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From Horizon to Horizon

  Considered the best venue to embrace the night scenery of Pattaya city, the Horizon restaurant and bar designed by DWP is a world of its own on the rooftop level of the 34 storey complex of Hilton Pattaya Hotel. Hilton's pursuit for the sophisticated experience - their vision of the “Hilton moment” for the visitors, is genuinely reflected in their commitment to interior design within each space. Each facility delivers strong aesthetic presentation from different award winning designers.   Hilton-Pattaya_BKKHPHI_Exterior Hilton-Pattaya_Horizon_Bar-19   Though all award winning facilities in this vertical seaside resort share the mutual theme from the sea, Horizon sets itself apart as the place with the experience of overlooking the panoramic view of the bay from an exclusive cliff pedestal, one that is high above all without any backdrop obstruction. With its own path to walk from the other facilities inside the hotel complex, Horizon has the long corridor from the elevator access that illuminates only enough to navigate safely to the restaurant entrance. This gives a silent message as to what the eyes should fix upon, which is certainly no longer the interior, but the glittering bay view outside. On the other hand, the series of vertical wood panel finishing of the interior wall in this area serve to remind its affair with the vertical manner of the exterior form.   Hilton-Pattaya_Detail-13 Hilton-Pattaya_Horizon_Aisle,-walk-way   Horizon functionally divides itself into three zones; the interior dining, the exterior mixed-use, and the cocktail viewing deck. The cherry-on-top of this already impressive display of city’s lightscape is in the design execution of the exterior space that dominates by a large circular opening that fills with cool-blue lighting on the ceiling, and the atmosphere of dining under the stars that simulate on the ceiling by the countless LED lighting effect throughout both the interior and exterior spaces.   Hilton-Pattaya_Horizon_Indoor-Area- Hilton-Pattaya_Horizon_Private-room   While it is a successful asset for the hotel to be blessed with the highest building at the shorefront with panoramic sea view, having each space designed by different design practices could have been a potentially risky decision, causing a sense of chaos, were each space competes in attention. But Hilton has cleverly eluded this design anxiety by entrusting each space to be best appreciated at different times of the day via its architectural language. And in this example of Hilton Pattaya Hotel, Horizon epitomises how the city should be seen and celebrated.   Hilton-Pattaya_Horizon_Bar-4 Hilton-Pattaya_Horizon_Lounge   Hilton Pattaya Hotel hilton.com DWP Design Worldwide Partnership dwp.comabc
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Opening Night of MIDNIGHT MODERN

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Monochromatic Magic: Seed Store by Mim Design

  Keeping in line with the company's monochromatic design preference, Mim Design have used a paired back palette, emphasising the quality finishes and enhancing customer experience. Materials like natural stone tiles, black powder-coated seedpod, French Oak and timber lining run throughout the space, guiding the eye and creating a pleasant shopping experience; clothes are not the only marvels in this store.   Seed-Mim-Design-Habitus-Living-02 Seed-Mim-Design-Habitus-Living-03 Seed-Mim-Design-Habitus-Living-04   Separating the store's floor space, in areas specific to age demographics, required MIM to incorporate some inventive design elements. Bright colours, for example, differentiate the children and teen areas from the adults. “Charm comes from unexpected elements discovered throughout the store,” says MIM's representative - an approach evident in the large 'pod' like structure that sits center stage. The central seed pod not only creates a central focal point, but directs foot traffic and engages customers.   Seed-Mim-Design-Habitus-Living-05 Seed-Mim-Design-Habitus-Living-06   Being attractive to both children and their parents, the pod is a testament Mim's design. Through design they have connected the various ages groups and proved it is possible to create a space that both adults and children can enjoy - neither feeling out of place.   Seed-Mim-Design-Habitus-Living-09 Seed-Mim-Design-Habitus-Living-11   In the changing room, golden stools and wood finishes expand the use of natural elements throughout the layout and build on the clever balance between luxury and playfulness. Most of these finishes and features, custom designed by Mim, are a further point of appeal. Unique and thoughtful, they emphasise Seed's presence in the industry as an “icon of style and substance withstanding the test of time”.     Seed-Mim-Design-Habitus-Living-07 Seed-Mim-Design-Habitus-Living-08   Photography by Shannon Mcgrath Mim Design mimdesign.com.au Seed seedheritage.comabc
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Reinterpreting Hardwood Flooring of the Hapsburg palaces

  
The timeless glamour of the Listone Giordano Atelier Asburgo collection is distinguished by a contemporary sense of elegance. Superbly hand crafted in French Oak, the product is available in luxurious natural oil finishes with a choice of colour tones including Mont Blanc, Lino, Camargue, Cashmere, Creta and Noir Pure.   Winspear-Habitus-Living-05 Winspear-Habitus-Living-06   The oak is sourced from Listone Giordano's own plantations in the Burgundy region of France and made in Italy by Listone Giordano. Exclusively from Winspear Group.   Winspear-Habitus-Living-01   Product name: Listone Giordano Atelier Asburgo  Species: French Oak, Burgundy France Finish: Natural oil & wax Colour: Puro  Origin: Made in Italy Showrooms:  Melbourne: 53 Cromwell Street, Collingwood VIC Australia 3066 Ph: (03) 9417 2455  Sydney: 124 Regent Street, Redfern NSW Australia 2016 Ph: (02) 8091 5377  Winspear winspear.com.auabc
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Spatial Mystery: Nassim Road House, Singapore

  At a glance it is clear to see that these two houses on Nassim Road in Singapore come from the same family, but in many ways they act out a fascinating narrative, like two sisters with alarmingly opposite personalities. One proud and forthright and the other shy and secretive, the two structures face each other across the road that divides them in a state of eternal duality.   Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-02 Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-03 Having completed both houses for the same client, Singapore-based designer Ernesto Bedmar from Bedmar & Shi explains that the two buildings are in a sense the physical manifestation of the public and private lives of the owners. The more reclusive nature of the larger of the two houses lends itself to the everyday private business of the family. The extroverted façade and presence of the smaller house, which the designers refer to as the ‘clubhouse’, is where the family does their entertaining. Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-04 Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-06   In a delightful scripting of pathetic fallacy, nature seems to be in harmony with the actions of man as the two sites themselves have somehow adopted the qualities and characteristics of the architecture. The clubhouse sits on a broad rectangular piece of land with the widest side facing the street. A slightly raised centre of the site elevates the building on a sort of pedestal that makes it visible from the street.   Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-07 Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-08 Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-09 In contrast, the private domain has a very narrow frontage that splays outward toward the back to create a secluded enclave for the family. There is also a drastic increase in height of around six metres off the road level to the first storey of the home that helps to distance the site from the city. The upper land enjoys views of the surrounding greenery on a private perch. The notional distance of the house from the road is amplified by a long sloped driveway that leads the owners into a more exclusive realm. Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-11 Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-10   Although both houses have diverged from some of Bedmar’s earlier house plans which were somewhat more organic in layout, the designer’s emphasis on creating drama in the circulation of the house is here re-interpreted with the use of a spine-like axial wall that divides the service from the served spaces. Both houses are clearly divided into three linear segments, the more public spaces on one side, the private and service spaces on the other, and a circulation zone flanked by the dividing fin wall in the centre.   Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-12   “The drama is more in the light filtration”, explains Bedmar. A certain mystery is created by the different manner in which the designer brings light into the three bands of spaces. In the clubhouse, the central circulation space is lined by the thickened fin wall which is clad in volcanic slate. Daylight is brought in to wash along the side of this wall, giving the impression that it is an external garden wall. Under the skylight above the central circulation area is a secondary layer of timber trellis. The strips of filtered light that animate the rough surface of the stone wall and floor below through this trellis create a magical aura of warmth and serenity. In the dining and living spaces that flank the wall, this mystery of whether the space is inside or outside continues. Here, a massive timber ceiling seems to float like a canopy amongst the surrounding treetops. The dark ceiling and open sided bright wall and sides of these rooms create the illusion that the house has no back and no boundary. The edges of the building appear to dissolve into the lush greenery that surrounds the house. The awareness of this landscape is felt throughout the entire house. Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-13 Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-15   In the more private house, Bedmar furthers this ambiguity between the inside and out by bringing the notions of outdoor space inside, as well as positioning architectural elements across the garden. A gazebo-like pavilion in the far corner of the site is visually linked to the main house by a free-standing garden wall that opens up to frame the lushly planted retaining wall behind it. This framing of nature with architecture echoes the techniques Bedmar uses within the house.   Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-16 Another clever counterpoint between the two houses is the reversal of their sections. The private house is planned in a more traditional organisation where the main public living spaces such as the living and dining rooms are on the ground floor with the more private bedroom areas above. In the clubhouse, this arrangement is reversed, with the public spaces above and the bedrooms below. These bedrooms are then separated from the tennis court area by a pool of water. Although they have some basic architectural components in common, the personalities of these two houses are vastly divergent. Yet as in many relationships of opposites, they seem to perfectly complement and complete each other. Nassim-House-Albert-Lim-Photography-Habitus-Living-17
Photography by Albert Lim DROPBOX
  Main Contractor Sysma Construction Structural EngineerTham & Wong LLP M&E Engineer Tham & Wong LLP Quantity Surveyer Ian Chng Cost Consultant Bedmar & Shi bedmarandshi.comabc
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From Singapore to London: De Vere Gardens Flat

  The brief, for London and Singapore based architect firm VW+BS, was to create a space that was “as flexible a space as possible that could accommodate a variety of functions”. For at any time there may be two families or just two adults staying in the flat.   De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-03 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-02   As a development that started back in 1875, the flat was somewhat awkward when VW+BS began. Divided into an “awkward galley kitchen with a more than four metre high ceiling” and a long and narrow “but again very high living room”. The back of the flat was dark and maze-like. “Our response in this case, as it always is,” says Ian Macready of VW+BS, “is very much in keeping with the nature of the 19th Century London building- the height of the rooms and restoring the beautiful french windows out on to the original terrace. Of course at the same time, the world over, people are looking for rational and open bright spaces that have some spirit, whether you are in Singapore, London or Brisbane. In this case we were dealing with a 150 year old building, and so our design responded to that constraint.”   De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-04 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-05 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-06   “Our starting point was to see how we could reinstate the first floor room back to something of its originally intended proportions so that the three tall arched french windows at the front could be restored and the lovely terrace overlooking the street with its wrought iron railings be brought back into use. Then we wanted to make use of the height of the space (4.2 metres) so we included an additional mezzanine bedroom/study over the open plan kitchen, which could be closed off with a translucent polycarbonate folding screen - a large one opening on to the main living space, and a much smaller screen looking over the staircases at the back."   De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-08 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-09 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-10   When open, there are views from the front right through to the back bedrooms. At the same time, the architects have ensured the spaces can be closed off by creating a large floor to ceiling pivoting door, incorporating both the historic feature and the needs of the family to have privacy.   De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-16 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-07 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-11   To brighten the flat, "so that it can suit the tastes of all the visitors", the finishes have been kept simple – "oak floors and joinery, and white painted plaster walls". And although the feel of the flat is very contemporary, though there were no original Victorian features left in the flat when the architects began, there is sense of an elegant Victorian drawing room too. The careful refurbishment of certain features - the windows and shutters along the full width of the front in particular - has restored to a certain degree what was.   De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-17 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-14 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-15 De-Vere-Gardens-Michael-Franke-Habitus-Living-12
Photography by: Michael Franke  
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Architect: VW+BS Location: De Vere Gardens, London Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood Partnership Main Contractor: Adding Value Supplier: 3D Foils supplier of polycarbonate Date of completion: April 2013 abc
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IG Design and the importance of collaboration in local manufacturing

Collaboration. It’s at the heart of all that’s great in contemporary design, and as the world rapidly shifts to adapt to a changing creative and business landscape, it’s natural that local manufacturing and design would be a huge part of the collaborative process revolution. This is what drove IG Design to launch the AMD Collective. A partnership between IG Design and a small number of Australian furniture manufacturers, AMD Collective sees collaboration at its core, creating a selection of statement pieces utilising the finest materials and local craftsmanship. More than great design, this is a celebration of what makes our region unique. A collaboration between IG Design and Australia’s best furniture manufactures, AMD Collective creates bespoke pieces with the craftsmanship and care discerning specifiers, designers and design enthusiasts value. Leading By Design – this is more than just a slogan for AMD Collective. The loose furniture collection is ideal for executive, front of house, mixed use commercial and hospitality purposes, with an organic and genuine aesthetic that does more than help finish the design of a room – this is a collective that helps support a healthy and vibrant Australian design and manufacturing industry. Designers wishing to imbue a personal touch to a project or space need look no further. Through the team’s small batch, bespoke manufacturing facilities, each piece is given the care and attention to detail it deserves with a selection of timbers and cloth options available to meet individual specifications. Also available to import from North America, Europe and Asia as a part of the IG Design extended procurement platform, AMD Collective offers contemporary commercial furniture, fit for purpose, and designed to last. [gallery columns="4" ids="80959,80960,80961,80963"] The world of design is always changing, but what’s consistent is the importance of supporting our local design culture. Through ongoing collaboration, this is what IG Design is doing with AMD Collective. IG Design ig.design abc
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Australian Relaxation: The Frankie sofa

  The Frankie sofa combines clean, minimal lines with high quality cushioning for a piece that is aesthetically and structurally timeless. It is perhaps most recognisable for its high timber legs, which give the sofa a feeling of lightness and space as their wooden finish provides contrast and a sense of warmth to its surroundings.   Frankie-Sofa-Fanuli-Furniture-Habitus-Living-02 Frankie-Sofa-Fanuli-Furniture-Habitus-Living-03   Luxuriously soft and inviting, the Frankie is made here in Australia where great attention to detail is paired with a harmonious blend of craft and technology to create a piece that features an elegant shape and subtle detailing. Available in a traditional or modular configuration, with shallow or deep cushions, the Frankie is highly functional and makes for a cosy and spacious place to relax. Frankie-Sofa-Fanuli-Furniture-Habitus-Living-04   Taking inspiration from the relaxed Australian way of life, the Frankie makes a sophisticated statement while being most accommodating. Unparalleled comfort combined with contemporary sensibility contributes to the foundation of a design that provides practical yet elegant living through the use of thoughtful design and high quality materials. Frankie-Sofa-Fanuli-Furniture-Habitus-Living-05 Frankie-Sofa-Fanuli-Furniture-Habitus-Living-06
  Fanuli fanuli.com.auabc
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Alejandro Quincoces & Carlos Morago at Badger & Fox Gallery

  From Thursday 2nd October until Sunday 12th October pieces from these artists will be available to purchase for the first time in Australia. Artist Alejandro Quincoces, Sala Parés Gallery Director Mr Ferran Josa and the Spanish Consul General, Sr. Alvaro Iranzo will be present at the ‘by invitation only’ opening night, for what is anticipated to be a memorable evening.   32_036765_-Contraluz-en-la-autopista-copia   Sala Parés is Spain’s first and oldest leading gallery, established in 1887 the building is dedicated to art and famously known for hosting one of Pablo Picasso’s first exhibitions in 1901. Now it is devoted to launching the successful careers of Spanish artists and thanks to Badger & Fox Gallery open to Australian art collectors.   30_037760_pèrgola20x50   Bilbao-born Quincoces is much more than the quintessential painter of urban landscapes he is pinned to be. Often depicting cities that do not sleep, Quincoces creates an experience for the viewer that evokes a sense of adventure, allowing them to be transported to another place and time through his work.   25_037755_Rosal-60x100   Working with a limited palette of predominately oils, muted colours and charcoal washes, Quincoces works are exhibited and collected worldwide. Exploring human experience and emotion he aims to bring the viewer to a place that is familiar, thus the obvious references to infamous landscapes throughout his work.   21_037086   Madrid born, Carlos Morago has also been exhibiting his work worldwide since the eighties. His distinctive style touches on elements of nature and landscapes both visited and created. An expertise at beautifully interpreting architecture, Morago’s work is intriguing leaving the viewer to wander through the various paths he depicts in his work. The exclusion of the human body within his paintings makes Morago’s style recognisable worldwide.   20_037752 12_37800_Parterre   Thus far, throughout his career Marago has exhibited his work in France, Holland, Mexico, Belgium, Germany as well as all the major Spanish Cities, and now for the first time he will be exhibiting in Australia. About Badger & Fox Gallery Badger & Fox Gallery is an online full e-commerce gallery, as well as a gallery space. A creation of long time friends Peter Maddison and Peter Wright, the pair set out to create an outlet the Australian Art Market was lacking. Putting their heads, business expertise and art collections together - Badger & Fox Gallery was born.   10_037748   Housed in a heritage listed, convict built terrace in Sydney’s Surry Hills, the gallery space encompasses three separate walk-through spaces displaying a comprehensive selection of artworks. Offering an intimate and relaxed viewing space the gallery is open by appointment only. With a collection boasting over 200 pieces including Brett Whiteley drawings not seen in over 20 years from Arkie’s private collection, Bill Henson photographs and pieces by Lucian Freud and Pablo Picasso, Badger & Fox is an art collectors haven in the heart of Surry Hills.   9_037747 1_037744_Old-black-factory-121-x-121-cm-copia   Badger & Fox Gallery online offers an attractive and convenient alternative for increasingly time poor cliental. Purchases are available to be made through the website; alternatively visitors can book a time to view in person at the gallery. Open: Thursday 2nd October – Sunday 12th October 2014 | 11-5pm | 201 Albion Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 |
  Badger & Fox Gallery badgerandfoxgallery.com Sala Parés Gallery Barcelona salapares.com abc
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A Truly Fine Line

We have come a long way since the birth of that great Aussie icon, the Hills Hoist, and for a variety of factors many of us simply don't have the space to have a dedicated area for a clothes line. designer_line_6 So where to hang out the towels, sheets and smalls? Introducing the designer.line - a modular washing line that transforms from contemporary wall feature to functional clothes line in seconds. The telescopic extensions provide 3 rails of 1.6 to a huge 2.8 meters of drying space and when utilising coat hangers up to 18 meters of hanging space. designer_line_5 The designer.line can be easily self-mounted wherever space permits. Each individual module is capable of handling a 30kg load without the need to be mounted on a wall stud, even on plaster. Sturdy, powder-coated aluminium composition ensures designer.line stays rust free indoors or out and will not fade or discolour. It’s guaranteed for up to ten years. designer_line_4 designer.line is committed to supporting sustainability by eliminating our reliance on tumble dryers, whilst at the same time providing an aesthetically pleasing solution to apartment/house living. The designer.line is the solution for those who appreciate sleek, contemporary style and unmatched practicality and has been manufactured to suit a myriad of interiors and exteriors with custom finishes being available for residential developments. designer.line designerline.comabc
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Living it large in the smallest of spaces, with Hecker Guthrie

  The pungent smell of coffee beans permeates the bright, cavernous warehouse space, set above the Allpress coffee grinding house in Collingwood, Melbourne. It’s in direct contrast to the clean, breezy room settings which appear as if effortlessly conceived, yet carry the undertones of a razor sharp eye and curatorial hand. This is the pop-up exhibition of French furniture brand Ligne Roset, staged by Australian retailer Domo with Melbourne design studio Hecker Guthrie.   HG_Domo_smg_148612   Entitled Living it large in small spaces, this creative collaboration was intended to demonstrate that small spaces, when designed well, could actually be preferable to large spaces – particularly those designed poorly. Segmenting the warehouse floor into 5 distinct spaces, Hecker Guthrie took on the challenge of creating Ligne Roset-filled environments that centred around Australian living habits of eat, live, sleep, work and outdoor. Each space accommodated the full accoutrements of its category – lounge settings with tiny side tables and floor cushions, workspaces with compact desking and smart, off-the-floor storage.   HG_Domo_smg_148626   As Domo’s founder, Franke Novembre, comments: “After 30 years in furniture retailing, we’ve seen a shift in people’s lifestyle and living requirements and we recognise the need to provide pieces that cater for apartment living. “Fortunately good design is recognised across the globe and brands such as Ligne Roset can often cut through cultural boundaries and break down traditional models of furnishing spaces. We’re excited to see Hecker Guthrie’s interpretation of the brand for the Australian apartment market,” Novembre says.   HG_Domo_smg_148771   Hecker Guthrie’s “trademark design flair” could be felt throughout the space, encouraging visitors to re-think their traditionally-held views of domestic space, and make considered decisions on key furniture pieces. “We often say that ‘luxury’ is about the absence of problems, rather than the addition of flashy features and this is the approach that needs to be adopted by people living in apartments,” says Hecker Guthrie director Hamish Guthrie. Living It Large In Small Spaces ran for 2 weeks at Allpress, Collingwood earlier this month.   HG_Domo_smg_148606   Domo domo.com.au Hecker Guthrie heckerguthrie.com abc