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Habitus Pavilion: A Conceptual Journey

The idea for the Pavilion stemmed from the ‘habitus lounge’ of previous Indesign events. Discrete and peripheral, this embryonic version of the habitus presence was little more than a chance for visitors to enjoy a drink and meet the habitus editorial team. With the arrival of the Galleria space, the potential for a fully-fledged Habitus experience presented itself, and without a shadow of a doubt, we dove right in. habpav_1 The water was cold. With limited experience in event design, a very imminent deadline and budgetary constraints which precluded, for instance, solid-gold fountains, we quickly realised that without expert assistance we would be in serious trouble. "The tight timeframe to bring all the participants together, and to undertake the bump in of a 500m2 exhibition during a two day period is probably the biggest challenge on this project. With careful planning and management anything is possible!" - Bryan Darragh, Operations Director, Promena Projects Pty Ltd At this point we were extremely lucky to come across our creative partners –loopcreativeLO-FI Design and EngineeringLandart Landscapes, and Promena Projects. loopcreative quickly put together a compelling design for an enclosed habitus space that would reference the aesthetics portrayed in the magazine. loopcreative's initial concept centred on a trench mesh pavilion structure that would have paper sheets fixed to it to create a semi-transparent surface. Internally lit against a dim exterior to demarcate the division between internal and external regions, the desire was to create a space that combined the strength of the steel structure with the more delicate, dynamic texture of paper - which was also a nod to the unwritten pages of habitus magazine. Incorporating honest, structural materials, sophisticated lighting by LO-FI Design and conceptual vision, the aim was to fuse the varied and contrasting elements that make habitus unique in a single, physical representation. Our hope was that this would provide a space for visitors to experience the brand and meander through a conceptual yet engaging environment. habpav_9 Then, as so often occurs, things changed. Suddenly, the space to occupy had almost quintupled to just under 500 square metres, and the planning and budget already carried out needed to be ‘massaged’ to fill the remaining void. loopcreative and LO-FI engaged afterburners and presented a new concept within days, involving a futuristic, digital space, artisanal Antique Floors timber flooring and an immersive ‘outdoor’ area, to be populated with vegetation, furniture, a bar, and a series of Hills Hoist clotheslines displaying the best entries from the habitus ‘Home’ exhibition. "And Lasers, we’ve been playing with lasers." - Rod Faucheux, Director, loopcreative habpav_2 LO-FI got to work on a Royal Wolf shipping container for the digital space, augmented by Barco projectors, and we were delighted to have Landart come on board for the outdoor space. With invigorating confidence and energy, the team designed a rich and comprehensive landscape of greenery, ranging from shrubs to towering established trees, provided by Alpine Nurseries. Timber features throughout the outdoor space were provided by Hardware & General, and garden accessories by Garden Life. Hosting a bar operated by whatsontap, furnished with Classique outdoor range and animated by music playing through the Advance Audio sound system, the habitus Pavilion was ready to welcome, impress, and refresh visitors over the course of Sydney Indesign. "It was hard to resist the opportunity to increase the scope and create something larger in impact, which would bring scale to the size of the pavilion and the overall space." - Matthew Leacy, director/principal, Landart Landscapes. habpav_7 Once again, the finish line was about to move. It turns out the steel archway was frightfully expensive, and a more economical alternative needed to be found. Somewhat heartbroken, we abandoned loopcreative's original concept for the structure and enclosed space. The loopcreative team scrambled, presenting an intriguing (and, as we were to later discover, enormously laborious) design for a structure composed entirely of cardboard boxes, packing tape, and staples. "Big ideas. Collaboration. Time constraints. No budget love. Re-design. Et Voila. It's had it all. It's been a cool project to be involved in. Good people, good times." - Greg Dunk, LO-FI Design and Engineering, Design Director habpav_6 With little time left to deliberate, the various teams sprang into action, masterfully project managed by Promena Projects. Somehow, from this vortex of heterogeneous ideas, a coherent space began to emerge. And, despite the cardboard box arch not working either (walls; we settled for cardboard box walls), the end result was striking, surprising, and attractive. habpav_4 The process of creating the habitus Pavilion was exciting, illuminating, and at times frustrating, but it also offered us and our collaborators a chance to explore what for many of us was a new set of challenges. From the intricacies of working within the constraints of a public, heritage venue, to the realities of collaborating with a pro-bono team, the process was hugely educational. Despite our disappointment at having to abandon a key element of the concept, ultimately we were overwhelmed by just how much our partners could create within time and budgetary limitations. In hindsight, we would have done some things differently. What we wouldn’t change at all, however, is the chance to work with such a fine team of creative experts, and the (often terrifying) thrill of thinking laterally to solve seemingly insurmountable challenges. "The scale of the Habitus pavilion will be the biggest achievement. A 500sqm installation in such a short timeframe with so many people involved has been great to be a part of." - Rod Faucheux, Director, loopcreative To all involved in the habitus Pavilion, thank you. -The habitus team.abc

Sydney Indesign 2013 Director’s Soiree

On the eve of Sydney Indesign: The Experience, this VIP invitation-only event marked the official commencement of Sydney Indesign’s expanded three day program. Indesign Media Asia Pacific’s CEO and Publisher, Raj Nandan, hosted 200 guests at Catalina, Rose Bay, bringing together key industry figures and influencers, recognising the diversity and strength within the local design, construction and supply communities.  International guests included Marie and Annica Eklund from Bolon, Sweden, British architect Asif Khan and Singapore’s Nathan Yong. Sydney Indesign sydneyindesign.com.au [gallery ids="24599,24600,24601,24602,24603,24604,24605,24606,24607,24608,24609,24610,24611,24612,24613,24614,24615,24616,24617,24618,24619,24620,24621,24622,24623,24624,24625,24626,24627,24628,24629,24630,24631,24632,24633,24634"]    abc
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Sydney Indesign: An Unprecedented Experience

Most notably, the Galleria space surpassed all expectations, not only hosting installations of breathtaking innovation and technical sophistication, but attracting huge crowds over three days. sid_overview_2b Scattered throughout the surrounding suburbs, participating showrooms rolled out a diverse and exciting programme of product launches, guest speakers, collaborations and parties. Having an extra day allowed showroom staff a chance to better connect with visitors, maximising the enjoyment and value for all involved. sid_overview_2 An extensive programme of seminars and discussions further elevated the Galleria and showroom exhibits. The Indesign Podium talks and WorkLife series focused on specific topics in a relevant and contemporary tone. Zeroing in on issues facing the architecture and design industry, these talks offered an opportunity for members of the community to engage with the conversations shaping their professions. sid_overview_3 The Habitus LiveLife series, while also tackling themes central to the residential architecture sector, was less formal, and was hosted in casual, inviting showrooms across the precincts. sid_overview_4 We were very pleased to see that our request to be responsible in the serving of alcohol was observed, promoting a civilised and mature environment over the course of the event. That said, the evening parties lived up to previous years, with festivities in full swing across the city. sid_overview_5 Overall, the range of topics, speakers, and contexts ensured the seminar and discussion series attracted a broad audience, adding a stimulating and educational dimension to event. sid_overview_6 However the most important (yet intangible) success of this year’s Sydney Indesign, was the enormous enthusiasm of everyone involved. Whether a subliminal effect of the hot pink plastering the city, the gloriously warm August weather, or perhaps just the excitement of so many people working together, the mood among visitors, exhibitors and organisers was fantastic. sid_overview_7 The first edition of the newly reimagined Sydney Indesign has redefined Australia’s premiere design event, and we’re positive that we’ll only keep improving in years to come. Sydney Indesign 2013: The Experience sydneyindesign.com.auabc
Design Products

FLY Table from Fanuli

The tripod stance of the leg has an almost industrial solidity, but the finish of the metal refines and softens it, whilst the wood top finish conveys a feeling of comfort and warmth. A perfect occasional piece to complement your interior. fanuli_4 Frame available in satined, chromed or burnished metal. Table Top in wood available in Canaletto Walnut, Ashwood Natural, Stained Walnut and more. Marble version available in Emperador Brown, Carrara White fanuli_1 fanuli_3 Fanuli fanuli.com.auabc
Design Hunters

Design Hunter Q+A with Björn Rust

Your name: Björn Rust 
What you do: I design, develop, share ideas and captures images - bjornrust.com 
Your latest project: Hightide Who are three people that inspire/excite you: 1) Dieter Rams 2) Yves Béhar 3) Jonathan Ive

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: Porsche 550, Something custom built (I am assuming push-bike), Lockheed SR-71, AC72.

Chair model: Chair One by Konstantin Grcic.

Residential space: Azuma House by Tadao Ando.

Commercial space: Sfera, Kyoto by CKR.

Decorative product:Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck.

Functional product: Leica M.

Handmade good: My bicycle.

Mass-produced good: iPhone.

meal: Degustation.

restaurant: Rakushokushu Maru, Tokyo.

drink: Coffee (filtered).

bar: Hihou, Melbourne.

item in your studio: MacBook Air.

piece of technology: Internet.

historical figure: Albert Einstein.

fictional character: Rick Deckard.

vice: Design.

virtue: Persistence.

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Informed and on trend with a sensitivity for design.

Around The World

Lit Thy Neighbour

The seven storey, 79-room hotel has been designed by VaSLab and is located in an alley of shop houses on Rama I road that paradoxically is both quiet and in the most active urban fabric of the city, surrounded by large shopping areas, the national art gallery and the national stadium.lit_hotel_1 The building’s formal language is expressed as a a recessed L-shaped form that surrounds the front elevated courtyard - a brave decision considering it forgoes exploiting the so-called ‘gold mine’ area where every square metre is usually maximised for profit. Vasu Virajsilp, the founder of VaSLab, comments, “it would be unkind to let this peaceful neighbourhood confront with another big square block of profit-hungry commercial buildings, and an open courtyard will be a more thoughtful solution for the area.” lit_hotel_5 The result of his ‘love-thy-neighbour’ design approach is best experienced by walking into the alley after dark, when the illuminating effect of the hotel on the dimmed surrounding suburb is most dramatic. It is as if the hotel exists as an attempt to repair this neglected urban fabric with a little well-deserved glamour, while the guests’ introvert privacy is achieved via the façade, reminiscent of a veil consisting of a series of parallelogram aluminium-composite modules with laser-cut voids lit_hotel_9 On the interior, a line of exposed-concrete continues from the exterior entrance and is faithfully conformed into the double-height lobby space, with clear-finished full-height glass cleanly exhibiting the uninterrupted inside-outside relationship. The lobby serves as the only channel into the enclosed courtyard, with spiral stairs to the elevated swimming pool, and a spa with a cave-like foyer finished in a glittering palette of gold and silver. lit_hotel_3 The guest rooms move beyond the typical box-room, with layouts that derive from the dynamic line of the initial concept and a palette of luxurious finishing materials. The visual and spatial vernacular of the spaces are animated by unexpected elements – for instance 44 rooms offer a toilet space as long as the entire length of the room, and strip of recessed light that sneaks through the slit-cut on the ceiling teases the norm of an enveloped space. lit_hotel_4 The guest rooms can be seen as the pinnacle in the continual spatial journey that begins upon entering the building premises, a contrary conclusion to the usual experience where the rooms are diluted shadows of public areas. This consistency in concept can only be done through a committed design from layouts to materialisation. lit_hotel_8 Lit Bangkok litbangkok.com VaSLab vaslabarchitecture.com Images courtesy of Lit Bangkok and Spaceshift Studio spaceshiftstudio.comabc
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Design Accessories

Blum – Minimalist Design Meets Proven Technology

TANDEMBOX antaro combines proven technology with a minimalist design creating a more modern drawer system. The new globally inspired design offers a variety of design possibilities which compliment the changing facade of kitchen design. The drawers silk white finish and clear cut rectangular design highlights that sometimes less is more. The pull-out sides can be closed, using a metal or frosted glass design element that provides you with more options to suit your kitchen’s overall design. Handle-less designs are even possible with SERVO-DRIVE the electrical opening support system. Give yourself easy access. A key feature of practical kitchens is to equip base cabinets with drawers and pull-outs. They optimise the use of available space, are far more ergonomic and provide easy access to interiors. In addition, if interiors are well organised, you have clear visibility of all contents. Blum’s TANDEMBOX antaro drawer system can be fully extended so all contents can be seen at a glance. You have easy access and no longer need to bend down and dig out things from the back of the cabinet. blum_2 Make use of the space usually wasted such as the area under the sink or the back of the corner cabinet. TANDEMBOX antaro is suitable to be used in Blum’s space optimising cabinet solutions including the SPACE CORNER, SPACE TOWER (pantry) and Sink Drawer. TANDEMBOX antaro offers the kitchen user the highest comfort of motion, drawers and pullouts, even when at capacity glide open and close silently with integrated BLUMOTION soft close. In addition to this, gain exceptional opening comfort when combining the drawer system with SERVO-DRIVE, Blum’s electronic opening support system for drawers. A light touch on the drawer front is all that is needed for TANDEMBOX antaro drawer or pull-outs to open smooth and effortless. Quality of motion is the driving force behind the development and manufacturing process of Blum products. The result: function that fascinates users world wide and a guarantee of high quality of motion for the lifetime of the furniture. Blum’s new drawer system offers a creative collision of aesthetics and motion. Whether you see the kitchen as a practical space or a place of indulgence, TANDEMBOX antaro will change the way you interact with your kitchen and home. Blum blum.comabc

Seacliff House

Already the recipient of a slew of prestigious design awards, Chris Elliot’s Seacliff House has been shortlisted as one of nine residential contenders for the 2013 World Interiors News Awards. seacliffe_2 Designed for his own family, Seacliff House is a sleek 250 sqm new-build located on a narrow, “leftover”piece of land on the coastal Bondi to Coogee walk and directly adjacent to the historic Bronte Cutting in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. seacliffe_7 Whilst the wider context is breathtakingly vast, raw and dramatic, the parameters of the site itself are deceptively complex. The combination of a narrow site width, a tight relationship with the neighbouring property, restrictive council-imposed conditions, orientation opportunities and the capturing of views have been critical in fashioning the form of the house. seacliffe_11 “Materially, I was heavily inspired by the white, carved granite and sandstone forms in the neighbouring Bronte cemetery,”Elliott adds.  Paired with the architect’s active imagination, curious mind and acute eye for detail, the result is a highly responsive formal composition of crafted, rectangular forms. seacliffe_6 “The ground floor has been extruded lengthways and the upper level, stretched along its short axis, thereby maximising the space, light and views available,” explains Chris.  The structure, a minimal arrangement of concrete columns, allows for an archetypal, flowing ground floor arrangement defined by customised full-height timber framed doors and windows on the ground floor. seacliffe_4 The upper floor is conceptually protective, housing three cocoon-like bedrooms with framed views.  Unexpectedly, Elliott has created space for a narrow, curved stair which leads to a third floor attic study conceived of as a belvedere which opens onto a small sundeck with panoramic views of the ocean-scape beyond. seacliffe_3 But whilst the architecture forms are commanding in terms of scale and aesthetic, the house is a combination of intricate and considered moments.  Bespoke ironmongery details, cleverly concealed storage, bespoke joinery and Elliott’s manipulation of the two long elevations are integral to understanding the overall success of the design.  A series of moulded, curvilinear “light scoop” apertures along the north and south elevations control light, privacy and views, softening the facades. seacliffe_9 Elliot’s design also includes an underground garage and a subterranean, grotto-like basement level that features an open-air rock-formed bath, an indoor pool and an entertainment room set against a wall of excavated sandstone. seacliffe_8 Chris Elliot Architects chriselliottarchitects.com Photography: Richard Glover richardglover.comabc

The Wool Parade by Kvadrat Maharam

[gallery ids="24468,24469,24470,24471,24472,24473,24474,24475,24476,24477,24478,24479,24480,24481,24482,24483,24484,24485,24486,24487,24488,24489,24490,24491,24492,24493,24494,24495,24496,24497,24498,24499,24500"] This unique showcase, which encompasses a series of sculptural upholstered objects, takes inspiration from the avant-garde parties and architectural theatre costumes of the early Bauhaus period. The five pieces, which are peculiarly beautiful and ambiguous in form, each exude an individual character which, when viewed together, are reminiscent of marionettes in a parade. All are upholstered in an irreverent and bold combination of woollen fabrics, associated with costumes and the theatre. These Kvadrat fabrics include: Hallingdal 65, Divina MD, Divina 3, Steelcut Trio 2, Remix 2 and Willow. Kvadrat Maharam kvadratmaharam.comabc
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Dayne Trower & Stephen Nova at fortyfivedowntairs

External Walls Dayne Trower fortyfivedownstairs_5 "A series of small objects made from thin slices of timber is presented with an unusual degree of precision. In this study of theme and variation our attention is drawn to slight shifts in emphasis and technique, within an overall formal repetition. The work reads at one level as a self-referential set, complete, but it is also fragmentary – each piece a snapshot of a continuous thought process around the making of something else. The models are a methodical study of alterations made to an existing site, and a method of communicating this process with a client. Put together as a whole, the sequence also presents an argument for an approach to architecture and a way of building." fortyfivedownstairs_4   fortyfivedownstairs_6 Photographs: Garry Smith, Text: Nigel Bertram The Architectural Uncanny Stephen Nova The catalyst for Melbourne artist Stephen Nova’s current show, The Architectural Uncanny, came in a form of an old wooden desktop loom; a humble item of domestic life that raised questions of the psychological and physical associations connected to the ideas and meaning of ‘home’. fortyfivedownstairs_3   As a result the Stephen’s works developed an architectural vocabulary. The paintings themselves function as architectural sketches as a means of planning and imagining new built environments. By presenting these forms within an imaginative or surrealist space, Stephen’s structures and objects take on a new level of meaning and allow the viewer to actively participate within the space and discover new meanings in things that are normally familiar to us in our everyday lives. Creating new perceptions normally associated with objects and things that are familiar offers the opportunity of a new set of social relationships connected to time and space, dreams and memory, language and signs. – Stephen Nova fortyfivedownstairs_2   Stephen has exhibited in a number of solo and group shows and is this year has been chosen as a finalist in the Kedumba Drawing Awards. His works are held in private and public collections including the Federal Government Parliamentary Offices, GIO Building and King Edward Hospital. The exhibitions will be on display at fortyfivedownstairs gallery from Tuesday 27 August – Saturday 7 September 2013. fortyfivedownstairs.comabc

Venice Eating House

The building is home to several offices, the 1346 Engineering Co. and the Venice Eating House, a café with a twist exhibiting an impressive collection of Crocker motorcycles, two vintage Indians, and a Harley Davidson.venice_eating_house_3Owner and director Brendon Child undertook the design; he had long held a vision for this space, seeing the vast amount of potential in the original structure of the warehouse. Having the freedom to unearth and restore the building to showcase these unique features was the most exciting part of the process.venice_eating_house_1The project, finished in January this year, took two years to complete. The space is simple, the aim being to make diners feel like they are coming home to chomp on the homemade banana bread and sausage rolls, amongst other delicious morsels.venice_eating_house_2 Decoration sustains the welcoming atmosphere - where possible most of the furniture and materials were reclaimed to complement the building’s gritty, somewhat weathered aesthetic. There are plush chesterfields to hunker down in and large communal, wooden tables for people to eat around. The colour scheme is warm and earthy, with exposed framework showing the scars of days when the warehouse was a metal-works. With fires and movies playing in the background this is a space to relax and unwind in. venice_eating_house_4 The passion that exudes from the people who work here for the collection of bikes and the stories surrounding them is infectious, communicating their zeal for the mechanical marvels they share the building with.   Venice Eating House www.facebook.com/VeniceEatingHouseabc