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Architecture
Homes

Clever Design Transforms Apartments Into Homes

Set in the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant Collingwood, Peel By Milieu is set to include 36 one, two and three bedroom residential apartments, complete with a café and restaurant included on the ground and mezzanine levels when it opens in 2017. Designed as considered and connected living spaces, the apartment interiors have use a distinctively Australian colour palette and materials, stylised with design features to make each apartment feel more like a home. Peel by Milieu is seen to a major step forward for the boutique design firm. “This project is set to be a milestone in the Milieu journey, and it will reflect the distinct style and ethos that we’ve built our brand around,” says property director Michael McCormick. “We’ve focused on creating apartments that are designed for living with flexible spaces and smart design features that will make them an exceptional place to call home.” GabrielSaunders_Peel_Apartment_08_Jardan The signature Milieu home base design feature of the apartments feature spaces for owners to keep keys, mail and personal admin stored away, and feature clever details such as USB power outlets and concealed cable management. The customised nature of the kitchens allows for residents to close off the kitchen for neat entertaining, while generously displaying the preparations during cooking, with abundant storage, foldout pantries and home-chef favourite SMEG cooking appliances. All bedrooms in the residence have been designed to have natural light, with striking timber flooring underfoot in the living and kitchen areas. Sliding doors will serve as dividing breaks between rooms, allowing for an increased perception of space while also enabling residents to separate and individualise certain rooms as required. Located on the corner of Peel and Wellington streets, Peel By Milieu will be ideally placed for residents to take full advantage of the Copenhagen Bike Lane launching later this year, which the building will have built-in access to and specialist design features to accommodate bikes. Peel By Milieu apartments are specifically aimed at discerning owner-occupiers looking for a design-focused abode to inhabit. Collingwood is a haven for foodies, with Melbourne artisan institutions such as Jonathan’s Butchers, Saint Crispin and Le Bon Ton all within a few hundred metres’ walk. Milieu milieuproperty.com.au GabrielSaunders_Peel_Apartment_08_Design-Office GabrielSaunders_Peel_Apartment_08_DKO GabrielSaunders_Peel_Bathroom GabrielSaunders_Peel_Bedroom GabrielSaunders_Peel_Kitchen GabrielSaunders_Peel_Seasons_Springabc
Design Hunters
Conversations

The Art of Lounging with Richard Fanale, AJAR

Name: Richard Fanale Title: Director Company: AJAR furniture & design Year established: 2012 What lounge do you have at home and what is the story behind it? I have the JAMES sofa by Casadesus. Actually, I have two sofas facing each other and a large ottoman that sits in the centre of the two. This allows you to lounge around or have many friends and family comfortably sitting opposite each other. The large ottoman has a variety of uses. Creating more seating, a place to put your feet up. It can also be used as a base to place a tray of food and beverages on. Creating a very versatile arrangement. I am also a big fan of having a sofa with individual cushions to allow alternative depth and extra comfort. Which two lounging/seating products from your range are most important and why? I would say the Shelby Designed by G. Vegni & G. Gualtierotti for Casadesus, and Mus sofa designed by Francesc Rife for Koo Living. Two very different sofas. They are both modular sofas, which allow you to create any size or configuration to suit any space or application. Either residential or commercial use. The Shelby has a fine base, creating a floating look with individual seating areas. The seat cushion is made from a polyurethane foam, covered with a protective case with a mixture of white duck feathers, down and a polyester fibre, creating a durable, incredibly comfortable, versatile sofa. MUS Sofa is a sofa like no other. Its organic shapes and extended base allows for plants or magazine racks to be included. The Spanish love to have fun with design, which is evident in this sofa. With this collection you have a choice of a soft seat for residential or slightly firmer for commercial use. Both have covers that can be removable for dry-cleaning when upholstering in fabric. Leather upholstery are non removable. Which lounging product from another brand/company do you admire and why? I love the Cestone sofa designed by Antonio Citterio for Flexform. Such a sexy masculine framed sofa with a softness on the inside. Beautifully detailed. Love the play with materials using leather panels, bright chrome frame and feather down cushions. Where is lounging/seating going in the future? What directions in technology, manufacture, material and form have you identified? People are coming to realise that a beautiful looking sofa isn’t always comfortable. Versatility, comfort and durability is important. Along with options of removable covers to provide the option to replace or simply dry clean we need be. Steel structured base for a high end sofa is a must to withstand the test of time. Leather sofas have long gone out of fashion. Clients preferring a durable, hard wearing textured fabric. Greys and neutral colours are without a doubt still in fashion. Bringing any colour or graphic fabrics in with cushions. AJAR ajar.com.auabc
Architecture
Homes
MAGAZINE

A breath of fresh air in an age of mass produced goods

  In the 1980s and through the 1990s, Christopher Graf’s name was synonymous with fashion in Melbourne. His edgy boutique in Chapel Street, South Yarra, was a drawcard for fashionistas. While Graf left the fashion scene over 10 years ago, he is quickly establishing a following for his silk scarves. Designed in his ‘retreat’ on the edge of Melbourne, his home and studio perfectly capture Graf’s unique style. Like his scarves, not two rooms in his home are identical, and each one is filled with extraordinary objects and artifacts. Humour abounds in his two-storey early twentieth-century home surrounded by lush gardens. Purchased a few years ago, the house was in mint condition, but with a ‘safe’ interior. Graf conceived new colour schemes for his studio and dining room and filled the house with a wondrous collection of objects, artifacts, vintage toys and his beloved Gerry Gee puppets, more than 30 in all. Some of these puppets are displayed on shelves and in armoires. Others are simply displayed on the bed in the guest bedroom, deterring many from asking if they can stay the night! “I love putting unusual arrangements together. At the end of the day, these arrangements are for my own personal satisfaction,” says Graf. In an age of mass-produced goods, Christopher Graf’s distinct signature is a pure breath of fresh air. Following his instincts, rather than trends, Graf has already secured interest in his work from Christine boutique in Melbourne and at MONA in Hobart. Read the full story in Habitus Issue #29, now on sale. Photography by James Geer HABITUS_CG__2353 HABITUS_CG__2426 HABITUS_CG__2211 HABITUS_CG__2006 HABITUS_CG__1922abc
MAGAZINE

The Art of Lounging

  In this issue’s Art of Lounging feature we reveal that lounging’s days are numbered. With sitting becoming the new smoking in terms of health risks, Sophie Davies charts the ways in which our living rooms need to adapt to survive. IKEA’s new ‘Sinnerlig’ lounge collection by Ilse Crawford points the way to flexible formations that fit around you, rather than you having to fit in around them. There are no more heroes any more, just versatile, low-key pieces with multiple purposes that work equally well in any culture. With today’s lounges becoming the ultimate multi-tasker – as we squeeze in entertainment, dining, work and children – it’s more important than ever to personalise your space to make it truly relaxing. We also need to activate our living space, get moving and sit more smartly (especially in that study nook). Chair expert Alan Boyd, who earned his stripes at Herman Miller, shares his tips for healthy sitting and ways to boost well-being at our lounge desks. We also look at how to zone spaces with rugs, and integrate play – even for adults – to create a happy home. In our go-faster world, it’s crucial to take time to slow down and chill out. Read the full story in Habitus Issue #29, now on sale. 150422_FURNITURE_SUBMISSION10212_straightened 150422_FURNITURE_SUBMISSION10189_straightened 150422_FURNITURE_SUBMISSION10147_straightened 150422_FURNITURE_SUBMISSION10085_straightenedabc
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Homes
MAGAZINE

Ken Done: Artist in Place

  Ken paints with the same insatiable sense of adventure (and also with discipline), putting paint to canvas almost every day. “You could sit around waiting for divine inspiration to hit you on the head, which some people do, but I think that [creating art] comes through the act of working,” he says. “Not everything you're going to do is good, but when you're hot, and it's rolling well, and it's exciting, you just immerse yourself in the work”. For him, painting is an exploration, a bodily experience that is intimately connected to the daily ritual that Ken enjoys when at home on Sydney’s upper north shore. Ken produces works seemingly effortlessly, and his spectacular home and waterside lifestyle are enviable. But although the commercial art success came relatively quickly, the dream home required more patience. “I only waited for it for 40 years,” he jokes, qualifying this more seriously with, “We’re very lucky – we never take it for granted”. _MG_6629 The home is on a piece of land that Ken has coveted since he was 14, when his family first moved to Mosman from the Blue Mountains. After graduating art school, travelling and working in the US and the UK, he returned to Mosman with his wife Judy (also a Mosman native whom he married overseas They had their first child, Camilla not long after they moved back to Australia, followed by a son, Oscar, five years later. During this time, Ken kept a close eye on the property. “I used to will the people that lived here to move out,” Ken says, smiling but not joking. On the steep site are three separate structures. There is the main house closest to the road. Then there is a small studio – previously a garage. Closest to the water is a beach cottage, called The Cabin. It was this tiny place that gave Ken an opportunity to first experience the property, when he rented it from the then-owner for his young family to enjoy during the school holidays. _MG_6734 Eventually Ken and Judy bought the property behind the coveted one and commissioned Glen Murcutt to design a house for them on it. They had just come back from Mexico and the couple gave Glen a brief for an adobe-style home. “It would have been quite a challenge for Glenn,” Judy reminisces, laughing. “He was into touching the earth lightly and we wanted this Spanish house in yellow and blue.” They lived in this house for some years before the waterfront property finally became available. Ken didn’t waste any time buying it and they rented the Murcutt house out (which they still own). Where the property, landscape and location are painfully idyllic, the house itself is very simple. As you enter, a formal dining room is immediately to the left, with the only bedroom and bathroom beyond. A small lounge room features a couple of sofas, a rug, an Eames chaise and a coffee table laden with books. A compact breakfast table and a modest kitchen complete the living area. The focus, of course, is the view. Pristine landscaping and a single frangipani tree are in the foreground. Beyond, pristine blue water beckons and the rolling canvas of sky swirls with moody clouds. A small lap pool gestures towards the water. Clever detailing – a deep hedge on the lawn side acts legally as a fence and so preserves the view. Read the full story in Habitus Issue #29, now on sale. Photography by Rob Palmer _MG_9325 _MG_7345 _MG_7299 _MG_7302 _MG_9268 _MG_7222 _MG_7130 _MG_7060 _MG_7055 _MG_7028 _MG_6971 _MG_6922 _MG_6615     _MG_6507 _MG_6474 _MG_6430abc
Architecture
NOT HOMES

Holistic and harmonious design with Yoga XTC

  Yoga XTC embodies a collaborative approach between G.A.B.B.E. and XTC founder, Christine Lou. Working towards a balanced exercise mentality, Lou hoped to have a holistic space that spatially focused on the overarching concept of balance, specifically that harmony and intense exercise can work in equilibrium. “Our inner emotional health is intrinsically related to the state of physical elements within our immediate spaces,” says G.A.B.B.E.’s Georgia Ezra. “Yoga XTC specifically embodies this notion; A yoga and workout studio which wants to manifest feelings of relax and calm as well as energy and vibrance.” The project was completed in a large factory on Wilson Street in Melbourne’s South Yarra. With a design that works with the existing brickwork throughout the space, a raw yet polished look and feel give Yoga XTC a natural and unobtrusive charm. gabbe_006 Contrasting bold colours mirror XTC’s two spaces, with soft pastels, white painted brick, light timber floors and white wash plywood panels largely make up the materiality of the yoga space. The inclusion of Moroccan clay tiles into the overall scheme, entices the visitor's senses as they walk barefoot along the raw finish, connecting them with the earth. Ultimately, Yoga XTC pays homage to the idea of a modern day harem. G.A.B.B.E.’s overall design, custom screens and hand-painted feature murals all work together to create a relaxing yet immediate space. Everything throughout the space has been consciously designed with specific intent and purpose on achieving one thing; the end-user experience and how one feels as moving through the space. This came down to a space where design is paramount – shaping how the colours, lighting, sounds and vibrancy affect the visitor's mood and spirit. Photography: Stewart Leishman G.A.B.B.E. gabbe.com.au gabbe_063 gabbe_045 gabbe_021 gabbe_018 gabbe_001abc
Design Products
Lighting

Alex Fitzpatrick launches the Eon Light

  Taking pride in creating beautiful and functional fittings ADesignStudio. is passionate about the relationship between the scientific and the poetic aspects of lighting and is inspired by nature, society and current and emerging technologies. The Eon light is no exception, and draws on different elements to craft a unique and considered lighting experience. Eon is a light system that allows for ambience and accent lighting with a seamless hidden integration of light that is thought-out and deliberate. It can be adapted into a family of fittings – pendant, wall light, table light, chandelier – allowing for harmonious integration to a multitude of environments, like the way nature can always find a way to integrate into our society’s built environments. EON_P_001 The design is broken down into three elements that correspond to three simple two-dimensional geometric shapes. They all work alone but collaborate together to create a unified whole – with a hidden single integrated LED chip allowing 50,000 hours of life. For the movement and brilliance, a polished brass triangular pyramid or 2D triangle wraps around the sphere to catch stray shards of light, adding sparkle and intrigue to the design. The frame allows the user to customise their fitting, it can be rotated to create different states of movement, some slight and others full of energy referencing an atom spinning wildly. ADesignStudio. adesignstudio.com.au EON_T_001 B8RZwo5QDBa3boDDV6eLTCJ3caS-ktBNW7Zbo1-B9bU,seohkA6xYLa-bl5o4wMW9lNiqMZ2F-5g7rVcQkiFWCIabc
Happenings
Parties

Bathe celebrates its 20th Birthday

At a special celebration at their showroom, Bathe thanked everyone who they have worked with and shared their passion for beautifully crafted, superior products.

"Together with our suppliers, we are passionate about delivering design driven, innovative and sustainable products of the highest quality. The brands we distribute give us the nourishment to survive in a hugely competitive business environment. They allow us to stand apart from our competitors, through their commitment to new innovations, world-leading design, consistent quality, perfect functionality, durability and quality." – Bathe

Bathe bathe.net.au

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English Tapware opens new Hecker Guthrie-designed showroom

  English Tapware’s new showroom space is the result of a collaboration between Hecker Guthrie’s Hamish Guthrie and English Tapware’s Stephan Marshall, who strived to inject the space with an “English modern” feel. White wooden window frames soar four metres to the ceiling, and a washed oak floor cleverly integrates a series of product displays into a single holistic customer journey. Six domed skylights flood the showroom with natural light, and tailored pendants by David Moreland provide drops of colour throughout. Contained within the space are a series of display units, each carefully considered to offer the customer a unique product experience. Signature Hecker Guthrie steel frames, powder coated white, enclose custom joinery which is fitted with striking handles from English Tapware’s cabinet range. Carrara marble benchtops and tiles complete the “English Modern” look and feel, and allow the product to be the hero. Tongue and groove paneling on the walls in ‘Napa’ grey lends a soft residential air to the space, further enhanced by beautiful Russell Pinch furniture pieces, sourced all the way from London. English Tapware Company englishtapware.com.au [gallery ids="46392,46393,46394,46395,46396,46397,46398,46399,46400,46401,46402,46403,46404,46405,46406,46407,46408,46409,46410,46411,46412,46413,46414,46415,46416,46417,46418,46419,46420,46421,46422,46423,46424,46425,46426,46427,46428,46429,46430,46431,46432,46433,46434,46435,46436"]abc
Design Products
Lighting

Lighting it up with the Aura collection

  Introduced at Sydney Indesign 2015, the Aura Pendant sits between the timeless and the modern. Featuring a floating disk surrounded by a gentle glow, the pendant is ready to suit a range of spaces. Available in two sizes and in various finishes, Aura is a versatile pendant fixture designed to complement both the residential and the commercial. “The Aura pendant brings a large format lighting solution to our range and with its unique illumination and colour range the pendant will work well in a variety of spaces,” says designer Ross Gardam. At its inaugural event at NGV, 1-OK CLUB featured the launch of the limited edition Aura desk lamp. The Aura desk lamp is the result of a desire for purity and honesty in both materials and manufacturing. Completely precision-milled from aluminium and gold anodised, the Aura desk lamp features an adjustable shade thanks to a clever magnetic joint. This allows the user to interact with a shade that can fully orbit in 360° and tilt-adjust in numerous positions. “I actually made the first two masters with my father who recently retired, it was a great opportunity to work on a project together, it had been 20 years between projects,” explains Ross. “It took six days to create each unit, using a metal lathe and milling each component from Aluminium Bullion.” Ross Gardam rossgardam.com.au RossGardam_Aura_002 RossGardam_Aura_005abc
Architecture
Places

Reimagining a Salad Bar with Laneway Greens

Opened on the back of the success of his design for thriving Prahran based Greene St Juice Co., Travis Walton has added another Laneway Greens to his health food portfolio. The brand philosophy behind this new quick-service gourmet venture influenced the design and fit out of the site, which sits at the intersection of two of Melbourne’s iconic city laneways. Far away from the typical salad bar crowd, the minds behind Laneway Greens have designed the space to incite a mindful eating revolution, championing fresh seasonal produce, grass roots education, and enticing flavour combinations. The resulting fitout is a compelling juxtaposition of clean, sleek contemporary interior design housed within an historic heritage façade. LanewayGreens_7-copy “Recognising from the initial concept design that it would be impossible to accommodate the brief using a traditional salad bar layout, we employed an innovative floor-to-ceiling powder coated mesh wall to split the space into an inviting front-of-house area and an adjoining open kitchen,” says Travis. “Rather than choosing a predictable ‘fresh greens’ colour palette, we created a canvas of warm subtle neutrals against which the salads and smoothies would become a vibrant, spotlight-stealing pop of colour.” The existing hardwood floors and exposed concrete ceiling of the space have been retained and complemented with a striking point-of-sale counter encased in solid American Walnut shingles. White powder-coated steel and polished stainless steel elements further accentuate the clean ‘future-luxe’ aesthetic, while LED-backlit Perspex benchtops and mirrored vinyl window film offer a feeling of light, bright, modern space and plenty of room for reflection. The end result is a salad bar reimagined, one that defies expectation and provides the perfect luxury HQ for the wheatgrass warrior. It’s a slick, luxurious and contemporary space that invites passersby to wander down the laneway and into a whole new way of life. Travis Walton Architecture & Interior Design traviswalton.com.au LanewayGreens_1-copyabc
Design Products
Furniture

Schiavello expands Bomba range with elegant tables

Schiavello’s new Bomba table is made with solid American oak and designed by Australian Ivan Woods. Available in round, square and rectangular forms, the Bomba tables are new additions to the Bomba sofa system launched earlier this year. Designed for both commercial and residential environments, the range compliments living areas, hotel lobbies and community spaces within workplace environments. The generous tabletop sits upon a distinctive tapered leg design in timber or aluminium, creating a soft, contemporary profile. A hardwood, medium grain material, American Oak stains well in a variety of washes and paints available in the Schiavello ColourLab Palette. Bomba-Sofa-&-Table-2 Named after the Latin American musical style where the dancer’s movements dictate the beat of the drums, Bomba seating is likewise led by the user’s requirements. Various seating arrangements are available with or without backrest and armrest, and can be adapted to include the newly launched integrated side tables. Versatile in nature, the sofa system includes 24 configurations with in-built tables matched according to standalone, corner and linear configurations. These configuration elements can be harmoniously integrated to complement different arrangements and environments. The stand-alone table carries the soft geometric shape of the Sofa, featuring an oak top and polished aluminium or timber legs. Schiavello schiavello.com Bomba-Table-Collection-1 Bomba-Sofa-&-Table-1 Bomba-Round-Table Bomba-Rectangle-Table Bomba-Circle-Detailabc