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An Evolution in Residential Flooring

  After many years of success in the commercial market, Ontera has now launched their first residential modular carpet tile – INHOME. The range is beautifully plush with a luxurious, textured feel, bringing an inherent flexibility to meet the growing market demand for creatively inspired living spaces. With an ultra-thick residential style pile supported by Ontera’s exclusive EnvibondPlus deluxe cushion backing, INHOME tiles provide the ultimate in comfort and softness.   InHome_P20 Cover_Air-and-Mello   Kevin Harkin - Ontera’s Marketing Manager- Australia & NZ - explains “The INHOME range is the new frontier for Ontera and for the Australian carpet industry. Just as the commercial market has migrated to modular carpet tiles, now the residential market has the opportunity to experience the many benefits of a soft modular carpet. With the growth of multi-residential living plus the demand for greater flexibility and designer styling in our residential flooring, a modular carpet tile that provides a soft, plush residential feel is the perfect solution”.   P12_Plush P6_Air-and-Plush P14_Cozy   With a palette of 6 soft attractive neutral tones, the INHOME range is ideal for all types of residential environments including apartments, accommodation and aged care facilities. This Australian Made INHOME range is available in store now.   P4_Air_Plush_Mello P8_Cozy-and-Mello P10_Smoothe   Ontera ontera.com.au abc
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Homes

Public Privacy

  Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-02   Do we want to live alone? Do we need company of others? These simple questions are not easy to answer. As our dwelling habits all differ, it is never easy to tell at which point privacy does turn into unbearable solitude, and when exactly socialising becomes too overwhelming. Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-06 Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-07 Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-08   TEN Bangkok is a housing project that begins from these questions, aiming to re-define the notion of community and individuality. It offers alternative understanding to both housing design and dwelling concepts, while it explores the fundamental relationship between the two aspects. To what extent can housing design and dwelling be cooperative? If each and every inhabitant is involved in the design process, then, at which point does design end and dwelling begin? How can one ‘create’ and ‘own’ a place that also belongs to others? Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-11 The issue of cooperation between architects and inhabitants has been the focus of CASE Thailand, the creator of TEN Bangkok. CASE, or Community Architects for Shelter and Environment, is a group of Thai architects formed in 1996 with central interests in alternate housing visions. Its major concern lies in the relationship between dwelling and context. Both the physical environment and the human element of the place are considered vital to CASE’s housing mentality. Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-09 Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-10 In many ways, TEN originated from the current housing problems in Bangkok. For people on medium incomes, over-priced housing is out of reach, but they are also ineligible for government housing aid. Hence, they are forced to enter the vicious circle of Bangkok housing, with neither opportunity nor choice. With this problem in mind, CASE Thailand began to shift its focus towards the concept of community. What would happen if each of these powerless individuals began to build their strength through collaboration with others? As a collective force, would they be able to create a home specific to their needs? As individuals, each remains powerless, but as a community, their economic and creative power can multiply. So, CASE began the process of initiating, looking, searching, discussing, negotiating. As a pilot project, CASE began by searching for the project’s prospective inhabitants who might share the same desire for an ideal home. This concluded with ten willing members of various professions, eight of whom are young Bangkok architects. Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-13 Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-14 Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-15 The working members/designers/inhabitants of TEN Bangkok then looked at site selection. First and foremost, the land had to be affordable. The site had to be situated in a location that was equally convenient for everyone. Future expansion of Bangkok’s transportation system was thus taken into account. This meant that currently the site does not have to be situated in the most convenient location of the city. All aspects of the context were considered as a potential framework for the design. TEN Bangkok gradually became a collaborative project which requires contributions from everyone involved. In terms of the physical collaboration, the project would occupy a single plot of land, divided into ten subplots. The footprint of each subplot is equal. Each inhabitant would then act as the designer of their own home, in collaboration with their neighbours. Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-16 Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-17 This method of sharing a single plot of land resulted in the mandatory design collaboration between each inhabitant. Everyone involved would have to set their individual and collective design and dwelling criteria. One could not simply insert one’s own design into the site regardless of careful consideration and negotiation with others. Ultimately, each house would – conceptually – be born out of the site and context, along with other houses. Each inhabitant would, therefore, own a house in a place that also belonged to others. Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-18 Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-19 TEN Inhabitants and Cooperative Design Ten co-existed dwelling unit means much more than ten varying needs. TEN Bangkok’s unique inhabitants can be understood in terms of both their similarities and differences. Although sharing certain visions, they also differ. They may have something in common, but in details, their ways of lives, dwelling habits and preferences are hardly similar. Thus the question that predicates the design is: to what extent can each and every particular need, requirement and criterion be fulfilled? And to what extent can each inhabitant conform to the collective living within the community. Thus both the individual and collective dwelling criteria needed to be established before the design began. Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-20 Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-21 TEN did not result from the design of a single creative genius. It is a housing project in which each and every unit was born along with the others; each and every design could not be done individually. Although the actual design began after the dwelling criteria were established, each inhabitant began to dwell within the project even before the actual design started. As they worked together to frame the design, the community was formed and the cooperative dwelling began. Architecture in this case did not result from the architects’ determination and control. Rather, the architecture was the fruit of cooperative design where the architects were the clients and the clients were also the architects. Each design resulted from laborious negotiation with others. Therefore, each and every design had to be shaped and reshaped collectively. As the design transformed, the dwelling requirements of each inhabitant were also reconstructed. The result is a unique collective project whose sense of totality is marked by the diversity of each individual design. Coöperative design works if it also allows individual identity to emerge. TEN Bangkok set itself up as an experimental project in search of alternate housing visions. This also opens doors for possibility. It may provide choice and opportunity for those who are sympathetic to TEN’s working method and concept. Thus TEN may become a model for the kind of housing suitable for both individual and collective application, as well as for specific locations.   Ten-Housing-Habitus-Living-05
Photography by Pirak Anurakyawachon CASE (Community Architects for Shelter and Environment) casestudio.info  abc
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Mindful Design #01

  When we talk about 'design' we're often talking about an object, a piece of furniture, or a space. But design is also defined as "the purpose or planning that exists behind an action or object" (Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 2008). This is the kind of design that we can all take part in, whether we are 'trained' designers or not. What purpose or planning exists behind your everyday actions? Where are you headed and how are you going to get there?   Design Your Life_The Making Of_4   Design Your Life is a new book by Vince Frost, CEO and Executive Creative Director of Frost* Collective. You may have seen his work, whether through branding, digital or environments, but here Vince is communicating his own story, and the way he has come to "appreciate the power of the design process as a means for improving his life". Part-biography and part-self-help, the book (which launches his new design-inspired lifestyle brand) intersperses lessons from Vince's personal life and professional design career with inspiring quotes from other creatives, interviews with successful figures across various industries and the bold, graphic and typographic treatment that you would expect.   Design Your Life - The Making Of_1   What is unexpected are the interview questions which tease out discussion on positivity, the importance of 'presence' and collaboration. I love seeing these emotional (okay they're hippy) concepts integrated into the context of the design industry. Because often the way we discuss design can be confined to the intellectual, or worse – elitist or shallow. A more open, warm and inclusive discussion of design will benefit us as individuals – in my opinion. But it also has the potential to enhance the industry as a whole, making design more relevant and more accessible to those outside of the professional community. Which is required for the future of design.   Design Your Life - The Making Of_2   Telling people it's possible to Design Your Life is a powerful statement on a personal level, and also encourages people to think of design as an active process, rather than a finished object or static space. Design is dynamic, fluid and happening all the time. Design Your Life = Define your Life. Design Your Life designyourlife.com.auabc
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Design Hunter Q+A: Peter and Åsa of Phoebe Lamps

  Name: Peter Harding & Åsa Jonasson Where you are from/live: PH: Adelaide, Australia ÅJ: Rossö, Sweden. Our practice is currently based in Adelaide. What you do: We run a lighting company called Phoebe Lamps and a design studio called Where North Meets South. When did you first know you wanted to be a Designer. PH. When I visited the Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright at the age of 9. ÅJ: In Sweden we have the term “form giver” used prior to the adopted word designer. I have since childhood been making and giving form to things, so I guess I have always known. Your latest project: We’re currently curating a new range of prints for our Phoebe Lamp range. We’re collaborating with artists and designers and it’s a whole new direction for the brand so it’s a really exciting. Where you find inspiration: AJ: Nature PH: When I need something and it doesn’t exist. Three people that inspire/excite you: 1) Maija Isola/ Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi (Original Designers for Marimekko) 2) Jan Gehl (Architect) 3) Eachother   phoebe_lamps_habitus_editorial Phoebe Lamps   What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: Kosterfjord46 (The Original by the Jonasson Brothers) Chair model: The Wishbone Chair (Hans Wegner) Residential space: D-House (Donovan Hill) Commercial space: Savoy Tavern Public Bar (Ha) http://h-a.com.au/contactcontactproject/savoy-tavern-public-bar Decorative product: Phoebe Lamp of course Functional product: Tooth Brush! Handmade good: Aalto Vase (Savoy Vase) Mass-produced good: Birkenstocks Item in your studio: Our Håg Capisco chairs. Time of day to work/play: Mornings / Saturday Morning Meal: ÅJ:Swedish seafood PH:Vongole Restaurant: The Oyster Bar, Grand Central Station NYC. Drink: Tea Bar: The Street Piece of technology: ÅJ: My Samsung Phone, PH: Spotify Historical figure: Gandhi Fictional character: ÅJ: Little My (from the Moomins), PH: Don’t do fiction Vice: Liquorice, chocolate covered Australian style or salty Swedish style. Virtue: Compassion What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Following your passion.   Phoebe Lamps phoebelamps.com   abc
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Space Saving Efficiency

The only remnant of the former kitchen is the beautiful parquetry flooring which was retained because it was such a perfect fit with the classic style of the existing home. In designing the new kitchen, the colour scheme was carefully chosen to complement the floor and provide the homeowners with a modern, functional space. Designed by Jason Levin of Dean Kitchens, the kitchen’s design utilises strong horizontal and vertical lines to create a contemporary space with features that suit the ambiance within the home. Stone cladding – used as end panels, splashback and as a feature on the appliance tower – bridges the gap between the old and new elements. 19159917_brunton_4   The owners of this kitchen cook and entertain frequently so the list of “must-have” inclusions was long and detailed. It included as much drawer space as possible plus an induction hotplate, teppanyaki plate, two ovens, a steam oven, three sinks, a dishwasher and a Zip HydroTap for instant access to filtered boiling and chilled water. “I knew my clients were serious about including only the best appliances so I made sure to include space for a Zip HydroTap in the design and layout,” says Jason Levin. “It is located at the edge of the kitchen to allow it to be easily accessed when preparing meals, cooking and entertaining”.   19159918_brunton_7 A massive 1600mm pantry is concealed behind a sliding door which keeps clutter hidden from view. The kitchen even includes a dumb waiter and a computer nook to allow the homeowners to keep in touch and manage household tasks while working in the kitchen. Zip HydroTap Boiling Chilled is now available with an additional Sparkling water option to deliver your favourite chilled sparkling water at the touch of a button.
  Zip zipindustries.com Dean Kitchens www.deankitchens.com.auabc
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NOT HOMES

The Devil’s in the Detail | RAW Salon

  RAW salon, located amongst “the bourgeoning lower Surry Hills triangle that encompasses the iconic Hollywood hotel, glamorous Golden Age Cinema and art deco-cool destination Paramount House”, in a heritage-listed building, is all about detail. Anothony Nader wanted a design that reflected his salon’s philosphy. “RAW stands for hair in its natural state, which has always been our salon philosophy. We work with your natural texture and we enhance that. This is the approach and the attitude we wanted to create with our new salon: a feeling that is natural, warm and refined but still very RAW”.   RAW Anthony Nader Habitus Living RAW Anthony Nader Habitus Living Designed in collaboration with Joe Snell, and built by Calida, the space is that, focused on texture and detail, and taking inspiration from both Sydney and New York. Throughout the salon, each material has been selected with care. Raw unfinished gyprock plasterboard lines the walls, giving it slightly rougher edge. “Small details like this are the making of a workman's warehouse,” says Nader. It makes it more of a “polished raw rather than over done and frou frou,” he adds. RAW-Anthony-Nader-Habitus-Living-04 RAW-Anthony-Nader-Habitus-Living-05 RAW-Anthony-Nader-Habitus-Living-06 Sandblasted concrete and brickwork creates a neautral canvas to off-set more detailed features, like the copper pipe work and translucent blue blown glass pendants. Said just like a true stylist, “Why not! We’re all at being experimental with colours and materials.” For the flooring, they used reclaimed Eurpoean Oak hardwood to look as if it had been there “since day one” and create the feeling of a “true refined TriBeCa warehouse”. RAW-Anthony-Nader-Habitus-Living-07 RAW-Anthony-Nader-Habitus-Living-08 RAW-Anthony-Nader-Habitus-Living-09   If you think about it, the design in a salon says a lot about the stylist. A good eye for pendants, for example – which have become one of their “new trademarks… along with great hair of course” – says a good eye full stop. As they say, the devil is in the detail. Which is where this salon gets its kudos. Each fine point has been considered, enhancing textures and ultimately creating a space that feels right – “like a home than a salon”. RAW-Anthony-Nader-Habitus-Living-10 RAW-Anthony-Nader-Habitus-Living-11
RAW rawhair.com.au Snell Architects snellarchitects.com.au Calida calida.com.au  abc
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Finishes

A New Range From Fibonacci Stone – And No More Delays!

Following an extensive review and overhaul of their supply chain operations, popular finishes brand Fibonacci Stone can now boast that they are the only Australian terrazzo stone company with a totally planned inventory. What this means for design lovers and interior designers alike is that their entire range of world-class stone is available right now – with zero lead times or delays. This exciting development for the design community is celebrated by Fibonacci Stone with the launch of a range of new colour options – naturally available right now without delay. “We’re well aware of the exacting nature of our clients – the architects, designers and the specifiers – and they abhor having to choose the next available option,” says Creative Director, Michael Karakolis “It dilutes their design intent, leads to heartbreak for both designer and client, and results in unwanted compromise, and blow-outs in completion dates “Truly unique products, the ones that can’t be replicated, can make such a significant contribution to a project’s overall design, however these products often have limited availability or long lead times, making it impossible to meet project completion dates,” he says. “We feel it’s a big and important achievement for us to be able to take the stress and uncertainty out of the specification process, guaranteeing no lead time, and therefore, no need for re-selections,” he says. The new range of colours available from Fibonacci Stone are as extensive as they are impressive – but some Habitus Living favourites include….

The Sunbaker

The Sunbaker brings to mind a cooling dip in clear running water along a shallow riverbank, the soles of your feet navigating the mixture of smooth and sharp-edged pebbles. [gallery columns="4" ids="81843,81844,81845,81846"]

Freckle

Recalling the beauty of tiny freckles appearing on pale skin after a day in the sun, this beautiful mix of softly rounded marble, limestone and granite is set within a warm white base. [gallery columns="4" ids="81847,81848,81849,81850"]

Lands Edge

Hints of warmth in these beautifully translucent light grey and white shards create an unexpected softness. When set into an even mid-grey base, the effect is subtle, inviting a tactile response – it’s one of those products you’ll want to reach out and touch. [gallery columns="4" ids="81851,81854,81853,81852"]

Poppin’

Dramatically set within a cool dark grey base, white, platinum and steely shapes pop with intense strength, as if hit by a spotlight. [gallery columns="4" ids="81855,81856,81857,81858"] Fibonacci Stone fibonaccistone.com.au Photography – Haydn Cattach Styling + AD – Bek Sheppardabc
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NOT HOMES

View on View: Bangkok Hotel Renovation

  The previous Sala Resorts and Spa, which Onion have converted into a 17-room boutique hotel – including restaurants, outdoor deck and root top bar, sits in the Ta Tien Community of the older part of Bangkok. From the site you can see both the Temple of Dawn and Wat Po, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, home to more than 90 pagodas, 4 halls and 1 central shrine.   Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-02 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-03 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-05   Framing the view was central to Onion’s design. “On arrival, say the architects, “the first glance at the Temple of Dawn take places only after we make the right turn at the end of reception area. The framed image of the Temple invites us to move closer to the riverfront deck for a more panoramic view of Chao Phraya River.”   Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-06 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-04 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-07   To embrace but also play with a view so catching, (Onion are known for their quirky designs) the team have created series of reflective surfaces throughout the space to replicate and the view over and over again. “In the upper restaurant, the same image is borrowed into the interior by the laminated glass partition, coated with black and golden films. What is interesting is the quality of the laminated glass that is partly reflective and partly transparent.” The scene outside, as well as its mirrored images, can be seen at the same time and through various angles depending on the viewpoints.   Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-08 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-09 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-10   In the bathroom, the same illusory visuals entices the visitor, where laminated glass reflects only the upper half of the Temple of Dawn. Upstairs however, each bedroom has an uninterrupted view of the famous sites – no handrails or window sills get in the way here.   Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-11 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-12 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-13   Concsious to preserve the continuity between Sala Rattanakosin’s exterior and its surrounding, Onion have paid attention to the original architecture. Sets of folding doors from the initial structure remain at the entry as does an ornamented cement handrail on a same balcony. For the interior, they have flaked off cement to reveal a brick wall. At the same time, new materials are part of the design as a way to invent Sala Rattakosin’s character, namely the dark-gold laminated glass, black and white ceramic tiles and aluminum panels. “Sala Rattanakosin is designed to appear aged as much as modern,” say the architects. And with the contrasting reflective and crumbling materials, it is so.   Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-16 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-17 Sala-Onion-Architects-Habitus-Living-15  
Photograph by Wison Tungthunya   DROPBOX
Architect: Onion Project Team: Onion. Siriyot Chaiamnuay , Arisara Chaktranon Interior Designer: Onion . Siriyot Chaiamnuay , Arisara Chaktranon Area: 1500 sq.m Location: Ta Tien, Bangkok Thailand Completion Year: April 2013 Onion onion.co.th   abc
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FEEL + FINISH

1 | AVAA CONCRETE ROUND TAPS / WOOD MELBOURNE Wood-(PRINT)-28 Wood-(PRINT)-31 Made by hand by craftsman and designer Oliver Maclatchy, the Avaa concrete taps represent a completely fresh textural take on bathroom fittings. The taps are the result of concrete poured into custom made moulds. The concrete is then painstakingly hand finished to ensure the highest quality outcome. woodmelbourne.com
2 | IS LOUNGE CHAIR FROM APATO 19159865_is 19159866_is1 Designed by Milan based design duo, Inoda & Sveje, the cosy IS Lounge Chair is the result of technical fabrication gymnastics. Manufactured by master craftsmen Miyazaki Isu, the construction features a simple side frame flanked by dynamically shaped, sculpture-like arms. However, it’s the combination of timber, leathers and soft fabrics that elevate this unique chair into a luxury encounter. apato.com.au
  3 | OBLÒ CHAIR / PAOLA NAVONE FOR TRICONFORT Oblo_chair_E_AJAR   Whilst a widespread furniture manufacturing process in the 19th century, the process of casting has taken on a new form at the hands of renowned Italian designer Paola Navone. Navone’s outdoor Oblò Chair features tradition casting methods overlaid with the latest technology. Aluminium, instead of iron, has been used to create a sleek, perforated chair, resulting in a completely contemporary finish. The perforated detail adds extra textural interest. ajar.com.au
4 | PHOEBE / WHERE NORTH MEETS SOUTH phoebe_lamps_habitus_editorial While not physically textured, Where North Meets South’s collection of adaptable, flat-pack lamps feature patterns that create the illusion of three dimensional texture, especially when illuminated. phoebelamps.com
5 | TRIPODE FAMILY TRIPODE_floorlamp_F_AJAR The Tripode lighting range, designed by Santa and Cole has a self-supporting, metal-legged tripod, which supports a tightly pleated “ribbon” shade, adding a three-dimensional tactility to the structural design. ajar.com.au
  6 | SATIN BRASS FINISH / PERRIN & ROWE MID2014_118 MID2014_157CMYK   Perrin & Rowe have added satin brass to their collection of bathroom finishes. The product, which is hand buffed to a satin finish, is left intentionally uncoated. In reaction to the environment, the surface develops a patina over time, without losing any functionality. englishtapware.com.au
  7 | FIADOR + GORDIAN LIGHTS / SATELIGHT COLLECTION fiador2 fiador1 Satelight, the Melbourne-based lighting design and manufacturing company have launched a number of new designs including the Fiador and Gordian pendant lights. Hand knotted by a macramé artist, the pendants feature a tightly knotted nylon rope in twisted configurations. satelight.com.au
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Homes

Light and Bright | Brandling Street Home

  When Elaine Richardson first saw the property, she saw an opportunity. “It was the worst house in a lovely street,” says Elaine Richardson – architect and client. The home-buyers dream property, Elaine Richardson Architects could start from scratch. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise, or it was unfortunate, but the weatherboard house had not been looked after, and there was “nothing to save”.   Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-03 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-04   With high surrounding houses, they went up – adding a second floor and attic, and letting in all the natural light they could. “We had the long axis facing north, which enabled us to pull in an abundance of natural light,” says Elaine.   Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-05 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-06 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-07   While not the largest block, at 150 sqm, the space feels roomy – even with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder room and two living spaces. For a family of five, creating a home that could adapt and change with a growing family was key. And despite the “tricky site”, if common inner-city being long and narrow, it works.   Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-08 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-09   While fitting in with its neighbours, the house is modern. A mix of polished concrete, spotted Gum, Cedar cladding and lining, Walnut joinery and rendered brickwork have been used to make it “clean and fresh but also warm and comfortable”.   Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-10 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-11   Being the owner and the architect, Elaine could change the direction of the design at any time. A pro and a con at once, it’s worked in her favour – her favourite element being the “open nature of the house [and] the peacefulness of the spaces”.   Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-12 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-13 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-14 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-15 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-16 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-17 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-18 Elaine-Richardson-Architects-Habitus-Living-19  
Photography by Florian Grohen   DROPBOX
  Architect: Elaine Richardson Architects Builder: Dean Brown Constructions abc
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Apartment Living

    1 | Theatrical Apartment, Little India, Singapore SEAH apartment by Ministry of Design on Habitus Living SEAH apartment by Ministry of Design on Habitus Living SEAH apartment by Ministry of Design on Habitus Living SEAH apartment by Ministry of Design on Habitus Living   Inspired by the theatre, Colin and Joy Seah's home needed to be a retreat from the city and a very busy work schedule. The apartment provides an intimate setting for simple daily routines, elevating living to an art form. Ministry of Design modonline.com See the full story here
  2 | Light-filled TT Apartment in Singapore tt8 tt9 tt1   Images: David Chan and Dennis Lim Breaking free from the common approach of defining spaces by their function, TT Apartment explores the idea of a transformable space; a design that seeks to accommodate life in a tight spatial layout. 0932 Design Consultants 0932.am See the full story here
  3 | Wonderbox, Singapore womderbox_3 womderbox_4 womderbox_2   Photography by Yong Woei Na Wonderbox is reminiscent of a game of Tetris. William Chan of Spacedge Designs has responded to spatial constraints in a Singapore apartment with an ingenious strategy for integrating storage and functional spaces. Spacedge Designs spacedge.com See the full story here
  4 | Apartment Alchemy, Singapore

  Photography by Rupert Singleton Nestled into the outskirts of a tropical green reserve next to Singapore’s Maju Camp, Juliana Chan and Tristan Tan’s 150m2 1980s walk-up apartment sits at the very end of a long, winding road that runs through a low-rise private residential area. High ceilings lined with bookshelves and a sunken lounge are the stars in this design. See the full story here
  5 | Flinders Lane Apartment, Melbourne ClareCousins_FlindersLaneApt_LisbethGrosmann_01 ClareCousins_FlindersLaneApt_LisbethGrosmann_05 ClareCousins_FlindersLaneApt_LisbethGrosmann_09   Photography by Lisbeth Grosmann Flinders Lane Apartment makes the most of high ceilings and natural light. Located in a heritage-listed building in Melbourne’s CBD, Clare Cousins updates a 75m2 apartment for a young family. The Plywood space is open, has lots of inbuilt storage, and uses sliding doors and mezzanine features to ensure there is no wasted space. Clare Cousins clarecousins.com.au Keep an eye out for a comprehensive story in an upcoming issue of Habitus too.
  6 | Taipei Apartment, Taiwan Taipei_Interior_by_Tai_and_Architectural_Design_dezeen_784_2 Taipei_Interior_by_Tai_and_Architectural_Design_dezeen_784_4 taipein Tapei-Apartment   This apartment takes minimalism to the next level. Designed for a renting couple, the idea was to ensure the space could be reverted back to its original state once the lease was up. Tai & Architectural Design cargocollective.com/taiarchdesign   abc
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Design Hunter Q+A: Diego Molina & Maria Arango of Ong&Ong

  Name: Diego Molina & Maria Arango Where you are from/live: Both: We’re from Colombia and we live in Singapore. What you do: Both: We are architects and designers. When did you first know you wanted to be an architect? Diego: I’ve always wanted to be one. / Maria: When I was five, there was an architectural studio next door to my mom’s office. I used to go there to draw and that’s when I knew I wanted to become an architect. Your latest project: Both: 65BTP-House   ONG&ONG Habitus Living   Where you find inspiration: Both: Everywhere. From nature, fashion, travelling, arts, space and architecture. Three people that inspire/excite you: 1) Diego: Brazilian architects / Maria: Charles and Ray Eames 2) Maria: Rem Koolhaas 3) Maria: Steve Jobs What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: Both: Mini Cooper Chair model: Diego: Plywood lounge chair / Maria: Wishbone Residential space: Diego: Farnsworth House / Maria: The Eames House Commercial space: Diego: 21_21 Design Sight, Roppongi / Maria: Prada Building, Omotesando   43805503 21_21 Design Sight   Decorative product: Diego: E15 ST04 Backenzahn / Maria: Vitra dolls Functional product: Diego: Dyson fan / Maria: Polaroid camera Item in your studio: Diego: Pen / Maria: Markers Time of day to work/play: Diego: Work – when I’m calm, all day; Play – evening / Maria: Work – afternoon; Play – morning Meal (of the day): Both: Dinner Meal (type of food): Diego: Burger / Maria: Sushi Restaurant: Diego: La Lucciola, Bali / Maria: Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, Singapore Drink: Both: Mojito   photo21 Inside the Prada Building   Piece of technology: Diego: iPhone and PS4 / Maria: iPhone Historical figure: Diego: Le Corbusier / Maria: Salvador Dalí Fictional character: Diego: Spider-Man / Maria: Iron Man What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Both: A researcher for architecture, fonts, products and all kinds of design.  abc