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Zip Hydrotap®

The growing popularity of bottled sparkling water has led the world’s number one instant boiling water company to add new models to its Zip HydroTap range, giving sparkling chilled filtered drinking water as well as boiling and chilled filtered water – all at a fraction of the cost of bottled water.


Because the new Zip HydroTap models filter out impurities as tiny as one fifth of a thousandth of a millimetre, they give sparkling water that is crystal clear and tastes great alone, or mixed with spirits, wines, cordials or juices.

The new Zip HydroTap models include boiling/chilled/sparkling systems for residential kitchens, and larger-capacity boiling/chilled/sparkling systems for commercial and industrial applications. Any can be installed on a sink — or any location away from the sink, by using an optional ‘font’ accessory.



For details or a brochure, visit www.zipindustries.com


Corinne Roberts, Communications Manager, Zip Heaters (Aust) Pty Ltd Telephone 02 9796 3100c.roberts@zipindustries.com 


What's On

Stereo-Photography, Stereoscopy, Stereopsis

“The principle is that humans are binocular beings”, states Burrows, “because each eye is in a different position it will see a slightly different view of the world”. This in turn allows for the perception of depth, an important factor in understanding the size of what is being viewed.

Which in this case was important – as the artistic subject was an iceberg, and Burrows’ goal was to “create a tangible sense of the scale and dimension of a real iceberg”. 

In oder to replicate the way human eyes capture images Burrows built a specially designed rig consisting of 2 Nikon D700 cameras mounted on a parallel bar with shiftable base plates allowing them to slide closer together or further apart. This ensured that the 2 key factors for the success of the photography were satisfied; that the cameras remain parallel and horizontally consistent and that the distance between them be adjustable depending on the distance from the subject. Lastly the rig included a custom built trigger to fire the cameras simultaneously, which also sent GPS data to the cameras. 

With this equipment Burrows travelled to Antarctica, where he selected hi subject and photographed it extensively. Then, back in Melbourne, the images were loaded into sterescopes, binocular viewers that encase the slides and only allow each eye to see the appropriate left or right image, thus recreating the depth of field and three-dimensionality of the iceberg. Burrows explains that “I like this format for viewing because it is intimate – you have to peep into a little box and only one person at a time can see the image… it is also somewhat strange. I think that this is due to the fact that the stereoscope isolates our visual perception of depth down to stereopsis and other visual perspective based depth cues.”

The power of the installation lies not only in the verisimilitude of the images but also in the spatial arrangement of the viewing boxes – as the viewer moves from station to station they can figuratively ‘circle’ the glacier and observe it from many different angles. Juxtaposed to the quintessentially urban backdrop of Federation Square, this illusion is both incongruous and striking. 

David Burrows

Federation Square

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Habitus Loves… Gardening

Gardening Tools


Designed by: Sophie Conran

Why we love it: Including a compost scoop, trowel, fork, potting sieve, weeder, dibber and secateurs, the Sophie Conran gardening toolkit covers all the basics of setting up and maintaining a garden. With Waxed FSC Beechwood handles, brass ferrules and stainless steel heads, the pieces are not only robust and functional but also attractive. 

Where you can get it: QualityProducts


Soft Touch Gardening Gloves


Designed by: Gold Leaf

Why we love it: Imported from the UK , the Gold Leaf Range of Gloves are the only gloves to be endorsed by The Royal Horticultural Society (and we all know ho much the ENglish love their gardens).  The palm of this glove is constructed from quality deerskin leather for softness, suppleness, and high durablility. The back of the glove is made from lycra and features a Velcro fastener, which enhances the comfort and flexibility and providing the wearer with an extremely close fit.

Where you can get it: The Savvy Garden


Boulders Planter


Designed by: Jinggoy Buensuceso for HIVE

Why we love it: The Boulders Collection offers a juxtaposition of contemporary forms and antique detailing. The polygonal shape is a simple conveyance of modern sculptures while the natural oxidation of metal provides the rustic feel. All planters are offered in neutral rusty shade while the internal bowls come in white, black and blue..

Where you can get it: Kezu


Urban Composter


Designed by: Urban Composter

Why we love it: Designed with the aim of facilitating composting in smaller dwellings and eliminating the unsightly or odorous elements of the practice. Incorporating the use of a compost accelerator spray allows compost to be converted to fertilizer in a matter of days, while the colorful lids add a welcome pop of brightness to the bin.

Where you can get it: Urban Composter


Safari Planters


Designed by: Kenneth Cobonpue for HIVE

Why we love it: Imbuing the collection with animal-like characteristics, Kenneth Cobonpue has designed for HIVE a range of planters across four sizes intended to interact as a flock. The planters feature integrated drainage and are cast from naturally crushed stone, available in a choice of terracotta, natural, gray or black.

Where you can get it: Kezu




Designed by: Kneelo

Why we love it: Painful knees ruin gardening. Luckily the good people at Kneelo saw an opportunity where others only felt stiff and sore. Generously sized, with contoured edges, Kneelo allows you to work in cushioned comfort for prolonged periods of time. Featuring a deep layer of shock absorbing EVA foam and a luxurious cushioning layer of memory foam, Kneelo is encased in waterproof, durable neoprene with a quick dry, wipe clean, nylon coating.

Where you can get it: Beezer




Designed by: Louis McCoy

Why we love it: Created from 90% recycled materials such as old pallets and left over poly tubing, these planters feature a specially designed geo fabric (permeable mesh) that allows plants to absorb water as they need it, so they only need occasional watering and can be deployed indoors with minimal mess. 

Where you can get it: Herbitual


Organic Vegetable Gardening


Designed by: Annette McFarlane

Why we love it: Covering everything from the classical plot garden to growing in containers, heirloom and organic vegetables, mushrooms and chapters on Australian bush food and the herbs and spices that give the unique character to the cuisines of China, Greece, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and India this comprehensive guide leaves no stone uncovered when explaining how to create a thriving garden. 

Where you can get it: ABC Shop



A Curated Community

Bird de la Coeur’s modern, comfortable and well-executed development in South Yarra is elevated by 1950′s elegance and a holistic vision of residents’ lifestyles.

With a brief requesting well designed areas for recreation, entertainment and living and maximisation of views, natural light and living space, the Claremont project aimed to fully capitalise on the available resources.

The development covers 166 apartments, almost all of which are relatively compact one and two-bedrooms, a ground floor lobby and a communal library, winter lounge and summer deck. The HASSELL team’s attention to detail and refinement in finishes and fixtures is evident in the interiors, with limed oak veneers in the kitchen and bathrooms providing warmth and introducing a natural, crafted note. Bathrooms demonstrate a considered functionalism paired with simplicity of design: a large mirror extends to the ceiling, increasing the sense of space, and a custom-built basin provides a generous bench and storage. Floor to ceiling windows access expansive views across the Melbourne CBD, bays and surrounds, and flood the apartments in sunlight.

However whilst the private spaces promise comfort and convenience, it is the communal ones that define Claremont. Details such as the travertine-clad lobby entrance, oak threshold surrounds to apartment entries, steel pivoting doors onto the pool deck and vaguely deco design of black tiles inside the pools emphasise the curation of public areas and unite the building’s aesthetics. This last in particular is a bold visual statement that could have easily been overdone but in its execution demonstrates a fine equilibrium between glamour and reserve.

The sky gardens further sustain the sense that the development offers more than just a residence; located at the end of the west-facing corridor on all apartment levels, they allow daylight into the corridor and provide a focal point from the central core lift. The inclusion of a variety of plants creates a unique outlook as well as providing a screen to shield the summer sun and improve comfort and amenity for the residents.

Bird de la Coeur

What's On

‘Lightening Dreaming’ at Butler Goode Gallery

Sarrita King was born in Adelaide, South Australia on the 5th March 1988.  She is the younger sister to fellow artist, Tarisse King and daughter to the late highly regarded artist, William King Jungala (1966 – 2007). 

Sarrita inherits her Australian Aboriginality from her father who was part of the Gurindji tribe from the Northern Territory.  The Gurindji tribe came to public attention during the 1960s and 1970s when members employed by the Wave Hill cattle station led a landmark case which became the first successful land rights claim in Australia.  It is this same strong sense of self and pride that Sarrita embodies and it fuels her drive to paint her totemic landscape.

Sarrita spent most of her youth growing up in Darwin in the Northern Territory.  Not far from where her ancestors inhabited, it is here that her connection to her Aboriginality and subsequently the land was able to grow.  Her exposure to the imperious weather and extreme landscape has provided the theme for her works of art, since she began painting at age 16.  Rolling sand hills, cracking lightning and thunderstorms, torrential rain, fire, desert and tangled bush are all scathing environmental factors that shaped her forefather’s lives and also her own. Depicting these elements in her paintings, Sarrita provides a visual articulation of the earth’s language.

Stylistically, Sarrita utilises traditional Aboriginal techniques such as ‘dotting’ but also incorporates unorthodox techniques inherited from her late father, as well as self-developed practices.  Her art is a fusion of the past, present and future and represents the next generation of artists who have been influenced by both their indigenous history, and current Western upbringing.  Sarrita creates frenetic energy on the canvas with her Lightning series and searing heat with her Fire series.  Her aesthetic has a universal appeal and provides an entry point for people to experience the power and uniqueness of the Australian landscape and its harsh climate. On a world scale, her depictions couldn’t be more seasonable and well-timed.

Sarrita now lives and paints in Canberra.  She has been included in over 20 exhibitions, is represented in galleries in every Australian state, included in many high profile Australian and international art collections and been auctioned several times successfully through Paris’ Art Curial Auction house. 

Sarrita is currently taking a hiatus from her Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia to pursue her interest in digital media, specifically documentary making and focus on her art. At only 23, Sarrita King has many personal achievements but it is her desire to visually communicate her inspiration and the land, which keeps her ancestral narrative alive and provides a new way of looking back while looking forward.

Lightening Dreaming will open at Butler Goode Gallery, Paddington, on Thursday 30 August.

Butler Goode Gallery 

Sarrita King

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Tressle Table

Practical, flexible, easy to transport and store, the Tressle Table occupies a unique place in the hearts of anyone who needs a mobile workspace. In recognition of this the good people over at Tressel Table Co have created a a worthy representative of the class. Every table is hand made in Melbourne, from heavyweight birch plywood and finished with a protective sealant, making them strong, industrious and suitable for a large variety of uses. 

Tressel Table Co is a table manufacturing business based in Melbourne, Australia. It’s principles are simplicity, affordability and functionality, and they strive to deliver these qualities through our tables.

Tressel Table Co offer free delivery to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane & Adelaide, a 14 day turn around on all orders – from payment being accepted to delivery of the product – and a full refund guarantee. 

Dimensions: 180cm (L) x 80cm (W) x 70cm (H)

Tressel Table Co

Around The World

Bondi 113 by Robert Plumb

There are plenty of hotels in Bondi Beach, catering for over 80 million visitors each year. But there’s something much nicer about staying in a real house, on a real street, and doing like the locals do with a backyard barbecue.

Bondi 113 is a boutique holiday and rental retreat that allows you to slip right into the Bondi scene. It’s just a short walk from the north end of the world-famous strip of sand and within 300m of the vibrant food and fashion outlets that give Bondi its creative pulse.

Best of all, it’s set up like a designer home away from home, created by outdoor furniture and landscape design company Robert Plumb. With their local expertise, Robert Plumb Directors William Dangar (a renowned landscape designer and 15-year Bondi local) and Bill Clifton (building craftsman) have set up a beachside oasis that can comfortably sleep 6 in 3 bedrooms. 

The interiors are impeccably finished with little touches that make this experience like a house swap with an artist or designer friend. Pieces by local artists adorn the walls, a graphic front door grille designed by Michael Snape also offers security and creative books are scattered throughout the house.

But the best of beachside living takes place outdoors. The private courtyard lends itself to casual entertaining, complete with barbecue. The garage converts to an undercover area and the custom outdoor shower is the perfect way to deal with lingering sand after a swim in the surf.


Whether you like fine dining at Bondi Icebergs, chilling out to some cool tunes at Bondi FM or taking part in Will’s favourite Bondi activity, Sculptures by the Sea, Bondi 113 is the perfect base.


Enquire about staying at Bondi 113 through Robert Plumb

Robert Plumb

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Big Ass Fans

The company’s signature product is, literally, a Big Ass Fan®. Available in diameters up to a gargantuan 24 feet, these energy-efficient overhead fans use their immense size, not speed, to provide airflow on a massive scale. While the company continues to lead the way in industrial and agricultural air movement solutions, they’ve also refined these designs to bring the same innovation and benefits to circulate an ocean of air in sound-sensitive commercial spaces, including numerous hotel lobbies and stylish dining areas worldwide.

This focus on sustainability permeates all areas of Big Ass Fans’ culture, from its products to its own LEED® Gold-certified research and development facility. A commitment to customer satisfaction is embodied—literally—in a full-time on-site customer advocate, who independently follows up with customers to ensure all aspects of the purchase, installation and operation of their fan exceed their expectations.

With a product line successfully and stylishly expanded into small diameter fans, the Big Ass Fan Company is poised to redefine energy efficiency and air movement in spaces of every size. But this is only part of the company’s winning formula—with an eye to helping customers, and a strong sense of corporate responsibility to the local community, Big Ass Fans is redefining the way business is done.

Big Ass Fans

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Habitus… Still Loves SID

August Chair


Designed by: Temperature Design

Why we love it: With a recycled plastic shell made from mobile phones and computers, the August chair combines a plush upholstered seat with a robust frame. It comes in two versions – 400 or 450mm high, either as fixed or swivel seat.  

Where you can get it: Temperature Deisgn


Fab28 Denim


Designed by: Smeg

Why we love it: Treated with nano-technological PLASMA to protect the surface of the fridge from splashes of water, oil, milk and fruit juices, the denim cover of this fridge overcomes its suspicion of impracticality to deliver a uniquely creative twist on the common kitchen appliance.

Where you can get it: Smeg




Designed by: Cosh Living

Why we love it: With its good looks across a range of models, customisable finishes and accessories to make it suitable for a variety of environments and price points, as well as the use of new technology in the induction systems and the flexibility that this offers, the Indu+ proposes exciting new possibilities for the traditional Australian barbecue.

Where you can get it: Cosh Living




Designed by: Jardan

Why we love it: Made from a combination of structural eco-plywood and solid Tasmanian Oak, the frame of this modular seating system is upholstered in high resilience CFC-free foam with the addition of a quilted cover for a casual, soft appearance. 

Where you can get it: Jardan


Quarry Group


Designed by: Benjamin Hubert

Why we love it: These hand-turned, thin-walled marble pendant lights add texture and utilise the stone’s translucent properties to diffuse light and reveal its veining. The traditional material is offset by the use of an LED, which allows the large, hand-turned internal cavity to remain open and uncluttered. The interior surface is reminiscent of the first cut by renaissance sculptors to rough out a form.

Where you can get it: Great Dane


Solid Table


Designed by: One Third for Stylecraft

Why we love it: Manufactured from solid Tasmanian Oak providing natural or coloured stain finish, the Solid table is available in both dining and coffee table heights.

Where you can get it: Stylecraft




Designed by: Tait

Why we love it: Simple and elegant, the breeze collection is constructed from Zinc Plated steel which is available in a wide range of UV stable powder coated colours or hot dipped galvanised. 

Where you can get it: Tait


 Echo Console


Designed by: Wilhelmina McCarroll

Why we love it: Colorful yet reserved, detailed yet clean of line, the Echo Console offers a pared back playfulness to its surroundings.

Where you can get it: Zuster



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The Secret History of Surfing

The seed of Wegener’s inspiration was planted during a visit to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, where the veteran shaper (surfboard designer + maker in lay terms) examined a collection of historic boards; ”I was blown away with the craftsmanship and thought that went into the lonely ancient relics” enthuses Wegener, “I could see the care taken with the wood. The delicate curves of surfboard were shaped over the hard knots in the wood and blended with perfection”. 

And yet the ‘Alaia’, as the slim, finless boards are called, was virtually unknown and even less understood in the surfing community. Their weak flotation and lack of fins were anathema to modern surfing, and yet in Wegener’s eyes the centrality of the sport in the local culture (he cites the story of a Hawaiian king who ”sailed back and forth from Tahiti looking for the perfect wave for his retirement”) made it impossible to believe their boards could be anything less than masterpieces.

And so began the Seaglass Project, an expensive, gradual process of refinement, with each successive prototype surfing a little better than the last. Trial and error, experiment, accident and sheer luck all played their part, but undoubtedly Wegener’s lifelong passion for surfing and shaping gave him the skill and instinct to slowly rediscover the aquadynamics he was sure the ancient Hawaiian board had possessed.

Two years into the five year project Wegener’s boards started to make an impression, top surfers such as David Rastovich, Tom Carroll, Dan Malloy, Mike Stewart and Rob Machado started using them and they began to attract some press coverage. The surfers’ responses reinforced Wegener’s confidence, with comments such as Tom Carroll’s, “It [was] was like learning how to surf all over again, and the second time may be better”. 

The end result did not disappoint; as Wegener explains “The finless…. feels more natural and it is definitely faster.  When you first catch a wave on a finned board, the fins anchor you to a certain track across the wave.  The tail of the board seems slow yet stable.  With the finless, the tail drifts out of the wave and you slide sideways down the wave until you put weight on the rail and engage the curves and flex of the board to grab the wave.  Finless you can grab and let go with control. With fins it is all grab”.

Tom Wegener’s finless boards are available from Global Surf Industries

The Seaglass Project

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‘UNOMK2′ from Rogerseller

Warm to the touch, the 1800mm bath makes for a relaxing bathing experience because the water stays warm for longer, with its non-porous surface making cleaning simple and efficient. The UnoMk2 is manufactured using the Thermoforming process from one single skin of 4mm Lucite® acrylic sheet, which uniquely presents no visible joins. Lucite® is one of the most durable bath materials on the market; its colour goes all the way through the material instead of being sprayed onto the surface, meaning no change in its colour over time, and no discoloration from chipping. Continually inspired by innovation, Rogerseller launches the UnoMk2 bath in November in its showrooms nationwide. Rogersellerabc

City Meets Surf

With a simple but specific desire for an open, inviting home for a family of five, the brief’s flexibility was based on the strength of the relationship built during a previous collaboration between the architects and clients.

From this grew the idea of a spacious structure built from a palette of robust, low-maintenance materials that would access the magnificent prospect of the surrounding panorama whilst providing shelter and privacy for its inhabitants. As Larry Melocco, Director of Brewster Hjorth Architects comments, the concept was of a “weathered timber crate, resting on sheltering rocks”.

The use of concrete, hardwood, glass and copper left in their raw state gives the home’s exterior a textured, weathered feel that will further develop over time, while internally the layering of complex finishes including terrazzo, stucco, and timber veneers creates a warmer, gentler aesthetic.

A defining asset of the site is its unbroken beach vista and adjoining council reserve, which create a natural context beyond what would be expected in a suburban area.

To capitalise on this without sacrificing privacy connection to the surroundings is highly adjustable: a courtyard and a three-metre wide awning window, which rises up and out automatically to completely connect the interior with the ocean vista render boundaries porous, while louvres and screens of aluminium and timber can moderate the suns glare and provide shelter from neighbours and beach goers.

By including concrete floors and abundant possibility of ventilation the house is also well served by passive climate control, and use of recycled timber and implementation of water re-use demonstrate a parsimonious approach to materials and energy.

The home represents the growing sophistication of a suburb historically characterised by resilient, pragmatic structures, and which boasts to be the cradle of Australian surfboard riding. Thus its strength, aside from the quality of its design and execution, is that it resonates with its context while simultaneously updating it.

Photography: Christian Mushenko

Brewster Hjorth Architects

Mardini Constructions