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Modern bedding meets gypsy styling!

The Subtropics range, launching just in time for a summer wardrobe update, is a treasure trove of beautifully curated products for every corner of the summer home – from Kip&Co’s signature adult bedding to a range of designer rugs, woven blankets, and cushions. Designed in rich hues, soft pastels, apricots and lavender, the collection was styled to allow for the design lover to create their own secluded retreat, and get swept away in textural layers of floating linen, soft cotton and velvet. The beloved Kip&Co velour towel collection has been expanded this summer season, with a collection of playful kid’s beach ponchos. While the brand’s tableware capsule has been expanded to include an exciting edit of resin and polished brass cutlery. The second season of the Kip&Co TRAVEL collection sees the addition of an ‘ultimate weekender bag’, along with a new cosmetics bag range, perfect for long, hot gypset journeys. The collection is finished with the Kip BODY range, which combines casual and slouchy lounge style sleepwear and bathrobes with some of Kip&Co’s favourite prints and fabrics. The bedding range has been designed all ages, ideal for kids and kids at heart. The collection is the next step for Kip&Co, who originally founded in 2012. Design lovers Alex, Kate and Hayley launched the brand to offer bright, colourful, and beautiful bedding designs, and quickly expanded to a covetable, vibrant lifestyle brand. Kip&Co kipandco.com.au KipCo-BH-SS1616970-1024x1024 KipCo-BH-SS1617759-1024x1024 KipCo-BHD2-SS16-17878-1024x1024 KipCo-BHD2-SS16-18790-1024x1024 KipCo-BHD2-SS16-18905-1024x1024 KipCoSS16-16145-1024x1024abc

QT Melbourne: Same, Same – but Different

QT Hotels have been busy making a name for themselves. There are seven in total – Melbourne being the most recent addition – and each establishes a unique identity pertinent to the city or suburb in which it is located. So while there is a sense of familiarity across the board, in a way it’s the unique approach to each project for which they’ve become renowned. QT Melbourne | Habitus Living “QT focuses on art, fashion, design and music,” says Nic Graham who, collaborating with them since they opened their first hotel in the Gold Coast, has returned to oversee the interior design of the public spaces in Melbourne. This time their signature aesthetic is reflected through interactive elevators that converse with guests, the reoccurring female silhouette overlayed in zebra stripe, a strong presence of local and contemporary art, and a feature bookcase that spans two floors. “A hell of a lot of work went into that bookcase,” says Nic. “Eight thousand books laser spliced and then colour-coded from black through to white and to black again creates this illusion of light running through the middle a false horizon.” Why? To spark curiosity, pose questions and create a sense of memory, familiarity and warmth for the guests. QT Melbourne | Habitus Living “Within the context of your location…you pin point areas of interest that can be presented visually,” he says. “For Melbourne it was about backstreet stories.” Located at the Parisienne end of the city and close to the old rag trade district meant subtle hints at France and daring high fashion are laced throughout the hotel. One example is the etched bronze artwork merging the streetscapes of Melbourne and Paris wrapped around the reception desk. QT Melbourne | Habitus Living In the suites and private spaces, which are designed by Shelley Indyk who again is a familiar face among the QT crowd, the mood is continued yet in a slightly more subdued sense. “A public area needs to be different to a guest room,” says Shelley, “it’s where you want to come in and relax rather than be stimulated full pelt.” The rooms that face Russell Street capitalise on the view with beds that sit front and centre before the window. The bathrooms, which “make the room”, open up completely with sliding doors designed specially for QT Melbourne in collaboration with Jeb. When closed – and most memorably – they “glow like a lantern”. QT Melbourne qthotelsandresorts.com/melbourne Nic Graham nicgraham.com Shelley Indyk indykarchitects.com.au Words by Holly Cunneen QT Melbourne | Habitus Living QT Melbourne | Habitus Living QT Melbourne | Habitus Living  abc

Celebrating the Launch of ANEAU

For Anna Westcott, the founder of ANEAU, the company has been a culmination of a childhood busy with quilting at family gatherings, and an exciting journey through the world of fashion design. On the 16th of October, Westcott celebrated the launch of lifestyle brand ANEAU with the unveiling of her first collection, alongside the exhibition of her photographic collaboration with longtime friend, Hannah Scott-Stevenson. The photography itself involved the pair of friends travelling India and working with the Purkal Stree Shakti Shamiti collective who are the talented women handcrafting Westcott's quilts. Gracing the walls of Special Group Studio, each photograph was hung alongside ANEAU quilts for the guests to view whilst sipping Williams Wine and Young Henry's beer. Congratulations, ANEAU! We look forward to seeing where this adventure takes you! ANEAU aneau.com Words by Christina Rae. Photography by Derek Bogart. ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Living ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Living ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Living ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Living ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Living ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Living ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Living ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Living ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Living ANEAU Launch Event | Habitus Livingabc

How to Bring the Brick Veneer to the 21st Century

The home, in Malvern East, featured, like so many homes of the 1950’s and 60’s, features a spatial logic where all living areas faced the street, which in this case was a busy main road. The clients, the current occupiers of the space, saw this as now way to live in the modern day. The clients' brief to Detail 9 Architects us was to provide a new and accessible living space, in an open plan format with noted connectivity to the private rear yard.  The existing bathroom needed a new redesign, while a new ensuite, butler’s pantry and laundry were also on the dream wish list Clinker Charm - Waverley | Habitus Living In response to these requests, Detail 9 developed a number of concept plans, but to the owners one stood out as the ideal spatial arrangement.  Once this plan wa sin motion, the challenge became to find the best design for the exterior of the new extension, or rather, how to best marry the traditional mid-twentieth century design of the existing house with the new rear façade. The solution for the design was a unique juxtaposing, where the new was clearly a different architectural language, but where elements of the new design were applied to the old, in order to blend the two different styles into one united façade. 726-Waverley-Rd-3 “We were 'reluctant' renovators - we absolutely needed to renovate but had no idea about how to make it all come together,” say clients of the home Amanda and Michael, “The whole project was extremely challenging and confronting for us but we felt like Detail 9 were holding our hand the whole way and we were fully supported and most of all that we could trust their judgement.” The single storey extension to 1950's clinker brick home ultimately sees an open plan living space set aside a new kitchen, designed for relaxing and meal preparation alongside the living area and butler's pantry. The outdoor entertaining area is separate enough to feel private, yet offers an openness to the design. Detail 9 Architects detail9architects.com.au Words by Andrew McDonald Photography by Matt Forbes 726-Waverley-Rd-13 726-Waverley-Rd-15 726-Waverley-Rd-18 726-Waverley-Rd-24 726-Waverley-Rd-28 726-Waverley-Rd-35abc

Built by Convicts: Explore Sydney’s Harbour Master’s House

When the Harbour Masters house was built by convicts at Dawes Point in 1832, Sydney was a small colonial outpost and making sure natural light entered buildings wasn’t a large priority. Now, 180 years later, the house is in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge, and the biggest challenges with turning the residence into a home suited to a contemporary lifestyle were a living space with low ceilings, and converting a room with no windows at all into a modern kitchen. Jackson Sutton | Habitus Living Fortunately for architects Smart Design Studio, the owners of the house were keen on bold colour and weren’t afraid to give them a license to spark an energetic dialogue between the old and the new. The living room was dark with low ceilings, with no opportunity to punch openings in the heritage fabric to allow natural lighting inside. Thinking on their feet, Smart Design Studio custom made a striking ceiling light ‘artwork’ inspired by French artist Guy de Cointet to breathe light and life into an otherwise traditional room. Jackson Sutton | Habitus Living The floating de Cointet-esque panel uses state-of-the-art LED lighting and its drama is accentuated by walls and ceiling that are painted “Resene Ming” matched in a Dulux colour. The new windowless kitchen also features an LED light, this one a ‘halo’ to mirror the shape of the Corian island bench. Here the walls are a matt Dulux “Frog Hollow”. Jackson Sutton | Habitus Living The formal dining room meanwhile has been painted to complement the antique furniture. Here a combination of a Dulux “Glowing Coals” red on the walls with “Candidate” on the ceiling and metallic gold detailing creates a warm and sophisticated room that beautifully balances its rich mahogany furniture. During the renovation and decoration process in a small room, off the living room, a wallpaper – covered for many years – was discovered. Specialist restorers worked to clean and restore it and the breaks, cracks and gaps were filled with fine render that was painted over with a simple beige tone (so as not to detract from the wallpaper) to create a smooth surface. The Jackson-Sutton House is exclusively open to the public for Sydney Open 2016To purchase your tickets to Sydney Open, head to slm.is/open. Smart Design Studio smartdesignstudio.com Sydney Open sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/sydneyopen Words by Christina Rae Jackson Sutton | Habitus Living Jackson Sutton | Habitus Living Jackson Sutton | Habitus Living Jackson Sutton | Habitus Livingabc

Reinventing the Intimate Café with Little Evie

Connecting with community and living local is valued more and more in today’s urban lifestyle. Little Evie Café in Redfern, Sydney, has been designed with the concept of “creating a community” and within only weeks of opening it’s doing just that. “It’s an understated space with quiet confidence that it is fast becoming a local favourite again,” says Adam Burns, Design Director of multi-disciplinary practice Design Portfolio and tasked with the design of Little Evie Café. Little Evie | Habitus Living Little Evie occupies a corner position at the end (or the start) of a string of lively shops and cafés on leafy Bourke Street, “Its location in Redfern is well known, having been a popular café for a decade and one of the first cafés on Bourke Street,” says Adam. “Historically it’s an important spot for locals and we wanted to create an environment that anyone would feel comfortable visiting and get the locals talking again.” Little Evie | Habitus Living Little Evie’s owners Dimitri Tourlas and Sevin Zhang wanted a “warm, inviting, clean environment” and the result is pared back, open and sunny. In fact, it’s filled with sunlight having high ceilings and expansive windows on two sides of the café. “It’s an airy, fresh and clean space, especially being a corner building with such large windows,” says Dimitri. “The light brings good energy into the café,” says Dimitri. Little Evie | Habitus Living A natural material palette of American oak, cork and marble, and French-washed walls, offers a warm and neutral backdrop. The materials inform the subdued colour palette, with two-tone aqua-painted trim as a colourful accent around the windows and on the doors. From outside, aqua draws attention to life within the café; and from inside, it frames views of life taking place outdoors. “It’s clean and fresh whilst also being nostalgic in some ways,” says Adam. Little Evie | Habitus Living Tables and seating are spread across two levels to ensure full use of the space. A double-sided banquette straddles the change in levels, and the modern Windsor-style Chair Ironica by Ton have a retro simplicity that also adds a nostalgic touch. The counter curves around the coffee and kitchen area and has a marble and timber bench and two thin and elongated Carta pendant lights by Chris Hardy. The counter will also soon be hand painted by Sally Lee Anderson, an artist whose work Adam discovered in smallspaces, a store just three doors along Bourke Street from Little Evie. Little Evie | Habitus Living In Hebrew, Evie comes from the name Eve, which means life, living, lively. Little Evie Café embodies those three meanings, being a refreshing new café where a flourishing community of locals share conversation and food. Design Portfolio designportfolio.com.au Words by Rebecca Gross. Photography by Bob Barrett.  Little Evie | Habitus Living Little Evie | Habitus Living Little Evie | Habitus Livingabc
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LI_WIR_P_20130115_019_P Wireframe Sofa Group from Herman Miller Lightweight and durable, casual yet sophisticated, the Wireframe Sofa Group by Sam Hecht and Lim Colin is a thoughtful seating collection that reflects how we live today. The contoured cushions are held within a steel wire frame – a favoured material in classic Herman Miller designs. The cushions are exceedingly comfortable thanks to a unique suspension technology that was first developed by Herman Miller for the healthcare industry. The product comes in white or black frame with multiple upholstery options in two- and three-seat sofa, and lounge and ottoman. Herman Miller hermanmiller.com   AMELIE-1-SABA-ITALIA-20w-300dpi Amelie from Saba Italia Designed by Sergio Bicego for Saba Italia, Amelie is an armchair inspired by French haute couture. The design features a handmade quilting that underscores the inner curves of the chair. The quilted stitching can be ordered in a contrasting colour if one wishes to make a bold statement, and the quilted fabric is made of exclusive Solotex to ensure maximum strength. Amelie comes with completely removable covers for easy maintenance. It’s also available with a rotating base for those who like a ‘change of scene’ now and then. Saba Italia sabaitalia.it Cafe Culture + Insitu cafecultureinsitu.com.au   Cappellini_OrlaPlus_Morrison-(5) Orla Sofa from Cappellini Designed by Jasper Morrison, Cappellini’s Orla collection is a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic 1950s kidney-bean sofa. The collection, which was first introduced in 2014, includes an armchair, swivel armchair, and two-seater sofa. The asymmetrical three-seater sofa featured here (with optional pouf) was launched just this year. We especially love how Orla’s curves invite interaction between sitters. Cappellini cappellini.it Haworth ap.haworth.com Cult Design cultdesign.com.au   JDL03-41 Finley Sofa from JD.Lee Furniture We really appreciate the soft and laidback characteristics of the Finley. The sofa is made from FSC Certified furniture grade American Walnut timber with Chain of Custody Accreditation, while the cushions are feather wrapped foam inserts covered in a natural cotton linen fabric blend from Italy. This solid piece of furniture is made by hand in Australia. JD.Lee Furniture jdleefurniture.com   LI_NEL_P_20041223_028_P Nelson Marshmallow Sofa from Herman Miller The Nelson Marshmallow sofa by George Nelson and Irving Harper turned heads when it was first unveiled in 1956. It’s composed of 18 ‘marshmallow’ disc-like cushions that appear to float on a steel frame, and despite its unusual appearance, the sofa is truly comfortable. Marshmallow set the tone for the 1960s pop art style that was to come, and is recognised around the world today as a design icon. Importantly, this statement piece never fails to make us smile. Herman Miller hermanmiller.com Words by Janice Seowabc
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The return of the Cult Chairity Project

2016 marks the third year of Cult’s annual ‘Chairity Project’, the charity event that invites a range of Australian creatives to reinvent a beloved and iconic chair design. Each designer or creative is given total freedom to reinvent the chair how they see fit, with the resulting designs then auctioned off to the charities of the each creative’s choosing. In the previous two years of the Chairity Project, Cult has invited a range of creative visionaries to boldly reinterpret the CH33 chair by Hans Wegner and the Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen. This year Cult is shaking things up, and inviting creatives to reinterpret a future classic – the Officina chair, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis just two years ago in 2014. In 2016, the Chairity Project has 16 creatives from all disciplines – from architecture and photography, to graphic design and jewellery – taking part in the unique and playful challenge of reinterpreting the only recently designed chair. Cult is welcoming back 10 creatives who’ve tackled the challenged in previous years, have participated in previous years including the bassike team, and Fiona Lynch, along with six new contributors including Marsha Golemac & Dan Hocking, Elke Kramer, Mim Design, We Are Triibe and more. Richard Munao, Founder and Managing Director of Cult says “To me this chair not only represents the icon of tomorrow, but is a fantastic emblem for the Magis brand; a brand that in just 40-short years has both captivated and commanded the respect of the creative community around the world. Renowned for its sophisticated, energetic and surprising works of design, Magis continually offers products that showcase masterful industrial techniques with a playful and quirky edge.” Following the design process, the Chairity Project 2016 will see exhibition through a travelling tour that will be displayed at Cult showrooms in Sydney (17-20 November) and Melbourne (24-27 November). Cult cultdesign.com.au Words by Andres McDonald. HR_Cult_CharityProject_Portrait_TraceyDeep2 LR_Cult_CharityProject_OverallShot_DinosaurDesigns HR_Cult_CharityProject_OverallShot_ArentPyke HR_Cult_CharityProject_Details_ElkeKramer1 HR_Cult_CharityProject_Details_AdamCornish1abc
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Nijinsky: Reviving the God of Dance

Vaslav Nijinsky is widely recognised as one of the most significant dancers in the history of the ballet, paving the way for male ballet dancers to step out of the shadows from behind their more recognisable female-counterparts. Known for his sensual and bold approach to the ballet, Nijinsky’s virtuosic talents were shadowed by his fraught personal life and struggle with schizophrenia. In 2000, director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier took the challenge of turning Nijinsky’s life into a striking ballet, and now, after a fifteen year odyssey, the Australian Ballet Company under the helm of David McAllister brings the widely acclaimed performance to Australia’s shores. NIJINSKY_KevinJacksonAmyHarrisAdamBullTAB_PhotoJeffBusby_3231 “It’s been worth the wait,” says McAllister when discussing the fifteen year journey of persuading Neumeier to grant the Australian Ballet permission to perform the ballet, “When I saw it in Hamburg it was a masterpiece – one of those really big and epic narrative works –  and because it’s about a ballet dancer, it really resonates with the dancers. It’s got a religious zeal to it.” NIJINSKY_DimityAzouryKevinJacksonMarcusMorelliNicolaCurry_PhotoJeffBusby_3250 McAllister has recently celebrated 15 years as the Australian Ballet Company’s Artistic Director with just under two decades of dancing with the Company preceding his appointment. As one of the Australian Ballet’s principal dancers, McAllister’s career highlights include guest artist appearances with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, and the National Ballet of Canada. NIJINSKY_LeanneStojmenov_AlexandreRiabko-_AkoKondo_ChristopherRodgers-Wilson_PhotoJeffBusby_1276 “It is a departure in one way – the Australian Ballet Company is a classical ballet company. The vocabulary in Nijinsky, while it's all based in classical technique, is quite bold at times, and I think it's the nature of the work,” continues McAllister, “Nijinskyis about a living person set in a period of time that's around World War I, with a real overtone of the beginnings of modernity which is reflected in the choreographic language.” Nijinsky - The Australian Ballet | Habitus Living Nijinsky is a ballet that, were he still dancing, McAllister would have loved to have had the opportunity to perform, enthusing that, “I think Nijinsky is one of the classics of the 21st century. It's incredibly emotionally fulfilling – its one of those works where you feel completely drained by the end of it. Nijinsky had a very complex and difficult life and the ballet takes you on a journey and gives you a big emotional punch at the end.” The Australian Ballet Company will be performing Nijinsky from the 11th of November till the 28th of November. The Australian Ballet Company australianballet.com.au Words by Christina Rae. Photography by Jeff Busby. David-McAllister---Australian-Ballet__credit-Daniel_Boud-025_100% David McAllister, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet Company | Photography by Daniel Boud.abc

How To Bring Mid-Century Architecture To The 21st Century

The 3 storey home has the classic hallmarks of a mid twentieth century abode, from the sandstone fireplace to the modernist white exterior, yet the space has been given and contemporary facelift from Luigi Rosselli Architecture, with the resulting house a marriage of classic modernism and the signature hallmarks of Rosselli. The sandstone base, the whitewashed walls, the aerofoil vertical louvres placed next to “log-cabin” exterior wall cladding – the home is now a bridge between 20th and 21st centuries. The front facing side of the house features a classic Luigi Rosselli flourish in the form of the lightwell, which contains an elliptical stair framed by the sandstone Martello Tower entry porch. The porch itself forms an interesting conversation between past and present; in its partially crumbled state, it opens up to the whitewashed concrete beams and matching horizontal rooflines that complete the new street elevation. The overall measured design process of the Martello Tower Home saw gentle alterations to the house, which has left some ninety-five percent of the original structure standing, including the sandstone fireplace in the lounge. It is the front of the house than has seen the more major alterations and additions, along with a new lower ground floor. Internally, the interiors handled by Romaine Alwill incorporate the client’s much loved Mediterranean Blue aesthetic into a timeless palette suited to any location. The result is a comfortable and luminous family home that is ready to survive another 50 years. Luigi Rosselli Architects luigirosselli.com Words by Andrew McDonald Photography by Justin Alexander & Edward Birch luigi-rosselli-architects---martello-tower-home---003 luigi-rosselli-architects---martello-tower-home---017 luigi-rosselli-architects---martello-tower-home---016 luigi-rosselli-architects---martello-tower-home---010 luigi-rosselli-architects---martello-tower-home---007 luigi-rosselli-architects---martello-tower-home---006 luigi-rosselli-architects---martello-tower-home---005abc
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Aaaaand, That’s a Wrap!

We don’t know about you, but we’ve only just recovered from what ended up being one of the biggest A+D events of the year. #CWID16 hit the streets of Perth just under a fortnight ago, and we could not be more happy with the result! Design-lovers from across the state, the country and the world, flocked to Perth in hot pursuit of the latest and greatest in architecture and design. And, Perth, we’ve gotta hand it to you: boy you did not disappoint! Here’s a couple of highlights we experienced throughout the day. We kicked of the day with a little bit of education about lighting. Thanks to the team at ALTI Lighting and the launch of their new Technical Lighting Dark Room, we got down and dirty with the full gamut of lighting effects, colours, circadian rhythms and tuneable white lighting (which, we learned, is known amongst aficionados as human-centric lighting). Alti Lighting Down the road at Arthur G things were already starting to get a little heated. East v West was hot-topic, and our panelists really fought their corner! Thanks to Richard Misso (The Stylesmiths), David Weir (David Weir Architects), Steve Cordony (who brought the Arthur G showroom alive), the discussion looked at how we often throw the words ‘collaboration’ and ‘co-operation’ around a little too recklessly. In Western Australia, the word ‘competition’ should be added to the mix. The verdict? Well, that’s still not determined. What we can say is that the West certainly does things differently. And, you know what? That’s its absolute strength. Arthur G (36) Meanwhile at Innerspace controversy was also on the cards. Jemma Green (Curtin University), Suzanne Hunt (Suzanne Hunt Architect), Clinton Matthews (Lantern Creative), Benjamin Braham (Braham Architects) battled out the question of architectural identity and just what really goes into creating and maintaining it. The question that stopped us in our tracks (and definitely raised the temperature a little): how much of a role should architects and designers have in the story of Perth’s identity? The answer is shocking, and then, it’s just as it should be: it’s not just the role of architects, we should all have our say. Innerspace (18) Down in Subiaco, Bernini + Luxury Stone Designs kicked things off with their inimitable class.  Throughout the day they hosted a fine wine tasting with Swanbourne Cellars: the renowned family-owned business with over 80 years experience in the wine industry. This provided a fantastic backdrop to showcase Maer Charme, which Luxury Stone Designs were proud to present at CWID for a fresh new take on the application of these magnificent natural semi-precious stones. All day, lucky visitors were treated to exclusive viewings of the slabs from which some incredible feature designs have been time-and-again derived. Bernini-(2) Over in the CBD, Lighting Options further explored the technicalities and technologies behind lighting design today. Presenting ERCO: The Language of Light, attendees were educated on all the nitty-gritty aspects of lighting application for any space. A star feature of the presentation was sitting by the door as you walked into their showroom: a clever reinterpretation of a football match with lighting products! Splashed all across Instagram on the day (and on everyone’s lips at the after party!) if you missed out on this fantastic installation, jump online and check it out. lighting Easing in to the afternoon, Artedomus kept the thoughtfulness coming. With their beautiful showroom brought to life (literally) by verdant living installations, Artedomus hosted the CWID talk Go West!’ addressing infrastructure investment & the impact of the A&D community on WA tourism, debated by leaders in the industry including including Michael Woodhams and Phillip Griffiths (AIA WA Chapter), Jack Flanagan  (of Jack Flanagan) and Neil Cownie (Neil Cownie Architects). Listeners got to sit back and soak in all of the latest in tourism and A+D while sipping hand-crafted boutique wine from L.A.S Vino (the latest young gun from Margaret River). Artedomus (11) More lunchtime treats were waiting for us thanks to V-ZUG + Retreat DesignThroughout Saturday, Retreat Design has teamed up with premier appliance brand V-ZUG to serve up some deluxe Italian treats. Fresh from V-ZUG’s latest Combi Steam Ovens, the menu had your lunch (but, let’s be honest: breakfast, morning tea, dinner, afternoon tea… how could you say no?!) cravings sorted. Featuring: Parmesan and pinenut roasted mushroom caps; risotto balls; black olive, roasted capsicum and feta crostini; Sicilian prawn blinis; proscuitto, ricotta pesto pastries; spicy pepper beef meatballs; pizza pinwheels; Caprese balls; rosemary roasted olives, and all the traditional favours of Antipasti. Cooked using the latest technology in European design, our stomachs were full as we were treated to the freshest in food and technology all day long. Retreat (6) And up the road, people were 100% focused on furniture at District. The team had put together a really innovative audio-tour throughout the showroom. Doughnut in one hand, wine in the other, and headphones in ears we navigated the showroom exploring new products and old favourites such as Magis, Mattiazzi, Normann Copenhagen and Resident. For a couple of lucky punters who were paying attention, we got to  put our new-found knowledge to the test and go into the draw to win an awesome prize courtesy of our good friends – Team District. (I wish I was focussed less on the doughnuts now!) District (12) Living Edge brought the debates and discussions home with a sell-out audience. And boy did they serve up the dirty politics of A+D today! ‘Design Democracy: ! or ?’  examined the status of democracy in design today, and everyone was sitting on the edge of their seats! With Alec Coles OBE of the New Museum, Peter Lee of Hassell, Sandy Anghie of Anghie Designs, Andrew Thornton Hick of Ultimo Interiors and David Caon of Caon Studios all weighing in, we never realised that democracy in design could be quite so encompassing. We also didn’t realise how far we’ve still yet to go. But, if these guys had anything to say about it: we can do it! Living Edge (9) Stone has really made a huge comeback in our homes and workplaces in the last few years, and CDK Stone have been behind the revolution for some time now. Presenting their Neolith range throughout the day, there was certainly some stone-envy about on the day! Looking at this love affair with stone in depth, the team the presentation of their Neolith range with the talk: Stone in Contemporary Design: Sintered Ceramics and Benchtops of Tomorrow. cdk (15) By this point, our feet were starting to get a little sore… and the wine cravings had never been higher on the priority list! Earlier in the day, Furniture Options  presented a talk on Furniture and Design Today. perhaps this was in everyone’s mind when the traffic started to head their way in the afternoon, taking their incredible collection for a bit of a test drive, putting our feet up, and leisurely strolling through the showroom for a wine and cheese appreciation. Never has there been heard quite so many sighs of satisfaction as weary design-lovers took a seat! Furniture Options (5) And then the party-spirit started to take hold! Mobilia earlier that day opened the doors on their glittering new showroom filled to the rafters with only the greatest in European design. At the eleventh-hour, Team Mobilia welcomed the biggest movers and shakers of WA A+D back for an aperitivo hour with the one and only doyenne of design: Patrizia Moroso. It was surely one of those slap-yourself moments to have the opportunity to discuss contemporary design with one of the women who has shaped so much of A+D today. While anyone who was anyone turned out to sip champagne and ask Patrizia Moroso the question they’ve been sitting on forever, there was so much throughout their split-level showroom to tempt the eye. Over there, Fritz Hansen; over there, Patricia Urquiola; over there, Doshi Levien! The list could go on forever. I thought we’d all died and gone to design heaven. Mobilia) But not too hasty! We had a few more hours of partying left in us – and, boy, did we party the night away. We cannot tell you how proud and happy we are that #CWID16 was a huge success and that all generations across the design disciplines flocked to our exhibiting showrooms to embrace the fullness and depth of A+D today. While it was a day brimful of learning, luckily the wine was flowing freely to help take the edge off… just a little. After a day jam-packed with events all across the Perth CBD, Claremont and Subiaco, the best and brightest in A+D descended upon one of the city’s latest arts and culture hubs:FORM.’s the Goods Shed. Brought alive by a stunning hanging garden by Stem & Stamen, cutting-edge AV technology by GemTek, and only the finest in locally distilled moonshine whiskey by Whipper Snapper Distillery. Sore feet, full tummies and slightly tipsy minds aside, every single guest went home grinning ear-to-ear. kb-12920-Emma-Van-Dordrechts-conflicted-copy-2016-10-17 The team at Contemporary is so very proud – and extremely chuffed – to have helped bring one of the biggest A+D events of the year to Perth. We cannot tell you how heartening it was to hear the squeals of excitement, the thought-provoking questions, the unbridled laughter, and the clicking of cameras throughout the day. Perth, you truly outdid yourself. Well done, everyone. And, humbly, thank you. Contemporary contemporaryau.comabc
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Taking Building Blocks to Designer Heights

From Australian design duo Stephan Ormandy and Louise Olsen, ColourBlock juxtaposes a variety solid hues against one another to playful effect; from bright vivid flourishes to soft primary colours, the collection is as eye catching as it is practical. Being part of the Dinosaur Designs range, it’s of little surprise that the collection also features the gorgeous organic shapes and naturalistic lines that have made the brand famous ColourBlock is Olsen and Ormandy’s take on the art of blocking colours. Through playing with solid hues, juxtaposing them and exploring how they relate to one another in a singular design, the pair have created a collection that is bold and striking yet never over the top or garish. Bold and soft primary colours form the palette of the range, which embraces the warmth and the cold, with colours ranging from cobalt blue to vivid coral red, with accents of bright grass green recalling summer days. Along with the bangles and jewellery the Colourblock range also features a homewares collection that is equally audacious. Bright contrasts rendered in sculptural forms and strong geometric shapes have been designed to stand out from the usual generic nature of usual homewares. Traditional design boundaries have been pushed to unique create sculptural forms that come together in an interconnected design. “There is a wonderful, playful nature to this collection,” says Louise Olsen “In the same way that you play with blocks as a child, it’s about adding and subtracting colour to your body or your home’s interiors.” Dinosaur Designs dinosaurdesigns.com.au Words by Andrew McDonald Photographed by Bec Parsons Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Jewellery_Coloured-Bangle-Stack_Totems Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Jewellery_Coloured-Bangle-Stack Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Jewellery_Assorted-Coloured-Rings Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Homewares_Assorted-Blue-Homewares Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Homewares_Assorted-Orange-Vases Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Homewares_Salt-Dishes- Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Homewares_Single-Large-Vase Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Homewares_Single-RedOrange-Vase Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Homewares_Vases_Block-Colours Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Jewellery_Polished-Bangles Dinosaur-Designs_Colour-Block_Jewellery_Assorted-Brass-Banglesabc