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Design Hunter Q+A: Studio Pardon

  Your name: Lise Podhorodecki & Benjamin Goad 
What you do: Brand Identity / Artists 
Your latest project: Lise - Interior styling and branding for the 3 Little Pigs Restaurant / Wine Bar. Ben - Brand identity for cycling component engineers. Start From Zero (SFZero). Who are three people that inspire/excite you: Lise - 1)  Gregory Crewdson. 2)  Erwan Tirilly. 3)  Benjamin Goad. Ben - 1)  Bob Moog. 2)  Lise (the good looking half of studio pardon). 3)  Kazimir Malevich. 
What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: Lise - Renault Super 5. Ben - My first car - 1965 Mini Cooper s / Bike: My first ‘real’ bike - Moongoose /Supergoose Circa ’85. Plane: Paper Boat: Kayak. Chair model: Lise - Not sure what it's called but it's in my bedroom. Ben - I rarely sit. Residential space: Lise - Rushall Park. Ben - Anything Robin Boyd (Childhood nostalgia).   National_Gallery_East_Wing_by_Matthew_Bisanz   Commercial space: Lise - Les Galleries Lafayette, boulevard Hausmann, Paris. Ben - National Gallery East Building, Washington, DC. Decorative product: Lise - Jean Prouvé Potence Wall Lamp. Ben - Cuckoo clocks. 
Functional product: Lise - Jean Prouvé Potence Wall Lamp. Ben - Aerosol paint. Handmade good: Lise - My Piou (Teddy bear from Les Oursons De Viviane hand made, Normandy, France). Ben - Horsehair brushes.   PRO_Potence_web   Mass-produced good: Lise - My Vegemite coffee cup. Ben - Running shoes. Meal: Lise - Confit de Canard. Ben - Post surf pastry stop. Restaurant:  Lise - Chez Simone, Dinan, France. Ben - Anything fresh Mex. Drink: Lise - Cordial. Ben - Mineral Water. Bar: Lise - I was there once, it was awesome… I'd love to go back. I just can't remember the name. I can't remember much at all. Ben - The Pub. Item in your studio: Lise - Our oversized coffee table. Ben - Handmade hollow timber surfboard. Piece of technology: Lise - InDesign. Ben - My Roland Juno 106. Historical figure: Lise - Charlemagne. Ben - Konstantin Neborubov.   Studio Pardon - Habitus Living   Fictional character: Lise - Olive Hoover. Ben - R2D2. Vice: Lise - Staring. Ben - Agreeing. Virtue: Lise - Patience. Ben - Ability to take control in potentially life threatening situations. What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Lise - The DAA (design addict anonymous). Ben - Not waiting for inspiration to come to you.   Studio Pardonabc

Designer Butchers’ Stores

Spawned by global epicurean movements and the rise of home culinary maestros thanks to television’s Masterchef, the trend has seen a variety of local butchers following suit and setting a high benchmark for their fellow Australian counterparts.
  1 | Victor Churchill – Fine Family Butcher / Woollahra, Sydney, NSW Victor-Churchill-Habitus-Living-01 Victor-Churchill-Habitus-Living-02 Victor-Churchill-Habitus-Living-03 Victor-Churchill-Habitus-Living-05 With a slew of accolades including 2010’s International Interior Design Awards Best Retail Design and touted as the “Bulgari of butchers”, Woollahra’s Victor Churchill has reached a zenith of style usually only reserved for the world’s elite fashion houses. Owners Anthony Puharich, his father Victor and Dreamtime Australia Design’s Michael McCann collaborated to transform the nation’s oldest butcher, Churchills, established in 1876, into a new store fusing European style and modern, cutting edge elements.   Victor-Churchill-Habitus-Living-12 Victor-Churchill-Habitus-Living-06 Victor-Churchill-Habitus-Living-07   Victor Churchill’s rich, timber-walled and beamed interior exemplifies originality with its approach - hand-carved copper ceiling and front counter fretwork, a charcuterie counter displaying many of the world’s highest quality cured, artisanal meats including Wagyu and a “museum quality” Berkel floor-standing slicer. Specialty cuts are hung from a custom-designed cog gear and metal chain rack and backed by a Himalayan salt brick wall infusing the meat with flavour-enhancing ancient salt. McCann says the brief was simultaneously a highlight and challenge. “When a client suggests breaking all the rules yet respecting them at the same time it represents the ultimate conceptual and design paradox,” he says. Victor-Churchill-Habitus-Living-10 Victor-Churchill-Habitus-Living-11 Photography by Paul Gosne - Elbowroom Productions Design: Dreamtime Australia Design Design team: Michael McCann and Sally Gordon / lighting design – Michael McCann and Tim Barry / construction - Beebo Constructions Pty Ltd. Project completion: September 2009. Cost: $1.5 million (approximate). Total floor size: 190 sq m. Victor Churchill victorchurchill.com
  2 | Cannings Free Range Butchers / Kew, Victoria. Cannings-Fiona-Lynch-Habitus-Living-01 Cannings-Fiona-Lynch-Habitus-Living-02 The notion of designer butchers began with Parisian gourmet butchery and grocery store Terroirs d’Avenir says Fiona Lynch Office interior designer Fiona Lynch. “Terroirs d’Avenir…has started this trend showing butchers that meat can be displayed in a new appealing way,” Lynch says.   Cannings-15 Cannings-Fiona-Lynch-Habitus-Living-03 Cannings-Fiona-Lynch-Habitus-Living-04 Working on the renovation of a 1960s rendered brick building, the Fiona Lynch team successfully created a flagship retail space for Cannings Free Range Butchers, a store offering high quality, ethically farmed sustainable meats and seafoods. Yet, Lynch says, a tight timeframe and budget posed design challenges. “The budget had to stretch across the 100sq m of retail space with very expensive refrigeration taking up most of the budget.” Cannings-Fiona-Lynch-Habitus-Living-05 Cannings-Fiona-Lynch-Habitus-Living-06   The brief stipulated “a contemporary butcher shop with a youthful approach” and an emphasis on natural materials. In line with this, the end result features a charcoal-swathed exterior, visible ceiling foil insulation to complement charcoal-coloured roof beams, polished concrete floors and eco-friendly natural stone and ply timber joinery. Cannings-Fiona-Lynch-Habitus-Living-08   Design: Fiona Lynch Office Design team: Fiona Lynch, David Flack, Alex Cerny, Brem Perera and Swee Lim / IDB Construction / Trent Refrigeration. Project completion: May 2014. Cost: $300,000. Total floor size: 180 sq m. Cannings Free Range Butchers Canningsfreerangebutchers.com.au
  3 | Cabassi & Co Artisan Butchers / Indooroopilly, Brisbane Cabassi-and-co-Habitus-Living-01   A bespoke space differentiating from the generic, “sterile” butcher shop style was the brief for the interior design of Cabassi & Co housed in the $300 million redevelopment extension of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre in Brisbane’s west.Round Peg Design interior designer Sevilay Keser says the aim was to create an environment that would flaunt the high quality, gourmet produce on offer. “The interior was warm and welcoming which was made possible by including timber features, a kitchen utilising wallpaper, bricks and a series of tiles,” Keser says. Cabassi-and-co-Habitus-Living-03 Cabassi-and-co-Habitus-Living-04 Cabassi-and-co-Habitus-Living-05   Owner Pete Cabassi, she says, wanted to include a kitchen that leveraged the store’s high quality Wagyu beef offerings and a retail component to enhance the customer experience. Unique facets such as a dry age room further reflect the store’s artisanal nature. “Not only does it (dry age room) showcase the meat to customers but within the feature is a salt brick wall which assists with the aging of the beef,” Keser says. The resultant design, she says, was created to change the perception of how butchers are viewed. Cabassi-and-co-Habitus-Living-06   Design: Round Peg Design Design team: Kirby Clark, Joanne Venter and Sevilay Keser / Tu Projects, project management, project manager Stuart McGregor. Project completion: July 2013. Cost: $880,000. Total floor size: 280 sq m. Graphic design: The National Grid Cabassi & Co facebook.com/Cabassi.Co  abc
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  With blonde tones still firmly in the spotlight, it's no wonder that a palette of Oak tones, textures and species are sweeping their way across interiors and furniture showrooms throughout the country. Elana Castle highlights a few of her Oak-accented favourites.
  1 | BEAUTY EDU by Technē Architecture + Interior Design   Beauty Edu | Habitus Living Beauty Edu | Habitus Living Beauty Edu | Habitus Living   Technē's fitout for Melbourne-based Beauty EDU, is highlighted by white washed oak (and accents of mint) which tie in with the Beauty EDU brand. Custom joinery items, including the reception table top, make-up station, wall panelling and display unit, are all fashioned from Oak veneer. The floor boards are European Oak, picking up the aesthetic overtones of the oak-legged armchairs and nail bar side tables. techne.com.au
  2 | OAK MIRROR 500   Douglas and Bec | Habitus Living   With round mirrors certainly having their moment, you can't go past Douglas and Bec's timeless Oak Mirror 500 with leather strap. Handcrafted in solid bent American white oak frame with a raw russet leather strap and gold detailing, this elegant composition is bound to become a perennial favourite. douglasandbec.com
  3 | ERCOL CHAIR   ercol | Habitus Living ercol | Habitus Living   Launched by Temperature Design for Melbourne Indesign, Ercol's 'Chiltern Chair' in solid oak features turned and tapered timber legs and a back rest with eight turned spindles formed into a striking cross feature motif. temperaturedesign.com.au
  4 | SKORPIO WOOD TABLE by CATTELAN ITALIA   Misura | Habitus Living Misura | Habitus Living   The Skorpio Wood table is a new product from the 2014 Cattelan Italia collection, available from furniture showroom, Misura Interiors. A tapered top, made from a sustainable “Heritage Oak” veneer, rests atop a sculptural, varnished metal base. misura.com.au
  5 | 'JAC' EASY CHAIR   Something-Beginning-With_Jac-Chair_10   “Jac'” Easy Chair is a versatile, handcrafted chair produced by Something Beginning With - the creative collaboration between Melbourne-based designers Lisa Vincitorio and Laelie Berzon. The American Oak hardwood legs are available in a natural, stained or colour lacquered finish. somethingbeginningwith.com.au
  6 | AESOP - ADELAIDE   HERO-AESOP-AU-STORE-RUNDLE-STREET-02 AESOP-AU-STORE-RUNDLE-STREET-03 AESOP-AU-STORE-RUNDLE-STREET-04   Aesop's latest interior installation, created in collaboration with local practice Genesin Studio, features a characteristically refined palette, with a firm focus on the use of blonde Tasmanian Oak. See the full story on Aesop Rundle street herehere genesin.com.au   abc
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Adele Bates Second Birthday

It was a festive night of great food, drinks, music and company; a chance to thank their community of clients and colleagues for their continued support. With sponsors: Habitus, Kfive, Grown Alchemist and Shu Uemera. [gallery ids="38143,38144,38145,38146,38147,38148,38149,38150,38151,38152,38153,38154,38155,38156,38157,38158,38159,38160,38161,38162,38163,38164,38165,38166,38167,38168,38169,38170,38171,38172,38173,38174,38175,38176,38249,38177,38178,38179,38180,38181,38182,38183,38184,38185"]   Adele Bates Design is a bespoke design studio, creating individual, holistic and detailed interiors. With extensive industry experience and knowledge the company is lead by Adele Bates who has been recognised for her passion and innovation by her clients and industry peers. The company’s portfolio is extensive, specialising in residential, multi-residential, hospitality, retail, and commercial projects. Creating both large and small scale projects that are unique within the market place, the multi-disciplinary design studio has a heightened appreciation for finer detail. Each project is unique, inspiring and is a marriage of aesthetic sensibility and the practical objectives. With a holistic approach that pushes the boundaries, all aspects are considered from space planning to the most intimate of bespoke details. Adele Bates Design collaborates with artists, architects, marketing departments and graphic designers and believes that the contribution of each discipline paramount to the success of a project. Adele Bates Design adelebates.com.auabc
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Small Things Big Difference

  Stepping aside from her usual practice in furniture and lighting, Sydney designer Christel Hadiwibawa, founder of ChristelH collaborates with Canberra based graphic designer Daniel Hadiwibawa to launch a stationery and homewares brand, Made From Good Deeds (MFGD). MFGD products combine graphic design, bespoke letterpress printing, and timber craftsmanship to offer everyday products with a positive twist. The calendar set as an example introduces three random acts of 'good deeds' inviting the user to participate in each month, all for the simple objective of making someone's day.   ChristelH-MFGD4   "We like the idea of inspiring people to spread good vibes in their community. And one way we thought we could achieve this is to blend these positive initiatives with the creation of simple and beautifully designed objects that people come into contact with on a regular basis… stationery and homeware accessories." states D. Hadiwibawa The brother sister duo have worked together on previous design projects in the past, ranging from online design blogs through to furniture projects. Simplicity has always been the underlying thread behind their profession, and this is no different with MFGD.   ChristelH-MFGD2   "It's a treat being able to work with a family member that shares the same passion and interest for design. Even though we work in different mediums, we've been able to pull together our individual skills to generate a range of ideas… Made From Good Deeds is just the initiation of one such idea." says C. Hadiwibawa.   ChristelH-MFGD1   When asked about what makes MFGD unique... "sure there's plenty of stationery and homeware brands out in the market but a big part of what makes us different is that we're including simple 'acts of kindness' that are also quite playful - like leaving $5 in a public library book for the next reader to find, or anonymously sending someone flowers just because - these acts are small and random, yet they can go a long way." responds D. Hadiwibawa. The Calendar set and Public Cards are the first products to accompany the official launch of Made From Good Deeds this month. More products will follow in the coming months.   ChristelH-MFGD5   Made From Good Deeds madefromgooddeeds.com   abc
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Floor it: The latest in Flooring for your Home

Above: Urban Edge Ceramics Tiles, carpet, concrete or wood, flooring is an important part of your interior. As well as a simply necessary part of the home, a floor can entirely change the feel of a space. Depending on the tone you're going for and what your personal taste is, there are certain types of flooring that suit. And with technology constantly advancing what can be done and how, flooring options are endless. Here is a taste of what's new. Enjoy.
  1 | Mews series by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby urbanedge urbanmews Rich, deep tones in the Mews series make for a luxurious tile. The subtle change in tone creates a sense of depth, while not being overbearing, making these sophisticated tiles perfect if you're after a statement floor without taking away from the rest of the room. Urban Edge Ceramics
  2 | Listone Giordano Winspear-Listone-Giordano-Mareggiata-Amalfi-01_MR winspear With a long history and tradition of Italian design, craftsmanship and innovation for over 100 years, Listone Giordano's hardwood flooring is at the top of its game. Above, Atelier Reserve Mareggiata 'Amalfi' and below, Natural Genius Slide 'Tortora' - a rectangular shape that turns into a rhombus according to the magic formula of transcendental numbers. Winspear
  3 | European Oak Molto Brushed White Oil mafi mafioak Above: Oak Molto Brushed White Oil flooring in Resort B concept store ‘The Shop’, Innsbruck Austria. With the timber left as nature intended, the Mafi floorboards retain their natural properties, making them rich in colour and able to suit an array of different projects. Being 100% natural, they also also create a healthy environment to live or work in, so it's a win win. Mafi
  4 | Nero Sicilia Nero-Sicilia-Mosaic13 Nero-Sicilia-Nera37 The Nero Sicilia product is made from stone from Sicily, the lava from Mount Etna, as we find out, called Grigio Ercolano. The Honed slabs are baked at extreme temperatures, which turns the stone black, or nearly black (Nera), but a little bit sparkly, silky and amazing. Plus they fit all applications - floors, walls, benchtops, cladding. Perfect. Artedomus
  5 | Bolon Flooring Bolon-5 Graphic Bolon-8 Now Champagne The Graphic collection (which Bolon have recently expanded) is inspired by modern architecture and challenging glass and steel structures. With a tight weave, Graphic is smooth and especially durable. For something with slightly more edge, the Now collection - designed with Ceppellini - has streaks of metallic shimmer in the weave - just enough to give a room more depth while remaining uniform. Bolon
  6 | Ardex panDOMO Pandomo Above: Ardex panDOMO in the Alpha Mosaic Hotel If you're after a concrete flooring option, panDOMO Floorplus has all the options: classic, refined, homogenous or entirely unique. The range can also be for floors, walls or ceilings - meaning the beautiful concrete finish can literally run through an entire space. Pandomoabc
Design Hunters

Design Hunter Q+A: Sally Taylor

  Name: Sally Taylor Where you are from/live: Sydney What you do: Creative and Managing Director of Timbermill Designs. It incorporates a range of services from custom design, recycled timber furniture, custom fit outs, styling and furniture & prop rentals. When did you first know you wanted to be a… I’ve always been around timber, it’s been in my family for three generations. When I first saw what my co-director Tom was making, I immediately fell in love with what he was doing with recycled timber. From there, the whole thing happened pretty organically and Timbermill was born. Your latest project: Styling the Royal Agricultural Society’s 2014 President’s Medal dinner. Where you find inspiration: It can be anywhere... From print magazines to online media, to simply having a coffee in a cafe - everything and anything really!   Timbermill Sally Taylor - Habitus Living   Three people that inspire/excite you: 1) My co-founder Tom 2) Sibella Court, I admire her styling work! 3) Luisa Brimble, an amazing Sydney based photographer and friend of ours. Her work ethic and attitude towards everything is to be admired. What is your favourite... Car/bike/plane/boat model: Wooden boats Chair model: Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chair Residential space: Home Commercial space: Our workshop Decorative product: Uashmama’s washable paper bags -- great for our showroom plants Functional product: Milly Dent’s marbled interior cups Handmade good: Anything and everything created by Timbermill (of course!) Mass-produced good: Ikea - you have to admire the way they design their items for the price they offer them   Timbermill Sally Taylor - Habitus Living   Item in your studio: Fresh flowers and magazines Time of day to work/play: Early in the morning Meal: Japanese Restaurant: Sake Drink: Champagne Bar: One that has my friends and family in it! Piece of technology: MacBook Air Fictional character: Despicable Me minion Vice: Strawberry chocolate Virtue: Friendliness and honesty What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? To me, a Design Hunter is someone who isn’t interested in simply following trends. Instead, they’re the people who are changing lifestyles, pushing those around them to transform everyday living into real experiences through their surroundings.  
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Timber and Light: House McNally by Architect Prineas

  House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living   What is it about natural light that people love to have in their homes? Natural light triggers a recognition - it connects us to the time of day and time of year. Even though we may not be acutely aware - we are connected to the outside. My perfect space is an edge. Covered, but still outdoors. It has natural light, it has shelter, it has aspect and it is connected to the outdoors. Essentially a verandah. The reconfiguration of the plan in this house has allowed the room to have natural light from all aspects.   House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living   How do the client's interests and lives (music rehearsals, entertaining etc) find expression in the architecture of their home? The reconfiguration of the plan creates a singular space that can do many things. It is comfortable for a couple living the house, can expand to include the extended family and is flexible enough to accommodate large gatherings for orchestra rehearsals and entertaining larger groups.   House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living   What is the defining design element of this project? I am interested in limiting the elements but doing more with them. There are environmental benefits as well as increasing the scale of a space. This room now draws in light and air from all sides. We consolidated a series of rooms into a single joinery element . It reorientates the space so it has aspect to both side the house. It is a library on one side, kitchen and storage on the other.   House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living House McNally - Habitus Living   Architect Prineas architectprineas.com.au  abc
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With The New Fisher & Paykel Oven, Design Is The New Black

“In talking to the design community and our customers, we realised that there was a opportunity to create an alternative to our standard contemporary oven design,” says Adam Moody, industrial designer at Fisher & Paykel. “This project was our chance to take the existing design a step further, and create an entirely black product that would sit beautifully within a highly contemporary, design-forward kitchen space.” The new black oven series from Fisher & Paykel has been created with architects and true design lovers in mind. Using the brand’s renowned wall oven technology as the starting point, the Fisher & Paykel team went on to redesign the aesthetics and feeling of using the appliance. The result is an oven that functions aesthetically within design-forward kitchen spaces, while continuing to provide the high-quality cooking performance for which the brand is known.

The design process

Compared to refrigerators and dishwashers, ovens and stoves are two appliances that can’t be fully integrated into cabinetry – but this doesn’t mean they cannot be redesigned… “We had an initial version of a black oven that had already been received well by designers, but it was only a halfway step,” says Moody “Some stainless steels elements like the handle and dial were still in place, and they contrasted with the black glass. In the new oven, the glass and other elements are all black.”

The aesthetic difference

When taking in the whole aesthetics of a kitchen with these ovens, the design implies a minimalist charm, appearing almost as a glossy black cube, but when you look closer, the details reveal themselves. Subtle, layered flourishes like the brushing on the handle and control panel, the way the light reflects off the crisp edge on the metal components, and the fine, turned machining on the dials show that this is an oven that speaks to the design aware – the experience of using the oven feels special. The user interface stays almost invisible until it is activated, hinting at the possibilities rather than blaring them. “Architects and designers are particularly excited about these new products, because the black finish allows the appliances to visually recede into the kitchen space, and exist very quietly,” says Moody. “The restrained material palette doesn’t compete with other finishes and colours in the overall kitchen design.” The beauty of the monochrome appliances is that it works well in a variety of spaces. While it complements a growing trend for darker kitchen finishes, the oven also works beautifully alongside natural wood. It can be intentionally used to provide a contrast or stand out against a lighter kitchen environment.

Carole Whiting’s Melbourne Warehouse

For designer Carole Whiting, a crisp, monochrome palette is a trademark. She works these materials and tones into an inviting sense of understated warmth for any space. Here, in her own apartment — a warehouse conversion in the South Melbourne CBD — she developed a kitchen within the context of a wider renovation that aimed to return the space to its former industrial aesthetic. The open-plan space was designed as a single, visually cohesive project that includes the kitchen, dining and living areas. The kitchen itself was designed to sit lightly within this mostly black and white landscape, so it didn’t feel separate to the rest of the footprint. “It was a project from the 90s and looked more ‘townhouse’ than warehouse,” says Whiting. “My aim was to convert it back to a more industrial feel. I designed the kitchen to blend into the open-plan living and dining space, without appearing too domestic or operating as a separate workspace.” With the stripped-back design in mind, the architect hid the dishwasher behind one of the white larch cabinets, and a slim, integrated fridge-freezer behind another. “Previously, I have had Fisher & Paykel French-door refrigerators in my homes, but this model not only allowed me to keep the lines in the joinery to a minimum, but it seems enormous inside,” says Whiting. Unusually, given the kitchen’s relatively small size, she chose to install two black ovens. “I don’t cook much at home these days, because my children aren’t at the age where they need constant feeding,” she says. As well as being an exercise in self-imposed design limitations, this kitchen was constructed on a particularly tight budget and schedule, says Whiting. “I like to challenge myself to keep both materials and palette minimal. Here, the main concept was to have as little visual disruption to the other living areas of the home, while creating a highly functioning kitchen. The simplicity of the palette and materials, and a purity of form was the overriding theory for me, and it has resulted in an elegant, light-filled, working kitchen.” Fisher & Paykel fisherpaykel.comabc

West End Cottage Renovation: A Photo Essay

The brief was to adapt the house to accommodate a family of six, maximise space and enable quick access to the garden. Rather than show the final product only, we thought we'd take a look at the renovation process. From concept to completion, here is the story of West End cottage in pictures. Captions from the architects.   The Process Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-02 Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-01   We share affection for Brisbane’s vernacular timber architecture with our client. We tried to ensure that the existing cottage was central to the life of the house, and that the language of the new works drew upon the character of the original timber carpentry.   Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-04 Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-03 The Plans     Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-05 The Finished West End Cottage Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-01 Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-03 Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-04 The new extension at the rear of the house is a compact lodging for four children. Wet areas have been strung out along the side boundary of the property, in a series of cubicles, allowing each function to be used independently and at the same time (thus avoiding bathroom traffic jam).   Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-10 Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-09 Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-08 The new ‘public’ rooms of the house – a sitting room, a dining room and a kitchen – have been aligned along the eastern edge of the original cottage. This arrangement of rooms encourages the occupants to maintain visual contact with the street, to utilise the original front verandah, and open up a long view through the house from the front to the rear of the property. On a relatively small (by Brisbane standards), inner suburban site, this helped to create a sense of spatial generosity. Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-07 Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-12 Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-11   The centrepiece of the house is a raised brick terrace. This space was developed as a response to the flood prone site conditions. The masonry steps and terrace are intended to ‘drag’ the level of the earth up, toward the main living level of the house, above the projected maximum flood level. This space is critical in reconciling the disconnection between the main house and the garden. The terrace also introduces light and air into the centre of the building. A significant feature of the space is a tall brick wall and chimney which has been positioned to catch northern sunlight in this south-facing volume. Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-06 Owen-Vokes-Peters-West-End-Cottage-Habitus-Living-13
Photography by Alicia Taylor Owen and Vokes and Peters owenandvokesandpeters.comabc
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GENRE – Textile by Instyle Studio

Designed by the Instyle Design Studio, GENRE is a sophisticated plain textile with a subtle, textural effect reminiscent of linen or silk. Made in Australia from Oeko Tex certified synthetic yarns, GENRE is suitable for heavy duty commercial upholstery, screens and wall panelling in any interior space. GENRE is available in 21 colourways, including a comprehensive range of highly useable neutrals, greys as well as bright colour accents. Material: 51% polypropylene, 49% polyester 19159866_ict-genre-fabric-laidout-72dpi-1500pixels Instyle Design Studio instyle.com.auabc
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Design Hunter Q+A: Shannon Bennett

  Name: Shannon Bennett Where you are from/live: Westmeadows, Victoria and currently residing in Melbourne. What you do: Chef, restaurateur and director of the growing Vue Group/Collective stable. What is your latest project? Latest is Jardin Tan with a few other exciting projects in the pipeline… watch this space. What inspires you? Anyone who believes in the motto “the harder you work the luckier you get” & doesn’t believe in the word “entitlement” the world owes us nothing Three people that inspire/excite you: 1) Mick Fanning 2) David Walsh and his team at MONA 3) Australia’s military service men and women, especially the elite SAS What is your favourite… Chair model: HUSK chair by Patricia Urquiola Car model: Audi RS6 Avant Travel destination: Lima, Peru Residential space: Liberty tower by FK architects and red court in Armadale Commercial space: The new NAB building in Docklands Functional product: The Miele inbuilt pressure cooker, design masterpiece Handmade good: MAC knives Mass-produced good: Nespresso machine Item in your studio: Christopher boots light Time of day to work/play: There should be no schedule for either, go with what your instinct tells you Meal: Bang Xoa Vietnamese crispy omelette with fresh lettuce and mint Restaurant: Le petit Nice in Marseille Drink: Pisco sour or a macadamia nut martini Bar: This is a tricky one but I’ve always liked Shady Pines in Sydney. Bar: Le Bar de plaza Athenee Paris Piece of technology: Control 4 home automation Historical Figure: Auguste Escoffier and Winston Churchill Vice: Pisco sour Virtue: Daily exercise What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? New inspirations for projects that hopefully lead to one day creating something that is timeless.  abc