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Design Products

Cook in style with Fisher & Paykel’s 11 Function Pyrolytic Built-in Oven

Fisher & Paykel’s 60cm Built-in Oven features an extraordinary 77-litre usable capacity, making it one of the most spacious 60cm ovens on the market, fitting 30 per cent more than traditional European ovens. With 11 functions, it offers the ActiveVent™ system giving cooks control over moisture to optimise the balance of condensation management, cooking performance and energy consumption. Full extension telescopic runners can be easily moved and shifted to any position in the oven for ease of use, with a pyrolytic self-cleaning function for an easy clean. Pre-set temperatures deliver just what you need to cook each dish to perfection, at the touch of a dial. Finished in black reflective glass with polished metal trim, the sleek lines and details are designed to match the rest of the Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliance family including the induction and gas on glass cooktops, for a premium, consistent appearance. Fisher & Paykel fisherpaykel.com   19159868_ob60sl11depx1_insitu_255_cmyk 19159866_ob60sl11depx1_insitu_166841_cmyk 19159865_ob60sl11depx1_features_002_cmykabc
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Furniture

Normann Copenhagen expands the Era lounge range with a two-seat sofa

With well-proportioned design, a sharp silhouette and a contemporary expression, the Era DNA is clearly visible in the sofa's soft curves and sleek lines, expressing a sophisticated calm that invites the sitter to pure and unreserved relaxation. The idea of the small sofa is now again highly popular and relevant following several years of domination from larger sofas. This simple design of Era, with its tight-fitted upholstery and wooden legs, originated in the blossoming functionalism of the 1930s and '40s as a rebellion against the bulky, Victorian style of the time. This drives home a modernity that sets the Era series apart from other sofas. 602970_Era_Sofa_Steel_TangoLeather_41599_10 Today, there is a growing need for more flexible furnishings, in both public and private spaces. The practical size of the Era sofa allows it to easily accommodate furnishing needs in both large and small homes. This is combined with an incredibly strong construction that makes it well suited for public spaces. Era combines modern manufacturing methods with traditional furniture craftsmanship, in a timeless and characterful design. "It took a long time to get the proportions and the interplay between the soft curves and the tight lines of the shell completely right,” says Simon Legald, “It was crucial, that the upholstery and the stitching was carried out with the utmost artisanal precision. One nice detail, for example, is that we did not use canvas, but instead upholstered the sofa with textile across the entire shell. For the seat cushion, we have prioritised a solution using custom-cut foam, so that it sits perfectly inside the seat." Just like the series' lounge chairs, the Era sofa is available with frames in oak, walnut, black lacquered steel or chrome, and with a rocking frame option also available in chrome. Normann Copenhagen normann-copenhagen.com 602968_Era_Sofa_Steel_FameHybrid_2501_1---Kopi 602970_Era_Sofa_Steel_TangoLeather_41599_4 602970_Era_Sofa_Steel_TangoLeather_41599_2---Kopi 602976_Era_Sofa_Oak_Fame_64167_1 602980_Era_Sofa_Walnut_FameHybrid_2401_12 602984_Era_Sofa_Rocking_FameHybrid_1201_1abc
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Habitus and Living Edge present: Art, Design & Architecture

How do art, design and architecture intersect? How can they be used together to promote creativity and the arts as a whole? What is the value of placing art into interiors and architecture? Join Habitus, Living Edge and industry guests as we explore the intersection of creativity.

Consultant at Artbank – Gina Mobayed

GDirector of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery – Roslyn Oxley

Director of Object: Australian Design Centre – Steven Pozel

Principal Architect at Tobias Partners – Nick Tobias

Location: Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Track 12 Date: Thursday 10 September Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm RSVP: Click here to register your details to reserve your place

Housed at Carriageworks, Sydney Contemporary presents over 90 galleries from 14 countries, offering visitors access to cutting-edge art from some of the world's most respected artists as well as the opportunity to discover, love and buy art.

Sydney Contemporary is offering friends of Habitus the chance to purchase Opening Night tickets and Day tickets at 20% off!

To book, simply enter the promo-code HABITAS551318 here and click ‘APPLY’.

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Conversations

Five minutes with James Dawson

  Name: James Dawson Occupation: Interior Design Location: Brisbane Company: James Dawson Interior Design Position: Head Designer Can you explain a little bit about your work? My work consists of strong shapes and lines and I’m not really a fan of colour so it steers towards monochromatic tones. Can you tell us a little bit about your design of the Habitus retreat? The concept for the Habitus retreat dinning area is for it to be both strong and delicate creating a partially private feeling whilst remaining open to allow the guest to feel part of the action. The Habitus Lounge space that is adjoining the dinning room is much more relaxed and open, it’s a place that will be for relaxing and take a moment to gather thoughts after looking at all the amazing exhibitors. What was involved in designing and building the retreat? Can you talk a little bit about the design process? The process was a smooth one; I worked along side V-zug and Habitus to design the main spaces. We are all in different states so there was a lot of phone conversations and emails to work through all the planning and design stage. I work very organically with not a lot of structure more through feeling. What materials did you use and why? Materials and finishes were kept to a minimum, so you will see little bits of brass, Dekton marble, strong painted wood shapes, soft cotton white sheer curtains and lots of flowers. What products did you choose and why? The Dekton Aura was used for the table top in the dinning area; it’s a beautiful product. The Bolon flooring was laid throughout in two different patterns – one for the Dinning area and the other for the lounge area – to show the pattern play within their collection. Did you collaborate with anyone during the process? We have been working with the sponsors of the Habitus Retreat – Bollon, V-zug, Dekton and District to get it up and running. Can you explain your inspiration behind the design? The simplicity of shape and form was the inspiration along with a play on pattern and shapes; I wanted it to be visually adventurous whilst remaining structured and a tiny bit moody. It was important that people felt part of the rest of the Galleria while feeling private and separated to enjoy the amazing meals created by the V-zug team. How long did the Habitus Retreat take to build? It will be constructed over a period of a few days leading up to the opening date of the show. What do you want visitors to feel when they enter the Habitus retreat? I would love for them to feel at home, relaxed so they can have a chat and enjoy the Galleria. What are you most looking forward to at Sydney Indesign? Seeing the Hub Retreat come together and interacting with all the guests.abc
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Get the seamless look with Fisher & Paykel’s Integrated ActiveSmart™ Fridge

The new Fisher & Paykel flush-fit fridge design has been built to easily slide into existing kitchen spaces or be integrated behind kitchen cabinetry for a seamless look. One of the challenges with freestanding fridges are the gaps required around and above to allow for door clearances and ventilation. The Slide-in series minimises gaps – at only 4mm – to create consistent lines throughout a kitchen. Designed in New Zealand, the family-size fridges uses ActiveSmart™ technology to adapt to daily use and help save energy without compromising on food care, resulting in an energy efficient 3.5 star energy rating. With French Door the fastest growing fridge category, the Fisher & Paykel Slide-in fridge is available in a French Door configuration to meet demand, coupled with bright LED lighting meaning every space in the fridge is easily visible. The fridge is available with stainless steel panels and an ice and water dispenser, and has a gross capacity of 525 litres. Fisher & Paykel fisherpaykel.com 19159868_rs90a-rd90_insitu_external_cmyk 19159867_rs90a-rd90_insitu_cmyk 19159865_rs90a-integrated-90_insitu_external_cmyk  abc
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Fugitive Structures explores housing affordability

Fugitive Structures, SCAF’s ongoing exploration of temporary pavilions located in urban contexts is now in its third iteration. The series continues this year with Sway, an audacious ecological structure inspired by Israel’s use of scientifically calibrated fabric greenhouses which make possible the growing of fruit and vegetables in a predominantly arid landscape. Created by Tel Aviv-based architectural collective Sack and Reicher + Muller with fabric expert Eyal Zur (SRMZ), Sway references Sukkot, an annual festival commemorating the Old Testament story of the Israelites sheltering in the wilderness en route to ‘The Promised Land’. Sway conjures up an impermanent fabric structure that owes as much to modernity with its use of high-tech materials as it does to the familiar shapes of nomadic Bedouin tents. “The human need for shelter is an ever increasing problem both locally and globally along with the need for food and water,” says Dr Gene Sherman, Executive Director of SCAF. “Israel is a tiny country and just 15 kilometers wide at its narrowest point. It is a country short on natural resources where desert occupies over 55 percent of the landmass. Innovation and imagination are needed to confront problems that global citizens now face directly or indirectly.” Sydney-based cross-disciplinary artists Hugo Moline and Heidi Axelsen will also present a newly commissioned architectural installation Owner Occupy in SCAF's gallery. Owner Occupy invites audience participation with five interactive shelters able to be reconfigured as temporary dwellings suggesting, in the process, a possible solution to housing affordability and to the real estate market's control of land ownership. These ‘hand-built dwelling machines’ can be refashioned to create individual or collective shelters. "Both projects describe the precarity of life today, in which the traditional assumptions around home, citizenship and security are being constantly stretched and overturned," says UNSW Senior Lecturer Dr Sam Spurr. Sack and Reicher + Muller with Eyal Zur: Sway Zen Garden pavilion 21 August – 12 December 2015 SCAF Project 27 Hugo Moline and Heidi Axelsen: Owner Occupy Associated architectural installation 21 August – 3 October 2015 SCAF Project 28 Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation 16–20 Goodhope Street, Paddington Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm uri-florentin18224 uri-florentin18149 uri-florentin18010 OO_MAQUETTE2 OO_LANDSCAPE OO_4360  abc
Architecture
Homes

Planchonella House celebrates its tropical rainforest surrounds

  Good architecture may be a dwelling that is visually pleasing to the eye. But perhaps great architecture is one that not only utilises its surroundings, but celebrates them. Planchonella House in Far North Queensland is the creation of Jesse Bennett architect that seamlessly weaves itself into its tropical setting thanks to the creators' sense of simplistic design. The firm's chosen philosophy is to create a series of joyful spaces that inspire – a notion that they have followed in the creation of the dwelling that enriches the heritage rainforest in which it sits. The Cairns property itself (the home of architect Jesse Bennett and his wife interior designer Anne-Marie Campagnolo) embraces all that is simple, honest and raw in both design and chosen materials, which largely involve glass and concrete. The three bedroom, two bathroom home took three months to design, and was built over a period of three years. Sitting high on a ridge, the house is curvaceous at the very least – with fluid lines of concrete blending the site into the backdrop. The key to the genius of the house is not only its ability to blend in well with nature, but emulate it. The house has large, curved wings that float amongst the foliage, and a flat roof that acts as a canopy. The planted roof also helps the home (and its dwellers) to deal with the surrounding heat of the subtropics. Understanding that the view of the natural beauty of the rainforest was paramount, the architects have crafted a home with minimal walls and columns and plenty of full-length windows, offerings unobstructed views of the landscape. The interior's streamlined design – from a wide wooden kitchen, to a statement lounge that follows the curve of the house, only seeks to enhance the lush green outside. The interiors similarly embrace the design ethos of the outside, which embraces irregular shapes and curves of all sizes – adding quirk and eliminating any possibility of a boring space. As the majority of the abode is open-plan with few areas of separation, privacy has been created by the inclusion of a courtyard. Intended as the 'lungs' to the dwelling, the courtyard provides another opportunity for the house to connect itself to the rainforest, as well as a flat grassy space to spend time in the fresh air. Planchonella House’s striking yet practical design has been commended by industry experts around the nation, who have awarded Jesse Bennett Architects with a slew of accolades. These include the 2015 Houses Awards Australian House of the Year and the Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards’ House of the Year. PlanchonellaHouse_1 PlanchonellaHouse_6 PlanchonellaHouse_4 PlanchonellaHouse_5 PlanchonellaHouse_2 PlanchonellaHouse_8 PlanchonellaHouse_ PlanchonellaHouse_3 Photography by Sean Fennessyabc
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Get up to speed on Sydney Indesign 2015

  Who can attend? Indesign: The Event is a boutique design experience primarily serving: Architects Developers Design Hunters Industrial Designers Interior Designers Manufacturers Product Suppliers Specifiers It brings together members of the architecture, building, construction and design industries in a creative format that’s immersive and interactive, social and fun. You can bring friends or family, you can meet some of the most ambitious, creative design minds, you can reconnect with the local design community as well as international guests, and you can get to know world-leading brand cultures. It’s a social design experience. All design lovers are welcome. Where is the event? Sydney Indesign does not have one main location. It works by uniting showrooms and pop-up spaces across the city, connected by design trails and our own free Indesign shuttle buses, running regularly all day. The venues fall within four key design precincts: Alexandria, Chippendale, Redfern/Waterloo and Surry Hills. You can start your day anywhere. See the timed events schedule and event map closer to the date. How does the event work? Sydney Indesign involves a coming together of boutique international and regional commercial design houses and leading creative figures from the architecture and design industry. Showrooms and pop-up spaces around the city are transformed by conceptual installations (part of our ongoing collaboration series The Project), as well as hosting topical industry seminars, international guests, workshops, demonstrations and entertainment. Venues are connected by design trails and our own free Indesign shuttle buses, running regularly all day, creating choose-your-own social design adventures for industry insiders and design lovers. Free registration to attend. How do I get around? The event locations are spread along design trails in four precincts: Alexandria, Chippendale, Redfern/Waterloo and Surry Hills. Our own free Indesign shuttle buses will be travelling between each location on the design trails all day. Do I need to buy a ticket? No, you just need to register online or at any participating venue on the day. Registration is quick and free, and if you register online now you’ll skip the queue on event day, receive a personalised visitor pass and, because we love early registrations, you’ll go in the running to win some fabulous prizes. What does registration include? Registration serves as your all-access-pass to Sydney Indesign. It gives you entry to all the showrooms and their on-day activities and entertainment. It also gives you free travel, serving as your all-day transit pass on our hop-on hop-off design trail buses. You can register online. It’s quick, free, and you’ll skip the queue on the day. Once you’ve registered you will receive your personalised visitor pass via email one to two weeks prior to the event. If you register early, you’ll even go in the running to win some fabulous prizes. Can I register on the day? Yes. You can register at any participating venue on the day, although we do encourage guests to register online pre-event – early registration means you’ll skip the queue on the day, we’ll be able to personalise your visitor pass and you’ll be in the running to win some very attractive, well-designed prizes. Can I register my whole office? You can register yourself with a group of up to ten colleagues. To do this simply complete the ‘Group Registration’ form on the Sydney Indesign registration page. Can I bring other people? Yes. Your guests will need to register at the first venue you attend. This is free, and will give them access to all the event programming, showroom entertainments and give them free all-day travel on the Indesign design trail buses. However, we encourage everyone to register online pre-event – you’ll skip the queue on the day, we’ll be able to personalise your visitor passes and each registration goes in the running to win fabulous prizes. How can I stay up-to-date with event news? Subscribe to our event newsletter and be the first to hear our programming announcements for Sydney Indesign 2015. Don’t be scared – we won’t spam you; our newsletter comes out (at most) weekly in the lead-up to the event. Each newsletter is jampacked with relevant, high-value newsbites – you’ll be the first to hear about collaborations, seminars, international guests, product launches and anything our Exhibitors have planned for Sydney Indesign. Subscribe here. Download the Sydney Indesign 2015 app via iTunes and Google Play.abc
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Places

Jojo brings little Italy to Bangkok

The Jojo restaurant is located on the ground floor of The St. Regis Hotel, on lush Rajdamri Road in central Bangkok. This Italian restaurant had been altered in recent month, to better engage with the lobby area of the hotel – but Jojo will always remain as a distinct space within the hotel, with its own original design language reflecting the epitome of La Dolce Vita; a celebration of life’s pleasure. The only venue in city that contemporary Italian design can be appreciated, Jojo reflects the essence of the Italian aesthetics in interior spaces. Orbit Design founder Christopher Redpath and his team have executed a design that gives tribute to the detailed decorative style of Venetian architecture. Particularly channeling the aesthetic charm of iconic Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, Jojo’s main entrance bar area features wall finishes marrying travertine stone and leather, formalised into layers of geometrical designs. The continuous geometrical element serves to invite patrons into the cosy seating area of featuring a warm and wood toned colour scheme. Jojo-Dining-area-innermost-panorama Scarpa’s philosophy of deep sensitivity to the passage of time has been materialised into a series of brushed metal screens that filter sunlight during the day and contain artificial light during the evening. This day-to-night transformation offers the restaurant a dual ambience of business lunch spot and sophisticated dinner bar. As a counterpoint to the spatial complexity of the design, the culinary aesthetic by celebrity Chef Stefano Merlo instead serves as a minimalist statement on plain white bone chinaware. This allows the essence of each ingredient to be fully preserved and appreciated, expressing Merlo’s dedication to the Italian respect for quality ingredients. The dining experience is an unpretentious harmony between thoughtful and decorative spatial design, and the honesty of high quality cuisine. Orbit Design Studio orbitdesignstudio.com The St. Regis Bangkok stregisbangkok.com Jojo-St-Regis-17-dining-area-with-pizza-oven Jojo-St-Regis-25-dining-area-innermost Jojo-St-Regis-21-dining-area-innermost Jojo-St-Regis-20-dining-area-innermost Jojo-St-Regis-18-dining-area-with-wine-room-and-pizza-oven Cappesante-affumicate_Hokkaido-scallops,-green-apple,-zucchini,-apple-fume Coniglio-e-carote_Rabbit-leg-and-loin,-baby-carrots-in-4-ways,-licorice-jus Pappardelle-alla-Amatriciana_Home-made-pappardelle-filled-with-Amatriciana-sauce,-sheep-cheese Piccione-con-melograno-e-mandorle_Piccione-con-melograno-e-mandorle_Pigeon-pomegranate-and-almond-puree  

Photography: Orbit Design, Owen Raggett

Hotel: St.Regis

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Apple Design Talk events announced

Above: Chris McLean The three, free events, being presented under the Apple Design Talks name, are open to industry and public alike, with a lot for everyone to take away from. First up is Understanding Design with Chris McLean – August 18, 6:00pm – 7:00pm Readers of this site know that design is so much more than the way something looks; it’s about combining technology, cognitive science, human need and beauty to produce something the world didn’t know it was missing. Chris Maclean, creative director for RE Sydney, will take us on an exploration of what design really means, including the role of the designer in today’s world. The second event is being hosted by Zoë Weldon, and is Building Your Brand Imagery – September 15, 6:00pm – 7:00pm In the highly visual and digital age we live in now, the design of one’s brand imagery and continuity are more important than ever. This session will see creative director Zoë Weldon explaining the power of social media as a platform for building your brand, and how you can use to create a next-level digital identity for your business. Zoe Zoë Weldon The final of three Design Talks events is How to Find a Mentor with Ram Castillo – October 20, 6:00pm – 7:00pm Design is always more complex than it seems. It’s the diversity of people and their ideas that inspire change and innovation. A mentor is a source of guidance and navigation. They provide constructive criticism and are always looking for ways to help us improve. Design director and author Ram Castillo, and creative director at Jane Fender, Ian Wingrove, will discuss the key steps to finding the right mentor. All three events are free, and attendees can register interest and secure a place here. The events will all be help at the Apple Sydney Store at 367 George Street, Sydney. Apple apple.comabc
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Side Project exhibits work by independent Australian designers

Encapsulating the best elements of a gallery exhibition, a retail space and a trade-show into one format, Side Project is a unique design event running as part of Sydney Indesign 2015.  Side Project will take over the entire ground floor of The Stables, encouraging the design community and passersby to drop by and engage with the works on display. The exhibition will feature work by Australian designers and brands such as renowned Australian artist Jonathan Zawada, Blakebrough + King, Porcelain Bear and Sydney-based design duo Page Thirty Three. The exhibit will showcase one-off or short run pieces including printed and hand-painted artwork, sculptural furniture, functional objects, magazines, patches, crockery and textiles, most of which have been crafted specifically for the event. Side Project will run from August 13–16, at 325 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. Unknown-1 Unknown-2 Unknown-3 Unknown-5   Unknown-6 Unknown-7 Unknownabc
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1-OK CLUB launches at the National Gallery of Victoria

  1-OK CLUB is a representing and commissioning platform for designed objects. Alongside representing Australian design practice, 1-OK CLUB acts equally as a distributor for the designers. 1-OK CLUB was initiated by Melbourne-based designers Dale Hardiman and Andre Hnatojko after experiencing the lack of representation for objects produced outside of commercial practice. After practicing in both commercial and creative fields for several years, the designers sought the need to democratically represent designed outcomes. In accordance, 1-OK CLUB represents designers at varying stages of their careers. With the intention to create a new dialogue surrounding commercial Australian design practice, this platform diversifies current practices through the encouragement and enablement of design experimentation. While commercial design practice necessarily centres on profitable viability, expansion and often mass-production, this tendency limits the creativity in the process of production. 1-OK CLUB bypasses the need for the demand-and-supply relationship inherent in the commercial market, and represents pre-existing designed objects and specially commissioned works that are offered exclusively in limited numbers. The work presented in 1-OK CLUB represents otherwise unachievable design potentials and fortifies the Australian design community outside of the purpose for commercial gain. While the purchase of the designed objects is not the axis of this platform, it nonetheless allows for design collectors and appreciators to learn intimately of the product and designer. 1-OK CLUB for NGV Design Store 6 August - 7 September National Gallery of Victoria 1-OK-CLUB_AdHoc_ScoldsBridle_1 1-OK-CLUB_AndreHnatojko_PRM_5   1-OK-CLUB_AshAllen_Thin_1 1-OK-CLUB_DaleHardiman_FactoryWorks_2   1-OK-CLUB_Editorial_1 1-OK-CLUB_Editorial_2 1-OK-CLUB_Editorial_3 1-OK-CLUB_GyungjuChyon_Weave_2 1-OK-CLUB_GyungjuChyon_Wrapping_2 1-OK-CLUB_HarrietWatts_Habit_2 1-OK-CLUB_HughAltschwager_MagicLamp_7 1-OK-CLUB_JonathanBen-Tovim_Off-pisteBench_3 1-OK-CLUB_JonGoulder_Artefacts1_3 1-OK-CLUB_LianeRossler_YouRock_4 1-OK-CLUB_PSP_Don1_3 1-OK-CLUB_RossGardam_Aurora_3 1-OK-CLUB_ShareenJoel_BronzeCandlesticks_3 1-OK-CLUB_ShareenJoel_BronzeCandlesticks_4 1-OK-CLUB_Takeawei_RakuCoathanger 1-OK-CLUB_Witu_Dome_2  abc