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Design Hunters

Design Hunter™ Q+A with Bianca Riggio

Your name: Bianca Riggio

What you do: Run a design company called Page Thirty Three, as well as freelance styling, set design & graphics.

Your latest project: Utopia collection for Page Thirty Three, set design for Johnanthan Boulet film clip

What is your favourite…

Chair model: Kare Klint – Safari Chair

Residential space: I constantly drag off interiors I love- no one favourite.

Decorative product: At the moment, our knitted Yoga Balls.

Functional product: Bottle opener

Handmade good: Blended essential oils & handmade beauty products

Re-invented classic: Wooden clock radio

Meal: Dumplings

Restaurant:  Din tai fung

Drink: Penicillin - smoked whiskey, ginger, honey .

Bar: Hugo’s Manly

Item in your studio: An old Tibetan crystal skull I picked up a few years

Piece of technology: Apple TV

Historical figure: Pharaoh Hatshepsut

Fictional character: 90’s cat woman

Vice: Sugar

Virtue: Walk lightly

Favourite long-distance drive: The drive from Sydney to the South coast of NSW

Between beach, mountain and forest, which do you prefer? Love them all  

If you go camping is it luxe or rustic? Luxe meals – Rustic campsite

What would you pack into the extra space of a MINI countryman? A good picnic blanket & some outdoor cushions.

What colour would your MINI countryman be?  What does this say about you? Black on Black - Classic

What's On

‘Arflex: 60 years of Italian design’ by Poliform

Established over sixty years ago, Arflex remains focused on the production of innovative, avant-garde and contemporary products. With a range of design collaborators including Marco Zanuso, Carlo Colombo, Hannes Wettstein and Vincent Van Duysen it’s no surprise that Arflex is widely regarded as one of the most important and innovative brands to emerge in the post war era. The exhibition highlights the key pieces produced by this dynamic company over the past 60 years.

The exhibition will be held in both the Melbourne and Sydney Poliform Australia flagship showrooms from 22nd October until the 18th November and includes significant products selected to illustrate the innovative and pioneering approach at the core of the Arflex philosophy. Please see following for products.


Fiorenza Armchair by Franco Albini,1952

The idea for Franco Albini’s Fiorenza armchair was first generated in 1939, and finally realized in the Fifties, appearing in a Pirelli advertisement as an example of the potential of foam rubber. The most technologically advanced material used to upholster furniture at that time, the ergonomically perfect armchair still resonates with a contemporary aesthetic today. Enduring through the decades, Fiorenza’s unmistakable design and characteristic ensure the comfort and traditionalism of the high-back armchair are captured in a stylish and contemporary form.

Strips Sofa by Cini Boeri, 1972

Strips represents a revolution in the furniture market, the first modular sofa, designed for countless combinations and endless use. Integral to the history of the Arflex brand history, Strips is one of the most famous products, and is displayed in museums across the world. The modularity of the sofa is enabled through the removable quilted cover, and the padding, positioned on the wooden frame. The innovative design has altered the possibilities for designing furniture for the home, generating infinite arrangements and possible uses for the standard lounge room.


Tablet Table by Claesson Koivisto Rune, 2011

The simple and elegantly modern Tablet coffee table has been designed for Arflex in a wide range of sizes and shapes for ultimate flexibility and ease of use. The inspiration for the design comes from the ornamental pendants traditionally fashioned and worn by New Zealand Maori peoples, with the distinctive wooden legs carefully crafted with curved surfaces and rounded corner. The particular structure of these tables give the appearance of the top floating above the legs, creating a sculpturally striking piece of furniture.

Arflex: 60 years of Italian design

Monday 22nd October - Sunday 18th November
Poliform Sydney - Level 1, 84 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria
Poliform Melbourne - 650 Church Street, Richmond


To celebrate the Arflex, 60 years of Design exhibition at Poliform, clients who purchase any
Arflex piece before Sunday 18 November 2012 will receive a complimentary Arflex side table
valued at $2265. Conditions apply.


Design Hunters

’21st Century Residential Landscape Design’ by Dean Herald

This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a journey through a number of outstanding gardens that have been landscaped by one of Australia’s leading landscape designers, Dean Herald of ‘Rolling Stone Landscapes’. 21st Century Residential Landscape Design showcases over 20 designs produced by Dean, who has achieved the pinnacle of the landscape design industry in winning a gold medal at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London and Australian Landscaper of the year. 

The modern residential landscape has changed so dramatically over the last 20 years with the indoor-outdoor concept becoming a living space of the family home. Mixed with entertaining areas for alfresco cooking/dining and the added excitement of a swimming pool design, you have a relaxing atmosphere and a private retreat in your own backyard – this is 21st Century Residential Landscape Design. The relationship between garden and water has always been a wonderful combination due to the tranquillity and enjoyment it delivers through sight, sound and use.

Rolling Stone Landscapes


Design Products
Habitus Loves

Habitus Loves… Young Blood Designers Market

Laminex Rings


Created by: Kristy-Lee Agresta

Why we love it: Made using Laminex and Sterling Silver, Kristy Lee Agresta's unique jewellery combines the classic refinement of precious metal with a modern and colourful flare. 

Where you can get it: Young Blood Designers Market


Andy Gemstone fabric


Created by: Sixhands

Why we love it: A digitally printed canvas, Andy Gemstone is a contemporary scattered bouquet of flowers that evokes the work of Andy Warhol in moody gem tones.

Where you can get it: Young Blood Designers Market


Blossom Noir Scarf


Created by: L'Avion

Why we love it: A black and white floral smudge print scarf made from 100% silk twill, the Blossom Noir is an endlessly versatile accessory. 

Where you can get it: Young Blood Designers Market






Created by: Ruben + Kosch

Why we love it: A modular lighting system which illuminates only when paired with a friend Cliques are made from opal acrylic and s are powered by a single 9 volt battery which supplies approximately 13 hours of continuous light.

Where you can get it: Young Blood Designers Market


Negative/Positive Ring


Created by: SquarePeg Studios

Why we love it: Made by tenants at the contemporary jewellery workshop, the SquarePeg Studio showcase collection is local, modern and eclectic. 

Where you can get it: Young Blood Designers Market


Colour Collector Cushions


Created by: The Print Society

Why we love it: Made using a beautiful 90% Hemp / 10% Yak blend which gives a lovely pale grey sheen, the Colour Collector Cushions come with an invisible zipper along the bottom seam. Each cushion is individually hand printed, and there are four different colour options:  Neon Red & Lime, Lime & Black, Indigo & Candy Pink, and Neon Red & Candy Pink.

Where you can get it: Young Blood Designers Market


Plumen 001


Created by: Hulger & Samuel Wilkinson

Why we love it: The Plumen 001 is the world’s first designer low energy light bulb. The dynamic, sculptured form contrasts to the dull regular shapes of existing low energy bulbs, in an attempt to make the Plumen a centrepiece, not afterthought. The Plumen 001 works like any other high quality low energy bulb – saving 80% on energy bills and lasting 8 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb.

Where you can get it: Young Blood Designers Market




Designed by: Lakonik

Why we love it: A small design and silk screen studio dedicated to celebrating the beauty in everyday objects, Lakonik handmade textiles have a tactile beauty Inspired by Polish folklore and bold vibrant Scandinavian graphics.

Where you can get it: Young Blood Designers Market


What's On

‘Into The Deep’ at Butler Goode Gallery

Claire Layman depicts multi-layered marble like surfaces which shows a myriad of colours, three dimensional textures and light reflecting surfaces, all beneath a beautifully polished resin surface.


Unlike traditional painting techniques the secret iridescent textures of Claire Layman's art is to be discovered beneath the surface, rather than upon it, enticing the viewer to look deeper.


Claire’s work is heavily influenced by natural elements such as Water, Fire, Air and Stone. Her paintings have a unique three-dimensional quality to them and although their slick resin finish gives the viewer the impression of a perfectly smooth surface, upon closer inspection the paintings reveal light reflecting multi-layered textures below the surface, much like rock formations found naturally in nature.

Human Spirit

(top image: King Tide)

The exhibition runs from the 1st to the 18th of November at Butler Goode Gallery.


Around The World

An Eco-paradise in Borneo

As the subject of environmental preservation continues to dominate global conversation, the notable influx of eco-resorts in the last few years hardly seems surprising. That, however, doesn’t necessarily render the newly built Gaya Island Resort any less appealing. Situated at Pulau Gaya, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, the establishment makes its home within the lush confines of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a secluded natural sanctuary accessible only by boat.


Overlooking the crystal-clear waters of Malohom Bay, the beachfront resort traverses a terrain replete with the best of what its unique locale has the offer – that is, the unrefined beauty of a sprawling rainforest coupled with glorious views of both the South China Sea and Mount Kinabalu. While materials such as timber, bamboo and natural stone have been prominently incorporated as a nod to Sabahan vernacular architecture in the creation of the resort’s 120 villas as well as its luxurious 188 sqm two-bedroom suite, the design’s pared-down modern elements elegantly play off the uncultivated natural surroundings, consistently bringing the focus back to the arresting landscape.

“Designing the resort within nature was the key highlight of the project,” says Baldip Singh, an architect from the YTL Design Group who contributed to the endeavor. According to Singh, the main objective was in establishing a sense of harmony between the environment and the architectural infrastructure. “The final resort layout was determined on site to suit [the area’s] conditions, ensuring for the preservation of the existing flora and fauna as well as natural geographic formations such as rock outcrops and inland water bodies to minimize vegetation clearing.”

But while nature spills into virtually every facet of one’s stay here – picturesque hiking trails are literally right outside your front door – roughing it remains a choice rather than a prerequisite. The plethora of modern amenities on offer at the resort mean that urban comforts are always close at hand, happily detached from the hustle and bustle of the city: at any given time, holidaymakers can opt to luxuriate poolside on floating cabanas, enjoy a five-star dining experience at Fisherman’s Cove, a rooftop seafood restaurant overlooking coral reef-strewn beaches or ease their troubles away at the Spa Village, a mangrove-cloaked complex brandishing the benefits of traditional healing treatments while offering a leafy well-earned respite from the rigours of everyday life. Indeed, we are willing to wager that a trek through the great outdoors never felt this decadent.


What's On

‘Constructions’ by Make.Shift

A collaborative research practice, Make.Shift enables the designers to explore practice-led trans-disciplinary crossings between fashion, textiles, art and architecture effectively pooling the talents and expertise of textile designer Chant, fashion practitioner Sgro and design architect-creative art director Solente which when combined, are expanded into something new.

The idea to form the collective originally evolved from the group’s various collaborative activities and will provide a broader platform for creative exploration.

“Make.Shift Collective has become the framework through which we can collectively define our common goals, in terms of the larger concerns we have as individual practitioners coming together. Our mutual interests and collective differences create something bigger than each of us individually could form alone,” the Collective says.

The trio says to “expect the unexpected” from Make.Shift, a name they say, is as it implies, all about “making and shifting” - creating knowledge through making.

“As collaborative researchers, we are exploring what happens when you make and continually shift what each other brings to the individual projects, through the incorporation of other points of view. In the future we hope to engage with other practitioners that come from outside our own disciplinary areas to further develop this idea of shifting through collaborative making,” the Collective says.

Upcoming exhibition Constructions is the group’s debut collaborative series – a range of installations including two to three-dimensional pieces such as artworks, digital imagery, garments and sculptural items based on exploring the forms, structures and textures of nature.

“Continually looking to engage the creative process, Donna is researching the metamorphic butterfly life-cycle, whilst Armando is researching Australian flora, and Olivier explores the concept of nature as space. These explorations have started from observational photography and drawing series, however, have been creatively transformed throughout the process of making.” 

Constructions will be on show at Damien Minton Annex Space, 583 Elizabeth Street, Redfern, New South Wales from October 30 to November 3.


Design Products
Habitus Loves

Habitus Loves… Fridges

Vario Cool


Created by: Gaggenau

Why we love it: The first modular system made from fully integrated built-in appliances including refrigerators, freezers, fridge-freezer combinations and wine cabinets, the Vario Cool range can be combined in countless variations to form an elegant cooling wall. Quiet, sturdy and full of the latest technologies (including motorised shelves that can be adjusted while fully loaded), almost all of the range has been awarded an A+ energy rating.

Where you can get it: Sampford IXL


Fab 32


Created by: Smeg

Why we love it: Combining Smeg’s signature quality with a hark back to a retro 50s aesthetic, the Fab32 lends a playful twist to the kitchen while delivering the functionality expected of a modern appliance.  

Where you can get it: Smeg


Pro 48


Created by: Sub-Zero

Why we love it: Born of 100% steel (and a good bit of bravado), the Sub-Zero PRO 48 with Glass Door Refrigerator/Freezer is a true masterpiece of preservation. Its glass door, sculpted metal, dual refrigerator with three evaporators and advanced controls marry performance and design in a bold new way for home refrigeration.

Where you can get it: Winning Appliances






Created by: Miele

Why we love it: An exceptional premium range of kitchen appliances, Miele’s MasterCool has evolved from the brand’s quality and design philosophy. The superior materials, sophisticated design and perfect functionality, precisely attuned in every detail to your everyday requirements, attest to the sheer excellence of this range.

Where you can get it: Selected Retailers


Ebony Range


Created by: Fisher & Paykel

Why we love it: With a glossy black finish that showcases the latest in Electrolux technology including touch electronic controls and sleek frameless black hardened acrylic, complemented with stainless steel handles to meet discerning tastes, the Ebony fridge is as striking as it is effective at cooling and preserving. 

Where you can get it: Selected Retailers




Created by: Fisher & Paykel

Why we love it: Built on the concept of distributed refrigeration, the CoolDrawer combines ActiveSmart technology with a multi-temperature drawer-based fridge that can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, home or entertainment area. CoolDrawer provides five temperature settings to deliver total flexibility – fridge, freezer, chill, pantry and wine mode, combining intelligence with convenience.

Where you can get it: Selected Retailers


Stainless Steel


Created by: Westinghouse

Why we love it: Classic, elegant and ample, this fridge is packed with features ranging from humidity controlled crispers to Spillsafe glass shelves.

Where you can get it: Selected Retailers


Bio Robot


Designed by: Yuriy Dmitriev

Why we love it: The Bio Robot fridge works on the principle of a biopolymer that helps to keep all the food items cool through luminescence. The non-sticky gel surrounds the food and the strong surface tension of the gel helps to build separate pods for them. The fridge offers plenty of space to hold eatables without mixing the odor. And it looks incredible.

Where you can get it: The future.


What's On

Workshopped 12

With more than 800 guests from design, architecture, manufacturing and media invited to attend the Opening Night and over 60 designers from across Australia and New Zealand showcased, Workshopped 12 will be one of the single largest events of the Australian design calendar. 

Now in its twelve year, Workshopped design exhibition has become a permanent and widely anticipated fixture of the design community. The exhibition is a vital platform for nurturing Australian design excellence and launching the careers of designers, giving them an opportunity to show their products for the first time on home ground. Many of the designers who have successfully exhibited as part of Workshopped in previous years will return for WS12, recognising the importance of the prestigious event for showcasing their designs.

Workshopped exhibitions are also crucial in sustaining a creative community. Before the first Workshopped exhibition in 2001, designers had few avenues in getting their designs in front of the general public, and with substantial obstacles to creating and maintaining successful commercial relationships with industry, this created an environment where talented designers could struggle to find success. As a product of exhibiting in Workshopped, however, many designers have had their works in commercial production and exposed to potential buyers. The Workshopped SHOP presents products designed by Australian designers and available to both wholesale and retail customers.

Workshopped exhibition is a free event and will run from October 31st to November 9th at the collective’s gallery space in Surry Hills’ “Hill Street Precinct”.  It will then head to Moore Park Super Centa from November 14th to November 25th.


Design Hunters

Design Hunter™ Q+A with Alice Blackwood

Your name: Alice Blackwood 

What you do: Editor, Design Quarterly (DQ) magazine

Your latest project: The relaunch issue of Design Quarterly magazine (on newsstands from 24 October!) – a completely refreshed version of DQ: you’ll find it in a new size and format, with new editorial vision. It’s been a journey of discovery and always a learning curve! What you’ll find inside DQ is more brand and business related news, more discussion and analysis, trade-talk and stories about the movers and shakers of Australian architecture and design.

What is your favourite…

Chair model: I’m loving my SANAA ‘rabbit ear’ chairs from Maruni. They have a touch of humour about them.

Residential space: I have to say, I was most inspired by the home of Alex and Georgie Cleary of Alpha60 (cover story, Habitus Issue#15). The refurbishment of a local town hall, and the making of a home/living retreat in such large sweeping spaces found me shifting my perspective on place making, and going large-scale within your own living spaces.

Decorative product: The new Hay accessories collection from Corporate Culture! Great patterns and colours. Also Harvest Textiles is on my radar – also great patterns and colours.

Functional product: Can’t go past a Dyson vacuum cleaner!

Handmade good: Edition X have the most beautiful wearable pieces – all by talented Australian jewellers.

Design classic: I was at Public Dining Room in Balmoral on the weekend, and admired their original fibreglassEames chairs. There’s a nice texture to the seats in that material.

Meal and restaurant: Burgers are all the go in Melbourne, and Huxtaburger is a favourite. However, Gorsky and Jones wins out for its simply delicious food. In Melbourne city, Virginia Plains boasts some beautiful, glass-blown lighting, and the whole fit-out lends itself to a divine dining experience. For a quick bite, Nama Nama sports some of the best bento – and great colour coding: yellow table tops, blue napkins, red chopsticks.

Drink and barJoe’s Shoe Store, Northcote; Gardels, upstairs from Porteno, Surry Hills; Ortiga upstairs, Fortitude Valley.

Item in your studio: My Moleskin diary. Handwriting cements the details.

Historical figure: Castiglioni – I would love to visit his studio in Milan.

Fictional character: Sherlock, the latest series. He’s always switched on, never switched off – in a similar way to the everyday Gen Y with their PMDs and social media apps (myself included).

Vice: Coffee by 9am.

Virtue: Top-of-the-class speller. 

Favourite long-distance drive: From Port Douglas up into the Daintree, up to the tip ofCape York.

Favourite short-distance drive: Melbourne to Foxy’s Hangout in Red Hill (wine at the end of the journey!)

Between beach, mountain and forest, which do you prefer? Beach – water and sun is essential.

If you go camping is it luxe or rustic? Generally rustic and relying on everybody else’s equipment!

What would you pack into the extra space of a MINI countryman? A tent, a mattress, a puppy, fresh food foraged from roadside stalls (avocados by the dozen etcetera)!

What colour would your MINI countryman be?  What does this say about you? Black. Makes everything look expensive, and you can easily accessorise with the colour black.

What does the term ‘Design Hunter mean to you? You’d needn’t be rich to be a Design Hunter… it’s not an exclusive category filled with expensive accessories. You are a design thinker and appreciator; you have a good eye; you enjoy texture and colour; perhaps you’re a NEO consumer; you engage with objects, pieces, details and styles because they hold a significance (whether that be aesthetic, intellectual, sentimental or other).

MINI Cooper Countryman

What's On

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

A delicate glass piece measuring just 9mm x 5mm, called Time, by emerging Sydney based sculptor Jessica Tse, is the smallest ever sculpture to be shortlisted in the 12 year history of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.

Time by Jessica Tse

 Other finalists include leading artists Nigel Harrison, Rodney Pople, Ron Robertson-Swann and Titania Henderson.  Some of the found objects incorporated into the finalist’s works include a living bonsai entitled The Carbon Credit Machine by Thor Beowulf, Karleena Mitchell’s stack of books in Art Attack, Susanna Strati’s 1000 Memorialising Gestures with 1000 communion wafers and Sheena Dodd’s use of Tjanpi desert grass to create a delightful work, Tjulpu Uratja Kutjara or Two Waterbirds. 

Tjulpu Uratja Kutjara or Two Waterbirds by Sheena Dodd

The winner of the $10,000 Prize will be announced on Friday 26 October, followed by a free public exhibition showcasing the finalists which will run for two weeks from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 11 November.

Pebbles1 by Wona Bae

This year the Prize will be judged by arts patron Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM, Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and Director of the Transfield Foundation.  Joining Guido Belgiorno-Nettis will be Natalie Wilson, Assistant Curator, Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Professor Janice Reid AM FASSA, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW.

The Boudoir by Kerry Cannon

According to Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, “The task of choosing finalists was a great pleasure but also challenging as theprize attracts so many talented artists working in a diverse range of materials. This year’s finalists are pushing boundaries in the size and the ideas behind their sculptures. We are sure that the works we have chosen will stimulate and entertain everyone who sees them.”

You Can Take it With You by Annie Herron

(top image is Aftermath by Lynda Draper)

An exhibition showcasing the finalists will run from 27 October to 11 November at the Woollahra Council Chambers.


An Icon Intact

Built three years after the completion of his own Kilara house, the Gissing House project was born of a request from Penelope and John Gissing to create a similar home for them.

The result was a design that maintained many of the material, geometric and circulatory elements of the previous project while re-dimensioning them to create a more intimate home on a more human scale.

Seidler’s regularity as an architect is evident in the use of blue-grey basalt rubble walls, grey concrete block blade walls and U-shaped stiffened floor plates, which as Philip Drew (co-author of Seidler’s definitive biography) states, “are all manifestations of Seidler’s consistent application of an underlying Modernist ideology”. Direct material continuity from the previous project sees the reuse of white concrete walls, oiled Tasmanian Oak planks for the ceiling and slate tiles across the floor, which not only give the interior a clean yet textured finish, but have aged with grace.

The structure rests in the centre of a large irregular plot bordered by neighbouring properties and leaves a generous surrounding swathe of landscaped areas. Looking beyond the boundaries of the lot Seidler situated the living areas at the northern end of the home, allowing sunlight to penetrate towards the rear of the structure. The inclined roof and raised height from south to north further reinforce the sense that the home opens as it approaches the sun. 

Like in the Kilara House, Seidler employed a central void to amplify communal space and link separate levels. Narrow blade walls intersect the volume while projecting views from the back of the house towards the front windows. The house also manifests Seidler’s fascination with the use of circular geometry to offset and interrupt rectangular or straight lines. This both softens and details surfaces, piquing the observer’s curiosity and adding an organic twist to the aesthetic.

As Drew concludes, Seidler’s style of this period is particularly important because it marks the creation of a ‘Pacific type’: “durable, open and sheltering and connected to its landscape surrounds … [which] projects itself outwards, while simultaneously on the inside, reflecting in its dynamic openness, the Pacific culture that brought it into being.”


Gissing House is currently for sale, for more information visit modernhouse.co.

Contemporary Photography: Chris Colls

Original Photography: Max Dupain