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Design Accessories

Meet the Metalwork from Italy

The debut Australian Mingardo collection ‘Designer | Faber’ showcases a contemporary range of edition hand-wrought metal designer objects for the modern home. A bike rack, tables, lamps and furniture collection has been designed by Mingardo in collaboration with a selection local and internationally recognised designers. Hub Furniture has welcomed the exclusive new artisan collection from the renowned Italian welding house, which was first established in 2013 with a vision for crafting only the best quality furniture and accessories. Each product in ranges from the brand is hand-wrought by founder Daniele Mingardo and his highly skilled team, using a series of traditional Italian production methods, with copper, iron and brass as the base. In a move that continues Mingardo’s ethos for artfully designed products, he and his team collaborated local and international designers such as Masanori Mori, Revesz+Tatangelo and Parisotto + Formenton to complete the ‘Designer | Faber’ collection. Composed from an aesthetic with clean lines and classically minimalist style, Designer | Faber range of pieces are individually numbered and available through limited batches, exclusively in Australia through Hub’s Melbourne and Sydney showrooms. “We’re very excited to introduce the Mingardo collection into our accessories stable, which we are constantly building and expanding,” says Hub’s Owner and Director, Jaci Foti-Lowe. “We’re all aware of the immensely impressive craftsmanship of Italian-made products, and Mingardo is certainly no exception. They’re not only producing top-quality wares, but also interesting and unique pieces that you won’t find elsewhere.” The products collection comprises the Centro table, Sera free-standing and table lamps, Felice mirror, Linea bookshelf and Bi-track bicycle stand and more. Hub hubfurniture.com.au Words by Andrew McDonald CENTRO-table_design-by-Omri-Revesz-+-Damian-Tatangelo SERA-clamp_design-by-Aldo-Parisotto+Massimo-Formenton SEPARE_design-by-Omri-Revesz-+-Damian-Tatangelo_ SCALTRA-ladder-light_design-by-Barbara-Schweizer FOLIO-candleholder_design-by-Antigone-Acconci-+-Riccardo-Bastiani FABRICA-stool_design-by--Omri-Revesz-+-Damian-Tatangelo_ ELEMENTA-Portafrutta_design-by-Antigone-Acconci-+-Riccardo-Bastiani_  abc
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Furniture

Time to Take Design Outside

One of Tait’s most elegant and renowned collections to date, Breeze, is expanding with a modular collection for outdoor living this sunny season. Breeze Modular is a contemporary interpretation of the classic outdoor lounge setting, and is Tait’s first modular offering. Comprising seven unique modules that can be assembled in various ways, Breeze Modular brings together corner and central seating units as well as coffee table and ottoman options, unified within the brand’s signature woven-wire detail and timber arms. 19159918_tait_ssw_2016_breeze_modular_11 Breeze Modular has been designed to offer a designer option to sociability in outdoor living, particularly relevant now as Australia heats up in the summer months. Whether on a poolside terrace, rooftop bar, urban balcony, sprawling garden, or even indoor sunroom, the modular, mix-and-match nature of the range allows for easy placement, adding a designer touch to any summer space. Conceived with authentic design and top craftsmanship principles, the series is manufactured with a zinc-plated steel frame and woven-wire mesh that can be powder coated in a variety of UV-stable colours. Both FSC Spotted Gum or Accoya timber are available for arm rests and table tops, while the coffee tables and ottomans can be selected with timber, glass or cushioned tops. 19159919_tait_ssw_2016_breeze_modular_06 The collection’s raw materiality can be softened by seat and back cushions offering optimum comfort, upholstered in an extensive selection of full exterior-grade fabrics, expertly chosen for outdoor use. As a milestone addition to the Breeze collection, Managing Director Gordon Tait comments, “I’ve always loved the honesty of Breeze’s materials, raw angles and three-dimensional wire. Its unique weave detail allows it to evoke a tactile, soft and airy feel. Breeze Modular has introduced a contemporary sophistication to the series and Tait’s overall offering more than ever before.” Breeze Modular is available immediately for purchase specification through Tait showrooms and nationwide stockists. Tait madebytait.com.au Words by Andrew McDonald 19159920_tait_ssw_2016_breeze_modular_12 19159923_tait_breeze_modular_09 19159922_tait_breeze_modular_04 19159921_tait_breeze_modular_01abc
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Finishes

Sensa by Cosentino

Sensa by Cosentino is Cosentino's brand of high quality granite, with exclusive protection against stains. Brand new to Australia, Sensa by Cosentino granites are subjected to a revolutionary treatment making them highly stain resistant. This release has seen Cosentino reformulate its exclusive stain protection technology, Senguard NK, which prevents the material against tough stains, and has the surface looking great from day one to years later. The Sensa range is all natural Granite, a natural stone that has been sourced the earth in India and Brazil. The eight new finishes, Black Beauty, Glacial Blue, Orinoco, Colonial White, Indian Black, Ice Blue, Moak Black and Bianco Antico, offer the aesthetics, functionality and design quality unique to the Cosentino brand. These granite finishes are complete with the Senguard finish, offering high resistance to stains, stability, lack of need for special daily maintenance, along with the brand's unique design flourishes. The anti-stain technology of Senguard NK present in the Sensa range makes the granite actually repel liquid, like water or oil, providing efficient protection against any potentially staining mark – extending the durability and aesthetic quality of the material without changing the appearance or feel of the stone. The Eight new finishes… Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Indian Black: With a bright finish, Indian Black offers a dark and intense granite, with a black background interspersed captivating clear veins. Black Beauty: Black Beauty features a new polished Caresse finish that combines an exotic gloss and matte, to provide a black granite with white veining. Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Ice Blue: A wild combination on a surprising white background, Ice Blue is granite with a polished texture and unique veining. Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Glacial Blue: This granite comes with a polished texture and a silver hue that gives it very unique crystalline appearance. Bianco Antico: The combination of a clear, grey and brown background creates colour compositions giving unmatched exotic aesthetics. Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Colonial White: With its polished finish, is Colonial White is an Indian granite with a white background that, set off by subtle flourishes of deep red. Orinoco: The granite Orinoco offers an incomparable aesthetic with wild veining and a bright polished finish. Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Moak Black: This granite in its Suede finish has an intense black hue that provides an impressive result, with harmony, uniqueness and beautiful finish. Sensa by Cosentino sensabycosentino.com Words by Andrew McDonald Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Living Cosentino - Sensa | Habitus Livingabc
Architecture
NOT HOMES

The Opposite House

2008 was a big year for China. Around 15 per cent of the world’s population tuned in to the Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony, a four hour soft power extravaganza co-directed by famed movie director Yang Zimou inside China’s Bird’s Nest National Stadium (designed by Herzog & de Meuron, project architect Stefan Marbach, Ai Weiwei and CADG). On the same day a far more modest opening took place on bar street, Sanlitun, as The Opposite House, arguably the city’s first luxury design hotel, welcomed its first guests. The Opposite House | Habitus Liiving The Opposite House | Habitus Liiving Eight years later, this 99-room property by Kengo Kuma & Associates has remained relevant in an increasingly crowded and fickle market. “When we first opened, people would walk by and stare. A lot of them first thought it must be a museum,” recalls hotel General Manager Mark Passmore. It is not hard to see why. The stout oblong shaped building’s floor-to-ceiling windows are patterned in a seemingly random pattern of clear glass interspersed with semi-translucent panes of green and yellow. At the entrance, twin refurbished Qing Dynasty timber doors stand beneath a shaded a canopy of steel and glass. The Opposite House | Habitus Liiving Inside, stainless steel mesh curtains curl down from a six storey high atrium, which hosts art exhibitions every quarter. A wall of rectangular, partially back-illuminated drawers that suggest Chinese Traditional Medicine store containers, divide the space into a lounge and casual check-in area. The architect’s intention was to merge traditional Chinese and contemporary design. “Our aim was to translate Siheyuan, a traditional Chinese housing style, into a modern context,” says Kengo Kuma. We emphasized a sense of community centering around the atrium, a modern version of a Siheyuan courtyard.” The Opposite House | Habitus Liiving The Opposite House | Habitus Liiving The Opposite House’s 99 rooms are divided into 45, 70, 95 and 115 square metre studios and one 390 square metre penthouse. Furnishing is modern and minimalist with pale timber floorboards, freestanding timber bathtubs with living and sleeping space divided by sheer white curtains. The most spectacular aspect of the property is its 22-metre pool, two levels below the ground floor atrium, which has featured in numerous best hotel pools listicles. The stainless steel clad pool is partially lit by a skylight with rows of fibre optic lights that hang in long threads from above. “This hotel isn’t for everybody,” says Mark. “Our guests are mainly designers, architects, fashion industry people - very much creative types.” The Opposite House | Habitus Liiving The Opposite House was recently listed as one of “China’s 6 industry hotspots” in the Hollywood Reporter. Mark puts this down to the draw of its three restaurants (Jing Yaa Tang, Sureno, Village Cafe) and bar, Mesh, which generate 50 per cent of the property’s revenue. Kengo sees The Opposite House’s enduring appeal in its respect for Chinese tradition and architecture that hints at Beijing’s future. “We always approach projects by studying memory of history of the locations” he says. “We do not flirt with fashion and short-lived trends.” The Opposite House theoppositehouse.com Kengo Kuma & Associates kkaa.co.jp Words and photography by Dave Tacon The Opposite House | Habitus Liiving The Opposite House | Habitus Liiving The Opposite House | Habitus Liivingabc
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What's On

Habitus #34 has launched

If you haven’t already put the date in your diaries Thursday 15 December marks the on sale date for Habitus #34, the social issue. To celebrate the occasion – okay, we do throw a party every time but, to be fair, an awful lot of effort goes into each issue – Fisher&Paykel generously offered to host us in their new Experience Centre in Alexandria, Sydney. Fun fact, and one you won’t believe is purely coincidence, New Zealand-based firm Fearon Hay Architects were responsible not only for the design of the experience centre but also for the design of the Forest House in this very issue! In the spirit of the social theme we invited a select few of our nearest and dearest friends (including a few well-connected readers) to spend the evening flicking through advanced copies, chatting to #teamHabitus, contributors, and even a few of the faces featured through the magazine. With freely flowing prosecco and catering by COOH café, the night ended all too quickly. Habitus #34 is on sale 15 December. Fisher&Paykel Experience Centre fisherpaykel.com/au Words by Holly Cunneen Photography by Fiona Susanto Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Living   Habitus #34 Launch Party | Habitus Livingabc
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The Hearth is the Heart of the Home

With recent changes in residential design, the old-fashioned fireplace of yore has been left behind for elegant modern solutions that provide all the intimacy of the traditional fireplace in an eco-friendly alternative. Contemporary living requires greater flexibility in housing design, with more and more of us dwelling in homes that are unable to accommodate the chimney-and-flue of the past, or the difficulties that come with it. In addition to this, as we grow ever more conscious of how we live and our impact on the natural world, it is vital that we consider more environmentally sustainable solutions. EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Living EcoSmart Fire has been at the forefront of innovative fireplace design in Australia with their signature fireplaces suitable for both indoors and out. Entirely fuelled by e-NRG Bioethanol, EcoSmart Fire’s fireplaces do not require gas, electricity, or flue in order to produce their clean, bright, and smoke-free orange flames. As completely self-contained units, EcoSmart Fire’s fireplace solutions are versatile and elegantly designed for easy and flexible installation. EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Living “Our outdoor fires provide the ultimate drawcard with a myriad of benefits – sensory appeal, captivating illumination and trans-seasonal style,” says Stephane Thomas, creator of EcoSmart Fire. “They add a simple yet architecturally refined design element to an outdoor room or garden – or indoor setting – creating a striking focal point that provides instant warmth and ambience.” “Akin to the kitchen being the heart of the home, these outdoor fires quickly become the centrepiece of gathering spaces – be it domestic or commercial – that draw people in with their striking silhouettes and smoke-free flame,” continues Stephane. EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Living Perfect for the outdoors, EcoSmart Fire units are crafted with waterproof materials including rust-resistant stainless steel, heavy gauge glass, and lightweight concrete composites, ensuring each fireplace can withstand the elements and remain in pristine condition over the years. Ideal for being the centrepiece of entertaining spaces, the extensive range allows for creative and seamless integration into and around any home. EcoSmart Fire ecosmartfire.com.au Words by Christina Rae. EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Living EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Living EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Living EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Living EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Living EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Living EcoSmart Fire | Habitus Livingabc
Architecture
Around The World

Singapore’s Oasia Hotel is a Living, Breathing Tower

Despite its small footprint, Singapore has no short supply of landmarks to inspire. Opened this April, Oasia Hotel Downtown by Far East Hospitality is one such building. In its strategic location on 100 Peck Seah Street in downtown Tanjong Pagar, and against an urban backdrop of glass, steel and concrete, this 27-storey development stands out with its red aluminium mesh façade and rising green creepers. It is, in fact, impossible to miss. The building – featuring a 25,490-square-metre red aluminium trellis structure with the potential to grow the world’s largest outdoor vertical garden – is designed by award-winning Singaporean architectural practice WOHA, with interiors by Studio Patricia Urquiola. WOHA-Oasia02 Already well recognised for helping to redefine tropical high-rise in the city with projects like PARKROYAL on Pickering and SkyVille@Dawson, WOHA has pushed the envelope yet again with Oasia. The integrated hotel commercial development stands at 190.15 metres and holds 100 office units on the lower levels, with the 314-room hotel beginning at level 12. Unlike typical skyscrapers where the core is located in the centre of the building, Oasia features four structural cores in each corner of the tower, which frees up space within where entire floorplates are given up to sky terraces. Theses are located on levels 6, 12, 21 and 27. Each sky terrace is sheltered by the one above and opens on all sides for formal and visual transparency. edOASIA-DOWNTOWN-PBH-079 “In the West and its temperate [climate], is makes sense to have the core in the middle and the space all around it completely sealed,” says Wong Mun Summ, co-founder of WOHA, adding, “It works from the wind point of view where you really want to minimise the wind load.” “In Singapore and the tropics, we want the breezes to feel cool. With the way we have funneled the building, we have actually elevated the wind speed. It actually is a lot cooler here than if you were standing in the street,” he says. Oasia-Hotel-Downtown-Singapore-Infinity-Pool-Level-21 Oasia’s mesh cladding is made up of five different shades of red, from pink through to deep ruby. The building carries a total of 21 species of creepers to ensure the green façade remains lush and resilient during different weather conditions. Different flowers will bloom across the year, resulting in an ever-changing mosaic of colours. Landscaping also forms a major part of Oasia’s internal material palette; in total, the development has a Green Plot Ratio of 1,100 per cent. The sky terraces serve as communal spaces with lounge areas, meeting rooms, cabanas, pools, a gym and an open lawn for gathering, events and even yoga. These terraces are open to the elements so guests can enjoy the great outdoors, rain or shine – which Wong says reflects the changing definitions of luxury. Oasia-Hotel-Downtown-Singapore-Infinity-Pool The outdoor trellis has been deliberately designed to enable climbing animals to make the building home. “The point is to create enough natural habitat for animals to thrive in. That’s luxury too, to be able to see animals, birds and insects next to us,” he says. The organic-themed interiors by Patricia Urquiola feature fun and colourful design accents, and unconventional interpretations of functionality. Natural elements like copper and wood are also used throughout the hotel to complement WOHA’s nature-inspired design. Oasia-Hotel-Downtown-Singapore-Concierge-Level-1_ From Oasia, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the city, while in some areas the mesh cladding partially obscures views, so visitors can focus their attention on the space, and the fauna and flora held within this beautiful ‘living’ tower. WOHA woha.net Studio Patricia Urquiola patriciaurquiola.com Words by Janice Seow. Photography by Albert Lim KS, Ho Wai Kay, and K. Kopter. Oasia-Hotel-Downtown-Singapore-Reception-Level-12 Oasia-Hotel-Downtown-Singapore-The-Marmalade-Pantry Oasia-Hotel-Downtown-Singapore-Superior-Room_KING Oasia-Hotel-Downtown-Singapore-Club-Reception-Level-21 Oasia-Hotel-Downtown-Singapore-Club-Suite Oasia-Hotel-Downtown-Singapore-Rooftop-Pool-mood-Level-27abc
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Homes

Workers Cottage Turned Designer Home

Hill Cottage sits in a conservative residential near North Sydney, originally serving as a workers cottage. Sitting atop of a hill with southeast views towards Sydney Harbour, the idea behind the mew design was to retain the original charm of the cottage on the front, and have a contemporary two-storey addition placed at the rear, hidden by the ridge. Internally, the skill of Luigi Rosselli Associate Architect, Sean Johnson and Interior Designer, Romaine Alwill are on full display, with a successful blending of the old and new – polished concrete and the existing timber floors meet oversized glass sliding windows and the leadlight sashes. Based on top of a high ledge, the new additions to this craftsman-style cottage retain the great views of Sydney Harbour and the city, but they do no stick out as unpleasant in the traditional area. The oversized living room opening is framed by an off form concrete lintel and matching slab of concrete cantilevers over the lawn The original cottage design traces back to the early decades of the 20th century, characterised by simple roofing and low eaves running along the street line. This existing ground floor design has new sliding plywood shutters installed on the windows, while the sandstone walls adopt the same type of coursing and jointing as the existing stone footings of the house. The garden city town-planning concept of the early 20th Century connects with the craftsman style of the original house. This carries over into the new design, which landscaper Will Dangar carried out to include a Jacaranda tree and manicured lawns. Luigi Rosselli Architects luigirosselli.com luigi-rosselli-architects---hill-top-cottage---06 luigi-rosselli-architects---hill-top-cottage---20 luigi-rosselli-architects---hill-top-cottage---19 luigi-rosselli-architects---hill-top-cottage---18 luigi-rosselli-architects---hill-top-cottage---17 luigi-rosselli-architects---hill-top-cottage---09 luigi-rosselli-architects---hill-top-cottage---08  abc
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Fixed & Fitted

Phoenix Tapware’s Toi Story

The Toi collection follows the current trend of mixing materials and dual finishes. Whether its aesthetic or tactile contrast, this is something seen more and more often in contemporary kitchen and bathroom design. The Toi Collection embraces this eclectic style through its material combinations, including a Chrome and Matte Black split finish, Brushed Rose Gold and Matte Black combination, as well as a straight classic Chrome for a more understated look. Not just a pretty face, each mixer in the Toi collection features a unique twist dial handle, which uses a compact, German made Progressive Cartridge. This cartridge design allows Toi to retain its slim aesthetic and designer appeal without sacrificing functionality. The twist dial mixer handle is an easy to operate feature, as well as a visually arresting design flourish. When turning the dial, the Progressive Cartridge opens the flow of cold water and as the turning continues, the cartridge activates the mixing process by adding hot water until, at maximum turn, only hot water is flowing. Toi’s handle also features a two-click indicator system that indicates to the user when the cold water is at full pressure, and the hot water will start mixing with the cold. The second click signals when the water flow has an equal hot/cold mix. Individual, stylish and bold, this collection blurs the line between industry and art and is available in a range of kitchen and bathroom tapware products. Phoenix Tapware phoenixtapware.com.au Toitaps     19159921_shower_mixer_rgb_close-up  abc
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Homes

Let’s Bring the Church to the 21st Century

Renovations can be tricky business at the best of times. When you’re looking at a historic church built in the late 19th Century, keeping the integrity and history of the building respectfully in tact while creating a modern space in which a modern family can comfortably live, is no small feat. Ensuring there was synergy between the old and the new was of utmost importance. The approach led by Josh White, builder and architect at Spa Country Builders, was to embrace and champion the two conflicting elements, as opposed to separating them. Yandoit House | Habitus Living To this effect the church’s original walls were retained to juxtapose the stark white walls of the new build. “We also kept the roof pitch of the extension the same as the original church to tie the design together,” adds Josh. An island bench in the kitchen stands where the altar once stood when it was a functioning church. Yandoit House | Habitus Living Large Stegbar windows – one of the standout features – afford plenty of natural light to filter through as well as expansive, and enviable, views of the paddocks beyond. The existing nave and large timber trusses, which were repurposed from an old bridge in Kyneton, Victoria, are likewise impressive as is the floating internal staircase. Yandoit House | Habitus Living But no job comes without its challenges and removing the original alter in the kitchen – which was damaged beyond repair – is case in point. “We ended up using a 20 tonne excavator to keep workers away from the collapsing structure,” recalls Josh. Digging up the existing concrete floor is another example; in the 1950s it is assumed that concrete was poured over timber flooring, which has since rotted away and sunk. Essentially the entire structure was somehow sitting on thin air! Yandoit House | Habitus Living But it’s the challenges along the way that make a stunning end result all the more satisfying. An easy job just doesn't give the same sense of accomplishment, does it. Spa Country Builders  +61 409 764 393 +61 3 5476 4393 Words by Holly Cunneen Photography by Earl Carter Yandoit House | Habitus Living Yandoit House | Habitus Living Yandoit House | Habitus Living Yandoit House | Habitus Living Yandoit House | Habitus Livingabc
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Parties

A Christmas Block Party with Candana and STS Stone

Candana and STS Stone have a longstanding friendship and the good fortune of being neighbour's in Sydney's Woollahra. Working quite closely together on numerous projects, the bathroom supplier and stone supplier decided that there was no better way to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of the festive season than to host their first block party together where guests could float between both showrooms for truly different experiences. Candana was all about the sweets, with their numerous washbasins filled to the brim with various treats including fantales, raspberries and M&Ms, in between their extensive collection of bathroom fixtures. STS Stone hosted a generous Italian spread with their guests milling around the island that is the showroom's centrepiece. Candana candana.com.au STS Stone stsstone.com.au AS1_6199 AS1_6158 AS2_6087 Candana x STS Stone Christmas Block Party | Habitus Living AS2_6122 AS2_6127 AS2_6157 AS2_6213 AS2_6219 AS2_6227 AS2_6236 AS2_6266 AS2_6304 AS2_6584 AS2_6565 AS2_6451 AS2_6438 AS2_6360 AS2_6349 AS2_6291abc