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A Kitchen System Made Specifically For You

Cantilever Interiors is a design-focused kitchen manufacturing company that is committed to developing long-lasting solutions made-to-order from its workshop in Brunswick East, Melbourne. With a continuous focus on quality and design integrity, the company’s success since 2006 derives from a wealth of knowledge, exceptional skill in furniture design and cabinetry. Each kitchen system – whether K1, K2, or K3 - is based solely on the end-user, to certify that developed solutions meet project and client requirements. Designed based on a set of cabinetry and hardware solution, each K2 system is built to the exact millimetre. With an emphasis on ergonomics, K2’s hardware incorporates lift-up doors and pantry systems that swing out in a user-friendly manner. K2 Kitchen System Cantilever Colin Hopkins Bette Poulakas CC Martina Gemmola kitchen island bench Without compromising on style, K2 is a rounded system that is applicable in any fluidly designed interior. Adding a touch of ‘modern comfort’ through customisable features with clean and minimalistic aesthetics, the curated palette of K2 is flexible enough to fit into various environments. A human-centric, user-centred design approach that fits with the design requirements of any project, Cantilever’s offering increases the longevity of the kitchen system through its robust approach. The quality of materials used also increase product lifespan, certifying that it is not only durable but also easy to maintain. K2 Kitchen System Cantilever Colin Hopkins Bette Poulakas CC Martina Gemmola Bette and Ruth Kitchen exhaust

Within a larger renovation by architect Colin Hopkins, the K2 Kitchen was utilised for the four by five-metre kitchen layout in the home of a professional chef. It’s a unique project that balances influences from both an industrial and residential point of view, that on first impression resembles a commercial kitchen layout, separated into three galleys.

The finishes that characterise this kitchen are a combination of veneer with a water-based finish, two-pack paint fronts, a marble benchtop with classic Cantilever open-mitred box and a Carrara marble benchtop. The solid timber handles run the entire length of the veneer doors and accentuate their presence. These visual cues mirror the rest of the house, seamlessly integrating the architectural language of a classic redbrick Victorian House. 

With the resident heavily involved in the project, the architectural collaboration between Colin Hopkins and Cantilever culminates as a fluid home, with a natural flow of light, balanced in colour and material palette with a touch of luscious greenery. Ultimately, the design solution is a dedicated space to create memorable food experiences in a newly designed, comfortable and inviting kitchen.

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5 Outdoor Oasis’ From Habitus House Of The Year

Artists' Retreat by Palinda Kannangara Architects

Sri Lanka
Photography by Sebastian Posingis
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DRA House by d-associates

Indonesia
Photography by Mario Wibowo
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DRA House

 

Kaset Nawamin by POAR

Thailand
Photography Patchara Wongboosin
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Kaset Nawamin

 

Point Wells House by Paterson Architecture Collective + Steven Lloyd Architecture

New Zealand
Photography by David Straight
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Rabbit Residence by BOONdesign

Thailand
Photography by Wison Tungthunya
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A Slice Of Italy On The Streets Of Melbourne

There aren’t a lot of things Italy’s ancient city of Rome shares with Australia’s contemporary cultural hotspot Melbourne, however, a passion for design, food and culture certainly tops a small list. Local design studio Biasol have used these shared passions as the basis for the design of a new restaurant – appropriately located on Little Collins Street. The century-old building in which the new casual dining restaurant, Pentolina, is situated alludes perfectly to the history of Rome and traditional pasta making. A respectful renovation of this building sees hand-rendered concrete walls that mirror the stone façades of historic Roman laneways. Pentolina Biasol cc Jack Lovel shop front signage main entrance Pentolina Biasol cc Jack Lovel bar seating detial Inside, the interior architecture and layout have been configured in such a way that evokes old-school Italian pasta bars in the inner city – identified by Biasol in the research and development stages. As an example, a double-curved counter with bar stools spans the length of the restaurant providing the central feature of the space. “The counter unifies the key functions of the restaurant – bar, cookline, pasta making and dining – and in true Italian fashion brings guests together to engage with each other and the staff,” says the founder of the multi-award winning design studio, Jean-Pierre Biasol. Overhead, the curves of this bar are mirrored in the bespoke and inbuilt shelving in one of many efforts to ensure consistency in the project realisation. Pentolina Biasol cc Jack Lovel signage and lighting detail Pentolina Biasol cc Jack Lovel main dining seating arranagement Materiality and colour have just as important a role in ensuring the project meets the brief. Deep burgundy – a shade thought to incite food cravings – colours the bar stools and ceiling; a rose-hued marble bar is reminiscent of the pink granite of ancient Rome; Terrazzo floors draw speak to a long-standing sixteenth-century Italy formal design vernacular; and scalloped Tasmanian oak lines the bar front providing a warmth to quite a formal space respective to the casual-cool flux of Melbourne restaurants. “The brand identity infuses Pentolina with a sense of place. The freehand typography is inspired by handmade pasta and the Italian expression ‘facciamo la scarpetta’ – the ritual of mopping up delicious pasta sauce with fresh bread,” concludes Jean-Pierre. Biasol biasol.com.au Photography by Jack Lovel Pentolina Biasol cc Jack Lovel bar seating window Pentolina Biasol cc Jack Lovel track lighting industrial Pentolina Biasol cc Jack Lovel restaurant branding We think you might also like Pinkie by Biasolabc
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The Perfect Venue For The Habitus House Of The Year Judging

This year, in the boardroom of Stylecraft Sydney on level 24 of 100 William Street, Woolloomooloo, the hand-selected jury of the inaugural Habitus House of the Year initiative (Howard Tanner, Karen McCartney, Narelle Yabuka, Neil Burley and Raj Nandan) gathered for the first time in person. Joined by myself, editor of Habitus, and founding editor Paul McGillick, and a spokesperson from each of the Major Sponsors – StylecraftHOME, Sub Zero Wolf, and Zip Water – the team was tasked with finalising their judging duties in identifying their overall Habitus House of Year, and two projects that exhibited Outstanding Integration of Environment, and Outstanding Interior Architecture respectively. Amongst beautifully designed, innovative furniture and uninterrupted views north and west of Sydney, the inaugural selection of residential projects across the Indo-Pacfic was in highly designed good company. Following a unanimous conclusion to the judging and the finalisation of the jury’s comments, the Habitus House of the Year collective was invited to reconvene on the ground floor on 100 William Street at the StylecraftHOME showroom for a well-deserved long lunch hosted by the StylecraftHOME team, catered by Cook & Waiter, and joined by selected members of the local architecture and design community. Habitus couldn’t be prouder to have StylecraftHOME as a Major Sponsor for Habitus House of the Year. Furthermore, we’d like to sincerely thank the team for hosting us for the Habitus House of the Year Judging Day. StylecraftHOME stylecrafthome.com.au Photography by Derek Bogart [gallery type="rectangular" size="medium" columns="4" ids="82134,82135,82136,82137,82138,82139,82140,82141,82142,82143,82144,82145,82146,82147,82148,82149,82150,82151,82152,82153,82154,82155,82156,82157,82158,82159,82160,82161,82162,82163,82164,82165,82166,82167,82168,82169,82170,82171,82172,82173,82174,82175,82176,82177,82178,82179,82180,82181,82182,82183,82184,82185,82186,82187,82188,82189,82190,82191,82192,82194,82195,82196,82197,82198"]abc
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An Australian Beach House In Canada

“The brief was simple: a casual beach house in the ‘city’ with the opportunity for outdoor living,” explains Matthew McLeod of Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses, in reference to G’day House, a home designed for an Australian family based in West Vancouver. The clients, who yearned for an Australian beach lifestyle, desired the obvious advantages of indoor-outdoor living, including the social benefits that result from a more “open” house. Whilst temperate climates in Canada engender indoor-outdoor living half of the year, lower daytime temperatures led the architects to push the functionality of the outdoor spaces into the evening hours and shoulder seasons through the use of protective walls and external heating elements like fireplaces and fire pits. “Apart from the feeling of living in these outdoor spaces, there is a social benefit of creating a house that can be more open than closed,” he adds. “The clients were used to a culture of the “drop-in” – friends and neighbours coming by to visit and socialise with no pre-existing arrangements. Friends can drive or walk by the house and immediately tell if our clients are home, what they are up to, and whether it is a good time for a visit.” GDay House Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses cc Ema Peter open plan house indoor outdoor GDay House Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses cc Ema Peter corridor entrance From a planning perspective, the house responds to an extremely steep site, where the ground drops dramatically from the street to the laneway over four storeys. “The challenge on this kind of site is to maintain significant connections to the ground,” explains Matthew. Remarkably, the G'day house achieves at-grade connections in two significant ways, creating a seamless living, atypical of steep gradient sites. The team achieved this by shifting the whole upper floor programme (living kitchen, dining) to one side of the site and connecting the front yard to the terraces on the rear of the house, in the form of an enclosed courtyard, a reflecting pond and outdoor cooking area. In addition, ramped terrain engenders on-grade, easy access from the master bedroom to a series of gardens that lead down to the lowest level of the house. Adding to the drama, entry to the house has been resolved as a causeway that is the result of a deep cut away to the floor below, paired with a reflecting pond on the other. “The pond allows a subtle separation but visual connection between what might be termed the front-yard/entry from the rear (South-facing) terraces without introducing a more intrusive or obvious barrier,” adds Matthew. “The positioning of the pond directly against the house also allows us to create an unusual relationship between the house and the ground, making the corner of the house appear to float.” Additionally, all the primary living spaces, located on the upper floor, benefit from remarkable views and a high level of privacy. GDay House Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses cc Ema Peter kitchen and breakfast bench The deep cut that extends its way into the belly of the house has also created the opportunity for substantial glazing on the middle level, on what described by Matthew, would normally be the “buried” side of the house. Additionally, the stair, located in the opening, draws light into the lowest level of the house and basement below. The middle floor contains the bedrooms including the master suite with a “larger-than-normal” master bath and connection to a small terrace with an in-ground hot tub. “The clients wanted to create the kinds of moody experiences they had enjoyed staying in hotels and resorts when travelling,” says Matthew. In addition, the grades around the terrace and hot tub have been manipulated to allow walking access from this level of the house to the basement floor, which houses a guest suite, entertainment room and sewing room. GDay House Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses cc Ema Peter living space and fire place The material palette refers to what Matthew describes as “a beach house vocabulary of simple and durable materials”. “The warm and rustic qualities of wood was something the clients associated with that kind of house,” he explains. “We were able to tie the exterior and interior surfaces of the house by using a treated/stained Accoya wood on the exterior and a similarly coloured bleached oak flooring used on both floors and millwork at the interior. The balance of the interior materials include concrete, natural black basalt stone tile and white drywall.” Eschewing an all-too-common single-family housing approach in Vancouver that can be driven by generic approaches to living, paired with low-quality construction, Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses have created a house that challenges the status quo. “This is a house that is both a good fit for the specific needs of its occupants and constructed from robust materials,” Matthew explains. “A house that is both of these things stands the best chance of being valued and providing a long service life . . . our best chance at some kind of sustainability.“ The latter is achieved through the use and integration of high-performance commercial glazing, a heat recovery ventilation system exterior materials which provide long-term performance with minimal maintenance. 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The Eye-Catching Sharpness of N_Elle Benches

Italian designed with contemporary homes in mind, N_Elle has bold lines that define its eye-catching design. It stands out for the 45-degree edges of its doors, worktops and end supporting panels. An original idea that produces an unusual visual effect: the thicknesses of the materials seem to disappear, creating the impression of great seamless definition. Available in marble, laminate, lacquer, structured lacquer and wood veneer, N_Elle’s development is noteworthy for the inclusion of a 45-degree door, available to be clad in either marble or man-made ceramic materials. In addition, stone material is cladded on all panels, side and front. This creates the benchtop’s unique monolith look. Not just a pretty face, N_Elle notably includes a Forest Stewardship Council® mark, indicating that the wood used to manufacture the product comes from forests that are properly managed in compliance with strict environmental, social and economical standards. The source forest has been independently controlled and assessed in compliance with the forest stewardship principles and criteria established and approved by the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC is a non­profit international association that includes amongst its members environmental protection and social groups as well as industries involved in the initial working, transformation and commercialisation of wood that collaborate to improve forest stewardship throughout the world. For over forty years, Italy’s Cesar has shown enthusiasm, dedication and determination for the art and science of design. Since founding in 1969 in Pramaggiore, near Venice, the company has gradually grown and evolved into its current, internationally renowned brand. The secret behind this success is Cesar’s passion for quality, design and research. N_Elle is the next step in this story of fine Italian design – available locally for interested Australian design lovers through thinkdzine. thinkdzine thinkdzine.com.au abc
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Space Efficient Design Solutions That Are Wall-Mountable

#1 Strap Modular Shelving System

Put all that dead vertical space to good use with a flexible shelving solution like the Strap Modular Shelving System by Bolia. While the tracks on this system are fixed, the oak shelves are entirely adjustable with sturdy leather straps, allowing you to customise it to your needs. Kühl Home kuhlhome.com Storage axis storage

#2 Note desk

Even the tiniest of homes can fit in a study desk… on the wall. Get a load of the Note desk designed by Peter J. Lassen for Montana. A multi-functional piece, the Note is a simple yet ingenious wall-mounted piece that can be used as a study desk, a coffee station, a bar or display unit. Available in a whopping 42 lacquer colours. Danish Design danishdesignco.com.sg Wallhung Storage montana note

#3 Mini Stacked Storage

If there’s one thing small homes love, it’s versatility. Consider this wall-mounted storage system that’s clean-lined, elegant and all kinds of versatile. The Mini Stacked Storage by Muuto is a perfect fit for smaller spaces such as hallways and bathrooms. Available in several subtle colours, group these cubes on the wall to create an installation of sorts that’s both functional and stunning. Grafunkt grafunkt.com [gallery size="full" columns="2" ids="81313,81316"]

#4 Stove chair

What if you could hang up your furniture on the wall when you’re not using it? Precisely the question designer Gabriel Tan asked himself before designing the Stove – a tiny three-legged chair with a short backrest that can be hung up on wooden pegs like a sculptural piece. Lightweight, it’s perhaps one of the most comfortable small seaters for adults that gives the lower back just enough support. Blå Station blastation.com Wallhung Storage hanging chair peg   We also think you might like How To Maximise Vertical Space In Loft Apartments abc
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The Spanish Design Of Stua Comes Home, StylecraftHOME

Uniquely European with a dedication to honouring Spanish design, Stua’s timeless pieces are suitable for both residential and commercial environments. Available in Australia through StylecraftHOME, the Stua collections of chairs, tables, stools, storage, lounge and outdoor furniture are the perfect way to add a flourish of European style to any space. “Good design is not only about beautiful shapes. It always has to be clever in the solution of functional questions,” says Stua founder Jesus Gasca. StylecraftHOME has a selection of favourites and new pieces from the Forever New concept presented at Salone del Mobile in Milan in early 2018.

Libera Armchair

Launching in early 2019, the visual character of Libera comes from its timber frame, where the legs are connected with the arms in a fluid way. Using contemporary technology in the design process, the timber surfaces are tactile and organic. The result is an armchair with a resounding silhouette and a great ergonomic profile.   [gallery columns="4" ids="81413,81414,81415,81416"]

Gas Swivel Chair

Following in the footsteps of the original Gas chair design, Jesus Gasca designed the complimentary Gas swivel chair. The swivel chair has an exclusive base, which has been developed to match the frame design. Naturally cushioning the body, the comfort of the Gas swivel chair is immediate from the first sit, featuring extraordinary lumbar support.   [gallery columns="4" ids="81417,81418,81419,81420"]

Costura Lounge

“Costura” refers to the noble tradition of tailoring that has guided the upholstery design process of Spain. Stua brings this tradition back, working with artisans, to create a piece of upholstery that is like a suit that covers the innovative internal structure. The result is the Costura – one lounge available in endless configurations.   [gallery columns="4" ids="81421,81424,81423,81422"]

Laclasica

A timber chair that takes traditional aesthetics and translates them into a pure & contemporary design, Lasclasica is a Stua favourite. Manufactured with timber, the chair is curved like the human body and mimics its shape to convey its sensuality and cosiness. When Mother Nature and modern technology are combined, the resulting chair is an exercise in sensual and fluid design.   [gallery columns="4" ids="81425,81426,81427,81428"] StylecraftHOME stylecraft.com.auabc
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An Insight On The World’s Most Critical Problem: Climate Change

As the entire world works towards achieving the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, Australia has been ranked fourth-last in the world, according to The Climate Change Performance Index. Despite the nation’s wealth of natural and economic resources, Australia is underperforming. 193 members of the UN General Assembly agreed upon 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in September 2015, during a historic UN Summit. “We’ve lost decades of action and squandered opportunities for an economic adaptation that would have preserved a decent quality of life for future Australians,” says Dr Paul Read, Research Fellow at Monash University and a member of Melbourne’s Sustainable Society. Thankfully, large-scale corporate initiatives, standout sustainability ambassadors and a groundswell of grassroots activists are accepting of the transformation and have committed to take up the cause. In this regard, now in its fourth year of production, Insight by The Office Space is a business talk series that brings together innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders to explore burgeoning topics, revealing their secret to success under monthly themes. With a focus on Sustainable Solutions, this month’s talk series features three outstanding sustainability crusaders making waves for a better future. Vogue’s sustainability editor, Clare Press, is a sustainable fashion crusader, podcaster for Wardrobe Crisis, and author of a new book about activism, Rise & Resist, How To Change The World ; Rodd Simpson, an Inaugural Environment Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, and Associate Professor of Architecture, Design and Planning at UTS and University of Sydney; CEO and Founder of Ozharvest, Ronni Kahn is an international food waste speaker, United Nations Environment Partner, and member of the Federal Government’s National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee. Traversing all aspects of business across disciplines of design, film, innovation, technology, finance and marketing, Insight has previously featured speakers such as Susie Porter, Del Kathryn Barton, Vince Frost, Jan Chapman and Counsellor Jess Scully. Book here to hear from climate changemakers at The Office Space. Insight is hosted on Tuesday 30th October The Office Space officespace.com.au
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Celebrating Snaidero – Italian Kitchen Excellence Down Under

Unveiled and launched in October 2018, the impressive new Snaidero flagship showroom in Sydney’s Redfern is a local window into the world of Italy’s most beautiful designer kitchens, and some of the Sydney design community’s best and brightest were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the showroom in a launch gala event in early October. Designed by Greg Natale to reflect Snaidero’s strong Italian heritage and expertise across kitchen design, the showroom has been curated to showcase and represent the brand's signature collections, versatile solutions and hundreds of potential bespoke design configurations. The showroom floor itself showcases eight varied and inspiring designer kitchens, including Habitus Living favourite Ola 25 – conceived by the iconic Italian engineer and industrial designer for Ferrari, Paolo Pininfarina. This breathtaking kitchen is the centrepiece of the showroom, presented alongside a curated selection of Snaidero’s broader kitchen collaborations with a number of Italy’s acclaimed designers. “The inclusion of Paolo’s design is incredibly important to the Snaidero space,” says Sydney CEO Robert Migliorino “Paolo is an intrinsic component of Snaidero’s history in kitchen design and so it’s important that we showcase this locally. We’re incredibly excited to bring Snaidero designs to Sydney and the principles of ‘kitchens for life’ to Australia.” The company’s focus on technological innovation has resulted in exclusive, innovative finishes and kitchen designs that we cannot wait to see in Australian homes. Snaidero snaiderosydney.com [gallery columns="4" ids="81926,81927,81928,81929,81930,81931,81932,81933,81934,81935,81936,81937,81938,81939,81940,81941,81942,81943,81944,81945,81946,81947,81948,81949,81950,81951,81952,81953,81954,81955,81956"]abc
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How HouseLab Revolutionises Home Management And Handovers

HouseLab has been created to serve as your one stop shop for storing any and all sensitive information related to home ownership and design. From warranties, manuals, plans, permits, paint colours and key contact details – everything is kept safe, ready to accessed whenever needed. Storing all important information in one secure cloud server eliminates the need for sharing documents across multiple applications like Dropbox, Excel, Google Docs, email, text messages etc, and setting up an account for personal users is completely free. HouseLab allows homeowners and professionals to:
  • Hand over a digital set of keys, creating a record of a home that stores information in meaningful, easy-to-access ways
  • Store and tag documents and products quickly anytime, anywhere via the web app
  • Create reminders and expenses to help manage a home
  • Use the defect module to make recording and remediating issues simple and transparent
  • Duplicate templates to create multi-residential projects quickly
  • Keep a digital archive of projects
  • Manage and maintain a home beyond handover
  • Access advice that helps demystify the renovation/building process
HouseLab is the result of research that saw the creator speaking with over 100 industry professionals. The consensus was that house handovers cost on average between $500 and $2000 per project. These costs are compounded by the fact that there often significant administrative costs that appear throughout post-occupancy. Too often, new home owners were frustrated by their inability to solve seemingly simple issues like operating their oven or how to use their alarm code, and construction managers or real estate agents were being taken away from their day-to-day job to resolve the issues. Since launching in late 2017, HouseLab has been devoted to assisting the handover of numerous single and multi-residential projects, including the iconic and award-winning Nightingale 1 development. Nightingale was looking for a sensible and sustainable approach to handing over 20 apartments. Nightingale’s ethos revolves around well-designed, sustainable and community-led building for owner-occupiers. This approach sat perfectly with HouseLab and reflects the belief that engagement with residents is one that extends beyond simply moving in. With Houselab, Nightingale residents have access to information on every product, fixture, fitting and surface detail in their home. In addition, the new homeowners were able to manage the defect process via the platform, allowing the architects, builders and residents to work within a centralised hub. It improved transparency, communication and, most importantly, trust. This is how communities are built, and what made Houselab a logical partner for Nightingale. Even the body corporate managers were included in the process, so when the management rights transferred to them, they too had access to all critical building information, further enhancing the transition process. Following on from the success of Nightingale, HouseLab is now working closely with one of Australia’s largest volume homebuilders in Porter Davis. Removing what was a cumbersome, print focused and inefficient process that created unnecessary back and forth post-handover communication with their customers, HouseLab’s new central cloud based location is used to store and access all information related to the new home, from warranty information to appliance instruction manuals. For home-owners, a personal account is completely free and allows users to take control of their renovation, tidy that messy kitchen drawer of manuals, warranties, receipts and other paperwork and then maintain the home easily. Good design is all about making life easier. HouseLab is making waves in the design and residential communities precisely because of this. Free for personal use or available for a one time fee of $100 (plus GST) for professionals, HouseLab is a smart, simple and elegant solution to handovers that improves the customer experience and reduces the cost of doing business. HouseLab houselab.com.au
Nightingale 1 in Brunswick by Breathe Architecture – Photograph by Peter Clarke
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Branding The Entire Interior Experience

With the motto of ‘inspiring the world through interior design’, Nydia Orlatta, Cindy Jane and Robert Loa, the Indonesian trio of designers behind IOOR Studio, come equipped with an unbridled enthusiasm and an aim to provide a creative platform for other young designers to develop a passion for interior design. In a country like Indonesia, where the infrastructure to provide support for creative professions as a career path is still under development, IOOR Studio is setting a strong example, leading not only with a creative but also entrepreneurial savvy that sets a strong foundation for the studio’s designers and interns and palpable presence for its clients. “Design is so wide, creative and limitless, but the way we do brainstorming is the most important thing,” says Nydia Orlatta, creative director of IOOR Studio. “We are in the service industry where we must have a great understanding about the consumers – our clients. Thus, first thing is first for IOOR Studio: our clients’ brand identity, needs and wants.” [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="81601,81603"]
Kyouchii Café, Indonesia
Indeed, brand identity as part of the design philosophy is at the forefront of IOOR Studio’s design thinking: the trio’s projects take a holistic and personalised approach to its roster of commercial spaces, allowing each brand’s ethos to be reinterpreted through interior design. “To bravely create a fresh concept” is Nydia’s way to differentiate from competition and make a design concept last longer than a trend. This approach is evident in IOOR Studio’s design solutions for its diverse roster of clients who turn to the studio expecting not a pre-prescribed design aesthetic but rather a holistic and unique response that encapsulates their brand. Such is the case for the studio’s recently completed Panbakers Two – a rustic café where sincere and earnest service is at the heart of its business and where accent design details and furnishings, such as a variety of in-house designed bespoke tables, drive the brand’s message. Similarly, the recently completed Ardent coffee hideout is an embodiment of a greenhouse turned inside out, projecting a vaguely traditional Japanese aesthetic reinterpreted with a contemporary twist. [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="81597,81599"]
Ardent Coffee, Indonesia
Not adhering to a specific style, IOOR Studio is setting sights to become a strong lead in the industry by catering to the client’s identity when crafting each experience. “Our aim is always to design spaces with a whole understanding of both interior design and branding and we always ask ourselves how to interpret the client’s brand identity and personality through interior design,” says Nydia. IOOR Studio ioorstudio.com Photography courtesy IOOR Studio
Ioor Studio Panbakers outdoor seating
Ioor Studio Panbakers interior seating Panbakers, Indonesia
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