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Habitus Loves… Design Days Dubai

A Million Times (Time Dubai)

Created by: Humans Since 1982

Why we love it: Created especially for Design Days Dubai by Stockholm-based studio Humans Since 1983, A Million Times (Time Dubai) is an exploration of time and how we track its endless progress. The installation tells the time digitally using the hands of 288 analogue clocks, which spin into place to form the numbers. The piece can also be programmed to bespoke designs.

Where you can get it: Victor Hunt Designart Dealer


Created by: Marc Baroud & Marc Dibeh

Why we love it: The combination of steel rod with etched aluminium sheet and solid walnut timber is a study in the poetry of materials. The understated and raw beauty of the shelving unit by Lebanese designers Marc Baroud and Marc Dibeh is the kind of luxury that we like to see in collectible design. The shelf is part of a range of limited edition furniture by the duo that utilises that same language.

Where you can get it: Art Factum Gallery

Prickly Lamp

Created by: Lucy McRae for Broached Commissions

Why we love it: Designed last year by Australian designer Lucy McRae for the inaugural Broached Commissions collection, Prickly Lamp was a favourite at Design Days Dubai with both visitors and local press. Made of 20,000 hand-dyed wooden sticks, the piece explores the experience of women in colonial Australia. We love that it has put Australian design on the map in the UAE.

Where you can get it: Broached Commissions

Unfolding Unity

Created by: Aljoud Lootah

Why we love it: Emirati designer, Aljoud Lootah, created Unfolding Unity as part of the Design Road Professional initiative that aims to foster Middle Eastern design talent. The programme saw four Emirati designers develop projects from concept, and is a key step in establishing a local contemporary design scene in Dubai. The stool takes its starting point from simplicity and symmetry in production and, when viewed from above, forms a classic Arabesque motif. 

Where you can get it: Niftee


Created by: Peter Collis

Why we love it: The Majlis Gallery was the first art gallery to open its doors in Dubai in 1989. To celebrate their inaugural participation in Design Days Dubai, the gallery presented an ethereal installation by New Zealand ceramicist, Peter Collis. The collection of crackle-glazed vessels, stunning in their simplicity, were accompanied by a series of ceramic bowls by Collis with ‘hidden’ poetry inscribed in their surfaces that could only be read in a certain light.

Where you can get it: Majlis Gallery

Talli Collection

Created by: Khalid Shafar

Why we love it: Emirati designer, Khalid Shafar, had a host of work on show at Design Days Dubai, making him the driving force behind the establishment of a local design industry. His limited edition range of rugs for Tai Ping Carpets draws strongly on his Middle Eastern heritage. Inspired by traditional Talli embroidery, the three rugs brought a local flavour to the international fair.

Where you can get it: Tai Ping Carpets

How to Design Arabic Fonts

Created by: Tashkeel

Why we love it: A Dubai institution, Tashkeel is a creative hub offering specialist studio facilities and a public gallery, and is heavily involved in a number of initiatives aimed at promoting design in the Middle East. Based on a workshop they held in November 2012, Tashkeel used Design Days Dubai as a platform to launch a guide on how to design Arabic fonts for beginners.

Where you can get it: Tashkeel

Rosette Sideboard

Created by: Egg Designs

Why we love it: The Rosette Sideboard by South African studio, Egg Designs, was one of the first pieces sold at Design Days Dubai by exhibiting gallery, Southern Guild. The steel flowers that cover the sideboard are based on an antique piece found at a steel merchant’s store in Mauritius. The sideboard showcases the artisanal beauty that characterises South African design.

Where you can get it: Southerrn Guild

Design Hunters

Design Hunter Q+A with Cameron Rosen

What you do: Sustainable Building Consultant and Project Manager with Your Future Home

Your latest project: New 3 Storey sustainable residential home – valued construction $3.5m

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

1)  My wife and children
2)  Joe Van Bellegham
3)  Nick Vujicic

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: Lexus CT200

Chair model: My grandfathers recliner

Residential space: My 8 star sustainable home

Commercial space: The Bullitt Centre, Seattle, Washington

Decorative product: recycled timber

Functional product: my sons remote mini dune buggy

Handmade good: My daughters’ clay teacup

Mass-produced good: sunglasses

Meal: Szechuan veal schnitzel and spiced crumbed mushrooms from Ivan and Lizzies Restaurant

Restaurant: The Cut Bar and Grill, Rocks, Sydney

Drink: Bourbon and Coke

Bar: The Sky Bar, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Item in your studio: my ‘Artline’ red pen

Piece of technology: The hubble telescope

Historical figure: Ghandi

Fictional character: Sir Lancelot

Vice: Biting my finger nails

Virtue: Honest and calm

What does ‘sustainability’ mean to you? ‘Eating in moderation’

What is your favourite aspect of the Mullum Creek development? It is pioneering by persuing the GBCA communities tool

What type of community do you think Mullum Creek will attract? A real modern community

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

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Karim for ALLOY

Internationally awarded industrial designer Karim Rashid and Australian metal tile manufacturer ALLOY are pushing the boundaries of traditional tile design with the recent release of the Karim for ALLOY metal tile collection.

The result of the much-anticipated collaboration is an innovative collection of eight, predominantly organic metal tile ‘cells’ for interior and exterior design use.

“This collection for ALLOY is organic in shape because I believe that the world needs a softening and a more fluid human spirit,” says Karim.

The Karim for ALLOY metal tile designs are suitably named flux, infinit, karma, kismet, ninja, kink and ubiquity and are available in all of ALLOY’s high quality metals and finishes including Copper, Stainless Steel (brushed finish, mirror finish, matte finish), Raw steel, Brass and Titanium (Gold, Amber, Smoke).

Each design has been carefully developed, tested and manufactured in ALLOY’s Australian factory. Every ALLOY tile is punched from individual sheets of solid, 1.6mm high quality metal to deliver a seamless, hardwearing finish designed to last a lifetime.

“I have always been obsessed with patterns,” says Karim. “Working with ALLOY has given me a great opportunity to play with the idea of pattern, grid, and repetition.

A pattern is a way of giving richness and depth to our Cartesian landscape. The more diversity of line, shape, and composition, the more interesting a single cell is. The undulating, curvilinear forms give a 2-dimensional surface a sense of 3-dimensions. These elements repeat in a predictable manner but they are designed to contradict the square tile.”

ALLOY is the first Australian company that Karim has collaborated with. He has a long association with ALLOY, specifying ALLOY’s unique solid metal tiles in many of his interior and exterior designs internationally.

The first company to conceptualise and produce solid stainless steel, face-mounted mosaic tiles, ALLOY has become internationally recognised for its highly distinctive range in a large variety of sleek finishes and sizes, specified by leading architects and designers around the world.

"It has been very exciting to develop a range with Karim that is so unique,” says ALLOY Design Director Jonathon Worner. “And it’s something of a coup for a relatively small Australian company like ALLOY to work with Karim. We’ve always enjoyed working with him and we are particularly interested in his ability to create distinctive work that focuses on the design language of the future and not the past.  We have a history of challenging the boundaries of traditional tile design and manufacture and the organic style of The Karim for ALLOY collection provides a visual fluidity with metal tiles that has not been achieved before."

The Karim for ALLOY collection is available exclusively through ALLOY

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Switch from Brintons

Brintons’ Switch collection offers specifiers and end users a choice from ten striking broadloom woven Axminster carpets in a sophisticated and on trend colour palette. The collection boasts an eclectic mix of styles; from chic architecturally-inspired geometrics, interspersed with vibrant hues of rich three-dimensional textures. Each pattern unites dramatic design with a profusion of delicious colour; moody slate and pewter form the backdrop to splashes of vibrant violet, bold grapefruit, electric tangerine and eye-catching rust. The new designs in the Switch collection are; 

Clover (above) – A bright and modern design, utilising a unique motif in alternating metallic tones of aluminium and pewter with golden yellow. A signature piece sure to astonish. 

Rebel – A textural design of layered rings encapsulating a geometric tribal feel, with rich violet and ruby tones balanced with moss and soft grey suede. 

Solitaire – Inspired by the intricate cut of a diamond ring, this design combines bold grapefruit offset by a textured black and grey background to really create that ‘wow’ factor. 

Storm – This chevron inspired design embraces deep ocean hues, reminiscent of a dark stormy night and equally effective in any size area. 

Villa – A simple yet effective design, rich in deep blue and grey shades with tessellating rectangles that will look stylish and practical in any size area. 

Woven in Brintons' own 80% wool, 20% nylon yarn blend, Switch is able to withstand the wear and tear of heavy foot traffic and meet the daily needs of a busy contract space. Available from stock in 2m width, it is perfect for fast-turnaround projects. 

This capsule collection presents a series of floor coverings that are versatile and easy to maintain, continuing Brintons' reputation for innovative design technique, technical expertise and exacting global quality standards. 


Around The World

The Ovolo, Melbourne

What are you looking for when you book a hotel? Well, if you’re visiting an action-packed city such as Melbourne, you’re generally after something convenient and close to the CBD, a comfortable retreat for afternoon siestas, and something that’s just a little bit nice – to make your stay truly memorable.

There are hundreds of options when it comes to Melbourne hotels, but there’s none quite like The Ovolo, one of the city’s newest ‘designer’ hotels located in the coolest part of town, on Little Bourke Street.

The Ovolo is a boutique laneway hotel that not only welcomes you in off the streets, but just as quickly teases you back out again. Behind its contemporary and comfortable fit-out is design firm Hassell, who has designed a visitor experience customised specifically to The Ovolo’s unique location.

“Ovolo Hotels chose the location [on Little Bourke Street] because of the surrounding opportunities such as The European, The City Wine Shop, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and a plethora of other locations,” says Hassell Principal Susan Standring, pointing out the city’s top entertainment destinations located just blocks away.

The hotel’s entrance is remarkable for its sculptural convex oval (the Ovolo mascot), installed upon the door, and a sea of silver eggs marching across the reception area.

The galley-style reception desk runs alongside a set of elevators in a long, narrow foyer that is lane-like in its configuration.

Visitors travelling up to their rooms are greeted by shadowy corridors, punctuated with boldy coloured doors. Standring says it communicates a sense of “walking down dark laneways, faced with quite vibrant, moody, dramatic imagery.”

The rooms – of which there are 43 – are bright, welcoming spaces, carrying personal notes chalked by staff onto blackboards, and recommendations on events and special offers taking place in surrounding venues.

Carrying light, woody accents and custom designed furniture items, even the most petite of studio rooms belies its tight floor plan through the clever application of joinery and generous windows gazing out onto neighbouring alleyways.

By comparison the 3 penthouse apartments, each with an expanse of indoor-outdoor entertaining space, are geared towards socialising and experiential sharing. Each penthouse carries its own prop – a playful pinball machine or a punching bag for example – and has generous outdoor decking (complete with spa) where visitors can live among the city’s rooftops.

The rooms are designed to be a home away from home, says Standring. “But without food and beverage available in-house, it’s really encouraging people to go out and explore the laneways.

“We want the guests to immerse themselves in the location they’re in,” she says. “We really looked at what could do to promote [The Ovolo] identity and the integration of user experience internally and externally.

“It’s the connection of the indoor-outdoor experience.”


The Ovolo

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The ideal bed is covered in clean, fresh sheets, so it’s an anomaly Kiwi brand DustysandLulu called their new range ‘Dirty Linen’. 

“Dirty Linen is inspired by our love of words, with a big fat dose of naughtiness,” says Lindie Sleyer, aka Lulu. Each pillowcase pair comes adorned with graphic wording, examples including Mr/Mrs, Beauty/Beast, Chick/Bloke, Pretty/Ugly, Love/Lust, Naughty/Nice, Yeah/Nah, Fork/Spoon and Filthy/Clean. “We love a bit of mischief and making people laugh with our twisted take on making life pretty,” she adds.

Lindie met husband Mike Sleyer - known as Dustys because of his love of Americana - while both working at a design agency in Wellington, New Zealand. As their relationship became more than just professional, they launched their own design company under the combined moniker DustysandLulu, devising a range of clothing, tea towels, prints, and now, pillowcase sets.

“Designed for newlyweds or old lovers, lovers of linen, or just plain lovers, these 100 percent cotton pillowcases help get you in the mood, or not, as the case may be,” says Lindie.

Screenprinting by hand is part of the DustysandLulu ethos. “We love screen printing, getting ink in your finger nails, feeling it squish through the screen as you drag over the squeegee,” says Lindie. “There’s a magic in hand screen printing; it has an amazing ability to bring prints to life. Each one is ever so slightly different to the next, and this creates the beautiful uniqueness of limited editions.”

The pretty/ugly juxtaposition was the key design concept for the Dirty Linen range, Mike explains. “Pretty is such a girlie, soft and romantic word and we were inspired by delicate script fonts that were filled with flourishes and beauty,” he says. “But the most inspiring part was pairing that with a dirty, bold font. It makes the pretty ‘prettier’ and the ugly ‘uglier’, while still being a design that customers would want on their beds.”

The range caters for “all levels of dirtiness and humour” and the fonts are a reflection of this, Mike says.

“We use fonts to seduce and evoke an emotional response. We believe that imagination is more important than knowledge, and that the purpose of design to make the ordinary the extraordinary.”



Melvista House

Chindarsi Architects was founded in 2003, and is well known in Western Australia for innovative residential and hospitality designs. The practice’s award winning Melvista House project sets new benchmarks for local renovations.

Located in western metropolitan suburb of Claremont, the house was an existing state heritage-listed property constructed in the early 1900’s.  With the sub-division of existing lot boundaries the refurbishment needed to navigate a reduced block size whilst trying to maintain connections to the existing gardens and park views.

Chindarsi Architects employed a clever design strategy in response to the existing structure which saw the removal of all previous additions to the building, whilst retaining significant heritage fabric.  This established a clear opportunity for all new interventions to interact directly with the old. 


Championing the Burra Charter formed a key part of the design response.  The Charter defines principles and procedures to be followed in the conservation of Australian heritage places. An example of this can be seen in the reinstatement of original timber details to the front verandah and portico.  The design negotiates between existing heritage fabric and new contemporary forms and materials.  

A primary focal point is established between existing mature trees and a newly formed front courtyard.  Dynamic forms project beyond the heritage structure framing the courtyard space and establish a strong interaction between old and new.  Moorish geometries and tiling patterns influence laser-cut screens that appear to levitate over new brickwork additions, providing shade during the day and acting as beacons during the night.  The screens, developed in collaboration with Little Design Horse, also reference patterns of the existing front door, effectively interlacing the existing federation style house with new, sleek forms and materials.


Transparency is introduced alongside a rich palette of materials delineating old and new with generous internal volumes which spatially unify the house.  Living spaces are both light and warm, with strong visual connections to the external courtyard.  Materials, colours and finishes are selected in harmony with the heritage fabric without imitation.

The project highlights the capacity for great renovations to enhance existing heritage structures whilst celebrating contemporary additions.


Chindarsi Architects

Photography: Emma Van Dordrecht



Ralph Lauren Home Sydney Launch

As the first American fashion designer to create an all-encompassing collection for the home, Ralph Lauren presents home furnishings and accessories that reflect the enduring style and exquisite craftsmanship synonymous with this world-renowned name. Whether inspired by time honored tradition, the utmost in modern sophistication or the beauty of rare objects collected around the world, Ralph Lauren Home is dedicated to only the finest materials and the greatest attention to detail for the ultimate in artisan luxury. The collections include furniture, lighting, fine area rugs, fabric and wall-coverings, barware, silver, gifts and decorative accents.

Ralph Lauren Home’s One Fifth collection, now available in the flagship David Jones Sydney store is a feminine, elegant expression of glamorous deco style, with sleek black finishes tempered by warm golds, luxurious textures and soft edges. Exceptionally crafted 1940’s American and French-influenced furniture artfully mixes with 18th century antique inspired pieces and are layered with luxurious deco-inspired accessories to capture the cinematic allure of old Hollywood.

Donna Player, David Jones Group Executive of Merchandise said, “We are delighted to welcome the inimitable Ralph Lauren Home collection to David Jones. Ralph Lauren is truly one of the world’s most iconic brands and we believe the addition of Ralph Lauren Home adds further currency to our strategy of offering the best international brands and providing the best shopping experience for our customers” she concluded.

The Ralph Lauren Home gallery can be viewed at David Jones Market Street store, Level 6, 65-77 Market Street, Sydney. The complete world of Ralph Lauren Home can be explored online at RalphLaurenHome.com. 


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Ralph Lauren Home

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Maharam Polder Sofa by Hella Jongerius

In new warm and earthy shades botanical patterns stretch out between the flat backrest and the seat, and fabric textures are put on display, highlighting embroidered textiles from the Layers and Borders collections by Hella Jongerius. Complementary are an additional pillow in a fabric by Hella Jongerius and Bovist, her decorative pouffe from 2005 in matching colours.

“I try to combine finds from the archives with contemporary patterns and techniques”, says Hella Jongerius. The Maharam Polder Sofa, which is reminiscent of the flat polder landscapes in the Netherlands and Flanders, combines these findings with high-tech and handicraft, retrospection and the present.

A day at home becomes an excursion into a familiar landscape. Colours and materials indicate the weather conditions; ornaments andtetures differentiate the topography of the room. The horizon is lined with various kinds of comfortable cushions.

The Maharam Polder sofa combines six textiles, putting into use some of Hella Jongerius most recent designs combined with other exclusive fabrics by Kvadrat Maharam.

Layers by Hella Jongerius consists of three landscape-based embroidered patterns: Layers Garden, Layers Park and Layers Vineyard, available in single and double layer variations. Wool felt is bound together through machine-embroidery, while hand-cutting creates windows of pattern and lends a distinct artisanal character to the double layer versions.



Borders by Hella Jongerius, with its irregular grid of embroidery of botanical compositions, dotted lines and pied de poule, is an industrial translation of a localized craft technique from Mexico.


Cobblestone is a homespun weave which creates an irregular rectangular checker pattern with either contrasting or tonal colour combinations and gives the effect of a hand-woven textile.


Exaggerated Plaid by Paul Smith is a modern take on Scottish heritage, resulting in a rustic, warmly woollen cloth.

Exaggerated Plaid

The Polder sofa is available exclusively from Space Furniture. 

Maharam is exclusively available from Kvadrat Maharam Australia t: +61 2 9212 4277 e: australia@kvadratmaharam.com 

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Silestone® Suede from Cosentino

Available in over 30 colours, Silestone®'s Suede finish delivers a unique texture, beauty and elegance. From the celestial, cool tones of Lyra, to the earthy hue of  Blanco Capri, Suede delivers the perfect finish for any fashion-conscious home. With tones that blend seamlessly together, Silestone®'s Suede finish helps create a kaleidoscope of colour for any kitchen, making for an aesthetically balanced room. The initial colour selection for Australian consumers consists of Cemento Spa, Blanco Capri, Amazon, Blanco Zeus, Tigris Sand, Lagoon and Lyra, with the other 24 colours rolling out over the coming months.

Smooth and soft, Suede is the most advanced matte texture in the world of quartz surfaces, combining the benefits of bacteriostatic properties found in all Silestone® products. With maximum hygiene protection and resistance against scratches, knocks and stains, these bacteriostatic properties have enabled Silestone® surfaces to extend time, with their high level of durability and effortless beauty.


Suede has the ability to transform any kitchen to a place of natural elegance and beauty through the consistency of its texture and colour, making it the optimal choice for a glamorous, hygiene-conscious kitchen. 

Silestone® by Cosentino, worldwide leader brand in quartz surfaces, consists of more than 90% natural quartz. This high-tech material is highly resistant to stains, knocks and scratches, and has a low level of fluid absorption. It also has an exclusive bacteriostatic property, several product guarantees and certificates and the upper level of service, quality and responsibility of the Cosentino Group. Silestone® comes in over up to 60 colours, three textures and several different formats. Thanks to these special properties, Silestone® surfaces are highly suitable for the kitchen, bath and other demanding areas such as laboratories, hospitals, hotels, restaurants and so on.


Silestone® is present in some of the world’s most unique constructions, such as the Hotel Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Wembley Stadium in London, Jean Nouvel’s Agbar Tower in Barcelona and Telefónica’s flagship store in Madrid.  Pioneering quartz surface, Silestone® has revolutionized the global stone industry and its growth has been unstoppable, to the point where it has become the world’s leading brand. Today, in Spain one out of four kitchens have Silestone® while, in the USA, Silestone® has a market share of 75% of all quartz surfaces and 7% of all kitchen worktops.


Silestone® was the first  quartz surfaces brand to advertise in the biggest publicity event in the world, the US Superbowl. In addition, is personal sponsor of three-time motorcycle World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo.

Cosentino Group