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Casa Ciuccio

Casa Ciuccio is a new dining establishment in Fitzroy from the team behind the hugely popular tapas eatery, Bar Lourinha.  The eclectic and layered design was a collaborative venture between the owners and Melbourne architect Brett Tuer.    


“The site was previously a small publishing office,” explains Tuer.  “The bones of the building were good and there was some beautiful period detailing, but a lot of the ground floor rooms were dark and broken into smaller spaces.”


The team decided to work as closely with the existing shell as possible, seeking to rationalise the spatial layout but to also maximise its best features.  “The idea was to create a space which felt like it had been around for some time, rather than a shiny modern insertion,” adds Tuer.  “At the same time the finished result had to represent the quirky fun personality of Casa Ciuccio.” 


The new layout is a fusion of three primary spaces.  The front area is anchored by a central marble and timber bar, complete with the ‘para picar’ display set at a height comfortable for both working and dining.  “The height and location of the bar have been conceived to blur the line between the functional areas of the bar and the public areas,” says Tuer.  “However, we also included a long, curved banquette, which offers a traditional dining setting."


The main kitchen dining area was created from two smaller rooms, similarly centred  around a marble and timber bar -  the two materials being used to subtly delineate between kitchen and dining.  “We wanted to create the feeling that you are sitting in a friend’s kitchen, talking and drinking whilst watching your dinner come together,” explains Tuer.  “We also softened the kitchen with a mixture of antique timber shelves alongside durable stainless ones.”   Most of the brickwork was left bare, in keeping with the history of the site and to underscore the rustic, casual character of the space.  A small section was painted to provide a background for the Carmen Miranda-styled “Donkey” painting, by artist Riley Payne.


There is also an upper level bar and dining room, which can be used as a self contained private dining facility, and which highlights some of the ornate, heritage features of the space.  The rear bar (Bar Chooch) was once the dark staff kitchen, but has been reinvented with the addition of arched glazed doors to a new deck with views back into the rear lane-way.  


The final flourish is the rear courtyard which has been designed around a coal-fired rotisserie.  The oven is surrounded by a white glazed brick structure, intended as the focus for guests as they have a drink and engage with chefs as they tend to the slow-cooked meat roasts.


Overall, the layered approach is reflective of the the original space as the well as the restaurant’s vibrant neighbouring establishments. 


Photography: Elana CastleJo Gamvros


Casa Ciuccio

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Quiz + Zip by Woven Image

Building on the strong trend for geometry in interiors, these cutting edge patterns are inspired by tangrams, an ancient Chinese puzzle that interchanges seven angular forms to create a range of different shapes and structures, as well as a reference to the architectural style of Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen.

Quiz and Zip are produced from 100% solution-dyed polyolefin, allowing for excellent performance characteristics including outstanding colour fastness to light, UV stability as well as easy care and maintenance with a bleach solution. From an environmental perspective, solution dyed textiles are considered to be optimal as this method allows for reduced water usage and emissions compared to conventional dyeing processes. Quiz and Zip are also produced using certified green energy (100% renewable resources) and the yarn holds an Oeko-Tex certification.

Zip is the larger scale pattern of the two available in seven punchy, unique colourways, ranging from rich claret red, orange pop, caterpillar green, retro teal, marine blue, and classic black & white combinations. Featuring bold intersecting line-work, creating irregular, angular forms, Zip is sure to make a statement in any commercial fit-out from feature upholstery in break out areas to trendy poolside furniture.

Quiz is a smaller scale pattern available in seven bold, contrasting colourways. For the first time in the Woven Image high performance upholstery collection, many of the Quiz colourways feature a third colour allowing the textile to easily co-ordinate with an array of plain colours and textures. Complementing the colourways of Zip, Quiz is available in a contemporary trend driven palette saluting the retro era whilst maintaining a classic black & white combination.

Referencing the strong trend towards angular shapes and bold colour combinations Zip and Quiz have been added to the Woven Image high performance upholstery collection. Inspired by Tangrams and fashion designer Iris Van Herpen these two textiles combine easy-care, price competitive characteristics with trend driven design.

Woven Image

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Habitus Loves… Design Blogs

The Minimalist


Designed by: Leah Robins and Darius Taylor

Why we love it: Offering inspiration in clean, functional and minimalist home and workspace design, The Minimalist sources accessories locally and from around the globe, focusing on products that come straight from the designer and are not mass produced. Sparely written and visually clear, its form reflects its function.

Where you can get it: The Minimalist


Interiors Addict


Designed by: Jen Bishop

Why we love it: Eclectic, playful and yet considered, Interiors Addict is a blog about interior design and styling, homewares, furniture and the personalities behind them. It’s for interiors industry professionals and the everyday person who wants a stylish home, whatever their budget.

Where you can get it: Interiors Addict


Daily Imprint


Designed by: Natalie Walton

Why we love it: Ranging from design and fashion through to art, homes and books, Daily Imprint is a celebration of a fine eye for aesthetics, insatiable curiosity and dynamic, conversational writing. 

Where you can get it: Daily Imprint


The Design Files


Designed by: Lucy Feagins

Why we love it: Focusing on Australian design, The Design Files covers architecture and interiors, art, craft, graphic design and illustration. Regular features on the site include Australian Homes every Wednesday and Interviews with talented local creative people every Friday. A candid, casual tone makes it both relaxing and informative.

Where you can get it: The Design Files


Pages from my Moleskine


Designed by: Ella Leoncio

Why we love it: Fuelled by boundless creative energy, Pages from my Moleskine encompasses beautiful, innovative interiors, intriguing design and regular 'weekend projects' by the author - everything from knitting and photography to dancing and making jewellery. Intimate and warm, it is endearingly rich in personality.

Where you can get it: Pages from my Moleskine




Designed by: Living Edge

Why we love it: Fusing news, interviews and interiors, leblog offers a cross-section of appetising design inspiration. And, authored by the retailer of some of the finest designer furniture and lighting in Australia, it is a superb place to start a wish-list.  

Where you can get it: leblog




Designed by: Dana Tomic Huges

Why we love it: Far ranging in scope and brimming with energy, Yellowtrace is a testament to its authors passion for design. Mixing quirky with classic it offers informed, polished opinions on everything from illustrations to interiors, and is dangerously abundant in interesting articles. 

Where you can get it: Yellowtrace




Designed by: Powerhouse Museum

Why we love it: Sharp and sophisticated, D*Hub provides professional, intelligent commentary on all things design-related. An excellent reference for news, events and upcoming exhibitions, it is accessible and direct; a perfect first stop for navigating the world of design.

Where you can get it: D*Hub


What's On

Architecture & Interior Design Awards 2013

Representing Porcelanosa Grupo’s ethos as a company that understands and shares the need for interior design and architecture to form an integral part of the daily lives of all, Porcelanosa Studio are organising this competition to work closely with all architecture and design organisations within Australia that see the value in promoting and developing design excellence. 

The awards further highlight the depth of products available from the Porcelanosa Grupo brands. Extending far beyond what they are commonly known for, the collection includes joinery for kitchens, bathrooms and wardrobes as well as associated products such as washbasins, sanitaryware, baths etc. With such an extensive portfolio on offer, design categories for the awards extend to both residential and commercial projects.

The awards will be open to professional practices and individuals who have completed a project before 31st May 2013 that incorporates Porcelanosa Grupo products, as per our Terms and Conditions.

Additionally, there will be a student category where entrants will be asked to complete a conceptual project.

Winners of all categories will receive an award, as well as some special prizes to be announced later in the year.

For more information contact awards@porcelanosastudio.com.au


Design Hunters

Interview with Sean Dix

"The idea that Chinese quality is bad is absolutely comical" says Dix, speaking of his experiences with Chinese manufacturers. "It's not that Chinese quality is bad, it's that the retailer, the distributor who wants cheap stuff - their quality is bad. You pay a nickel you get a nickel, you get what you pay for."

Dix's entry into China has been a learning experience, not just navigating the expected obstacles of language and bureaucracy but adjusting to the Chinese business culture; "it does get a little bit easier but its always complicated" he says, "also culturally it's difficult, not just practically, because you can't get mad - you’re not allowed - you get mad and everything falls apart. So you have to be pretty calm and tolerate a lot of irritation that you wouldn’t tolerate anywhere else and slowly things start to go in the direction you want. You can’t force anything; you force it and it falls apart."

In this regard the Kansas-born, Pacific-island raised designer benefits from his somewhat itinerant upbringing; with a father who worked in the US Peace Corps the family moved frequently and Dix learned to adapt quickly to new environments. And especially for somewhere like China, being on the ground is paramount: "People aren’t willing to make the commitment and they tend to really underestimate how difficult it is", comments Dix, "you can’t really work in China unless you’re there". 

As much as his own studio has enjoyed a relatively unique position of combining international design expertise with an almost native relationship with the manufacturing process, Dix predicts that before long the Chinese themselves will be exporting high quality, Chinese-designed products to the rest of the world. "Chinese manufacturers have been quietly producing OEM stuff for big western brands for 20 years, and what’s really interesting is that they’ve gained a lot of skills and they understand very, very well the production, the logistics, even the distribution", he points out. "All these guys almost with out exception are thinking 'hey wait a minute, why are we doing this when we could be developing our own brands and building our own empires?'... and so you're going to see in the next five or ten years an explosion of very, very strong Chinese brands". 

Sean Dix's latest range of furniture includes the Sprint chair, Sprint stool, and Dowel Loveseat sofa.

The Sean Dix brand is available in Australia exclusively from Zenith Interiors

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ILVE flush line cooktops

The latest horizontal cooktop from ILVE is perfect for smaller, inner city kitchens where space is at a premium. Picture a galley style kitchen with a wall mounted oven and it can be hard to envisage where a standard cooktop will fit unobtrusively on the long thin bench tops. This is where the HP123 flush line really comes into its own, whether you are renovating an already small space or designing a sleek kitchen island.

True to European precision and Italian style, ILVE has designed and manufactured some of the world’s most innovative and stunning Kitchen appliances. The horizontal four burner construction boasts an impressive quad ring wok super burner, flame control accuracy, pressure thermostat readings and cast iron trivets.  In addition, one simmer and two medium gas burners guarantee there is nothing that can’t be cooked on this cutting edge cooktop.

All gas burners are fitted with flame failure cut out safety devices. Its horizontal design adds to the cooktop’s functionality and safety by eliminating the need to reach over when cooking to the rear burners, as with standard configurations. The cooking ease is completed by simple to clean removable trivets, burners and single piece sealed hob. 

Ilve has 50 years of manufacturing excellence, specialising in commercial style home appliances. The unique clean lines of ILVE cooktops coordinate beautifully with the design of other ILVE appliances. The sleek low profile sets a new level of style and function that has not been seen before in gas cooking.

The HP 123 120cm Gas Cooktop comes in stainless steel and is available from ILVE showrooms and selected retailers Australia wide and retails for $2299.00.


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‘Goldfields’ and ‘Finding a Voice’ at Screen Space

Goldfields is a new three-channel video installation by US-based artist Dawn Roe. The work was filmed during a residency in the Goldfields region of Victoria and is a response to its landscape and history. The work draws upon our collective response to recognizable sites and scenes and questions how we situate ourselves in the present, based upon individual and shared impressions of the past.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a printed catalogue containing a dialogue about the work by Leigh-Ann Pahapill and Lisa Zaher.

Goldfields  runs from 28 June to 21 July 2012.


Finding a Voice is a new self portrait performance piece by Nina Ross that draws on the experience of learning a second language. Speaking a new language leads to constant pauses and gaps, and a self-questioning which creates a physical and psychological disconnection between thought and action. Finding a Voice explores the silence experienced in the effort to own a foreign language and the repercussions on one’s sense of self.

This new exhibition on the Small Screen continues a program of exhibitions at Screen Space which focus on contemporary performance practices and their mediation through video.

Finding a Voice runs from 28 June to 11 August 2012.

Screen Space

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‘Watching, Not Looking’ at Helen Gory Galerie

The paintings hover between the abstract and the figurative; as a viewer we are required to shift focus back and forth between form and subject, abstraction and figuration, calculation and impulse.

Themes of being elsewhere, of traversing the unknown and the unfamiliar, are recurring concerns in Burgess’ work, reflecting her extensive travels, usually to cold climates where contemporary landscapes are blanketed in snow.

‘Central to travel is the notion of departure, arrival, observation and experience. Then the return home. Tourists are twitchy travellers and artists can build this unease into their work. Perhaps in the best tradition of art and travel, the resultant work tells us as much about the artist as it does about the places she has been.’ (Robyn Burgess, 2012)

This body of work was inspired in part by time spent by Burgess in New York with its iconic architecture and lauded bridges. In many respects bridges, with their simultaneous sense of history and portent, embody Burgess’ narrative concern with journeying, the foreign and the unknown. They aptly reinforce the notions of hovering and suspension that underpin much of her practice.

‘Without architecture the city would be non-existent. Without architecture, we would perish. Architectural monuments provide potent symbolic images of the universe; these inorganic objects will outlast their creators and go on to formulate their own separate histories. The artist gazing at and stalking their architectural ‘object of affection’ is faced with their own finiteness. Architecture looks back at us with frightening authority, and sometimes the observer (the hunter) becomes the hunted; I welcome and thrive on this curiosity and unease through watching. Watching, not looking.’ (Robyn Burgess, 2012) 

Burgess’ aerial grid paintings similarly hint at exploration of immense distances viewed from aircraft windows. They too quietly evoke the emotional presence and pull of the landscape, resisting realism in favour of implication, experience in favour of specifics of time and place.

Burgess is a staunch proponent of the craft of painting, savouring the process of painting and the physical properties of paint. She makes many of her own mediums, variations of age-old recipes. Built of many layers over many months Burgess’ laden paintings are dense and technically complex. They tellingly absorb variations in light, mood and season during the period of their making. Her unique style of marking results in works that are at once tangible and sculptural yet remain hauntingly and suggestively abstract.

Burgess was Head of Drawing and a lecturer in painting at La Trobe University for many years. Her work attracts curatorial attention and has been included in numerous institutional exhibitions. In 2010 Burgess was honoured with a solo show at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Helen Gory Galerie

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‘GUPPY JUNGLE’ at Ryan Renshaw Gallery

André Piguet is an artist who makes art intuitively. Painting, sketching, sculpture, collage can all exist in works simultaneously. Andre is able to thrive on the unexpected and his best work stems from experimentation.

Walking into André Piguet’s latest exhibition at Ryan Renshaw Gallery takes an unexpected direction: the gallery is filled with water splashed pool screens, exploding potted palms and a mesmerizingly simple and pared back painting covering the back wall. 

This simplicity is contrasted by Piguet’s highly detailed drawings: tiny in size, they take months to complete, but rather than present them with the poise their intricacy might deserve, Andre surrounds them with imagery taken from popular culture until you are no longer sure if you’re looking at a drawing or an image pulled from another source. 

I’ve developed a strong interest in the way disparate modes of artistic production and material play can converge to create new networks. – Networks are a very key idea. Most of the work thus far has a catalyst in an image. These images are either meticulously produced of bluntly reduced, and I’m interested in the worlds that can be created when this dualism is brought together.” André Piguet, June 2012. 

André Piguet was born in Auckland, grew up on the Gold Coast and now lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. He graduated from Bachelor Fine Art from RMIT in 2012. Recent solo shows include VVVVVV GWEEEEEN at TCB art inc, Melbourne, SHAPE TASTER at BUS Projects, Melbourne and PIPED DUPE at Tristian Koenig, Melbourne. He was shortlisted for the RBS emerging artist award last year and recipient of the Lipman Karas Acquisitive Award.

GUPPY JUNGLE runs from 27 June to 21 July.

Ryan Renshaw Gallery

Design Products

Foxy Faux Bamboo Range by Robert Plumb

Constructed from lightweight aluminium, the frames of this furniture series are designed to look like bamboo, yet have all the material strength required for permanent outdoor application. This fusion of organic contours and solid durability makes it ideal for outdoor relaxation or entertainment settings, both casual and elegant. 

The Foxy range is also highly customizable; frames can be powder coated in any colour from the Dulux Powder Coat range and  cushions are covered in Sunbrella taupe fabric as standard or can be re-covered in any specified outdoor fabric.

The Foxy Faux Bamboo range comprises a three-seater, two-seater, armchairs, low-back and casual dining chairs, round and square coffee tables and a side table.

Robert Plumb

Design Hunters

Design Hunter™ Q+A with David Grant

Your name: David Grant What you do: Creative Director and producer of bespoke events for people who “get it” Your latest project: Currently working on events for Hermes, Marie Claire, News Limited, Westfield, The Magic Millions Racing Festival and The London Olympic Games.  What first inspired you to be an Event Producer? I like to live vicariously and be the “invisible hand” behind the scenes. I love the temporal nature of events and their ability to let you use your imagination in an innovative, challenging, strategic and fun way – creating something in your mind that is realised, happens then is gone the next day – probably the curse of a vivid mind and a short attention span. How/why did you choose the medium/format you work in? Since my childhood I always had an entrepreneurial spirit and staged the best parties, happenings, school shows, parades, to delight of family and friends. In my 20s, all my diverse career choices suddenly came together and I just fell into doing events full time as a “proper job” rather than a hobby. What do you believe the role of design is in the modern world? To inspire and delight people, to intrigue and stimulate them even when they may not exactly get it. To be audacious and brave. Beauty, emotional engagement and an aesthetic enhance people’s lives, our community and culture, and without them we’re simply just existing – not living.  Who are three people that inspire/excite you: 1)  my children because their generation really have no preconceptions, prejudices and self-censorship – they embrace the new and the different and expect things to change and evolve daily – the perfect mantra for an exciting and creative popular culture. 2)  anyone – not necessarily famous – who tries something new with flare and style, regardless of conventional wisdom and the discouragement of mediocre thinkers. 3)  daggy – but my parents – hard working, normal, creative and artistic in their own ways. What is your creative philosophy? Push the boundaries, blaze a trail, dream BIG, never repeat yourself, don’t settle for “good enough” and go hard or die trying. What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Someone who embraces the new, who appreciates creative thought, someone that sees the style and innovation in everything whether they personally like it or not, and someone who doesn’t just settle for what’s now or here but goes out and creates with endless forward momentum. What is your favourite… travel destination: New York hotel/place to stay:  Its a tie – AmanKila, Bali, Hotel Cipriani, Venice periodical: Monocle luxury goods company: Hermes design classic: Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Kentuck Knob” House in Pennsylvania new design: The new Porsche Panamera type of chair: Its still hard to go beyond the Eames Lounge meal: Pepper Steak restaurant: The Ivy, London drink: Brandy and Coke bar: Susie Wong’s, Beijing gallery/museum: The Zulu War Battlefields, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa book: God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens item in your studio/office: My desk – which is my Great Great Grandfather’s dining room table artwork: A Dale Frank in my dining room artist: it changes weekly as new artforms, genres and people emerge piece of technology: anything that plays a podcast or audio book   David Grant   Photography: David Gubertabc
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The Contemporary Kitchen Collection from the English Tapware Company

The recently launched Perrin & Rowe Contemporary kitchen taps are beautiful examples of the art of design; a fine balance of form, function and enduring quality.  Designed for designers, the collection combines engineering excellence with a sleek timeless look. 

Kitchen taps are the fitting used most often in the kitchen area, and with the growing popularity of open plan kitchens, new kitchens may call for multiple work areas.  This is where the Perrin & Rowe Contemporary range is a seamless design solution, with each suite offering variety of options for each sink station in a consistent style throughout the space.

Each collection provides standard models, spray rinse models and bar sink models.  The standard taps are available as monobloc single lever or twin lever, or bridge style with levers or crosshead handles.  The spray rinse tap models offer a pull out hand spray bench-mounted alongside the tap with an amazing 1.2 metre reach. The bar sink tap is specially designed with a shorter reach spout to suit the scale of a small prep sink, bar sink or kitchenette.  Add a functional finishing touch with matching soap dispenser or water filter tap for the ultimate workstation.

Perrin & Rowe provides designers with the choice of both Chrome and Pewter (like stainless steel) finishes.  Like all Perrin & Rowe products, these contemporary taps are designed and manufactured in England with a passion for detail and quality. They are machined from premium grade brass, hand polished, electroplated to a thickness of 20-25 microns, fully assembled and rigorously tested. 

Perrin & Rowe provide homeowners and kitchen designers with a total solution; well considered designs to fulfil every requirement of kitchen tapware in the same engineering standard of excellence we expect to find in our luxury cars and appliances.

Perrin & Rowe tapware is available from the English Tapware Company