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Design Hunter™ Q+A with Christopher Medland

Your name: Christopher Medland

What you do: Inspiration and Opportunities - Medland Metropolis Consulting Engineers

Your latest project: Westpac, KPMG, Apple, Hollister, Nan Tien Buddist Temple Education and Civic Centre, Sydney Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Exhibition Centre, Origin Energy, Bastow Educational Leadership Institute, Global Change Institute – University of Queensland, Queensland Emergency Operations Centre, Tryptich Residential Development, National Australia Bank

 Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

     1) Tadao Ando

     2) Pablo Picasso

     3) Ayrton Senna

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: Radical SR8

Chair model: Kashiwado Chair Tendo Japan

Residential space: My home

Commercial space: Armani Store NYC – designer Doriana e Massimiliano Fuksas

Decorative product: Hoya Crystal Lens vases

Functional product: Porsche 911

Handmade good: Beaver Fur Hats

Mass-produced good: Gorge Jenson / Arne Jacobsen steel cutlery

Meal: Sushi from Sushi Dai – Tsukiji markets Tokyo

Restaurant: Fat Duck – London

Drink: Chateauneuf De Pape

Bar: Super Deluxe Roppongi Tokyo

Item in your studio: Dunlop racing slick from my first really big off (crash)

Piece of technology: mobile phone

Historical figure: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Fictional character: Yoda / Mr Potato Head

Vice: None

Virtue: Lack of vices 

What does the term ‘Design Hunter™’ mean to you? Design, like finding the next meal, is a constant search for ideas and solutions.

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Architecture
Homes

Rolling Stone Landscapes

The client brief called for a ‘Resort Style’ design, something that would allow the owners to experience that holiday feel as part of their everyday living. Selection of the right design elements coupled with careful material and plant selection meant that the client’s desires have been brought to reality.  

Set back from the road there is a definite sense of arrival as you approach the house. An asphalt driveway connects with a paved turning circle. A centre garden bed ensures that what could be a hard stark area is broken up with plants providing softness, colour and another layer of texture. Sandstone boulders provide the perfect material for the retaining wall serving both a structural and aesthetic purpose.

 

As an important part of a resort atmosphere, the pool was always going to be a major element in the design. It was essential that it related well with both the house and the surrounding natural bushland. With that in mind the pool was designed to interact with the lines of the home, being positioned right against the living space. It stretches out as the land falls to the rear and a curved infinity edge enables your line of site to take in the natural landscape that extends beyond. The water to the edge of the home is of a shallow depth and doesn’t require safety fencing. The inclusion of a stone clad water feature wall provides a focal point that can be viewed from both inside the house and within the landscape.  The area features a timber deck which provides the perfect vantage point to lounge and unwind in this peaceful setting. The surrounding pond flows through to the main swimming pool, connecting the two areas of the landscape. A spa, a resort must have, is integrated within the pool and is positioned to take advantage of the magnificent views.

 

For entertaining purposes the roof line of the home continues out to embrace the alfresco dining and outdoor kitchen areas which flow right through to the pool. By using the same floor surface in these areas as around the pool a further sense of relationship between them is achieved. The fully equipped outdoor kitchen includes teppanyaki bbq, sink, dishwasher and storage space meaning the owners can make the most of their outdoor oasis. As a fully covered area it can be used rain, hail or shine.

 

Tropical style planting has been implemented and is in keeping with the resort style feel.  Bangalow palms, leafless bird of paradise and variegated mondo all add to the tranquil feel of the landscape. Agave, gardenia and lily turf have also been used. The plant palette ensures that a lush effect is achieved without the meticulous maintenance worries.

Rolling Stone Landscapes

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Design Products
Furniture

Shakiraaz

Starting with handpainting detailed botanicals as cushions a few years ago and with a love for all things natural, handmade and handcrafted, Shakiraaz now includes beautiful textiles and products, designed by Shakira in her Melbourne studio or sourced directly from artisans, in turn helping them sustain a livelihood.

 

With a colourful range including handscreen printed or hand painted cushions, hand stitched vintage kantha bedlinen, handpainted throws and handwoven jute baskets, each piece on Shakiraaz is quite unique and nothing is mass produced, with each product having a low impact on the environment.

shakiraaz.com.au

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Architecture
Around The World
NOT HOMES

Southern Splendour

Within a half hour’s drive from Dunedin and presiding over spellbinding Otago peninsula and harbour views is Larnach Castle, a grand edifice built by banker, parliamentarian, entrepreneur and visionary William Larnach, a Scotsman who earlier called NSW home.

Conceived as a celebration of Larnach’s affection for his beloved first wife, Eliza, and created in the frenzied Scottish Baronial style, this jaw-dropping dream home is augmented with almost implausibly intricate interior detailing. The lavish undertaking incorporated Italian marble, Aberdeen stone, Venetian glass, Marseilles cobbles, English mosaics and rare timbers and the talents of master craftsmen, some of whom were brought from Europe.

But the dream became a curse. Larnach’s first and second wife died at the castle and his third wife had an affair with his son. Larnach himself famously shot himself in this parliament office.

 

Stretching out between Dunedin and another heritage lovers hotspot – Invercargill, the Catlins Coast is remarkable for its rearing headlands, mist- shrouded beaches empty but for resident seals and the invigorating sense that the sub-Antarctic islands aren’t that far away.  

It’s the sort of scenery that lends itself perfectly to an Imax screen, and it’s ideally appreciated from the perspective of a humble, eclectic beach shack -‘bach’ or ‘crib’ in Kiwi parlance.

More of an attitude than a building and inventively utilizing whatever materials come to hand, these mismatched, eclectic, colourful jumbles convey the giddy sense that the deep- chilled ocean may wet your toes.

Slicker, more stylised variations of this carefree style are now popping up behind the dunes but the mindset remains unashamedly escapist and oblivious to pesky rules.

And it’s that admirable individualism, the celebration of buildings as personal expression that makes southern New Zealand such a special sojourn.

 

southlandnz/VisitSouthland
ezibed.com
bookabach.co.nz
holidayhomes.co.nz

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Design Products
Accessories

Earp Bros Gets Green

"As a 130 year old company it just makes sense" comments Richard Earp, Joint Managing Director, referring to efforts to attain the Global Green Tag. "My brother and I are 5th generation in this business", he adds, "to be part of that you have to be forward thinking and have a want to make a difference. We are not wanting to get a manufacturer's certificate from Europe and wave it around and tell everyone how wonderful we are."

"It involves more than just working on the back of European producers' certifications" he explains , "We have had to reconsider our local operations and change the way we do business. Being the first ceramic tile company to apply to EcoSpecifier, to have our company and materials audited, we had to change and adapt as we went, as it was a learning curve not chartered by others before". 

 

As part of this process the company has introduced a cutting edge product stewardship program for hard flooring. "It is a huge leap forward, and we are continuing to develop a business model that supports and improves these and other programs in the future," says Earp. 

For specifiers, this means being able to choose with ease a large range of wall and floor tiles for many applications, knowing that the products have been audited and are managed by a reputable company. Especially for projects looking for green alternatives in all their materials, it is a huge advantage, and the more detailed information regarding slip-resistant flooring will make understanding and planning for insurance issues a safer process.

Earp Bros

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Design Products
Furniture

Ventura from Poliform

The lightness of the chair’s frame is highlighted by its slim wooden (natural or spessart oak) or metal structure. This collection shows the quintessential style and know-how of the Massaud/Poliform collaboration, creating timeless but contemporary comfort.

The Ventura is available with a sleigh or timber base structure of natural oak, spessart oak and open pore mat lacquered oak or bronze painted or mat lacquered metal rod. The body is available in moulded flexible polyurethane with pre-covering in polyester fiber and final covering offered in 44 fabrics options, eco-leather or leather.  

Poliform

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Furniture

Invisible Table from Space Furniture

A piece of clean, linear, minimal design, the Invisible Table Collection by Kartell is an aesthetic synthesis of the designer Tokujin Yoshioka’s Japanese culture.

Invisible Side is a multi-functional product, light and elegant which can be easily transformed into a side table or a bench in various home environments from living room to bedroom but adapts to the various functions demanded by office and project. Invisible Side comes in two transparent versions (crystal and smoke) and two matte versions (white and black).

The Invisibles Table Collection is produced through Kartell’s injection technique using a simple mould that can handle the almost off the scales weight and the size that is its stability. Available in a coffee table or console table version. Colours available are transparent crystal, matte white, matte black, smoke, green algae, amber, plum, or teal.

Space Furniture

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