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Quarter 21 Shop for the Soul

Life moves pretty fast these days. So thank heavens for the Quarter 21 French-style deli and Cookery School on Level 5 of the Sydney Westfield. Nestled in between the Bécasse bakery and the Quarter 21 dining room, the deli and cooking school have been designed to wedge just as perfectly into your busy lifestyle. Firstly they have a bottle shop, with everything from a cheeky Victorian rosé to a delicious Friday night Burgundy. Secondly, the deli takes the pain out of mid-week dinners by stocking a fridge full of cheese, herbs, vegetables, organic meat and pre-made delights like mac’n’cheese. Sauces, mustards and dressings abound on the farmhouse-style table at the centre of the store, while the piece de resistance is the inclusion of deli treats that have sprung direct from kitchens of these acclaimed restaurants. Hey presto! Fancy a bit of gravalax salmon, or beetroot-cured trout? What about picking up a stick of Café de Paris butter to melt over your steak? A trip to Quarter 21 could save you 4 hours. Heck it could save your marriage! The brilliant design of the deli at Quarter 21 is no accident. Bécasse chef Justin North intended his new venture to be a quartet of food service and supply. Dining Quarter 21 presents fine food in a more relaxed setting, the Shop for the Soul deli supplies fab food for home, Bécasse is a still must-visit for intimate silver service, and the bakery – well this is just plain irresistible. But life’s not complete without a challenge. That’s why Justin North has thought of everything, and not presumed we can all cook. Cashing in on Australians 'going gourmet'  he’s also introduced a program of fun cooking schools. Opt in for ‘Stocks and Sauces’, ‘Brulées and Soufflées’ or learn to cook a 'Seasonal Dinner Party'. Get up early on a Saturday to join a chef shopping at Eveleigh Markets, or choose a class that teaches you just how to make sourdough. The cooking school itself (which doubles as a place for aperitivo on Friday nights) is an intimate room holding 16 guests at a time. The classes have an ‘up close and personal feel’ featuring local, interstate and international guest chefs. Launching their second autumn program in February, the Q21 Cookery School has classes with Monty Koludrovic (head chef at Bécasse) who leads the 'To Market, To Market' session, a charcuterie session with Michael Robinson (head chef at Quarter Twenty One) who shows folks how to cure meats, and tutorials with James Metcalfe (head chef at Etch) who explains the mysteries of whipping up stylish canapés. Don’t starve yourself in the city. Bypass by the food court and get involved at Quarter 21. Everyone’s doing it. Quarter 21 Level 5, shop 5018, Westfield Sydney corner Castlereagh and Market Streets Sydney P: (612) 8064 7900 Email: cookeryschool@quartertwentyone.com.au Download the Cookery School Brochure here.abc
Design Hunters

Design Hunter™ Q&A with Suzanne Trocme

Early in Suzanne's career she moved to the USA and began working on in store development for Italian fashion labelBenetton. Her interest in retail space and design then led her to work  for Paul Smith as Retail Coordinator and for Ralph Lauren as Creative Coordinator for Polo Store Development in Europe.

Currently visiting Australia to promote Bernhardt Design at Ke-zu, this week Suzanne took time out to share with us some of her design favourites.

Your name:  Suzanne Trocmé

What you do: Curator/Author/Furniture Designer

Your latest project: Curating the London Design Festival

What is your favourite…

travel destination - New York for weekend, the Antipodes for relaxation

hotel/place to stay - still The Mercer, always the Mercer, New York.

airline - Virgin - it goes to all my places.

magazine - New York Times Magazine

watchmaker - I wear Cartier casually, Jaeger-LeCoultre otherwise.

luxury goods company - Bottega Veneta

three people that inspire and excite you

1) Martin Brudnizki - hotel designer and friend

2) Nadja Swarovski - we laugh a lot and get things done

3) John Pawson architect - he is my rock

design classic - Patricia Urqioula's Bloomy chair. A new classic. And Mies' Barcelona chair without question.

new design - anything by Raw Edges

meal - Coulibiac - Russian fish pie

restaurant - Tinello London

drink - Champagne

bar - The external bar at Soho Beach House Hotel, Miami

gallery/museum - LACMA Los Angeles

book - whatever I am reading - currently Cry Havic by Simon Mann

item in your studio - a highly colourful bowl by Campagna Brothers bought at a charity auction.

artwork - self portrait by my husband - his voice trace painted. He is an artist.

artist - Jeff Koons but don't tell my husband.

piece of technology - iPad - I practically live in it.

creative philosophy  -  logical design becomes emotive design.

what does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you?  The ability to edit.

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Design Hunter™ Q&A with Nathan Bachli

Your name: Nathan Bachli

What you do: General Manager at Hub Furniture

Your latest project: Fit out and relocation of Hub’s new head office in Melbourne.

What is your favourite…

travel destination Texas, USA

hotel/place to stay Dunton Hot springs, San Juan Mountains, USA

airline Qantas

magazine Mononcle

watchmaker Frederique Constant

luxury goods company Pal Zileri

three people that inspire/excite you

1)  Explorer Ranulph Fiennes

2)  Actor & larrikin Errol Flynn

3)  Architect Richard Neutra

design classic F 51 Sofa & Armchair, Walter Gropius

new design  Klara armchair, Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

( also available through Hub Furniture)

favourite type of chair Balzac armchair, Matthew Hilton for SCP London. There is no better way to spend a Sunday.

meal  Steak au poivre

restaurant Bistro Gitan, Melbourne

drink  H2O

bar  Duke of Wellington, Sloane Square, London (where I drink beer my 2nd favourite drink)

gallery/museum Palais de Tokyo

book  On The Road, Jack Kerouac

item in your studio  Moleskin notebook

artwork Patricia Picinini, The Fitzroy Series

artist  Early 1900’s photographer Philippe Halsman

piece of technology The Calculator

creative philosophy   Trust your intuition

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René Lacoste liked to innovate.  During his passionate life as a tennis professional he dreamt up wild designs and inventions, among them the famous L.12.12 polo shirt and the first ever tennis-ball throwing machine. Now Lacoste LAB continues to innovate by releasing a range of stylish collection of produits sportif.       ‘By seeking new materials and new designs, the LACOSTE LAB expands the ways in which Lacoste expresses itself and boldly takes the crocodile into fields which it has yet to venture’, explains Lacoste Design Director Christophe Pillet, who helps to head up the LACOSTE LAB project. The LAB Collection, recently collaborated with global brands, seeking out a expert designer for each product. GPA Design produced a carbon fibre helmet, LOOK produced a bike, the surfboard was shaped by J.P. Stark and engineered by NOTOX, while the skis are produced by Black Crows.     Soccer and rugby balls were born from a collaboration with MITRE Sports and the boomerang is produced by 3B of thin birch plywood. LACOSTE LAB lacoste.com/lababc
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Cloud Furniture by Tim Collins

Tim Collins is a Melbourne-based industrial designer who floats happily between a range of projects. From designing domestic objects like chairs and coat stands, through to the creation of quirky eye-catching commercial pop-ups - he has a knack for re-appropriating every day objects in a new way. His axe inspired realax stools caught our eye with their wobbly organic shape, as did his functional and fun computer key stools. Here he talks about the commercial development of these products and what's next for Cloud Melbourne. Q&A Habitus Living: How long have these products been in development?  Tim Collins: The realax stools took about a year to design, prototype and develop. They have been in production for two years, but the bench is a new addition that was just launched just this year. The key seat was designed ten years ago and it was my first product on the market. It was launched over seven years ago and was available as a fibreglass version before being a rotomoulded Polyethylene version just a couple of years later.. How stable are the three-legged stools?  The Realax stools are very stable. In fact three legged stools are more stable than four as you have a triangular configured contact points, as opposed to flimsy square shaped four points. The rough, rounded shape of these gives then an organic/ prehistoric appeal – what inspired them?  The name ‘realax’ speaks for itself with the design derived from axe handles. The form of an everyday item is the inspiration for this range of elegant and organic furniture pieces. Durable in structure and warm in appearance the ‘realaxes’ adapt the subtle curving form of the axe handle into a sculptural leg design – producing a beautiful series of stools, benches and side tables. What are the small modular stools intended for? Clients often use the ‘realaxes’ as a side table next to baths or sofas. Or they are used for low seating in cafes. The ‘realax’ collection also includes a bench and a high stool - with full sized axe handles. They are available in natural, black stain or different stains on request. The key seats were designed to suit the hospitality industry, schools and universities, as well as break out areas in corporate environments or as an individual ottoman. They are available in 16 different colours. You have worked on commercial projects – how do you enjoy or how do you compare the creation of objects for residences?  Is the process the same?  The process is very different when creating products for the consumer market as opposed to one-off limited edition pieces or projects for specific clients. Choosing materials and production techniques is a lot more significant when working on products as there is the issue of consistency in quality control for multiple units, focus on sustainability and of course pricing. There is a lot more scope for experimentation and freedom with one off pieces or projects but having said that I enjoy the challenges of both. Do you have any new furniture designs in development? Yes, we are working on quite a few new products and projects at the moment, including a multi-purpose table and a very uniquely shaped coat stand. I am also working on a bicycle component as well as other commissioned pieces.tim collins cloud melbpurne Tim Collins Cloud Melbourne Cloudmelbourne.comabc
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Design Hunter™ Q&A with Belynda Henry

Your name: Belynda Henry

What you do: I am an artist, painter and teacher.

Your latest project ... is an exhibition of paintings and sculpture inspired by the landscape and colour.It took me a year to produce and is on show now at Richard Martin Art.

What is your favourite…

travel destination Hamilton island or Paris!

hotel/place to stay  Qualia, Hamilton Island.

magazine Belle, Vogue Living, Inside Out.

watchmaker Longines

luxury goods company Loius VuittonHermès

three people that inspire/excite you

1)  Louise Olsen, Dinosaur Designs

2)  Elizabeth Cummings, painter

3)  My 2 daughters for their innocent pure belief in their mum.

design classic  Hermès, Kelly bag.

new design  Landrover Discovery

favourite type of chair Largest size king leather lounge

restaurant Pendolino, Strand Arcade

drink Bollinger

gallery/museum Long list. From the Louvre to AGNSW, plus the many amazing galleries around Sydney that inspire me immensely.

book I am reading  Right now I'm reading The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

item in your studio  Paints and brushes..

artwork My daughters paintings from when they were tiny. I love the freedom and looseness in childrens creations.

artist  I love passionate, creative, succesful artists who believe in their work.

piece of technology iPhone, iPad

creative philosophy Always believe, search everyday, create everyday and never give up.

Belynda Henry's work is currently on show at Richard Martin Art in Paddington NSW until 7 March 2011.

Richard Martin Art

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Habitus loves …mixing drinks

Inside-out martini

Designed by: BY" AMT Why we love it:Unassuming and simple the Inside-out martini glass is housed in an easy-to handle glass cube. Where you can get it: BY: AMT alt

Bullet shaker

Designed by: Arne Jacobsen Why we love it: Classic and understated the divine bullet shaker by Arne Jacobsen is simple and chic. It makes you want to take your shaking seriously. Where you can get it: Corporate Culture alt

Debonair Ice-bucket

Designed by: Vera Wang Why we love it: Old school meets new school in this nifty ice bucket inspired the art-deco era. Grab your tongs and make a hygienic ritual of your drinks service. Where you can get it:Wedgwood alt

Ice pincers

Designed by: Georg Jensen Why we love it: VERTICA clean lines and elongated forms recall the golden age of cocktails. Where you can get it:Georg Jensen alt

AK47 ice

Why we love it: These ice trays pack 10 AK47 bullets of pure water to crate novelty ice. Where you can get it: Charles and Marie alt

Debonair ice scoop

Designed by: Vera Wang Why we love it: With a very glamorous take on cocktail hour, Vera Wangs debonair ice scoop presents an neat alterative to ice tongs. Where you can get it: Wedgwood alt

Pouring tools

Designed by: Established & sons Why we love it:Slick and sleek these pewter jugs are made from two intersecting cones. Inspired by old-style oilcans they are the perfect accoutrement for any bar. Where you can get the fabric: LivingEdge alt

Aster X

Designed by:Poltrona Frau Why we love it:A sexy re-interpretation of the classic director's chair, this laid-back leather upholstered chair invites one to sit back and ponder the day's activities while drinking a Whiskey Sour. Where you can get it: Corporate Culture alt
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Aesop celebrates 25 years

Designing stores around key textures and materials, Aesop has really pushed the boundaries of small store design in recent years. They’ve opened a string of captivating retails stores across the globe, working with like-minded architects to create hearty brand experiences. In Australia and Paris they've chosen architects from March Studio, and in New York Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox. In Singapore they took March Studio to design the Millennia Walk signature store while in Japan they made a splash in two towns with Jo Nagasaka of Sschemata. Along the way they have succeeded in creating 45 intimate spaces that manage to echo one brand promise. By putting their commitment to good design first, they captured an anti-brand sentiment that sits neatly with their au naturale products. According to Product Advocate Suzanne Santos, the key to their success lies in maintaining a sense of humour and a healthy respect for expression. Aesop Ginza, by Jo Nagasaka of Sschemata, Japan. Suzanne Santos, Aesop Product Advocate “Aesop partnerships are inspired by relationships with those who hold the same core values as us. Each partnership is carefully established. “We sell our products in over forty-five international spaces and each of these store openings has had its own architectural feel and brand building significance. There are, of course some Aesop doors that captivate entire cities, such as our Rue Saint Honoré store in Paris, our Nolita store in New York and our first Tokyo store in Aoyama,” but Santos says, they're all key to selling the brand worldwide. Aesop Paris, Rue Saint Honoré, by March Studio Australia. “Rue St Honoré for example is one of the most referenced stores by our international customers. It is made up of rudimentary planks of Tasmanian timber laid on top of each other to create an interplay of materiality, light and shade. Aesop Singapore by March Studio, Australia. "In Tokyo, our flagship store in Aoyama has a ’lived in’ history in all of its fixtures.  The store is appropriated from an old and disused seamstress’s house that lies forty minutes outside of the city, " says Santos. Aesop Aoyama, Japan by Jo Nagasaka of Sschemata Careful not to single out too many of the retail outlets Santos explains that while materials and texture lead design –architects also take  visual cues from the chosen site. This notion, she says, will be evident once again when they unveil their up coming store  in Collins St Melbourne later this year. In this case their store is being built in a space that forms part of the Athenaeum club. “The key thematic thread is a male salon with huge and languid leather curtain acting as a key feature. This seeks to create a private and intimate space that subtly intertwines with the history of the club and also speak to the local clientele in a mature and masculine manner." After 25 years, the stores have grown ever more awe-inspiring but the packaging remains relatively unchanged. “Everything supports the products – the architecture, the design, the innovation - they are all constantly developing. “Our consumer is one who is interested by the contents of our unadorned packaging, and interested the unexpected manner in which we communicate cosmetics. “The majority of what you see, is generated in-house with a dedicated group of graphic designers, but throughout our history, Dennis has selected individual designers to work on special projects.” "The packaging remains largely unchanged. But of course with each new subsidiary, and with each passing year, the scale of our production increases and the scope of our product range expands. Since Aesop was founded, to this very day, all our products have been made in Australia and our respect for literature and written expression has continued to form the backdrop to our communication for the entire twenty-five years," Santos says. Aesop Flinders Lane, March Studio, Australia.  Aesop Bondi Beach, opened in May 2011, is a relaxed and light-filled space, befitting the location. Tucked away from the crowded foreshore, it speaks to its setting by including aged Geelong wharf timber, fixtures of pale grey and white, and a marble countertop to cool the hands on steamy summer days. Designed by Zenta Tanaka, an architect and proprietor of Melbourne’s CIBI, the store contains a carefully combined selection of natural materials, including boulders in the walls and dips in the floor. Tanaka says: ‘Dips in the landscape can be beautiful; they’re where things might change and grow. And combining mature wood, marble and varying textures lends a sense of relaxed character and calmness to the space.’ Aesop Bondi Beach To mark 25 years Aesop is introducing a brand new hair care range. The Black Label haircare Range. "It is the largest single product launch we have undertaken to date, with ten new products to be introduced, all dedicated to the best in scalp and hair health and maintenance, " says Santos, click here to learn more. Aesop Aesop.comabc


Designed by: Claudio Bellini Made by: Schiavello I am: Chairs and tables About Me: This unique character, with a variety of colour options makes Blom suitable for a wide range of applications. A quiet continuous perimeter on the back and side of the chair provide a sense of unique privacy and appropriate space presence while, on the front, an unexpected, softly rounded and smiling seat area is inviting you to enjoy a break. Designed by world renowned designer, Claudio Bellini, the Blom collection works in a friendly and elegant outdoor landscape, or integrated into a classic or contemporary indoor environment. “A fine soul, a tough presence, a genuine mission...those are in my thoughts the most significant values of Blom” (Claudio Bellini, Designer). Manufactured from medium density polyethylene with a UV additive allows the Blom tables to be placed indoors or used in an outdoor environment. The tables are easily movable and have been weighted to avoid tipping during use.   Materials: Rotomoulded polyethylene, UV stabalised, 100 per cent recyclable. Chair, low and side tables are also available upholstered. Dimensions: Chair: 660 mm W x 600 mm D, seat height 430 mm, overall height 750 mm Cafe table: 800mm D x 720mm H Side table: 530mm W x 500mm H Low table: 818mm W x 350mm H   For more information www.schiavello.com/blom or phone 1300 130 980abc

Toby’s Café & Wine Bar

Sydney has always been lacking in the kind of tiny café by day, wine bar by night locations that make Melbourne’s food scene so lively. Yet, with the introduction of new licensing regulations, this looks set to change. Owners of Toby’s Café in Potts Point, Mario Szucs and Josh Folden, have been serving the signature Toby’s Estate coffee blend up to the local community since 2007. Late last year, however they decided to extend their opening hours and add a wine menu to their offering. To complete the transformation from café to wine bar, the tiny space needed a fresh new look. Szucs and Folden brought local interior designer Michael Kilkeary from Embark Design on board to re-invigorate the interiors. At only 25m2, the interior needed to be highly functional – so Kilkeary added a servery window for ‘express coffee’ service. He also included a self-service water tap. The beautiful copper tap is a key feature in the café and reflects the elegant and refined industrial aesthetic of the space. Metallic finishes – such as copper, brass and gold – contrast with the stainless steel finish in the kitchen and serving areas, while dark timber wall panels and Tom Dixon glass pendant lights add a touch of luxury. The tiny café is quick to fill up yet avoids feeling claustrophobic, thanks to a large bronze mirror that gives the illusion of an expansive space, and the interiors strong connection to the outside seating area. The café now trades until 5pm, at which time it is transformed into a wine bar open to 10pm that caters mainly to the after work crowd. The new Toby’s goes to show that a small space can make a big impact.  abc

2012 Taste of Sydney

Experience Sydney’s best restaurants, enjoy fine food and wine from over 100 top producers and join us for an unforgettable party in the park. Tipped as the culinary event of the season, the restaurant line up for this year’s event includes: Four in Hand, Saké Restaurant & Bar, Quarter 21, Flying Fish, Longrain, Efendy, Otto Ristorante, The Montpellier Public House, L’etoile, The Cut Bar & Grill, A Tavola, Ormeggio at the Spit and Spiedo, with more to be announced. Alongside a tasting menu like no other, visitors can enjoy a full programme of interactive features and sip, sample and shop their way around the award-winning wineries and boutique suppliers of the Taste Producers Market. Save the date, invite your friends and book your tickets to Taste today! For more information visit www.tasteofsydney.com.au. WIN: You and 5 friends could attend the opening night of Taste of Sydney for free by answering this simple question below. Just tell us what you love most about the dining scene around Sydney and you could be there on opening night! abc