisse' was unveiled at a sparkling Christmas celebration that welcomed special guests including Jacinta Campbell, James Tobin and Libby Trickett.

musson social pics

musson social pics

The 'Ellisse,' worn in these images by Jacinta Campbell, is an elliptical diamond design featuring a magnificent 25ct pear shape diamond, surrounded by 2.5cts of round diamonds and a rare 0.61ct Argyle Australian Pink diamond.Set with a further 4.41cts of pear shape diamonds the total value of this pretty necklace has a market value of 3.5 million dollars.

musson social pics

musson social pics

Jacinta Campbell modelling the "Ellisse".

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Design Hunters

Design Hunters™; Gordon & Susan Tait

Habitusliving.com caught up with TAIT to ask them about their favourite things in the world of design and beyond.

Your name: Gordon Tait & Susan Tait

What you do: Design, Manufacture & retail Outdoor Furniture

Your latest project: working with two Australian designers on new outdoor furniture ranges for 2012

What is your favourite…

travel destination Italy

hotel/place to stay  Mum’s beach house at Bendalong on the NSW coast

airline Qantas

magazine  Green

three people that inspire/excite you

1)  Richard Serra /sculptor

2)  Justin Hutchinson – fellow designer always buzzing with fabulous green design ideas

3)  Bob Brown

design classic Moto Guzzi Le Mans

new design  post it notes

meal BBQ

restaurant Cutler & Co

drink Old Fashioned

bar Geralds Bar, Carlton, Melbourne

(386 Rathdowne Street  Carlton North VIC 3054
(613) 9349 4748)

gallery/museum Tate Modern

book The Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton

item in your studio  Diamond Maquettes

artwork The Winged Victory Of Samothrace /2nd century BC

artist Mother nature

piece of technology rapid prototyping

creative philosophy  ‘made locally’


Design Products

At play; the Nadadora Studio stool

stool kezu "Trobos" – a Spanish word used to describe hives made from the hollow logs on northern Iberian Peninsula, has now been translated to Tab. Perfect for as an occasional table for kitchen or bedroom, the sweet little designs are reminiscent of nature. The base is a curved chestnut sheet and the stools comes in two heights and two diameters. The collection is available in a wide range of shades: from natural colours suited to discreet environments, to bright colours that contrast nicely with the wood. Kezu www.kezu.com.au stoolabc
Design Accessories

Moho Rugs

Designed by: Magda Lubinska And Michal Kopaniszyn About: Moho Design is a creative brand established in 2004, who are motivated by their passion for design with a spontaneous and fresh approach to the skill of contemporary rug creation. Uniting technology with exquisite handcraft and sophisticated design, Moho produces quality rugs in pure New Zealand wool. Materials: Rugs - wool felt Dimensions: 1100 diameter or 1800mm diameter For more information: Cafe Culture cafeculture.com.au sales@cafeculture.com.au Sydney 02 9699 8577 Brisbane 073254 3700abc
Design Accessories


Designed by: Yaacov Kaufman for Lumina Made by: Lumina I am: A light About Me: This customizable family of products is available in floor, wall, ceiling and pendant options. Each unit is then fitted with your choice of one, four, eight or sixteen arms that house either halogen or energy saving fluorescent lamp sources. The matrix is dimmable and designed so that each arm is flexible allowing the user to manipulate the direction and effects of the light emitted. Halo Lighting

Halo Lighting Materials: Matrix is available in black-nickel or plated-metallic grey. Arms are made from flexible steel rods. Dimensions: Various sizes are available, with up to sixteen arms. The sixteen arm model has a base diameter of 82 centimetres. For more information HALO Lighting 35 Kensington Street EAST PERTH 6004 www.halolighting.com.au info@halolighting.com.au +618 9221 5544abc
Design Accessories

All About Gibbon Group

What does your company supply? Innovative, sustainable and high-quality interior finishes including Metropol Carpet Collection, Sallée Luxury Custom Carpets/Rugs, Tretford Cord Carpet/Rugs and Ambro Luminate Doors & Tables. All Gibbon Group products reach a high standard of quality and are manufactured to the strictest environmental processes. Gibbon Group Tretford Cord Carpet (Klein Residence) What’s the history of your company? After a long history of wholesale distribution (since 1920), a new era for the company was born when Gibbon Group launched Tretford Cord Carpet in 1995. Gibbon Group expanded from being Queensland based to a national presence and subsequently moved beyond flooring to include products like Ambro Luminate Doors, Tables & Panels which added to their niche and very unique portfolio. What sets your company apart? At the core of Gibbon Group’s philosophy, we aim to represent high quality architectural products with a sustainable focus, in line with our ongoing commitment to source products at the cutting edge of innovation. Gibbon Group Tretford Rugs (Taroona Residence) Gibbon Group Sallee Custom Rugs What are your client’s priorities at the moment? Environmental focus, quality product and great design/functionality What is good design to you? Something that stands the test of time and as it ages, maintains its beauty and integrity. In today’s focus on sustainability, good design to us means something that is beautiful yet simple – something that can be dismantled at the end of its life and be reused again and again. Gibbon Group Sallee Custom Carpets (Range: Bagdad) Gibbon Group Ambro Tables (Scott Burrows Residence) What does the future hold? The world is looking to visionary leaders who can articulate the fundamental paradigm shifts we will need to make in the way we produce & consume. At Gibbon Group, we are continually inspired to be able to represent companies who represent environmental leadership and in our own small way become a catalyst for change in the way people think about the environment and good design. Company Details Address: PO Box 5612, Brendale QLD 4500 Phone: 07 3881 1777 Email: sales@gibbongroup.com.au Website: www.gibbongroup.com.auabc
Fixed & Fitted
Design Accessories

B-6000 boiling and chilled filtered water system.

Made by: Billi I am:   Boiling and chilled filtered water system. About Me: The flagship of our Billi Home range, the B-6000 is perfect for entertaining. It’s space-saving efficiency and elegant, functional style are designed for high use and meet green building design principles, providing you with the ultimate in environmentally sensitive appliances.   Billi B-6000 Billi B-6000 Billi B-6000 Billi B-6000 Materials: Available in bright, brushed or black finishes. For more information: Billi Pty Ltd 1800 812 321 www.billihome.com.auabc
Design Accessories

Natural Gas Appliances

I am: Natural Gas appliances About me: The installation of Natural Gas can increase the value of your home by as much as 5-10%. Australian Salesperson of the year 2011 (REIA), Tim Heavyside, says that consumers are more aware of sustainable living than ever before and are looking for smart appliances and energy saving features when they are making their next purchase decision. “No longer is it about room sizes and how many bathrooms a property has, people are now more practical – how they will effectively heat and cool their new home, without it costing a fortune,” commented Tim. Natural Gas spokesperson, Peter Harcus, concurs. “Natural Gas prices are guaranteed not to rise at the rate of electricity prices – installing Natural Gas reduces your running costs and may have an even bigger payoff when you decide to move on.”   Natural Gas appliances include Natural Gas heating systems, Natural Gas Log Fires, Hot Water systems, dryers, BBQ’s and pool heating. Natural Gas Appliances Natural Gas Appliances Natural Gas Appliances Phone: 1300 305 552 URL: www.thenaturalchoice.com.auabc
Habitus Loves
Design Accessories

Habitus loves…Textiles


Delhi to Donghia

Designed by: South Pacific Fabrics
Why we love it: You cannot deny this fabric of its traditional Indian block-print feel, the colours may be a modern adaptation but it is the repeat pattern that we love.
Where you can get it: www.southpacificfabrics.com   alt

The Girl from Ipanema

Designed by: Warwick Fabrics, Ipanema Range
Why we love it: Palm fans, bronzed bodies, OTT gold jewelry and exposing swimwear. Just a few images that come to mind when we see this amazing Cotton/Linen blend fabric.
Where you can get it: www.warwick.com.au alt

Steeling Beauty

Designed by: Woven Image, Global in Steel
Why we love it: Raw, textured, natural fabric is the look this summer. Pair it back with soft drapes, cane furniture and numerous candles for instant beach-side atmosphere.
Where you can get it: www.wovenimage.com alt

Flocking to die for

Designed by: South Pacific Fabrics, Donghia Range
Why we love it: Handcrafted from the finest materials this opulent flock rewards the consumer with instant indulgence.
Where you can get it: www.southpacificfabrics.com alt

Maverick in Hybrid

Designed by: Instyle
Why we love it: This fabric exudes luxury, the weave is durable perfect for upholstery and the colour is so rich.
Where you can get it: www.instyle.com.au alt

Sheer indulgence

Designed by: Mokum Fabrics, Nami in Silt
Why we love it: The effortless, whimsy fall of this fabric makes it ideal for beach-shack chic.
Where you can get it: www.mokumtextiles.com   alt

Kanga Paw

Designed by: Cloth Fabric
Why we love it: One of our most beautiful Native floras, Kangaroo Paw, inspired Julie Paterson's screen print that was transferred from original sketches on to sheer linen.
Where you can get it: www.clothfabric.com alt

Beauty in Stains

Designed by: Elvis Robertson
Why we love it: Along with guests, red wine, food and fun come tablecloth stains and memories of what was once there. Instead of hours of soaking and scrubbing why not embrace like Elvis Robertson's delicate embroidery.
Where you can get it: www.elvisrobertson.com alt

Breathing Architecture

During 2011 WOHA has started to gain recognition for their green practices and distinctive approach to making commercial buildings. This year they also received the renowned Lubetkin Prize, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA.

Themes such as creating value through communal areas and permeability for climate and nature are all addressed in WOHA's first monographic exhibition opening in Frankfurt on December 1, 2011. The exhibition will use examples of open tropical family homes, green high-rises and projects (still in the completion phase) and real examples such as their office and hotel complex in Singapore'PARKROYAL on Pickering'.

The exhibition showcases 19 of WOHA's projects in total, all presented with large-format photos and plans. Excerpts from interviews and project texts will also be displayed with digital images and models as background.

WOHA Architects made their name in Asia in the late 1990s with the creation of open, single-family dwellings suitable for the tropics. Today they mainly design high-rises and large structures such as a mega residential park in India, or office and hotel towers in Singapore. Air-conditioning is merely an additional feature in most of these open structures, because the building structure itself provides the cooling. Natural lighting is standard, solar modules harvest energy for use in the building and water for domestic purposes and rainwater are reused.

WOHA architects from Singapore – Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell – have realized buildings and landscapes, interiors and exteriors in projects such as the Singapore School of the Arts and the seminal residential high-rise The Met in Bangkok, the latter which received the International Highrise Award 2010.

Habitusliving supports and acknowledges this kind of practice and hopes the exhibition will travel to South Asia and Australia very soon.

02.12.2011 – 29.04.2012, ground floor

Opening: Thursday, 01.12.2011, 19:00

Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Schaumainkai 43
Frankfurt a.M.

For more information visit: Dam Gallery Online.

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition is being published by Prestel Verlag.