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A Semi-Detached In Kirribilli Gets Views Around Every Corner

How many homes have you lived in? Can you count them on one hand, or do you need two? Sharon and Bob need three. In 30 years of marriage, the couple have called 15 different residences their home across four different countries – Australia, Scotland, England, and the Netherlands. A nomadic lifestyle is truly the signifier of the 21st Century – there’s something to be said for not being tied to one spot: it’s liberating. Interestingly, it’s exactly the opposite that brings joy and excitement to Sharon and Bob when you mention their current residence, Doorzien House in Sydney’s Kirribilli. “This is their forever house now,” says Melonie Bayl-Smith, Director of Bijl Architecture. First-time clients, now friends of Bijl Architecture, Sharon and Bob were attracted to Melonie’s confidence and strong convictions. Her Dutch heritage didn’t hurt either. As the couple had just returned from living in Den Haag in the Netherlands, it brought the two teams together on a personal level. While it may seem like an added extra, it’s important to have a personal connection and mutual respect when working on residential projects. It’s a delicate and intimate process for all involved. Melonie allows for that. “We understand that clients go on a journey and we are very flexible in that respect,” she says. “That’s characteristic of our process: allowing space for clients to grow and experience the design process. We don’t superimpose a set design and say this is the only way it will work. It’s about having robustness to the concepts [we present] and how we can move forward with them.” Following the time spent working on the initial design concept, an 18-month build saw Sharon and Bob temporarily relocate to Melbourne where Bob, still today, works five days a week. Moving back into their now forever home, and sorting clothes into her completely customised walk-in-robe, Sharon remembers a warm sense of relief – this would be the last time she unpacked her belongings into a new space. Doorzien House Bijl Architecture cc Katherine Lu open plan kitchen Habits of a nomadic lifestyle have nonetheless carried through to their new home. On request Melonie and the project team at Bijl, including Associate Andrew Lee, have designed in seamless storage opportunities, visible and hidden, consistent with the lightness of space that rules the entire house. And yet Sharon and Bob are hesitant to fill it, living lightly by default and carrying an aversion to the accumulation of “stuff”. What was once a fairly typical, long and narrow semi is now the polar opposite: open, spacious and filled with natural light – whatever the time of day. The design itself is heroed by opening up as many lines of view as possible, ergo Doorzien House, doorzien being the Dutch word for see-through. Perched on the gentle slopes of Sydney’s lower north shore, there are plenty of enviable views that extend out to Kurraba and Cremorne Points. However the house doesn’t peak at the exterior views, instead offering different perspectives on the interior, too. Every time you turn a corner or look behind you, you’re granted a different visual perspective of the house. “It’s all about trying to get those cross views. That’s why it’s called Doorzien House,” says Melonie. “But it’s also about the interplay of view and viewing – new physical lines of sight are created through the floor and through the walls with glass toplights...When you walk through you aren’t measuring your view by the corner – you are seeing through the corners. Doorzien House Bijl Architecture cc Katherine Lu kitchen living “The project is also about seeing old things in new ways: old brickwork, old typology, a heritage ‘skin’ leveraged to manipulate light, movement and new materials to create strong vertical and horizontal flows.” The lower ground floor did exist prior to Bijl’s intervention, but in a completely different format. There was a small cellar space dug out at the back, a laundry, bedroom, sitting room and “the stairs were in a completely different location”. Excavating three metres of “notoriously solid” purple sandstone afforded the layout Sharon and Bob are able to enjoy today. A fully finished and furnished – not to mention stocked – cellar up the back celebrates the arduous excavation with a long, backlit subterranean window that showcases a section of the rock they had dug through. There are now two bedrooms on the lower ground floor to the master bedroom on the ground floor. In each of the two bedrooms are large artworks to denote which room belongs to James, their son, or Olivia, their daughter. Just as you or I might have a strong sense of nostalgia attached to the house that we grew up in, Sharon and Bob’s children, who enjoyed their parents’ nomadic footsteps, grew attached to pieces from Sharon’s art collection. Doorzien House Bijl Architecture cc Katherine Lu master bedroom A growing collection of, and ever-evolving love for, art has followed Sharon back and forth across the globe. It’s no coincidence, then, that the high ceilings and white walls within Doorzien House, reminiscent of an art gallery, are favoured features. Sharon likens them to the walls of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A beautiful feat of architecture that appeases the residents’ visual predilections as much as it does their operative needs, and it’s easy to overlook the location – and it isn’t easy to overlook Kirribilli. For Sharon, the area translates many of her favourite European customs. She doesn’t own a coffee machine anymore; instead she’ll take a stroll up to the local barista. Likewise, when the desire arises for a post-dinner treat, Bob and Sharon will happily walk up the hill to the ice cream parlour on the main strip. Living abroad has afforded the couple a window into diverse cultures, customs and lifestyles. While they have by no means adopted every habit to which they’ve been exposed, it has allowed them to assess their own patterns, resulting in a life more purposefully lived. Bijl Architecture bijlarchitecture.com.au Photography by Katherline Lu Dissection Information Sky Natura dining table and Elephant Slide dining chairs from Fanuli Boss Ottoman, Boss armchair and Frankie sofa from Fanuli HAY About a Stool from CULT Sofa in TV Room from Natuzzi Lounge chair from King Living Embrace Emotion master bed from King Furniture Ando side table and outdoor concrete table from Studio Fiveo3 Rug from Hali. Lighting throughout from Darkon Anthra Zinc roofing from Sterland Roofing Slate roofing tiles and solar inserts from Nulock Roofing Sandstone cladding and blocks from Mick Doolan Oak Vulcano timber floorboards from Mafi Mutina Mews and Geoform basket weave tiles from Academy Tiles Neolith stone benchtop and splashback from CDK Stone Glass floors by Magic Glass Custom bronze handles, handrail and surfaces by Bijl Architecture Custom joinery by Bijl Architecture, made and installed by JP Finsbury Large painting by Emily Pwerle in upstairs hallway Barbara Weir painting in living room Two pieces next to staircase by Robert Ambrose Cole and Christopher Hodges Paintings by Marianne Benkö in downstairs hallway Both paintings in cellar by Adrian Jemma Prints by Tony Ogle in downstairs TV room Doorzien House Bijl Architecture cc Katherine Lu view Doorzien House Bijl Architecture cc Katherine Lu exterior facadeabc
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The INDE.Awards 2018 Shortlist Has Been Released!

An incredibly diverse range of projects, people, products and ideas from all over Asia Pacific were submitted for the 2018 INDE.Awards. The work of our esteemed jury in analysing the entries, which numbered over 400, was not easy. Each shortlisted entry is a demonstration of how APAC’s architects and designers are pushing our industry to new frontiers. On behalf of our official 2018 Jury and our Platinum Partner, Zenith Interiors and our Gold Partner, Sunbrella, we invite you to click below to reveal who made the INDE.Awards Shortlist for 2018:  

The Building

Partnered by Cult, The Building is granted to a project that advances architecture and its capacity to respond to place-specific, cultural needs. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Multi-Residential Building

Partnered by Bosch, The Multi-Residential Building celebrates how we can live with equal consideration for community, sustainability, experience and market needs. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Living Space

Partnered by Gaggenau, The Living Space honours the region’s most inspiring home – one that dwells thoughtfully and sensitively, enabling a well-designed way of life. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Work Space

Partnered by Colebrook Bosson Saunders, The Work Space celebrates workplaces that meet the needs of people – understanding that a work space is social and cultural just as much as functional. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Social Space

Partnered by Dyson, The Social Space celebrates design that imaginatively brings people together. These are impressive spaces where we interact and play. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Shopping Space

Partnered by Aesop, The Shopping Space awards a space with mastery over retail’s shifting ground, one that responds to the need for impact and experience. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Learning Space

Partnered by Living Edge, The Learning Space honours an environment that promotes connection and learning in the ways it needs to happen today – be it formal or informal. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Wellness Space

Partnered by Mafi, The Wellness Space shows how spaces for health and wellness services are evolving, with equal emphasis on procedure and human experience. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Design Studio

Partnered by Denovo Recruitment, The Design Studio honours the practice that thinks forward, creates voraciously and changes perceptions – whether an architect, designer or both. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Influencer

Partnered by Geberit, The Influencer shows what good design can do. Whether a person, product or project, this award represents how design impacts the region at large. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Object

Partnered by Zip Water, The Object is granted to the region’s finest in industrial design. It celebrates how objects work, what they signify and how they function for the needs of people. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Prodigy of the Year – People’s Choice

Partnered by Cosentino, The Prodigy honours an emerging creative who sparks trends and thinks differently; whose work pushes the boundary of design. The Prodigy is one of two People’s Choice Awards this year – don’t forget to cast your vote here! You only have until 1 May. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

The Luminary of the Year – People’s Choice

Partnered by Wilkhahn, The Luminary recognises the ongoing contribution of one industry icon, whether casting a long shadow across many disciplines or excelling ahead of the pack in one. The Luminary is one of two People’s Choice Awards this year – cast your vote here for a chance to win a trip to Germany with Wilkhahn! You only have until 1 May. Click here for the shortlisted entries for this category  

We wish to thank all of our INDE.Awards partners for helping to foster a brighter future for design in our region.


Book your tickets now for the official INDE.Awards Gala Night. Early bird pricing is still available, but act quickly!

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Looking Back At The Success Stories Of The INDE.Awards 2017: Winners And Themes

When we launched the INDE.Awards, we at Indesign Media Asia Pacific had a powerful big picture in mind. Our aim was to recognise the Asia Pacific region’s most progressive design and architecture on a global stage, and in so doing, to create a unifying lens for all of us across what is an extremely diverse part of the world. The INDE.Awards are about assessing Asia Pacific’s designers and designs on the region’s own terms, not the terms of the world’s other design centres. We believe we have set a new benchmark for design accolades across APAC. “It’s showing we’re coming of age as a region,” said INDE.Awards 2017 jury member Sue Carr, the Founder of Carr Design Group, of the 2017 awards program. “We’re starting to demonstrate what we do and how we do it. We’re forging our own way.” In 2017 the INDE.Awards received over 400 entries from 14 countries all around the region, with the most entries coming from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia and Japan. Despite the diversity of entrants’ locations, the jury had no major differences of opinion – a strong indicator of the cross-border consensus going on across APAC nations and beyond. Who was successful in 2017? Here’s a quick recap:  

The Building Brought to you in 2017 by Cult

Shortlist 2017 Indigo Slam – Smart Design Studio; Moving House – ArchitectsEAT; NBCS Learning Environment – WMK; Ply House – Upstairs_; Skye by Crown Group – Koichi Takada Architects; South East Water – BVN.  

Winner 2017 – Indigo Slam, Smart Design Studio “Exceptionally grand and rich in detail” – Jury


The Design Studio Brought to you in 2017 by Denovo Recruitment

Shortlist 2017 ArchitectsEAT; Austin Maynard Architects; Breathe Architecture; Foolscap Studio; Joyce Wang Studio; Kennedy Nolan; Linehouse; Spatial Practice.  

Winner 2017 – Austin Maynard Architects “An acerbic intellect combined with a great big heart” – Jury


The Influencer Brought to you in 2017 by Interface

Shortlist 2017 88 Angel Street – Steele Associates; Hotel Mono – Spacedge Designs; Living Shelter – WY-TO; Noma Australia – Foolscap Studio; Seat Bubbler, Spring Hill Primary – Steendijk for EMBASSYliving; Siren Design Group – Siren Design Group; SJB Melbourne Studio – SJB; St Stephens Junior School – CODA Studio.  

Winner 2017 – Central Seat & Drinking Fountain, Steendijk for Embassy Living “Creatively intelligent” – Jury


The Work Space Brought to you in 2017 by Shaw Contract

Shortlist 2017 BCG Digital Ventures – Carr Deisgn; Honestbee Office – Wynk Collaborative; NIO Brand Creative Studio – Linehouse; PetSure Sydney – The Bold Collective; Slack Melbourne Office – Breathe Architecture; The Work Project – Bean Buro; WeWork, Shanghai Flagship – Linehouse; Woods Bagot Melbourne – Woods Bagot.  

Winner 2017 – Slack Melbourne Office, Breathe Architecture “A natural place for human interaction” – Jury


The Living Space Brought to you in 2017 by Gaggenau

Shortlist 2017 Cornwall Gardens – CHANG Architects; Disappearing Corridor – Bean Buro; Fitzroy Loft – ArchitectsEAT; Forest House – Fearon Hay Architects; House 24 – Park + Associates; Moving House – ArchitectsEAT; Peninsula Residence – SJB; The Courtyard House – Kister Architects.  

Winner 2017 – Cornwall Gardens, CHANG Architects “A wonderful blend of nature and architecture” – Jury


The Social Space Brought to you in 2017 by Living Edge

Shortlist 2017 Cinemaxx Junior – DP Design; Humming Puppy – Karen Abernethy Studio; M&G Café and Bar at The Star – Luchetti Krelle; Mezzi Master Bookshop & Exhibit – One Plus Partnership; PLAYbox at Esplanade Theatres – Lekker Architects; Sensory Lab – Foolscap Studio; The University of Sydney – Carr Design; Woollahra Library – BVN.  

Winner 2017 – Humming Puppy, Karen Abernethy Architects “Human responsive design at its best” – Jury


The Object Brought to you in 2017 by Neolith

Shortlist 2017 Gelava Chairs – Ross Didier; Greenway –­ Alex Fitzpatrick; Grill’d Signature Collection – Dowel Jones; HUP HUP Chair – Tom Skeehan; Marlu – Blackandwhite Creative; Ora Desk Lamp – Ross Gardam; Polar Desk Lamp – Ross Gardam; Pylight – Rakumba Lighting.  

Winner 2017 – HUP HUP Chair, SKEEHAN Studio “A beautifully resolved and thoughtful piece” – Jury


The Prodigy, People’s Choice Brought to you in 2017 by Cosentino

Shortlist 2017 Daniel To & Emma Aiston – Daniel Emma; David Flack – Flack Studio; Frank Leung – Via; Karen Abernethy – Karen Abernethy Studio; Lorene Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui – Bean Buro; Nelson Chow – NC Design & Architecture; Pan Yicheng – Produce; Vince Alafaci & Caroline Choker – Acme & Co.  

Winner 2017 – Vince Alafaci & Caroline Choker, Acme&Co “Formidable talents to be watched” – Jury


The Luminary, People’s Choice Brought to you in 2017 by Wilkhahn

Shortlist 2017 Kerry Hill – Kerry Hill Architects; Wong Mun Summ & Richard Hassell – WOHA; Nik Karalis – Woods Bagot; Paul Hecker & Hamish Guthrie – Hecker Guthrie; Sonny Chan – Chan Sau Yan Associates; William Smart – Smart Design Studio.  

Winner 2017 – William Smart, Smart Design Studio “A genuine, deserving icon” – Jury


Launch Pad Brought to you in 2017 by Schiavello

Winner Australia 2017 – PLICO, Dora Ferenczi “Intensely relevant for the future of the workplace” – Jury


Winner Asia 2017 – Never Mind Tableware Series, Jonathan Saphiro Salim “Sophistication, maturity, and intuitive sensitivity” – Jury


Best of the Best 2017 Brought to you in 2017 by Zenith

Indigo Slam, Smart Design Studio “Exceptionally grand and rich in detail” – Jury


What will 2018 bring?

The region’s best in our four new award categories, for starters: The Multi-Residential Building, The Shopping Space, The Learning Space, and The Wellness Space. What directions is A&D taking in APAC? Find out shortly with the announcement of the 2018 INDE.Awards Shortlist! Don’t miss your chance to find out first hand who wins in 2018. Tickets to the INDE.Awards 2018 Gala are on sale now. Head to indeawards.com now to secure early bird ticket pricing!abc
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Exposing Unsettling – And Yet Intended – Effects Of Architecture

It’s fairly well established and more or less universally accepted that architecture is more than a means to an end. One residential project can be better than another just as one house can be more suited to a family’s way of living than another. Architecture does more than provide shelter and facilitate education, healthcare, hospitality and retail spaces. It influence that way you move through your day and in more recent times it has even been known to influence mood. Less known, is the ways in which power manifests through architecture and in the built environments that surround us. This is exactly what Unsettlement, a new exhibition at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, aims to explore. With a range of artists from all parts of the world including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the United States of America, Italy, Iraq, Slovenia and Australia, exhibiting their work across a variety of mediums: moving image, photography, installation and performance, the works within the exhibition engage directly with specific architecture and histories coming form a local point of view. The idea is to provide otherwise unavailable insight into distinct cultural contexts and social struggles. One such example is Jill Magid’s long-term project The Barragán Archives – celebrating its Australian debut. The Barragán Archives examines the legacy of the internationally celebrated Mexican architect and Pritzker Prize-winner Luis Barragán, while also looking at the complex legal and cultural issues surrounding the custodianship of his archives. Key themes that underscore Unsettlement include the effects of accelerating globalisation, the effects of mass urbanization, and the control enacted by state and economic infrastructures. “Architecture provides a tangible, physical form to the amorphous forces that shape our lives. It gives us a concrete starting point to address the histories, as well as the current-day economic and political influences, that define the world we inhabit,” says MUMA Director and co-curator Charlotte Day. “Unsettlement is conceived as both a contemporary condition – in which our claim to the spaces we occupy is increasingly precarious – and a strategy for artistic, social and political engagement. From subtle gestures of reclamation to more radical remodelling, the works in Unsettlement strive to confuse architecture’s functionality, undermine its authority or explode its mythologies.” Unsettlement Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA April 28 – 7 July, 2018 monash.edu/muma We think you might also like Cambodia's 'Ghost Villas'abc
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10 Design Commandments For Apartment Furniture Design

Investing in a new piece of furniture is like embarking on a new relationship. Those swayed by looks alone often rush to commit, only picking up on the flaws when it’s too late. Others, who take heed from the outset – stopping to consider whether this piece of furniture will give them enough space, fit in with their current lifestyle, and be met with approval from family and friends – are far more likely to find themselves in a satisfying, long-term commitment. One that, if the design is right, could last a lifetime. It is critical then, that homeowners choose wisely. Nowhere are these design decisions more important than in apartments, where considerations of space, logistics and versatility are at play more than in larger houses. With this in mind, we spoke to a few of the leaders in interior, product and industrial design about investing in apartment furniture design for the long-haul, and how to be lucky in (apartment) love.   1. Layer your lighting Open-plan designs and spatial limitations means rooms in apartments need to be more versatile than those in homes. According to Kate Stokes, designer and founder of Coco Flip, lighting, if used effectively, can bridge the gap between different functions. “There is nothing worse than an apartment full of glaringly bright downlights that are either on or off, and that's it,” Kate tells. “Apartments need to be able to be transformed from a dining space to a working space, from a sleeping space to a party space,” she says. “Lamps and pendants with soft, warm light are much more able to create the required mood for the occasion.” With a compelling sculptural form inspired by Iceland’s ethereal landscapes, the portable Mayu lamps designed by Coco Flip suit the varied nature of apartment living.   2. Say yes to stools Sarah Gibson of DesignByThem suggests apartment dwellers invest in low, stackable stools. “An extendable table with some stools stacked to the side always comes in handy,” she says. “Stools used as dining seats are easy to hide away under tables when not in use, and they make good side tables too.” Crafted from a single piece of material which is folded together to become rigid, DesignByThem’s Butter Stool is available in a variety of shades and created from 80 per cent recycled, UV stable content.   3. ... and two-tiered coffee tables A few choice furniture pieces can go a long way in minimising clutter. DesignByThem’s Sarah Gibson continues. “We’ve always found that clear surfaces can make your space feel fresh and uncluttered,” she says. “To maximise your living space, consider two-tiered coffee tables to store remotes and magazines on the second covered shelf.”   4. Think about proportions The space you have to play with should determine what furniture you invest in and how it is styled. Interior designer and director Adele Bates says thinking in terms of proportions is essential when considering apartment furniture design. “We always ensure that the furniture layout works in plan and that there is comfortable circulation space, not overfilling it with large furniture or pieces with bigger proportions,” she says. Mim Fanning, interior designer and founder of Mim Design, takes a similar approach. “Our sizes and layout determine our selection process, as does the interior design direction,” she says. Her top tip? “Always check size and proportion within the room, and select pieces with design provenance that will stand the test of time.” 5. Use form to your advantage Creating a sense of openness is key in apartments. Adele Bates selects furniture that does much of this legwork for her. “Visually elevating a sofa to see more of the floor underneath it allows the space to feel more expansive,” she explains. Adele also advocates furniture with thinner profiles and softer forms – round coffee tables, for example – for apartments with less available space to hand.   6. Avoid the “display home look” To create compelling and unique interiors, Miriam Fanning recommends selecting furniture that is diverse and varied in size and shape, over apartment furniture designs that reflect a recurring theme or style. “For us, curating furniture is much like a masterful jigsaw puzzle, making sure everything works together even though each piece is distinctly different,” she says. “When curating, we aim to create a collection, not a ‘display home look.’”   7. Mind your eyes When in doubt, stick to light fittings with a hidden source. Lighting designer and founder of Sydney’s ADesignStudio, Alex Fitzpatrick, says glaring lights can ruin the atmosphere of interiors and cause eye strain. “Concealed lighting can make an apartment more comfortable,” he says. “This may not be apparent at first glance, but you will definitely notice the discomfort of an LED chip staring back at you,” Alex explains. “When looking for a pendant, they can be as simple as [ADesignStudio’s] Greenway A1 or Greenway Crackle. These fittings are small and functional; the concealed LED light source allows you to light a table without the discomfort of a visible filament.”   8. Embrace the outdoors Indoor-outdoor flow gives the illusion of space. Apartment owners with gardens should select furniture that works both in interior and exterior settings. DesignByThem’s Sarah Gibson advocates collecting indoor-outdoor pieces to switch up depending on your mood, spatial needs and the weather. “Invest in some nice furniture to bring the inside out, and some plants to bring the outside in,” she says.   9. Furniture is an investment Like most things, when it comes to apartment furniture design – you get what you pay for. “Most importantly, support local and the design industry,” Miriam Fanning implores. “Steer clear of copy furniture and understand that buying an authentic piece of furniture, much like art, is an investment.”   10. If the sofa fits Can this item of furniture fit in the lift? And if not, is it modular? These are the questions interior designer and director Andrew Mitchell of Mr Mitchell asks himself when taking on a new project. “Always check the dimensions of the lift or staircase prior to ordering or designing furniture,” Andrew instructs. “Careful planning needs to be done to ensure you can navigate corners and stairwells to actually get the furniture into the apartment,” he adds. We think you might also like The Latest Looks from Eurocucina 2018abc
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An Environmental Foe Becomes A Sustainability Gem

Looking at the progress of the South Coogee house is like experiencing somewhat of a sustainability before and after. Before, it was an environmental foe – a poorly designed structure lacking sustainability features, insulation or quality finishes. Now, however, the home is energy efficient, made of recycled materials, and, to add to that, perfectly befits its coastal surrounds. To credit for this transformation is The Design Commission, a NSW-based studio whose work focuses on innovative, long-lasting and sustainable structures. To bring the South Coogee house up to scratch, the practice stripped the home’s structure bare, and rebuilt its facade using sustainable cedar and MgO board. MgO was chosen as it provides a similar look to fibre cement panels, yet boasts recycled content and contains far less embodied energy. Recycled timber was used to build the windows and doors, while throughout the interior, a number of existing materials were creatively reclaimed. “The clients had lived in the house for eight years before renovating,” Jacqueline Bosscher, director and interior designer/curator at The Design Commission, explains. “Over that time they had installed new tapware and lighting fixtures, so these were all re-used. Also, the existing kitchen bench top was very large so we were able to use it to create bench tops in two of the bathrooms.” Denning St The Design Comission cc Sharrin Rees exterior When the clients’ favourite yoga studio shut down, the couple purchased its flooring panels which they used to create new desks and partition screens, sliding doors, shelving units and bench seats for the home. Further to environmental sustainability though, the brief also sought The Design Commission to better connect the house to its coastal site. “We explored the environments of the sea cliff, echoing its different layers and materiality,” Jacqueline says. “The top floor of the home represents the plateau with its weathered natural textures and vegetation, openness to the sky and breezes, and 180 degrees of coastal views. The middle floor echoes sheltered cliff caves and rock faces, and the bottom floor signifies where the cliff meets the ocean. Each floor expresses the textures, light and forms of its corresponding environment through materiality and planning.” “I think the picture window we created in the guest bedroom would have to be my favourite element of the design though,” Jacqueline explains. Originally, the room was problematic, as the neighbours were able to see inside, so The Design Commission switched out the window for a portrait one and created a deep frame, in which a window seat was placed. “The room now has total privacy. And the view of the ocean from the seat is completely uninterrupted and stunning – nothing but ocean and sky,” she says. The Design Commission thedesigncommission.com.au Photography by Sharrin Rees Denning St The Design Comission cc Sharrin Rees entry Denning St The Design Comission cc Sharrin Rees entry Denning St The Design Comission cc Sharrin Rees kitchen Denning St The Design Comission cc Sharrin Rees view Denning St The Design Comission cc Sharrin Rees master ensuite Denning St The Design Comission cc Sharrin Rees water feature Denning St The Design Comission cc Sharrin Rees deckabc
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Modern Living Is An Art Form – Here’s How To Perfect It

The way we live is changing. Now more than ever we are drawn to big cities, relying on technology in all aspects of our lives, and embracing with open arms the unique joys and challenges of living in increasingly dense populations. In line with this ongoing shift in circumstance and perspective, the residential sector has bloomed to produce dynamic, vibrant living spaces unlike anything that has preceded them. Today, the home is the perfect backdrop for expressive, experimental design that celebrates individuality; spaces are not just blank slates for activity, but are in themselves extensions of their occupants’ wants, needs, and idiosyncrasies. Whatever the scale of the home – and wherever it is – it is now recognised that there is always room for exceptional design catering to modern living. This year, as ever, the INDE.Awards Living Space Category will recognise the best projects in the Asia Pacific residential sector. Tackling everything from denser urban populations to new technologies and climate change, the best living spaces view the complexities and intricacies of their site not as challenges but as opportunities for innovation. Winners in this category will represent a strong creative identity, a firm grasp and innovative interpretation of the client brief, and the distinct flavour of design in the region. The Living Space category also celebrates projects that demonstrate a nuanced understanding of their site, whether that might mean considerate, responsive and sensitive reactions to context, or indeed pushing the boundaries of design and local identity. In either case, a well-resolved Living Space has a firm grounding in its surrounds and strong sense of place are essential, as is a clear, coherent design strategy. German luxury brand Gaggenau is proud to return as a sponsor of this year’s INDE.Awards Living Space category and honour yet another year of excellence in residential design. The partnership is fitting, with kitchens forming the backbone of living spaces around the world. One of the most important rooms in the house – the kitchen – demands a unique degree of design ingenuity and foresight for innovation. As the hub of our personal and familial lives, the kitchen's sudden transformation to become a site of technological advancement, avant-garde materials, luxuriant design and supreme functionality, we cannot imagine a better brand to partner with to present the Living Space Award than Gaggenau. Drawing inspiration from the professional kitchen, the company’s designers and craftsmen use only the finest materials to create appliances that enable culinary perfection in the home kitchen. Whether it’s storing ingredients perfectly, cooking expertly, or cleaning effortlessly, Gaggenau will inspire you to create. [gallery columns="5" ids="73386,73387,73395,73394,73393,73388,73389,73390,73391,73392"] If you’re a professional chef, a passionate home cook, or even somebody with a restricted recipe repertoire, the kitchen is a central part of the living experience – one of the first rooms you visit in the morning and likely one of the last at night. In many ways, the kitchen is one of the ultimate spaces for living. The kitchen distils some of the best elements of living: passion, expressiveness, sociality, and sensual pleasure, and serves them all up in a flavoursome tangle. If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then Gaggenau is the soul of the kitchen. Since their beginnings in the Black Forest in 1683, the company has shaped the face of appliance design, earning a reputation as one of the most trusted global designers and suppliers of luxury appliances for high-end homes. From integrated cooking solutions to dishwashing, ventilation, refrigeration, and wine cabinets, Gaggenau appliances are at the heart of kitchens everywhere, bringing joy, performance, and cutting edge avant-garde design into living spaces around the world.

Gaggenau is pleased to support the 2018 INDE.Awards and a new generation of designers taking up the mantle for exceptional living spaces.

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Getting To Know Studio Workshop

The four directors of Gold Coast-based practice Studio Workshop have an appreciation for both design and construction and are working to bridge the gap between the two. Their ambition is to transform today’s building industry with design thinking and digital fabrication, placing Studio Workshop at the forefront of a broader issue today: how technology is driving change in the design and building industry. Rory Spence and Joel Hutchines founded Studio Workshop in 2014 while studying architecture. Two of Joel and Rory’s professors, Chris Knapp and Jonathan Nelson, had established a more hands-on approach to architectural education by setting up a digital fabrication workshop with laser cutter, robot and CNC router. Chris and Jonathan encouraged their students to think about the practice in a different way, and Joel and Rory, so inspired, started Studio Workshop before they had even graduated. Chris and Jonathon joined a year later bringing their professional and academic experience to the practice. Studio Workshop seeks to blur the lines between design and construction by exploring materiality and experimenting with digital fabrication technology; the results of which can be seen in the undulating timber screen that envelopes the Small House in Port Moresby. The screen developed from an office fitout for construction company Condev, in which Studio Workshop created a digitally fabricated wave-like backdrop to define the entry and reception area and establish a strong identity for the firm. Folded and manipulated, the screen has a sense of malleability and served as a small-scale resolution of that which envelopes Small House. Studio Workshop’s approach is also an example of how architects are designing, procuring, testing and evaluating the built outcome themselves, which isn’t traditionally what architects do. “It means we can go very quickly between the design space and the fabrication space, and that speed of testing things out and the ability to speculate defines our practice,” says Chris. The practice works on a broad range of projects from bespoke furniture and signage to interior fitouts, building façades and residential, commercial and civic projects. Studio Workshop’s approach – merging design, technology and craftsmanship – is evident throughout all its projects, as is the emphasis on sustainability and having a positive impact through design. “Our role is to deliver a project that responds ethically to the environment and to our clients’ briefs. It needs to be of benefit to the urban environment and provide a sense of place,” says Rory. Studio Workshop studioworkshop.com.au Portrait by David Taylor. Left to right : Rory Spence, Jonathan Nelson, Joel Hutchines, Chris Knappabc
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Pitch Perfect On A Streetscape In Singapore

When I arrive at Siglap Plain, architect Han Loke Kwang invites me first to view the house from across the road. We cross the quiet street and look upon the grey, gable front form. “It is as a child would draw a house,” Han comments. The building’s monolithic silhouette would have registered as a solemn semantic statement of the house as an icon, except the punctures it bears indicate a more contemporary and innovative spirit. Han has played with offsets in the size and positioning of the house’s front portals. “The form is symmetric but the openings are asymmetric,” he says. “These openings reveal the concept of the house – but not totally.” The house falls in line with what Han calls his “courtyard houses” – buildings designed to enjoy exterior spaces while simultaneously finding privacy. Outside Siglap Plain, one gets a suggestion of its spaces, but not of its activities. We see the car porch on one side, and an intriguing atrium-like space on the other. Siglap Plain HYLA Architects cc Derek Swalwell pool Han explains, “I’ve been [working on] houses with external spaces that are a key part of the overall design. The external spaces are usually enclosed in some way – some enclosed on the top, some are open, but there is usually a wall or enclosure that I incorporate in the overall form.” The motivation for such courtyards is multi-fold. “We have nothing to look at in most of the sites in Singapore. The plot sizes are usually quite small, so they don’t have a big garden,” says Han. “We thought, if we can’t find anything to look at, maybe we can find a way to look within.” Apart from views, Han’s design and placement of such courtyards also afford the greater house free-flowing air and plenty of natural light, as well as a level of privacy in the exterior spaces. “By enclosing the outdoor areas, we reclaim a bigger share of the outdoor area into the house. For most houses the external spaces are all around, but they are outside, so here I blur the distinction between inside and outside,” says Han. Siglap Plain HYLA Architects cc Derek Swalwell pool In the case of Siglap Plain, a pool has been placed in the courtyard. The pool abuts the guest room on one end, continuing down the length of dining and living areas before extending out towards the landscaping. The enclosing brick wall and peripheral garden provide privacy, while the atrium remains open overhead, giving the residents a nice connection to the tropical weather – rain or shine. Still more important to the family is the relationship of the pool atrium to the rest of the house; the adjoining living spaces and the upper levels that look into it. Lee, the patriarch, says: “The living room is a common area for our family to gather when we are unwinding at the end of the day. Having a view of a pool, instead of a TV, is calming and also encourages conversations. My grandchildren like to play in the pool – although I am unable to swim, watching them and seeing them happy brings me great joy.” The design of the house also involved considerations for the needs of a multi-generational household. “At that time, I was retired and had more time to spend at home with my family. Essentially, the new house had to be future-proof as we are largely an ageing household; I needed a lift and the interior to be elderly friendly,” says Lee. “I also like my son and his family to live with us, as I did with my mother before her death, thus it needed to have enough space for their needs. My daughters, together with their families, also visit regularly. As such we need a big living room and dining area. I also wanted the house to be adequately self-contained with a pool, gym [and] home theatre so that the entire family can do their leisure activities within the house. The design was largely left to Han and his team after we told him about our needs and lifestyle.” Siglap Plain HYLA Architects cc Derek Swalwell courtyard My visit to the house yields more surprises as we explore its interior. Entrance to the living areas is a gentle incline of steps, as the house is raised almost a metre (following building guidelines for this low-lying area). The living and dining areas share a span of space, which, having no columns and adjoined by the voluminous courtyard atrium, feels remarkably spacious – quite the perfect setting for big family gatherings. On more placid days, one enjoys the house in quieter ways. The breeze, welcomed through those large front openings, passes over the pool and into the living area. The Bianco Venatino marble underfoot feels cool on this incredibly hot morning. Stepping out to the courtyard, one is presented with even greater enjoyment of the architecture, particularly of the latticework and the brick construction, both of which partake in the daily play of light and shadow. Privacy and personal spaces for individual family members is another key consideration of the architecture. Mini-courtyards are enjoyed from the privacy of bedrooms. A junior master suite occupies the entire attic level, planned for Lee’s son who has just started his own family. Even if relatively private, the attic and other such spaces (including Lee’s own study) look down to the pool atrium – where, of course, the family retires. Siglap Plain is a wonderful design of relationships – in both spatial and familial terms. While beautifully built and detailed, the success of the house is in large part due to how it serves the family, particularly in the ways it addresses the needs for connection and privacy. On this, Lee says, “Han has completed a beautiful house for our family. We are living here comfortably.” A testimonial as simple and as solid as a brick house. HYLA Architects hyla.com.sg Photography by Derek Swalwell Dissection Information Bianco Venatino marble in living and dining room. American Red Oak flooring in bedrooms. Facebrick bricks from Wienerberger. Custom made concrete blocks. Oven, microwave, dishwasher, cooktop and laundry from Bosch. Refrigerator from Samsung. Integrated Fridge from Fisher & Paykel. Bathroom fixtures from JEE-O, Duravit and Hansgrohe. H-Series ceiling fans from Haiku. Custom made joinery and wardrobes. Siglap Plain HYLA Architects cc Derek Swalwell breezeblocks Siglap Plain HYLA Architects cc Derek Swalwell study Siglap Plain HYLA Architects cc Derek Swalwell staircase Siglap Plain HYLA Architects cc Derek Swalwell exterior We think you might also like House W by Atelier About Architectureabc

Celebrating Hecker Guthrie’s New Melbourne Retail Space

 Having just thrown open the doors on their new retail showroom in Melbourne, Schiavello embark on a very exciting – and very promising – new chapter. Designed in collaboration with Hecker Guthrie, the new space is an exemplary case study in Australia’s unique approach to designing bricks-and-mortar retail destinations in the digital age. “We sought to bring an architectural sensibility to the interior of the new Schiavello retail showroom,” say dynamic design duo Hecker Guthrie, “enhancing and augmenting the existing space with a play of different shapes and forms to draw attention to its contemporary context.” And the result is an astounding feat of sensory overload: spaces tease and unfurl throughout the showroom; natural golden light floods in from the Melbourne cityscape; rooms subdivide into more intimate rooms, bringing to a crowning point the playfulness and childlike wonderment that so characterizes Hecker Guthrie’s portfolio. From seating to shelving and tables, Schiavello's residential offerings are on par with their commercial and contract lines, bringing the world-class style, functionality, and innovation that designers already know and love into the contemporary Australian home. For the new showroom, it was only natural that such design excellence be met with further excellence in Hecker Guthrie’s inimitable approach. [gallery columns="5" ids="73321,73322,73323,73325,73326,73327,73328,73329,73330,73331"]

"We recognised two streams within the Schiavello brand: the corporate side for which the brand is best known, and the hospitality and domestic sides in which they're becoming increasingly influential. As a result, the showroom location is separated into streams for ease of use – thus carefully curating spaces to ensure easy navigation for customers throughout," says Hecker Guthrie.

Understanding that the core values of the Schiavello brand touch an important emotional note for the Australian public, Hecker Guthrie sought to build unique competitive advantage in an otherwise oversaturated and highly disruptive landscape of consumer-driven design. While the future of bricks-and-mortar retail for the consumer space continues to look forward to an uncertain future, this showroom proves that intelligent design thinking can generate elite customer experiences. As the new frontier of competitive differentiation, it’s this emotional connection to the brand story, that draws one in to enjoy the physical oneness of being part of the action. "We sought to bring an architectural sensibility to the interior of the new Schiavello retail showroom, enhancing and augmenting the existing space with a play of different shapes and forms to draw attention to its contemporary context," he adds. At the heart of the action, a kitchen anchors the showroom firmly in the Schiavello culture, of which coffee-making is an integral part. White marble bench tops contrast natural timber joinery and floors, while suspended pendant lighting accentuates the height of the space. Nodding to the ongoing importance of biophilia as a design directive, greenery generously punctuates the floorplate – providing a vital counterpoint to the neutral tonal scheme throughout. From Melbourne to the rest of Australia and throughout Asia, and now in Dubai and Beijing, Schiavello is an enduring champion of Australian-made design. The showroom’s emphasis on natural light and open plan living is attuned to the direction in which residential design appears to be headed: bright, airy interiors in which spaces melt into one another. And the memory? It’s the discrete charm of creative, thoughtful design. Design, that is, to articulate the future.

Celebrating the launch of this new direction in the Schiavello heritage, Indesign Media wishes to congratulate team Schiavello on an exciting new chapter in Australian design.

Visit the Schiavello Retail Showroom at 35 Queensbridge Street, Southbank Victoria.

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Cooler Design, Fresher Food With Vario

The design team at Gaggenau has been busy. Recently, the team has relentlessly focused on further development of their already world class cooling culture. Combining revolutionary technology and uncompromising design, Gaggenau has offered exact degree cooling technology that leaves nothing to chance, and nothing to be desires. Impressive features and high-quality materials ensure that everything from vegetables to cheese to wine is stored exactly as it should be – not only ensuring your brie or sparkling white wine preserve their flavor, they’ll stay fresher and healthier for longer. The hero of the Vario range, the cooling 400 series, has now expanded to a commercially available Vario cooling 200 series range perfect for developments, renovations and the design aficionados. The Vario 200 series fridge-freezers, refrigerators and freezers offer generous internal space with up to four separate climate zones within the space, along with a fresh cooling drawer and frost-free freezer compartments. These are appliances that fit into a standard size, but offer extraordinary capability. Vario fridge-freezer combination 200 series (RB 287 503) The enlarged interior of the fridge-freezer, with a net volume of 259 litres, offers ample space for all manner of ingredients. All shelves offer maximum depth and are fully extendable. The drawers are smooth running and it boasts a cushioned closing system… this is the ultimate integrated fridge-freezer that can still be neatly concealed behind your designer kitchen cabinetry. Vario refrigerator 200 series (RC 289 503) The refrigerator offers three climate zones, including an extra-large fresh cooling zone close to 0°C. Thanks to the innovative design, maximum utilisation of space is achieved. Dynamic cold air distribution ensures precise, constant temperatures throughout. Paired with our Vario freezer 200 series, a seamless side-by-side integrated solution for your family is achieved, one that seamlessly matches your kitchen design. Vario freezer 200 series (RF 287 503) This freezer offers all the conveniences of modern refrigerated storage. The large 212 litres net volume compartment and five freezer drawers provide ample space for all manner of ingredients. Other impressive functions include: electronic temperature regulation from -16 °C to -24 °C, no-frost technology, fast freezing and low energy consumption of only 243 kWh a year. abc
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The Latest Looks In The Kitchen – Eurocucina 2018

In Milan, the Eurocucina halls are booming. The market has regained it momentum, post-GFC, and the world’s leading kitchen manufacturers are setting an impressive standard for kitchen design. Here we pick out the top trends that are shaping the look, feel and functionality of the kitchen. 1. Hide and seek Two years ago, the open-doored cabinet left its aesthetic mark on the kitchen realm with brands removing cabinet doors to reveal shelving as a storage style feature. This year, brands such as Dada and Valcucine have developed on the trend, playing hide and seek with their designs. Transparency and layering is used to open some shelving and storages spaces, while hiding others. 2. Simplicity and minimalism Kitchen cabinetry is becoming ever more refined with thin-edged surfaces narrowing down to as little as 4mm (Barazza). Countertops and cabinet doors marry together seamlessly into a tightly knit meeting of points and joints (Valcucine). Stovetops float atop their countertops, edged in brass – a subtle yet luxurious design feature to accentuate exquisitely fine lines (Smeg). 3. Possibility is endless The likes of Sub Zero Wolf has put the customer at the core of its kitchen vision with kitchen appliances and solutions that put the focus on the customer’s functional needs and design requirements. Whatever your aesthetic, Sub Zero Wolf can enhance it through a large and diverse range of refrigeration and cooking appliances. 4. Ultimate living The kitchen is so closely connected to the surrounding living areas that it takes on the subtle qualities of its neighbouring living spaces. Cesar this year uses its cabinetry and kitchen counter units to draw together subtle living cues. Round timber table tops overlay stone countertops. Open-face cabinets intersect in the manner of book cases. [caption id="attachment_73362" align="alignnone" width="1170"]EuroCucina Salone del Mobile 2018 Cesar Unit CESAR[/caption] [caption id="attachment_73359" align="alignnone" width="1170"]EuroCucina Salone del Mobile 2018 Cesar Maxima CESAR[/caption] [caption id="attachment_73361" align="alignnone" width="1170"]EuroCucina Salone del Mobile 2018 Cesar Maxima CESAR[/caption] [caption id="attachment_73357" align="alignnone" width="1170"]EuroCucina Salone del Mobile 2018 Cesar Maxima CESAR[/caption] [caption id="attachment_73353" align="alignnone" width="1170"]EuroCucina Salone del Mobile 2018 Barazza Barazza[/caption] [caption id="attachment_73356" align="alignnone" width="1170"]EuroCucina Salone del Mobile 2018 Barazza Barazza[/caption]  abc