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Supercar Gathering at the Polo

The exclusive marquee will showcase a collection of the finest examples automobiles in the country, including the new Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster, Audi R8 Spyder, Ferrari FF, Maserati Gran Turismo and  Lamborghini Convertible Performante.

Gourmet food, wine, champagne and other epicurean delights will be served while like-minded peers can admire some of the best examples of ‘Rolling Art’ Australia has to offer, as well as peruse a vast array of luxury lifestyle products from The Formula Company, Vendome, Airstream and The Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury.

Guests can also enjoy the spectacle of both the Sydney Polo Gold Cup and Celebrity Bike Polo match -  making the event a celebration of three of the most important and exciting forms of transport throughout history: horse, bicycle and car! 

The Gathering will host the Fashions on the Field Competition sponsored by Ralph Lauren in support the Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Charity, as well as the traditional half time ‘Stompinf the Divots’, where the public take to the fields and tread back in the grass divots. A golden horse shoe is dropped by the umpires and the winner will receive 6 bottles of Henkell Trocken Premium Champagne.

A truly unique event with so much to offer, the Supercar Gathering is sure to be unforgettable.

Supercar Gathering
Sunday 4th November 2012 at the Sydney Polo Club, 100 Ridges Lane, Richmond. 
Gates open from 10.30am to the public, the event finishes at 5:00pm.

Supercar d’Elegance

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Architecture
NOT HOMES
Places

Art-Industrial Palpitations

The PH1 (or Party House One) is located on the ground floor of Siam @ Siam Design hotel, opposite the National Stadium on the busy Rama I road in Bangkok. The hotel has gained a reputation over the years as the only luxury Thai art hotel, characterized by aggressive interiors hinted at from the exterior by massive smoked-wood finished columns that penetrate through a conventional cladding.

As one of seven separate art-themed dining areas inside the premise, this recently renovated fusion bar and restaurant exists in the hotel’s interior context of brute materials including bare concrete and brick finishing, wood from railway sleepers and exposed pipework. These were chosen with one common motif: to evoke the ambience of a heavy industrial factory that reflects the owner’s business origins in the automobile industry.

The PH1 presents itself as a loft-style space with a colourful “mix n’ match” repertoire of furniture and materials; as in Jazz when even contrasting melodies can combine to create a complex and attractive composition, wood, leather, steel, and plastic each contribute a different thread to the aesthetic. The matt-black finished ceiling is also decorated with a rhythmic placement of printed square canvases, serving as a reminder of the original intent of morphing art, music, and food into one unified dining experience. And when colours are everywhere, the snow-white acrylic finished bar counter with recessed lighting becomes a chromatic cleanser, and perhaps even an excuse for a drink to calm the tempo of the kaleidoscopic extravaganza. 

Not to be missed at the rear, the surreal effects are further added to by the transparent Inkjet print of tree shades on the 16 x 8 metre panoramic glass wall, creating a contrast to the typical cityscape seen through the front windows.  

With luxury interiors becoming mundane and timid, this venue differentiates its own ambience as an exclusive and aggressive industrial-art space. PH1 sets itself apart within the hotel’s overall context of spatial expression by giving guests the experience of being inside a contemporary painting. As with other surrealist work of a striking and bizarre nature, some may embrace it, while others may find it just too disturbing.

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‘Ephemera’ at MiCK

One of the leading artists to emerge in Australia, Nicholas Blowers has had considerable success over a short period of time. After sell out exhibitions in 2006 and 2007 at Dickerson Galleries in Sydney and Melbourne, the English-born artist moved to Hobart where the remarkable flora and fauna has greatly inspired him. Blowers’ work celebrates meticulous observation of his environment – through intense examination of the landscape and the life that it supports, Blowers attempts to reconstruct the micro-environments and lives in incredible detail. The result is a unique interpretation, which allows the artist to showcase his highly refined skills as a painter. 

Nicholas’ recent series of paintings relate to the world of insects. Blowers has used electron microscopes and macro photography to capture detailed images of insects found in his studio. In some paintings there are groupings of insects derived from the electron microscope plates. In other pictures the focus is on a solitary insect. The over-arching theme in his work is collapse and decay. 

Nicholas sees the subjects as portraits with his main focus being how to capture the singularity of decay or the particular nature of an insect’s design within this unknown landscape. Although the artist has always had a great interest in botanical illustration, his interest in depicting this hidden world is not to create a scientifically useful image. It is to present to the viewer a subject in terms of its potential to explore his aesthetic concerns with mark making. This pathway allows the observer to feel an emotional attachment with the painting and the subject.

Nicholas Blowers has twice won the Paddington Art Prize (NSW 2007, 2009); has been a finalist in the prestigious Doug Moran Portrait Prize (NSW) with a portrait of Charles Blackman; a finalist in the Blake Prize; has been short-listed and highly commended for the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize twice; has won The Kings School Art Prize and is a five-time finalist in the Glover Art Prize (TAS).

Ephemera runs from 30 October to 2 December at MiCK.

MiCK

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Saturday in Design Singapore Review

Saturday in Design returned to Singapore on 6 October as a bigger-than-ever event with over 3,000 attendees, 32 exhibitors, 17 centrally located venues and a significantly greater number of design activities held throughout the day.

The crowd at Dream Interiors

Participants entering Hansgrohe

Visitors stroll by the installation at Foundry

The buzz leading up to the event started early with a slew of fringe events taking place all week, including Okamura’s 67th anniversary party at red dot design museum, Stylecraft’s Bowling for Cancer, the Moooi 2012 collection launch at Space Asia Hub, Oktoberfest by XTRA, and howwecreate.com / PALAMONT talk for designers over at Chan Hampe Galleries.

Complimentary buses take visitors to the showrooms

Another way of getting around – via the VIP cars!

A talk by howwecreate.com/PALAMONT and Quench

On Saturday, the sunny weather had the crowds all primed and ready to go. The atmosphere was electric with visitors starting early at the different showrooms, all with their traffic stopping watermelon orange tags and Saturday in Design handbooks to guide them through the four design precincts.

Visitors eye the Matzform chairs dressed in Ketna Patel artwork over at the Haworth exhibiting space

The Project also returned with yet more inspiring concepts and a heightened level of interactivity.

Works by Australia’s Quench collective

There were a good number of international brand and product launches, and introductions to designers and companies from Australia such as the Quench collective, Create Stone and Thinking Ergonomix.

A guided tour at Space Asia Hub

Everyone wants to add to Eeshaun’s art wall over at XTRA

A picture with the ultra lightweight Cherche Midi over at Kokuyo

Showrooms also pulled out all the stops to make it an unforgettable day, with live demonstrations, talks, contests and competitions, draw prizes, and great food and drinks.

A playful display over at XTRA

Read the full report across the precincts at Indesignlive.asia.

Photography by Yong Sze Yuen Kelvin

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Design Hunters
People

Design Hunter™ Q+A with Nicholas Karlovasitis

Your name: Nicholas Karlovasitis

What you do: Director / Industrial Designer of DesignByThem.

 Your latest project: Stem Table

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

     1)  George Nelson (past design & ideas / wit)

     2)  Bouroullec Brothers (current design)

     3)  Brian P. Schmidt FRS


What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: Porsche 356 or Mustang 67

Chair model: Jean Prouve Standard Chair

Residential space: I really like contemporary Japanese Architecture

Commercial space: Sydney Opera House

Decorative product: George Nelson Ball Clock

Functional product: Old Volvo Station Wagon (Fits everything in it)

Handmade good: My leather belt

Mass-produced good: Lego

meal: Pizza and some cold cuts.

restaurant: Pizza Mario

drink: Cold Beer on a hot day or a Smokey whiskey at night.

bar: too many and it depends on what kind of night it is going to be.

item in your studio: Coffee Grinder / Machine. Would die without it.

piece of technology: Mobile Phone (amazing what you can do on these)

historical figure: Too many to choose. Would feel bad if i remembered one later.

fictional character: Pepé Le Pew makes me laugh every time.

vice: chocolate, coffee, alcohol

virtue: humour 

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you?

A bearded man or bearded woman who goes out to kill designers.

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‘Theatre of the World’ at MONA

Theatre of the World engages, and rejects, the widely held notion that ancient and contemporary works of art are inherently different, and that we must burden the past with the weight of history.


 
Theatre of the World is a kaleidoscope: here the viewer sees the object, and that is enough. This notion harkens back to the Renaissance view that art and knowledge are inextricably intertwined. This art is visual poetry.


 
Theatre of the World has, as its backbone, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery collection of Pacific barkcloths and Mona’s collection of everything. Other sources are tapped when required to enhance the perceptual interplay, or on whim.


 
In the theatre of the world art is a conveyor of dreams, a mobilizer of imagination, and a conduit for emotion. When we find beauty sometimes we need look no further.

Theatre of the World runs from through 8 April 2012 at MONA.

Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin.
A MONA and TMAG (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery) collaboration.

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Design Products
Furniture
Habitus Loves

Habitus Loves… Outdoor Furniture

Dune Daybed

 

Designed by: Barlow Tyrie

Why we love it: Gorgeously rounded and flowing, the Dune Daybed is made from weatherproof, hand-woven resin fibre over a powder-coated aluminium frame. The day bed has a matching ottoman footstool providing plenty of room for two to sprawl,  and there is even a built-in side table.

Where you can get it: OHMM

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Pergola

 

Designed by: José A. Gandía-Blasco

Why we love it: Made of anodized or thermo-lacquered aluminium profiles with a canopy of plastic fabric and Polyurethane foam rubber covered with water-repellent fabric, the Pergola Sofa is steadfastly resilient while offering an elegantly minimalist and comfortable setting for lounging or entertaining outdoors.

 

Where you can get it: Gandia Blasco

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Garden Court Sunlounge

 

Designed by: Harbour Outdoor

Why we love it: With gentle curves beckoning a summer sojourn, the Garden Court Sunlounge evokes the languid indolence of steamy days whiled away at the poolside, a perfect accompaniment for the warm season. 

Where you can get it: Harbour Outdoor

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Fire Bulb

 

Designed by: Ecosmart

Why we love it: Stylish and unique, the EcoSmart Fire Bulb combines the raw element of fire with organic-inspired design, brought to life within a contemporary steel wire frame. Fully portable, it illuminates and inspires any indoor or outdoor space, and its curvaceous design complements modern landscaped garden environments with grace and ease.

Fuelled by environmentally friendly bioethanol and containing the EcoSmart Fire AB3 Burner, the EcoSmart Fire Bulb creates a clean dancing flame for over 8 hours, with no mess, no fuss.

Where you can get it: Ecosmart

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Panier Stool

 

Designed by: Helen Kontouris

Why we love it: The Panier is a stool conceived to reflect a harmonious balance of proportions marked by a certain grace. Precision detailing contrasted by its soft appearance allow it to sit comfortably in any context from residential to hospitality.

Where you can get it: Helen Kontouris

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Roger

   

Designed by: Jardan Lab

Why we love it: Combining casual sophistication and charm, the Roger is a refined yet laid-back addition to the Jardan range. The chair features a stylish combination of aluminium, timber and fabric, with Solid Spotted Gum timber legs and seat available in a selected fabric range. Aluminium armrests and tube frame come in a variety of powdercoat finishes. Timber legs finished with a UV-stable exterior grade oil.

Where you can get it: Jardan

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Malibu

 

Designed by: Manutti

Why we love it: With exotic, rounded touches granting a hint of opulence, this collection looks as though it has just been transported from colonial Africa. The elegant patio chair is particularly striking, ideal to relax in with a cup of tea on the covered terrace or porch.

Where you can get it: Cosh Living

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Ninix 9 Table

 

Designed by: Royal Botania

Why we love it: Dramatic and pure of line, the Ninix table combines the simple strength of a powder-coated stainless steel frame with either a sleek glass or rich teak top, bringing the elegance of the modern dining room outdoors.

Where you can get it: Parterre

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Going Green at the Sydney Architecture Festival

What are your thoughts on Australian architecture, in particular our approach to sustainability?

I think Australia is faring better than most countries in terms of environmentally sustainable design. However, the problem with green architecture generally, is that it is too engineering driven. There are many other factors to consider, like the quality of land and natural cycles, which have a huge impact on architectural design.

We are looking forward to hosting you at the Sydney Architecture Festival. What can we expect to hear at your lecture?

I’ll be talking about a holistic, green approach to architecture, the issues I’ve solved and those that still pose a challenge. I’ll present a visual narrative of what I’ve been doing for the last 20-30 years. I’ll also expand on five key strands of design which include ecology and eco-infrastructure, clean engineering, the water cycle, our role as human beings and the need for an eco-aesthetic.

What key techniques and philosophies should architects employ and integrate?

Architects need to look beyond mere technologies in creating sustainable design. We need to create buildings that go beyond the recommendations and accreditation systems, working to at least a 4-8% increase on industry standards. It’s up to the ingenuity of the architect to go further than compliance. Architects should look at the Living Building Challenge as a benchmark certification programme. It’s about being performance driven versus only standard driven.

Your new book – Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design looks at the design of masterplans for eco-districts and eco-cities. A key feature of this year’s festival is Super Sydney, a citywide discussion about our city, co-ordinated by local councils. How can we better educate local authorities and government about sustainable design?

Government is the ultimate authority. They should be providing incentives like tax deductions and grants to architects and developers who produce sustainable buildings. They should extend these incentives to sustainable businesses and industries. They need to assist and encourage green developments not gratuitous behaviour.

What are some of the greatest green challenges cities face?

Making existing buildings green is the biggest challenge in re-generating our cities. Green is a huge challenge because it involves an understanding of amongst others, a sustainable approach to water, sewerage, transportation, food and waste. We need to engender a green lifestyle, applying green principles to everything we do.

DETAILS:

Lecture by Dr Ken Yeang

Thursday 25th October, 6pm

University of Sydney

Sydney Architecture Festival

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Design Products
Furniture

Drapery & Upholstery Fabrics by Interior Productions

With a full range of soft furnishing products for designers, architects and specifiers to select and furnish complete projects from their showroom, the Interior Productions range includes upholstery and drapery fabrics selected from the signature collections of international Editeurs that source exclusive designs from notable European design houses.

Interior Productions recognises there is a growing local market hungry for unique Australian designed and made interior furnishing products. They offer a custom design and manufacturing service to designers, developers and contractors involved in medium to large-scale projects.

To cater further to this market interested in Australian designed and made products, Interior Productions manufacture custom printed fabric and wallpaper at their Melbourne based printing studio.

The designs are produced in-house by a graphic design department and in collaboration with local graphic designers and artists to meet client specifications. Clients can also create and supply their own designs according to technical requirements, with assistance and support offered throughout the process.

Interior Productions supply fabrics of all makes and styles including sheers, silk dupion and organza, and jacquards and other weaves; numerous compositions of linen, cotton, polyester, silk and viscose.

Interior Productions

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‘Icons By Icons’ at Studio Becker

The exhibition is curated by Dale Jones-Evans, a national award winning architect and Adjunct Professor of Architecture UTS at the Art and Design Gallery in Studio Becker’s theatrical new showroom in Redfern (designed by Dale Jones-Evans).

Jones-Evans has selected iconic architects from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane who will each exhibit drawings, photographs and models of a house they consider to be ‘seminal’ to their practice as well as a current house they are working on or have recently completed. The juxtaposition of the two houses will reveal how each architect has evolved and developed their practice over time.

As Jones-Evans says,

“As makers of iconic residential architecture, our Australian architects continue to explore and leave a wake of work across this continent, which inspires younger generations of architects to push further. There will be a sequel exhibition next year, titledNew Icons by New Icons, an exhibition of cutting edge houses by a new and younger generation of Australian architects”.

The selected architects are:

Melbourne:

Denton Corker Marshall 
John Wardle
McBride Charles Ryan
Sean Godsell

Sydney:

Alex Popov (PopovBass)
Durbach Block Jaggers
Glen Murcutt
Ian Moore
Luigi Rosselli
Peter Stutchbury

Brisbane:

Donovan Hill
Kerry + Lindsay Clare

Icons By Icons is on display until November 10 at Studio Becker: 52 - 54 Turner Street, Redfern

Studio Becker

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Homes

Oriental Touch

After 15 years living abroad in east and Southeast Asia, the client (a Japanese-Australian couple) wanted a house that captured and enhanced the Australian beach context and provided a counterpoint to their second home in the Japanese Alps, but which still contained subtle references to Japanese aesthetic. Furthermore, the clients desired the site to be split into two residences, one for themselves and one to sell. Beyond these requirements, however, the architect was given substantial leeway with the design, reflecting the client’s belief that too narrow a brief stifles creativity. 

The plot selected for the build was bordered by a sheer rock face, a tall structure obstructing ocean views, a public park and a busy road, and thus presented both opportunities and obstacles. Vaughan Architects’ plan aimed to access the panorama and overcome the structural issues of building on the solid rock while also contributing to the communal aesthetic of the suburb.

 

An astute analysis of the site’s terrain allowed the firm to leverage natural rock outcroppings and obtain a greater height allowance from the council, permitting a third storey to be built into the homes and providing sweeping views of the coastline fully. As such the layout of the homes clusters living areas on the spacious top floor, where ample verandas and swimming pools complete a summery, recreational environment, and full-height windows and glass sliding doors drench the spaces in natural light. The lower levels contain generous master bedrooms with ensuites and three guest bedrooms, with the house for sale featuring a dramatic glass-walled elevator.

 

A sophisticated material palette including bluestone tiles for façade and floors, spotted gum floorboards and joinery and expressed steel contributes to a clean, contemporary feel, while the repeated contrast between natural timber and textured stone surfaces maintains dynamism and injects warmth into the interiors.

 

Perhaps the project’s greatest achievement, however, is in gently alluding to the pure lines and simple proportions that render Japanese architecture so uniquely attractive while remaining so true to the Australian beachside lifestyle. 



Vaughan Architects

Photography: Robert Walsh

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