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Architecture
Homes

Elizabeth Bay House

  With commanding views over Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House gleams like a Greek temple. Once surrounded by famous landscaped gardens, it is one of the most splendid private houses ever built in Australia and still arouses our delight and astonishment.   EBH14_0013-Nicholas-Watt-Sydney-Living-Museums-breakfast-room EBH14_0005-Nicholas-Watt-Sydney-Living-Museums-Greek-revival-sofa-in-drawing-room EBH13_0019-Nicholas-Watt-drawing-room EBH13_0021-Nicholas-Watt-entrance-hall EBH13_0009-Nicholas-Watt-staircase   Its elegant rooms and fine proportions, sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings reveal the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, after the governor, the most important public official in colonial Sydney. But it was his magnificent gardens which most keenly expressed his tastes and passions, and in the economic downturn of the 1840s pushed him towards ruin.   EBH13_0224-Nicholas-Watt-Sydney-Living-Museums-breakfast-room EBH13_0142-Nicholas-Watt-convex-mirror-in-dining-room EBH14_0044-Nicholas-Watt-library EBH14_0035-Nicholas-Watt-detail-library   Elizabeth Bay House is an iconic Sydney home, with an iconic Sydney back-story of obsession for property and position stretched beyond means and undone by changing financial times.   EBH13_0064-butler's-pantry EBH13_0124-NIcholas-Watt-Sydney-Living-Museums-dressing-table-principal-bedroom EBH13_0006-Nicholas-Watt-Sydney-Living-Museums-dome-in-the-saloon EBH13_0072-Nicholas-Watt-view-from-the-balcony-of-the-morning-room  
Photography © Nicholas Watt courtesy of Sydney Living Museums   Elizabeth Bay House Address 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011 Telephone 02 9356 3022 Open hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4pm Admission General $8, Concession $4, Family $17 Sydney Living Museums sydneylivingmuseums.com.auabc
Design Products
Accessories

Designers Guild

  For a brand with an identity synonymous with bright colour and bold pattern, this can be both good and bad. As the world now enters a period of embracing these aesthetics (remembering how boring life is without them) international design leader Designers Guild is perfectly poised to become the brand of choice for fabric, wallcoverings, furniture and home accessories.   32101   There was a period in the 90's when international sales for Designers Guild where cut in half, according to David Marks Director of Radford Furnishings, the Australian distributor of the brand. The trend of the time was white painted walls, taupe upholstery and venison blinds, everything Designers Guild was not known for. The company responded, introducing their Essentials range, an extensive range of plain textured fabric, with a huge bank of colour including every variation of neutral. However creative Director and founder, Tricia Guild, was unyielding when it came to maintaining the brands personality and what was true to her heart, despite advice to the contrary. Her last two books, 'Colour Deconstructed' and 'Pattern' is an indication of what Tricia Guild OBE is passionate about.   1104_Alexandria   Today the Designers Guild offering includes an extensive selection of over 5,000 fabrics and wallpapers, including commercially graded and hard-wearing vinyls, available in the broadest colour palette in the market today. Their products create a truly unique and memorable experience, and bring genuine emotion to projects, helping designers create breath-taking interior atmospheres. Designers Guild is a globally recognised brand, internationally admired by the customers who visit the hotels, bars, and retail spaces where the product is showcased.   Radford Furnishings radfordfurnishings.com abc
Design Products
Fixed & Fitted

Hygenic Sustainability with Geberit

Geberit’s touchless sensor taps Hytronic 185 and 186 produce their own power. The flowing water generates power to recharge the units, eliminating the need for a mains supply and standby power consumption. Geberit_SenorTap_HyTronic186 The mini power station and small scale generator makes the HyTronic taps independent from the mains supply
  • Whenever the tap is in use, the flowing water charges the accumulator
  • Reduces the ecological impact by 80% compared to an electrical connection and by 50% compared to the use of batteries
  • Ideal solution for all sustainable building projects
  • Maximum - 6 star - WELS rating
Geberit_SensorTap_HyTronic The addition of a touchless tap with a built-in sensor can increase the levels of hygiene by removing the need to touch any buttons, especially in high traffic applications.
  • All setting can be remotely accessed with a service remote
  • Designed with elegant curves and a functional body
  • Available in two different designs, both manufactured in chrome
2012_Bathroom_01_3 Find out more at geberit.com.au/sensor-tapabc
Happenings
What's On

Supergraph Returns

  Following on from a hugely successful debut event in February this year, Supergraph will again celebrate the best in contemporary design, print and illustration from the 13-­‐15 February 2015. Supergraph will take over the Royal Exhibition Building for the three day fiesta, presenting Australia’s most current design from emerging and established artists. Original and limited edition works will be available for purchase from as little as $30, making Supergraph appropriate for every taste and budget. With guests artists traveling from over seas, and the creative process being showcased at the fair - each exhibitor actively creating art throughout the weekend - this is both a buyers’ market and a place for inspiration. Certainly one for the calendar. With original and limited-edition artworks available to purchase at the fair (and online now) from as little as $30, Supergraph caters for every taste and budget.   All information about attending the event can be found on the Supergraph Website. See our Design Hunter Q+A with director of Supergraph Mikala Tai here. Supergraph supergraph.com.auabc
Design Hunters
People

Design Hunter Q+A: Mikala Tai

  Name: Mikala Tai Where you are from/live: Melbourne & Hong Kong…but I live in Melbournetown. What you do: I am the director of Supergraph and a freelance writer and curator on the side. When did you first know you wanted to be a... I never really set out to become any one thing I particular. It all just evolved from falling in love with collecting art. Your latest project: Supergraph is my latest and most loved project. I have never worked on something where everyone involved is so committed and going to work is always a bit of fun. It is an annual Contemporary Graphic Art Fair held in Melbourne that sees an explosion of art and design over Valentine’s Weekend. We hope that it is almost impossible to leave without taking something home for your wall. Please tell a bit about this, what were the highs and what were the challenges? How did you overcome these? The biggest challenge is the fact that I am a creative type and this role requires me to be the business type! But now that I have the hang of it I am actually really enjoying the nuts and bolts of running a business as much as I love when new art works pop into our inbox. (That is a complete lie – nothing beats seeing new applications!) Where you find inspiration: Adventuring. And while I am infinitely inspired by wanderlust it is more the fact that travelling gives me some time out from routine and a moment to refocus and redefine what’s next. Three people that inspire/excite you: 1) Artist Yang Yongliang 2) Artist Mohammed Kazem (particular The Sound of Object series) 3) The brave people that submit their work to Supergraph to be involved in their very first show. What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: I am the worst person to ask this question to. I have no idea. Chair model: Am currently a little bit obsessed with Melbourne’s Barnaby Lane ‘Tanner’ chair. Residential space: My apartment - I only recently moved in so I am a little obsessed with lounging at home. Commercial space: The Prada store in SoHo, New York. Words cannot describe the fit out. Decorative product: Everything Wirely Home produces! Functional product: Lab de stu’s ‘Dr. Spinner’ Handmade good: Ingrain Designs’ recycled timber everything. MUST HAVE. Mass-produced good: Books. Any books. This is mass produced goodness that we cannot lose. Item in your studio: My cactus Carlos. Time of day to work/play: I am a night owl by nature but am trying to teach myself to be an early bird. Meal: Chinese New Year banquet (Impossible to beat!) Restaurant: Supernormal & Townmouse Drink: Lychee Martini Bar: The backgarden of my friend’s place in North Fitzroy. Piece of technology: My iphone. I love it. Historical figure: Alfred Barr – who began MoMA and the fashion for collecting art and design from the now for tomorrow. Fictional character: Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Vice: Tequila. Virtue: 2 litres of water a day to counteract the tequila. What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? It means someone with an insatiable need to find the beautiful in the everyday. I recently caught up with a friend who made me cross the road so we could walk on the side that had the more beautiful buildings. He is a design hunter supreme. Who are two people you’d call Design Hunters? Korean artist Lee Ufan – he goes rock hunting! And my close collaborator Suzy Tuxen from A Friend of Mine – she is constantly on the hunt for excellent design and I have learnt a great deal from her.   Supergraph supergraph.com.auabc
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Accessories

Under the Tree: Design Hunter Gift Guide

  The festive season is celebrated in different ways across the globe. In South Africa the locals love to tuck into deep-fried caterpillars on Christmas Day. In Norway brooms are hidden safely away in case they are stolen by evil spirits. While in Estonia, families head to the sauna on Christmas Eve to sweat it up together. Here at Habitus, we celebrate our Christmas by maxing out the credit card on the most outrageously beautiful objects we can find. Whether it is a vase, a lounge chair, or a pair of sunglasses; everything beneath our yuletide tree has one thing in common: It is very well designed. Here’s a list of what we’ll be unwrapping this year. It covers all price points and genders. We hope it inspires you too:
King Furniture Seymour Lounge Chair SEYMOUR King Furniture’s in-house design team got together with award winning designer Charles Wilson to create a chair that is destined to become a classic. And unlike many designer chairs, it’s actually incredibly comfortable. The Seymour is imbued with mid-century modernist charm, while remaining distinctly contemporary. Seymour is offered with a choice of two bases – swivel or fixed - and comes in low-back, medium and high-back versions. A Seymour ottoman is also available. From $1,827. Shop online: kingfurniture.com.au
  Aesop Marble Gift Kit Aesop-Marble We love the gift kits from the recently released Guild of Artisans collection. Drawing inspiration from historical craft guilds around the world, each of the kits pays tribute to materials used throughout Aesop spaces: ceramics, leather textiles, timber, copper and marble. The latter, presented in a serviceable tin, includes Fabulous Face Cleanser, B&T Balancing Toner and Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream. $135. From Aesop boutiques and online: aesop.com
  Void VO1 Digital Watch V01EL-VOID[1] Founded in 2008 by a Hong Kong-based Swedish designer David Ericsson, Void watches are the epitome of minimalist Scandinavian style with more than a touch of 70s retro. The unique design of the VO1 is a simple geometric form; a chunky rectangular stainless steel case and digital display with a mineral glass window. Comes with a leather strap and in a range of metal finishes. $200.00 voidwatches.com
  Dior Eau Sauvage eau de toilette Dior-eau-sauvage[1] Once described by perfumier Jo Malone as ‘the scent of money’, this classic men’s fragrance from Dior was launched in 1966 and is still considered one of the great scents of all time. Created by Edmond Roudnitska, it has notes of lemon, rosemary, petitgrain, basil, jasmine, rose, iris, oakmoss, vetiver, and musk Even the bottle, unchanged in almost 50 years, is an icon of modern design. Designed by Pierre Camin it was inspired by a hip flask. $120.00. From Christian Dior stockists.
  Bernebei Freeman Crisscross Rug Chriss-Cross-Rug We need no introduction to the dynamic design duo that is Bernebeifreeman. And what could be nicer to find beneath the Christmas tree this year than their new Crisscross for Designer Rugs. Crisscross is characterised by a bold repeating geometric design that takes inspiration from Spanish floor tiles. It is made from New Zealand wool, using the ancient Tibetan hand-knotting technique. Suitable for both contemporary and traditional interiors. $5400 designerrugs.com.au
  Gentleman’s Brand Co. Daily Regime Gift Set Daily-Regime-3-Pack These Sydney-based fellows make functional products that simply work. The gift pack consists of Daily Moisturiser, Face Wash, and Body Wash. They utilise only bush botanicals and premium plant extracts; even the packaging design is pared down and strictly minimal. The Daily Regime Gift Set is delivered straight to your door in a custom-made gift box. Easy. $78.00 Shop online: gentlemansbrand.co
  Wishbone Bicycle LR_LETangaroa_lowrider-(4) Every kid likes a bike for Christmas, and this is one of the best designs we’ve ever seen. Established in 2005 by a couple of Kiwis living in the Big Apple, the first Wishbone bike was built in a poky NYC apartment. Nowadays Wishbone is made in a small studio in New Zealand. The company prides itself on its sustainable philosophy. Because the Wishbone starts out as a trike and can be easily converted to a small balance bike and then a larger balance bike as the child grows, it eliminates the wasteful need to purchase multiple products. There are also limited edition Wishbones available, featuring original artworks. Suitable from 12 months to 5 years. From $229.00 Online: wishbone.com
  Expormim Swing Chair NAUTICA-OUTDOOR This is so wonderfully 70s old school it might become out favourite place to chill out with a gin and tonic this summer. Indeed the Nautica by Mut Design does pay homage to one of the first pieces created by Expormim more than 30 years ago. Strong and sturdy, this visually lightweight seat can either be suspended from a tree branch, or from its self-supporting structure. Made from natural, peeled and tinted rattan, you can see it at the W Hotel in Barcelona and the Hard Rock in Ibiza. Time to relaxavous. $4876. kezu.com.au
  Apple and Pear Houses RP-apple-pear-house-grass-sq We love these quirky doll houses by Rock & Pebble. Launched only this year, there’s no toddler we know who wouldn’t want to find one under the Christmas tree. Plus their simple design makes them appealing to those of us who hate traditional pink frosted doll homes cluttering up their nursery. Apple and Pear are intended as objects to spark creative young minds and to evoke a sense of poetic beauty that appeals without age limit or gender. Made from sustainably produced solid Baltic birch plywood, each are finished by hand. Sets of little wooden peg dolls are also available. $110.00. rockandpebble.com  abc
Design Products
Furniture

Habitus Loves… Artful Lounging

1 | Barca by Jacob Joergensen for Conde House barca-image1 BARCA_1 BARCA_2 The Barca chair fuses furniture with traditional boat building techniques. It is beautifully curved, expertly manufactured and constructed from bowed pieces of ash wood that are meticulously joined together into a sculptural shape using traditional boat manufacturing techniques. Designed for easy dismantling, the timber pieces slide easily past each other to form the Barca into an array of shapes from symmetrically zen to strikingly chaotic. Apato
  2 | Cageling ontwerpduo_cageling_highres-(7)_91 ontwerpduo_cageling_highres-(9)_157 Cageling - a birdcage as large as life in which you can swing freely. Yes, this whimsical number is artful lounging in our eyes. A perfect space to dream away the day, For in- and outdoors and available in any colour you wish. Ontwerpduo
  3 | Aria Aria-With-Turi-Turi-Stone-Wall-ORIG-LR Aria-Front-Angle-Cushions-ORIG-LR Aria-Front-View-Solo-ORIG-LR Designed by Antonio Rodriguez for La Cividina, the Aria chair is a magical looking lounger. It is produced by precisely laser cutting a sheet of stainless steel plate to create rhombuses that form its main body. The side pieces are then combined with the latter to produce an elegant curve and the exterior is covered with natural hide leather, while the interior is finished matte black powdercoat. A very good combination between volume and space, advanced technology and craftsmanship. Own World
  4 | P Series 19159865_hl-image1-p1 This edition of the P Series, Bamboo and concrete with a hollow base, is equally beautiful and functional. To look at, it could be a sculpture, yet it holds up to 110kg. Photographer: Nina Lange Christel H and Savage Design
  5 | Nuvola sofa by GERVASONI Nuvola1 This one is just as much about the material as it is about the design. Just look at that texture! Seriously comfortable, artful lounging. Febrik
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Furniture

Habitus Loves…. Lounging with the Classics

  Above: LC5 by Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Perriand / CULT  
  1 | Bart Canape / Moooi bart_canape Inspired by the rounded shapes & sumptuous glory of 18th century Rococo, the Bart collection has a timeless look that is effortlessly sleek. Space
  2 | 399 VICO by Jaime Hayon CASSINA-Vico_Jaime-Hayon_amb We love this three-seater sofa (of which there is an armchair and a two-seater) for its rich colour and simple form. Comes with optional loose, square, feather padded cushions with removable fabric upholstery. CULT
  3 | 202 8 by Piero Lissoni CASSINA-8_9_Piero-Lissoni_amb A collection composed of armchair, two-seater sofa in two sizes, three-seater sofa, right or left chaise lounge, and complete with modular units, this is one lounge hard to pass by. Seat structure in extruded aluminum profi le with elastic straps and covered in fabric or leather. CULT
  4 | Guscio sofa by Antonio Citterio Guscio---Divano-fagiolo Available in fabric or leather, and as a lounge chair, this statement sofa provides generous seating and can bring a touch of sophistication and style to any contemporary interior. It is the overall rounded shape of the design that, although subtle, helps give the sofa its unique and signature laid-back look. Fanuli
  5 | Grand Suite by EOOS 01-Grand-Suite WK-Grand_Suite-0014-H Designed with the true values of the culture of living, Grand Suite makes a statement about what is preciously private. We love the precise lines, honest craftsmanship and fine materials that are used in this luxurious lounge. We can imagine ourselves relaxing here easily. Walter Knoll
  6 | Cestone by Antonio Citterio CESTONE-PIC-15 Citterio's characteristic attention to detail is paired with a harmonious blend of craft and technology in Cestone, a sofa series with generous proportions that is both adaptable and comfortable. Yes please. Fanuli
  7 | Wireframe Club Chair, Two-Seater and Three-seater Sofa by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for Herman Miller wireframeclubchair HERMANMILLER 52b0f640ed8ce Minimalist and modern so it looks fantastic, made from steel wire so it's durable and lightweight, and employs suspension technology (developed by Herman Miller for the healthcare industry), so it's especially comfortable. Perfect. Living Edge
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Accessories

Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors

  Soon after opening on London’s Regent Street in 1875, trading exotic goods and textiles from the Far East, Arthur Liberty began working with local artisans and manufacturers to produce Liberty’s own textiles and objets d’art. By the 1890s Liberty Art Fabrics were a byword for the very best of Avant Garde textile design.   Ianthe-Flower;-Moleskin-07204206A-HRes-4-(1)   Liberty Art Fabrics newest collection of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers combine detailed pattern and vivid colour in signature Liberty style. Designs tend to showcase contemporary, illustrative handwriting alongside traditional and revival archive prints translated on a range of premium quality furnishing cloths. With a commitment and passion for design excellence, the rich heritage of Liberty print continues.   The-Heritage-Collection---Liberty-Art-Fabrics-Interiors-7   Radford Furnishings radfordfurnishings.comabc
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Accessories

mafi Curved Tiger Oak wall

  The advanced curving technology enables the entire range of mafi natural timber floorboards to be bent up to 360 degrees. The new mafi Curved have already made an impressive debut in projects in Australia and around the world.   19159865_curved_tiger_oak_white_fill_brushed_natural_oil   Recent projects include the Oak Country curved wall by C+M Studio and Tiger Oak curved wall by Paul Clout Design, as featured. DESIGNER: Paul Clout Design LOCATION: Queensland Category: RESIDENTIAL YEAR COMPLETED: 2013 mafi mafi.com.auabc