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Fixed & Fitted

Expert Tips for Selecting the Right Drainage for Your Building Project

Drainage maintains a simple albeit vital function: to ensure water, once used, can be efficiently, safely and effectively removed from the property. Yet despite the fundamental importance of drainage to essential building functions, often the specification and selection of drainage systems is left too late into the construction process, or overlooked entirely. Here are some expert tips for selecting the right drainage for your building project.

1. Unique Design Concerns: Traditional vs. Linear

One of the most important decisions when considering bathroom drainage fit-out is how it will be incorporated into an existing room layout.

Traditional bathroom setups are designed with a single, fixed- positioned, primary drainage trap, which typically houses the central floor waste outlet (or overflow gully) for the entire bathroom. It is from this centralised drainage point that all other waste outlets from the bathroom’s fixtures (showers, basins, bathtubs etc.) are connected, forming the bathroom’s interconnected pipe system. Yet an increasing number of bathrooms are plumbed with separate traps for each fixture, allowing for more flexibility in your drainage system layout (most suitable for lineal systems).

While traditional floor waste systems require four-way grading of floors, and a separate hob to contain water flow, linear grates can be located anywhere within the bathroom or shower area, requiring a simple two-way floor grading towards the channel.


2. Waterproofing Requirements

Recent changes to the Australian Standards to AS-3740 (‘Waterproofing of wet areas within residential buildings’) introduced in 2010, means builders and designers must abide by strict waterproofing compliance measures to ensure interior spaces are protected from unwanted water incursions.

Your choice of surface material (whether tile, timber, stone or vinyl) will significantly impact your waterproofing requirements and requisite application of water-resistant membranes. Likewise, your building substrate material (whether wood or concrete) will ultimately determine the type of water stop required for full BCA compliance.

For specific waterproofing guidelines, please refer to AS-3740.


3. Exposure to the Elements

Seldom considered for interior surfaces, properties located in areas exposed to high airborne salinity (e.g. near breaking surf beaches) require extra precautions to protect drainage systems from corrosion.

Electro polishing offers one of the most effective means to protect grates from harsh or corrosive environments, passivating rust-sensitive iron concentrations in stainless steel grates most prone to oxidation.

Stormtech has been at the forefront of drainage innovations for home and commercial building industries for over a quarter of a century.

Boasting an unrivaled depth of experience with linear drainage solutions, Stormtech welcomes questions about product selection and compliance, and can advise prospective clients objectively on the most suitable drainage product for your building project. As one of Australia’s most respected drainage manufacturers and suppliers, Stormtech is committed to delivering the highest quality drainage solutions for today’s drainage projects.

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Only Smeg Provides Genuine Design Choice

Smeg believes in offering the consumer choice. It is the only brand to continually collaborate with the world’s leading architects and designers to produce beautiful and long-standing style.

This year, Smeg showcased at Sydney Indesign many of its distinctive design collections available for specification into Commercial Projects.


Classic – a thirty year celebration

When famous Italian architect Guido Canali first collaborated with Smeg 30 years ago, he applied rigid architectural principles to the design of the collection. Strict form and simple, essential design were his mantra - every “almost industrial” straight line with the most perfect rolled edge will meet a plate of glass exactly. Smeg’s latest release of the range upholds these original principles in a very contemporary interpretation.


Piano – reserved for Commercial Projects of distinguished style

Prizker recipient and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Architecture, Renzo Piano chose to work in stainless steel – to create an effect of unity and luminosity. Steel pressed in a single sheet, thicker than a car bonnet, with no joins or difficult corners to clean, the Piano Collection was designed for long life. Clean, essential objects, decorated by the light they reflect, they clearly express their essential qualities: simplicity, strength, durability, cleanliness and attractiveness.


Victoria – for a very “modern vintage”

In 1956, Smeg launched the “Elizabeth”, the first ever gas freestanding cooker with programmable start time, oven safety valve and timer. At the time it was the most advanced cooking technology available.

Nearly sixty years later, the “Victoria” was launched in response to market demand for nostalgic design and as a tribute to Smeg’s longstanding lineage in cooking technology and prestigious style.


Whilst the Victoria unashamedly looks to the past for its design style, it is finished with such precise detailing that it would be equally suited to an industrial-style warehouse kitchen or ultra-modern bachelor pad, which is why the Victoria is described as being of a “modern vintage”.

Exclusive preview to Sydney designers

Smeg is proud to present an exclusive preview to Sydney designers of the exciting new Victoria built-in range.


Linear – where less is more

Smeg’s Linear range is the champion of reductive design, where every detail is expressed with clarity and simplicity. Linear is about balance, optimised space and ergonomics.

The Linear range features Stopsol® glass, a super-strong material with crystal translucency for a mirror finish, which, when combined with Smeg’s satin stainless steel, gives the range a reflective beauty which must be seen to be believed as photographs cannot capture its true essence.

And to offer further choice Smeg’s Linear range is available in silver, black and white.


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The Shift House celebrates Rural Connections

The new additions have been designed to increase the size of the farmhouse and maximise the views and connections to the environment. Two new wings set at an upper and lower level are connected by a central stair and linear ramp, and provide views to surrounding paddocks and rolling hills.

Helping to bring these aspects closer to the heart of the home, inner courtyards provide an entry and exit point to outside, and act as a cooling and shading mechanism in summer.

"The new entrance splits the old and the new, with new solid brickwork connecting back to the existing residence," explains Honeyman + Smith Architects. "The upper connection with the existing building is based on material articulation and window size proportions."

Seasonal farm use is reflected in the zoning of the home.

"Seasonal cattle, crops and the daily routine of early mornings, long ordered working days and late afternoons are reflected at a micro scale in the way the use of the building responds to the sun: morning sun is captured in the kitchen, courtyards and transition spaces allow for a connection to the paddocks and outside weather conditions, the lower level allows for protected afternoon and evening experiences," says Honeyman + Smith Architects. "Summers and winters are zoned by sections of the scheme either embedded in the ground to the south or opening up to ground level to the north."

The materials used to build the new addition have been sourced locally in order to compliment the rural backdrop; red clay soil, cattle and the surrounding bush. Photography by Hilary Walker and David Sandison Part selection of Furniture: Hub Furniture Lighting Living Honeyman + Smith Architects honeymanandsmith.com.au Unknown-4 Unknown3 Unknown-1 David-Sandison-4 David-Sandison-11 David-Sandison-12 David-Sandison-28     Unknown Unknown-2abc
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Memobottle, flat packed water

Originally launched through a 2014 Kickstarter campaign, designers Jesse Leeworthy and Jonathan Byrt’s initial goal of $15k was achieved within 36 hours. 45 days later and the duo had raised over $260k, and sold over ten thousand bottles. Now, the memobottle is available internationally, and is included in the Museum of Modern Art in Austria. This success story begins a new chapter with the launch of the A6 memobottle, a smaller companion to the existing A5 sized bottle. Named for the paper sizes the bottles resemble, the A5 and new A6 memobottles are both designed to fit perfectly into handbags, computer cases, folders, laptop bags, and with the A6, even pockets. Whilst striking in design, the bottle’s design has functionality at its core, “We don't want people to buy this bottle who aren't going to use it – that goes against everything that we stand for,” the founders say. “We aim to create useful and beautiful products that can assist in bringing us back to more reusable society.” This notion of a reusable society drives the memobottle team as they grow, with the having been using the #OneBottleMovement social media tag since day one, promoting a platform that can educate and push for a more sustainable and reuse driven society From humble beginnings in Melbourne, the memobottle is now an international sustainability and design hit, and the A6 looks to only continue this, “We decided that the memobottle not to only had to be better for the environment but it had to provide the user with something just as or more convenient than their current situation,” the pair say on the design. “The memobottle had to be beautiful, transparent and make people think, encourage people to ask questions and use all of this as a vehicle to encourage people to move away from throw away water bottles.” Memobottle memobottle.com memo_A6_camera memo_A6_3 memo_A5_A6 memo_A5_1 memo_a5_7 memo_A6_4abc

Lee Ho Fook, Modern China in Old Melbourne

Designed by Melbourne’s Techne Architecture + Interior Design, the bespoke oriental inspired interior of Lee Ho Fook reflects the menu’s modern fusion of traditional Chinese flavours and modern flourishes. Techne translated the restaurant’s approach to Chinese cuisine into a planned and thoughtful design that more references the traditions of Chinese heritage in a modern aesthetic than it does replicate them. “Ornament and decoration have been refined into a more minimal approach”, says Techne senior designer Jonny Mitchell. “The intention was to embrace the existing character of the building and contrast this with contemporary, minimal objects inserted into the space.” Defining the main dining area on the lower level is a striking cantilevered steel and American oak banquette. Timber and glass partitions have been employed to zone small space, allowing diners to be separate to the entrance space while referencing traditional Chinese room dividers. The original space, a 19th century brick warehouse, has retained a number of its original features, including the timber trusses, raw brickwork and timber flooring, giving the space a playful juxtaposition between ancient and new, between the exotic and local. Linear brass angles were installed to add a feeling of depth to the vertical surfaces the space, “Brass detailing on the joinery and lighting is a nod to the significance of gold to symbolize good luck and happiness in Chinese culture”, says Mitchell. The resulting design for Lee Ho Fook is both a sophisticated and understated interpretation of Chinese design aesthetics for a local Melbourne audience, precisely what the menu ordered. Techne Architecture + Interior Design techne.com.au LEEHOFOOK-1_HR LEEHOFOOK-13_HR LEEHOFOOK-12_HR LEEHOFOOK-11_HR LEEHOFOOK-10_HR LEEHOFOOK-8_HR LEEHOFOOK-7_HR LEEHOFOOK-6_HR LEEHOFOOK-5_HR LEEHOFOOK-3_HR LEEHOFOOK-2_HR  abc

Make Me Iconic

We dream of owning it and designers aspire to create it, but what exactly is iconic design? Whether it’s a Verner Panton chair, an Eero Saarinen table or the Sydney Opera House, the roll call of iconic designs takes centre stage, championed by the media, industry, critics and the public alike. But how does great design relate to longevity, sustainability, personality and affordability? And in an era when social media is perhaps cheapening the very idea of what it means to be iconic (hello Kim Kardashian!), can enduring design classics and truly talented designers survive – or thrive – in the world of Instagram? Journalist Sophie Davies canvasses architects, designers, authors and artists – from Luigi Rosselli to Koichi Takada, Karen McCartney and Ken Done – to discover whether the age of the icon is dead – or just undergoing a subtle reincarnation. Aesthetics and function are still key to iconic status, but should social and ethical impact also become an arbiter of iconic design? Is customisation a way to save future icons from the realms of cliché? Can everyday, anonymous design still be iconic? And, finally, when it comes to future talent, who are design’s New Icons? Read the full story in Habitus Issue #30, on sale December 17. HAC_Interior_photo-by-Hufton+Crow-(1)EDIT_Fabc
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Telling a story with Tales of Wood

Denmark is renowned for its design traditions and standards, and the 1984 designed Tales of Wood office bin is a sign of this legacy. The design is simple and the function is clear, Tales of Wood is a classic, well-proportioned object. Constructed in moulded wood and designed by master cabinetmaker Bent G. Nielsen with a deep respect for the cabinetmaking craft. Tales of Wood adds an air of exclusivity and elegance to the home office or workplace. The Tales of Wood design narrative is an example of successful cooperation across generations. Fatyjer Bent G. Nielsen and son Jan, also a master cabinetmaker, originally made the wooden moulds which allowed the design vision to become a reality. The design’s refined, tapered edge finish stands in juxtaposing contrast to the organic shape of the bin which lends it a light and stable expression. Echoing the design principal of that an object is complete not when you cannot add anything more to it, but when you cannot take anything away, Tales of Wood is minimal yet not explicitly so, with the manner in which the wood having been cut exposes the grain. In this way the design tells the story of the year-long process from newly planted tree to finished product. Previously marketed and sold directly from the cabinetmaker, today the Tales of Wood office bin is included in Normann Copenhagen’s portfolio of design. Normann Copenhagen normann-copenhagen.com 380005_Tales_of_Wood_Office_Bin_Oak_4 3800_Tales_of_Wood_Office_Bin_ALL 380006_Tales_of_Wood_Office_Bin_Walnut_1abc
Design Hunters

Launching Contemporary – an all new online design hub for Perth

As Perth grows with local talent and ongoing passion for architecture and design, exciting developments are popping up to redefine the city’s identity. Indesign Media are happy to announce Contemporary, a new online platform specifically catered to Perth's contemporary lifestyle, where innovative home and commercial products and progressive architectural design combine. Recognising Perth's unique position in Australia and its unbeatable accessibility to the wider Asia Pacific region, the team behind Habitus, DQ, Indesign, Habitus Living and IndesignLive will formally unveil this exciting new online community in front of more than 200 guests at a special launch event on December 1, 2015. Launching on the first day of Mobilia's much-anticipated Design Circus at the State Theatre, Contemporary is being introduced by Indesign Media CEO Raj Nandan. Guests will also get a sneak peek into plans for a brand new design event in Perth in early 2016. Contemporary is designed specifically for the design hunter, the professional and the client. It’s a platform that will pave the way for inspiration and collaboration through the sharing of innovative home and commercial products and progressive architectural design. Contemporary contemporaryau.com Contemporary_MediaKit_Digital_v10[1]-7 Contemporary_MediaKit_Digital_v10[1]-6 Contemporary_MediaKit_Digital_v10[1]-3 Contemporary_MediaKit_Digital_v10[1]-2  abc
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Asia Pacific Shows Its Strength at WAF and INSIDE 2015

  For four years, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and INSIDE World Festival of Interiors (INSIDE) have brought a global architecture and design discussion to Singapore’s shores. The representation of regional work in the award's cycles has been considerable, with shortlisted entrants required to present their projects in person at the event. This year was no exception, with many major awards going to projects from the Asia Pacific. The INSIDE World Interior of the Year award was won by Hotel Hotel in Canberra (designed by March Studio), and the WAF World Building of the Year accolade went to The Interlace in Singapore (designed by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren). Next year, the festival will return to Europe – specifically Berlin – signalling the start of a new era in which a different city will be visited every year. “Our model will be moving the main event every year, but having a series of satellite events around the world, which we’re starting to develop and which will become our fixed points. So it’s looking good going forward,” explains WAF programme director, Paul Finch. It will be interesting to see if next year’s awards cycles offer a similar proportion of regional work, given the greater travel distances involved (on top of the entry fees). fotog-2624-151104 In tribute to its final year with its host country, and in celebration of the island nation’s fiftieth year of independence, the WAF 2015 programme gave special emphasis to Singapore and its rapid transformation. The keynote lectures on day one both focused on Singapore’s transformation. First up, Liu Thai Ker, senior director at RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, presented a review of 50 years of planning in Singapore, which he was deeply involved in. He demonstrated the phenomenal detail with which the future form of the city state has been devised over the years. Later, Charles Jencks, author, critic, sculptor and landscape architect, discussed the lessons demonstrated by Singapore for world architecture. He coined the term “socitalism” and used it to describe the socialised capitalism that has underpinned Singapore’s development. He spoke of the global architectural afflictions of “generic individualism” and “bigness”, and pointed out how, in his view, some projects in Singapore – like the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay – represent the creation of meaningful icons through their details of personalisation, such as the colours that are specific to place. A ‘City Update’ on Sydney was presented by Michael Heenan, CEO and principal of Allen Jack+Cottier, on day three. He presented a picture of a developing metropolis – a “crane city” – facing serious issues, such as clogged roads, overcrowded schools and expensive housing, and highlighted that Sydney will need to double its number of homes in the next 50 years. He pointed to the establishment of new corridors of growth as a way forward, and highlighted a number of zones that his firm is currently active. fotog-2192-151104_Liu-Thai-Ker Australian projects received a number of awards. Hotel Hotel won the INSIDE Hotels category before picking up the overall INSIDE award. The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre by Cox Rayner Architects won the INSIDE Heath & Education category. The Casba development by Billard Leece / SJB Architects won the WAF Mixed-Use category. Quay Quarter, Sydney designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp won the WAF Future Projects Competition Entries category. And the Walumba Elders Centre by Iredale Pedersen Hook won the WAF Heath category. Singapore projects were also big winners. The Interlace won the WAF Housing category before taking out the overall WAF award. The WAF Future Projects Commercial Mixed-Use category was won by Gardens at Punggol by Serie + Multiply Consultants. A conceptual project for Singapore, Home Farm by SPARK, won the WAF Future Projects Experimental category. And Kki Sweets and the Little Drom Store by Produce Workshop won the INSIDE Retail category. There were also winning projects in Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China and India. The WAF Landscape of the Year was Yanweizhou Park in China by Turenscape International. When Paul Finch was asked what he thought were the most important topics being discussed this year, he noted that aside from the focus on Singapore, there is an ongoing concern about environmental issues. “One continues to see the question of how buildings can fit into their environments, and how they can absorb or incorporate nature into their designs. I think that’s another ongoing field of interest globally.” INSIDE World Festival of Interiors insidefestival.com World Architecture Festival worldarchitecturefestival.com hotel_hotel_march_studio_photo_by_peter_bennetts_37 fotog-3033-151104_Stedent-Charette fotog-2849-151104_INSIDE-Stage fotog-2640-151104 fotog-2625-151104    abc
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Daisy charm in children’s bathrooms from Raymor

In choosing a colour scheme of daisy yellow and white for a children’s bathroom, Raymore have given a sense of playfulness and fun to what could be a not so exciting place for most kids. The design has a sense of instant character through the juxtaposition of distressed porcelain timber tiles with textured white wall tiles, and a youthful style is injected with the inset band of circular yellow mosaics. This same shape unifies the design throughout through repetition in the form of semi-spherical pendant lights, twin mirrors and yellow stools. The vanity is designed to fill the needs of two children at once, with wide Alpha countertop basins used to minimise splashes, and the adjacent Recline drop-in bath, while compact and space saving, offers enough room for a couple of children and lots of bathtime fun. In order to ensure an on-going conversation throughout the space, all accessories exhibit the same profile, from the towel rails and rings to toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, robe hooks, glass shelf and toilet tissue holder. Raymor raymor.com.au CHILDRENS-BATHROOM-02 CHILDRENS-BATHROOM-14abc
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Be ready with Nendo’s Emergency Preparedness Kit

Despite its compact design, Nendo's MINIM+AID kit designed for Japanese brand SUGITA ACE offers a rich set of features, including a whistle to alert others of one’s presence, a radio, raincoat, lantern, drinking water and a plastic case, all packaged inside of a 5cm wide tube that is waterproof and floats.

The radio is equipped with manual charging functionality, which can also be used to charge smartphones, lanterns, or other devices via USB. The plastic case can be used to store medicine or anything else the user might deem necessary, and the tube in which the drinking water foil pouch is stored can also be used as a cup.

The kit is slimmer and more compact than conventional emergency kits, easy to carry and can be worn over the shoulder using the included strap. The design also makes it easy to keep it nearby and ready to go at all times. The outer tubing is available in silver, white, or black, and each tool is available in a selection of three different colours.

The Nendo Emergency Preparedness Kit is set to be released in June 2016 in Japan.

Photography by Kenichi Sonehara

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JANUS et Cie arrives in Sydney

  350 guests joined the company to celebrate the new 730sqm storefront at 50 McLachlan Avenue, located between Darlinghurst and Rushcutters Bay. Designed by Vanderbyl Design, the showroom is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows and features the brands signature topiary hedge walls separating furniture vignettes throughout the space. Adding to the fresh and airy setting are dividing, windowed-walls of accessories and a unique display of JANUS et Cie textiles collection in a spectrum rainbow along the circular back wall, allowing clients to drape selections over cushions to inspire their design process.

“Sydney is such a natural fit for JANUS et Cie, which shares a similar climate to our founding showroom in Los Angeles,” says Janice Feldman, President of JANUS et Cie. “The way Australians appreciate the outdoor lifestyle is something we understand and appreciate, as a California-based company. Everyday we strive to help clients create beautiful spaces for their active lives.”

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