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Alpha Awnings Range

Designed by: Hunter Douglas Commercial   I am: Hunter Douglas Commercial Alpha Awnings Range   About me: Alpha STC utilises specially designed tube reducers to minimise fabric build up, ensuring the fabric rolls up symmetrically for longevity. The system features a unique sliding metal insert allowing up to 20mm width flexibility as well as sound bumpers to minimise noise when operating in windy conditions.   Alpha Deep Channel allows up to 30mm fabric overlap within the channel, eliminating light gaps and minimising the fabric’s movement in windy conditions.   Alpha Cable system features a contemporary stainless steel cable system and is the best option when fixing a channel to a wall is not possible, particularly for areas encompassing large glazed windows or verandahs.   Alpha Pivot Arm System features a heavy duty spring incorporated in the pivot arm, which provides excellent fabric tension even with awning widths of up to five metres is ideal for windows that open out and require airflow.   Materials: All awnings are available in various fabric options including:
  • Everview External Fabric in 24 colours, providing heat and glare reduction and UV protection
  • Dickson Constant Acrylic Fabric range with 80 semi block-out solid or striped colours ideal for improved privacy and sun control
  • A clear PVC option is also available with improved protection from wind and wet weather, whilst also allowing great view through. This is perfect for restaurants, resorts and hotels that require a high quality PVC Fabric that performs in all conditions
  • All Hunter Douglas Commercial awnings come with a 5 year commercial warranty, with the exception of the Dickson Orchestra Fabric which will have a 10 year warranty on the fabric alone
Dimensions: The awnings are capable of widths up to five metres with a four metre drop, by incorporating a new heavy duty 78mm steel roller tube. Each of these systems offers a universal headbox for design consistency.   For more information for our readers: Phone: 1300 733 078 URL: www.hunterdouglascommercial.com.auabc
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Habitus Loves …sailing

Waterproof Backpack

 
Designed by: Stream Trail Why we love it:The DryTank II 25L Waterproof Backpack is large, portable and perfect for the great outdoors.Importantly it has been designed so it is 100% sealable and water-proof - not just ater -resistant - and let's face it there is a big difference. Where you can get it: Hardtofind.com.au alt

Superdry

 
Designed by:Superdry Why we love it:This rugged jacket has a drizabone-like wind resistance, without being too heavy or cumbersome. The mesh-lined Technical Windcheater ripstop jacket features triple layered zip, ribbed collar & cuffs and embroidered front & back motifs. Where you can get it: www.superdry.com alt

Unit Portables

 
Designed by: Unit portables Why we love it:These nifty storage bags from Sweden help to protect your i-technology from the rugged elements. Perfect for people on the move they come in a range of bright colours which makes them more difficult to lose. Where you can get it: www.unitportables.com alt

Sailing Ships

 
Designed by:Vogue editor-turned-designer Irini Arakas for Prova. Why we love it:This boho-luxe fringed scarf made from vintage fabric is the perfect accessory to your next sailing trip. Emblazoned with tall ships and fringed with black tassel and gunmetal bead this double lined scarf doubles as wind protection. Where you can get it: www.hanker.com alt

Mersin Water Resistant Hat

 
Designed by: Esther Kaminski Why we love it:This all weather durable and stylish hat can come with you on the boat or complement your work coat. Made from water resistant attiva twill and fully lined this Mersin hat offer moderate sun protection. Where you can get it: www.hanker.com alt

'Zoom art' telescope

 
Designed by: Odoardo Fioravanti Why we love it: Made up of a series of interlocking cylinders, ZoomArt reproduces the form of the telescope, in homage to Galileo's optical instruments. The fine-quality lenses magnify any subject to 6 times its size; focusing is manual. Where you can get it: gifts.com.au alt

Barometer

 
Designed by: Jacob Jensen Why we love it: The Jacob Jensen Barometer is a component from Jacob Jensen's famed modular weather station that can predict the weather. Jacob Jensen is the internationally lauded creator of the famed 70s Bang and Olufsen audio gear and hisweather products have a similar minimal grace. Where you can get it: www.jacobjensen.com alt

Bose portable sound

 
Designed by: BOSE Why we love it:Along with helping guests have a good time, the BOSE portable speaker also looks great! The BOSE Soundlink Wireless Speaker (with leather cover) retails for $499 and connects to any device with wireless capabilities including the i-Phone, Android and Blackberry. Where you can get it: Bose.com.au alt
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At Home with the Shermans By Michael Young

Alex Tzannes has been the Shermans’ architect of choice for over a decade. He has designed several projects for them – an addition to the Sherman Gallery in Goodhope Street, Paddington, a renovation of a tiny cottage opposite the gallery for use as an artist’s residence and, in 2005, the transformation of an old 1800s corner shop and outbuilding in Paddington into an award-winning office for Brian’s,  Sherman Group. “The attention to detail was phenomenal,” says Brian. Tzannes also drew up plans for a major renovation of the Shermans’ grand Paddington villa. But this was never realised. “We couldn’t face the prospect of living in a hotel for several months while the renovations were done," says Gene. So, they decided to move. “Brian wasn’t keen to move out of Paddington, but the Paddington we had grown to love had changed since the opening of Westfield (shopping mall) at Bondi Junction," says Gene. “I looked at just one house in Woollahra and Brian finally gave in.” “I grew up in a small mining town in South Africa,” adds Brian. “There were no footpaths in the streets, and often no shoes on my feet. Now I love living in a built-up urban environment which still retains a village ambience.” The house, a heritage-listed property with a classical Sydney façade, sits on one half of  a double block – the  house fills one block, the formal garden and pool the other – and was extended and substantially renovated in 2005 by Tzannes. Gene fell in love with the house immediately. “One of the great beauties of the house is that the interior décor is just what I would have chosen.” The interior colours, door furniture, floor coverings, light fittings and plush taupe-coloured drapes and muted colour palette were designed by one of Gene’s favourite designers, the Paris-based Christian Liaigre. “They were just what I would have chosen had I started from scratch,” she says. “It veered towards a cool, but not too minimalist aesthetic that interested me – plush and cool, but not devoid of feeling.” Contemporary art is an intrinsic part of the Shermans’ life. It is a counterpoint that resonates throughout the house. Every inch of wall space, every nook and cranny, displays a favourite piece. And there are many – the Shermans have been collecting art for over forty years. Many of Australia’s and Asia’s leading contemporary artists are here: Bill Henson, Zhaun Huan, Shaun Gladwell, Song Dong, Guan Wei, Au Xian, Mike Parr. Art is the focus of attention in every room, presiding over an eclectic mix of possessions pulled together over many years. “I like the old with the new,” says Gene. Hence, a Philippe Starck ‘Ghost chair’ sits alongside an old carriage box from South Africa. Art defines the Shermans, creating an aesthetic not easily separated from the consideration of everything they do in their professional and private lives. The aesthetic ambience flows easily from room to room and, indeed, from building to building. Brian’s study in the house and the boardroom of his office both share works from a series of nine photographs taken by Chinese performance artist, Zhaung Huan, showing at a gargantuan scale Huan’s own face gradually obliterated by calligraphy. When they moved into the current house, the emphasis shifted to work by artists using photography in their practice, or performance artists who use photography to record performance.
Although colour is kept under strict control, books are not. There are thousands of them. “I always wanted a dedicated library,” says Gene. “For years I’ve had books scattered at different locations – in an apartment in Tel Aviv, at the farm, and at Brian’s office.“ Now the books are united, orderly and marshalled in specially built book cases in a room that boasts several early Bill Henson photographs and a small Mike Parr drawing casually leaning against the marble fireplace above which is an exquisite, almost monochrome, photograph by Melbourne-based artist, Daniel Crooks. Here, too, is an exquisite porcelain bust by Chinese conceptual artist Au Xian, who fled China post-Tiananmen. The library occupies the front of the house. This is Gene’s private space. Womb-like and closeted, but not exclusive. It also serves as a reception room. The Shermans prefer to live with strong ideas rather than strong colour. But the house is not colourless. The hallway that runs from the front door through to the back of the house borrows colour from the art: the blue of a Southern Indian sky photographed by Lynn Roberts Goodwin, the red earth of  outback Australia that features Shaun Gladwell craddling a dead kangaroo, victim of road kill, in a modern pietá. Tzannes’ 2005 addition at the rear opens to a large entertaining area, dominated by three things: a huge stainless steel kitchen bench, a long table capable of seating fourteen and a massive Philippe Starck dog-leg sofa. This room hosts the legendary dinners that take place after gallery openings where up to seventy guests – writers, painters, architects – spill out into the garden area. “Over the years, we have entertained thousands of guests,” says Brian. Gene estimates fourteen thousand. Here a huge, almost monochromatic, painting by indigenous artist, Lily Kelly, sits comfortably close by  an old string-back South African Dutch Cape chair with massive crude wooden arms. Cleverly, Tzannes resisted opening up all of the downstairs space. Off the main entertaining area he created two small, almost niche-like, secluded rooms and a tiny Mediterranean courtyard that invites reflection while allowing light to flow into these more intimate spaces. Upstairs, the bedrooms are almost traditional Sydney. Tall windows open on to balconies and light bounces everywhere. One room Gene has commandeered for her study where two things stand out: the outrageously beautiful contemporary lamp by Inge Maurer above the desk and the theatrically contrived photograph of two Shanghai lovers by young Chinese moving image artist, Yang Fudong. There is a quiet energy in this house, a feeling of determined intellectual endeavour. But there is also an astonishing confidence of purpose. It is a house of quiet contemplation where every piece of art and furniture adds to the sum of the whole. “The most important factor in our home is comfort,” says Gene. “The home is our haven, our retreat. It is an accumulation of memories, of books, of our friends. It is all part of us. Everything has a history and then it is mixed with the present.” This article is an extract from Habitus #5. To subscribe to Habitus click here. Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, sherman-scaf.org.au Tzannes Associates, Tzannes.com.auabc
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St. Regis Spa – Nusa Dua Bali

If oiled up tourists smoking Sobranie’s and drinking cold beer on the beach isn’t your idea of luxury then I recommend treating yourself to a session at the Remède Spa. Be lured inside the grounds of the St. Regis by the sounds of live Gamalan music drifting from the pavilion, then grab your juice and wander the paths that wind between the koi ponds. Step away from the hot beach and glide through the lush tropical ardens that surround the main hotel. From seductive treatments in the spacious Remède Spa to exquisite dining, the St. Regis offers appropriate personalized service, infused with all the magical mysticism Bali has to offer. At your wish you can be whisked away deep into the private, walled garden of Remède Spa. Here inside the walled garden you will find a range of hot and cold pools, a steam room and sauna, large shaded day beds and a series of large treatment rooms that are cool and dark. Remède Spa offers French cosmetic technology as well as treatments featuring techniques and ingredients from the local traditions. The highly trained therapists introduce local products including silken oils, soothing fragrances, and plant extracts from the lush vegetation. This blend of modern technology and ancient wisdom is a sublime convergence of worlds which gives guests a true appreciation of the beauty and depth of the Balinese culture. The Spa itself is a serene, uncluttered space with a monochromatic earthy palette. Illusions of butterflies flying upward to the moon glisten through back-lit panels, giving them a gossamer sheen. Spa guests may choose to sip on fresh juices or chilled champagne in the garden or to enjoy a post-treatment spa breakfast in the Gazebo. Special features include the Aqua-Vitale Pool; fitness centre; spa boutique, pedicure room and sauna and steam rooms. The Spa is open daily from 6.00am to 11.00pm. Remède Spa St. Regis Bali Resort  abc
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Vietnam voyeur: Luke Nguyen’s guide to Saigon

Today, Luke is owner of the award-winning Red Lantern in Surry Hills, and a celebrated chef, author, gastronomic traveler and restaurateur.  His latest book Indochine, explores the culinary legacy left by the French in Vietnam and is the 2011 Australian winner of the Gourmand Cookbook Awards. In 2009 Luke spent some time in Vietnam while filming a television series on SBS and researching his first book, Songs of Sapa. Along the way, he ignited a passion for the sights, people and culinary traditions of his mother country. In this article taken from Habitus #5 Luke took time to enlighten us about his particular fascination for the magical city of Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, is located at the heart of the southern part of Vietnam, it is where my family is from and it is where I’m slowly beginning to call home. It is the largest city in the country, very densely populated with 7 million inhabitants and 5 million motorbikes which zip dangerously through congested streets once swarming with only bicycles. A chaotic but charming city; walk down wide tree lined boulevards admiring old French colonial architecture and sample food from one of the most refined cuisines in the world. This city is  rich in culture and history and is the driving force behind Vietnam’s fast growing economy which has created the ‘New Saigon’ with modern hotels, fine dining restaurants, funky bars, art galleries and high end fashion boutiques. Make your way to the city centre to District 1, known by the locals as Saigon. The area is compact and intimate, so it is best seen by foot. This is where you will be faced with your first challenge – crossing the road. There are no pedestrian crossings, and red traffic lights does not necessarily mean stop. So slowly make your way across the road at a constant pace, remembering not to pause or speed up – the traffic will gradually move around you. Sights in Saigon War Remnants Museum, 28 Vo Van Tan. The museum displays photography and video footage documenting the Vietnam War. It gets a little disturbing, but it is important to get a better understanding of the War, rediscovering the past learning what the people endured. Fine Arts Museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh. The museum is set in an elegant colonial French building dating back from the turn of the twentieth century. Over three floors display changing exhibitions of contemporary art by local and international artists. The collections feature sketches, paintings statues and sculptures. Ben Thanh Markets, cnr Le Loi & Ham Nghi. Built in 1914, the market occupies an entire block; here you can get the real Saigon experience. Vendors sell everything from clothing, fabric, jewelry, crockery, live seafood, fresh meats and many traditional Vietnamese dishes. Notre Dame Cathedral, Don Khoi. The cathedral was built at the end of the 19th century and is another fingerprint the French left in the city. In the front of the cathedral stands a statue of Virgin Mary, where locals have said to witness tears running down her face. Thien Hau Pagoda, Chinatown, 710 Nguyen Trai. This is one of the most impressive pagodas in Saigon, built by the Cantonese in the early 19th century. Come here to worship, meditate or just to admire the intricate craftsmanship. Sleeping in Saigon There are many hotels in Saigon, all of which are pretty heavily booked all year round, so be sure to reserve your room way ahead of time. Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue. Built in 1950, The Rex is a landmark building in Saigon, my father and his army buddies used to frequent the rooftop bar overlooking the town, Majestic Hotel, 1 Dong Khoi. The majestic is rightly named with its stunning colonial French architecture, built in 1925 right on the Saigon River, Caravelle Hotel, 19 Lam Son Square. Located across from the Opera House, the Caravelle is modern, super comfortable with very spacious rooms. Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 Lam Son Square. The Park Hyatt is by far Saigon’s fanciest hotel, elegantly designed with two very highly rated restaurants. Eating in Saigon I’m always looking forward to eating in Saigon; food for me plays such an important part in discovering a country, you must try food anywhere and everywhere – on the streets, in the markets, in people’s homes and of course in restaurants. Most of my days are spent walking the streets hopping from one street food vendor to the next, from restaurant to restaurant. Here is a list of my favorite eating spots. Street Food Ben Thanh Markets (cnr Le Loi & Ham Nghi). Sample authentic dishes from all over Vietnam in small market stalls and pay less than US$2 a dish. Corner of Nguyen Du & Dong Khoi. After 5pm street vendors come out serving soft rice paper rolls with Chinese sausage and jicama, grilled pork served with vermicelli noodles and green papaya and dried beef salad, US$1 a dish. Corner Thi Sac & Dong Du. Here an Indian lady sits on the curbside serving up the best Vietnamese/Indian goat curry in Vietnam. Have with a warm crisp baguette. US$4 a serve. Restaurants XU Restaurant and Bar,75 Hai Ba Trung. XU is a funky restaurant bar serving contemporary Vietnamese cuisine offering a smart international wine list. Temple Club, 29 Ton That Thiep. Set in a beautiful French colonial villa, Temple Club serves traditional Vietnamese cuisine in a warm, classy space. Wrap & Roll, 62 Hai Ba Trung. When you eat here, you do exactly that – you wrap and you roll. Large platters arrive with fresh herbs, rice paper and your choice of cooked ingredients. You then roll your own rice paper roll. Quan An Ngon, 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. Traditional Saigon dishes served street food style in the open air amongst a beautiful courtyard garden. Article Photography by Suzan Boyd. Buy Indochineabc
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The Stokehouse Brisbane

Though Melbourne’s Stokehouse restaurant is best known for its uninterrupted views of St. Kilda beach, Brisbane food lovers will find plenty to admire at Stokehouse Brisbane thanks to the slick interior created by award-winning firm Arkhefield and extensive rivers views.

Arkhefield’s Principal Andrew Gutteridge says the building’s interior is designed to capture the quintessential easiness of a Queenslander, with a breezy open-air layout and  wide decks that capture sunshine and river views.

Stokehouse Brisbane brings the best of Melbourne's chic waterside dining to the buzzing arts precinct with Chef Tony Kelly heading the kitchen.

Opened in November 2011, the fêted restaurant will form an integral feature of the new riverside dining precinct, located at the former Boardwalk site – adjacent to the Goodwill Bridge – overlooking the River Bend Green development and the lawn amphitheatre at South Bank.

The open-air, pavilion-style development has a prime river frontage with its own small watercraft landing point.

Principale Architect on the project Andrew Gutteridge says the building was given a contemporary edge in keeping with the newly modernised South Bank.

“The architecture is a progression of abstracted vernacular roofs – they provide shelter over the Promenade which faces northeast for the ultimate postcard view of Brisbane,” says Gutteridge.

“The architecture is a progression of abstracted vernacular roofs – they provide shelter over the Promenade which faces northeast for the ultimate postcard view of Brisbane,” he says.

South Bank Corporation, the developers of River Bend, spent months searching the nation for the best new restaurant prospects to grace the riverfront dining precinct.

“Securing Stokehouse was a huge 'win', for not only South Bank but for Brisbane. We approached top restaurants across Australia, in particular, the Gourmet Traveller Top 100 – which is a national benchmark for excellence – to ensure the River Bend, says South Bank Corporations General Manager, (Commercial), Shane Beecroft.

Stokehouse

Stokehouse.com.au

(+617) 3013 0333

Sidon Street, South Bank QLD

4101(Under the Goodwill Bridge)

Arkhefield

(+617) 3831 8150

Arkhefield.com.au

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Design Hunter™ Q&A: Susan Weir

Susan's design credentials span from being an internationally published, award-winning interior and industrial designer, to holding a Bachelor’s degree of Industrial Design AD (Pratt Institute New York and the Royal Institute of Copenhagen). Susan has also completed her Masters in Design (University of Technology Sydney) and has, over time, become a connoisseur of her hometown New York City.

Susan is currently working as an industrial designer and design lecturer. She has headed design teams as design director with Steinegger Planning and Design New York and here she shares with us some of her favourite travel destinations and design icons from around the world.

Your name: Susan Weir

What you do: Industrial Designer / Design Educator

Your latest projects: Funkytower -a sculpture of soft stackable seating and 'Styling', a  study module for an online interior design school.

What is your favourite:

travel destinations New York City in Spring , and sailing in the Greek Islands, anytime .

hotel/place to stay The Ace Hotel in New York

airline Swiss Air

magazine Domus

three people that inspire you

1) Amelia Earhart

2) Steve Jobs

3) Frank Gehry

design classic 1966 MG B V8 Roadster

new design Philippe Starck Neoz series for Driade

meal Bouillabaisse

restaurant Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point

drink Ginger, lemon and cranberry juice with Bombay Gin

bar Old King Cole Bar at the St. Regis, New York

gallery/museum Carlo Scarpa's Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona , Italy

book Interview with History, by Oriana Fallaci

item in your studio Materials for Inspirational Design by Chris Lefteri

artwork Cy Twombly's Three Studies from the Temeraire

artist Henry Moore

piece of technology orange Dyson DC25

Learn more about Susan Weir's tour of New York City by reading this article on Habitus Living.

Visit the website: Food and Design 2012

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Susan Weir’s Food + Design New York City Tours

Food + Design travel tours have carefully compiled the ultimate tour for cultural elitists, aiming their product at a niche who enjoy the finer things in life. Find out why 47 million tourists visit New York each year when you take part in one of Susan Weir’s hand-picked  food and design tours of the Big Apple. Courtyard garden at the Museum of Modern Art. Greenwich Village Tour Guide Susan Weir, who curates all the tours, has spent twenty years of her life living in the 'city that never sleeps’. Her design credentials alone span from being an internationally published, award-winning interior and industrial designer, to holding a Bachelor’s degree of Industrial Design AD (Pratt Institute New York and the Royal Institute of Copenhagen). Susan has also completed her Masters in Design (University of Technology Sydney) and over time has become a food and design connoisseur of her hometown. On her five-day tour Design Hunters will get to immerse themselves in New York's cosmopolitan eccentricity (and tuck into some hearty New York fare along the way). Flatiron Building From classic ‘old’ New York to mega monster ‘new’ New York, Weir’s well-planned tours help visitors explore and get inspired. Small tours, take place in the Northern Hemisphere’s Spring with starts dates of 30 April, 7 & 14 May 2012. Weir insists that Springtime in New York ensures guests can enjoy 'cherry trees blooming along the avenues, crisp change of season air and real New Yorkers out and about on the street after having socked away their winter coats' .
Central Park
  Guggenheim Museum Anish Kapoor's sculpture Sky Mirror in New York City. In addition to the glamour and sophistication Weir wants to share with visitor, her design tour also takes tourists deeper into NYC showing the great metropolis as a rich collection of towns. Each day of the tour Weir explores an iconic not-to-be-missed precinct  such as Soho, Greenwich Village, Midtown and Central Park. Susan says guests will get a taste of Soho’s chequered past; of sweat shops and artist squatters lofts, before encountering the street chic wine bars, designer boutiques, open air markets, and galleries that have now taken up residence there. “Remnants of Soho’s true history are still evident in the cobble stone streets, cast iron façades and light industrial loft buildings,” says Weir. Ralph Lauren Beaux Arts style Mansion on Madison Avenue. “Greenwich Village is another beautifully preserved neighbourhood that’s home to artists, musicians and writers. In between the classic New York brownstones that line winding streets we’ll find rare and treasured green spaces, stroll around the funky, independently owned shops and eat in the restaurants that give the Village its distinct character,” Weir enthuses. The Food + Design 2012 Tour also takes in iconic Midtown along Fifth and Madison Avenues. She insists that art and design will not be enjoyed at the expense of food and wine. Guests can rest assured that each day of walking and discovering will include a nice long respite at a choice bistro or café where visitors can savour the riches of New York's multicultural cuisine.
Old King Cole Bar, St. Regis New York City
Get to know Susan Weir by reading her Design Hunter profile on Habitusliving.com.
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[nearly fully subscribed] Tour 2: 7 May to 11 May 2012 Tour 3: 14 May to 18 May 2012 All tours are contingent upon reaching a minimum of 10 participants For more information and tour description: Website: foodanddesign2012.com Email:  funkytower@gmail.com  abc
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ace stone + tiles introduce the Ecotech range of porcelain tiles

Founded in 1974 in Sydney, ace stone + tiles was created by brothers Rocco and Nick Peronace. At the time the small company was focused on sale of tiles to the general public, but was soon heavily involved in shaping what is now Sydney’s iconic CBD where their work is reflected on the internal and external designs of many commercial premises still standing today. Thirty-seven years  later ace stone + tiles continues to produce some of the finest quality porcelain tiles on the market. Although porcelain tiles are traditionally characterised by their low water absorption and high resistance properties, when choosing any tile specialist it’s important to remember that ‘you only get what you pay for'. Ecotech - grey  ace stone + tiles provide a fine grade porcelain tile with their new ‘Ecotech’ range manufactured by Florim is distributed exclusively by ace stone + tiles throughout Queensland. 'Ecotech' tiles are a sustainable product that is made from recycling up to 100% of unused materials. This innovative new tile design project re-uses dusts, mixtures and residues from the manufacture of other products. Recently receiving the prestigious Ecolabel certification, 'Ecotech' comes in four colour variations including Ecodark, Ecogreen Ecogrey and Ecolight. Ecotech light  These colours are all neutrally based and versatile. The tiles have been purpose designed to resist the elements, and hence are suitable for outdoor areas, interior living and commercial use. ace stone + tiles 'Ecotech' also comes in two surface variations; either double natural or structured surface which adds to the versatility of the product. Due to the difference finishes there are options to to blend these two in a manner appropriate to creating a continuous flow from interior to exterior. Based in Queensland, ace stone + tiles distribute Australia-wide. Their clientele ranges from residential projects to large-scale environments. The new Ecotech range, has already been used to cover the grounds of high traffic areas such as the Hilton Hotel Gold Coast, the Brisbane ‘Virgin’ Blue Terminal and the Robina Shopping Centre, Queensland. For more information Phone: (+617) 5493 3344 URL: www.acestone.com.au Email: info@acestone.com.auabc
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View to the Sky; Sky Frame by Swiss Building Products

swiss building materials From the wide brown land to our jewel sea, there is no other landscape on earth as unique and as varied as Australia’s. And for those of us lucky enough to live within viewing distance of our spectacular landscape, what better way to celebrate it in our homes than with the uninterrupted, panoramic views made possible by floor to ceiling, wall to wall, frameless glass windows. Sky-Frame is a Swiss-made glass window and door system that makes this possible, without compromising on thermal insulation factors that often prevent the use of large spans of glass in Australian homes. swiss building materials Made from tempered glass panels bonded with a fibreglass epoxy resin, the panels are strong and durable, and each panel can span up to 2.3m wide and up to 4m in height. This means that there can be fewer mullions, which break up the view. Where mullions are required, Sky-Frame’s thin 2cm wide mullions are minimal and unobtrusive, which creates a seamless transition between rooms.
The glass is fitted into an aluminium frame, which is recessed into the floor, wall and ceilings, hidden from view, which creates the frameless glass effect. With sliding glass door options, the panels can be set on track up to 4 panels deep and glide silently along low resistance, ball bearing rollers. The doors can be easily opened with just a push of a finger or even automated and operated with a remote control. Sky-Frame also has options to suit corners, allow you to open up to the views on more than one side.
swiss building materials Sky-Frame glass is untinted and thermally insulated, this allows the light to enter the room, as much as 98% of outdoor light, without letting in excessive heat. In fact, Sky-Frame is fully tested to Australian Standards and the heat resistance of Sky-Frame glass is even better than that of a double brick wall. This negates the problem of having large windows, which overheat the room and causes strain on air-conditioning systems and our energy resources.
Sky-Frame was brought to Australia by architect Renato Martellosio, whose company, Swiss Building Products imports and distributes high-quality European architectural products to the Australian market. Martellosio has more than 25 years’ experience as an architect in Switzerland. Now based in Perth, Martellosio has used Sky-Frame in a number high profile project for his clients. He now has a team of trained installers all over Australia who are taking Sky-Frame to high-end residential projects across our sunburnt country. Swiss Building Products (61 8) 9142 2211 swissbuildingproducts.com.au
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The Saffron Collection from Designer Rugs

Leading the way in ready-made rugs, Designer Rugs has recently built on its established line and released twelve new additions in their Saffron Collection. The Saffron Collection is an affordable flooring solution, with each rug hand tufted in New Zealand wool blend. Each of the new designs reflect an abstracted insight of nature and its surrounds and colours range from warm, neutral hues to vibrant, rich reds. Flourish Toledo                                                                                  DNA Toledo The twelve new additions provide the consumer with more options, new styles come in a wider range of colours, designs and sizes. Designer Rugs is concerned with accommodating the individual needs of their client and each rug comes with the option to be custom-made to suit a room or commercial interior. This bespoke offering means the client can choose a rug to suit any colour and size variation with customized options to accommodate hall runners and circular rugs. Digibloom                                                                                        Sway Azure The Designer Rugs showroom still offers regular 160 x 230cm size option and 190 x 280cm that are ready to purchase, but tailored options are also available. Designer Rugs offers their customers Australia-wide delivery, so why not add a little Saffron spice into your décor with a beautiful splash of colour? For more information: PHONE: 1300 802 561 URL: www.designerrugs.com.au EMAIL: ytal@designerrugs.com.auabc