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Candana announces a masterpiece of modern bathroom culture

  The Centro Duo Oval is crafted through state-of-the-art manufacturing, creating a bath with enamelled panelling in a seamless finish. As a masterpiece of engineering and fine craftsmanship, the Meisterstück Centro Duo Oval is the key to desired spacious bathroom architecture due to the ability of positioning of the bath anywhere in the room. Bringing technology into the bathroom, the bathtub provides optional features to enhance the individual bathing experience, including the new Sound Wave bath audio system with the bath acting as the sound box. Sound Wave allows bathers to enjoy a hot bath immersing themselves - quite literally – in their favourite tunes. Other special features include the Kaldewei whirl system Vivo Vita for pure, all-round relaxation or the Kaldewei electronic controls Comfort Select. Kaldewei kaldewei.co.uk Kaldewei_Meisterstueck_Centro_Duo_Oval_1 Kaldewei_Meisterstueck_Centro_Duo_Oval_3 Kaldewei_Meisterstueck_Centro_Duo_Oval_9 Kaldewei_Meisterstueck_Centro_Duo_Oval_5abc
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Discover a whole new Australian design scene in Sydney this August

  It’s just one week out from the event and we’re already seeing local designers and brands planting the seeds for a series of collaborative engagements that will make your Sydney Indesign experience truly memorable. Sydney brands you know and love – at Hill Street Precinct Head for the hills – literally! – at Hill Street Precinct in Surry Hills where Arthur G, Luxmy, Workshopped and Euroluce are teaming up with Design by Toko for The Project. It promises to be a five-way Australian design collaboration that will be sure to wow. Have those phone cameras ready! All Aussie furniture on show at Galleria Galleria is shaping up to be a very lively mix of designer furniture brands with plenty of locally designed and manufactured products on show – and even a few first-time exhibitors! Be the first to discover fresh homemade talent – all ready to do design business. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie: Stylish design on our shores Staple & Co Making their debut at Sydney Indesign is Staple & Co. Specialising in beautiful sofas and beds, Staple & Co have plenty of design stories to share. At Sydney Indesign they team up with fellow Sydney-siders C+M Studio to launch a brand new sofa. Collaborating with C+M Studio, Staple & Co will also stage The Project from an exciting pop-up space in Surry Hills. Jardan It doesn’t get much more Australian than renowned design brand Jardan. The quintessential Australian company launches a new compact-living furniture collection at SID this year. As always, designed and handcrafted on our shores, the collection is exciting, eclectic and, of course, oh-so Australian! The world's top design brands and best international products launching in Sydney The best design our international industry has to offer is about to hit Sydney! We're just 6 weeks out from Sydney's biggest commercial design event of the year, and our Exhibitors are gearing up to reveal their latest releases fresh off the shipping containers. Pre-register now.abc
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Can we appreciate Design as Art?

When thinking of art as a creative endeavour, it’s common to imagine the artist as someone with an innate skill that can then be honed through training. While undoubtedly subjective, the reasons people enjoy art primarily stem from an aesthetic appreciation. So how is this different to design? Design seems to have to be seen as functional or utilitarian first, and visually pleasing second. Tables serve a purpose; chairs serve a purpose. Even more ‘artistic’ objects of design like a vase or teacup serve a purpose. Where should the focus lie? Perhaps this split has to do with the revered nature of art — it’s placed on walls, hung in galleries and displayed, not to be touched. But objects of design like a knife or a table, by their very nature are intended to be handled. Should this mean a less revered position for design against art? And what should a designer’s response to this divide be? Wishbone Custom Wishbone table in bronze, combining art with industrial design Catapult Design is one company that enjoys playing with the blurring of this line between art and design that has seen it support artists from its inception, from works by Charles Herbet hanging in its showroom to the recent support for the AGNSW Society annual member’s draw to raise money for the procurement of art. As for why they’ve had this focus, “We’re actively trying to encourage people to see them as much more akin than apart,” says Catapult Co-founder Leigh Johnson. “Both in obvious ways and by the way of our collection, which has been curated around this shared idea of timelessness.” Perhaps it is this idea of timelessness, and the pursuit of it, where design and art most strongly overlap. Catapult’s collection certainly expresses this idea. “Many of our most prominent selections very much reflect the idea that good design is akin to good art. Barbera Design is one example of this,” says co-founder Aaron Zorzo. “Daniel Barbera is an artist essentially, working in industrial design, but making these extraordinarily beautiful pieces that are incredibly and inherently functional.” Beautiful and functional is right. Barbera Design’s Lovelock coat stand and Bronze Table unsurprisingly take pride of place in Catapult’s showroom ground floor. Bronze-table-and-Uccio-leather-dining-chair This appreciation for the artistic flourish in design is where great design lies, and why Catapult’s range is as remarkable as it is. Whether one’s taste aligns more with artistic beauty or functional utility, great design should feature enough of both. Catapult Design catapultdesign.net.au Wishbone2 Sine-Table Lovelock-coatstandabc
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The international design scene is about to hit Sydney

Register your attendance online, and join us for three days of complete design immersion. It’s your chance to take back your time and let us lead you on a spectacular design journey… you’re sure to meet a few famous faces along the way! Here are two famous faces from the brands that you love. John Christakos – Blu Dot Co-founder and CEO of the cheekiest furniture brand out there, John Christakos, is crossing the Atlantic to join Blu Dot’s Australian team at their Alexandria showroom for Sydney Indesign. From what we’ve read of John, he’s sure to have a great sense of humour and an even better sense of good design! You can also catch him providing feedback to our local design talent at the Launch Pad Finalist Exhibition. Janice Feldman – JANUS et Cie Business maverick Janice Feldman is JANUS et Cie’s President and CEO. She hails from California but lives in Singapore and is renowned for being a visionary in areas of sustainability and material innovation. She’s also a trained artist and interior designer specialising in graphic arts and industrial design. This marks JANUS et Cie’s first time showing in Australia! You can pre-register at sydneyindesign.com.au.abc
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LiveLife Design Hunter Series tickets on sale!

  Tickets for the LiveLife Design Hunter Series are now on sale! LiveLife Design Hunter Series will span three topics including; 'Art, design & architecture. The intersection of creativity', 'Longevity & Icons: Is the age of the icon over?' and 'Future of the Home: Models of living in the future'.   FSP_LiveLife_20130816_013 Art, design & architecture. The intersection of creativity How do these creative elements intersect? Can you have one without the other? How are they different? Why are they important and to whom? Speakers: Gene Sherman, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Nahji Chu, misschu, and Nick Tobias, Tobias Partners. Where: Spence & Lyda Showroom, 184 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills When: Friday, 14th August - 11:30am Cost: $40, click here to reserve your place   FSP_LiveLife_20130816_019 Longevity & Icons: Is the age of the icon over? (Friday session) What is an ‘icon’? What is the purpose in discussing them? Why is it an important concept? Why not? How does someone or something become an icon? What happens when this occurs? Why are we so obsessed with icons? How does the concept of sustainability tie in with the concept of icons? Speakers: Sam Marshall and Tim Ross. Where: KE-ZU Showroom, Level 1, 69 O'Riordan Street, 
Alexandria When: Friday, 14th August - 12:00pm Cost: $40, >click here to reserve your place   FSP_LiveLife_20130816_022 Longevity & Icons: Is the age of the icon over? (Saturday Session) What is an ‘icon’? What is the purpose in discussing them? Why is it an important concept? Why not? How does someone or something become an icon? What happens when this occurs? Why are we so obsessed with icons? How does the concept of sustainability tie in with the concept of icons? Speakers: Meryl Hare and Luigi Rossell. Where: Living Edge Showroom, The Woolstores, Shed 74, 4D Huntley Street When: Saturday, 15th August - 11:00am Cost: $40, click here to reserve your place   FSP_LiveLife_20130816_071 Future of the Home: Models of living in the future How will we live in the future? What are the concerns and considerations? Why is the idea of community important and how do you create it or make the most of it? How do we achieve a balance of community and privacy in communal living? What direction will materials, finishes and colours take in future homes? Speakers: Koichi Takada, Hannah Tribe and William Smart. Where: Jardan, 31 Dunning Ave, Rosebery When: Saturday, 15th August - 2:00pm Cost: $40, click here to reserve your place   Buy tickets to LiveLife Design Hunter Series, 13–14 August at www.sydneyindesign.com.au/livelife-design-hunter-series/abc
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Crossing the line between commercial and personal with Wendy Bergman

Above: Little Hunter Wendy-cropped_1[1] Wendy Bergman Bergman is already renown in the local design scene for her striking designs of a number of Melbourne’s hipper eateries, including Meatball & Wine Co., Little Hunter, and most recently Flinders Lanes’s Woody.P. Woody.P is a contemporary space in the heart of Melbourne, and Bergman, along with Eades&Bergman partner Samantha Eades, created a modern and bespoke space, eschewing any notion of the coldness of modernity. Woody.P is characterised by exposed brickwork, polished wooden floors, textured glass and a tiled feature wall. 150602_WoodyP0009-3 150602_WoodyP0008-13 Woody.P It’s this sense of warmth in the face of contemporary design that Wendy channels in her latest project, the interiors of the new Nine High development in Melboune’s Thornbury. With the made for entertaining kitchens serving as the focus point for these new apartments, a sense of flourish and style was essential for the completion of this project. 150602_WoodyP0005-6 Woody.P "Designing for restaurants has a large influence in my approach to apartment design. The way people move around and function in a restaurant is crucial to how they feel in the space, this is also a major influence on how I design the interiors of a home,” says Wendy “Just as patrons love to engage in the dramas of an open restaurant kitchen so do family and friends love to engage in the creativity of the domestic master chef” Type-E_Final Nine High “Custom designing is an essential process in hospitality to express individuality and to have a unique experience, this naturally transpires into my designing of apartments and homes.” Living_Final Nine High Bergman brings a meticulous eye to the interior specifications and layout of Nine High. Light has long been a major informant of her eye-catching designs, and Nine High continues with; with atriums and light-wells populating the space, the apartments are drenched in natural light throughout. DSC_2083 Meatball & Wine Bar DSC_2084 Meatball & Wine Bar Eades&Bergman cites “A dedication to travel and staying ahead of trends” as a core value of their practice, and Bergman brings this over to the aesthetic of Nine High. Wendy Bergman’s unique approach to restaurant interiors is both very aesthetic-design oriented and functional, never forgetting the practicality of these spaces as areas of work and relaxation. Bringing this approach across to the home is as natural as the spaces themselves. Little-Hunter-(15) Little Hunter Eades&Bergman eadesandbergman.com NineHigh Apartments ninehighapartments.com.auabc
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Meizai introduces the 304 collection by Bentu

Steeped in minimalist Japanese design aesthetics, the 304 series of concrete lamps and planters utilises recycled building materials to craft the unique and architecturally inspired shape. The pendant lamp inspired the designers to create a planter using matching geometric shapes of the collection. The collection was labelled 304 based upon the corners that each geometric shape has: three, zero and four. This clever and playful naming flows through to the three planters from the collection, as their geometric shape simply mirrors the three pendants from above. _DSC4702 Bentu is an experimental design and architecture studio based in Shanghai. Launching at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan 2013, the Bentu range of architectural and contemporary lighting, furniture and accessories are crafted from recycled building materials to create modern and distinctive pieces. Each product demonstrates the potential of construction waste recycling and up-cycling. Meizai is the exclusive distributor of Bentu in Australia and New Zealand. Meizai meizai.com.au Bentu bentudesign.com _DSC4768 _DSC4697 _DSC4770 _DSC4699 _DSC4775 _DSC4696abc
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Nendo showcases innovative ‘seven doors’ collection for Abe Kogyo

  Launched during Milan Design Week 2015 at nendo’s solo exhibition, the ‘seven door’ designs commemorated the 70th anniversary of Abe Kogyo, a manufacturer of wooden front and interior doors, partitions, fixtures and custom-made furniture. Each door in the collection has a basic default design, and each one has been treated with a different idea drawing on various techniques and experiences. These new ideas include a smaller additional opening for children, a portal that wraps around corners, sliding portions and inbuilt storage. First, Nendo presents the ‘wall’. By covering this door with shelves and picture frames that one would usually fit to a wall, this unit dims the very concept of a door, allowing it to blend into the wall. The frames are easy to remove and reattach, and they have been fitted with a newly designed connector to prevent them from shaking when opening and closing the door. seven_doors18_akihiro_yoshida Next is the ‘hang’ door, which is fitted with internal 2.5mm magnet sheet, allowing the user to attach various accessories to it such as trays, dust bins, flower pots, vases, and other containers.  This design feature has given a new function to the door as a storage device, rather than just a thing to go in and out of. seven_doors15_akihiro_yoshida If you have children, the ‘baby’ door is for you. Abe Kogyo also manufactures various interior fittings for nurseries and pre-schools, and this gave rise to the idea of having adults and children walk through doors that match their respective sizes. seven_doors04_akihiro_yoshida The ‘kumiko’ door is quintesentially Japanese and features a technique called kumiko that gradually blends into the plain portion of the door. Wooden interior lattices without nails are assembled, which are most often used in creating door fixtures for traditional Japanese tatami rooms.  This is a design feature made possible only by the intricate handiwork of Abe Kogyo. seven_doors16_akihiro_yoshida The fifth door is the ‘lamp’, a door and lighting fixture in one, employing the wiring techniques used in electronic locks. seven_doors02_akihiro_yoshida The ‘slide’ door is much like a window blind. It can light in, a breeze through, and create a greater sense of connectivity between rooms. seven_doors09_akihiro_yoshida Finally, the ‘corner’ door allows the user to enter and exit through corners of a room, transforming the way we think about interior layout. seven_doors20_akihiro_yoshida Photos by Hiroshi Iwasakiabc
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10 great reasons to attend Sydney Indesign

  300+ of the world’s leading design brands Get ready for a design encounter of epic proportions with the likes of Abey Australia, Agape, Arthur G, At Work With Camira, Buzzispace, Coco Republic, Consetino, Dal Brands, Design By Them, Design Republic, Gibbon Group, Hub Furniture, Janus et Cie, Ke-Zu, Lamicolour Pfleidierer, Living Edge, Luxxbox, PGH Bricks & Pavers Sancal, Savage Design, Shaw Contract Group, Signature Floorconcepts, Smeg, Spence & Lyda, Studio Dossier, Stormtech, Sumbrella, Viabizzuno, Zip Industries and many more. Pre-register. 30 top Sydney flagship showrooms Sydney’s most elite design suppliers are rolling out the red carpet and welcoming you into their premier showrooms for a unique experience that blends brand, product and space. Pre-register. Discover 70+ design brands at Galleria Immerse yourself in world-class design at Galleria, a unique open-plan showcase featuring a curated mix of 70+ designers and brands from Australia and the world. Pre-register. Sensational installations with The Project In 2015 suppliers and retailers team up with creative teams to explore the theme of Ritual with interactive installations and exciting, sensory-rich activities. Taking place in showroom, The Project promises to be the highlight of your day! Pre-register. “If all the larger companies go to flexible workspace formats and practices then we really need to think about the nature of the space we provide for their workers” - David Rolls, Group Executive, Commercial Development Mirvac Join David Rolls and over 20 industry thought-leaders including Gavin Harris - Futurespace, James Calder - Calder Macmorran and Nick Tobias - Tobias Partners, as they debate the future of the workplace in our WorkLife Seminar Series. Pre-register. “Art, like architecture and design, needs to be accessible in order to survive” Find out what happens when art, architecture and design come together in everyday living environments with Habitus Editor, Nicky Lobo, and speakers including Hannah Tribe - Tribe Studio Architects, Meryl Hare – Hare & Klein, Luigi Rosselli – Luigi Rosselli Architects and Gene Sherman – SCAF. Pre-register. “Designers are either merchants or pastors - merchants want to make money and pastors protect ethics...” “But I don’t think these are necessarily mutually exclusive - I often wonder how the rest of the industry feels about it” – DQ Editor Sophia Watson leads a RoundTable Discussion on balancing business with creativity, design leadership styles and cross-industry influences on today’s design businesses. Pre-register. Fresh emerging Australian design Meet Launch Pad’s next wave of emerging designers with production-ready products just waiting to be discovered. Our Launch Pad program is geared towards exposing new talent, rewarding fresh ideas and helping your design career grow. “There are very few platforms that nurture wonderful young Australian designers in such a practical, career-defining way” – Adam Goodrum Pre-register. New design made in Australia Indulge your passion for beautiful Australian made product at Sydney Indesign. There’ll be plenty of incredible Australian designs on show, with key suppliers and independent designers sharing the story behind the skill and quality involved in designing for our local market. Pre-register. Purchase / Specify at Sydney Indesign Use Sydney Indesign to discover, purchase and specify new product during the event. We’re giving you the exclusive opportunity to purchase and specify the latest designs from the industry’s leading brands at exclusive discounted rates during Sydney Indesign. Pre-register.abc
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SPOILER ALERT! FIND OUT HOW TO PARTY WITH DESIGN’S GLITTERATI!

  For the first time in four years, Sydney Indesign is bringing back the industry’s most iconic bash! That’s right, the Sydney Indesign Wrap Party returns, giving you a chance to let your hair down and rub shoulders with 500+ of Australian design’s most iconic players! ap4 Sponsored by some of the design industry’s biggest names, our Founding Partner Light Culture and Official Wrap Party Sponsors BOLON and Sunbrella have some killer plans to make the night one to remember! ap3 Our Event Partners Luxmy Furniture, The Whitehouse Institute of Design Australia and Longleaf Tea Vodka are also in the mix, ready to raise the roof with some seriously exciting plans of their own! ap5 So what can you expect?... Well, we don’t want to give too much away... but we just can’t help ourselves so here’s a little taster: We are all about the gold standard at Sydney Indesign and so is our luminous Founding Partners Light Culture. On the night, they will be hosting a lucky door prize, giving you a chance to win a gold iPad mini! How do you win? – Be there or be square! ap6 Who doesn't think European glitz and glam when they think BOLON? The World-renowned show-stoppers and our Official Wrap Party Sponsors will this year create an imaginative, glamorous custom media wall! And if we know BOLON – it’s gonna be BIG! With professional design paparazzi circulating this red carpet bash, get snapped in true design celebrity style! ap8 Hosted in the stunningly iconic Whitehouse building in Surry Hills, kitted-out by Australian design hot-shots Luxmy Furniture, and fuelled by Longleaf Tea Vodka – that’s right… TEA VODKA – The Official Sydney Indesign Wrap Party is one not to be missed, so don’t be left out of the industry’s party of the year! ap7 Ok, ok so how the hell do I get a ticket!? Want an invite? All you need to do is pre-register @ Sydney Indesign and follow the prompts to purchase your ticket. Tickets officially go on sale to the public in t-minus 2 days! (Thursday 23rd July @ 3pm) Exhibitors, Partners and Sponsors receive 50% off the purchase price (just ‘cos we heart you) Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm Date: Saturday 15 August 2015 Venue: The Whitehouse Institute of Design, 2 Short Street, Surry Hills ap1 A huge thank you to our: Founding Partner // Light Culture Official Sydney Indesign Wrap Party Sponsors // BOLON and Sunbrella Event Partners // Luxmy Furniture and The Whitehouse Institute of Design Australia Beverage Partner // Longleaf Tea Vodka See you there!abc
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A.P.C. opens in Sydney

  Situated on Crown Street, Surry Hills, the Sydney A.P.C. (Atelier de Production et de Création) boutique is slightly hidden below street level, creating a unique subterranean perspective. Thin cement panels gradually overlap and lead into the store to form the ceiling, inviting passersby inside. Two cement screens define the geometry of the space, and converge towards a high window at the back of the store, that provides another source of light. A tiered textile display is constructed beneath this window for seating and to display accessories. Situated within the space are three plywood oak monoliths topped with glass structures that house the collections and allow shoppers to naturally traverse the space. The floor at every level is painted in khaki unifying the various elements. The store will house the full men’s and women’s collections as well as the denim range, accessories and collaborations. APC APC1 APC3 APC4 APC6abc
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Shiawase Banana for Unifrutti Japan transforms the humble banana

  The Shiawase Banana is a high-quality banana grown on a plantation in a national park at an altitude of over 1000 metres, located in the north-central region of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The name Shiawase Banana from Unifrutti Japan draws on the word shiawase, which translated to ‘happiness’ in Japanese. Nendo’s minimalist design for the packaging eschews extravagance, preferring to opt for neat and high quality perfectly befitting an environmentally friendly banana. This simple sticker on the surface of the banana peel is seamlessly integrated into the natural form on the banana. The sticker is double layered, with the first layer faithfully reproducing the textural feel and colours of the banana peel, even down to lifelike bruises and discolouration. When peeled, the second sticker has a story to read which channels the sense of shiawase. Continuing the environmentally sound message, Nendo’s design for the paper bag recalls the classic banana leaf shape. The carrier bag is designed so that when the string handle is removed the bananas can be easily withdrawn from the bag. It is only after spreading the bag open that the design reveals itself. A detailed description of the Shiawase Banana is included on the reverse side of the bag. shiawase_banana_akihiro_yoshida9 shiawase_banana_akihiro_yoshida2 shiawase_banana_akihiro_yoshida1 shiawase_banana_akihiro_yoshida shiawase_banana_akihiro_yoshida5 shiawase_banana_akihiro_yoshida7 shiawase_banana_akihiro_yoshida6 Nendo nendo.jp Photos by Akihiro Yoshidaabc