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Design Hunters

SID Insider Design Hunter Q+A: Angela Ferguson

desk On My Desk: 
  1. Treats from Norton Street Grocer at Westfield Bondi Junction – Baci chocolate kisses, Sanbitter (like non-alcoholic Campari) and Jazz apple
  2. Artemide Tolomeo Lamp
  3. Diet Coke (I don’t drink coffee or alcohol and so this is my main vice)
  4. Framed photo of my gorgeous little boy whom I adore
  5. Diptyque Tuberose scented candle
  6. The silver hammer is my NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) NSW 2012 CBRE Businesswoman of the Year Award. I am now NSW President of NAWIC and work with an amazing group of women to deliver a range of educational and networking events to our industry
  7. Tretford goat hair carpet sample used as a coaster
  8. Iittala Kartio water glass in ‘sand’ from RoyalDesign.com
  9. Stelton water jug from Cult (Corporate Culture)
  10. Modular golden gnome - a gift to the studio from JSB Lighting
  11. 3D glasses from Kraftwerk concert - part of Vivid Festival 2013
  12. Books from Kinokuniya, Lesley McKay’s Woollahra, Ariel Paddington, thebookdepository.com
  13. Bday gifts for my husband from Marimekko in King St, Sydney
  14. pink post it notes – pink is my son’s favourite colour and I have a lot more pink around me than I expected to have when the Obstetrician said ‘it’s a boy!’.  I try and manage my time by fitting everything I have to do in a day on ONE post it note.  Usually I have to write very small to achieve this.
  15. Letter ‘a’ from typo
  16. Mint tea souvenired from the Ovolo Hotel in Melbourne
  17. Jurlique handcream – I have been using this brand for more than 20 years and I believe it is by far the best product on the market.
  18. Iphone 4
  19. Prescription glasses from George Skoufis optometrist in Paddington.  He imports unique frames from all over the world so you get high quality frames that no-one else has.
  20. Scissors from Kikki K and black pens
  21. Cloth bound lined notebook from Bookbinders Design, The Galleria, Bourke St Melbourne.
  22. ipad mini; my favourite device.  It fits in my handbag and I use it for absolutely everything: reading, watching tv, email, social media, taking notes (using Notes Plus app), organising my time (with Things app) and using it for speeches and presentations to clients.
  23. Hay laptop cover available from Cult (Corporate Culture)
  24. Invitations to various design and ‘women in construction’ events
  25. Business cards and kikki k paper clips
  Design Huner Q+A: Your name: Angela Ferguson What you do: Managing Director of futurespace – an architectural and interior design practice that collaborates with clients to design intelligent, practical spaces that inspire and add value to everyday working, learning and living environments. Your latest project: the business of futurespace is always my main project. It is my role to drive the strategic direction of the business… and it’s a role that I believe more creative people need to be doing. With clients I assist them in aligning the physical space with their own strategic and organisational objectives. Who are three people that inspire/excite you:      1)  Marissa Mayer President and CEO of Yahoo! It can be difficult to make unpopular decisions and I admire her for that.  I also covet her incredible wardrobe.      2)  Her Excellency The Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. She is an intelligent and stylish woman and that title says it all really!      3)  Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass and Bide. I love how they’ve built an incredibly successful brand and a lifestyle that is dedicated to what they believe in ie ‘the strong, the obscure and the beautiful’. What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model:  I have a Dutch Gazelle bicycle that I would ride a lot more if there were more bicycle paths (and less hills!) in Sydney. Chair model: Hans J Wegner CH24 Wishbone chairs - one of the most comfortable dining chairs available. Residential space:  Far too difficult to choose one so I created a pinterest page called ‘I could live here’. Commercial space: Usually the latest project of futurespace’s Design Director Gavin Harris. Decorative product: Holmegaard Glass from Denmark. Functional product: The instant boiling and filtered water unit I installed in my kitchen at home. Handmade good: All the little sweaters and cardigans my mother has knitted for my son over the last six years. Mass-produced good: The Ferrari. Meal: Italian cuisine Restaurant: Chiswick in Woollahra. Its in a beautiful garden setting, the food is always fresh and gorgeous, and its my local so I can walk there. Drink: San Pellegrino San Bitter. Bar: Cumulus Up. Item in your studio: The bbq on the balcony. Piece of technologyDefinitely my apple ipad mini. I use it to read, draw, take notes, play, watch videos and television, for social media, to take photos, read the news, internet – it does everything. Historical figure: Princess Diana Fictional character: Carrie Bradshaw Vice: Impatience Virtue: Kindness What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Its about appreciating the value and quality of all things; its about looking beyond fashion or fad; its about appreciating beauty in both the obvious and the obscure and it absolutely comes from the heart. From high profile designers to trendsetting design hunters, the SID Insiders will be leading the Sydney Indesign experience by lending us their eyes and ears, sharing their thoughts on Sydney Indesign and giving a personal insight into their own design journeys. From their approach to Sydney, favourite haunts and city tips, right down to how they navigate their lives, make sure to follow their Twitter, Instagram andFacebook pages as they share their own experience of Sydney Indesign. Register now for Sydney Indesign sydneyindesign.com.auabc
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Announcing Prizes for Habitus’ ‘Home’ Exhibtion

As first prize for the Habitus 'Home' exhibition we are delighted to announce we are partnering with Olsen Irwin gallery and giving away a limited edition of Dr John Olsen's (A.O., O.B.E) 'Evolution' etching, courtesy of John Olsen and Australian Fine Art Editions. home_exhib_3 This print was made with master printmaker Michael Kempson, which encapsulates the players who are intimately involved in the making, creating and selling of drawing, painting, printmaking. Olsen says of his work, "On the far left you can see the artist with brush in hand, his wife advising him as to an approach. A female water colourist who formerly painted in oils is at front, above her is a contemplative student readying to make a mark. Behind him is an art dealer flush with cash and a muse/painter sizes up the three 'fallen from grace' Graces. Completing the print is a conceptual artist who stares at us as he ruminates over his future realisations." For second place we have a thematically highly apt prize: the Concrete House Ring by Melbourne blogger and designer Linda Bennett of archi-ninja.com. home_exhib_1 Concrete House Ring is an elegant, audacious piece of jewellery composed of a hand-casted concrete and resin composite moulded within a sterling silver, satin finish inner and outer piece. The icon of the house enunciates the memory of home, where families grow and contract, habitual routines are developed, and our notions of safety and placemaking are formed. The Segment Shade by Philip Cuttance from Resident is a ceramic Pendant light made up of 11 different faces, each bandsaw cut on a different angle to reveal a distinctive horizontal texture. This shade is made from pure White China Clay, sourced from Matauri Bay, New Zealand. segment_lowres We are also offering 3x1-year subscriptions to Habitus Magazine as Special Commendation prizes, and we still have more prizes to announce! Enter now for your chance to be exhibited at the Habitus Pavilion over Sydney Indesign ad win fabulous prizes! For more information information visit habitusliving.com/connect/what-does-home-mean-to-you, or enter directly here. The Habitus 'Home' exhibition will be on display in the Habitus space at the Galleria throughout Sydney Indesign, from August 15-17. To see the exhibition and participate in the full range of Sydney Indesign exhibits and events register here.  abc
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‘Light Matters’ at CUSP

The show features investigative work from twelve influential Australian designers including ‘global’ architect Anupama Kundoo of MaterialByProduct. Kundoo’s installation Light Matters is an investigation into the architect’s building strategy for affordable and sustainable shelter design.
cusp_3 “Light Matters represents architecture principally through the spatial experience rather than through models, photographs or other visual media,” explains Kundoo. “I think that the perception of architecture has become disconnected from the experience of the whole, and is becoming increasingly about how buildings look from the outside. In order to understand architecture I think it is necessary to inhabit space with one’s body in true scale. Having once established this relation, it is possible to truly understand the synthesis of varied and complex aspects that architecture brings about.” cusp_2 Kundoo’s ‘Light Matters’ presents her approach to achieving the idea of a ‘shelter for all’ in the context of the social segregation and growing disparity in the world. “‘Light’ suggests light weight approaches, ‘light’ impact on the environment and ease of fabrication. ‘Light’ also represents ‘knowledge’ and ‘consciousness’,” explains Kundoo. “At times of extreme concern about natural resources, knowledge-based sophisticated engineering can significantly optimise the amount of material consumed while engaging relatively unskilled labour to enable that shelter can be afforded to all – economically and environmentally.” cusp_4 Kundoo’s installation is a light weight ferro-cement shelter prototype developed by the introduction of folds and bends that give the material rigidity, making it a viable and affordable alternative to roof construction. “Inspired by crease patterns developed in origami, the prototype shelter integrates geometry, engineering and material properties in the development of appropriate forms,” adds Kundoo. “The ideas also extend beyond architecture into furniture design and furnishings, as seen in the installation.” cusp_1 Kundoo’s work is the result of testing and experimentation at grass roots level. “The idea of ‘Light Matters’ was tested through building two full-scale roof prototypes in India to confirm the basic premises of the design approach,” explains Kundoo. “While the exhibition will travel through Australia, two further prototypes will be built, one in Australia and another in India, to further refine the structural design details for efficiency.” One of Kundoo’s shelters will be completed as a set of two roofing units with a courtyard for use as a family residence. “The complete structure will determine the extent to which this design is cost competitive, as well as summarise the comparative environmental impact as compared with conventional construction,” continues Kundoo. “The two prototypes will determine the relevance of this design in both contexts: the developed countries and the developing countries, due to their different realities concerning material and labour/machines in the construction process. Thereafter the idea is that this approach could be brought into the mainstream to address the need for quick shelter in a variety of social, economic and environmental contexts.” An interview with Anupama Kundoo, produced by Patrick Abboud, courtesy of Object Gallery. ‘Light Matters will be on display from’ 6 July – 1 September 2013 at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre CUSP cusp-design.com
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Makette Exhibition

A new exhibition, Makette, has opened at the Design Institute of Australia Gallery in Melbourne, which showcases these side projects by eight designers. Curated by Karen Fermo and Martin Musiatowicz of Kart Projects, the exhibition offers a fascinating insight into designers using their creativity in extra-professional outlets.

“There was some really interesting work, which people were doing as an extension of their creative practice,” Karen explains, “We looked at Makette as a way of investigating that further, specifically, people who were looking at different mediums or techniques as a respite more than anything intentional.”

Far from the well trodden path of architects designing furniture, Makette covers a range of design professions including graphic designers, textile and set designers and their various hand-made side projects from motorcycle fanzines hand-made and printed by graphic design Stuart Geddes to architect Bruce Rowe’s exquisite ceramics.

‘Makette’ is the German spelling of maquette, which refers to architects making scale models as method of design investigation. What all the designers have in common with their side projects is the playful, investigative projects that explore the process of making.


“It’s that constant need to challenge, question things to stay creative and continue to develop your thinking and work,” says Karen. “So doing side projects is a way of extending that creative process.”


Makette is on show until 31 July at DIA Gallery, Melbourne. 



Kart Projects

Design Products
Design Accessories

Dekton by Cosentino

Developed exclusively by the Cosentino R&D department, Dekton by Cosentino is an ultra-compact surface with infinite design possibilities, perfect for a multitude of uses, including flooring, stairs and walls, ventilated facades, countertops and work surfaces, providing the flexibility for both commercial and private use. 

Initially available in a range of nature-reflective colours and finishes and in large format, Dekton allows surfaces and spaces to be designed without any limits or interruptions, where colour and texture flow freely. 

Dekton will be available in Australia from Q4, 2013 


Around The World

On the Banks of the Ganga

Distinguished by its use of stone, reed and steel wire, the Atali resort, by New Dehli-based RLDA Studio, completely abandons any idea of a commonplace resort aesthetic. With a design that celebrates the means, methods and modes of its construction, Atali presents us with an honest and unique approach to ‘organic’ and symbiotic architecture.

The resort planning itself is simple: a singular stone building that houses a storage facility on the lower level, and a dormitory on the upper. A veranda with a tensile roof, which frames magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, also acts as a café and cottage for guests. In fact, the façade can be rather austere in places, a certain kind of Spartan jungle bungalow. But the real beauty of this building is not found in its visual appearance but in its engagement with its site and place.

Constructed predominately out of materials that were either found on site or generated during the excavation and site works, Atali has reinterpreted traditional construction technologies historically used to secure and preserve the ancient river embankments. In recognition of this symbiotic relationship between the river and the building’s galvanized gabion boxes, traditionally used to secure the riverbanks in the area, RLDA vertically tied adjacent boxes with un-galvanized steel wire to construct a building that is essentially complete on every level.  

“The point of arrival is not a building or a structure,” says lead architect Rahoul Singh, “rather, it is a place of ‘nothingness’ – a space that promises through its adjacent structures a point of destination and discovery.” Through verandas and windows that frame the natural landscape beyond, the eye is continually forced to travel outwards, away from the building and into its vast and beautiful surrounds. Enhanced by the potent and saturated shade of the roof’s ‘orange’ colour, which acts to compress the space, this structure acts as both a transitory space and as a space of refuge for the resort’s guests.  




Alex Perry Residential Brisbane Launch Party

Alex Perry Residential is a distinctive development, with a large sailing roofline, wide sheltering awnings, deep set balconies, integrated landscaping and indoor outdoor living spaces.  The facade of the building represents the unique character of Alex Perry Residential and its surrounding neighbourhood – Fortitude Valley. 

The fittings and fixtures inside each apartment reflect our commitment to high end living, occupants will enjoy using Neff Appliances in their kitchens.  The Neff range is German designed and engineered using the best materials available to ensure that products perform to the highest standard and look great too.

Alex Perry Residential

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Announcing Hong Kong Indesign

As Sydney Indesign turns ten this year it also welcomes the arrival of its sister event, Hong Kong Indesign.  As well as being established in Melbourne, Brisbane and Singapore, Indesign Group’s Event Series has proved extremely successful in revolutionising the way in which brands, suppliers and the all important A&D specifiers, come together.

To join us in Hong Kong with three nights accommodation at an exclusive Design Hotel, return flights and VIP passes to the Hong Kong Indesign after-party, all you have to do is register here for the upcoming Sydney Indesign and get your friends onboard as well.

Don’t wait until on the day at Sydney Indesign to sign up: register online here and share it with your buddies to be in with a chance to come to Hong Kong with us in late November.

It promises to be an Indesign Experience like no other.

Sydney Indesign: The Experience


Hong Kong Indesign: The Event


Head over here for the T’s & C’s

Fixed & Fitted
Design Products
Design Accessories

IndyFlex Cooktop by Beko

By allowing for two of its four induction cooking zones to be linked together so they can act as a single larger cooking zone, the Indyflex 60cm cooktop gives greater flexibility for cooks, and ensures they can cook evenly using larger pots and pans.

According to Paul Reeves, General Manager Sales & Marketing, Beko Australia, Australians love for cooking is seeing many of us choose larger “authentic” style cookware –woks for Asian meals, large paella pans and French enamel casseroles – items often too large to fit on a single cooktop burner.

“I think Australians are looking for flexibility of use in all types of appliances – so they can choose the best way to use products to suit their needs and their lifestyle.  Our new Indyflex™ cooktop really provides stylish good looks, energy efficiency and the ability to cook with precision, delivering the best possible results,” he said.

Best of all, the induction technology of the Beko Indyflex™ cooktop means the zones only heat up the area directly underneath the saucepan, reducing energy consumption, even when using larger pots and pans.   

While Beko’s induction cooktops heat up rapidly, they also offer 19 different heat levels with simple ‘Touch & Slide’ controls, allowing incredible accuracy in temperature from the gentlest simmering through to high heat for fast frying. 

Other features include an on-off indicator light and a timer to set cooking times for each cooking zone separately. While a booster function is also great for quick heating.  

Beko has also announced a an exclusive line of kitchen appliances designed by world famous architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. The result is 'Beko Cast - a stylish collection of cooktops and ovens that bring together pure functionality and technical performance with superb design. 

Urquiola states, "My particular design philosophy for Beko is very simple: a coherent design that fulfils the most diverse standards, that is not pretentious, not difficult to use and is suitable for everyday use but also works just as well in an elegant setting".


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Ant Heap or Home?

Is multi-residential living the way of the future? What is a quality multi-residential development? And how is it achieved? What are the constraints? Who lives in them? And what do 21st Century examples such as Central Park and Parramatta suggest about the future of the home?
For the first discussion in Habitus' seminar series at Sydney Indesign, we have gathered a diverse panel of speakers to explore the issues associated to contemporary and future multi-residential living.
Vy Nguyen - Senior Development Manager at UrbanGrowth NSW (formally Landcom) Vy has a wealth of experience in planning and an active role within the UDIA. A town planner by background, Vy has nearly 10 years of experience in both Local and State Government roles. She specialises in the delivery of residential projects throughout all stages of development from feasibility assessments, design, approvals, construction, marketing and sales. Her depth of experience extends to having a lead role in defining, as well as managing projects. Vy is passionate about creating places where the community has a soul. She believes the discussion about multi-residential living is a unique opportunity to talk about the importance of providing people with lifestyle choices and increasing affordability.
Tony Owen - Director at Tony Owen Partners
Tony Owen has been a Design Director and senior designer in a number of leading Sydney firms such as SJB Architects, PTW and Phillip Cox Architects. Tony has designed a number of Sydney’s prominent buildings. These include The Sydney Superdome, Darling Island Apartments, Medina Central Apartments and Bondi Beachside Apartments, as well as public buildings such as the Eureka Stockade Museum and Strathfield Open Learning College as well as a number of projects in China, Dubai and South East Asia.
Tony states, "We are increasingly dealing with a new and unprecedented set of realities and responding to a new set of imperatives. These include increasing population and densities, limited resources and space, changing climate and the new realities of the global information and financial network. At the same time, technology is delivering new digital tools and capabilities which are impacting on the means with which architecture is realised. This includes new software, new thinking about network strategies and new means of fabrication. As a result of these tools, we are exploring an architecture which is more responsive to the environment."
Tom Ferguson - Director of Tom Ferguson Architecture and Design (TFAD).
By virtue of the fact that many of Tom's projects to date have been inner-city houses on small sites, they have often had a very strong interior design component as this is the most significant, visible and important part of the dwelling. The practice aims to create personalised spaces and understands that each new client has needs and desires different to the last. This approach has created a superficially eclectic style to date, however the core principles of rational planning and a broader geometrical interlocking of spaces combined with honest, natural and warm materials runs through each project.
Tom states, “Multi-residential buildings are increasingly important, especially in countries like Australia where the reality of accommodating increasing population in denser urban environments has to overcome the traditional expectation of a 'quarter acre block'.  It is not just the act of building more dense accommodation however, but also the quality of the accommodation that is important.  If we are to popularise denser urban living then the quality and environmental characteristics of the buildings must be high.”
TIm Campbell - Development Director at Crown GroupTim Campbell brings with him more than 16 years’ of experience in the construction and development industry and has been responsible for the delivery of numerous commercial and residential projects both in Sydney and London. Tim possesses a superior understanding of property and construction related legal issues, and has an outstanding reputation for local and government authority liaison. Tim states, "Multi-residential strata is the fastest growing residential segment in New South Wales. Estimates show that more than half of all new residences built in NSW over the next decade will be strata titled. Further, that by 2032 more than 3 million people in NSW will live under a strata titles arrangement. This shows that there is and will continue to be a significant shift to multi-residential living which makes it an important discussion topic." Moderator: Owen Lynch - editor of indesignlive.com
Ant Heap or Home?
11:00am - 12:00pm at Corporate Culture, 21 - 23 Levey Street, Chippendale.
To RSVP for this discussion click here. Register now for Sydney Indesign: The Experience. sydneyindesign.com.au Hero Image: Russel Avenue project by vittinoAshe vittinoashe.com.au
Design Products

Hollywood Lounge from Angelucci

Hollywood is available in a series of customisable formats: sofas and chairs with variable arm height, backless benches in any size, corner suites, with variable depth and length on all pieces.


Further options include a large range of fabrics and leathers, or designer-specified coverings if required. 

Hollywood offers timeless styling with luxurious deep-buttoned cushions to suit classic and contemporary living spaces. 

Angelucci 20th Century

Design Hunters

SID International Guest Design Hunter Q+A: the Sisters Bolon

Your name: Marie & Annica Eklund What you do: ME: Creative Director - Bolon AE: CEO - Bolon Your latest project: ME: Collection 2014 AE: Concept 2014, Business Plan 2017 Who are three people that inspire/excite you: ME: 1) Carine Roitfeld 2) Iris Apfel 3) My sister Annica in all matters AE:   1) Stella McCartney for her conscience in her business and way of combining business and family 2) Acne as a brand – they always convince and surprise me in a positive way 3) My sister Marie, Bolon team and friends always inspire me and make my daily life fun with Bolon, that is very important for inspiration – to enjoy what you are doing! What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: ME: Mercedes Jeep AE: Range Rover Sport Chair model: ME: Y chair Hans J.Wegner AE: Pyra, Storängen Residential space: ME: Kitchen AE: Kitchen Commercial space: ME: Restaurants AE: Restaurant Decorative product: ME: Show Time Vases by Jaime Hayon AE: Flowers Functional product: ME: iPhone AE: iPhone Handmade good: ME: The book of Bolon in limited edition “The Bolon Story” AE: Bolon flooring Mass-produced good: ME: Plastic Side Chairs Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 AE: Water Meal: ME: Fresh pasta with white truffle (to eat in Piemonte) AE: A nice steak with fresh salad and a good glass of red Restaurant:  ME: Peterson krog - Käringön Sweden AE: slow cocking, tasty food, great friends, best wine – this beats any restaurant! Drink: ME: Red wine / Champagne / classic afternoon tee AE: Red wine, champagne, water, coffee Bar: ME: Hotel Le Meurice in Paris, bar and lounge area AE: I don’t do bars a lot, when we travelling I tend to like hotel bars with soft atmosphere such as Four Season in Milano or Costes in Paris for inspirations and nice drinks. Item in your studio: ME: My Mac….and my colour books! AE: My mac and the Bolon team   Marie and Annica are International Guests for Sydney Indesign (August 15-17), and will be present at the Corporate Culture showroom throughout the event.  To meet the sisters and hear about their latest work, register now for Sydney Indesign: The Experience. sydneyindesign.com.auabc