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Finishes

Bolon Collaborates With Doshi Levien

The collection was conceived with interior designers and architects in mind, who can now create bespoke flooring to bring out the best of their spaces. London-based design duo Doshi Levien, who were tasked with developing the image of Bolon By You with a conceptual art direction of the project, worked closely with the creative team in Sweden to create compositions that bring the collection to life through material interventions that resulted in captivating sets, highlighting the capabilities of the floors. The collaboration represents a new direction for Doshi Levien, taking the studio beyond its traditional heartlands of furniture and objects for design brands and institutions such as Moroso, Kvadrat, Cappellini and Galerie Kreo. The project has been a major undertaking for Doshi Levien who designed the company’s concept art, as well as display pieces for Bolon’s showrooms, sample books and online tools to help architects specify the new flooring collection. What links these strands is a theme of presentation. “We were looking for a more intuitive, direct way of engaging with the products,” says Levien. “We wanted people to be excited about getting this material in their hands.” Bolon bolon.com.au bol_bby_laceblackdovebluel bol_bby_geometricbeigeliquoricegreyl bol_bby_dotgreyliquoricegreyl bby-heroabc
Architecture
Homes

Living Inside the Square

Fashioning it for a young family with two kids (and one on the way) in a pine forest in the Kyiv region of the Ukraine, local architect and interior designer Viktoriya Yakusha has created a cube for living that “looks much bigger inside than it is”. Settled on a 700 square-metre piece of land, the floor space of the home is 200 square-metres in total– including a two-car garage within the confines of its four outer walls. Keeping the scheme within the one cube-shaped structure was “to save the natural landscape”, Viktoriya explains. On the ground floor is the garage, living room, dining and room and kitchen. The double-height glass of the living room fills the home with daylight – a precious commodity in Ukraine’s winter months – not to mention allowing enjoyment of the trunks of the pine trees just outside. 14-11-16-147 The second floor is private zone, with master bedroom and the children’s bedrooms. In the main bedroom a gray-graphite decorative wall treatment is teamed with an oak floor. In the kid’s rooms – one for a teenage girl and the other for a younger boy and the new arrival – the demands vary and the spaces have been designed accordingly. The teenager’s room is calculated to be big enough for sleeping, getting homework done and hanging out with friends. Viktoriya has created a stylish, multifunctional room, with two beds, sofa and work The boys’ bedroom also has two beds, sheltered beneath a timber podium. A work desk is placed above the podium – a white walled, calm and cozy environment with big graphic red and blue illustrations for fun and effect. Yakusha Design yakusha.com.ua 14-11-16-107-15 14-11-16-130 14-11-16-121 14-11-16-116 14-11-16-166 14-11-16-181abc
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Fixed & Fitted

New award-winning VOLA designs debut at Saloni di Mobile

VOLA belongs to the generation of design icons from the Golden Age of Danish Design, and have a philosophy of celebrating continuity while celebrating change. At the Saloni di Mobile 2016 in Milan, the brand showcased new award-winning designs including a waterfall shower and Kneipp hose within a new spa range. A Milan showcased, hands-free soap dispenser previously received the Interior Innovation Award in 2014, and represents the current design trend of VOLA. Striving to reach the peaks of aesthetics, innovation, and functionality, the soap dispenser is part of the VOLA Round Series, which includes a modern cistern flush, entirely designed with corporate offices, restaurants, hotel foyers, museums, galleries and concert halls in mind. VOLA founder Verner Overgaard designs carefully hide the mechanical parts of each piece within the wall, with the result being a tap or shower that is functionally efficient and aesthetically pleasing. VOLA-T60-Water-Model Oh note in particular is the new Round Hand Shower. Mirroring the design of Round Shower, the hand version has been launched and shown at Miland following Iconic Design Award 2015, GOOD DESIGN Award 2015 and German Design Award 2016 – Special Mention awards. Following the 2009 launched of the built-in modular heated towel rail, the towel warmer is also available through electric connection. Rather than the more common radiator-style towel warmer, the modular heated towel rail features a built in system, allowing for more individual design solutions. In line with the VOLA design style, the warmer is a built-in unit where all the technical electronics are hidden behind the wall. VOLA vola.com toilet VOLA-RS10-40-Foam VOLA-T60-Hand VOLA-VOLA-2411C071-C16abc
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Sleeping in Colour with Jardan

Australian design mavens Jardan Lab, expand their bed linen range with a series of soft pastels and the odd splash of deeper autumnal colours. The colours are versatile choices as they are easily adaptable to the colour schemes of any environment – particularly when paired with the more neutral creams on offer. In terms of texture, Jardan introduces the Waffle range, with the stylish texture providing a lovely contrast to the Stonewash series. Jardan Bed Linen | Habitus Living The Stonewash series takes its cues from the fashion industry, involving a process of dying the fabrics and the npre-washing them to give the linen a soft and slightly distressed look, as well as a worn-in feel to allude to comfort. Comprised entirely of combed cotton, the Stonewash collection includes fitted and flat sheets, quilt covers, and pillowcases, with the perfect option to mix and match the colourways for that perfect pop in the bedroom. Jardan Bed Linen | Habitus Living Likewise, the Waffle collection is also pre-washed to add an extra softness to the entirely Italian linen pieces. Emphasising its fabrication, the Waffle range comes in two colourways: linen and chalk, providing neutral backdrops and refreshing additions to interiors. Jardan Lab jardan.com Jardan Bed Linen | Habitus Living Jardan Bed Linen | Habitus Living Jardan Bed Linen | Habitus Living Jardan Bed Linen | Habitus Living Jardan Bed Linen | Habitus Livingabc
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Lighting

Original Light

Modo is a lamp within a lamp featuring traditional glass bulbs encased in smoky globes; Gridlock is, its name implies, an architectural brassy matrix inspired by the Brutalist movement. Meanwhile, Knotty Bubbles, a cluster of clear baubles tangled in rope, is both rough and refined, while Mexhedron is a mesmerising, geometric pendant reminiscent of the constellations from outer space. These are some of the lights produced by Brooklyn-based lighting company Roll & Hill. Beyond function, they are in themselves works of art that beguile and entice. These lights are defined by clear forms as well as an unmasked use of materials articulated in authentic ways that are clearly experimental but also contemporary. It’s a design language that is refreshing and loved by the media, resulting in the brand’s growing popularity since being established in 2010 by Jason Miller. Before that, the American designer was self producing some of his own designs. Many of the more successful ones were lights. At the same time, he noticed that many of New York’s designers were designing inventive lighting. Two and two came together, so collaborating with some of these designers, he founded the company and debuted Roll & Hill’s first collection in the 2010 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. _CMY2427a Miller took the company’s name directly from his grandfather’s last name. “He was a product of, what they call in the USA, the greatest generation; he grew up during the Great Depression, fought in World War Two, then came home and made a family. There’s something about that era that is very different from the way we live today and something about that which I admire and want to emulate,” Miller shares. A raw tenacity and honesty – these are traits reflected not only in the designs, but also something that Miller hopes are etched in the company’s philosophy and culture. On the website, the lights are juxtaposed against rugged, earthy sceneries. The manmade against the natural – the juxtaposition is poignant but also beautiful; what is also suggested is how the forms and materials of these lighting fixtures are derived from the earth itself. A most literal example is the Superordinate Antler collection, created using antler forms to bring the wild outdoors in. What is also clear is Miller’s championing of American design. He has the keen eye of finding interesting young American designers, such as Bec Brittain, Jonah Takagi and Rich Brilliant Willing, to add to his fold. “I try not to choose designs. I don’t just want to produce a collection of half a dozen pretty lights every year. What I’m really trying to do is to pick designers that I believe in, designers that I think have a clear aesthetic, and then develop products with them” says Miller. It’s helpful that the New York community of designers is a tight knit one. Many of the designers who have worked with Roll & Hill were friends first with Miller. It not only cuts short the time in building client-designer relationship, but also allows for open and genuine dialogue – crucial for unbridled self expression. This shows in the pieces. The lights are assembled entirely in Brooklyn, where the brand’s 20,000-square-feet workshop is housed, together with design and shipping offices. What is striking about the space is the expansive view of the water with Manhattan in the near distance, as well as the copious amount of natural light that floods the industrial shell. It’s a comfortable and inspirational space to work for Roll & Hill’s 35 staff. The company is so successful it is hard to imagine how modest its operation really is. Miller explains Roll & Hill’s production philosophy, which has helped keep costs low and quality high, among other benefits. “We make almost everything in our factory in Brooklyn, and we make on demand, which means that we don’t have a warehouse full of lights and we don’t make things by the thousands in Asia. This allows us to be very flexible; we can take risks when it comes to design. We don’t have to invest huge sums of money in making a production line. We can produce something, prototype it, get it ready for production and if it only sells one or two units, that’s not a huge loss for us,” says Miller. _CMY2451a Another plus point is the possibility for customisation, which is a common requirement of architects and interior designers who order the lights. “Very often, they want something bigger or smaller or in a different finish or a different configuration, etc., and by making products on demands, we can accommodate those needs,” Miller elaborates. Miller runs a tight ship, but it is one that is very detail-oriented and considered. At the same time, the brand’s success is timely with the post-2009 crisis resurgence of the Maker Movement, where, originality and craft trumps bling and mass consumerism As Miller aptly describes, “I think people now want more individual objects; they don’t just want to have the same things as the people down the street. They want to feel human about the things they use.” Roll & Hill rollandhill.com _CMY2453a _CMY2455a _CMY2457a _CMY2458a _CMY2461a _CMY2465a _CMY2476a _CMY2477a _CMY2480a    abc
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Ben Young Turns Concrete and Glass into Vast Oceans

Kiwi artist Ben Young isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. “Early on I set myself a personal challenge to stick to the medium of laminating float glass,” he says, adding “I just wanted to see how far I could push the limits and find out what was capable with it.” Sometimes however, the material gets the better of him. “Glass when used in the mass as I do gets very heavy,” Young comments “so this has limitations on what I can physically handle.” Those limits, however, haven’t stopped Young from creating breathtaking sculptures that attract international attention. Self-taught, Young’s years as a boat-builder served as his only entry into the world of design. “I definitely use my knowledge of understanding a range of materials I have picked up boatbuilding in different parts of the construction in each piece” Young says. But construction is only the final stage in a lengthy design process. Ben Young | Habitus Living “I have sketchbooks that I fill with ideas”, says Young. “Once I have locked in the design it's time to work out the technicalities, draw scale drawings, work out sizes, proportions and profiles to work to.” Even within this process, Young prefers to work by hand, rather than computer, commenting that while it “may seem backwards to some…I like the tactile element to it.” He then continues to play with the forms, cutting each 2D piece until the 3D work begins to take its final form. That process has more recently become complicated, by the addition of concrete, a material that vastly contrasts with the delicate appearing glass. “I love the contrast between the two materials and feel they really complement each other,” muses Young. “ It has allowed me to expand the subject matter of my work and has added a whole new skill set to produce a piece, I really enjoy the modelling and mould making elements that are now part of the process.” Ben Young | Habitus Living Whilst the concrete does ground Young’s pieces, the glass is the real show stealer. “The beauty of using a translucent material such as glass, the illusions create themselves,” says Young, adding that “the refraction within pieces is pretty amazing…when viewed from all angles the piece is constantly changing.” Ultimately Young’s skill is his control over his materials, and his ability to make the work the way he wants them to. To see his pieces is to both appreciate the materials used, and in some way forget them, because the illusion they are something else is so complete. Ben Young brokenliquid.com Ben Young | Habitus Living Ben Young | Habitus Living Ben Young | Habitus Livingabc
Architecture
Homes

Hayes Road House becomes a Machine for Organising Space

Hayes Road in Melbourne began with a simple brief of a young family needing a home that to facilitate a modern and open way of living. Yet the family also held a desire to conceal the ‘stuff’ that family life generates. Vibe’s response serves as a “machine for organising space” – a design that conjures space where it ought not exist. One example of Vibe’s design at work can be found in the main living space, with kitchen, dining and family spaces sitting within the open-plan expanse. In a playful trick of scale what appears as one vast plane of walnut veneer opens out to conceal a range of storage solutions, a powder room, and laundry. Rather than having spaces collide with one another, Vibe has designed pathways through the house, from the master bedroom, around a corner to an ensuite, around another corner to a shower. Light shines into the space through slender, high windows. Materials throughout the Hayes Road house have been chosen intelligently and responsibly, evoking a sense of minimal luxury. Polished concrete, walnut veneer, marble, stone and steel form the palette of the interior, which opens generously to a rear deck, complete with entertaining space and pool. The view of the rear elevation recalls the lines and language a classic modernist pavilions, with the upper storey supported by a wall of glass and slender steel frames. Vibe Design Group vibedesign.com.au 31_hys-137 23_hys-103 19_hys-123 16_hys-208 13_hys-126 08_hys-209 07_hys-205 06_hys-110 03_hys-104 01_hys-181  abc