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Design Hunters

Design showcase at Kensington Street

  Contemporary artisans, galleries and creative institutions will collaborate to produce a collaborative installation, in an upcycled modular landscape to span 50 metres of Kensington Street.

This will coincide with Sydney Open, a city­wide Sydney Living Museums initiative to explore the history behind our most secretive buildings. Architects Tim Greer and Paul Davies will peel back the layers of Kensington Street and reveal the stories that hide behind these terrace facades.

Where: Kensington Street, Chippendale When: Sunday 1 November, 11:00am to 6:00pm

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Hero Image: Ceramic by Susan Robey

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Design Hunters

Quench exhibits in Tokyo

  Quench has recently designed a series of artefacts made entirely of macadamia timber, and taken them to Japan to exhibit at Tokyo Design Week. Through the making of these design artefacts, their exhibition Table Stories is an exploration into a new way of thinking about the harvesting, seasoning and processing techniques of discarded macadamia tree trunks. Although macadamia nuts are popular worldwide, macadamia wood transforms into a waste material as the macadamia nut trees reach maturity and are no longer bearing viable amounts of produce. Each year older trees are thinned from the plantations, left to dry where they fall, and are typically discarded. Trunk diameters of the Macadamia trees are often too small for commercial timber milling and therefore have limited value compared to the prized nuts and oils. While macadamia (macadamia integrifolia) wood isn’t considered valuable due to its low yield and difficult manageability, Quench considers it a unique native Australian hardwood timber with a characteristic Lacewood grain. Here we look at Quench’s five objects crafted from this unique timber. Sclpt by Alexander Lotersztain Sclpt engages the user in the art of carving, and allows the user to create a unique and personal utensil by hand. In an age of mass production and disposable objects, the Sclpt concept aims to inspire the user to craft and customise the utensil, make an emotional connection and give back value to an object as mundane but important to our culture as the spoon. ALEX   ALEX-DETAIL-5 ALEX-DETAIL-1 Prop by David Shaw Prop explores the properties of macadamia wood, which has similar features to other indigenous timber species such as silky oak and she oak, all featuring spectacular medullary rays and grain patterns. Prop has been designed to hold hot food, with its inward tapering and three legged shape creating an object that is secure and stable even on uneven surfaces. It can also hold a tealight to help keep the food warm whilst creating ambient light. DAVID DAVID-DETAIL Vessel by Jason Bird Jason Bird’s object Vessel seeks to explore the use of the unique character of the macadamia wood. By utilising discarded macadamia branches, Jason has crafted unique receptacles to convey the nuts' high value oils. Jason has applied computer modelling and machining techniques to process the timber, allowing the unique characteristics of grain to shine through. Vessel also encompasses experimentation with the scenting of the natural Macadamia oils, to attenuate the subtle essence of the wood's nuttiness with unique botanicals. JASON JASON-DETAIL-3 JASON-DETAIL-1 Dr. Crunch by Marc Harrison When presented with the challenge to make a product from Macadamia wood, Marc Harrison says it seemed poetic to design a device to crack open the Macadamia nut. Dr. Crunch is comprised of two parts, the javelin and the anvil, with the mass and weight shared equally between the two. This allows the javelin to deliver a striking blow, and the anvil to absorb this energy. As the Macadamia nut is spherical and prone to ricochet, the anvil contains a divot to house the nut, allowing the energy created through velocity to focus between javelin and anvil. MARC-HARRISON MARC-DETAIL MARC-DETAIL-2 HEX by Surya Graf The HEX grinder is a stacking mortar and pestle design that allows for the preparation, serving and storage of fresh spices. Produced from locally sourced Australian macadamia timbers, the design showcases the figuring grain details within the surfaces that help to emphasise the ornamental nature of the objects. HEX can also sit proudly on the dining table as an object of beauty. SURYA SURYA-DETAILabc
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Arthur G Celebrates 35 years of Design and Craftsmanship

After 35 years in business, Arthur G is entering a time of inspiring product development, including design projects and collaborations with some of Australias leading designers.

Arthur G was first established in 1979 by Greek immigrant, ArthuGeorgopoulos, who is now joined at the helm by his son, Leonard Georgopoulos. This second generation family business sees the culmination of Arthurs innate ability to craft furniture of superb form and function, fused Leonard's ability to balance creativity and business. 

This is a business borne out of a deep passion, and my father has steadfastly built a prosperous business due largely to his dedication to uncompromising manufacturing standards and beautiful design, which has purely and simply found an appreciative audience of consumers and designers alike, and which continues to grow to this day," says Leonard. "Its commitment to quality shining through in the truest sense.

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Arthur G remains Australian designed and made by hand. While the rise of mass manufacturing continues, the Arthur G brand stands for slow design; quality over quantity, and the difference between craft and finish over speed and volume. Our attention to detail marries seamlessly with our desire to fulfil design specifications to perfection, and where we not only make to order, but welcome individual customisation,” says Leonard.

This dedication has earned Arthur G great respect from the greater design industry who regard Arthur G as the go-to Australian manufacturer of quality furniture.

Arthur G is also firmly commitment to sustainability, and the company is a proud member and advocate of the GECA standard. The very first collection made by Arthur senior in the garage of the family home in Mt Waverley was crafted using timbers sourced from independenenvironmentally awarsuppliers long before the movement was widely recognised. This simple and harmonious approach has been instilled in the Arthur G ethos to this day.

Arthur G arthurg.com.au

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Fixed & Fitted

New bronze finishes for water grates from Stormtech

Used in bathrooms, showers, thresholds, paved areas, driveways, pools and pool surrounds, Stormtech grates and drains are known for sleek design, innovation and practicality. To complement the current trend in home design that uses metallic or bronze tones in kitchen and bathroom hardware, the brand offers now its architectural style wedge-wire grates in a variety of warm bronze finishes. These coloured finishes will add an elegant touch to any design. 19159866__dsc4547 All Stormtech products are Australian Made and WaterMarked certified. With a proud commitment to eco-friendly design, Stormtech offers the only linear drainage product in the world with Global GreenTag certification. Stormtech stormtech.com.auabc
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Fixed & Fitted

Speed, Steam Or Both? – How To Choose What’s Right For You

The answer will essentially lie within the needs of your own family – whether it’s a tribe of one or of many – how do you like to eat and entertain? Will your family grow up, get bigger or scale down? And there are many other considerations based on the nature of your lifestyle. So with all of these questions, how do you narrow down to the answers? 19159866_2_150729_vertical_stack_flat Smeg is manufactured in northern Italy, where food is so important to the way of life, so each Smeg appliance has been developed to meet a particular need and serves an intended purpose. If this purpose will enhance your quality of life on a daily basis, then the appliance is for you. Smeg’s compact combination ovens give you the benefit of that “secondary” full multifunction oven when you need it, but what’s the best choice for you, Speed, Steam or perhaps both? 19159867_3_150730_stack_on_angle_flat Smeg’s new Classic Speed Oven has been developed to meet the needs of a busy home, enabling you to prepare nutritious meals - fast. If you often find yourself preparing instant meals, or fast stir-fries or pastas, it’s probably because you don’t have the time to spend on slower forms of cooking. Enter the Smeg Speed Oven. With full multifunction oven technology, and the state-of-the-art stirrer microwave technology for even heating, the time-saving results are amazing – a full roast chicken dinner with crispy potatoes and baked vegetables in just 30 minutes! The speed oven is also perfect for hungry teenagers from the “instant” generation, because they can cook from frozen in record time. 19159868_4_sfa4395mcx_hr The benefits of steam cooking are well documented, as steam helps to retain the nutrients in food. If you are a health-conscious family, who eats a lot of seafood, vegetables, wholesome grains, curries and tagines and then the Smeg Combination Steam Oven is for you. It’s a truly versatile appliance for people who put a lot of care into their diet. Steam has the added capability for sterilization, so if you have a new baby, then steam is a wonderful choice for sterilizing bottles and utensils without the need for chemicals. 19159869_5_sfa4395vcx_hr When it comes to style in the kitchen, Smeg gives flexibility and style. All Smeg Compact ovens are available with an optional full glass door. When the compact oven fitted with full glass door kit is paired with a warming drawer and installed as a bank of ovens, the full glass door artfully creates an aesthetic that is identical to that of the Smeg Classic 60cm oven. 19159870_6_151013_eclipse_black_glass_door Smeg smeg.com.au 19159871_7_150703_cockatooisland_classiclineup_coffeeabc
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Finishes

Neolith: Made for the Outdoors

  Can you please explain why Neolith is suited to outdoor application? Neolith is the perfect choice for outdoor usage. Not only is it waterproof, it is resistant to freezing and most importantly for Australia, it is UV resistant so it will not fade over time and retain it’s original look and texture. Available in thinner than standard sheets makes it light weight so it is suitable for all forms of cladding Can you please talk about some project examples of where Neolith has been used outdoors? CDK Stone’s Cecelia Jenkins with Kate Walker Design in Hawthorn. 2-3 sheets of Neolith Estatuario E04 were book-matched to create a mirror image finish. To help paint a picture of how Neolith can be used in the outdoors, can you please give us some examples of what products are used best with Neolith?  Neolith’s resistance to wear and tear, high traffic, UV, water and other environmental factors makes it the perfect choice for outdoor areas. From BBQ surrounds where it is resistant to heat and ease of use when cleaning makes Neolith the perfect choice. All these feature with the benefit of a huge range of colours and finishes gives you the freedom to match or contrast any area, whether indoors or out. What are the benefits of using Neolith in the outdoors from a design perspective? How does it look? From a design perspective, Neolith’s advantages are it is light weight making it easier to work with. It is easy to install because of the range of sizes that can be cut to suit any application. In addition to the points above, being resistant to almost all environmental factors, it has the benefit of being resistant to warping meaning it will not buckle over time.abc
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Finishes

Neolith: Engineered for Flooring

  In the area of surface materials for the home, the number of choices available is every increasing. Each material offers its own suite of benefits, many of which are the result of years of complex research and development. One of the most versatile and innovative on the market is Neolith, a sintered compact surface slab that is redefining the future of interior design. With an extensive range of colours and finishes, Neolith is a designer product that has created exciting possibilities for interior decorating applications, flooring and exterior cladding projects. Because of its large slab format, the material has minimal seam joins, making it an ideal flooring solution. Neolith_Belgian_Blue_floor "Neolith is suited to floors because it is impervious to high traffic. This makes it suitable not only for domestic floors, but it is so resistant to wear and tear, it can be used for commercial projects as well," says CDK Stone's Nathan Karpenko. "Being virtually water proof with an absorbtion level of almost zero, it is easy to clean and will cope with almost any spillage." "Apart from these benefits, Neolith has the advantage of coming in a wide range of colours and finishes that will never fade, warp or scratch. You can match or contrast any area, using this to flow with the same material from indoors to out." Solid, durable, low maintainance and easy to clean, Neolith is a high-quality and long-life material that offers peace of mind for those who walk over it. CDK Stone cdkstone.com.au  abc
Architecture
Homes

Orchard Piper secures a new Melbourne site

Orchard Piper has amalgamated two side-by-side blocks of land into one super site, totaling 1,500 sq m with a 30-meter north west frontage to Mathoura Road and incredible views to the Melbourne CBD. For the site, Orchard Piper has designed a refined development of 12 residences over three levels, Mathoura Road will offer Orchard Piper’s signature Garden Residences, Terraces and Penthouses ranging from 140 sq m to in excess of 300 sq m. Each home comes with a minimum of 2 car parks, access to a common wine cellar, at least 2 bathrooms and a powder-room, with penthouses also including an option for wood burning fire places – a rare offering in apartment living. Designed with the intention of designing a modern classic, the Mathoura Road design references a range of iconic design flourishes with double level columns angled to open toward the city views in a contemporary manner. 19159869_orchard_piper_mathoura_rd_penthouse_dusk “In Mathoura Road we have doubled the robe space of previous projects, increased the size of master suites and as our purchasers love to entertain, walk in sculleries and wine cellars are now part of our standard specification,” says Orchard Piper Director Luke McKie “Everything we do is meticulously considered and researched to provide the ultimate product for our customers.” Jolson Architects have considered the living experience from the entry up a grand flight of steps into a dramatic double height void lobby encased in bronze faming. Individual penthouses have double oak doors with hand finished timber door handles, which swing open into the imminently livable residences. Greeted by vaulting high ceilings and harmonious views, the homes are flooded with natural light and a rich, luxurious material tonality expressed in a selection of fine marble, timber, and bronze detailing. With a tantalizing array of gourmet providores and delicatessens on its doorstep, Mathoura Road is also within walking distance of some Melbourne’s most respected schools and is well serviced by pubic transport, doctors, dentists and beautiful public gardens. Orchard Piper orchardpiper.com 19159865_orchard_piper_mathoura_rd_external 19159866_orchard_piper_mathoura_rd_fireplace 19159868_orchard_piper_mathoura_rd_cellar 19159870_orchard_piper_mathoura_rd_apartmententry 19159871_orchard_piper_mathoura_rd_terrace  abc
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Delve into the world of rug design with RC+D

  Colour, texture, detailing – they’re all design elements that come into play when you’re choosing the right rug for your space. Depending on what you’re after, there are two main rug types – hand knotted and hand tufted – that will deliver the unique look and quality that you’re looking for. “Generally speaking, hand knotted is a very bespoke rug-making approach,” says Jack Malka, founder and owner of RC+D. “Hand knotted rugs have a sophisticated and beautiful worn-in look to them that comes from a labour intensive making process which results in an extremely high level of accuracy and detail.” Hand tufted rugs, by comparison, are characterised by their sharp, clean, modern look borne from a part-hand, part-mechanised making process. RC&D rug To construct a hand knotted rug is a labour-intensive process. The weaver works with weft and warp, knotting each thread to fill up the carpet, and as part of the process, create the design. As is the case with anything handmade, the mark of the maker is left through beautiful, individual characteristics. Every weaver can knot only 8cm in height a day, meaning the rug grows slowly, over a period of 6 – 8 months (depending on size). With the knotting completed, the maker then soaks the carpet in a special concoction of chemicals, scrubbing and washing the rug to give it a particular look and finish. The washed rug will have (to varying levels) a beautiful sheen, as well as a soft aged look. “It’s like a good scotch – the more you distil it the more refined it is,” comments Jack. You should also look out for the pile, Jack says. “In hand knotted rugs, all the pile leans towards one direction; you can run your hand from one side to the other”, and like velvet, your hand will leave a light or dark toned impression. RCandD rug 3 Producing a hand tufted rug is not quite as labour intensive – making it a popular choice for short lead-times and complex project requirements. The process is partly mechanised using a drill with needle tip, threaded with four-to-five threads. These are woven onto the weft in a u-shaped tuft. These u-shaped tufts follow the line of the stitch, filling the carpet to create a very accurate shape, size and design. You can also easily tell the difference between a hand tufted and hand knotted rug, simply by looking at the carpet’s backing. A hand tufted rug is backed with latex, glued to hold the tufted fibres in place. A hand knotted rug remains un-sealed – the knotted handiwork easily seen when you flip the rug over. “Hand tufted rugs also have a more modern look,” says Jack. “You can achieve particular textures, and dimensional variety through the design of the rug.” RCandD rugss So whether it is bespoke and intricate handiwork you’re after (hand knotted) or modern glamour (hand tufted), one thing is for sure – the quality and attention to detail is top quality. Photos: Hero, hand knotted rug in New Zealand wool, custom designed for Mim Design; top, Indian hand knotted rug in New Zealand wool, custom designed for Travis Walton; middle, Tibetan hand knotted rug in Himalayan wool and silk; bottom, 'Manly', a hand tufted rug in New Zealand wool, custom designed for Mim Design Rugs Carpet and Design (RC+D) rc-d.com.auabc
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Furniture

Jardan opens its flagship in Brisbane

  New to the Brisbane retail community is Jardan’s latest Flagship Store – a uniquely Queenslander take on the brand, which has moved locations to open in the design-savvy precinct of Fortitude Valley. Conceived by architect Iva Foschia of IF Architecture, in collaboration with Nick and Mike Garnham of Jardan, the new retail space is careful re-creation of home, rather than store. The collaborative design team has captured the Jardan aesthetic in every way, offering customers a natural sense of intimacy, and that Jardan-esque flavor of iconic, easy Australian living. With the showroom, a light colour palette and timber lining boards reflect Jardan’s approach to light, airy, comfortable living. Materiality, too, pays homage to Jardan’s principles of ‘making locally and acting mindfully’ with a series of subtle Queenslander touches such as timber lining boards and plantation shutters. Jardan_Brisbane_0836 Installed within the space is an indoor-outdoor living display that celebrates Queensland’s temperate climate and captures the easy transition between inside and out. This is complemented by an open plan kitchen featuring a Victorian Bluestone benchtop and blackbutt joinery. Jardan’s managing director, Nick Garham is excited about this latest move in Brisbane where Queensland retail and trade customers can experience the brand first-hand. “Our designer Iva Foschia has conceived a store layout that makes you feel instantly at home – as if you could live in it,” Nick says. “Customers are welcome to visit, wander and enjoy firsthand the Jardan approach to Australian living – beautifully crafted yet always comfortable, curated and stylish yet in an informal and very liveable fashion, and designed for you and your family.” Ideal for retail customers and designer who are looking to bring their vision for a modern Australian home to life, the Brisbane Flagship store stocks Jardan’s newest and best selling furniture ranges, as well as a curated collection of homewares including bedlinen, blankets, cushions, ceramics, books, art and jewellery. All Jardan designed and produced furniture items carry GECA accreditation. Jardan jardan.com.au RCandD rug mim design RCandD rug 3 RC&D rug Jardan_Brisbane_0947 Jardan_Brisbane_0940 Jardan_Brisbane_0890 Jardan_Brisbane_0876 Jardan_Brisbane_0850 Jardan_Brisbane_0822 Jardan_Brisbane_0787Fabc
Architecture
Around The World

An achor in the local landscape: Alila Manggis

  On Bali’s east coast, the smooth basalt pebbles clatter like maracas as waves rake the shore. Here on this relatively undeveloped corner of Bali, locals sift the black pebbles for coral on the water’s edge. Touts, tacky beach bars and tourist hordes are nowhere to be found. Alila Manggis is one of the few resorts in this tranquil area between the Badung Strait and Mount Agung, sacred to Hindus and Bali’s highest peak. _DTP5292 Hotel owner Franky Tjahyadikarta fell in love with the island’s east coast more than twenty years ago on diving trips and soon bought a 2.3 hectare beachfront coconut grove near the village of Candidasa. He engaged Kerry Hill Architects on the recommendation of fellow Indonesian hotelier Adrian Zeca with whom Tjahadikarta was a partner in the luxurious Amankila and Amanjiwo resorts. _DTP5387 The only instruction Kerry Hill was given was to work around the coconut trees and give every room a view of the sea. “It was important project for at the time because it was our first three star hotel,” says Jason Hill, director at Kerry Hill Architects. “In this project, design was intended as part of the attraction for guests.” _DTP5384 Originally opened in 1994 as Balina Serai under the banner of Aman-affiliated GHM Hotels, Hill’s design is a marriage of traditional Balinese architecture and modern design. The structures are anchored in the local landscape by alang alang thatched roofs, a building technique common in South East Asia that has sheltered Balinese for the last 500 years. The same long bladed grass used in the thatching lines the water features that surround the hotel lobby and restaurant. “The design is restrained, uncluttered and simple. It is a contemplative place for people to go,” comments Hill. _DTP5372 Overwhelmingly, the emphasis of the design is towards outdoor living. All but two of the 55 rooms are 28 square meters. Ground floor superior rooms feature a terrace with a day bed while deluxe rooms on the upper level feature a shaded balcony. As prescribed in the open design brief, each room faces the sea as well as an oblong pool at the centre of a lush lawn dotted with coconut palms. This is where most guests spend their days. _DTP5364 Alila Manggis does not have a gymnasium, but offers free yoga lessons in beach front cabanas. Guests are encouraged to explore beyond the resort grounds. Bicycles are freely available to guests and the resort’s private boat can be chartered to near by sheltered coves for some of the best snorkelling in Bali. Balinese cooking classes take place under a canopy on the lawn and include excursions to local markets as well as Alila’s own organic garden outside the grounds of the resort. At dusk, couples may choose to dine at idyllically romantic lantern-lit tables by the ocean. Alila Manggis alilahotels.com _DTP5325    abc
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Around The World

Halcyon House: a quirky interpretation of a coastal haven

  A luxurious take on the surf retreat, Halcyon House is all white walls and striped accents, a curious partnership of quirky decadence. The winning design of the establishment is the result of a collaboration of design talent with the project placed in the capable hands of award-winning Sydney architect Virginia Kerridge, and the trademark interiors of Brisbane’s Anna Spiro. Halcyon House was formally Cabarita’s Hideaway motel, purchased by Brisbane sisters Siobhan and Elisha Bickle and their husbands Adam Flaskas and Dave Wadley in 2011. To some the idea of transforming a dated block of coastal accommodation into a unique boutique hotel may seem farfetched, but the Bickles have a proven success rate at property development - the Brisbane couples were those behind the successful launch of ‘Bunk’ backpackers hostel, as well as the Victoria Park function centre. Halcyon-House-Halcyon-Suite-1 While secluded and sleepy are rarely a partnership that entice developers, this proved exactly the selling point to the owners. Elisha Bickle explains: “We believe Halcyon House will hit the right note - luxurious with a low key Australian feel, whimsical rather than formal and a relaxing retreat in a location, otherwise known to those in the know, as a ‘little pocket of paradise’.’’ In its redesign, the owners were eager to respect not only the relaxed nature of the surf town surrounding, as well as utilise certain elements of the original motel’s bare bones. Kerridge incorporated both aspects of old and new in her vision. Stating she wished guests to be “invigorated by the building”, she preserved the pool and retained the original Spanish arches of the motel. Restaurant-5 Drawing on the past is also a trait embraced by Spiro in her work for Halcyon House. The renowned interiors magician has purposefully transformed the hotel into somewhat of a very chic, very liveable gallery. Clashing prints, rich fabrics, unique artwork and antique treasures mingle throughout, with Spiro and the owners both collecting dozens of pieces of antiques, furniture and art from around the world. Madeline Weinrib rugs, Wayne Pate sketches and John Derian sofas were sourced from around the US, with bespoke craftsmen closer to home lending a hand to make sure the antiques were in pristine condition, as well as helping to adorn the walls with statement fabrics collected in the UK. As is characteristic of Spiro’s work, each of the hotel’s 21 rooms, as well as its award-winning restaurant Paper Daisy, has a distinct personality. She explains of her design ethos for the project: “I love to stay in a place that wraps me up and is beautifully decorated. You want to go home and dream about visiting that wonderful place again,” Anna said. “I wanted each room to be different so that guests can find their favourite room and then keep coming back and choosing to stay in that room each time they come.” Halcyon-House-Halcyon-Suite-3-(1) Halcyon House emerges as a quirky interpretation of a coastal haven – one that seamlessly blends the best of its 60s origins with modern design expectations for both luxury and individuality. It’s a well-executed coupling that has helped the boutique dwelling be nominated for both Best Design and Best Newcomer for the annual Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards 2015. There’s no doubt that this will be the first of a long line of design nominations to come for the hotel, with the venue both halcyon by name and halcyon by nature. Halcyon House halcyonhouse.com.au Halcyon0061 Master-Suite-1 Halcyon-House-Halcyon-Suite-4---Copy Halcyon0010abc