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Furniture

A Kitchen with Subtle and pure geometric lines

  19159919_phoenix_hr_4 19159916_phoenix_hr_1   An air of purity is accentuated by slim modules and the distinctive absence of handles. The worktop in steel thickness 6 mm and the new design of the Phoenix handle characterize the island. The handle profile is obtained from the combination of the straight channel and the 90° carved door profile.   19159918_phoenix_hr_3 19159920_phoenix_hr_5   The Varenna collection interprets the contemporary kitchen in its entire variety. The maximum freedom in compositions enables original proposals, which are defined by a wide range of materials, finishes and colours. Materials: Door finishings: • Embossed and glossy lacquer • Wood: oak, siena oak, brown oak, spessart oak, dyed grey oak, moro oak, black elm and solid wood • canaletto walnut. • Scotch brite steel. • DuPont Corian glacier white • The handle-profile is available in the same finishings of the doors   19159923_phoenix_hr_8 19159922_phoenix_hr_7   Poliform poliform.com.au abc
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Design Products
Furniture

A table top with the look of velvet?

  A self standing structure in wood and steel with a smoked velvet-like grey plate top, the table will bring a sense of warmth to any interior setting.   19159918_howard_4_hr   The structure is solid wood, spessart oak, with a laser-cut and folded metal frame and the finishing in painted bronze. The squared version has a top in tempered glass, with a thickness of 12mm in the finishing - etched and fume with wooden frame, transparent bevelled without frame. In the rectangular version the top is available also in wood in the finishing spessart oak and in marble, 3 mat and 4 glossy finishings. 19159920_howard_5_lr Poliform poliform.com.auabc
Design Hunters
People

Design Hunter Q+A: Shelley Boyd

  Name: Shelley Boyd Where you are from/live: Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast What you do: I am the founder of national interiors wholesale company, Boyd Blue, and I also own and run our two in house brands White Furniture Design and Boyd Homewares. I manage a fantastic team of people, travel the world regularly on buying trips sourcing timeless unique product for our in house collection Boyd as well as working with the other local and international brands we represent. When did you first know you wanted to be a creative entrepreneur?: From a very young age, I have always wanted to own my own business, and I am incredibly passionate about interiors and the trade in general. I love that we are helping our clients create magical interiors. Your latest project: We have just finished opening showrooms across the country, have purchased a new commercial space to relocate our Brisbane showroom and will soon commence operations in New Zealand. We have also just launched our new 2015 Boyd catalogue and I am currently travelling the globe sourcing and buying for the Boyd 2016 collection. Where you find inspiration: Travel, hotels, trade shows, I particularly enjoy Highpoint in the States and Maison Objet in Paris (www.highpointmarket.org, www.maison-objet.com/en) my factories, and magazines Three people that inspire/excite you: I am inspired by entrepreneurs with a creative edge, self-made business owners and people who give back. 1) Ralph Lauren - I love his classic style & his vision and I am inspired by the global empire he has built up over the last 45 years. 2) Jamie Oliver - his wit, his passion, I admire his success and the fact that he gives back. 3) Oprah Winfrey - a passionate workaholic whose phenomenal success inspires me, I particularly love how kind hearted and generous she is. What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: Airbus A380 - quiet and comfortable, vintage classic cars, Vespa, Mercedes Benz CLS 350, kayak Chair model: Wishbone Chair - Wegner Residential space: I love coming home to BURLEIGH heads to the house my husband designed Commercial space: Hayman island 13 years ago on our honey moon Decorative product: I adore our Boyd handmade mirrors Functional product: Boyd handmade Marley trays with inlaid bone Handmade good: All of our Boyd collection is handmade, I particularly love our decorative glass and am passionate about establishing an artisan collection Mass-produced good: lipstick Item in your studio: my whiteboard, great for planning and goal setting, brain storming team ideasTime of day to work/play: I love early mornings to work with no interruptions, I work hard every day so when I want to play I pump up our sonos system and pour a glass of bubbles and watch the sun setting over the hinterland Meal: Simple clean fresh food, I love fresh seafood, particularly blue eye fillets and healthy crunchy salads Restaurant: Fish House Gold Coast (thefishhouse.com.au),I love Vietnamese and Japanese food, Toko in Surry Hills is another favourite of mine (www.toko-sydney.com), just around the corner from our Sydney showroom. Drink: Sav blanc - mud house, French bubbles on special occasions Bar: Bar Palladio Jaipur (check out their facebook page) Piece of technology: iPad-exceptionally useful for a business owner travelling the globe Historical figure: Coco Chanel Fictional character: James Bond Vice: A glass or two or three of wine after a big week Virtue: I'm a workaholic, I love my business, it's my hobby and my passion What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Sourcing timeless, unique, inspiring ideas and products that combine to create magic   Boyd Blue boydblue.com abc
Architecture
NOT HOMES

Old Plinths Become Feature for Deadly Ponies Flagship Store

  Sitting in the blossoming design and fashion hub in Mackelvie St, Ponsonby, Deadly Ponies' new store was once an old glass-works studio, and had been for the better part of thirty years. What filled the space, when owner Liam Bowden took it on, was numerous installed plinths - all hand made and taking months to create.   Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-01 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-03 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-04 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-02   As a brand focused on sustainability and craftmanship, it was rather fitting. As Bowden tells us, the brief was "to create a conceptual retail environment that displayed our product whilst referencing our brand’s core values, luxury, handmade and natural materials."   Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-06 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-07 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-08   With the space being the front room of a two-storey villa, the plinths as art in themselves, became the main design feature. "With its wonky floors and faded mustard exterior we decided not to treat the interior shell with too much design but rather keep it simple and put the interest into the display mechanisms," says designers Katie Lockhart.   Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-13 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-09 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-11 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-10   Knowing the plinths had worked well to in their pop-up shop, giving the bags and accessories their time to shine, Lockhart began exploring the idea of totems as plinths. "I knew that I wanted contrast between the perfection of the Deadly Ponies hang bags and the materiality of the totems and I started thinking about Brancusi’s atelier, which I visited last year in Paris. We took my photographs of Brancusi's atelier and his totems to Grant Bailey who makes most of our custom pieces for us and together we started talking about carving totems out of solid wood with a chainsaw (!) and it all unfolded from there."   Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-14 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-15 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-16 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-17   By re-appropriating traditional display, Lockhart echoes Deadly Ponies approach to design and brand development, in that the same "juxtaposition of modern/traditional" is always in mind. Bowden agrees, saying, "Our aim was to create a unique environment that not only referenced our iconic materials such as brass hardware but also connected to our brand’s ethos, the use of traditional techniques to create contemporary, classic designs. As well as being a functional space, that it was still "a working creative space" when the brand took it on makes this a particularly special spot.   Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-18 Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-21  
Photography by Sam Lee   DROPBOX -Architect/design firm including head and participating architects/designers: Katie Lockhart Studio -Kind of project (new build, renovation, redecoration, etc.): Retail shop fit out -Location: Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand -Parameters of project (sqm, number of beds/baths): 47sqm interior retail fit out in existing heritage villa. -Date of project completion (month and year): Completed September 2014 Deadly Ponies deadlyponies.com Katie Lockhart Studio katielockhart.com   abc
Design Products
Fixed & Fitted

The future of bathroom design with Geberit

The innovative Geberit Sigma80 is a touch-free, glass electronic plate that operates with the wave of your hand – the ultimate in seamless style in the bathroom. Using ingenious sensors, different colour settings for personalisation and even an automatic standby mode to minimise electricity consumption, the Geberit Sigma80 is the perfect example of technology heightening the bathroom experience for the user. The result is a simple, elegant and multi-award winning integration of cutting-edge technology and superior style. 2012_bathroom_04_17b_floorstanding_sigma80_small The touchless bathroom The concept of the touchless bathroom has prevailed in public spaces in other parts of the world for many years. As technology, design and seamless integration have improved and been brought together, the popularity has increased. This has provided a flow-on effect to designs hitting the Australian market. Sigma80-reflective-glass-blue Introducing the Geberit Sigma 80, designed by Daniel Irányi The actuator plate of the Geberit Sigma80, available in reflective or black glass, has ingenious sensors that respond to motion. By waving your hand in front of the full or half light field, you can activate the flushing mechanism. A choice of five different lighting colours means you can tailor your button to suit your bathroom style with just a few simple hand movements. Electricity consumption is minimised via the automatic standby mode. Available from Reece reece.com.au/bathrooms Geberit geberit.com.au/Sigma80  abc
Architecture
Homes

Can a floating staircase transform a home?

  Downsizing after many years in a wide, three-storey Victorian house, the owners of this much smaller Carlton residence were concerned from the outset of the project that the spaces would feel cramped and tiny. “But the client’s sense of the space now is quite the opposite,” laughs architect Karen Abernethy, who was engaged for the renovation.   Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-01 Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-03   Abernethy’s brief called for a singular volume added to the rear and minimal detailing to the front, with the added elements to work sympathetically with the original part of the house. It also contains a small studio at the rear of the block with working, bathroom and sleeping spaces over two levels. “The remodeling of the house aimed to provide the family with a home that is a sanctuary,” she says.   Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-02 Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-04   The jewel in the crown is the brick lattice screen and glazing to the upper level, which creates a dance of light and shadow whether viewed from outside looking in or vice versa. As well as providing a visual aesthetic, the screen also permits light into the upstairs space, which comprises an open mezzanine that could double as a second bedroom.   Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-07   The emphasis on natural light is also enhanced through the construction of a new stair to the mezzanine upstairs. It’s built from a series of steel rods that suspend the treads from above. “The result is a stair that’s invisible, maintaining the visual connection from the internalised kitchen/dining area to the garden,” Abernethy says.   Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-06   The traditional front part of the house has been paired back to one dividing wall to the hallway, with the rest of the spaces divided by full height joinery ‘inserts’ that cleverly form a study/entry, bedroom and robe, plus bathroom/laundry.   Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-08 Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-09 Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-10   As a result, the house operates as a simple and spacious one-bedroom house, but has the potential to accommodate another four people without feeling oversized. With each space offering its own particular, continually changing quality of light and visual connection to the outside, it’s little wonder this project has become so popular. Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-11   Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-12 Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-15 Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-14
Photography by Scottie Cameron   DROPBOX
  Architect: Karen Abernethy Architects Architecture team: Karen Abernethy + Louisa Macleod Kind of project: Residential Awards: Houses Magazine Awards 2014 – Best Alterations & Additions under 200 square meters (Commendation) Think Brick Awards 2014 – Horbury Hunt Residential Award (Finalist) Location: Carlton, Melbourne Parameters of project: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (house) + 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom (studio) Date of project completion: 2013 Karen Abernethy Architects karenabernethy.com   abc
Architecture
Design Products
Homes

Could this be the ultimate in storage design?

  The Poliform design team overcame the challenges within the existing floor plan of the apartment which included restrictive structural columns, bulk heads and staircases to create a design that is flexible and still provide the client with the dream home they envisaged.   REX_006 REX_004   The Matrix kitchen sees a highly customized joinery solution which included the specific brief to incorporate a hidden service area and wine fridge into the design. Cupboards were included in both sides of the island bench to allow for additional storage and pocket door units were placed on an appliance cupboard for everyday items such as toasters to be neatly closed away.   REX_005 REX_003   The Living room is home to the Sintesi Entertainment system and a desk area which is ideal for a busy family. Within the bedroom the Dream bed by Marcel Wanders elongates the room with low panels to allow for the lower ceiling heights of the apartment. While the light switches were retrofitted into bed panels as a functional, custom design for the bedside lights.   REX_007 REX_013   Another example of thorough planning and clever design is the New Entry Wardrobes. Built around the existing bathrooms and services, Poliform concealed a duct by incorporating a false wall which blended seamlessly with the rest of the wardrobe, as well as access panels installed in the top of the robes for the existing services.   REX_002 REX_001   Poliform poliform.com.auabc
Happenings
What's On

Art and Design for all: Semi-Permanent

Above: Noah Taylor   With a number of high profile speakers in various fields still to be announced, first release tickets are on sale now. The list of luminaries that hail from world over will include: Noah Taylor (Australian Artist/Actor), Ben Quilty (2011 Archibald Prize Winner) Anna Wili Highfield (Artist/ Sculptor), Patrick Clair (Emmy Award Winning Director and Animator), (Jason Woodside (LA based artist and collaborator), Craig Anderson (Professional Surfer), Hayden Cox (Photographer and Visual Artist), Murray Fredericks (Photographer/Visual Artist) and a first of its kind Stanley Donwood interactive and retrospective exhibition.   PatrickClair_TrueDetective Above: Patrick Clair Stanley_Donwood_2 Above: Stanley Donwood BenQuilty_1 Above: Ben Quilty   The above speakers will headline the annual event, Joined by a number of other masterminds in their significant creative fields. The event at Carriageworks will host two days of presentations, exhibitions, installations, screenings and workshops, and is the opening event of Vivid Sydney. The event is again set to engage and inspire Australia’s creative communities, encouraging them to think global.   Jason_Woodside_1 Above: Jason Woodside HaydenShapes_2 Above: Hayden Shapes   “With nearly 10 000 people attending our previous events, we’re crafting our next Sydney event to be a bespoke experience that truly inspires and enables creative minds from both Australia and abroad. Our next event will have something for the prolific designer, and the every day passer by,” says event founder Murray Bell.   HaydenShapes_1 Above: Hayden Shapes MurrayFredericks_1 Above: Murray Fredricks   Semi-Permanent Sydney 22-23 May 2014 Carriageworks, Eveleigh Sydney Semi Permanent semipermanent.com  abc
Design Hunters
People

Design Hunter Q+A: Sarah Beetson

  Name: Sarah Beetson Where you are from/live: From Cheshire, UK – Live in Wongawallen Queensland, Australia What you do: I’m an illustrator and artist When did you first know you wanted to be a... When I was 8, I had 3 ambitions – to win Wimbledon (but I turned out to be not great at tennis…), to be a rockstar (unfortunately I can’t sing…), or to be a children’s book illustrator like Quentin Blake. I got close to the third one! Your latest project: I recently illustrated Wonderwoman for Smithsonian Mag in the US. I also completed a top secret job which I can’t talk about until July 2015 when the campaign is due to launch (sorry!) I’m working on 2 other illustration jobs currently, plus I’m continually working on a large body of work based around Coney Island, New York, USA, where I completed a 3 month artist residency earlier this year. Please tell a bit about this, what were the highs and what were the challenges? How did you overcome these? My latest series from Coney Island involves painted polaroids containing fairground – themed song lyrics. With the commissioned projects, there are usually tweaks, edits and changes to the illustrations to be made. I really enjoy the challenge of working to brief alongside a clients direction.   Coney Island Illustrations   Three people that inspire/excite you: 1) Amanda Palmer 2) Stella McCartney 3) John Waters What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: Vintage Volkswagen Beetle Chair model: I REALLY need to get myself a) a great desk chair for working at the computer and b) an angled stool for drawing at my desk/easel. Recommendations are most welcome!!! Residential space: The most fun places I have lived apart from my cute little house in Australia, are my friend’s houseboat on The Thames in London – formerly a Motor Torpedo boat which sunk a battleship in WW2, (I really enjoyed being rocked to sleep on the water and negotiating the perils of drawing at high tide), and the artist loft I stayed at during my NY residency in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – where I did my spraypainting on the rooftop overlooking the East River, Crysler and Empire State buildings. I am ridiculously lucky to spend 3-6 months per year overseas. Commercial space: my studio. Its huge and purpose built on the farm where I live, and a stones throw from my house, so I have the perfect balance of working as much as I care to. Decorative product: Standard school art supply Australian Glow Paint Functional product: My Windsor & Newton table top travel Easel. Soooo useful for trips overseas. Handmade good: I recently developed dairy intolerance, so I’m baking my own dairy free raspberry chocolate cheesecakes using cashew nuts Mass-produced good: Pilot G tec C pens. They have the best giant selection of rainbow colours of any fineline drawing pen, and come in 4 width sizes. Item in your studio: My new mascot, a vintage 1960s Gund clown doll very like the one in my tattoo. His name is Pierrot and he’s super cute. Also, my 2 hens Anna Piaggi and Iris Apfel like to come in and hang out, as does Mr Hoppity my wallaby neighbour.   BFC-Erdem   Time of day to work/play: I used to be a total night owl, and whilst I still occasionally pull an all-nighter prior to an art show or for an illustration job deadline. These days I tend to enjoy the long sunny Queensland days, begun with my morning yoga routine, followed by a long day in the studio. Meal: My boyfriends incredible prawn burritos, with mango salsa and fresh homegrown veggies. Restaurant: Chin Chin or Tokushima in Melbourne. Drink: Aperol spritz or Lindauer Fraise Bar: KGB bar hidden away in The West Village, NYC Piece of technology: I certainly would not have developed the career I’ve had without the internet. Historical figure: Opal Whitely Fictional character: Billie Jean from the movie ‘The Legend of Billie Jean’ Vice: red wine. Virtue: yoga / pilates What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? It makes me think of a creative person or artist striving to achieve their finished work. Who are two people you’d call Design Hunters? Well, I guess I am one – I am also a talent scout for my Illustration Agent, Illustrationweb.com, and constantly on the lookout for great new illustration.   Sarah Beetson will be attending Supergraph art fair this February in Melbourne.   abc
Happenings
What's On

Penelope Seidler in conversation: Art and Architecture

  During the discussion, with Sydney Living Museums’ Head of Programs Dr Sophie Leiberman, the famed architect and art patron will reflect on life, art and architecture, and share her personal experiences as Harry Seidler’s most important creative collaborator. Following the talk, exhibition curator, Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon will lead an informative guided tour of the Museum of Sydney's blockbuster exhibition: Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture. This is the first major exhibition on the distinguished architect to feature never-before-seen original artworks from the Seidler family collection including works by: Frank Stella, Alexander Calder, Max Dupain and Lin Utzon. This talk and guided exhibition tour are a must-see for architects, art and design enthusiasts and story lovers everywhere.   When: Sunday 22 February, 2PM–3.15PM Where: Museum of Sydney Tickets: General $40, Concession and SLM Members $35 Bookings: slm.is/architecture   abc
Architecture
NOT HOMES

EPICUREAN OASIS: IRVING PLACE CAFÉ

  The previous tenant had shut up shop months prior to Mitch + Dane taking over the tenancy and left their fitout in situ. The challenge was to re-use as many of the existing elements as possible without inheriting the “food court kiosk pallor” of the space. Georgia says, “we basically stripped the existing kiosk back to its most basic form and, from there, provided an overlay of simple, sophisticated and functional finishes to suit the fresh, seasonal fare on offer.”   IP8©TobyScott IP9©TobyScott IP10©TobyScott   Food is increasingly becoming an integral part of the retail shopping experience. A recent survey conducted by Urbis suggests that Australia’s city-based office workers spend an extraordinary $10 billion a year on retail goods and services including café lunches and upwards of 2 million coffees per week. Proprietor, Mitch Suchowacki, says, “after working in the city ourselves, we had noticed the market is saturated with bought-in cabinet food and that there was a distinct lack of quality coffee. This is why we create everything in house.”   IP6©TobyScott IP7©TobyScott   Existing cold, display storage cabinets were replaced with open bench space allowing customers to watch and take part in the pour over filter coffee process whilst their food is cooked fresh in the adjacent commercial kitchen. Retail display shelving was installed to showcase everything a coffee connoisseur might need to brew at home including custom coffee cups bearing the Irving Place monogram designed by Luke Hollamby.   IP3©TobyScott IP4©TobyScott IP5©TobyScott   Exit Eighty Six were engaged to fabricate new American Oak table tops for existing table bases, which were re-finished in black powdercoat. They also built the feature furniture piece for the space - a large, communal table - which offers a great place for solo visitors to stop for a quick coffee and flick through a magazine or for larger groups to gather for lunch. Irving Place is sister café to hole-in-the-wall coffee and sweets haunt, Gramercy Coffee and Eats. For both ventures Mitch says, “we wanted to create this idea of a beautiful place to escape the craziness of the city.”   IP2©TobyScott  
Photography by Toby Scott   DROPBOX
Interior Designer: Georgia Cannon Graphic Designer: Luke Hollamby Custom Furniture: Exit Eighty Six Builder: Barrett Shopfitting Date of project completion: 2014 Location: The Wintergarden, Brisbane Cityabc