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The ‘painted lady’ arrives in Melbourne

  Reka, now based in Berlin and becoming a leading figure in the contemporary art scene of Europe, was flown to Singapore to create this unique one-off piece of art and lend his inimitable style to apaiser’s design and bathware presentation. In keeping with apaiser’s belief that bathing is “an art form” rather than simply a function, the painting of the bath was commissioned as the feature of their award winning stand within the first staging of the prestigious MAISON&OBJET Asia 2014, an anchor event of the Singapore Design Week. As a core component in apaiser’s global expansion strategy, apaiser’s participation with MAISON&OBJET ASIA 2014 was timed to coincide with launching a signature apaiser Singapore showroom. 19159868_img_67431   The talking point of the show however was clearly the artwork on the eye catching apaiser Sentosa bath, which was undertaken by Melbourne’s own contemporary Australian artist based in Berlin, James Reka. His character work has come to represent the beginnings of a new style of street art: clean, unique and not necessarily on the street. Surrealist, abstracted creatures emerge from the depths of Reka’s mind, communicating through strong lines, dynamic movement and bold colours.   19159866_apaiser_sentosa_art_bath   In just the past 2 years, Reka has had successful solo shows in London, Denmark, Melbourne and San Francisco as well as exhibiting at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Bristol as well as pieces appearing in New York, Munich, Denver and Cologne. This year he was invited to participate at Pow Wow in Hawaii, contemporary Art Festival and he has completed several private commissions. On the streets, his characters adorn the walls of cities around the world from Japan to Milan and Paris to Brooklyn. Reka’s works have recently been acquisitioned by the National Gallery of Australia for their permanent collection, cementing his place as one of Australia’s most respected contemporary street artists. apaiser celebrates the arrival of this one of a kind statement in bathware at apaiser’s Richmond showroom. apaiser bathware apaiser.comabc

Surry Hills Warehouse Revitalised

  Reorganizing the interior with a new extended ground level commercial space, two levels of high quality residential apartments, and a lower ground floor car park, the existing warehouse building has been given a new lease of life. The site, located in the inner-city fringe of Surry Hills, is characterised by warehouses and Victorian terraces houses that in recent years have housed artist’s studios, galleries and creative work spaces.   SDS-0704-Austin-15-windows-blk SDS-0704-Austin-02-exterior-front   Fitting in with this aesthetic, the development incorporates new beautifully proportioned and articulated rectangular openings, located within the original openings of the concrete beam and column façade. To give scale and gravitas to the building, these new hand-painted steel windows span over two levels and present as double storey windows. Though they appear bold and simple on first glance, a closer inspection reveals a window within a window.   SDS-0704-Austin-04-exterior-day   Each of these seven small windows has a slightly different location relative to the grid of larger windows. This is best described as an “eclipse” and was conceived as a subtle art based façade, the kind that we hoped would only be noticed by people who took the time to really study the facade, or even reveal itself over time. In rust red, to compliment the Hot Chile render, which is similar to the original colour of the building, and provide it with a distinct identity that compliments the bohemian character of Surry Hills.   SDS-0704-Austin-09-living-room SDS-0704-Austin-08-kitchen   The apartments are simple, beautiful and light filled. Working within a wedge-shaped context has meant that each apartment is different from one another, although the material palette is consistent. The all-white, exquisitely detailed, interiors with grey floors are accented with full-gloss rust joinery. This is the focus of the apartments and presents as a pod to incorporate kitchens, laundries, studies and an abundance of storage.   SDS-0704-Austin-07-kitchen   The penthouse apartment, with large rooms, stair void, saw-tooth roof and generous cantilever is a very special interior space with sweeping views over Surry Hills. The penthouse has a generous balcony running the length of the front and side of the building and the roof area covers this balcony offering protection from the harsher weather elements and creating more entertaining and outdoor living areas.   SDS-0704-Austin-10-bedroom SDS-0704-Austin-11-bathroom   The Smart Design Studio principles of apartment planning, where utilitarian elements are concealed and reliance on doors is minimised are adopted. This, along with careful consideration for circulation and flow, creates elegant apartments that feel easy to live with. In the commercial area of the basement, a split level floor with an abundance of light is utilised as a successful retail store. The forms and details employed within this space reinforce the arechtiecture of this building, which is to have chunky warehouse character, through exposed concrete beams and slabs, complemented by refined forms, refined details and unusual combinations of materials.   SDS-0704-Austin-05-exterior-night   DROPBOX
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Habitus Loves… Sitting in Style

  1 | Pick up Sticks by Simon James   Resident-Pickup-Sticks-by-Simon-James-2 Resident-Pickup-sticks-by-Simon-James-1 Resident-Pickup-Sticks-by-Simon-James-4 Resident-Pickup-Sticks-by-Simon-James-6 This chair is about comfort and efficiency - the frame and upholstery created separately to ensuring a short lead-time. We love the refined form, pretty oak and warm colour. From: Resident
  2 | sudare by Nendo   sudare06_akihiro_yoshida sudare01_ayao_yamazaki What we love about sudare is that it is a furniture collection designed for verandas, terraces and other compact exterior spaces. The pieces fold up, and have a double use as a partition, like Japanese sudare window blinds, when placed before a railing or other edge surface. There's also two more seating styles, a high- back chair and a lounger. From: Nendo
  3 | Cloud collection by Carlo Colombo for Arflex   19159866_cloud_armchair_6 With the weather heating up we are in much need of comfortable, good-looking outdoor seating. The Cloud collection, made from powder coated steel and available in a range of colours and sizes, fits the bill. We love the soft and cosy shapes and that we can take it into nature for some proper relaxation. From: Poliform
  4 | Duo Seat + Lamp by Fien Muller & Hannes Van Severen   zetel_leder-1024x682 zetel_achterkant-1024x682 zetel_detail-1024x682 You hardly need words for this one. Just look at it - stunning. But while reminiscent of a minimal art piece, the Duo Seat + Lamp is highly functional. What's especially wonderful about this seat is that is encourages conversation and interaction between two people. Beautiful. From: Muller Van Severen
  5 | The Inheritance Armchair by Stephen Kenn in collaboration with Simon Miller   SK_SM_ARMCHAIR_2_1024x1024 Hand-dipped Indigo dyed canvas upholstery, welded steel frame, leather belting. This one is about materiality through and through. And a chair in deep, rich Indigo? Now that has our vote. From: CRITERIA
  6 | Mammoth Chair by NORR11   Mammoth-Fluffy-Grey-1 Mammoth-Slim-1 Mammoth-Slim-2 With a name like Mammoth, it's hard not to be drawn to this chair. Available in two versions, Slim and Fluffy, made from oak and with various coverings, you can have your Mammoth just as you like it. We especially love the leather finish (available on the Slim version). From: Meizai  abc

Timber Re-imagined: Donvale House

  The project was to refurbish a significant 1980s residence with rustic finishes and exposed timbers, which suffered from congested split-levels creating cluttered and inefficient spaces. “It was very much of its time and a very large house. But providing further additions would have been a waste of resources and consumption,” director of Wilson Architecture, Andrew Wilson said.   02-of-10 03-of-10   The plan was to open up the split-levels and create a connection with the gardens on either side of the house. Wilson focused on reworking the kitchen and dining area, provided a new stair as well as a landing to the adjoining upper and lower floors, with a clever use of sustainable spotted gum and bamboo to complement the existing exposed timber throughout. “We love to integrate interiors and exteriors as well as taking an existing form and reinventing it,” Wilson says.   04-of-10 05-of-10   The existing residence contained some highly unusual structural solutions, and considerable effort was required to open up the existing space while complementing the existing exposed roof structure. An example is the bulkhead, which aligns with the adjoining cabinetry and integrates with the lighting. “We tried to play with the timber but also offer some respite as well,” Wilson says.   06-of-10   Now complete, the kitchen and dining area is the ‘glue’ interconnecting spaces that previously resembled a rabbit warren. The interior has been dramatically opened to both sides of the property, with single and double panel sliding doors along with new designs that connect the interior to exterior spaces. There are whimsical solutions too, including the dining room cabinet, which doubles as a storage unit, balustrade, seat and structural display unit all in one. A hidden door also reveals a kitchen pantry just beyond.   07-of-10 08-of-10   The material palette comprises feature grade spotted gum, carbonised, reconstituted bamboo, and factory painted cabinetry. Standouts include a 4.5m spotted gum island bench in the kitchen, and new polished concrete topping that replaces existing terracotta tiles. “The owners now have a house that functions and is beautiful to live in,” Wilson says. “And they love it.”   09-of-10 10-of-10
Photography courtesy of Wilson Architecture   DROPBOX
  Architect: Wilson Architecture Architect team: Andrew Wilson, Wesley Baigent Kind of project: Residential Awards: Winner: 2014 Timber Design Awards – Residential Class 1 Best Renovation, Shortlisted: 2014 Houses Awards – House Alteration & Addition under 200sqm Location: Donvale, Victoria Date of project completion: February 2014 Wilson Architecture warc.com.au   abc
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A Table with Endless Possibilities

  With the summer season approaching fast, outdoor dining becomes the norm. For design lovers, EXTRADOS is something you should be aware of. This is an outdoor table that really is ahead of its time for innovation and versatility. In fact, EXTRADOS could be seen as The Concorde for outdoor designer furniture. The structure of the table top has reinforced ribs similar to the wings of a jet aircraft, and has segments which glide in a modular fashion, to allow for a variety of planks to be inserted or removed.   2   The form is tapered, sleek and visually elegant, and for the top, there is a choice of materials for the table-runner planks: two finishes of outdoor HPL (high pressure laminate); two finishes of Corian®; 8 scratch-resistant aluminium powdercoat finishes; solid teak. There are also stainless steel dish accessories that can be inserted, used as either a handy ice-well, food-tray or a table-top planter and can come with a matching bench, which has stud-fixed cushions with Quick-Dry Foam fillings, that can be covered with a wide choice of marine-grade vinyl, leather-look outdoor vinyl or outdoor acrylic fabrics by Sunbrella®. And with a sturdy sled-base legs made from the highest grade of inox marine stainless steel in a brushed finish, the table is extremely durable.   Untitled-1   And if that doesn't say it, there is a brilliant video that demonstrates the absolute versatility that is the EXTRADOS.     Classique classique.net.au abc
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  Tree Interpretations by Dion Horstmans Dion-Hortsman_Tree_5 Dion-Hortsman_Tree_4 Dion-Hortsman_Tree_1   Wallporn is a tightly edited collection of decorative elements conceived by Megan Morton for Space Furniture. In a personal quest to present a range of unique (vs “stocking filler”) festive objects, Morton worked with four established Australian designers to produce a set of strikingly original designs. Tree Interpretations by Dion Horstmans - a sculptor known for his penchant for crisp geometry - are mantelpiece-perfect sculptural trees fashioned from metal. They’re also an affordable introduction to Horstman’s work, which typically attract significant price tags. spacefurniture.com.au
  Forward/Slash by L&G Studio Forward-Slash_blue_background Forward-Slash_all-white2 Forward-Slash_all-white1   Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a Seattle based design studio founded by Dylan Davis & Jean Lee. Their latest product, Forward/Slash’s is a sun dial-inspired desk lamp, reduced to three basic geometries - a base, fulcrum and light source. Once illuminated, the purpose of the object is revealed. When off, the lamp's shape casts shadows that change throughout the day. Forward/Slash is made from an aluminium lamp enclosure containing an LED light strip. A textured glass pane diffuses the light source with solid white oak cap details. This enclosure is supported at an optimal angle by a Carrara marble base and a copper fulcrum. ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com
  Collection by Emily Ziz WALLPAPER--CORBUSIER--JEWEL--13 WALLPAPER--CORBUSIER--MOZART--13 WALLPAPER--DIAMOND--TRIBAL--67 WALLPAPER--GATSBY--VINTAGE--26   The Nouveau Collective by Emily Ziz Style Studio includes a range of Art Deco-inspired graphic designs which can be digitally printed on a range of high-performance upholstery fabrics and solid finishes. Custom colour palettes can be created via the studio’s bespoke design service. “The clean cut lines and symmetrical patterns can easily be applied across a broad range of interiors, both commercially and for domestic fit outs,” says Emily Ziz founder Emma Levitt. “ By making use of our extensive colour palette and our custom designs service, we can work with clients to adjust colour and scale so that the designs are created to perfectly suit their space.” emilyziz.com
  Page Thirty Three - Neolithic Shelving 0M6A3791_primitive_5 0M6A3842_primitive_2_edit 0M6A3873_primitive_4A_edit   Page Thirty Three is an Australian based creative design company which creates functional, handcrafted artworks and objects, using renewable materials and ecologically friendly production processes. Neolithic Shelving is a modular shelving system inspired by neolithic era rock sculptures. “We are interested in sculptural forms, and how they can compliment a space without overpowering or cluttering it,” explains Page Thirty Three co-founder Ryan Hanrahan. “The clean geometric lines achieve this by providing an overarching simplicity and clarity of vision and mind.” The fully interchangeable shelving elements are fashioned from sustainably farmed Birch Ply. pagethirtythree.com
  Daniel + Emma Pick n Mix table and bench for Made by Tait HC140304L_Tait_PickNMix_Collection   The Pick ‘N’ Mix table and bench employs the use of simple forms to create a sophisticated yet playful aesthetic. Just like a traditional pick n mix lolly bag, different components including triangles, blocks, cylinders and parallelograms, can be selected to devise a custom end result. The table top is fabricated from polished cement and the base from powdercoated steel. "We look to create the unexpected from simple objects using simple forms, drawing influence and insight from the diverse culture that Australia presents us with. In the case of Pick n Mix, just like the mixed lolly counter of old, we invite the user to interact with the furniture and make it their own, as different components can be selected to devise custom looks.” - Daniel + Emma for Tait. daniel-emma.com madebytait.com.au
  French Grey Herringbone by Royal Oak Floors 19159865_tdf_coh7818   French Grey Herringbone has been used by Lucy Feagin of The Design Files for The Open House 2014. Opening early December in Collingwood, Lucy has incorporated herringbone flooring into the Master Bedroom creating a moody atmosphere. royaloakfloors.com.au Supplier: Harper & Sandilands Pty Ltd
  Atelier Collection by Dinosaur Designs Untitled-2 DinosaurDes-016   Dinosaur Design’s latest collection, Atelier is a compilation of various pieces including napery, jewellery, homewares and puzzles. The jewellery collection features interlocking elements in resin, sterling silver and brass that have been used to create curved, triangular and square geometric pieces including bangles, cuffs and necklaces. dinosaurdesigns.com.au
  nanimarquina rugs at Space Furniture digit_2_life calder_1_life 1_losangesI_290x410   Industrial designer Nani Marquina launched nanimarquina in 1987 bringing a combination of traditional techniques, exceptional craftsmanship and contemporary design to the rug industry. with. Each unique rug is a unique interplay of shape, colour and texture. spacefurniture.com.au  abc
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Design Hunter Q+A: Saran Yen Panya

  Name: Saran Yen Panya Where you are from/live: Bangkok, Thailand What you do: Designer, Art-director of 56thStudio When did you first know you wanted to be a Designer? Probably by the age of 14 when I realised that a career in animation doesn’t exist in Thailand. Your latest project: We design for Fixperts Organization and 21_21 Design Sight Tokyo; a foundation founded by Issey Miyake, Naoto Fukusawa and Taku Satoh   cheapass008 56th Sudio Cheap Ass Elites   Your most prized project: Cheap Ass Elites, the furniture that brought us much attention. We combine cheap plastic basket with hi-end Victorian structure and since then people regard us as the folk who create strange furniture. Where you find inspiration: The street, the hood, the ghetto. I get easily drawn to street culture and what’s considered mundane. It probably have something to do with the fact that I myself grew up in a super mundane/local environment as well, therefore, I always try to find some beauty in the not-so-posh contexts. Three people that inspire/excite you: 1) Rei Kawakubo 2) Jean Paul Goude 3) Piet Hein Eek   bjork-2007-jean-paul-goude-03 Jean Paul Goude   If you weren’t designing, what would you be doing? I’ll be an animator or a bartender. What is the most rewarding part about your work? Just being able to do it as a career, I feel privilege enough. It is not easy working 12-15 hours a day. But I have no hobby. I design for both business and pleasure. What excites you about the creative scene in Thailand? Thailand is a country full of contradiction and Thais are slightly hypocritical if you ask me. I personally find that inspiring and fun to play around with. I joke around a lot of taboos and points out a lot of quirks in our society via my object design.   204_xl_AC07842   Who are your three top local designers/artists? I think Noon Passama is very talented. She designs contemporary jewellery and I think her approach is very fresh, very Thai and yet very universal in a way. Thinkk studio works with product design and they are very thoughtful and always deliver delicate and subtle output in everything they do. Korakot Aromdee works with the craft of bamboo weaving and he creates not only beautiful works but also job opportunity for local villagers. I find that totally inspiring. What is your favourite Decorative product: A Charles and Ray Eames LCW Lounge Chair Functional product: TDK Boombox Mass produced product? Muji Cd player Place to holiday? Home (Alone) Item in your studio: Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Time of day to work/play: Late night, 22.00 onwards. (I like it quiet) Meal: Cold Japanese Soba Restaurant: 7 eleven (frozen foods here in Bangkok are divine) What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Someone who’s always hungry for fresh talents and inspirations but at the same time knows how not to be a trend victim.   56th Studio 56thStudio   abc
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The Making of Parison Pendant by Nat Cheshire

  In Habitus 26 (on sale December 18), we feature the Nat Cheshire's Parison Pendant. This Resident video, produced by Special Problems, lets us into the carefully imperfect process.  

Parison Pendant by Nat Cheshire from Resident Ltd on Vimeo.

  From the designer, Nat Cheshire: Our work is defined by the tension between technology and humanity. We want to bring the handmade back to the machine, and to bringing a fingertip-scaled sensitivity to the aggressive exploration of new systems of making. The Parison Pendant enabled us to pursue those passions at an intimate, focused scale. Glass-blowing is an incredibly intimate, powerful process: these things made with the sustaining air from your own lungs. It’s also extraordinarily beautiful: these bulbous, voluptuous forms realised in frozen, fluid form. We wanted a way to extend the craft of mouth-blown glass – to leverage digitally-empowered form to amplify its handmade characteristics.   Resident-Scholar-table-and-Parison-Pendant   We were grappling with wanting to make something that was at once very rounded and sensuous and yet also technologically exciting. The problem was that the technology kept overwhelming the craft. After a hundred variations scrawled in charcoal over butcher’s paper, we realised that the solution lay in not quite finishing each piece. We reasoned that that if we could digitally mill a precise mould, but then only partially fill that mould, each piece would remain the individual product of its maker. All of the harsh precision we were resisting would be lost. The trick was to make a pendant that was just big enough that a single blower would only get to within one or two percent of completion before the glass cooled and froze. It was a very beautiful thing to imagine, and it galvanised the whole project. Each pendant aspires to the same form and shade, but that tiny variations in volume of colour, lung capacity and rates of cooling make each piece subtly different. We tried to anticipate and amplify this in designing the Parison: the faceting on the bottom of the mould is asymmetric, and even the mould for the rounded top has been carefully deformed by a couple of degrees. We hope that the Parison is read differently from every angle, and that it impresses an organic sense despite their mass-production.   Resident-Parison-Pendant-by-Nat-Cheshire-3_edit   Team details: Creative Directors: Nat Cheshire & Emily Priest Design Team: Fraser Horton & Rachel Piper Contributors: Luke Jacomb, glass artist Cheshire Architects Resident Special Problems   abc

Modernist Liveability

  Although there is no dominant architectural style in the Whale Beach area, there is a loose tradition of organic modernism, taking material cues from James Barnet’s local sandstone, colonial architecture, in the mid-20th Century designs of Jolly, Burley Griffith and Ruskin Rowe that pepper the Barrenjoey Pennisula.   23_05_20089367   More recently, Alex Popov, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Stutchbury Pape have made monumental marks in the area, once occupied by the indigenous people of the Guringai language group, before they were decimated by smallpox and measles in 1790. The area now defined as Whale Beach is a pocket of land popular with those prominent in business and particularly the arts, including film directors George Miller and Peter Weir, actors Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward, author Thomas Keneally and opera singer, Joan Sutherland, but was once part of Father John Joseph Therry’s 1837 land grant. The Jesuit order sold the land after Therry’s death to finance the construction of a new Catholic cathedral in Sydney, replacing the original razed by fire.   23_05_20089581   Cullen and Feng’s contribution to Whale Beach is executed on a trapezoidal-shaped site, accessed from the rear via a private road and falls away to the north approximately 11 metres. They have avoided intruding on the landscape by making the house, which lies in a foreshore scenic protection area, barely visible from the beach. In keeping with the tradition of the beach-shack, this house harbours a concept of habitability, but within the grander modernist proportions of the three, overlapping, off-set rectangular pavilions, displaced diagonally down a hillside with a unifying staircase holding a straight line through the section. This generates a rich source of formal interest, enhanced by material selection, to accentuate each part of the composition. A Colorbond parapet and end-wall cappings form a series of continuous rectilinear ribbons around the whole composition, stepping down the site and taking advantage of the exhilarating views via the northern aspect over Whale Beach.   23_05_20089711 23_05_20089725   In reference to Peter Zumthor’s Heideggerean experiential, sensory architecture, Jon Cullen and Michelle Feng have created a pronounced liveability by a staged set of experiences achieved through clever framing strategies, heightened by sensitivity to materials. Feng comments that “The views from the site are so spectacular, they needed to be framed so their impact would not be experienced all at once.” The façade, therefore, gives no hint of what lies beyond. Once inside the entry vestibule, a rectangular aperture at eye-height creates a snapshot of the ocean view. Designed as a contemplative antechamber, the vestibule gives pause upon arrival – relief from the traffic and intensity of the trip to the house and an invitation to the peaceful retreat below.   23_05_20089555   On departure, the frameless skylight leaves an after-image of the relationship of the house to the splendour of its setting. Similarly, on descending the stair – deliberately compressed by the full-height travertine walls and illuminated naturally from above – the view opens up and retreats over the three-level journey. Each level is oriented to the view, with the widest possible shaded northern elevation opening out to external living decks. The southern side of each elevation is partially buried into the hill, housing services, rainwater tanks and garage space. Slits and hooded windows to the side create vignettes of the natural setting, while the forecourt frames a space open to the sky between house and garage. “The house is externally dignified and reserved and purposely low-profile,” says Cullen. “It relies on a series of rich formal and spatial experiences to create effect rather than epic exterior monumentalism. We’ve inverted the concept of monumentalism to achieve it through materials such as the use of travertine in the soaring stairs and atrium walls used in the interior.”   23_05_20089679 23_05_20089636   The plan responds to the steep topography by growing out of the site with solid and private rear and side walls, while the north face of the house has a lighter filigree treatment of glazing and louvres that open onto a series of decks formed by the roofs of the levels below. “Embedding the house into the hill, stepping it over three levels and using the rooves of the lower levels as large northern living decks captured the site’s topography and climate potential,” says Cullen. “The flat metal rooves support pool solar heating tubes as well as solar collectors for hot water. The majority also drain by gravity into the rainwater tank. And the east wall of the pool is finished in a charcoal slate material, which works like a heat sink to give passive solar heating for the pool water.” The site is also fortunate in having a northern aspect and being just below the top of the ridge behind, so it offers a magnificent solar aspect in sync with the direction of view and the sea breeze while being sheltered from the colder and more viscous southerlies particular to the area.   23_05_20089704
Photography by Eric Sierins   DROPBOX
Architect: Cullen Feng Project Team: Michelle Feng, Jon Cullen, Gerald Li, Nik Wong Builder: FS Hough Structural Engineer: MPN Group Joinery: PJR Industries Landscape Architect: Peter Glass & Associates Home Automation: Smart Home Solutions Cullen Feng cullenfeng.com.au  abc
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Dinosaur Designs Take Inspiration from James Turrell

  For James Turrell: A Retrospective, the much anticipated exhibition, the Sydney-based designers have created a limited edition of home wares and jewellery inspired by the world renowned light artist's work.   IMG_5206 IMG_5221 IMG_5270   “We’ve always loved Turrell’s sense of colour and light. These elements have always been at the forefront of what we do at Dinosaur Designs," says Louise Olsen of Dinosaur Designs. Stephen Ormandy adds, “Like Turrell, light continues to be explored at Dinosaur Designs. It’s an honour to have a presence alongside internationally recognised artist James Turrell, who is renowned for his brilliance in exploring light and space”.   IMG_5302 IMG_5310 IMG_5410   The limited range, created through collaboration, are available exclusively within the James Turrell: A Retrospective exhibition shop at the National Gallery of Australia from 13 December 2014. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now.   Dinosaur Designs dinosaurdesigns.com.au National Gallery of Australia nga.gov.au   abc
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Celebration Jug ‘Must Have’ for 2014

  Celebration Jug Each piece is hand blown by Llewelyn Ash who has recently achieved the Design Institute of Australia award and the Waterhouse Youth Art Prize. The Celebration jug is made of the finest quality glass and colour and will bring delight to any table setting with a beautiful presence when filled or simply on display. With the weather heating up this stunning timeless design is ideal for serving your refreshing drinks all summer long. Exclusive to CoCo Contemporary Connoisseur $149.00 with Free Shipping Australia wide   Klau-glasses-with-wine   Kinetic Wine Glass Set This classically designed revolving glass is functional in two respects: it is not just a wine glass, but also acts as a decanter that aerates the wine as it revolves. These glasses are inspired by a love of wine and an idea to create entertaining drink-ware that complements the identity of the liquid within. Designed by Emma Klau Exclusive to CoCo Contemporary Connoisseur $150.00 with Free Shipping Australia wide abc
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Freifrau Manufaktur – Furniture That Took Europe By Storm

Since their first presentation at imm Cologne in 2012, Freifrau Manufaktur have re-written the rulebook of the designer furniture industry. The German brand was founded with the design ambition to create pieces that transform spaces into your favourite places. Freifrau Manufaktur is composed of a team of renowned designers and up-and-coming young talent, sharing a design philosophy where comfort meets luxury; seating furniture that is designed with a unique style and functionality with an emphasis on longevity and sustainability. The manufacturing for these items relies on traditional craftsmanship backed by highest technology and manufacturing standards, earning the reliability that comes with the Made in Germany title.

The Team

The exceptional success story of the Freifrau brand started in the residential building of founder and owner Hansjörg Helweg, with Birgit Hoffmann taking the helm of art direction and the deeply experienced experience Udo Patzke handling distribution. The core team was completed In May 2012 with Martin Sgorzaly, who handled all the administrative tasks, as well as the customer care. Since then the staff has grown to 100 people and despite this year’s pandemic, the team’s success continues to grow.

The Collection

Freifrau Manufaktur’s collection is a stylish, voluptuous, elegant and always functional series of seating solutions for any contemporary space. Able to be finished with a wide range of exclusive fabrics and premium leather coverings, Freifrau Manufaktur offers unlimited combination options both on the interior and exterior with every piece made to order. While there are countless nice looking chairs on the market, unfortunately the comfort often sacrificed in the name of aesthetics. All Freifrau products are designed to combine both – with both style and comfort imbued into the designs, for a long lasting seating experience. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107548,107549"] No other contemporary collection knows how to play with materials and colour so well, and paired with the unique designs – such as the iconic and charming Leyasol Wingback Swing Chair – the fame and acclaim the brand has earned in Europe becomes obvious.

The Designers

Freifrau Manufaktur works with some of the world’s most exciting established and emerging designers. Here’s a selection of HabitusLiving favourites… Anne Lorenz studied product design at the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design. During her studies, she worked for renowned design studios from Paris and Rio de Janeiro, including Marc Newson Ldt in London, and her Anna Pouf showcases her aesthetic within Freifrau’s signature style. [caption id="attachment_107545" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Anna Pouf[/caption] Lucie Koldova studied product design at the Prague Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design before moving to Paris in 2009. One year later, she had developed her first lamp collection for manufacturer Brokis. Koldova’s Celine chair sees the synthesis of her Paris design experience and the influences from her current home Prague – a sensual, charismatic design language. [caption id="attachment_107546" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Celine Chair[/caption] Hoffmann Kahleyss Design Founded by Birgit Hoffmann and Christoph Kahleyss, the duo bring their own experiences as an art director and cabinet maker to Freifrau Manufaktur resulting in a unique, functional and beautiful design aesthetic. The pair are responsible for a number of eye-catching Freifrau pieces, including the Leyasol, Amelie and Leya chairs, as since January 2020, a series of charming and luxurious rugs. [caption id="attachment_107547" align="aligncenter" width="4516"] Leyason Rocking and Swing Chairs[/caption] In Australia, Freifrau Manufaktur is exclusively represented by the design experts at top3 by design. You can see why this brand took Europe by storm at top3’s Sydney and Melbourne showrooms, or online. top3 by design top3.com.auabc