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Accessories

Experience Northern Bathing

  fade13 fade3 Fade is a collection of vessels and furniture for the bathroom consisting of 13 pieces all derived from the same motif - a low ash table, ash and copper mirror, and a collection of ceramic trays and vessels in parian clay. fade12 fade2 Beginning with a period of research on the subject of bathing we began to view it as both ritual and a metaphor for the work. To see ritual and water as both a transforming element and a moment of reflection. This is the foundation for the collection. The aim was the representation of the invisible, of transformation within the objects. fade8 fade7 We approached this from two perspectives, East and West. The Eastern view of the object is that it is arising, a result of interaction with its surroundings. The Western view of the object as being, it is itself, only placed in its surroundings. This duality of perspectives was merged into one, an inner form from a Western viewpoint and the outer from the Eastern, the material between the two forms becomes the object and captures a moment of transformation. fade1 fade5 Individually each object shows a geometry with a tension shifting between relaxed and tight, while the collection as a whole presented in shifting tones produces a view on bathing as ceremony and nature as a transformative element. The collection will be presented at the Ventura Lambrate design district in April during Salone Internazionale del Mobile. johnastbury.com kyuhyungcho.com cosmit.it/en/salone_internazionale_del_mobile
Photography by Stephanie Wiegner Ceramics Prototypes // Supawan Sihapoompichit For more information please contact john@johnastbury.comabc
Architecture
Homes

6 homes that embrace brick

  1 | Pixel House, South Korea PIX_SZ_HIGH_13 PIX_SZ_HIGH_02   Slade Architecture x Mass Studies See the full story here
  2 | Cubo House, Melbourne, Australia 131130-Alfred-Crescent-0336 131130-Alfred-Crescent-0334 131130-Alfred-Crescent-0358 PHOOEY Architects / Photography by Peter Bennetts   See the full story here
  3 | Inner-suburban Warehouse, Melbourne, Australia

  Kister Architects / Photography by Justin Bernhaut

 

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  4 | Park Lane home, Melbourne, Australia KennNol_Edmund0042 KN_CliftonHill_17 KennNol_Edmund0014 Kennedy Nolan / Photography by Derek Swalwell
  5 | Hello House, Melbourne, Australia IMG_2266-Lowres-Hello-House IMG_2214-Edit-2-Lowres-Hello-House IMG_2225-Edit-Lowres-Hello-House   OOF! Architecture / Photography by Nic Granleese See the full story here
  6 | Jewel House, Melbourne, Australia Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-07 Jewel-House-Karen-Abernethy-Architects-Habitus-Living-11 Karen Abernethy Architects / Photography by Scottie Cameron See the full story here
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Design Products
Accessories

Accessories for Contemplation: Daily Poetry

'Daily Poetry' is a collection of luxurious objects made from hand-blown glass, brass-plated gold, wood and coloyred pigments transform magically through movement. The objects are inspired by the visualisation of time, old-fashioned children toys and the ever-changing elements in nature. 3_oasis-in-time 3_highres_daily-poetry 5b_golden-egg
“When we grow older, we can lose our open mind to the world and it becomes so much more difficult to live in the moment,”. “Playing and laughing can bring us back to the here and now. [It's] so vital for our well-being.”
  1_highres_dailypoetry 9_highres_daily-poetry   Ingrid Hulskamp ingridhulskamp.comabc
Design Products
Fixed & Fitted

Geberit – A Legacy of Innovation

Today, Geberit is the European market leader for concealed toilet cisterns, sanitary ware and piping systems. With its family lineage harking back to Gebert’s early endeavours, and Swiss know-how for technical innovation, the company is represented in 41 countries and has 6200 employees. Caspar-Melchior-Albert-Gebert-1874Caspar Melchior Albert Gebert Its very first milestone arrived as Gebert’s two sons, Albert Emil and Leo Gebert patented their ‘Phoenix’ invention - a wooden cistern set to become the cornerstone of the business. Geberit-Wood-cistern-1905'Phoenix' cistern Their next was buying a 1.493sq m block of land for a new production plant, located in the same town as the original business, Rapperswil. It led to another groundbreaking product – a plastic cistern – that coincided with the appointment of the third generation of the family, Heinrich Gebert and his brother Klaus. First-generation_concealed-cistern_1964 First generation concealed cistern, 1964 Together, the two entrepreneurs drove the business internationally and exponentially, creating the first concealed cistern, and expanding into countries including Paris, Germany, the United States, Mexico, China, India, South Africa, Qatar and many more. Sales exceeded one billion Swiss Francs and Geberit listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange in 1999. 1960-70s_historical-picture_assembly1960s-70s Geberit assembly line As a result, Geberit’s products have been used in many of the world’s most prestigious buildings, including Le Louvre Lens museum in France, buildings for London’s Olympic Games, the Princes-Elisabeth-Station in Antarctica and CCTV Tower, headquarters of Chinese Central Television, which was voted the ‘Best Tall Building Worldwide’. Along with ‘Phoenix’, plastic and concealed cisterns, and various piping systems, Geberit creates products to suit each country’s trends and latest requirements. For example, in Australia it launched an ultra-thin cistern, to conform to our three-inch thick walls. 2012_Sigma50_customized_dark_shale Geberit Sigma50 The company is also renowned for looking after its 3000 sales staff around the world. Through ‘Living Geberit’ workshops, it organises for staff to learn about the business, and the company's Social Commitment program, launched in 2008, is designed to make a sustainable contribution to improving quality of life by helping people in developing regions to have better basic sanitary services. Romania,-Bucharest 2013 project in Bucharest, Romania Winning many high profile awards over the years, Geberit continues to innovate and set trends in the industry. Well hung and well sprung – Geberit is set for many more decades of design pioneering. Bathroom_long 1_1-Logo_Geberit_cmyk_coated Geberit geberit.com.au abc
Architecture
Homes

Exploring tapestry and stitching in Architecture

  Fiona Dunin of FMD Architects is well versed in working with timber – she worked with wood luminary John Wardle for six years – but an opportunity to apply her skills in a more unusual way arose when contemplating a new house renovation for her client. “The only particularly requirement was to find a place in the design for three tapestries that the client’s mother had made,” Fiona says.   140125-Cross-Stitch-House-0354   The practicalities of the brief were to create new living spaces, move the kitchen and bathroom, and increase the overall natural light to the house – a dark, damp Victorian terrace in Melbourne’s inner city. Always keen to celebrate each project’s unique elements, Dunin and her team decided to explore traditions of tapestry and stitching techniques in the renovation. “Our design approach established the concept of stitching the new house from the old,” Dunin says.   140125-Cross-Stitch-House-0606 140125-Cross-Stitch-House-0496 140125-Cross-Stitch-House-0573   The new, rear kitchen and living space features timber beams that form the thread, which not only stitch this new space to the existing house, but also extend out to the western courtyard. They converge into a large timber column, similar to a bobbin thread, while the timber threads twist over the western courtyard façade to present a sense of unravelling. “They also provide added shading to the living area, which will soon be overgrown with greenery,” Dunin says.   140125-Cross-Stitch-House-0172 140125-Cross-Stitch-House-0081   Within the project is no sense of the new beginning and the old ending, but rather an integrated approach to architecture, interior and landscaping, along with Dunin’s well-documented interest in asymmetrical patterns. “The traditional and the new are in constant dialogue through the built elements,” she says. Natural elements and sunlight are added through carefully positioned skylights, a water garden and courtyards, designed to enhance ventilation and air access. “All materials are locally sourced,” Dunin says. “They are just used in rich and inventive ways.” The house now introduces a spaciousness rare in this part of inner Melbourne. “It’s an oasis in the middle of the city,” Dunin laughs.   140125-Cross-Stitch-House-0235 140125-Cross-Stitch-House-0665
Photography by Peter Bennetts DROPBOX
Architect: FMD Architects Architect team: Fiona Dunin, Andrew Carija, Robert Kolak Landscape architect: Eckersley Garden Architecture Awards: Shortlisted in the Houses House Alteration and Addition Under 200sq m Kind of project: Residential Location: Melbourne Date of project completion: 2013 FMD Architects fmdarchitects.com.au abc
Design Hunters
People

Design Hunter Q+A: Liam Bowden

  Name: Liam Bowden Where you are from/live: Auckland, New Zealand What you do: Creative Director for Deadly Ponies   Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-01   When did you first know you wanted to be a Creative Director: As far as I can remember I always wanted to create. When I was younger I wanted to be a sculptor but I ended up pursuing graphics, which funnily enough led me here! Your latest project: We collaborated with Katie Lockhart on a canvas collection for her boutique Everyday Needs Where you find inspiration: Everywhere. I am inspired by the world around me; people, nature and experiences all influence by design process. Sometimes it can be the strangest of this – I once designed an entire range based on a napkin print Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-05 Three people that inspire/excite you: 1) Brancuzi – his incredible works have inspired our new retail interiors. 2) Our Team. I am lucky to have a team of brilliant minds around me who have helped steer a new direction for the business over the past couple of years. I think an inspirational workplace is the key to success. 3) Max Ernst – I have always loved his works.   Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-17   What is your favourite… Car/bike/plane/boat model: Any Air New Zealand plane, they really are the best airline to fly Chair model: Faye Toogood’s Roly Poly chair Residential space: Our home. Although I have run out of space for my knick-knacks – so my house with more shelving would be ideal Commercial space: I must admit I’m a big fan of our new workroom. We converted an old warehouse and worked with Katie Lockhart on the fit out Decorative product: I recently acquired one of Gary Nash’s old concrete pots that he used to mix glass colours- it’s incredible but very sharp Functional product: Sunscreen lotion – any excuse to lie there just a little bit longer Handmade good: Works by Bronwyn Cornish Mass-produced good: Apple Item in your studio: We are lucky to have quite a few works by Steve Carr in the workroom. My favourite is his donut piece   Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-13   Time of day to work/play: Work before lunch and play after Meal: Macaroni cheese Restaurant: The Engine Room Drink: Sparkling water- wild I know Bar: Home on the deck Piece of technology: Sonos – different music in every room, it stops fights Historical figure: Napoleon - only because our winter range is inspired by French revolutionaries Fictional character: Pegasus Vice: Sleeping in and chocolate Virtue: Finding a silver lining   Deadly-Ponies-Habitus-Living-03   What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you: When you can spend five hours in a vintage shop and know there is still so much more to see Who are two people you’d call Design Hunters: Deb Smith one of our photographers and Justine Russel-Cowan, a very good friend who always finds the most incredible treasures   DEADLY PONIES deadlyponies.com See our feature on the Deadly Ponies store here.  abc
Architecture
NOT HOMES
Places

The Significance of Culture through Design

  “Our brief was to refurbish the existing members bar as well as create a destination bar for major sporting events,” explains Dana Hutchins, Senior Interior Designer at Technē. “We wanted to honour the era and history of the building with an interior and experience which had a defining character, rich in texture and pattern and an overall elegance appropriate for MRC members, whilst maintaining a focus on the idea of a ‘traditional’ bar.”   madallion1   Overall, Technē’s design is a reinterpretation of the “atmospheric qualities and architectural details” drawn from classic art deco Australian pubs, as demonstrated in their characterisation of the ‘classic’ front bar and the large island bar, the latter featuring large bullnose detailing, dark routed oak panelling, terrazzo patterned tiling and brass features.   medallion2   Critically, Technē needed to ensure that view lines to the track and finish line were substantially opened up through the redesign. As a result, the plan centres around the large island bar orientated east-west in the space. The team were also required to ensure clear view lines to the large number of TVs (approx. 40!) in the space as well as to reduce their visual impact, ensuring an attractive space for non-racing events.   medallion3   “We also consolidated the number of entrances to allow for the easy flow of members from the members’ lawn (trackside) and the connections deck (located at the rear of the grandstand) to the members’ bar,” explains Hutchins. “An additional challenge was to create a flexible space which could comfortably accommodate 500 people (on major race days) but which still had the character and interest of a pub when occupied by smaller numbers. To achieve this, we introduced a combination of fixed dry bars and a variation of chairs and tables to break up the space and provided multiple perching points for the large race days.”   madallion1   Holistically, the space boasts both the warmth and intimacy of a local pub and the grandeur of a culturally significant sporting destination.   TECHNE ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN techne.com.auabc
Design Products
ADVERTORIALS
Accessories

Lamp Gras, The Original Articulated Lamp.

  The NEW Lamp Gras XL In & Out are the latest edition to the very successful series of wall, ceiling and floor lamps, destined to become the new icon of outdoor lighting.   19159922_n304-xl_day   Their wonderfully simple aesthetic is perfectly designed help make the outside of the home a new living space in which lighting - often a neglected feature when it comes to the exterior - is a crucial element in setting the tone and atmosphere.   19159921_n304xl90-222-xl_day   True to its original premise - no screws or welded joints in the basic form - these wonderfully generous lights are specifically designed for outdoor use, perfectly put together to withstand the intense rigours of the Australian climate.   19159918_n217-xl_day   The Lampes Gras XL series is built to shipbuilding standards, being resistant to rain, snow and salt-water as well as to extremes of heat and cold, using materials made to withstand the elements: stainless steel for the body, silicon for the waterproof seals and borosilicate glass for the reflector casing.   19159916_n217-213-xl_night   Spence & Lyda spenceandlyda.com.auabc
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Design Products
Fixed & Fitted

Elegance and Precision in Wardrobe Design

  Elegantly designed down to the finest detail by Officinadesign Lema under the guidance of Piero Lissoni, Armadio al Centimetro's focus is ultimate flexibility - not only dimensional, but materials, elements, finishes, accessories and equipment. And with doors available in a multitude of styles and profiles the possibilities for creating a truly unique, intimate and timeless wardrobe space are near infinite.   19159917_rogerseller_living_wardrobes_banner_hero2 19159918_rogerseller_living_wardrobes_banner_hero3   Working together, Rogerseller will bring your design to life playing the role of translator, interpreting your vision and utilising distinctive Lema elements to produce a truly unique result. Lema is on display in the Rogerseller Melbourne showroom.   19159919_rogerseller_living_wardrobes_banner_hero4 19159920_rogerseller_living_wardrobes_banner_hero5 19159921_rogerseller_living_wardrobes_banner_hero6   Rogerseller rogerseller.com.auabc
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Design Products
Furniture

Safety By Design

  It is a question often asked – how can we plan for safety and accessibility without compromising the principles of design? Without adequate research and resources, bathroom design for the less able client can present a limited range of choices and a high chance of sterile, clinical outcomes. Unless we embrace the principle of Archability®… Archability® is a fusion of architecture and the universally recognised need for accessibility for all persons. It is the shower seat of warmto- touch anatomically moulded plastic; it is the ‘SOFT’ grab rail in stylish muted neutral tones; it is about creating accessible private bathrooms – not public changing facilities. A division of assistive technology provider Active Mobility, Archability® has partnered with French manufacturer Pellet ASC – specialists in comfort and safety for the bathroom environment. This partnership brings to Australia one of the widest ranges of accessible bathroom products, influenced by French designer agencies EDDS and PhilMoineDesign.   hero2   Pellet products are designed and manufactured in compliance with the force requirements of the European Standard EN 12182, 1999 (technical helps for disabled persons). Manufacturing quality is guaranteed by TÜV certification and CE marking indicates production according to the European Rule 93/42/EEC for medical devices. The Pellet/Archability® alliance offers stylish shower seats, grab rails, angle adjustable mirrors, height adjustable basin supports and walk-in bathtubs. To ergonomics, design and manufacturing quality, Pellet adds a commitment in the fight against infection with Cu+. The Cu+ range of accessories uses the natural antimicrobial qualities of the copper to this effect. Active Mobility activemobility.com.au abc