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Architecture
NOT HOMES

UPALA by ALPHA60 + MELANIE KATSALIDIS

Opals – such a quintessentially Australian stone – have, in recent years, been associated with the generic souvenir jewellery that one might buy from a tourist shop. But a new range, borne from a unique collaboration between Melbourne jeweller, Melanie Katsalidis, and fashion house, Alpha60, is bringing the shine back to this under-appreciated stone, while simultaneously pushing the creative boundaries of each party’s practice. alpha1 Launching as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), the UPALA collection celebrates a common love for geometry, clean lines, and harmonious forms. “I really enjoyed the challenge of creating pieces that expressed a visual language that would reflect both Alpha 60 and myself,” says Katsalidis. “It was really rewarding to focus on the challenges of working with opal… We’re on a mission to get our audience to look at opals in a fresh context and with a renewed appreciation.” alpha Together Alpha60 (headed up by brother-sister duo, Alex and Georgie Cleary) and Katsalidis have produced UPALA as a 2-tiered range encompassing a high-end collection represented by Katsalidis’ retail gallery, Pieces of Eight, and a production range available in store at Alpha60. “Both collections feature elemental forms of circle, square and triangle. [While] the exhibition pieces are more elaborate and use high-end materials like solid opal and 18ct gold, the production range was designed to be accessible, so it features sterling silver, opal doublets and some incredible spherical opal mosaic beads,” says Katsalidis. alpha2 The collaborative process – fueled by new opal discoveries – has been an invigorating experience for both parties. “The way an opal refracts light and displays its colours… it is a like looking deep into the cosmos,” says Katsalidis. “[And] the beauty of jewellery and fashion is that what we create adorns the wearer and becomes part of their daily lives – and a unique personal story. “We think one look and you can’t help but fall in love!” Alpha60 alpha60.com.au Melanie Katsalidis piecesofeight.com.auabc
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Nature is better than plastic

Mafi timber is the world leader in natural wide-plank timber flooring. Mafi understand that wood can only display its positive features when it is treated and used in the most natural way. With a tick from the National Asthma Council of Australia, Mafi are quickly becoming Australia’s go to natural timber flooring choice. The many health benefits of mafi timber are attributed to the natural characteristics of wood, the all-natural oil finish, as well as the chemical free adhesives used in production. mafi2 Mafi floors are antibacterial, regulate humidity, filter the air of harmful dust and bacteria, and are completely chemical free helping to alleviate the effects of asthma and allergies. Timber is known to have hygienic properties that synthetic materials lack. A low thermal conductivity, the ability filter odours, smoke and radiation rays are just a few of the benefits of natural wood. mafi3 Mafi timber is high in elasticity, which helps to prevent joint problems, foot complaints and quickly tiring muscles. It also prevents slips and falls as mafi flooring has a matte surface and non-slip natural oil finish. Mafi is also anti-static, and incredibly easy to clean and maintain. mafi1 There is no denying this product surpasses its competitors. Whilst being the sensitive choice, it is also hardwearing, robust and the perfect floor for any home, wellness or medical centre. Mafi mafi.com.auabc
Architecture
NOT HOMES
Places

Everybody’s Izakaya, Auckland

The brainchild of Chef Nick Honeyman and Director Sam Ansley, Everybody’s Izakaya was inspired by the more casual restaurants found in the backstreets of Tokyo. everybodys_izakaya_2 Fearon Hay jumped on this vision during the three-year renovation of the Imperial Buildings and now Izakaya is located upstairs above a bigger open plan bar. In fact Everybody's shares its premises with the Imperial Lane bar and the popular Roxy nightclub. everybodys_izakaya_3 “By carving out a thoroughfare at ground-level between Fort Lane and Queen St, the space takes its lead from the great cities of New York and Melbourne as one of the city’s first ‘shared spaces’” explains Manager Sarah Janiszewski. everybodys_izakaya_4 “By day Fort St is a hang out for young professionals, including finance, by night it turns it into a party precinct along with Britomart.  Britomart is a vibrant retail and hospitality precinct. Its proximity to our business is really complementary. All Aucklander's love a good hospitality precinct,” she says. everybodys_izakaya_5 Focused on the presentation of an irresistible sake list, to complement the cuisine, all the dishes are ordered over several courses, accompanied by traditional Japanese beverages. everybodys_izakaya_6 Pairing an elegant cuisine with abundant local produce means dishes like the wagyu sashimi is not to be missed. Served with buerre noisette, it's fantastically indulgent. Everybody’s Izakaya also stays true to its roots by making their own tofu on site. The Izakaya serves sake (including in this case sparkling Sake) and allows customers to stay on the premises to eat and drink as they wish. everybodys_izakaya_7 “Our goma dofu is made using ground sesame and is nothing like the bland tofu most people are used to. Our Karaage duck and BBQ beef short rib are always popular too,” add Janiszewski. everybodys_izakaya_8 While places like Corner Bar and The O’Connell Street Bistro have a formal and comforting appeal, new places dotted around Auckalnd like Everyboy’s Izakaya, Baduzzi, The Gypsy Tearooms and The Engine Room hint of a city that diverse offering is growing! Fearon Hay Architects fearonhay.com Everybody's Izakaya everybodys.co.nzabc
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Weylandts’ Natural Understanding

Nature ultimately delivers on all that we need to live comfortably and well. This season, Weylandts stores feel like living, breathing sanctuary spaces, filled with verdant plant walls and lush installations, alongside their now iconic collection of elegantly proportioned and stunningly crafted leather sofas. wey Organic, artisan-hewn timber ottomans and stools, and modernist, cleanlined tables. Sumptuous linens and individually hand woven chairs, baskets and stools. We travel the world, seeking the unusual, the eye-catching and the authentic from markets, farflung villages, old school artisans and traditional crafters. weylants2   Wherever we look, we seek value packaged with aesthetic surprise. Elements of disarming simplicity," says Chris Weylandt. "Objects that feel completely natural. Pieces that belong because they strike a chord in the soul. It’s about recognising what is real. Pursuing that idea. Passionately. Getting the essentials right." weylandts1 Weylandts weylandts.com.auabc
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Keith Melbourne at Stylecraft

Keith Melbourne's path toward furniture and product design is far from typical. Having begun his career in engineering, Melbourne spent over a decade developing advanced engine and control system technology within the aeronautic and automotive industry. Eventually finding this insufficiently creative, Melbourne made the decision to study design in Perth, Western Australia, where he emerged in 2004 with a whole host of ideas and a thirst for furniture design. style3 Melbourne joined the Stylecraft family of brands in 2012 with the launch of the Blue Lounging collection and the Cell, Lamina and Pier Tables. Thankfully, Melbourne hasn't entirely left his past life of engineering behind, as is evident in the streamlined form of the Blue Lounge. The lounge, available in three sizes, single armchair and ottoman, features precise and considered curves that offer optimum comfort. style2 Believing strongly in the importance of the relationship between designer and the manufacturer, Melbourne enjoys the collaboration with the manufacturing companies and their skilled workers. Such close interaction in turn results in the high quality and efficient manufacturing processes that characterise his work. This can be seen in the design of collections such as the Cell and Lamina Tables. Designed to complement the Blue Lounge collection, the unique Lamina and Cell side and coffee tables are inspired by microscopic plant cell structures and while they are precise in structure, they both maintain an organic form. style Melbourne's next new collection Bloom, adaptable to a modern and flexible work environment, will be released in April. The Bloom, Blue Lounge, Cell, Lamina and Pier Table collection are available exclusively form Stylecraft. Stylecraft stylecraft.com.auabc
Architecture
Around The World
NOT HOMES

Creative House Swap

Above: Architect's home - Bali, Indonesia Launched in March 2013 by Barcelona-based designers and long-time home exchangers Agusti Juste and Eva Calduch, Behomm enables creatives to travel and holiday in each other’s properties for free. Behomm-IMAGE-1 - New York, US (Creative Director) Home designed by Ksenya Samarskaya Creative Director's home designed by Ksenya Samarskaya - New York, USA Juste says he and Calduch founded the site to connect like-minded people who shared a love of “tasteful things” and hankered for more enriching travel experiences. Behomm-IMAGE-2---Barcelona,-Spain-(Archi..)-Home-renovation-by-Anna-&-Eugeni-Bach-©-Photo-Tiia-Ettala Architect's home renovated by Anna and Eugeni Bach - Barcelona, Spain “We are graphic designers and members of other home exchange sites and we realised that actually, we always ended up exchanging with…people working in areas similar to ours,” Juste says. Behomm-IMAGE-4---Auckland,-New-Zealand-(Photographer)Photographer's home - Auckland, New Zealand.  “(It’s) why we decided to launch Behomm, a community we built to satisfy what we were looking for.” The site offers a search tool for finding friends amongst members to request an invitation while applications can also be placed for a founder’s invite. Behomm-IMAGE-5---Sydney,-Australia---Home-designed-by-architect-David-Boyle-2Home designed by Architect David Boyle - Sydney, Australia Subscription-based, Behomm offers a 50-day free trial. Those who join can list and view properties and contact other home exchangers through a secure internal system. In addition, five per cent of the site’s proceeds are donated to Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organisation providing architectural solutions to humanitarian crises. Behomm-IMAGE-7---Kingston,-Australia---DSC01469Home in Kingston, Australia Many have already jumped on-board - architects, art directors, ceramic artists and fashion stylists. While the most requested destinations are currently New York, London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, an array of settings are available to suit various wanderlust tastes from urban and beach to country in places such as Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco and Morocco amongst others. Behomm-IMAGE-8---Kingston,-Australia---2nd-image-of-this-Kingston-property---DSC02735 Home in Kingston, Australia Since its launch Behomm has amassed more than 600 properties including, according to Juste, some “very unique” homes; think: a tiny, 215sq ft house on an Italian island, a rustic Belgium beer factory and a wood cabin nestled on an isle a stone’s throw from Vancouver. Juste says, for he and Calduch, home exchange isn’t merely about free global accommodation. “It’s about sharing and making personal connections…Through Behomm, we want to change the way our community of designers and visual artists travel, making the world a friendlier place.”   Behomm www.behomm.com www.justecalduch.comabc
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Accessories

Stormtech’s GreenTag

A first for architectural grates and drains, this development will be welcomed by architects and specifiers seeking wet area solutions for green building projects. “The use of certified products is increasing dramatically in both consumer and commercial sectors,” said Global GreenTag™ CEO, David Baggs. “A recent report shows that ecolabelled products in the consumer sector are growing at 41 per cent compared to 2 per cent in the base market. Recognised ecolabels like GreenTag™ are business critical in many sectors where Green Star certification is relevant. It is also business critical for projects that are looking to undertake a Life Cycle Analysis such as Lend Lease's Barangaroo and projects using the new Green Star LCA and Environmental Product Declarations Innovation Challenges credits.” storm Globally, Stormtech obtained Gold LCARate and Level A GreenRate GreenTag™ certification across every product line. The GreenTag™ certification is a third party, green building rating and certification system, underpinned by rigorous scientific and Life Cycle Assessment processes. “Stormtech decided to obtain the certification to assist specifiers and consumers to source an architectural drainage system for its environmental credentials,” said Stormtech managing director, Troy Creighton. “It also assists green design and procurement professionals and companies requiring certified products for projects involved in the Green Building Council of Australia Green Star rating system. We know that building companies are increasingly pursuing Green Star certification for their projects in health, retail, multi-unit residential, industrial or public buildings. Untitled-1 “As an Australian design and manufacturing business, Stormtech is also committed to supporting sustainable plumbing design and construction to reduce the damage a plumbing system can cause to the biosphere," added Creighton. Stormtech stormtech.com.auabc
Architecture
Homes

White By The Sea

The design of the new home was built on the architects' formal design approach, which seeks a harmony between the client's brief, historic references, sustainability and function. Facade “We believe these design elements are the fundamentals of sustainable architecture that should be implemented if we need to continue to build responsible houses in the future. It must also be supported and promoted by Councils and Governments alike,” says Marco Volpato, company partner and architect. BED_HALL_1 The client required a new 360m2 residence to replace their existing house from the forties. The client lived on the property; therefore orientation and layout of all rooms were to follow a specific site based brief. Window_2 Historical references were made to the local landscape and building vernacular in the roof form and colour scheme. The roof form is clearly driven by sustainable requirements, as per the client’s desire, and opposes the architectural philosophy that “form follows function”. The practicality of having the north facing highlight windows was to protect from strong winds and rain. The northern exposure with structural overhang cuts out high summer sun, and allows cool north-easterly breezes to cross ventilate the house. Review_1 Both internally and externally, the design is white-washed to achieve a simple, minimalistic atmosphere and become a backdrop that offsets the rich timber floors, natural lighting through the highlight windows and sliding doors. Image_1 After research, the use of rendered double brick was chosen for both the aesthetic quality and ease of construction (in high availability of materials and labour skills). The use of brick enabled the design to be low maintenance whilst remaining a good source of thermal mass. Review_2 Volpatohatz architects have incorporated modern techniques of sustainable living into the design solution. A central staircase connects the upper level to the ground floor family room with access to a large deck and garden. A bespoke rainwater tank below the deck and solar evacuated tubing panels provide hot water to the living spaces. Double brick walls offer optimal insulation while concrete slabs with recycled timber floors and concrete tiles in the wet spaces thermally insulate the home. There is no need air-conditioning as cross-ventilation is achieved via the upper level highlight windows. Plans (Left) Ground Floor plan (Right) First Floor plan Section Longitudinal Section  “Quite simply, Marco Volpato and Nicole Hatz believes that good architecture will have a positive impact on each one of us, at home, in the office and within our cities,” say Volpato Architects. Volpatohatz Architects volpatohatz.com Richard Glover Photography richardglover.comabc
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Homes

Symbiotic Sustainability

Above: The bach sits in a clearing surrounded by dense native trees and ferns. If New Zealand is considered ‘remote’, drifting in the expanse of the Great Southern Ocean, then Great Barrier Island is even more so. About a three-hour ferry ride north-east of Auckland, it was named by Captain Cook for the barrier it forms between the Hauraki Gulf and the open sea. Despite this remote existence, Great Barrier Island is home to a population of 850, with regular visitors adding to the numbers. Kim Bannister and Frances McClure are two such visitors; their respective families have been making the trip to the island for years symbiotic_sustainability_6Left: Kim and Frances enjoy their bach as often as they can. Right: The hallway acts as an artery from which the bedrooms branch off. Their connection to the island became more permanent when they found an area that would be the site of a future ‘bach’ – a local term for a modest holiday home. Inhabited by large Puriri trees, Eucalypts and Nikau, it had everything – the look of a sub-tropical New Zealand rainforest, native bush on one side, open fields to the other and a creek running through it. Kim and Frances invited architect, Paul Clarke of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects (CCCA), for a visit. “We visited the site, walked over it and I camped overnight; we chose a fabulous space to build the house, on a green field,” Clarke recalls. “The thing I loved about this was the proximity to the dense bush and the privacy – it really did feel like you were removing yourself.” symbiotic_sustainability_2 The large internal area has a rural feel about it. Once the site was chosen, the concept of the bach began to take place. Completely off the grid, with no water, power or phone, Clarke says there was “the freedom of not being too much like a normal house. It was about the experience of actually going away and having something that was quite different”. Although, the remoteness also presented a logistical challenge, with many of the materials needing to be transported from Auckland. With Great Barrier being over 60 per cent Department of Conservation-managed land, there was a sustainable approach to the planning, design and materials, which helped streamline the appearance and function of spaces, as well as the energy used throughout. A project of rustic elegance was inspired. symbiotic_sustainability_3 Internally, there is still a connection to the outdoors through a series of glass sliding doors. The idea was to be completely surrounded by the environment, a sense of living on a massive verandah with an enclosing roof. “We tried to do something incredibly simple,” Clarke says. So CCCA designed a series of rooms coming off a passage that leads on to an open plan living space, “where everybody congregates and comes together.” Although simple, the spaces are reconfigurable and maximise potential. An outdoor bathroom provides facilities for any extra guests who want to camp on the site, and a pizza oven catches the late afternoon sun on the western side. symbiotic_sustainability_4 Simple living was the aim, with a focus on the surrounding landscape. The external frame of Western Red Cedar is not structural, but expresses the internal form and also “hides the roof so you don’t see any bulky flashing work you would typically see,” Clarke says. “We tried to maximise on the idea of that framework to create the outdoor room, that celebration at the end.” For Kim and Frances, their steady long-distance relationship with the land itself inspired a desire to live as holistically as possible. For them, this meant a deep responsibility to the materials selected and consideration for the surrounding environment. Complementing these motivations, they carried their focus on the locality through to sourcing the labour for the building process. “We’ve always used local tradesmen, including the builders, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, nurseries, carriers, building supplies, woodworkers, millers, gibstopper, painter, equipment hire, bridge builders, treefellers, labourers, etc.,” Frances explains. symbiotic_sustainability_5An outdoor shower further connects the living experience with the environment. Sustainability is approached through diverse elements, including energy conservation, timber sourcing and water and waste management, all of which CCCA integrated into their design. The temperature is regulated through wool-based insulation and low-E glass that absorbs and retains heat during winter months, while the efficient Jetmaster fireplace is fuelled with carbon that has been extracted from the onsite atmosphere. Many elements in the home have a story, which has now become intrinsically intertwined with their own. Timber laminate in the kitchen was derived from 13 Tasmanian Blackwoods that were storm damaged on the site in 2007, while the largest planks were “sawn up, log-grabbed, milled, transported, dried and lovingly crafted into a unique [dining and outdoor table] piece using a chain of local people,” Frances explains. In addition, sustainable Vitex timber certified by the Forest Sustainability Council was sourced from the Solomon Islands and used for decking and internal flooring. symbiotic_sustainability_plans The concept and building of this bach seems like a completely organic process, like something that occurs in nature. As Frances says, “there is a sense of community involvement, interest and pride in this piece and indeed the whole house, which everyone knows about and many have inspected.” It is homes like these, thoughtfully approached, sensitively designed and lovingly crafted, that have a positive energy flow beyond the physical sense. Now that the project is complete, Frances and Kim, selfdescribed ‘temporary custodians of the land’, continue their symbiotic relationship with the environment, as they “lie in the bath... as the sun fades and the moon rises in the starry ceiling of leaves, sipping shiraz and listening to the birds going to bed”. Bliss. Photography: Simon Devitt simondevitt.com Architecture Firm:  Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects ccca.co.nz Design Architect: Paul Clarke Project Architect: Brent Hore Builder: Offshore Homes (Shane Heney) Engineer: CMR Engineers (Chris Rose) Time to Complete: Approx. 1 year Total Floor Area including Decks: 250m2 CCCA (64 9) 302 0222 ccca.co.nz Furniture: Furniture supplied by owner, mainly from Ikea, ikea.com. Finishes: Cladding, door and window joinery Cedar from JSC Timber, jsctimber.co.nz. Decking/Flooring Vitex from South Pacifi c Timber, southpacifi ctimber.co.nz, stained with Dryden’s WoodOil, dryden.co.nz. Ceiling Poplar ply internally and Cedar externally from Plytech, plytech.co.nz. Walls Gib with paint fi nish from Resene, resene.co.nz. Benches concrete by Offshore Homes, and stainless steel by AJ Leslie & Co, (64 9) 479 4662. Timber joinery with white lacquer finish and detailing in Blackwood sourced off the property, by AJ Leslie & Co. Lighting: Throughout LEDS and fluorescent recessed fittings from Brightlight LED Lighting Solutions, brightlight.co.nz. Fixtures: Fireplace Jetmaster with insitu concrete surround from The Fireplace, thefireplace.co.nz.abc
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Accessories

Satin Brass

The new Perrin & Rowe satin brass tapware is the latest addition to the Perrin & Rowe traditional collection, available at English Tapware Company. The tapware is left uncoated, celebrating the warm and tactile raw brass which is hand buffed to a satin finish. english As a living finish the surfaces respond to the environment, developing a rustic honesty without losing any functionality. The appeal of brass tapware and fittings as an organic element in kitchens and bathrooms is the very process of aging; paradoxically the resulting patina gives a beautiful and ageless look. english1 Brass has endured for centuries and in its updated forms will continue to enchant for years to come. English Tapware Company englishtapware.com.auabc
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Eurolinx Presents De Dietrich

Known for their unique French artistry, premium quality product offering, unrivalled technological innovation, sleek contemporary designs and rich brand history, De Dietrich will no doubt provide a unique new addition to the appliance market in Australia. A rich history spanning 325 years has seen De Dietrich perfect their craft and has enabled them to become true masters of style and performance in the kitchen. The name embodies sleek design, revolutionary intelligent cooking technology, unrivalled durability as well as a diverse product offering, consisting of built-­‐in electric ovens, rangehoods, dishwashers and streamlined induction cooktops. De Dietrich’s collections mark a new era for Australian kitchens. de_deitrich_3 The product series, aptly titled ‘Jewels in the Kitchen – objects of desire’ will consist of two key collections – The Premium Collection and the Corium Collection. The Premium collection is characterised by elaborate design, clean lines and sophisticated Grey Pearl or White Pearl finishes, accentuated by chrome elements. The standout from the Premium Collection is the highly anticipated ‘Le Piano’ cooktop – one of the world’s first fully zone-­‐less induction cooktops. The cutting-­‐edge, intuitive technology built into De Dietrich’s ‘Le Piano’ allows up to five different vessels to be cooking at different temperatures simultaneously. de_deitrich_1 Defined by glossy finishes in Dark Pearl and Platinum, complimented by top and bottom stainless steel profiles, the Corium Collection’s array of intelligent cooking systems will make for a distinctively sleek and modern kitchen look. The collection includes induction cooktops, vitroceramic cooktops, domino hobs, electric ovens, steam ovens, pyrolytic ovens and rangehoods. The embodiment of modern luxury with a distinctively French twist, De Dietrich’s arrival will undoubtedly appeal to the true culinary connoisseurs and discerning homeowners of Australia. Eurolinx eurolinx.com.au De Dietrich dedietrich.net.auabc
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What's On

Semi-Permanent 2014

Above: Mr Brainwash Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, discussing the building of the Hawk brand with long-time friend and collaborator, former Australian skateboarding champion, Corbin Harris; Controversial artist Mr Brainwash will discuss his relationship with Banksy and how he has progressed as an artist since the Exit Through the Gift Shop documentary. The above speakers will headline alongside a lineup of inspiring creative icons from all over the world. The event at Carriageworks will host three days of presentations, exhibitions, installations, screenings and workshops, and is the opening event of the Vivid Festival. Parties will be hosted with FBi Radio. Semi-Permanent is set to inspire and engage more people than ever before. ‘Semi-Permanent’s speakers have always been highly inspiring and talented, and in 2014 we are pushing this to a new level’ said Semi-Permanent director, Andrew Johnstone. “A highlight of the Vivid Ideas program in 2013, this year Semi-Permanent takes place exclusively as part of Vivid Sydney, meaning the only chance creative practitioners will have to experience this event in Australia will be at Carriageworks from 22 to 24 May.” - Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner. Semi-Permanent Sydney semipermanent.com Date: 22-24 May 2014 Venue: Carriageworks, Eveleigh, Sydney Tickets on sale from March 4  abc