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Creating A Sense Of Domesticity At Aesop, Singapore

After a Google image search of ‘Singapore’ you will see an onslaught of shots of the glittering skyline populated by familiar architectural marvels both old and recent. These images of Singapore were not what designer Kian Yam of Hong Kong-based studio MLKK looked for as inspiration. A former in-house architect of Aesop,Kian was commissioned by the brand to design its sixth store in Singapore, located at the VivoCity Mall. Her online preliminary research before visiting the actual site proved to be uninspiring. Then, there was the location itself. “The location posed quite a challenge,” says Aesop’s General Manager (Asia) Frederic Seiller, speaking at the store’s opening. “Aesop is all about creating a sense of domesticity. Most of our stores around the world are located inside stand-alone buildings facing the street. With this location, we have to create that in this retail unit inside a mall that can feel very cold and very commercial.” Kian finally found what she was looking for in a photograph from the design brief put together by Aesop’s Retail and Design and Development Manager (Asia) Leon Goh. It was a picture of an HDB building façade, a perfect slice of Singaporean life. “It’s an image that’s very familiar to Singaporeans and it showcased tonnes of [aspects of] domestic life in one single elevation,” says Kian. This image became the starting point of the store’s narrative – that there is a hidden warmth and a vibrant domestic life behind Singapore’s more glamorous facade. Kian expresses the narrative through material selections and craftsmanship involved in the making of Aesop VivoCity’s interior. The three main materials are rattan, cement tiles and lime-wash paint with accents in brass, copper and pale timber. The result is a space that feels both contemporary and familiar. The hero of the interior is the woven rattan wallpaper that layers the front side of the cabinets. This woven rattan wallpaper was sourced from a local establishment, the Chun Mee Lee Rattan furniture shop located on the ground floor of an HDB block on Bukit Merah Lane. “It’s a very affordable material that you can buy in rolls and fabricate into whatever you want,” comments Kian. For the store’s centrepiece, the sink, rattan is paired with a timber countertop and brass and copper basin and taps, while above the cashier, a large rattan chandelier floats majestically against a plain, lime-washed wall. The unglazed geometric cement tiles are a nod to the domesticity of neighbourhood restaurants and mid-century apartment interiors. The colour scheme is beige with a pink undertone courtesy of Aesop’s product packaging. There are no sharp edges inside the store, and each design element – from the custom-made cabinet handles to the curving shelves – seems to invite touch. Pair these elements with Aesop’s signature, almost addictive, scented oils and Aesop has, once again, successfully recreated its signature multi-sensorial retail experience without actually completely replicating its past designs. MLKK mlkk.studio Photography by Marc Tan  We think you might also like Bassike, Paddington by Akin Atelierabc
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Room To Move In Iron Maiden House By CplusC

The family of five who live in Iron Maiden House in Longueville, Sydney, ticked the boxes on all of the above. “Accustomed to the climate and compact living arrangements typical of Hong Kong, the clients wanted a home that used passive design principles to heat and cool the building and a generous connection to the outdoors to enjoy and entertain family and friends,” says Clinton Cole of CplusC Architectural Workshop, the architect and builder of the project. They also wanted outdoor spaces intertwined in and around the home, and for their three young children to have their own space, allowing them to gain greater independence as they grow up. Iron Maiden House is designed and oriented for sunlight and outdoor connections. The house comprises two elongated forms (one longer than the other), with a pond stretching down the central axis, and upper and lower walkways to connect the two volumes. “Conceptually, the privacy and beauty of a natural gorge, in which water cuts through rock to form secluded spaces, was replicated with overscale walls to generate the final form,” says Clinton. The pitched roof profile at the front of the house is a modern reinterpretation of the nearby gable houses, and the galvanised metal cladding is a nod to the iconic Australian vernacular. Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Murray Fredericks kitchen to living Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Murray Fredericks internal louvres The main living spaces are located downstairs and connect to a variety of outdoor areas. Occupying a central position, the kitchen has two island benches, facing toward the living area and front garden in one direction, and the outdoor dining, barbeque area and swimming pool in the other. The pitched ceiling and large windows create a lofty light-filled space. The dining room is located across the walkway from the kitchen, and on one side it has an intimate outdoor space with a fire pit, separating the guest area and garage. On the other side, a spiral staircase winds upstairs, with generous stair treads offering a place to sit and enjoy the view through the large window. Upstairs, the master bedroom sits above the lounge, while the children’s bedrooms are stacked side-by-side along an external corridor. Promoting independence, each bedroom is large enough for the children to entertain small groups of friends, and large sliding bedroom doors allow them to spill out onto the walkway like an outdoor deck. Metal mesh encloses the corridor and is covered seasonally with flowering, creeping plants. The permeability of the screening provides the children with a view of the pond and living spaces and allows the adults to have passive supervision from downstairs. Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Murray Fredericks between the wings Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Murray Fredericks fire pit “Since moving into the house, the family have enjoyed entertaining visitors throughout the seasons. The outdoors is used extensively, and the children have developed independence through the design of the bedrooms,” says Clinton. CplusC Architectural Workshop cplusc.com.au Photography by Michael Lassman & Murray Fredericks Dissection Information: Corian kitchen benchtop in Cameo White Quantum Quartz island benchtop in Statuario Nero Laminate island cupboards in Feniz Two Pac Polyurethane kitchen and living cupboards in Satin White Tallowwood floorboards in Bona Traffic Painted steel spiral stair with Tallowwood stair treads Doors and window frames made of Western red cedar Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Murray Fredericks stairwell Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Michael Lassman living square Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Murray Fredericks main bedroom Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Michael Lassman outdoor walkway Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Michael Lassman in between Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Michael Lassman front portrait Iron Maiden House CplusC cc Murray Fredericks Swimming Pool Long Night We think you might also like House A by Walter & Walterabc
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In Case You’ve Missed It This Is What FRONT Is All About

It’s nearly D-day – the launch of FRONT – a boutique design event for architects, designers, property facilitators and end users. No doubt you’ve heard already heard about it, but this guide will give you the ultimate run through on everything – from who you’ll see there, how it all works, the speakers you can tune into and more.

What is FRONT?

Taking over Carriageworks 9-10 August, FRONT is an evolution of the traditional trade show format and is FREE for professionals to attend. FRONT has been created to bring all the key commercial players together into an innovative, business-focused event. Brought to you by the people behind the INDE.Awards, Saturday Indesign and the Sustainability Awards, we understand the A&D industry and where some of the pain points lie, which is why FRONT is about delivering something different but relevant. FRONT is an antidote to our ever-increasingly time-poor lives. It’s is all about connecting you directly to the people you need to help grow your career and your business by delivering a tradeshow that strips away the usual fanfare.

Why is it different?

The design and layout for FRONT is unique. It’s not about big showy stands and aimless meandering. The aisles have been designed to facilitate meetings and conversations, dotted with plenty of spots to pull up a chair and chat. In addition, the whole event is catered all day, which is just another way we’re making the event even more seamless. As a visitor, you can connect with not only the top-end selection of exhibitors, but also with other attendees and speakers, all through our digital matchmaking platform. That means you can streamline your networking to target exactly who you need. You can also spend time in the Dyson Business Lounge. Why not bring your laptop and work away in-between meetings and seminars while at FRONT?

What can I get out of coming to FRONT?

FRONT is not just for architects and designers. Our built environment is made up of many more key players who bring a project to reality – real estate brokers, facility managers, property developers and consultants. FRONT is bringing everyone together under one roof. This is the future of design in action and now there is an event to help facilitate it all.

Learn about the latest innovative products

We understand that as a designer you get bombarded with different brands and products constantly. But on the flipside of that, you also need to be across all the latest technology and new releases. The 150 exhibitors at FRONT have been carefully selected as innovators in the industry. These are the guys pushing boundaries with the products they make and by attending FRONT you can keep your knowledge firmly ahead of the competition. Peruse the full list of exhibitors here.

Earn CPD

There is a selection of exhibitors whose presentations carry CPD points, sponsored by CSR, which is an easy way to get the points you need for the year. See the list of CPD talks here.

Inspiring talks

The FRONT FORUM, brought to you by Gaggenau, has been carefully crafted to offer something for everyone. We want to spark debate. We want to get you thinking and fill your creative mind with knowledge. By working closely with our six ambassadors, we have developed a seminar series that is diverse but most importantly relevant – strategy, technology, hospitality crossovers, adaptive re-use and more. The approach has been to share and build insight to propel the industry forward, which is only achievable by bringing together an incredible list of 40 speakers. Read through the speaker series here. And make sure to book as they are already 70 per cent sold out!

And if that is still not enough…

Stay tuned for more about the FRONT Great Debate. What better way to continue pushing the commercial sector than by a heated debate? Stay tuned for more on this one.  

ARE YOU READY TO REGISTER? Do it now, and see you at FRONT 2018!

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A Mosman Renovation By Daniel Boddam Inspired By A Californian Bungalow

What’s hard to find but easy to lose? I’m not setting you up for a dad joke, but I might be giving airtime to a tired cliché. The answer is trust. And for Peta, a wife and mother of two young children, that’s exactly what she had with Daniel Boddam: architect, director of his eponymous practice, and someone she’s known since childhood. Peta, her husband and their two children once lived in an old Californian-style bungalow in Mosman; the same address they’d held for five years prior to the recent renovation. But it was small and didn’t feel suited to the Australian climate – an absence that’s only exaggerated when living in such close proximity to the ocean. After deciding that action needed to be taken, Peta and Tyson considered their options: to renovate, knock down, or buy anew. “We spent six months looking around and nothing fit what we had in had in our minds,” says Peta in consideration of the latter. “That was when we approached Daniel. I knew his work, his design capabilities [and] I wanted someone I could 100 per cent trust.” As tends to be the case with the majority of briefs given to architects, Peta’s was two-fold. There were elements that were architecturally and function-based: a home marked by plenty of natural light, seamless indoor-outdoor transitions, generous open spaces, passive yet effective heating and cooling options, and high-tech automation. The latter of which in fact was championed by Tyson, who works in the field of IT Security. Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman dining Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman indoor outdoor But there were also elements of the brief that were harder to define, elements which played a subjective role in shaping the family’s experience of the residence. The desire for a house heralded by modern design without appearing sterile or unliveable, for one. A home that’s warm, comfortable and easy to live in for a young couple with two young children. And, less tangibly, one that brings what Daniel calls “a slight tropical flavour” to Sydney’s lower-north shore. “We wanted it to feel like we were on holidays at home. We wanted to be in Honolulu in Mosman,” says Peta. Year-round, Mosman Residence is a great example of how you can use architecture to enhance the natural climate, playing to its strengths rather than against them. With solar panels and Tesla batteries, on a really hot summer’s day the house has the capacity to run completely off-grid. And in a location predisposed to a constant breeze and architecture that encourages it to run throughout the house, this means that even during the height of summer the air conditioner is rarely used. Once dreaded by Peta, the cooler months are now a non-event. Hydronic underfloor heating works with a naturally insulated floor plan to create almost all of what’s needed to keep the house warm during winter. For all the rooms Daniel has fit into this single site – four bedrooms; four bathrooms; a spacious open-plan kitchen, dining and living area; outdoor dining area; media room; study; laundry and den across three levels – Mosman Residence is an exercise in consistency. The colour palette, metalwork, furniture (much of which is from Daniel’s own Monument collection) and custom joinery all communicate. “It’s about the consistency of an idea and [how to] roll that out. It’s streamlined, elegant and simple,” he says. Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman open plan Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman living Despite the stunning interior spaces, it’s the exterior detailing that holds the heart of architect and children alike – the two toughest critics. The beach might be a five-minute walk down the hill, but Peta and Tyson’s children love the pool. They’ve not had one before and love having their friends over to play. The glass walls that form the rear boundaries of the residence slide seamlessly back while the sandstone ledge doubles as additional seating to oversee the kids or when entertaining a garden full of guests. As for Daniel, the timber battens and glass skylights on the roof above the rear outdoor dining area are his favourite details. He likens the effect to standing beneath a tree canopy. These features continue upwards and around the residence to form the basis of the greater exterior façade. “The crafted timber pavilions re-interpret the existing Californian Bungalow style which everyone really loves,” he says. “I wanted to draw on that spirit, but in a modern way. It was a real play of timber craftsmanship and horizontality [against] the white solid podium.” After such a long process – three years start to finish – there are times, of course, when it seems a little too good to be true. During the build the family occupied a few different rental houses, so, despite the fact they moved back home towards the end of 2016, sometimes they forget that this is home now. “You sort of have to pinch yourself,” says Peta. “This beautiful home is yours.” Daniel Boddam danielboddam.com Photography by Brett Boardman Dissection Information Selected furniture from Monument collection by Daniel Boddam Sofas and Ottoman in living room and chaise lounge in media room custom designed by Daniel Boddam in linen from Westbury Textiles ST04 Backenzahn Stool in Walnut by e15 from Living Edge Crosshatch Chair with Walnut frame by EOOS for Herman Miller from Living Edge CB-22 Tractor Counter stool in Walnut by Bassam Fellows from Living Edge Husk Armchair by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia from Space Furniture Eames lounge chair and ottoman in Walnut and tanned leather from Living Edge Embody Chair by Herman Miller from Living Edge Cowrie Chair by Made In Ratio in Walnut from Living Edge Dream Bed by Marcel Wanders from Poliform Teak turned stools by Rory Unite Outdoor sun loungers, couch and dining chairs from Parterre Dining table and bench from Eco Outdoor FLOS AIM pendants from Euroluce U-light Pendant by Toss B from Hub Furniture Fog pendant small by FLOS from Great Dane Furniture George Nelson Bubble Lamps from Spence and Lyda Monocle Wall Sconces from Living Edge General architectural lighting from Tovo lighting Limestone floor tiles, Rocha Bianco from Gitani Stone European Oak Eterno engineered timber floorboards from Precision Flooring European Greta Sisal flooring from the The Natural Floorcovering Centres External sandstone floor tiles in Beauford from Eco Outdoor Carrara hexagonal tiles from Onsite, Yohen Border tiles from Artedomus Matt white porcelain tiles from Bisanna tiles External sandstone cladding in Berrimah from Eco Outdoor Cedar retractable louvres from JWI Louvres Kitchen benchtop and splash back in Calcutta marble from Gitani Stone Bathroom benchtops in Carrara marble from Gitani Stone Caesarstone benchtops in Osprey to the kids’ bathrooms and laundry Integrated Miele fridge and dishwasher. Franke undermount basin, KWC tap from Winning Appliances City Stik brushed stainless steel tapware from Brodware Catalano Zero 50 toilet from Rogersellar TR3 heated towel rails from Hydrotherm Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman formal living Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman staircase Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman staircase architecture Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman light Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman bedroom view Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman max the cat Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman building Mosman House Daniel Boddam Architects cc Brett Boardman front facade We think you might also like 5 Homes That Connect Their Residents To Natureabc
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Bathrooms That Bring The Outside In

Australian architects and designers have mastered the art of bringing the outside in. Our climate calls for it and to ignore this would make for an ill-informed design completely out of touch with its context. The best responses have a degree of nuance to them, where light and ventilation can be regulated through controlling the boundaries of a home’s living areas so the occupants are always comfortable, no matter the season. In the bathroom, the same applies, albeit on a much smaller scale and with a heightened attention to privacy. While there may have been a time where bathrooms were made to resemble life sized terrariums, these days the approach is subtler. Architects and designers are creating bathroom spaces of sanctuary and calm and while they understand the role nature can play in realising this outcome, it’s not about giving clients a jungle retreat (unless they ask for it, of course). The following bathroom design blurs the line between inside and outside in ways that are understated yet effective.    

Eaglemont House by Christopher Elliott Design

Photography by Jack Lovel, styling by Bree Leech
Christopher Elliott’s Eaglemont House is situated within the garden suburb of Eaglemont, once home to artists of Australia’s famed Heidelberg School of Art. The area may be much more heavily developed than when Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts were painting landscapes en plein air, but it’s no less pretty. Elliott certainly looked to the natural surrounds when designing the four storey home’s interior architecture and this is especially evident in the upper level bathroom. Its bathroom design is daringly pared-back, with light grey marble tiles wrapping the floors and walls in one cohesive expression. This palette provides a neutral background for the unadorned freestanding bathtub, which takes pride of place in front of a full-height window. The opening lets in the greenery and natural light and almost reads as wallpaper, such is the seamless visual connection between inside and out. Christopher addresses issues of privacy with a retractable blind, while the trees’ foliage acts as a screen. It’s incredibly neat design that makes the space feel all the more user-friendly.  

Pool Pavilion by Studio Griffiths and Russell Barrett Architects

Photographer: Sharyn Cairns
Pool Pavilion, as the name suggests, sits at the end of the pool on a property in rural Victoria. It houses the guest rooms, home office and a bathroom, each with Modernist sensibilities that have informed the design’s overall material palette and spatiality. For the bathroom design, black steel detailing frames the vanity mirror, shower screen, door and window, making a strong statement against the predominantly grey interior. The opening to the outdoors may be full-height, but it’s strategically placed to deliver just the right amount of privacy, depending on where guests stand. It also provides a subtle flourish to the austere interior, without detracting from its minimalist aesthetic.  

The Retreat at Pumphouse Point by JAWS Architects

Photography by Adam Gibson
This freestanding accommodation pavilion located on the edge of a vegetated area within the Pumphouse Point site in Tasmania is a stunning sanctuary that’s as cosy as it is high-end. The architects have lined the interior walls and ceiling with timber boards, creating an immersive environment that most guests will never want to leave. Elsewhere in the interior, robust dark materials punctuate the scheme, adding to the design’s experiential nature. The same material palette is used in the bathroom, where two light wells have been carved out of the space’s corners. They offer connection to the earth and sky and serve to instil a strong sense of place yet are discrete enough that the interior’s enveloping quality is not lost.   We think you might also like Inside-Out House by Tamara Wibowo Architectsabc
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Celebrating Tableau – a tailored kitchen system from Cantilever and DesignOffice

Blending a sense of considered luxury aesthetics with hard working functional adaptability, Tableau is the kitchen system reborn. The fourth system from kitchen manufacturer Cantilever, Tableau is the next evolution in flexible Australian-made kitchen systems. In order to properly celebrate the launch, Cantilever and DesignOffice came together in Cantilever's Melbourne showroom to showcase the range to some of the design community’s brightest. Guests were able to see the range up close while having a well-earned catch up and glass of wine or two. For Cantilever director Travis Dean, Tableau is the ultimate expression of the brand’s dedication to marrying form and function in the practical application of design. “At Cantilever, we aim to continually drive our expertise in the long-term, functional applications of design. Our mission with Tableau was to blend high-end design with ease of use to ultimately create a product that would stand the test of time,” said Dean. “Tableau is a considered product – an exercise in tailored design – that we hope appeals to discerning consumers, builders and architects who value sustainable, refined and user-centred design” The launch, like the range itself, was a roaring success. Great design deserves to be championed and showcased in great style – so we congratulate Cantilever and DesignOffice on a wonderful launch, and thank them on behalf of Melbourne’s design community for a memorable night. Cheers! Cantilever Interiors cantileverinteriors.com DesignOffice designoffice.com.au [gallery columns="4" ids="78174,78187,78186,78185,78184,78183,78182,78181,78180,78179,78178,78177,78176,78175"]abc
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Lightness Of Being

Denholm is a small village located between Jedburgh and Hawick in the Scottish Borders region of Scotland. Den Holm is the pseudonym of Steven John Clark, a Scottish-born, Melbourne-based stonemason and sculptor who, in recent times, has taken the local architecture and design community by storm. If you hadn’t guessed, Steven hails from Denholm. That’s about as close to straightforward as his story gets. At 16, Steven left school to embark on a bricklaying apprenticeship. By 19, the goal posts had shifted once more. With an idea to study fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London, run his own label, and show at London Fashion Week, Steven first needed to gain qualifications in fashion technology which led to studying textile embroidery in Manchester. It was here that he met his wife, artist and photographer Bobby Clark. Somewhere en route to London, the couple found themselves on Australian shores. Originally, Australia was only meant to be a brief pit stop, admittedly quite the detour. Although they were planning to stay only a year, six months in they realised they might like to stay a little longer. Reasoning that the only way to stay in the country was for Steven to re-enter the construction business, the next five years saw Steven put his creative endeavours on hold. And so it goes, from bricklaying to fashion textiles and back again. Den Holm Steven John Clark cc Benjamin Hosking porch Den Holm Steven John Clark cc Benjamin Hosking bobby clark The spark that led to Den Holm came when a friend asked him to make a plinth out of stone to showcase her work. “I’d worked with stone since the age of sixteen [but] I’d never seen it as something creative,” says Steven. That was two years ago. While the first six months were met with understandable trepidation, a few key commissions set the wheels swiftly in motion. PLAYA by Lucy Folk in Bondi and Rae’s on Wategos in Byron Bay are two such examples both commissioned by Sydney-based interior designer and Habitus alumni Tamsin Johnson. The subsequent 18 months have seen Den Holm build a cult following. “Before that I would still say I was a stonemason, I didn’t have the [confidence] to say I was a sculptor.” Steven’s artistic process, as for many creatives, isn’t easily defined. Not least because he doesn’t necessarily document his process (even mentally), but also because it will change from piece to piece, project to project. Usually, it begins with Steven drawing directly onto the stone… or walls. “For some reason I don’t like drawing on paper. I’ve got my own space now, I’m allowed to draw on the walls – so I’m going to draw on walls,” he says. Compared to the seemingly endless scale of walls, a piece of paper certainly does seem restrictive. Den Holm Steven John Clark cc Benjamin Hosking kitchen Den Holm Steven John Clark cc Benjamin Hosking hall table As for the physical process, Steven prefers not to be bound by rules, habits or conventions. He was once told that sculptors have one of two ways of working: either from the bottom up, adding pieces to make a final sculpture; or top down chipping away at a block for the final result. “I thought that’s pretty boring, you can only be one of them? I want to do everything. I know a lot of the time you tell yourself if you do everything you’re never going to get good at one thing, but what excites me is trying everything,” he says. Even limestone, the material for which he’s currently renowned, is simply what he’s working with at the moment, but by no means will it hold an exclusive place in his repertoire. So while most of the planters and vases are top down, many of Steven’s sculptures are built from the bottom up. The two processes complement each other perfectly, given that the former produces waste and the latter offers an avenue through which to use it. Den Holm Steven John Clark cc Benjamin Hosking living Steven’s planters – bob, helen, laura and so on – are the names of family friends. His vases – balboa, duke – borrow their names from characters in the film Rocky. “I don’t really think about names too much,” says Steven. Not because he holds no meaning in a name, but more by way of avoiding getting caught in the rabbit hole that can be naming your work. “It’s a way of connecting something without getting too caught up in what it should be called. I don’t think about names beforehand. I like the way the letters are in ‘Den Holm’ and I like the way it can be pronounced.” It’s quite a poetic way of thinking, really. Steven and Bobby are renting at the moment, but when the time comes and opportunity allows it, the plan is for Steven to build their own home – “there’s no doubt about that”. Where? Maybe Melbourne, but definitely Australia. Byron Bay is also a strong contender. “I would approach the home in the same way as I approach all my sculptures… It doesn’t need to all be functional, but have it highly functional in some areas – like the kitchen,” says Steven. With a thick Scottish accent, a gregarious personality and the occasional borrowing of Aussie slang, Steven John Clark, A.K.A. Den Holm, reminds us that a free spirit is the perfect yin to the yang of hard work and dedication. Den Holm den-holm.com Den Holm Steven John Clark cc Benjamin Hosking bedroom Den Holm Steven John Clark cc Benjamin Hosking vase Den Holm Steven John Clark cc Benjamin Hosking planter Den Holm Steven John Clark cc Benjamin Hoskingabc
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One Design Office Reimagines The Malaysian Dining Experience

A pair of freelancers with complementary talents joining forces in business: One Design Office’s origin story is the millennial career dream. “It was the culmination of two creatives who thought, ‘well, we’re out of a job anyway, we’ve got nothing to lose!’” says Jon Liow, who co-founded the multidisciplinary studio along with Samson Tiew in 2014. “With his construction architecture background, Sam would be looking at things from a macro perspective, while I’d start looking at the tactile experiences. So it became this really great pairing of vision and skills.” Four years on, the small, energetic team deliver architecture, interiors, product and industrial design, as well as branding and marketing under the one roof. “We’re fascinated by how we can use positive design to create meaningful experiences,” says Jon. “I don’t want to sound picky, but we do try to choose our projects carefully. We want to focus on projects that have impact and meaning, rather than just another shop or café.” Merah One Design Office cc Tom Blachford wall seating Merah One Design Office cc Tom Blachford malaysian colours Enter Merah – not your average restaurant. The owners, Marcel and Aline, approached One Design Office with the premise of a contemporary venue in Northcote to build on the legacy of their long-established Carlton venue, Nasi Lemak House. The original restaurant is something of an institution among Melbourne University students with a hankering for authentic Malaysian eats, including foodies in the One Design Office team. With treasured recipes passed down from Aline’s grandmother, this new eatery would showcase traditional flavours, centred on their fiery house-made sambal. “We wanted to take a less literal approach with the brand, and Merah means red in Malay,” explains Jon. “When you think of sambal, you think of that colour. So that’s where we started their design story.” Merah One Design Office cc Tom Blachford main table Merah One Design Office cc Tom Blachford arches Recessed arches take a cue from the doorways of traditional shop houses in Malaysia, while rattan surfaces evoke restaurant chairs used in restaurants all over the country. The approach to Merah’s palette was quite poetic: One Design Office turned to the colourful components of a revered Malaysian dish – nasi lemak. Green fabrics reference banana leaves commonly used as plates in South East Asian cuisine, with pink terrazzo (actually vinyl, a stroke of budgetary genius) as a subtle interpretation of Merah’s core offering. “It brings that speckled texture which is what sambal is: a breaking down of many, many ingredients all mashed together to create that unique flavour,” says Jon. One Design Office odo.co Photography by Tom Blachford Merah One Design Office cc Tom Blachford entrance Merah One Design Office cc Tom Blachford dowel jones We think you might also like Bulleen House by MODOabc
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Defining the Nexus Between Public and Private Living with Hikari House

It’s human nature to want to connect and interact with other human beings. It’s is also human nature however, to want privacy, refuge and spaces for retreating from the outside world. And in typical human-nature style, we want both of these completely opposing qualities of public and private living built firmly into our homes. Though many designers acknowledge this predicament, few deliver elegant solutions. One of these few is Indonesia-based studio Pranala Architects, who in the design of one of their recent projects, Hikari House, found the answers we’ve all been searching for. Located in Bandung, Indonesia, Hikari House is a residential space where layout plays a significant part in the design functionality of the house, which speaks about the connection and synergy between public and private living and service areas. Hikari House Pranala Architects cc Mario Wibowo streetscape Hikari House Pranala Architects cc Mario Wibowo front Hikari House, literally translating to “House of Light”, is designed to give users the experience of how natural lighting and time interact with architecture, and how those devices can define the difference between different types of spaces. The natural light that seeps into the house varies, where light will constantly change following the movement of the sun towards the earth that changes throughout the year. In addition to natural lighting, air flow plays a strategic role in this house. “The flow is designed around the way the house ‘breathes’ from the terrace and living area towards the dining and dry garden,” says lead architect Erick Laurentius. Using the terrace house concept, which creates a twist on the boundaries between exterior and interior, Pranala used a series of sculptural devices to express different ambiance in certain areas of the layout that blurs the boundaries of indoor and outdoor. Erick explains: “Emphasising the connection between outdoor and in, the pile that presents at the backyard is made at the same height with the eye level of the user that sits in the living room. This creates a stronger bond between outdoor and indoor elements. Then, the cactus garden that is seen from the dining room, joins the two seamlessly. Furthermore, with the additional void space that exists beside the dining room, it makes the indoor space more spacious when the partition glass is opened.” Hikari House Pranala Architects cc Mario Wibowo bedroom Hikari House Pranala Architects cc Mario Wibowo vanity According to Erick and the Pranala team, every interior and architectural element used in Hikari function to define the private, public and service areas of the home. The interior approach of artificial/natural lighting, furniture and decorative accents are the elements that communicate from the inside of the house. The façade, on the other hand, which faces the west, is a solid form that gives the user privacy and protects the interior from the afternoon sunlight glare. Furthermore, the explicit usage of material such as exposed concrete, ulin wood, and steel bars used for the exterior, respond to the public and private living duality of the home’s character. It’s a clever, highly detailed and well thought-out design system which may serve as a model for the future of dynamic living. Pranala Architects pranala-associates.com Photography by Mario Wibowo Dissection Information Landscape Consultant Larch Studio Furniture Consultant Alpha Interdesign Products supplied by Hansgrohe, Hunter Douglas US, Aluplus, Laufen Hikari House Pranala Architects cc Mario Wibowo cactus garden Hikari House Pranala Architects cc Mario Wibowo alfresco Hikari House Pranala Architects cc Mario Wibowo kitchen dining Hikari House Pranala Architects cc Mario Wibowo precast concrete We think you might also like House A by Walter&Walterabc
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Who Are The FRONT 2018 Ambassadors?

Coming to Sydney’s Carriageworks this 9 – 10 August, the inaugural FRONT event provides opportunity for architects, designers, property facilitators and end users to learn and understand key factors necessary to get ahead in today's architecture and design industry. The boutique design event with run across two days of seminars, networking, and exposure to the industry’s best and brightest. Encompassing everything from technology, trends, and the forces that are really driving today’s design industry to more contentious topics of diversity, funding, and procurement, FRONT is an unmissable event for any professional wishing to broaden their horizons. Commenting on the approach, Gavin Harris, Design Director at Futurespace shares, “Design is not done in a silo. The myth of the singular design genius needs to be smashed to pieces. For us to get the best possible outcomes for our clients, we rely on our collaborators and in the commercial sector, that means having relationships with all the different players such as contractors and consultants. The thing that gets me excited about FRONT is the fact it will be bringing everyone together, in a completely new way.”

Meet The Ambassadors

FRONT is not only for professionals across property, construction, and management: it’s by professionals. An advisory panel of industry heavyweights has provided input at every stage of the event planning process to ensure that FRONT delivers content that is engaging, relevant, and – above all – useful for today’s practitioners. This year’s advisory panel also doubles as the first round of ambassadors for FRONT.

James Calder

James Calder is a practitioner, facilitator, author and part-time educator. He has extensive experience across the globe with the world’s pre-eminent organisations and also works to design the next generation of buildings for the Information Age. James Calder announced as FRONT ambassador 2018  

Mia Feasey

2018 Indesign Luminary nominee Mia Feasey is the fierce founder, CEO and creative driving force behind one of APAC’s leading game changers within the interior design industry, Siren Design Group.  

Todd Hammond

Todd Hammond, Director of recently established Hammond Studio, is a quiet force in the Australian interior design community, having held senior leadership roles in national and global architectural practices, and worked on widely-recognised and awarded projects over the past twenty years.  

Gavin Harris

Gavin’s creative skills have been built over years of delivering design services to the world’s best businesses and brands. He has worked throughout Australia and Europe for more than twenty years, designing award-winning products for the likes of Cult, NAU, Designer Rugs and Schiavello.  

Ed Lippmann

Since establishing an independent practice in 1985, Ed has led projects around the world and has taught in schools of architecture. Ed’s work and ideas have been widely published and he has served on design juries for public authorities  

Kirsten Stanisich

Kirsten has been instrumental in establishing SJB Interiors in Sydney and was appointed a director in 2005. Kirsten works across a broad range of sectors and in 2017 was awarded IDEA Interior Designer of the Year. We also included her in a recent story on game-changing women in design.  

The biggest names in Australian commercial design have already thrown their weight behind FRONT. Now it’s your turn. Sign up for updates and get involved with FRONT today.

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Breaking Barriers Between Architecture And The Environment

At first glance, this project presents a compelling street interface with a timber-wrapped façade. A closer look reveals a little tree popping up from the second storey. “People thought it was weeds in the gutter at first,” says architect Andrew Walter of Walter&Walter. Rising resiliently, the little tree is gently softening what the neighbours first coined ‘the house with no windows’, adding intrigue about what lies beyond the anonymous façade of this project in Alphington, Melbourne. This is a house that surprises on many levels. As well as its stunning location at the gateway of parks, reserves, nature trails and the Yarra River, it directly backs onto the rolling hills of Coate Park. It has been designed to open and reveal itself with a restrained simplicity that works hard behind the scenes. Robert and Michaela bought the house in 2009, mesmerised by those rear park views. They had always wished to settle down in the inner suburbs, however with this one they had a lot of work to do: the existing 1940s double brick deceased estate was unliveable and contained nothing architecturally salvageable. “It was on a block that sloped from front to back and side to side,” says Robert. “But then we looked back at the house from the hill, and decided it was a beautiful location for us to raise a family.” For architect, the project offered an opportunity to explore issues that impact the environments and contexts we inhabit every day. For example, Robert and Michaela were passionate about connecting the house to the ground where possible. This led to meticulous thinking around every detail and finish to allow the landscape to feature without distraction. House A Andrew Walter cc Benjamin Hosking kitchen House A Andrew Walter cc Benjamin Hosking dining “This is when you realise that design makes all the difference; thinking something through and resolving it well,” says Robert. Although the house has quite a strong façade, it begins to unravel immediately upon entry, where the silver top ash timber façade offers light-filled glimpses into little courtyards off a central hallway. A courtyard on the left services a guest bedroom wing and Eva’s room (their eight-year-old daughter), while a massive door the length of the hallway slides along to reveal a laundry and study at one end, and a garage at the other. Then, the entire house spreads open seamlessly at the rear. A kitchen, dining and living room each focus on the park view through big deep windows, and there are a further two courtyards on each side of the house at various floor levels and with different landscape treatments. “When all the doors are fully open, it really does feel like you’re outside with only a roof for shelter above, and that’s one of my favourite qualities,” Andrew says. Outside, the sloping block and flood plain are mitigated by a seating deck and cascading steps down to a vegetable garden surrounded by native landscaping. “The steps, decks and landscaping all work together to help the house feel connected to the ground,” he continues. There’s also a semi-permeable back fence and side fencing which neatly precludes dogs playing in the park from running into their garden, without closing off the space entirely. “The house doesn’t turn its back on anyone or anything, which is uncommon for houses in the suburbs,” says Andrew. “There is that openness and generosity towards the neighbours.” Resolving these spaces to expand and contract effortlessly involved a huge amount of detail. House A Andrew Walter cc Benjamin Hosking living staircase As an ex-chef, Robert influenced every area within the kitchen so that the layout would be perfected for their individualised needs and experience of the space. Walter and Michaela guided the tactile experience so the materiality was just right. Cupboards were conceived as objects and furniture, sans handles on drawers. The minimal rear windows were also carefully considered and built by hand. The windows are separated by deep reveals which frame specific views to the parklands beyond. Cleverly, they are not just structural walls, but rather functional spaces. One becomes a space for kitchen storage and one has a pivoting door that conceals the living room entertainment system. The ceiling has the same treatment, bare and uncluttered, with minimal concealed lighting allowing for pendants to feature in the space instead. “It was all about removing a lot of the distractions,” says Andrew. “You’re really trying to control how the landscape integrates with the inside spaces.” But there’s playfulness too. For example, much discussion ensued about the stair remaining open or closed, and at the last minute it was left open, which revealed a nook beneath that Eva now plays in. Upstairs, the master bedroom and bathroom are designed as a parents’ retreat with heroic views over the park. Downstairs, the living area is able to be reconfigured, with various indoor plants that can move around. House A Andrew Walter cc Benjamin Hosking nature “Things are allowed to evolve; openness and blurred edges allow things to move and change over the course of the years,” says Andrew. That’s the joy of this project; it takes you on a journey. Coming in off the main road, the sense of surrounding natural beauty is ever-changing, and that flows through to every nook and niche of the house, enabling the family to live with a connection to the seasons and enhancing the way they cook, work and relax. “That idea flowed through a lot of the architecture as well so there’s moments where you transition from work to home – from every day to your little calm retreat,” says Andrew. “You just feel like you’re going somewhere else.” Walter&Walter walterwalter.com.au Photography by Benjamin Hosking

Dissection Information Solid American Oak floors in a natural oil finish Limestone cut to measure with Lithofin sealer from CDK Stone Barrique bathroom tiles by Cerdomus Tile Studio Custom timber floor grilles and custom timber windows manufactured and finished by Fido Projects Double glazed units by Viridian Glass Custom joinery in kitchen by Orana Designer Kitchens Custom stainless steel benchtops Dekton kitchen island benchtop in Sirius Custom shelving in reclaimed Blackbutt Sustainably sourced rough sawn Silvertop Ash decking CH 25 Easy chair by Hans Wegner CH30 dining chair by Hans Wegner Charles and Ray Eames Oval dining table for Herman Miller Vintage sofa by B&B Italia Freestanding shelving units from USM Outdoor furniture from Tait FLOS Luminator floor lamp, Parentesi suspension light, and String Light in Round from Euroluce TAL, Lumino, Xlux and Multo Luce downlights and recessed LED fittings from Light Project Tonic wall mixer, Fantini Milano shower head, Fantini Mare basin mixer, and Matrix pan from Rogerseller Combair SL Black Glass oven, Combi-Steam XSL Stainless Steel steam oven, warming drawer, and 5 Zone Gas Hob cooktop from V-ZUG Concealed rangehood from Qasair Fully intergrated G 6660 SCVi dishwasher from Miele Double dish bowl sink by Barazza Waste management system from Franke

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Where You Need To Be This 9-10 August And Why

In case you’ve missed it, FRONT is set to be an event unlike any other - this is a boutique commercial design event for architects, designers, property facilitators and end users. If you are someone who stands to benefits from making connections in these disparate but co-dependent industries; seeing the latest products released to market via leading suppliers; soaking up innovative methodologies via seminars and panel discussions; and earning CPD points to further your own practice, you can’t afford not to be there this 9-10 August at Carriageworks, Sydney. Registration for the fully catered, two-day event is completely free right up until the day of – however – if you do so before Sunday 22 July you could win prizes from Living Edge, Designer Rugs, Flos, Herman Miller or Zip Water. As of next week those that pre-register will be able to take advantage of FRONT’s exclusively developed matchmaking technology that gives attendees a 360 view to target exactly the brands and people you want to meet – in advance. If you’re an architect, designer, or design professional you need to be – and be seen – at FRONT. FRONT 9-10 August 2018 Carriageworks, Sydney  

Register now at FRONT.design

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