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Furniture

BD Barcelona at Living Edge

BD Barcelona Designs boasts iconic pieces from some of the world’s most prestigious designers. Their stable of designers includes contemporary practitioners Jaime Hayon and Konstantin Grcic. Table B (pictured here), is Konstantin Grcic’s is the latest award-winning design.     Having taken out the 2011 Red Spot ‘Best of the Best’ Design Award, Table B is simple and yet deceptively technical. Possessing the highly identifiable character of Grcic’s broader body of work Table B combines functionality with the latest in technical prowess. Inspired by classic pieces from the BD Barcelona collection, Grcic developed his tabletop of extruded aluminium to have a highly minimal profile.
Table B comes in various finishes and sizes with three models of legs. Suitable for indoor and outdoor Grcic's new table demonstrates why he has become one of the most influential designers on the planet. Grcic delights in putting fresh twists on familiar industrial objects. Trained as a cabinetmaker in Dorset England and later at the Royal College of Art In London, Grcic has designed desks, chairs, benches, stools, a range of kitchen equipment, lamps, a set of salad servers, and a Krups coffee maker throughout his career. In his recent work, he has blended his characteristic simplicity and distinctiveness with the use of new technologies. His materials often show subtle gradations of colour and his silhouettes  highly disciplined elegance. Founded in 1972 BD Barcelona Design has been the recipient of numerous awards for it’s iconic range including the Premio Nacional de Diseño in 1989, the European Community Design Prize in 1990, and most recently the Red Dot Design Award "best of the best" in 2011 for Konstantin Grcics’s Table B. Grcic's is the most influential designer to come out of Germany and his work sits in the permanent collection of  many of the world's most important pdesign museums (including those of MoMA/New York, Centre Pompidou/Paris). View Table B now at Living Edge Melbourne or Sydney. Living Edge Livinedge.com.au
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Retrosuperfuture: shades for today

Good things happen when Italian boys get together. And SUPER shades by Retrosuperfuture is another great example. This collaboration driven by instinct was the pet project of two magazine publishers looking for something more from the average pair of shades. Since 2007 when the Beckerman brothers first started designing their collection Retrosuperfuture’s have graced the faces of the some of the world’s hottest celebrities, among them screen sirens Sienna Miller and Jessica Alba. Founder Daniel Beckerman, who also publishes the Italian indie music mag PIG, says Retrosuperfuture started when he and his bro Simon noticed a gap in the market. “All the companies that are in the market today are led by people who are interested in standard and established markets such as D&G, Armani, Gucci etc. But what about all the other street couture brands?” says Beckerman. “Together with this we agreed that nobody was playing with eyewear or putting the fun in eyewear, not like the great expression you can see in the clothing business. All shades were black, tortoise shell, grey and maybe some white or red,  that was it… We were asking ourselves, ‘Where are the shades for me and my friends?’” Since that light-bulb moment Super by Retrosuperfuture have launched hundreds of hip shade designs specialising in old school shapes with Italian manufacture, and superior ZEISS lenses. Since that light-bulb moment Super by Retrosuperfuture have launched hundreds of hip shade designs specialising in old school shapes with Italian manufacture, and superior ZEISS lenses. You can find them online and in some of the most influential stores such as Colette in Paris, Barneys in New York, 10 Corso Como in Milan, Bodega in Boston, Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Steven Alan, Paris Texas in Denmark and Caliroots in Sweden. SUPER Retrosuperfuture Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart Kanye West, Jermey Scott and friend.abc
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People

Q&A with Design Hunter™ Teresa Ceberek

Teresa Ceberek is a Design Hunter. She completed a Diploma in Graphic Art, and after a year of travel, discovered her true passion lay in textile design. Teresa's uses hand-generated illustration, computer aided design and new technologies to communicate her ideas. She is now a designer for Tsar carpets & rugs and this week on habitusliving.com she shares with us some of her design inspiration.

Your name:  Teresa Ceberek

What you do: I’m a designer at Tsar carpets & Rugs

Your latest project: A natural, organics collection

What is your favourite…

travel destination

Dubrovnik, Croatia

hotel/place to stay
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

airline
Singapore Airlines

magazine
Time Magazine

three people that inspire/excite you

1)  Beci Orpin

2)  India Flint

3)  My Husband

design classic
Retro Scandinavian Furniture

new design
Digital textile printing

meal
Wood fire pizza

restaurant
Horoki, Modern Japanese, Melbourne

drink
Espresso Martini

bar
Double Happiness, Melbourne

gallery/museum
Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam

book
Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

item in your studio
my cup of tea

artist
Tord Boontje

piece of technology
ipad / Wacom table

creative philosophy
Keep it simple.

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Design Hunting NYC with Susan Weir

Tour leader, Susan Weir (MDes) first moved to New York as a young design student and  now splits her time between two cities, designing in Sydney and guiding participants in her tours in New York. “Even though my big plan was to graduate and then get away to the country and 'commune with nature',” - says Susan -  “I became totally hooked on the big city and it’s all-encompassing energy. I began to cherish the city life,” she says. From the quiet winding streets of historic Greenwich Village, to the hustle and bustle around the Midtown skyscrapers, New York was Susan’s home until she met and fell in love with the Australian architect, Robert Weir. King Cole Bar and Lounge, The St. Regis It was for Weir whom Susan emigrated to Sydney where she completed a Masters degree in Design, and began working as a museum exhibition designer. Today she still lives and works in Sydney and leads her tours back to New York City 2-3 times a year. On her tours Susan gives people a taste of the Big Apple she knows and loves. In particular her tours focus on Food and Design highlights. Susan describes to first time visitors a world that she loves and knows intimately. While she was living in New York City her first job was as an interior designer specialising in corporate headquarters for international banks and uptown restaurants on Park Avenue and Wall Street. Later, working with a carpenter builder, she designed and built showrooms on Fashion Avenue. During this time Susan attained an special familiarity with all the neighbourhoods in New York City, from Harlem to Battery Park. She now uses her insider knowledge and team of native New Yorkers to show people the finer side of the Big Apple. The Crosby Street Hotel “What keeps me going back is the total buzz New York City generates every day. It's that really creative charge that is addictive. I can’t wait to see what’s going to be new in museums, architecture, restaurants, fashion, art and interiors. I also look forward to visiting the familiar old places that hold great memories. It's a thrill and pleasure for me to share my passion for the place and to guide visitors to unbeatable eateries and hand picked hoods in the City That Never Sleeps and with $50 billion slated for new construction over the next 20 years, there is always something new to discover in old New York." says Susan. Cafe in Soho  TOUR TIMEFRAME: Day 1 Washington Square Park & Greenwich Village. Surrounded by New Yorks oldest café culture, original Greek Revival, Italianate and Federal mansions, Day 1 of the tour takes in New York University and Washington Square Park - the hub of the Village. Guests can explore America’s bohemia and the cradle of creativity, individuality and artistic fulfilment in NYC. These old haunts are the places that Dylan Thomas, Eugene O’Neill and Jack Kerouac frequented. On this first day visitors get to hang out in the places where they wrote, drank and spouted poetry or simply observed the human condition. The Little Theater Movement also began here in Greenwich Village, and prominent artists from Edward Hopper to Andy Warhol developed a new form of painting in Village studios. On the tour visitors will pass Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady studios which are still 'the place to record' for musicians from the Stones to Beyonce. Walk the historic streets of Greenwich Village with Susan and get lost among its unique curio shops and charming neighbourhoods. There are also great cafes and jazz clubs to visit and places to enjoy lunch while people-watching. Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village. Day 2 Uptown, and the Upper East Side Visit Museum Mile, a mile long stretch of Manhattan studded with America's finest art institutions. With so many museums and so little time, Susan guides her group to the ones that must sit on the top of the list. A special treat for May tours, will be the chance explore the Decorators Showhouse, an annual charity event that features the worlds top designers' interiors in a stately home and raises funds for inner-city kids. While in Uptown, opportunities for fine dining in restaurants abound, with a huge number of New York's most acclaimed chefs  working there including Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde and The Dutch, David Chang of the Momofuku restaurants, Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi of Torrisi Italian Specialties. If you're not in the mood for jacket-and-slacks, casual lunching at established restaurants is also available, with each great place offering their own long history. Day 3 Soho Ramble around Soho and see the latest in interior styling by internationally renowned designer Kit Kemp and architect Dan Barteluce. Encounter the places where French Brasserie style meets American Tavern. The tour group will lunch on mouthwatering burgers or towering shellfish platters with cold draft beers after-which, guests are invited to prowl back to the avant-garde design shops from Prada to Kartell, and explore the host of brand names flagships that that have recently taken up residence in this heritage district. Day 4 Central Park In Central Park Susan's tour will find everything from sprawling waters and green meadows, to stunning bridges and performance centres. There are formal gardens and even classical architecture, and yet the main attraction is simply the picturesque beauty of the 435 acre natural green landscape and pastoral escape smack bang in one of the busiest cities in the world. Lunch with Susan at the only lakeside restaurant in NYC with it’s extraordinary menu items including Line Caught Long Island Wild Striped Bass with Mashed Potato, in a Brandy sauce. Optional bike rides and boat rides can also be taken. Then onward for afternoon drinks at a Philippe Starck designed hotel bar. A place that is described thus; "... a dazzling venue decorated in a riotous collection of styles. It features a glass floor lit from beneath, a hand painted ceiling by world-renowned artist Francesco Clemente, and furniture design that looks like Louis XV meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is the perfect place for drinks, lively conversation, people-watching, and experiencing the undeniable excitement of New York." Philip Starck designed hotel bar. Day 5 'Mad Men' Madison Avenue On day 5 visitors will walk among the vogue architecture of ‘Mad Men’ Madison Avenue and discover the Ralph Lauren Flagship Mansion. Few places evoke the grandeur; opulence and delight of interior design quite like the display rooms at the Ralph Lauren Beaux Arts styled Mansion. Just up the block, The Whitney awaits. As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary art with a special focus on living artists. Susan Weir can provide some context to Marcel Breuer’s design for the museum - a striking granite presence of modernist architecture - found in a neighbourhood full of traditional limestone, brownstone and brick row houses. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group has opened a new restaurant at the Whitney which 'presents a contemporary take on the classic Manhattan coffee shop, and features the simple, comforting, and seasonal cooking of Executive Chef Chris Bradley, formerly the Executive Sous Chef of Gramercy Tavern' which Susan recommends visitors try. The Whitney TOUR DATES Tours are offered in a variety of sizes from a 5 day parcel to a two day family pack. For more information visit www.foodanddesign2012.com Some tours are contingent upon reaching a minimum of 10 participants. For more information and tour description: Website: foodanddesign2012.com Email:  funkytower@gmail.com
Other articles about Design + Food 2012.
Get to know Susan Weir in her Design Hunter profile on habitusliving.com
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Design Accessories

Origins Objects

Designed: Lasse Kinnunen Made by: Lasse Kinnunen for Deka Design I am: A collection of hand-crafted design objects by Lasse Kinnunen. About Me: The development of Lasse’s Origins collection, which includes furniture pieces, has extended to interior objects with the Origins Object collection. Lasse hand-crafts each unique item to reveal the material, and combines traditional craftsmanship with design elements to bridge the divide between the craft and contemporary design. The collection includes wall art made from production timber offcuts and small objects which may be interpreted as functional bowls or decorative wall reliefs. This work allows Lasse the freedom to work in an artistic space away from the functional and commercial brief. Lasse can produce commission work on request.   Materials: Selected local timbers and production offcut timbers. Dimensions: Various   Deka Design dekadesign.com.auabc
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Breez

Designed by:  Karim Rashid for Talenti Made in Italy, constructed in tubular wrought iron, treated for outdoor durability with nano-ceramic, cataphoresis and powder coating processes. Available in three frame colours and with an optional clip-lockable cushion with washable cover. Cafe Culture cafeculture.com.auabc
Design Hunters
People

Design Hunter™ Q&A David Marks

Your name: David Marks

What you do: The distribution and marketing of lifestyle brands including Designers Guild and Ralph Lauren Home in Australia

Your latest project: Setting up an online shop, designersguild.com.au

What is your favourite…

travel destination: Cabo san Lucas, Mexico.

hotel/place to stay: La Banane, St Barth.

airline Qantas.

magazine Vanity Fair.

three people that inspire/excite you

1)  Jim Stynes

2)  Jamie Oliver

3)  Lilly Allen.

design classic Smeg fridge

new design  The Bridge Hotel, Richmond refurbishment.

meal Mexican

restaurant  Il Solito Posto, Melbourne

drink  Asahi

bar  St Kilda, Lawn bowls club.

gallery/museum  National Gallery of Victoria.

book  The Lost Boys, Same de Brito

item in your studio  Surfboard

artwork  Bill Henson, Untitled 1980-82 from the Untitled 1980/82 series.

artist Lucian Freud

piece of technology pencil

creative philosophy  Quality and functional never goes out of fashion!

Read more about Designer's Guild on habitusliving.com

 

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Habitus Loves

Habitus loves …sleeping

Alcova

Designed by: Antonio Citterio Why we love it: This four poster bed places the bed centre stage. Clean lined and spacious, the Alcova by Maxalto suits voluminous rooms and warehouses spaces. Where you can get it: Space Furniture alt

Lindolino

Designed by: LIndolino Why we love it: Best quality, luxury Italian linen bed linen makes any bed time divine. If you spend half your life in bed, why not make it a heavenly experience. Where you can get it: Lindolino alt

Big Bed

Designed by: Paola Navone Why we love it:  An evolution of the armchairs Bug and Big Bug, the Big Bed offers an extra-large look and introduces an informal style to the sleeping area. Where you can get it: Poliform alt

St. Germain

Designed by: Nicky Line Why we love it:A soft sweet bedhead with a hint of Parisian romance, the  gentle curve, buttons and stud details create a piece that is really elegant in neutral shades. Where you can get it: Bed Nest   alt

Highlands

Designed by:  Patricia Urquiola Why we love it: Sinuous, fluid and almost organic Highlands is part of a system of seating that can be moved and manipulated into a bed. Where you can get it: Hub Furniture alt

Onda

Designed by: Paola Piva Why we love it: The light structure matches with the capitonné in leather of the headboard. A true protagonist of the night room Where you can get it: Poliform alt

Clarence

Designed by: Nicky Line Why we love it: With a touch of the English Countryside about it, this masculine bed head can be customised in any height, size of fabric you choose. Where you can get it: Bed Nest alt

Lulu #23

Designed by: Missoni Why we love it: This geometric self patterned Missoni bed linen adds a spice of colour to any bedroom. Where you can get it: Spence & Lyda alt
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Garagistes, Hobart

Garagistes has earned its stripes by serving local produce in a slick and sexy operation. The dimly lit kitchen and oversized bar create minimal warehouse space that immediately puts one at ease.

“We let the ingredients speak for themselves,” explains sommelier and operator Katrina Birchmeir  of the philosophy driving their food design– “every ingredient on the plate is there for a reason – be it colour, acidity, crunch, saltiness, bitterness. The earthiness of the glazes, on the hand-made plates all adds to the overall aesthetic” she says.

Putting the local flora and fauna first is all part of the restaurant’s unique ethos. Their originality and commitment to fresh produce has impressed critic. This year chef Luke Burgess was recognised by Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine awarded him the accolade of 'Best New Talent 2012'.

Springing out of a town like Hobart, Garagistes' owners and operators haven’t just captured the hearts of tourists either– they also have a local cult following, and invite regulars to stand at the bar and drink wine while they waited for a coveted spot at a table.

“Without specific figures, it is hard to say about the number of locals versus visitors," says Birchmeier throughtfully.

“I think that it would be a pretty even split. However at various times of the year, like summertime, and on weekends there are definitely more interstate visitors coming through our doors,” she says.

 

The interior concept  - which appeals to mainlanders, was created by local architect Paul Johnston, while co-owner Kirk Richardson selected the material palette and undertook the fit out.

“We had chairs custom designed and made by Dieu Tan in Sydney and the tables were designed and made by local woodworker Evan Hancock. The design of the plates was a collaboration between Ben Richardson and Garagistes, they are only made from local clays and glazes,” Birchmeier said.

The local spirit that oozes from every pore of this restaurant might seems like no brainer in pristine Tasmania, but it's the execution that sets Garagistes apart. From the life changing Bruny Island Oysters to the ceramic plates, one gets the sense that the magic stems as much from the network of suppliers as  it does from the people in the room.

“Local relationships are extremely important to the operations of Garagistes," enthuses Birchmeier.  One of our suppliers, Paulette Whitney of Provenance Growers specialises in growing and foraging for many edible natives here in Tasmania and we have nurtured strong relationships with many other people who grow fruit, vegetables and herbs. Many are now specifically growing produce for Garagistes like local butchers, fishermen, and the Hammond family who rear grass-fed Wagyu just for us,” says Birchmeier.

With the promise of wild fruits, and local game don’t worry about the wine list being limited to just Tasmanian drops. The list has also been carefully planned and given a brush of the 'au naturale' philosophy.

 “The concept behind the wine list is to focus on natural wines. These are wines crafted from grapes that are grown either organically or biodynamically. Although there are some winemakers leading the charge in Australia, to focus on a more artisanal, chemical-free and additive-free approach to winemaking, the majority of the wines on our list are from Europe as there are more producers there making wine with the ‘natural’ philosophy in mind," she says.

But the piste de la resistance, regardless of what you know about food and wine, surely must be the Bruny Island oysters in Apple Cider Vinegar Emulsion and Lemon Balm– a mysteriously beautiful dish.

“The Bruny Island oysters are slow growing Pacifics found in cold, clean waters. The creaminess of the oysters is due to the variety  - Pacific -  but also steaming the oysters as we do at Garagistes, which changes the texture of the flesh to make it more soft and creamy. Additionally the apple cider vinegar emulsion has a certain creaminess to it, as well as acidity, which heightens the texture and sweetness of the oyster,” explains Birchmeier.

Find out more about Garagistes here.

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Design Accessories

Silestone Quartz by Cosentino

Silestone quartz benchtop in Rosso Monza - with integrity sink Silestone is the world’s leading Quartz surface manufactured by Cosentino. Available in over 60 Colours, with 3 textures and 3 different thicknesses Silestone is the first and the only Quartz surface on the market to include a Bacteriostatic agent throughout the stone. These Bacteriostatic properties ensure bacteria will not proliferate on the work surface, and provide active protection for the material in all domestic and commercial applications. Carbono benchtop with integrity sink Innovation is key to design at Cosentino, and  a great example of this is the new “Silestone” Integrity - a kitchen sink that is currently available in three different sizes. This versatile product, is one that helps to defines the concept of integrity. A single sink, in one piece, (measuring 41 x 51 x 15,5 cm) the "Silestone" Integrity has a curved outline and fluid organic design. The "Due" model is also offered in an alternative shape. Also available in one piece, it is available in two sizes: 37 x 34 x 15.5, which is ideal for a double sink and the 37 x 41 x 15.5 which ideal for a single sink. Unlike the "Integrity" the "Due" is characterised by its straight lines. It is perfect for those who see straight lines as the mark of beauty. Close up of the Silestone "Due" with Integrity sink, Along with the Silestone range, new to Australia is the ‘Eco’ range by Cosentino. 'Eco' is a 75% Recycled Quartz Surface, perfect for Green Star Buildings. 'Eco' incorporates post–industrial and post–consumer raw materials with eco resins to make up a surface that has high scratch, stain and scorch resistance and offers a superior physical performance. The Silestone range also offers specifiers a ‘Cradle to Cradle’ certification makes this end product 100% recyclable. Points available for LEED. Eco recycled surface - White Diamond Cosentino Group cosentinogroup.com.au www.silestone.com Email: infoaustralia@cosentinogroup.net  abc
Architecture
Homes

Split House by MCK Architects

Designed to take advantage of some site specific opportunities, a series of basement rooms were adapted and made into a more functional open space. Internal spaces were assisted to connect to the natural light and ventilation to the south through the creation a voided court below street level. MCK Architects who created Split House is a young team of multi-award winning architects based in Surry Hills, NSW Australia. MCK specialise in residential and commercial projects of high-quality finish and detail that are sensitive to context and brief. Their distinctive aesthetic is known for its classic proportion and geometric form. They enjoy using unexpected materials that challenge and sometimes even surprise. MCK Architects MCK Architects.com Photography by: Willem Retheierabc
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Magnus Wästberg: Lamps for Neanderthal Man

Magnus Wästberg really makes you stop and think. In his Manifesto on Light – Lamps_for_Neanderthal_Man the Dutch designer describes the primary role light plays in human life. Linking lamps to all light, primal light, starlight and fire, he cleverly builds a case for light, its symbolic nature and importance to well-being.
And frankly he makes it hard to disagree.
Wästberg’s aim primary aim in life (besides having a successful lighting business) is to humanize cold and sterile spaces with floor and table lamps. As if his action of writing a manifesto on light isn’t enough to convince us of his dedication, he also spends several pages waxing lyrical on how lamps create intimate spheres and make people feel safe. Regardless of whether the lamps are in offices, hotel rooms or homes, Wästberg argues that light create news feelings and new atmospheres.
While he doesn’t claim to be revolutionary, Wästberg says he is setting out to change society’s basic view on lighting and to reawaken an appreciation of the 'suiblime shadow and contrast of light'. In short we think Wästberg is sublime. His simplicity and understanding of materials makes us swoon. Van Severen_w111t Using softened general lighting combined with beautifully-designed direct lighting for desks or other plane surfaces, Wästberg creates poetry with light. Two great examples of his work come from his collaborations with David Chipperfield and French Designer Inga Sempé. The Sempé is an elementary lamp that takes the form of nail or a pin tack. Made from aluminium and cast iron, the 8 watt LED the lamp mixes solidity with lightness. It’s simple silhouette brings opposites together. A thin beam joins the two opposite pieces of the lamp: the heavy cast iron foot links to a delicate shade. Sempé w103c The Sempé w103c has the Clamp / Hand spun aluminum shade / Steel beam, clamp or base in cast iron. The Chipperfield (pictured below) takes a more traditional approach and is executed in brass. Though it doesn't allow for great variation of light direction, its lack of joins and smooth finish makes it most appealing and versatile. This desk lamp has been used, along with other Wastberg signature lights in the Nobis Hotel in Stockholm.  Chipperfield w102 Nobis Hotel, Stockholm Studioilse w084t2 Wästberg is available in Australia through Euroluce. Euroluce Euroluce.com.au Wastberg Wastberg.com  abc