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Furniture
Habitus Loves

Habitus loves … colour in the bedroom

Andromeda

Designed by: Poltrona Frau Why we love it:Bright and cheerful, this bed is upholstered in bright orange Pelle Frau leather and set off by a painted maple wood headboard. The concave shape is slightly tapered along the top edge to give it its bouncy shape.Where you can get it: Corporate Culturealt

Lelit

Designed by: Paola Navone Why we love it: Made-to-measure, this eccentric bed with high, padded headboard, acts as a windbreak that envelops and protects you as you sleep. Also available in midnight blue (main picture).Where you can get it: Corporate Culturealt

Camp fire

Designed by: Minnie PwerleWhy we love it: Designer Rugs are truly celebrating Australian indigenous design with this bold rug by artist Minnie Pwerle. Camp fire is just one design in the limited edition Atnwengerrp Collection, that can really inject some colour into the bedroom.Where you can get it: Designer Rugsalt

Boomerang chill

Designed by: Quim LarreaWhy we love it: Tailored to suit the use of elderly Design Hunters this lovely chair also doubles a place to throw clothes, layout outfits and play with accessories. Install in the corner of your room for a bright injection of warm colour.Where you can get it: Ke-zualt

Formers shade

Designed by:Anne and Jack LightWhy we love it:Delicate and eccentric, this hand-made lamp that sits above its former is a beautful umbrella shaped accessory for the bedroom.Where you can get it: Rossana Orlandialt

Mademoiselle

Designed by:MissoniWhy we love it: Perfect for accompanying a dressing table or writing desk, this flamboyant chair adds bold floral spice to any white or minimalist interior.Where you can get it: Spence & Lydaalt

Loving vine

Designed by: MarimekkoWhy we love it: This oversized and abstract botanical print looks like it has swamped this bedroom sized settee. Relax and put your feet up on this bright little couch while you decide what to wear for the evening. Let the lovely shades of green, swirl over your consciousness.Where you can get the fabric: Marimekkoalt

Peacock chair

Designed by: Patricia Urquiola Anne and Jack LightWhy we love it:Delicate and eccentric this hand made lamp that sits above its former is a beautful umbrella shaped accessory for the bedroom.Where you can get it: B&B Italia at Space Furniturealt
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Furniture

Designer Warehouse Sale – Saturday 25th February

We have it on good authority that a couple of Catherine Martin designs will be up for grabs from Designer Rugs, as well as some other great products like the Flos Glo Ball table lamp from Euroluce $499 (reduced from $1040) and Flos Kelvin desk lamp $299 (from $713). There will also be the Mattiazzi Branca chair $399 ($1315) from Corporate Culture, and a Fritz Hansen PK22 easy chair $1499 ($4542). From the Designer Rugs Saffron collection you can also pick up rug that was $990 for a sale price of just $594. The warehouse sale which started last week, has had a fresh influx of stock since Sunday. The sale will therefore continue at Unit 17, 30-32 Beaconsfield Road, Alexandria this Saturday 25 February (only) from 10am-4pm.
'Shoka' by Akira ABOUT THE BRANDS Designer Rugs For over twenty five years Designer Rugs have complimented the aesthetics of residential homes and commercial spaces throughout the world with rugs of exceptional quality and unique designs. By working in collaboration with leading Australian artists and designers, this innovative and design focused company has earned an outstanding reputation for producing custom made rugs for private clients and commercial professionals alike. Designer Rugs also provides customers looking for ready made rugs with affordable and creative collections of hand made rugs in a wide variety of styles, influences and sizes. Designer Rugs Designerrugs.com.au Euroluce
Euroluce is fully owned and operated within Australia and is one of the Country's most established and respected providers of solutions for the Australian Interior design and Architectural Lighting markets. The Company has an uninterrupted history operating since 1978 in the Australian lighting marketplace and has developed a strong portfolio of clients and projects around its core values of quality, design integrity, originality, innovation and service excellence.
Euroluce core market segments and strengths include lighting solutions for Shopping Centres, Multi-Chain Fashion & Specialty Retail, Supermarkets, Hotels, Restaurants & Bars, Commercial Offices, Public Areas such as Airport Terminals, Residential Luxury & Multi-Dwelling. Euroluce.com.au Flos Glo Ball Lamp Corporate Culture In 1997, Corporate Culture was formed to provide not only exceptional designer furniture, but also a high level of customer service, a combination not yet experienced in the Australian marketplace. In his endeavours since then, company founder and director Richard Munao has built one of the most comprehensive collections of brand partners in Australia and New Zealand. Corporate Culture has grown from its first location in Sydney to now include showrooms in Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland as well as distributors in Canberra, Adelaide and Perth.
Branca Chair
Contact details: 02 9690 0077 Email: info@corporateculture.com.au
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Furniture

Landscape 11

Designed by: Jeffrey Bernett Manufacturer: B&B Italia I am a: Chaise About me: Just arrived at Space Furniture Ten years since its debut in the B&B Italia collection and still one of their most popular pieces, the Landscape 11 Chaise by Jeffrey Bernett which was re-launched at the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair has just arrived at Space Furniture. New and improved, the Landscape 11 combines a sleek new rocking base as well as a super-comfortable cushioned seat designed by Kvadrat for B&B Italia, making this chaise the perfect place to relax on lazy afternoons. Landscape is available with a bronzed nickel painted or bright chromed steel frame.  The Kvadrat cushion is available in seven colour variations (mustard yellow, purple, yellow, beige, sage green, orange and dark brown). More on Jeffrey Bernett New York designer Jeffrey Bernett runs a multi-disciplinary design studio, working with clients including Michael Kors, Northwest Airlines and B&B Italia. Visit more space magazine to learn more about Jeffrey Bernett. Heidi Dokulil talks to Jeffery Bernett about his New York practice, an increasingly global community plus his experience designing for B&B Italia, a long term role that sees him collaborate strategically on all aspects of the design process.   Read full article. http://www.morespacemagazine.com/2009/08/09/jeffrey-bernett/   Materials: Internal frame: Tubular steel and steel profiles. Internal frame upholstery: Bayfit® (Bayer®) flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam, polyester fibre cover. Headrest cushion upholstery: Shaped polyurethane, polyester fibre, polyester fibre cover. Support frame: Drawn steel. Dimensions: 610mm w 1610mm d x 790mm h: seat height 280mm Space Furniture Sydney 84 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015 t 02 8339 7588  infosydney@spacefurniture.com.au Melbourne 629 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121 03 9426 3000 infomelbourne@spacefurniture.com.au Brisbane 10 James Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 t 07 3253 6000  infobrisbane@spacefurniture.com.au www.spacefurniture.com.au Product Information   abc
Architecture
Homes

Separation Street by dKO Architects

Completed in December 2011, this project consists of two dwellings on a 270m2 corner lot in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Created for an emerging development company, dKO Architecture set out to explore and push traditional urban forms.  Playing around with suburban perceptions, motifs and vernacular, their aim was to create a great value proposition for the client in two contemporary and compact townhouses. The whole project was achieved for a budget of just $650,000 by using basic materials and simple traditional forms to produce savings. “Formally, there are obvious references to traditional roof form,” says Lead Architect Jesse Linardi. “But what we proposed was a different formal solution ...We challenged ourselves to investigate the mansard roof typology in order to mitigate a traditional two storey mass,” he says. “It needed to be sensitive. These gestures challenged traditional building technologies yet also offered economical and lightweight possibilities,” Linardi says. dKO attribute the low cost of the project to two factors. Firstly the use of traditional building materials in creative ways (such as running Colourbond down the walls) and secondly using simple traditional forms that any builder could build, rather than requiring a specialist. “We also questioned the idea of identity with the result being two houses that are the same but different …. they are cousins, not twins. There are nuances in form, color detailing and interior spatial arrangements,” he says. Linardi says the houses are programmed differently from normal. Living is inverted to the top floor, in part due to the pressures of a limited lot size (110 s2m each) and bedrooms are located on the ground level. The small balconies and sliding doors allow for cross-ventilation of the building and each home has two storeys, three-bedrooms and either a carport or lock up garage. “The site layout responds and respects the historical subdivision pattern; adjacent built form is respected through setback, form and materials. Interior details are simple and considered, not ostentatious with the  Interior Design by Jhana Pfeiffer-Hunt and Styling by Dana Goldberg. dKO Architects  abc
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Accessories

Evergreen eco fashion

Fashion Designer Georgia McCorkill wants to change the world one dress at a time. Using plant dyes, up-cycling and decorative hand stitching, Georgia McCorkill is taking the notions of re-use and recycle into her own hands. She is just one of three designers who have their work on display at Object Gallery in Sydney show called Evergreen. Evergreen exhibition Evergreen launched at Object Gallery in Sydney (27 January-25 March) is an attempt to draw our attention to clothes that are made with sustainable fibres and in an ethical manner. Georgia McCorkill has three pieces on display Since commencing her Phd at RMIT University two years ago, she has been using the world of fashion and celebrity to promote sustainable special occasion wear. Using her own creative blogging platform (The Red Carpet Project) she taking her environmental messages to a more mainstream audience. “The Red Carpet Project is part of PhD at RMIT University in the school of Architecture and Design,” explains Georgia, “You know everyone loves a pretty dress, so I’m wondering about the captivating qualities of special occasion ware and am looking at how I can use that spectacle to promote messages around sustainability” she says. Photograph by Peter Ryle from Spirit of the Black Dress exhibition, 2011 Gown by Georgia McCorkill When Georgia found herself reflecting on the vain, vapid and downright banal dialogue occurring on most red carpets around the world, she saw an opportunity to inject some more earth-speak into the limelight. “Last year I did a project for the Logies and I dressed Zoe Tuckwell-Smith who is an actress on Winners and Losers on Channel 7. I made a gown for her,” says Georgia. Up-cycled Logies gown by Georgia McCorkill "So if I am making a dress for someone, the only criteria, is that they are interested in the ideals of the project," she says. One of the key challenges for Georgia is finding celebrities who are sympathetic to her environmental ideals and will take a risk on the gowns. Dress by Julia Knüpfer  “If you imagine a red carpet scenario – people are talking about their clothes, the designer, obviously promoting the designer or the jeweler who made what they are wearing. But it is sort of this very banal conversation that happens and it is important for fashion, but it's never the less a very mundane conversation," she says. Three key methodologies inform Georgia's work. First is the up-cycling of fabric remnants, that she gets from other designers cutting room floor. The second is the use of plant dyes to stain and treat the fabrics, and the third is the reuse and re-imagining of dresses or gowns after they have been worn. Three pieces of Georgia’s work is currently on display at Evergreen gallery – where an exhibition of sutainable fashion includes work from Julia Knüpfer and Holly McQuillan. To find out more about the exhibition click here. Object Galleryabc
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Accessories

The Volo Collection

Designed by: Alessio Pinto Made by: Flaminia for Parisi Bathware I am: The Volo collection including wall basin, wall hung suite and bidet. About Me: The stunning Volo Collection from Parisi Bathware radiates an unmitigated simplicity by a reduction of ceramic thickness and elegant straight lines. Materials: Ceramic Dimensions: Wall basin: 850mm height, 660mm length, 160mm depth.   Parisi Bathware parisi.com.auabc
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Accessories

Flexinduction Cooktop

Designed by: NEFF Made by: NEFF I am: Induction Cooktop   About Me: The new Neff FlexInduction cooktop revolutionises home cooking allowing even the most inexperienced home cook to cook like a professional chef.  Underpinned by Neff’s philosophy that a kitchen is much more than just a kitchen and kitchen appliances are more than just appliances, FlexInduction’s unrivalled speed, precision, convenience and safety helps every home cook achieve perfection.   Offering the home cook a new level of choice and flexibility with induction cooking, the new flexible cooking zone can accommodate a large roasting pan or large pot of pasta to several smaller pots and pans at one time. Everything can be shifted around as needed. The FlexInduction-Zone automatically detects pan sizes and positions and heats them exactly where they’re located. While technologically advanced oval inductors ensure optimal heat distribution allowing for an evenly heated cooking surface.  As a result, the home cook has total flexibility in choosing what, where and how they cook. Flexinduction Cooktop   Similarly to a gas hob - that as soon as it’s switched on its ready to cook - FlexInduction’s immediacy saves time and allows the precise control of temperature and cooking duration. This unrivalled level of speed and precision means that the simplest of tasks such as boiling water is reduced by 25% and as much as 55% when the PowerBooster function is used - perfect for people with busy lifestyles.   The new FlexInduction cooktop also boasts TwistPad, the unique one-knob control from Neff.  TwistPad allows for quick easy operation in the form of a single removable magnetic switch.  The moveable design feature acts not only as a safety device allowing the home cook to move the controls away from a child’s inquisitive fingers but also allows for easy cleaning.   As would be expected the reasons to choose Neff’s FlexInduction cooktop are not only limited to its clever innovations. FlexInduction is also extremely safe.  Heat is generated in the pan by magnetic eddy currents leaving the cooktop cool having only absorbed a little radiant heat. If the cooktop doesn’t detect a pot or pan, it remains cool – even if switched on. Not only does this mean greater safety and energy savings, it also prevents spillages and overflows from burning onto the surface so cleaning has also never been easier.  A child lock also allows all settings to be reliably locked, eliminating the possibility of accidental operation.    Materials: Black ceramic glass with stainless steel trim and controls   Dimension: T44T43N0 FlexInduction cooktop 60cm wide T44T97N0 FlexInduction cooktop 90cm wide   Neff www.theneffkitchen.com.au www.neff.com.au facebookabc
Design Hunters
People

Q&A with Design Hunter™ Jon Holland

Jon Holland lives and breathes design. To him the term Design Hunter means an often uncontrollable and unabating obsession for design. This week he shares with us his personal passions for designers and objects.

Your name: Jon Holland

What you do: State Manager for Space Furniture in Victoria.

Your latest project: Laying out our new showroom displays for this year

What is your favourite…

travel destination Milan

airline Qantas

magazine Broadsheet

watchmaker Omega

three people that inspire/excite you

1) Jasper Morrison for his understanding of design and overall philosophy

2) Tadao Ando for creating the most emotive spaces

3) Maarten Van Severen for his detailing and refined rawness

design classic Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp Chapel

new design  Husk chair by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

favourite type of chair At the moment it’s the Monopod by Japer Morrison for Vitra

meal  (I think the company you share a meal with is the most important part)

restaurant Spice Temple, Melbourne

drink Campari and soda

bar Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes, Shoreditch, London

gallery/museum Heide Museum of Modern Art

book An Artist of the Floating World – Kashuo Ishiguro

item in your studio  Olivetti Valentine typewriter designed By Ettore Sottsass/Perry King

artwork Anish Kapoor – Void

artist Bill Viola

piece of technology Omega Speedmaster Professional - old technology, but the first watch worn on the moon

creative philosophy  Keep your eyes and mind open at all times

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Design Products
Accessories

Series 28 Desklamp

The Series 28 Desklamp slumps on the coffee table. A quest is an exploration of fabrication process, Series 28 is part of designer Omer Arbel’s quest for specificity in manufacturing. Made from blown glass, electrical hardware and crochet memory cable, this unique shaped lamp is the result of a complex glass blowing technique. During the glass blowing process air pressure is intermittently introduced into and then removed from a glass matrix which is intermittently heated and then rapidly cooled. The result is a distorted spherical shape with a composed collection of inner shapes, one of which is made of opaque milk glass and houses a low voltage (12V, 20W) xenon. The 28d fixture is designed to sit on a horizontal surface (a desk, table, shelf, or even the floor). It consists of a single illuminated 28 piece wired to a flexible grey crochet memory cable. The cable is intended to be coiled into a sculptural pattern to provide a cushioned surface on which the glass sits. Suitable for residential and commercial use. CSA, CE approved; approved to UL standard by CSA, popular applications include single pieces sitting alone or clusters over tables in residential or office environments. Bocci Bocci.caabc
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The Bisazza Foundation opens with Pawson show

As the industry’s leading producer of glass mosaic, Bisazza has carved a place for itself as as luxury Italian design brand. In recent years the Italian company has also grown opening 12 new flagship stores from Antwerp to Tokyo and launching new collections. 2006 saw them launch their  Home collection, and in 2011 they set chins wagging by introducing a bathroom range designed by Jamie Hayon and Marcel Wanders. Now the Bisazza Foundation is set to launch. In June 2012 a ribbon will be cut to officially launch a re-imagined corporate headquarters in Italy. The Bisazza Foundation, located in Montecchio Maggiore, near Venice is a newly overhauled cultural space that will be purely dedicated to design and contemporary architecture. Stretching over 6000 metres the Bisazza Foundation will  showcase art works and installations in mosaics created by internationally renowned artists and designers. Bisazza Foundation for Design and Architecture, has been established as a private non-profit organisation that will be open to the public.  Piero and Rossella Bisazza, respectively the President and Vice-President of the Foundation, says the Bisazza Foundation has a dual vocation. “It is intended as an exhibition space to bring together works and installations by contemporary designers and architects who, over the course of the last 20 years, have created original applications for mosaics; it is also proposed as a cultural subject in continuous interaction with other international institutions for the purposes of hosting projects and exhibitions of design and architecture, not necessarily associated with mosaics”. To mark the official opening, for the first time in Italy, the Bisazza Foundation will present ‘John Pawson – Plain Space’, a major exhibition of the works of acclaimed British designe., This exhibition realised in conjunction with the Design Museum, London is an original, site-specific work made especially for the Foundation. The “John Pawson - Plain Space” exhibition (opening 8 June) celebrates Pawson's career from the early 1980s to date. It presents his architecture and product designs characterized by visual clarity, simplicity and grace and Pawson is also producing an original, site-specific work, using mosaics for the first time in his career. Foundazione Bisazza John Pawson John Pawson.comabc
Architecture
Homes

KM Yoga by Tobias Partners

When professional singer and Kundalini Yoga teacher Kathryn McKusker decided to move back from London two years ago, she came back intent on starting a yoga studio. Her travels through India, Tibet and Mexico had fuelled a burning desire to create an accessible yoga space that had the same ambience as someone’s living room. It took Kathryn two years and many hours of searching to realise her vision. Now on the second floor of an apartment building in Bondi Junction, NSW KM Yoga is finally open. “I wanted to create a space in which people could practice yoga but I also wanted it to be a place where people could make friends and connections,” says McKusker, stressing that urban sanctuaries such as KM Yoga form temporary homes for city dwellers treading the path toward personal growth. Engaging Jason Gibney at Tobias Partners, was Kathryn’s first step toward creating a ‘cocoon or cave-like’ yoga studio with a courtyard garden in The Atrium. “Jason and I worked really collaboratively on the project. I like to work collaboratively and I had quite a clear vision in my head that I communicated to Jason,” Kathryn says. “I was mindful of creating a space that felt warm as you entered it … a place that made you feel at home, almost like you were walking into someone’s living room,” she says. Having traveled extensively as singer, Kathryn wanted Gibney’s design to embody the clean-line minimalism she had observed in Scandinavia. It was also important to her that the design conveyed a sense of warmth and grounding. Key  design elements added include one  long wood-paneled wall in the main yoga room and more timber decking in the open-air courtyard. Inside open shelving units stack bolsters in an attractive pattern and a floor to ceiling sliding door serves to divide the space and make the most of available light. "We are living in quite crazy, pressured times and more and more people want a sacred space and a sanctuary to practice in," she says. All photography by Kiren. KM Yoga kmyoga.com Tobias Partnersabc
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LK Boutique Launch

Created by Trish Turner an Associate at Woods Bagot, the private ‘interior spaces’ at LK boutique played home to a range of glamorous guests at the launch. VIPs sipped Champagne while they perused a collection of  luxury brands that included products from Chopard, Vertu, Giovanni Ferraris, Dunhill London and Pasquale Bruni. Designer of the boutique Trish Turner, said the concept behind the store design was to provide a contemporary take on a strong and cherished family brand founded in 1976. “The design takes in a new generation of luxury watch and accessories customers, while maintaining that sense of the past with the private VIP service rooms,” she says. The crowning element of Turner's design is the addition of two private watch rooms – one dedicated to Rolex and the other to Patek Philippe. The beautifully designed boutique has one of the best ranges of luxury watches in Australia and also stocks luxury gifts and accessories. LK Boutique The Star, Pyrmont NSW.abc