- Treats from Norton Street Grocer at Westfield Bondi Junction – Baci chocolate kisses, Sanbitter (like non-alcoholic Campari) and Jazz apple
- Artemide Tolomeo Lamp
- Diet Coke (I don’t drink coffee or alcohol and so this is my main vice)
- Framed photo of my gorgeous little boy whom I adore
- Diptyque Tuberose scented candle
- 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
- Tretford goat hair carpet sample used as a coaster
- Iittala Kartio water glass in ‘sand’ from RoyalDesign.com
- Stelton water jug from Cult (Corporate Culture)
- Modular golden gnome - a gift to the studio from JSB Lighting
- 3D glasses from Kraftwerk concert - part of Vivid Festival 2013
- Books from Kinokuniya, Lesley McKay’s Woollahra, Ariel Paddington, thebookdepository.com
- Bday gifts for my husband from Marimekko in King St, Sydney
- 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.
- Letter ‘a’ from typo
- Mint tea souvenired from the Ovolo Hotel in Melbourne
- 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.
- Iphone 4
- 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.
- Scissors from Kikki K and black pens
- Cloth bound lined notebook from Bookbinders Design, The Galleria, Bourke St Melbourne.
- 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.
- Hay laptop cover available from Cult (Corporate Culture)
- Invitations to various design and ‘women in construction’ events
- Business cards and kikki k paper clips
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.
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
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 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
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
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".
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