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Simplicity and Clarity

Aesthetic clarity is too often sacrificed in favour of trend, insecurity or hubris, and what could be achieved with the intelligent application of few concepts becomes diluted and muddied by too many.

Thus it is refreshing to encounter a project where the identification and incorporation of central themes has been consistent and successful, creating a coherent and attractive home.

With a simple brief “to excite the senses and provide all the necessities for family living” and an adventurous and design-savvy client, Steve Domoney Architects had both creative space and productive feedback. As such, the challenges associated with a heritage Edwardian cottage on a narrow plot in Middle Park, Melbourne yielded clever solutions. Chief among these was a height allowance that precluded the addition of a second storey, a substantial restriction to potential floor size. In response to this the architect elected to add an extension to the rear of the original structure, sinking the bottom floor below ground level to allow for a second, not only within the height allowance but invisible from the street.

Internally the expansion of perceived space was cultivated by extending continuous horizontal planes through the principle living spaces, thereby guiding the flow of the house and uniting internal and external areas. In particular the concrete benches that straddle the living, external dining and pool areas support this, retaining aesthetic continuity while morphing in function.

 

In addition to the abundant fenestration and extensive down and task lighting, water has been used to refract and multiply light. Both the glass pool containment wall and a light well enclosing a pond bring rippling reflections into the home, diffusing illumination while lending it a tranquil and decorative quality.

This is complemented by the subtle material and colour palette, which spans basalt and recycled timber flooring, timber joinery and Corian bathrooms in neutral and organic tones. Externally, metal cladding, cement, smooth renders and expressed galvanized steel create a welcome counterpoint to the more traditional feel of the cottage.

Ultimately the success of this project lies not in revolutionary ideas but in the consistent and considered application of sound ones, and the result is a home that combines the intimacy and solitude of a traditional Edwardian layout with the space, light and serenity of modern, open design.

Steve Domoney Architecture

Photography: Derek Swalwell

 

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Intimate Fortress

Hidden in the quiet Soi Ruamrudee lane of Wireless Road in Bangkok, the IAW-designed Ten Face Serviced Residence stands like a fortress. Its external palette of tall bamboo woven with steel frame fences, box-form building, and a patina of rust on the signboard pre-empt the projects qualities; simultaneously severe, elegant and modern. A flight of stairs at the entrance leads to a rustic, industrial-size sliding door, a design element that is meant not so much to greet the visitor as command respect for the privacy of the residence.

On the long white painted wall in the foyer is sketched the likeness of a mystical figure, Tosakan: a ten-faced, twenty-handed giant demon that represents the lust for life and devotion to knowledge from the epic poem Ramakien. The residence’s name itself implies the guest should embody Tosakarn, and experience Bangkok beyond the ordinary.

 

Upon entering, however, the militant exterior impression soon dissipates, replaced by the minimalist charm of a monochromatic colour theme, curved-walls, and warm wood laminated flooring. To the left of the foyer is a curved painted wood screen that leads to the swimming pool and Wanara Eatery (the name literally means ‘forest’), which features a large black wire sculpture of a snake and other surrealist themes expressed in black pen-like prints on the walls.

 

To the right of the foyer, another curved screen of multiple steel rods in matted black finishing leads to the Sita Bar, named after the ‘Helen-of-Troy’ of this epic war. Here, the linear, elongated lounge-seating plan of black and earth tones directs the attention to the feature-wall of glazed electric pink with surrealist prints of blue elephants with human ears. Behind the bar is a connecting bridge to a wing of private quarters.

 

The residences reflect contemporary Thai design, sustaining the colour scheme of the common area. The chromatic neutrality inside these dwellings highlights the brightly painted feature-walls in the living area as aesthetic focal points, while carved partition walls patterned in traditional Thai Pakon temper the modernity of the interiors with artisanal heritage.

The spatial journey beginning at an industrial-style exterior entrance, traversing contrasted, surrealist interiors and culminating with warmly contemporary private living quarters not only follows the natural progression of our requirements for safety, community and intimacy, but suggests the recitation of epic literature with a modern voice.     

tenfacebangkok.com

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Habitus Loves

Habitus Loves… Maison & Objet

Pots

 

Created by: Benjamin Hubert for Menu

Why we love it: This family of four terracotta pots with silicone lids has been designed with ‘form follows function’ in mind. Designed by British designer Benjamin Hubert for Danish brand Menu, the form of each pot serves a specific purpose – tall pot for spaghetti, wide spout for dispensing grain, a small pot with long neck for controlled pouring, and a jar that rotates on its base to encourage sharing. The crafted terracotta pots contrast beautifully with the mass produced rubber lids.

Where you can get it: Great Dane www.greatdanefurniture.com.au

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Vanity Shelf

 

Created by: Outofstock for Ligne Roset

Why we love it: Vanity Shelf is a harmonious balance between two forms (circle and rectangle) and two functions (mirror and storage). Its designers – who are based between Singapore and Barcelona – fittingly describe the object as “the result of the conversation between designer and artisan”, a notion that is expressed through the material choice of leather strap supporting steel forms.

Where you can get it: Domo www.domo.com.au

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Normann Tea

 

Created by: Normann Copenhagen

Why we love it: Designer tea will be big in 2013, with Normann Copenhagen launching Normann Tea, and Menu set to launch its own tea later in the year. We particularly love the explosive graphics on the Normann Tea packaging, created by designer Anne Lehmann. Normann Tea is available in twelve varieties, each with a subtle twist – think white tea with pomegranate, cranberry and bamboo, mint caramel tea, or even lemon meringue tea. 

Where you can get it: Normann Copenhagen www.normann-copenhagen.com

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Hand Forged

 

Created by: Julien Renault for Foundry

Why we love it: Julien Renault’s Hand Forged stool was one of the winners of the 2010 [D3] competition at IMM. It then went on to be produced by Singaporean brand Foundry, where its intelligent application of traditional craft to a new material ensured its success. At Maison & Objet, Foundry launched a limited edition series of Hand Forged in new colours. Each colour will be produced for a limited time, starting with copper. 

Where you can get it: Foundry www.foundrycollection.com

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Magnas

 

Created by: Patricia Urquiola for GAN

Why we love it: The colours, the texture, the shapes, the concept – there’s not much we don’t love about Patricia Urquiola’s ‘total environment’, titled Magnas, for Spanish brand GAN. The cross shaped rugs have been designed as modular elements that can be used to define a space to which sofas, cushions, and poufs utilising the same design language can be added.

Where you can get it: GAN www.gan-rugs.com (available in Australia from Domo and HUB)

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Dazzle

 

Created by: Lladró

Why we love it: Celebrating their 60th anniversary, Spanish porcelain brand Lladró re-imagined some of their classic figurines in a bold ‘dazzle’ pattern. Originally designed as a camouflage technique for battleships in World War I, the complex black and white geometries give the traditional forms appeal for a new generation. Lladró also premiered the latest incarnation of The Guest project by American artist Gary Baseman.

Where you can get it: Lladró www.design.lladro.com

 

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Colour Glass

 

Created by: Scholten & Baijings for Hay

Why we love it: One of our favourites at Maison & Objet was Colour Glass, a crystal glassware collection, including a selection of glasses and a carafe, by Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings for Danish brand Hay. The archetypal forms have been made contemporary through an application of the duo’s signature palette in grids and gradients. The blues, yellows and pinks add a bright but refined pop of colour to a table setting.

Where you can get it:  Corporate Culture www.corporateculture.com.au

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Tilt

 

Designed by: SmithMatthias

Why we love it: With the addition of a few simple accessories, the humble ladder has been re-imagined by SmithMatthias as a versatile object for hanging and storing household accessories. ‘Tilt’ is easily at home in the bathroom, in the hall, in the kitchen, or even in the office. The piece was one of several launched at Maison & Objet by new Italian brand, Discipline.

Where you can get it: Discipline www.discipline.eu

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Design Hunter™ Q+A with Glenda Barnes

Your name: Glenda Barnes

What you do: Head Designer, Taste Living

Your latest project: Creative development of the Taste brand, an exciting new concept in home transformation. Zig-zagging across Europe to source well designed, affordable products. From precision made German kitchens and bathroom ware to beautiful Swedish designed and manufactured furniture, designing six major retail outlets to showcase all of these great products.

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

     1) Marc Newson: Industrial Designer

     2) Zhang Xin: Founder of Soho China Ltd, a self made female billionaire, the largest prime office real estate developer in China.

     3) Norman Foster

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: The Concord jet or a 1950's 356 Speedster 

Chair model: Saarinen Womb Chair

Residential space: My own home designed by me to suit my family and our needs

Commercial space: The Libeskind building, Jewish Museum Berlin

Decorative product: Can't go past fresh flowers

Functional product: little wooden hand held citrus juicer I bought in Italy

Handmade good: hand screened fabric and wallpaper

meal: Christmas lunch (preferably mainly cooked by me)

Mass-produced good: Magi Mix food processor

restaurant: I love simple Italian food, so probably Fratelli Paradiso Potts Point or anything cooked by Stefano Manfredi.... Bell's at Kilcare

drink: Hendricks gin and tonic w/a slice fresh cucumber

bar: Hotel Costes, Paris

item in your studio: Stelton coffee/tea decanter, which I use for cold water

piece of technology: Beosound 8 Bang & Olufsen speaker system

historical figure: Antoni Gaudi

fictional character: Lara Croft

vice: Great Cheese

virtue: Patience

What does the term ‘Design Hunter™’ mean to you? Sourcing, researching, looking outside the conventional design box. I would be looking for interesting and innovative uses for existing items that are unexpected and unconventional, surprising. Melding design concepts to create your personal style, making your own statement

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Homeboat

Designed by Alternative Surfaces’ Richard Di Bartolo and brother-in-law Don Sgarbossa, the aim of the project was to design a houseboat that combined luxury accommodation with a cruiser boat design. In particular the pair wished to create an upstairs living area that could access a 360-degree view of the surrounding panorama.

This was achieved by opening the space as much as possible and installing abundant fenestration. As such the upstairs area performs as kitchen, dining and lounge, surrounded by windows on three sides and opening onto an ample rear sun lounge on the fourth. Modern fittings and furniture combine with the material and colour palette of dark timber and white fiberglass to create a minimal, elegant aesthetic, with some feature areas of lighter stained timber injecting an organic and quintessentially nautical flavor.

 

The construction of the boat was largely completed by Darren Withoos (of Status Luxury Houseboats), who helped build the boat up to lock up stage, including the steel structure frame work, pontoons and all external claddings and finishes. Interior fittings and finishes were done by Sgarbossa and Di Bartolo, who has had five houseboats over the past twenty years, refining his preferences and requirements with each one.

Twin rear staircases, the cantilevering of the sun lounge and the open void connecting the instruments panel to the upstairs are further points of design that set the floating residence apart from it’s more pedestrian cousins, whilst eight solar panels allow the whole boat to function largely without fuel.

With an abundant 147 square meters of living space, two master bedrooms with ensuite and two extra befrooms, the boat can comfortably sleep two couples and up to 12 guests, making it a perfect getaway for the two designers’ families. And, located at Lake Eildon (two hours north of Melbourne), it could not enjoy a more beautiful and serene prospect.

 

Photography: David Johns

Alternative Surfaces

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New chairs from DOMO

LIGNE ROSET NEO ROCKING CHAIR - Neo is a fresh take on the traditional rocking chair, with added comfort and a radically different function to its predecessors. Its simple, geometrical design will fit right into both contemporary and more traditional interiors. Based around a simple truncated cone shape, the Neo’s lines are pure, soft and minimalist. 

LIGNE ROSET FACETT ARMCHAIR -The magic of Facett will touch all those who desire purity, without compromising on the perfection of the design. Compare the minimalist simplicity of its monolithic form with the ultra-sophisticated attention to detail. The stitching in particular adds complexity, shape and detail to the design, creating a look reminiscent of the complex folds of origami. 

LIGNE ROSET FLAX ARMCHAIR - from $4,910 - Comfortable, easy on the eye and very easy to accommodate, the Flax armchair will fit into all styles of interiors. Natural walnut brings a touch of warmth to the contemporary parallel lines of the frame. The frame is usually just an unseen internal structure however in the case of Flax, the striking walnut frame is not only visible, but is the main design asset of the chair. 

DE SEDE DS-51 ARMCHAIR – from $9.995 – First designed in the 1970s, the DS-51 swivel armchair’s sleek, minimalist style has re-awakened interest in this classic. This chair has been crafted to perfection, with the seat and back cushions all hand sewn, and the striking stitching on the edges all contributing to its exquisite appearance. The low seat height and generous dimensions ensure the DS-51 fits easily into a modern lounge area, achieving comfort and elegant style. Available with or without armrests. 

 

DE SEDE DS-60 ARMCHAIR- from $8,910- Inspired by the pure form of a boomerang, the DS-60 armchair boasts a slim, airy shape which allows it to fit harmoniously into both contemporary and elegantly classic environments. Exquisite hand-crafted details such as the visible decorative seams of its leather-clad armrests further enhance the sophisticated design, while the stainless steel frame reflects de Sede’s customary high standard of quality. 

LIGNE ROSET TOGO FIRESIDE CHAIR - from $2,726 - A Ligne Roset classic, the Togo is the ultimate in comfort and style. It features ergonomic designs with multiple density foam constructions and quilted covers, making each piece both visually attractive and physically inviting. Three densities of polyether foam are combined to make the strong yet flexible frame, which are covered in a cosy quilted, polyester material. 

DOMO

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A Sensual Seclusion

There’s an almost heady sense of inhabiting your own private paradise at Bingie Farm. The silky ocean feels close enough to caress, the embrace of textural, granite-peppered bushland supplants even the suggestion of neighbours. The loudest sounds are the thumping of kangaroo tails and the swish-swish of waves on the beach.

Presiding over 33 hectares of sculptural tussock grasses and banksias, Bingie Farm presents a rare combination: a design icon, the blissful solitude of a large acreage, dreamy and empty beaches a short stroll away, the heritage charms of Moruya nearby. 

Uniquely, the cocooning continues inside this singular residence, one of acclaimed architect Glenn Murcutt’s most recognisable buildings.

Bingie Farm is comprised of 2 discrete segments joined by a communal courtyard. Each section forms a mindfully spaced, sound- buffering, self-contained hideaway, with its own kitchen, living area, bedrooms, bathrooms, library and games room.

When you sit up in bed and watch the light dance on the Pacific, or catch up on reading with the sea-mist tickling your nostrils, the indulgence feels all the more meditative thanks to the allusion of solitude.

Lauded as an example of nationally significant 20th Century architecture, Bingie Farm redefined perceptions of a beach house upon completion in 1984. Losing none of its modernist surety, the house was recently awarded the National Architecture Award for enduring architecture. 

With its strident, but sinewy lines and shimmering, blade-like form, much about Bingie Farm remains cutting-edge. The palette references the watercolour tones of the enveloping seascape in a way that will never get tiresome. Although the house was conceived in an era when shoulder pads were all the rage, it respects the environment without resorting to clichés. Finely- tuned positioning capitalises on wrap- around coastal, bush and mountain views but spares the effect of lashing southerlies and effective use of thermal mass ensures that even in the cooler months, the house is toasty. Bathing in rainwater and the fact that the home is naturally cooled bring a pleasure all their own, green kudos aside.

Durable, unfussy materials have ensured that this haven stands up to the rigours of the carefree coastal location and continues to look crisp, despite years of service as a family bolt-hole, and more recently, as a dog-friendly holiday rental.

What really stops the clock in this house is its effect on inhabitants, with the abundance of light and space coaxing a sensual reaction, deepening our connection with ourselves, each other and with nature.

Your coffee will still be warm when you reach sublime Bingie Beach and its outstretched granite headland. As with so many Eurobodalla National Park beaches, it hardly matters if you forget your swimmers.

 

www.stayz.com.au/72804

www.eurobodalla.com.au

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Habitus loves… IMM Cologne

Container

   

Created by: Eric Degenhardt for Böwer

Why we love it: These small vessels have been crafted from turned ash. The simple forms are complemented by a gorgeously muted colour range that includes natural ash, coral red, pastel turquoise, reseda green and telegrey. The simple forms, finely crafted material, and colour selection are all right on trend.

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Ready Made Curtain

   

Created by: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat

Why we love it: Showcased in Kvadrat’s showroom at Design Post, Ready Made Curtain is a simple hanging system that makes it easy for anyone to install a curtain at home. As the brothers say, “Little skill and few tools are needed, margin for error has been considered and perfection isn’t an absolute requirement.” What more could you ask for?

Where you can get it: Kvadrat Maharam

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Cell RIng

 

Created by: Benjamin Hubert for Biegel

Why we love it: Launched at the Biegel showroom as part of the off-site Passagen programme, Cell is a collection of jewellery that takes strength from its cellular construction. Fine strips of precious metals undulate together and away from each other, stabilising the ring and reflecting the light. Cell is available in sterling silver, gold and platinum. 

Where you can get it :Biegel

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FK12

 

Created by: e15

Why we love it:  One of the most significant architects and designers from the modernist period, Ferdinand Kramer’s furniture designs are elegant, adaptable, and intelligent. Luckily for us, German brand e15 has made four of his original designs available again, decades after their original production. The new pieces include a sofa, an armchair (originally created for a Mies van der Rohe apartment), a daybed, and the stackable FK12 FortyForty side table.

Where you can get it: Living Edge

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Splinter

 

Created by: Nendo for Conde House

Why we love it:  One of the highlights of IMM, the Splinter collection embodies everything we have come to love from prolific Japanese designers Nendo. In each piece, the timber seems to splinter as if peeling away from itself. The backrests of chairs, for example, splinter into armrests and legs, and the coatrack stand peels into coat hooks.

Where you can get it: Conde House 

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Pelle

 

Created by: Lorenz * Kaz for Zeitraum 

Why we love it: An homage to Scandinavian classics. We love the freely hanging leather seat and the combination of natural leather with beech. Underlying the simple, Scandinavian form is a detailed and complex construction. A leather-bound aluminium insert in the seat works to stabilise the chair while maintaining the flexibility of the leather.

Where you can get it: Insitu

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Generation 6000

 

Created by: Kai Malte Röver

Why we love it: There were over 175 exhibitors at this year’s LivingKitchen show at IMM. We love the new Generation 6000 collection of built-in appliances launched by Miele. With over 200 pieces in the collection, two design lines, and four colours, it’s the company’s biggest product launch to date. It is also the first time two design lines have been created for the one collection – PureLine (pictured) and ContourLine.

Where you can get it: Miele

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Papilio Outdoor

 

Designed by: Naoto Fukasawa for B&B Italia

Why we love it: We’ve loved Naoto Fukasawa’s Papilio range since it appeared in 2008. We love it even more with the addition of an outdoor version. Identical to the indoor versions, the Grande Papilio, Piccola Papilio, and Mini Papilio are now available in polyethylene interlacing that gives the chair a lighter appearance. We also love the anthracite colour.

Where you can get it: Space Furniture 

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Minosa’s New Sydney Showroom

The new showroom space is home to Minosa’s complete collection of bathroom products ranging from washbasins and bathroom furniture through to accessories and tapware.

The creative directors of the stunning new showroom are renowned Sydney design duo, Darren Genner and Simona Castagna who are also responsible for designing Minosa’s locally made, artisan Corian® by Du Pont™ washbasins and finely crafted bathroom furniture.

“We wanted to give our retail customers and the A&D community an all-encompassing product selection that allowed us to provide a complete sensory experience leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and also inspired,” Genner explained.

The showroom has been created to meet market demand for high quality, locally made, bespoke contemporary product befitting the ultimate luxury bathroom experiences.

Another key feature of the showroom is a dynamic 80m2 exhibition space that has also been incorporated into the showroom to house pop-up installation and displays to bring to the fore exclusive and unusual products not available in existing retail outlets.

“The Gallery has been conceptualised to allow us to partner with brands to offer sophisticated and bespoke display and installation opportunities similar to those seen at international trade exhibitions.”

The Minosa Showroom is further strengthened and distinguished from a traditional retail showroom – by having a design studio, Minosa Studio - home to Genner and Castagna’s bathroom, kitchen and interior design service, as its backdrop. The co-location of the studio within showroom means that customers and clients are served by designers. So rather than having a purely retail sales focus, “we’re there to assist people to create a memorable bathroom – whether that’s helping them with accessory or specific product decision or a holistic design and overseeing its implementation.”

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