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Kitchen Trends fresh from Milan

  Embedded deeply in Smeg’s DNA is a desire to develop appliances which contribute to a better quality of life and bring joy for aesthetic beauty. For over 40 years, Smeg has collaborated with world-leading architects and industrial designers to ensure Smeg is constantly breaking new ground in design originality. Every two years, the world’s best kitchen designers present their latest designs at the Eurocucina Trade Fair during Design Week Milan. In 2014 several distinct trends emerged, illustrating that the kitchen has finally taken on designer status. Timber and texture were the strongest trends to emerge, providing warmth, and bringing durability to the kitchen. Timber-look finishes like veneers and laminates are now being applied to vertical surfaces, the perfect foil for any of Smeg’s built-in oven ranges, be it Classic or Linear.   Smeg Habitus living   Marble, another timeless finish, has again emerged as a prevailing trend. Application of such a luxurious surface means it’s essential to choose appliances with a strong design ethos like Smeg’s latest range of Linear cooktops - a show-stopper in any designer kitchen and coming soon in black and white enamel.   Smeg Habitusliving   The industrial look was another trend emerging from Italy this year – perfect for a freestanding cooker. Smeg’s Classic style, with its robust commercial looks in 304 grade stainless steel has been often emulated, but remains the true classic of the genre.   smegclocknew   Most recently, Smeg has launched the Victoria range, a nod to nostalgia, but with a contemporary aesthetic in rich black or panna (cream) enamel which is as eye-catching in an industrial-style as it is in a farmhouse-style kitchen.   Smeg Habitusliving   Smeg’s never-ending pursuit of eternal style was clear to see at Eurocucina where over 120 pipeline products were announced. For people who follow design and its evolution, Smeg truly is the brand for the future.   Smeg smeg.com.auabc

Fig trees, a growing family and Japanese design in Victoria.

  Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving   As the family expanded, the Hegartys wanted to stay put and build on the suburban home they had already created, rather than pack up and move to a new house. Their request to keep the backyard Fig tree then, sounds challenging, even unrealistic. But Windust Architects have made it work, accommodating both the family and the special tree. The result is a space that is practical and 'robust', as the family wanted, but also unique with its decidedly Japanese feel.   Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving   Taking shape from the rear of the weatherboard house, Windust Architects extended the space out in angles – which meant the tree could stay, and which also achieved a northern aspect. The polished cement floor sheeting i the extension highlights the angles of the extension, leading from the living area to the Spotted Gum deck and 'outdoor room'. As well as adding a new kitchen, bathroom, ensuite, dining and living room, the brief included this outdoor space so as to create a strong connection between indoor and outdoor areas. The family wanted room to "cook, work, play and come together at the end of each day," and central to that was this outside area.   Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving   The introduction of an 'engawa' – a traditional Japanese deck or "a floor extension at one side of a house, usually facing a yard or garden and serving as passageway and sitting space" – was perfect. The Japanese-style verandah acts as an in-between space, to sit, play, and importantly blur the lines between in and out. Not only does the space flow in a practical sense, the inclusion of a large picture book window in the façade at the end of the corridor lets you see directly out to the Fig, making a "strong visual connection" to the tree – and outside more generally – from the interior.   Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving   As well as the outdoor room and engawa, the Japanese influence is in the details. The notched timber work above the outdoor room, also made with reclaimed Spotted Gum, was inspired by Japanese timber jointing. This technique features a 'crib', being the lower beam into which transverse angled battens sit, and a 'chock', the beam that slides over the battens to secure everything in place. The technique needs minimal adhesion and mechanical fixings – fitting well with the other sustainable features such as the use of natural light, low-energy linear fluorescent and LED lighting system and cross ventilation of warm air flow to release windows, adding to the elegance of the room. The technique inspired more than just the strategy for the outdoor room ceiling, the architects naming this suburban renovation 'Crib and Chok'. Along with the entire design, which has "exceeded all expectations," it is a stand-out feature, bringing a little bit of Japan to Victoria.   Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving Crib & Chock by Windust Architects Habitusliving
Photography by Peter Bennetts   DROPBOX
ARCHITECT Windust Architects INTERIOR DESIGNER Windust Architects BUILDER Sinclair Constructions STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Perrett Simpson Stanton LIGHTING Light Project FURNITURE Hub Furniture Date of completion May 2013 Design time 6 Months Construction time 6 months Location Coburg, Victoria, Australia   abc
Design Hunters

Design Hunter Q + A: Manel Daetz

Name: Manel Daetz What you do: Creative Director at Henry Corbett & Co. It involves an holistic approach to design from Architectural planning through to Interior Styling. Designing beautiful furniture pieces, stunning kitchens and interiors for clients is so rewarding. Your latest project: The most exciting project I have embarked on recently is the design of the Henry Corbett & Co.’s flagship boutique in Woollahra. We have just opened our doors to the public and have been so overwhelmed by the excited responses to the selection of pieces available. Who are three people that inspire/excite you: I have been inspired by people from pages in old books to trail blazers that open my mind to different ways of creating for now and the future. These are just a few of the many that have shaped and inspired me. 1) Coco Chanel her elegance is the rule book for design. 2) Architect Geoffrey Bawa his organic design style is timeless. 3) My amazing partner, his consistency and feats of strength inspire me and the people who meet him every day. What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: Koenigsegg cars, loved that episode of Top Gear & Papillonaire Bicycles are absolutely phenomenal. The attention to detail and unique approach to design is completely inspiring. Chair model: The humble ‘Tree Stump’ we have all taken a seat as children and loved the sense of being connected to nature, and of course Philippe Starck’s Ghost Chair. Residential space: Geoffrey Bawa, Number 11 Colombo residence he’s work, lifestyle and holistic design philosophy is remarkable. Commercial space: Wolgan Valley Resort, Project Architect Dominic Bennett did an amazing job and I love the serenity that the architecture creates. Decorative product: My chunky wooden bracelet from Paro Paro love her designs and the natural elements that she uses to create her pieces with. Functional product: The Henry Corbett & Co. “City Light Sofa” it really is special with its natural timber base and duck feather insert you can just feel yourself floating on it. Handmade good: Sawkille & Co. Trestle table is hand carved with inlayed brass detail it takes tables to a whole new level absolutely beyond beautiful. Mass-produced good: Alvar Aalto vase it’s such a gorgeous shape. Meal: The simple Rocket and Pear salad with a few toasted walnuts. Yummmie Restaurant: I Love Chiswick’s on Ocean Street in Woollahra. Drink: Chiswick Mule is a special treat. Bar: I do adore the décor at Eau de Vie Item in your studio: My scented candles, it’s great to work in a place that is gently fragrant. Piece of technology: The TV so I can watch Professor Brian Cox’s “Wonders of the Universe” love that series. Historical figure: Has to be Leonardo Di Vinci from designing to star gazing, the man was a genius his creativity was endless, so inspiring. Vice: Macadamia Chocolate in any form, little squares, chocolate bars, cakes mixes, brownies I could keep going on it is sooooo hard to resist. Virtue: Pay it forward; loved the movie and try to live by the philosophy. What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Uncovering a piece that can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places and seeing beauty in all its forms. abc