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Architecture
Homes

PRV House

ErE architects were presented with a brief both challenging and ripe with creative potential: to design a small, compact sanctuary for a married couple in their sixties that combined uniqueness with functionality. 

The couple were living in a much larger house but felt a smaller space would better suit their needs in their later years, and as such a focus throughout the design was to make the home convenient, intimate and inviting. The result is, indeed, unique, fusing urban, industrial elements and a minimalist palette with the rich, warm finish of patterned brickwork and timbers, all amidst a tropical insistence on natural light and ventilation. 

Incorporating a polished concrete floor not only satisfies the utilitarian elements of the brief (easy to clean, highly durable) but provides a cooling thermic mass to the house, and the surface's clouded grey evolves into the clean white of the walls to create a reserved, elegant canvas for the more colorful features of the interior. These consist of staircase steps, skirting boards, door frames and kitchen cabinetry made from solid New Zealand pine, which are highlighted against the luminous surfaces and inject an organic element into the aesthetic. On the exterior, a surface of rustic, patterned brickwork is a point of interest on the otherwise unmarked wall. 

In recognition of the tropical context the ground floor has multiple openings along all four sides, flooding it with light and air. As Erwin Kusuma and Regina Winarni of ErE architects point out, "during daytime until 5.30pm there is no need to have artificial light at all."

The original site held a few challenges for the architects, with very shallow (1 foot) bedrock and larger homes flanking it. The former required close collaboration with an engineer to ensure structural integrity, while the latter was more an issue of making the house stand out without competing with it's neighbors. A combination of external decorative elements and modest built-area coverage (30% of the site's area) ensures the building is both attractive and comfortable on it's plot.

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Lighting
Design Products
Accessories

‘Joseph’ from HALO Lighting

Inspired and named after prominent 1960’s performance and installation artist Joseph Beuys; Joseph is a carefully constructed pendant and floor lamp made from felt textiles. Available in a series of colours and three different sizes the Joseph utilizes energy efficient lamp sources that gently illuminate. HALO Lighting are pleased to announce the arrival of French design house Dix Heures Dix into the Australian market.

DHD is exclusive to HALO Lighting

 

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Fixed & Fitted
Design Products
Accessories

Stormtech linear grated drain

Greater flow capacity and ease of installation have been integrated in an update of the popular 100ARG20 linear grated drain. Now available with a 30mm deep grate the 100ARG30 is suitable for all pedestrian applications from your shower to the pool. Finely finished 316 stainless steel architectural grates are easily fitted on site and for the first time cover the edges of the patented uPVC channel of the drainage system. This delivers the best possible detail finish whilst at the same time protecting the budget.

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Design Products
Accessories

Everingham & Watson launches online store

Late last year school friends Susie Everingham & Liz Watson set up temporary digs at 29 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, peddling their handmade crafts in the theme of Australiana. Before long, the Everingham & Watson Pop Up Shop had completely sold out of stock. Thrilled by the success and the steady stream of orders that followed, the obvious next move for the duo was open up shop online.   The original E&W repertoire hallmarked Australian map and pineapple shaped black boards, hand printed tea towels, stationery and jewelry. With the expansion of their catalogue, you’ll now find sourced enamelware (classic billy tea essentials), ceramics by commissioned Brisbane potter KA, Australian native botanical skincare by Leif and timber and felted toys for children in the shape of native animals and indigenous families.   Assorted creative and academic endeavors near and far (Susie’s background is in law, business and interior, and Liz’s in visual arts, graphic design and arts management) have lead the friends back home to reunite. Everingham & Watson’s love for Australiana, texture, colour and character is well appreciated, in their making and gathering of objects that are close to our hearts.   Everingham & Watson    abc
Design Products
Accessories

HP Z1 Workstation

The new HP Z1 is the world’s first all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display. It snaps open allowing you to swap out parts and make upgrades. No tools required. Unleash your creativity with accelerated performance, support for over a billion colours and HP’s world-class reliability. Advanced design from A to Z.

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Architecture
Around The World
NOT HOMES

Bangkok Tree House

Bangkok is a not a city renowned for its green spaces. The thriving metropolis – the largest urban area in Thailand – is known rather for its bustling markets, nightlife, shopping, and cityscape. Yet, only half an hour outside of the city is the Bang Kachao area, an island known as the ‘green lung’ of Bangkok, separated from Bangkok by the Chao Phraya River. Here, Joey Tulyanond has opened the Bangkok Tree House, an eco-hotel that aims to push the limits of being green.

“Serene and undisturbed” is how Joey describes the Bang Kachao area. “Physically, it’s as if the area is lost in another time and space. In fact, if you want to see what Bangkok was like 200 years ago, this is where to visit,” he says. “Most Bangkokians do not even know the area exists, and many people want it to remain that way.”

The Bangkok Tree House is an intimate collection of 11 rooms (each over three levels), and the spectacular ‘view with a room’ – an open-air ‘nest’ 20 feet above the ground that allows guests to sleep under the stars, surrounded by mangrove palms. Guests to the hotel can borrow bicycles to cycle through the surrounding rainforest on raised concrete cycleways.

The concept, says Joey, is to engage with the basic human need to be close to nature. He has even created a ‘green alphabet’ that lists the environmental features of the Bangkok Tree House. From collecting trash from the river, using bamboo as a construction material, and energy efficient lighting, to growing organic vegetables on green roofs to be used in the hotel’s restaurant, Joey’s venture is a first for the city that seems to have everything.

“Geographically, it is hard to find land to do anything that would fit in with the green theme because Bangkok is not known for its greenery,” says Joey. “As Thailand is still a developing country, awareness for the green movement is still at its infancy. But someone has got to start the ball rolling, it might as well be us.”

Lost amongst the mangrove palms and accessible only by boat and foot, the Bangkok Tree House is admittedly not for everyone. Joey even – some might say bravely – declares that guests who are used to being pampered in 5-star hotel chains shouldn’t book with them. If, however, you are open to new experiences and want to reconnect with nature, the Bangkok Tree House is probably just the thing. “To make it bigger and more commercial would be challenging the green concept,” says Joey, “which we have no interest in doing.”

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Happenings
What's On

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Remix exhibition

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Remix will feature the artist’s 1950s to 1990s print projects demonstrating how he appropriated, transformed and remixed art historical sources including Claude Monet’s impressionism and Max Ernst’s Surrealism.

National Gallery of Australia exhibition curator Jaklyn Babington says Lichtenstein’s prints are among the most iconic of pop prints – large, bright, brash, sarcastic, gimmicky, cheap (stylistically) and a little controversial over their disregard for the concept of originality.

“Lichtenstein adopted appropriation as a complex art strategy and turned his attention to mining art history and, later on, mining his own work for subjects he could select, edit and recompose, remix and reissue as ‘Lichtensteinized’ images,” Babington says.

Much of the artist’s work hinges on a deliberate, “graphic, design aesthetic”.

Two of his most popular prints featured in this exhibition – Nude with Blue Hair and Crash! – revisit his early 1960s comic strip paintings influenced by famous images plucked from the pages of Girls’ Own Romance comics and early All American Men of War comic appropriations.

Babington says when Lichtenstein emerged on the 1960s art scene the then new generation of pop artists were pushed to “progress painting by reacting against what had come before” - the Abstract Expressionism made famous by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

“If Abstract Expressionism can be seen as a celebration of the emotionally charged gestural brushstrokes of the unique and genius artist, then Pop Art can, in contrast, be seen as a deliberate re-introduction of the figurative - as opposed to the abstract; an embrace of mass produced and so-called ‘low art’ forms – as opposed to the one-off so-called ‘high art’ masterpiece; the adoption of a ‘machine-made’ style – not the unique brushstroke.” 

The exhibition of 80 works on paper and multiples is drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s Kenneth Tyler Print Collection and includes a newly restored and digitised, rare candid photography and film component.

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Remix runs from June 30 to August 26.

Queensland University of Technology Art Museum

 

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Design Products
Furniture

Herman Miller Aluminium Group Outdoor range

Originally designed by Charles Eames for the Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard-designed home of industrialist J. Irwin Miller, the Eames Aluminium Group offers maximum comfort with a minimal profile. Newly updated versions of the lounge chair, side chair, and ottoman with a range of highly durable finish options including Outdoor Weave fabric, the Aluminium Group Lounge Chair, Side Chair, and Ottoman are once again ready to go back to their roots—outdoors!

With one-piece, curved aluminium side ribs and a die-cast aluminium base, the chair is strong, yet lightweight and easy to move (thanks to the upper cross member that doubles as a handle). Available with or without arms, the Eames Aluminium Group Side Chair Outdoor is suitable for any location where a dining-height chair is called for and naturally complements the range of Eames Tables Outdoor. The Eames Aluminium Group Lounge Chair Outdoor pairs perfectly with the matching Eames Aluminium Group Ottoman, or you can cluster multiple chairs around a low table for an informal sitting area.

To ready the chairs and ottoman for outdoor use, Herman Miler developed a new fabric that would be durable enough to weather the elements and still feel good against the skin when you’re wearing a bathing suit. Designed by materials consultant Susan Lyons, Outdoor Weave retains the spirit of the original 1958 polyester saran and builds off the technical capabilities of the Aeron chair's Pellicle suspension fabric. Outdoor Weave combines a sturdy monofilament polypropylene for strength and elasticity, with four multifilament polypropylene yarns to give it a great look and feel. It's also recyclable and contains no harmful PVC. It is available in four tones selected to complement the white and graphite satin powder-coated frames.

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Happenings
What's On

Invasion, Escape; Aliens do it right!

For the first time at Anna Schwartz Gallery, British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare will exhibit a collection of sculptural works and paintings, which reflect the dynamic discourse of post colonialism in Australia over the past three decades. Featuring several large- scale works including two ‘flying machines’ and a 19-metre long ‘planet’ installation, the exhibition assails the viewer into a ruptured space, drawing on mixed memories and past fears of alien occupation.

Shonibare, a Nigerian artist who lives in London and was born there in 1962, is known for his exploration of colonialism and post colonialism within a global context.  He explores the meaning of cultural and national definitions through a range of media from photography, painting, sculpture and more recently, film and performance. Shonibare was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004 and awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”. The artist has since exhibited at the Venice Bienale and in major institutions worldwide.

See Invasion, Escape; Aliens do it right! from June 27 - August 11.

Anna Schwartz Gallery

 

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Fixed & Fitted
Design Products
Accessories

Companion Range from Fisher & Pykel

The stylish and versatile Fisher & Paykel Companion range will launch in July 2012. This highly anticipated range of compact built-in companion products includes a Built-in Coffee Maker, Combination Microwave Oven, Steam Oven and Compact Oven all designed to feature simple-to-use capacitive controls, quality stainless steel fittings with easy-to-clean glass and polished chrome trim. 

The Companion range enables you the freedom and flexibility to cook whatever style of dish you like, however you like, whenever you like. The ovens in the companion range all feature digital controlled, electronic thermostats for precise temperature control which means consistent cooking, for every occasion. Whether you’re cooking Sunday roast in the Compact Oven, re-heating leftovers for a quick late night snack in the Microwave Oven, or preparing a nutritional and tasty meal in the Steam Oven the companion range will suit all styles of cooking.

Also boasting an intelligent, Built-in Coffee Maker, featuring a convenient auto-start timer and adjustable shut-off timer, the Companion range can provide high quality coffee ready when you are. Fisher & Paykel understands the importance of a good coffee to help start your day, and with Australians spending close to $800 million a year on coffee for brewing at home, it made sense to incorporate an innovative coffee maker in the companion range.

Fisher & Paykel’s Companion range is designed to complement any kitchen, so it is versatile enough to be arranged horizontally in a Linear Set or in a two-by-two square to suit your lifestyle and kitchen design aesthetic.

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Habitus Loves
Design Products
Accessories

Habitus Loves… Wine

Electric Opener

 

Designed by: Metrokane

Why we love it: Whether it's lacquered nails or a love of gadgetry, there is always a good reason to buy a small machine to open your wine for you. This one comes with a few particularly nifty functions - it fits over the neck of the bottle for a strong, reliable pull, is rechargeable and has an LCD screen telling you how many pulls it has left.

Where you can get it: Nordstrom

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Wine Vault

 

Designed by: Vintec

Why we love it: The sky's the limit when it comes to wine vaults, but we feel that the 140 bottle capacity of this compact number should accommodate all but the most ambitious of bacchanalia. And it has all the bells and whistles, including humidity control, a security lock and even a winter heating function.

Where you can get it: Showroom/selected distributors 

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Wine Saver

 

Designed by: Vacu Vin

Why we love it: Sometimes you just can't finish the bottle. But rather than let the remainder turn to vinegar, a few pulls on this wine saver will keep it fresh for days.

Where you can get it: Top Australian Wines

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Wine Aerator

   

Designed by: Marcus Vagnby for Cellarbate

Why we love it: For those of us not patient enough to wait the seemingly interminable two hours recommended to allow wines to reach full aeration, this smart little tool gives an entire bottle all the enhancement in flavour in just 30 seconds. It also filters sediment and is usable with only one hand , making it particularly convenient. 

Where you can get it: Cellarbate

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Wine thermometer

   

Designed by: Menu

Why we love it: There is really no wrong temperature for wine, but, that said, there is a right one. This sleek cuff fits snuggly around a bottle and within minutes reads the temperature of its contents. 

Where you can get it: Top3

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Wine Chiller

   

Designed by: Michel Dallaire for Ravi

Why we love it: Catastrophe: it's an absolute broiler of a day and you've run out of chilled white. Enter the Ravi Wine Chiller - keep it in the freezer for just this sort of emergency and it will chill wine to the desired temperature. No dripping ice buckets, no forgotten bottles exploding in the freezer; just wine, cool as it was meant to be. 

Where you can get it: Selected distributors

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Preservative Neutraliser

   

Designed by: S02GO

Why we love it: Preservatives in wine are a fact of life, but so too are allergies and apocalyptic hangovers. This clever product safely removes free Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) levels in wine or champagne and reduces preservatives 220 & 224 without altering flavour. Simply add a sachet to a bottle before serving and enjoy the wine without the chemicals.

Where you can get it: Wine merchants

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Cheese

   

Designed by: Whoever first stored milk in a container made from an animal's stomach.

Why we love it: As if we needed to spell this out, but here at habitusliving we are of the opinion that cheese is better than most other things. In fact, one of the only things better than cheese is cheese just before, just after, or even during the act of drinking wine. Particular favourites are piquant pecorino, gooey, stinky roquefort and anything involving truffles.

Where you can get it: We sincerely hope somewhere nearby.

 

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