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Habitus Loves… A Life Lived Outdoors

The Jil Table by Justin Hutchinson from Tait

This best-selling collection is a much-loved Tait Classic. Light on its feet – yet incredibly strong, the Jil Table’s (and Jak Chair’s) wireframe structure gives both chair and table a nimble form and fine-lined profile. Tait Jill Table and Chairs from Tait  

The Rockpool Collection from Dinosaur Designs

The recently launched Rockpool collection from Dinosaur Designs is a celebration of summer and colour, capturing the spirit of a quintessential Australian beach day. The palette and shapes are playful with bursts of swirl coral, storm blue, turquoise and cooling ice pink and peach taking on the forms of treasures found on the seashore. Dinosaur Designs Dinosaur Designs Rockpool Collection Homewares Bowls

Outdoor Grill from Sub-Zero & Wolf

Addressing the challenges of cooking outdoor with precise heat control features, the Outdoor Grill from Sub-Zero & Wolf incorporates quality construction with exceptional performance. With an aesthetic that resembles its indoor counterparts, these Outdoor Grills warrant endless juicy possibilities. Sub-Zero & Wolf Outdoor Grill from Sub-Zero&Wolf  

The Spinnaker 034 Dining Table from DOMO

The Spinnaker 034 Extendable Dining Table is inspired by modern design, which simultaneously highlights the solidity of the material and the lightness of the top. Able to seat up to twelve people comfortably, Spinnaker is a practical solution, ideal for “last minute” invitations. DOMO Spinnaker Dining Table from Domo

Swisspearl Loop Chair by Willy Guhl from Robert Plumb

Dating from 1954, the Loop outdoor chair by Swiss industrial designer Will Guhl quickly became a design classic. Its ribbon-like appearance makes a dashing sculptural form beside a pool but works equally well in a courtyard or private garden nook. Robert Plumb Swisspearl Loop Chair Robert Plumb

The Stones Planters by Vondom from KE-ZU

A series of curvaceous pebble inspired planters that collectively or when used alone imbue any space (indoor or out) with a playful sense of movement. KE-ZU Vondom Stone Pots from Ke-Zu

Outdoor Shade fabrics from Sunbrella

An essential element of the outdoor room is shade and protection from rain. Providing needed shade is what Sunbrella fabrics do best – supplying protection from the elements, comfort in the heat of the summer and undeniable style for over half a century. Sunbrella Sunbrella Outdoor Fabric

Campanone outdoor lighting from Espo Lighting

The outdoor versions of the Campanone lights feature metal parts protected against atmospheric agents with electrolytic galvanising treatment and finishing with a resistant polyester coating. Espo Lighting Campanone Outdoor Lighting Espo Lighting

The Jibe Collection from Bludot

The Jibe collection of outdoor furniture comprises of sectional sofas in various sizes and configurations, a lounge chair and ottoman. The individual pieces feature a beefy anodized aluminium frame, nylon support straps, and antimicrobial foam upholstered in resilient Sunbrella fabric. Bludot Jibe Collection from Bludot abc
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Sunlounge At Sundown With Tait

Designed by Adam Goodrum, a world-renowned industrial designer, Trace Sunlounge is Tait’s latest addition to their sought-after and award-winning collection. A quintessential addition to an effortless summer afternoon, Sunlounge’s organic form is as robust as it is inviting. The backrest, made out of Trace’s signature stainless steel mesh, easily tilts to offer three supported posture levels for ultimate comfort. When lowered entirely, Sunlounge transforms into the perfect daybed for poolside indulgence. Ideal for residences (and resorts), Trace Sunlounge utilises high-performance materials that are resilient to weather, sun, and chlorine. Its aluminium framework is non-corrosive and incorporates laser-cut drainage holes for aided evaporation. The plump upholstery contains three tiers of reticulated foam, varying in densities to ensure a rapid drying time. Additionally, Sunlounge’s bespoke timber wheels include a rubberised outside trim to ensure smooth movement and consistent functionality. Synonymous with Tait’s offering, the Sunlounge is designed and manufactured with exceptional quality, durability and longevity. In line with becoming a more sustainably aware studio, Tait also offers the option to refurbish products once it is at the end of its lifespan. Trace’s outdoors lifestyle series now also encompasses an armchair, sofa, modular sofa, coffee table, drinks trolley, planter and Sunlounge. Available in Tait showrooms and dealers, Sunlounge also comes as in hardwearing, UV textured powder-coat hues that include Headland, Deep Ocean, Surfmist and Nightsky. Upholstery can also be specified in a range of premium exterior-grade fabrics. See more of Tait on the Habitus Collection Photography by Haydn Cattach Trace Sunlounge Tait Adam Goodrum sunlounge Trace Sunlounge Tait Adam Goodrum top view poolside We also think you might like Habitus Loves To Loungeabc
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Tonkao Panin On Habitus House Of The Year

While Thailand is represented by its well-defined cultural traditions, Bangkok, by contrast, is known for its diverse and almost indescribable socio-cultural conditions. This simply makes it an ideal site for architectural possibilities. Constraints and opportunities go hand in hand, creating architectural solutions that are both versatile and specific. Habitus House of the Year, I believe, showcases a similar dialogue among carefully selected houses within the region. It explores different ways of thinking and approaching architecture that could lead to a creative uncommon ground in architectural practice. Three homes from Bangkok are featured: Architect Boonlert Hemvijitraphan’s design of a residence for renowned landscape architect Attaporn Kobkongsanti’s family; Architects Patchara Wongboonsin and Ornnicha Duriyaprapan’s own home; and Patama Roonrakwit’s newly built family compound that houses three generations. These three houses, though they differ in their stylistic appearances, similarly address the notion of lightness and flexible territorial demarcation, thus always remind the inhabitants of both the places and activities they engage in. These residences were conceived from a close connection between inner demands and outer context, creating a unified whole that belongs to both the owner and the place it is situated. Yet Bangkok is only a small part of its region. That the entire region is equally represented is important because, for the past two decades, architecture has encountered many challenges. Faced with global environmental crisis, striving to save and protect our environment has become a common goal in all professional arenas. But many architectural questions are still left unanswered. Various ways of thinking and practicing have emerged and shaped the way architects see buildings. One of our many aims is thus to uncover the various types of balance within the dynamism of architectural practice and to bring forth the question of balance. Balance is a means to understand different directions or approaches that are being critically practiced today. The balance we find in Habitus House of the Year represents both the theoretical inquiry and the critical practice that partake in the potential of architectural design to draw from the past and the present towards the future.abc
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A “Social House” Marks The Debut Of Ray Dinh Architecture

Ray Dinh’s first solo architecture project provides a retreat for a Melbourne-based family and valuable lessons for Ray and his eponymous studio Ray Dinh Architecture. “First Lessons House is an attempt to get the basics right, and to create a house that responds to its context and the owners’ daily habits,” says Ray. “The owners envisioned the house becoming a central meeting point to be shared and borrowed by extended family and friends. A place for retreat, barbeques and celebrations of all sorts.” Overlooking the Portsea Lagoon and Wildlife Reserve on Mornington Peninsula, the house sits at the back corner of the site amongst myrtle and tea trees, retaining as much outdoor space as possible and the existing bush character of the landscape. Its low L-shape opens up to the garden and views of the lagoon while taking advantage of the northern sun, tree canopy shade and prevailing winds. First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts back of house and exterior decking The open-plan living, dining and kitchen has large sliding glass doors, offering an uninterrupted view and seamless transition to the garden. The deck extends the living space outside with a timber-grained concrete fireplace and barbeque enclosure. “From spring to autumn, most dinners are outside, while cool nights are spent beside the comfort of the fire, watching the tea tree brush spark up the flames and listening to the calls of the nature reserve birds,” Ray describes. The parents’ bedroom is adjacent to the living area, with four bedrooms in the second wing which culminates with the rumpus room at the far end. “Located far from the parents, it encourages mischief and separation from the main living space and has views to the lagoon,” says Ray. The robust and earthy material palette of charred blackbutt, concrete and corrugated iron complements the natural landscape and light. Windows above the sliding glass doors have charred timber battens to filter the northern sun, while the winter sun warms the concrete floor, creating a favoured spot for the cat to lie. First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts open kitchen island “This project was a huge learning curve for me,” says Ray. “Being the first project of a young architect, gaining and maintaining trust was the biggest lesson. The initial relationship was a good start, but the informal setting of our meetings – basically conversations and sketches over dinners – helped to develop this trust.” Meeting the client brief and budget and seeing how happy the owners are with the final outcome has also been very gratifying for Ray. “It has already hosted family Christmas dinner, New Years’ sit-down dinner for 45 people, their son’s 12th birthday party and many family weekend get-togethers. It’s a social house, where the inhabitants can counterbalance their urban lives with the pace and beauty of the lagoon-side landscape.” Ray Dinh Architecture raydinharchitecture.com Photography by Peter Bennetts Dissection Information Fridge and Freezer From Fisher & Paykel Ovens and Cooktop from VZug Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Dryer from Miele Cemento Tiles from Kronos Steel Fireplace Insert by Jetmaster BBQ from Beefmaster Corrugated Metal Roofing from Colorbond Aluminium Doors and Windows from AWS Charred Timber Cladding and Battens from Eco Timber Bathroom Vanity and Mirrors from Disegno Casa First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts indoor outdoor First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts dining area First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts open living space and set up First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts living space and fireplace First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts main bedroom First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts pool First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts outdoor First Lessons House Ray Dinh Architecture cc Peter Bennetts Exterior Courtyard We think you might also like Gable House by Sheri Habi Architectsabc
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NOMOS watches join The Hour Glass

For those in the know, NOMOS watches, with their sleek designs and beautifully decorated in-house movements, are beloved collector’s items. A practical timepiece that speaks to a luxurious idea and suggests their owner has a passion for design, quality, and longevity. NOMOS has developed a close-knit following amongst designers and creative individuals – and thanks to The Hour Glass, these watches are available in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The Glashütte Style

NOMOS was founded in Glashütte, a few short months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The heart of Germany’s watchmaking community, only companies that create at least 50% of a watch’s calibre in in the area of Glashütte are allowed to label their timepieces with the exclusive and famous Glashütte watches moniker. NOMOS Glashütte goes beyond this, making up to 95% of each movement in house – truly earning it the much-adored label.

The NOMOS Aesthetic

Not all German design is Bauhaus, and NOMOS isn’t either – not in the literal sense. Design and production of the legendarily precise and beautiful watches is carried out according to the century old and honours principles of the Deutscher Werkbund movement. Standing for the ‘German Association of Craftsmen’, the movement was founded by a collective of artists, architects, designers and industrialists with the goal of honouring and promote German design on a global platform. With Mies Van der Rohe serving as the Architectural Director of the Deutscher Werkbund. The spirit of this association lives on in each NOMOS timepiece – integral to the design philosophy and ethos of the company. Good design combined with hand craftsmanship and cutting edge technology are what makes NOMOS watches both beautiful and highly precise.

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Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date Midnight Blue Inspired by the shining moon and stars, the superluminova on this watch is as practical as it is functional. The elongated date window and the flowing curve of the dial are entirely new to the design. [gallery ids="82966,82967,82968"] Metro Date Power Reserve Metro date power reserve, designed by Mark Braun, is young and sophisticated, yet Glashütte through and through. The power reserve indicator doesn’t only remind wearers when to wind the watch, it is also one of the design features. [gallery ids="82969,82970,82971"] Ludwig 33 Champagne This timepiece was made by hand, in the watchmaking equivalent of the Champagne region, and so wears a champagne shade on its dial. [gallery ids="82972,82973,82974"] The Hour Glass can be found at… Sydney 142 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Melbourne 257 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Brisbane Shop 3, 171 Edward Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 Phone: 1300 468 745abc
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Yann Follain Is Designing For The People

"The most important element in design is the people. We design for the people,” says architect Yann Follain, co-founder of WY-TO. With offices in Singapore and Paris, WY-TO works across a large variety and scale of projects from exhibitions, installations and interior design up to cultural, public, residential and mixed-use developments. But despite the size or typology of the project, the focus remains firmly on designing for the end user to improve their daily experience and quality of life. “Good design is not necessarily spectacular. You see what is big and loud, but often you have understated projects that are truly and sincerely changing the lives of people. And this is design you don’t see,” says Yann.

Yann established WY-TO in Singapore in 2010 and opened WY-TO in Paris in 2011 with co-founder Pauline Gandry. The pair met while studying at the prestigious National School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville, and while they joined different architecture practices after graduation, they also collaborated on small-scale interior design projects. In 2009, Yann moved to Singapore to work for studioMilou on National Gallery Singapore, laying the foundation for the future of WY-TO.

Yann Follain WY-TO Design Home front house courtyard

South East Asia not only provided a dynamic environment for Yann to explore different areas of architecture, but development in the region spurred the rapid growth of the practice. Museum and exhibition design was a flourishing field and Yann quickly established WY-TO as specialists. From his first exhibition design project, Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal at ArtScience Museum in Singapore, WY-TO has since designed the permanent collection exhibition at National Gallery Singapore and is working on museum projects in India and Indonesia.

While the studio and the scale of projects grow, WY-TO continues to work on smaller interior design projects, refurbishing and building homes and apartments. “Doing interior design projects, you learn about the way people live, their culture, their habits,” Yann says. He designs spaces specifically focused on usage, and to connect with the outdoors despite the high-density living and hot, humid climate. “We live under the tropics, so you need to be able to open the windows – that’s what I promote. To open the windows, the door, to feel the wind, to smell the rain, to feel the heat. That connects you to your environment,” says Yann. It’s certainly the way he likes to live, with lush green gardens at the front and back of his terrace apartment – his “cabinet of curiosities”, as he calls it – and doors and windows wide open at each end.

Yann Follain WY-TO Design Home Yann organisation shoes

Understanding and designing for how people live on a small scale help WY-TO develop projects at a large scale. Yann describes this as an “inside-out phenomenon”. In high-rise towers, mixed-use developments or school campuses, WY-TO designs the single unit – an apartment, office or classroom – based on usage, views, light and ventilation, while at the same time developing the building or environment to consider the full user experience and passive solar principles, screening from the hot sun and opening to prevailing windows: “People’s wellbeing and comfort is paramount.”

This emphasis on designing for people is evident in WY-TO’s self-initiated humanitarian and community engagement projects. “It is a way of giving back and contributing to the people who are most in need and deserving of a better living environment,” says Yann. WY-TO’s first project, Living Shelter for Disaster Relief, exhibited at Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016. The flat-pack capsule can be shipped and easily assembled to provide emergency accommodation for people experiencing natural disasters in tropical environments. Mobile Lotus, for which WY-TO was shortlisted in The Influencer category of the 2018 INDE.Awards is a floating platform that provides an infrastructure hub to support the communities living on Tonlé Sap Lake in Cambodia. These projects demonstrate WY-TO’s core philosophy that design must serve a cause and respond to genuine, human needs.

Yann Follain WY-TO Design Home kitchen

In 2016, Yann received a Europe 40 Under 40 award from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, being recognised as an important and promising emerging young architect. He continues to prove and build on that reputation, designing buildings and spaces to improve the quality of life for everyday people. “Being an architect is not being a star,” he says. “Being an architect is helping to change the world.”

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Photography by Khoo Guo Jie Yann Follain WY-TO Design Home dining area Yann Follain WY-TO Design Home frames photographs and ornaments Yann Follain WY-TO Design Home Portrait We also think you might like to read about Airbnb Head Designer Alex Schleifer abc
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Queenslander Vibes With A Touch Of California Cool

Designed for the subtropical climate, Queensland’s vernacular architecture has an easy, breezy unpretentious style suited to the Sunshine State’s laidback lifestyle. Woods Bagot has taken the vernacular style – the distinctive Queenslander – as inspiration for the redevelopment of The Ville Resort-Casino in Townsville, creating a welcoming, sought-after venue for tourists and locals alike. The existing nine-storey hotel built in the 1980s had little connection to the water. Woods Bagot updated the property to take connect with the scenery, climate, water and views, redeveloping the 194 guest rooms and combining an events space, pool, five restaurants and nightspot into one integrated offering. Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff pavillion exterior Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff pavillion and courtyard “Our design was inspired by the natural and historic qualities of Townsville,” says Wade Little, Woods Bagot principal and global hotel sector leader. “The intention was to create a lush pleasure garden using unpretentious forms and materials to respect the laidback atmosphere and vernacular architecture of Townsville.” The Queenslander style also complements the mid-century aesthetic of the existing hotel. The sprawling layout of the resort takes advantage of the abundant sunshine and offers areas of shade. Interior and exterior spaces frame large-scale views of the water, while more intimate, small-scale moments connect guests to nature and greenery. Broad verandahs, brise-soleil walls and awnings are characteristic of the Queenslander, and timber and stone sourced locally where possible. Woods Bagot reimagined and repeated the circular motif of the original hotel throughout the resort: in the landscape, ceiling, floors, stairs, awnings and graphics. Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff outdoor seating area Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff outdoor seats The restaurants and bars take their design cues from the coastal location with blue-and-white stripe fabrics, cane furniture and summery colours. The venues face onto the pool and garden with views of Magnetic Island. Designed in collaboration with Daniel Baffsky of 360 Degrees Landscape Architect, the landscaped lawns and timber decking surround an elevated infinity pool with a swim-up bar, with palm trees adding to the tropical holiday vibe. The guest rooms evoke a mid-century California spirit with leaf-print carpets, retro-cool furnishings and a clean palette of crisp white, calming grey and luxurious emerald green that echoes the tropical location. “We have created a destination that is wholly connected to what makes the area beautiful, capturing breathtaking views of the ocean and framing the surrounding greenery,” says Wade. “It’s incredibly gratifying to hear from locals that the resort is not only welcome, but a fully-embraced part of the community that offers quality services that were missing from the town’s offering.” Woods Bagot woodsbagot.com Dubois (interiors) dubois.com.au Photography by Simon Shiff Dissection Information Dining chairs and stools from Lincoln Brooks Fermob Kintbury chair from Café Culture Dining tables from Café Culture Outdoor lounge chairs and occasional tables from Lincoln Brooks Sunlounger and side table from Ledge Lounger Ocean sunshade and visor sun lounger from Café Culture Outdoor lawn chair from Feelgood Designs Sun umbrella from Basil Bangs Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff Bar Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff Buffet Restaurant Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff dining area Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff poolside cafe Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff poolside seating Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff walkway pool Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff poolside pavillion Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff pool Ville Resort Casino Woods Bagot cc Simon Shiff signage We think you might also like Full Circle Café by X+Oabc
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Doherty Design Studio On Achieving A Statement Kitchen

What are the current trends for dramatic kitchens? And how do material and colour palettes come in to play? Mardi Doherty, director of Doherty Design Studio sheds some light on how a strong material palette, unexpected finishes, and fine detailing are key to achieving a statement kitchen. Leanne Amodeo: What elements are important in creating a statement kitchen? Mardi Doherty: The kitchen’s position within the house is a key consideration. We’re always thinking of the big picture when designing kitchens and thinking of how they fit with the rest of the home; the geometry, lighting and natural light, as well as the scale of the house itself. The kitchen’s surrounding spaces are important and so is working out what the essence of the house is and how we can embellish that through the kitchen’s joinery. What’s driving the current trend for a dramatic or statement kitchen? There’s been a gradual shift from kitchens looking like kitchens to kitchens now looking like beautiful pieces of bespoke joinery. The idea is that kitchens are considered just as beautiful as a walk-in robe or feature joinery element. A lot of suppliers are also designing appliances that are integrated, so exposed fridges and ovens are gradually being replaced with hidden ones and we’re seeing this continuation of streamlined joinery, where the kitchen doesn’t necessarily look like a kitchen any more.
Elwood Residence by Doherty Design Studio
What was the concept behind the kitchen in Elwood Residence? We wanted to use the material palette to create a really simple scheme that was monochromatic yet quite dramatic. The drama of this kitchen lies with its materiality and so we wrapped the island’s stone benchtop towards the floor. But rather than connect with the ground like a traditional waterfall edge, we kept the stone floating and continued the flooring up the island bench instead. There’s a real play on geometry and form that places a dynamic and sculptural element at the heart of this kitchen. How did you arrive at the material palette for Beechworth Residence’s kitchen? This home was supposed to be a temporary residence for the clients while they built the main house on their holiday property. They had a local draughtsperson draw up the plans and after we got involved they told us about their time spent living in Japan and how they go back there every year. We spoke of the simplicity of Japanese living and the idea of a small footprint and how in Japan there’s an emphasis on quality rather than quantity. So we integrated these ideas into our design to better reflect a Japanese lifestyle. The kitchen features a lot of handmade elements, including the Japanese tiles and poured concrete benchtops, and where possible we tried to use local materials. The most interesting thing about this project is that the clients are now so happy with the outcome that they’re not going to build the other house anymore.
Beechworth Residence by Doherty Design Studio
Do you have strengths as a practice that are particularly useful when designing a statement kitchen? We’re always thinking about that sense of drama in a space and we make sure to choose our moments. Generally, our palette is quite pared back and refined, however, we’ll add a pop of colour or a material that will stand out. We always consider the addition of some sort of visual drama to every space we design. What is the next big trend in kitchen design? I think this idea of the kitchen as a seamless extension of the rest of the home’s joinery, rather than some isolated, utilitarian workplace, will continue to grow. And I also think designers are going to push the notion of the dramatic kitchen much further. Doherty Design Studio dohertydesignstudio.com.au Photography by Derek Swalwell We think you might also like the Top 4 Kitchens from Habitus House of the Yearabc
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A Taiwanese House By C.H.I Design Studio Lives Amidst The Rice Fields

Symbiosis, the term, is defined as a close connection between different types of organisms that live in close proximity with mutual benefits. In Architecture, symbiosis is how the built environment intersects with the cultural heritage and future space of an area. It was the culmination of these ideas that led to Symbiotic House – a residence that preserves the identity of Taiwan’s regional culture, the uniqueness of the site and the symbolic sanctity of its occupants. Located in Yilan, in north-east Taiwan, Symbiotic House sits in the centre of verdant rice fields, surrounded by high mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang open plan living Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang open dining and kitchen Drawing design inspiration from the old Taiwanese proverb of “one step, one footprint”, C.H.I Design Studio approached the project in a natural and unprocessed manner. Much like how traditional Taiwanese farmers know that crops will flourish and thrive naturally with patience, the spirit of the design stems from this concept of patient harvesting. With the intention of exploring characteristics of the site and translating that into design, the C.H.I Design Studio team ensured that the nature-loving occupants experience impressive scenery as the seasons change. Thanks to generous skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows, the residents can enjoy the picturesque landscape while the house embraces light, shade and shadow – creating a space that blurs boundaries between the inside and out. Embodying a literal footprint to re-emphasise the ancient saying, the spatial layout of the house is unenclosed. The open-plan living space features neutral colours that perfectly harmonise with the scenery surrounding the home. Adhering to nature-inspired design, the walls of Symbiotic House are made from rice, straw and local diatomaceous earth – a naturally occurring soft rock that turns into white powder. Additionally, terrazzo tiling was locally sourced and specified as internal flooring in order to accentuate the relationship between the built and natural environment even further. Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang kitchen Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang kitchen splashback details As far as design awards and award-winning projects go, Symbiotic House by C.H.I Design Studio differs starkly from the rest. Using traditional construction methods married with new design visions, the design team created an inspired house with a notably reduced ecological footprint. For this reason and its success in melding the interior and exterior, Symbiotic House was recently awarded the 2018 Golden Pin Design Award for Design Mark. Established in 1981, Taiwan’s Golden Pin Design Award is one of the most influential design awards in the global Huaren (Chinese) community. Although each award category targets a different demographic, the purpose of each is to commend standing innovation in design. And as Symbiotic House shows, sometimes the most inspired innovation requires a look to our surroundings and the past. C.H.I Design Studio chidesignresearch.com Golden Pin Design Award goldenpin.org Photography by Ivan Chuang Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang recreational room Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang balustrade details Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang skylight attic recreational room Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang Views Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang green wall bedroom Symbiotic House C.H.I Design Studio CC Ivan Chuang main bathroom bathtub We think you might also like Pattern, Texture And Colour In Bathroom Tile Trendsabc
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Chatting With Karen McCartney Ahead Of DESIGN Canberra’s Enrico Taglietti Symposium

Enrico Taglietti’s contribution to Australian architecture is difficult to overstate. His thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place have helped to shape Australia’s national capital, which is why in 2018, DESIGN Canberra is hosting the Enrico Taglietti Symposium. Speaking at the symposium is author, editor and all around architecture expert Karen McCartney. HabitusLiving spoke with karen ahead of the symposium to discuss what makes Enrico Taglietti such a fascinating subject. HabitusLiving: What is special about Enrico Taglietti’s role in Australia, and Canberra’s, architectural history? Karen McCartney: Taglietti felt that to be a modern architect it was necessary, ‘to sever oneself totally from the past in order to ask questions as though nothing existed before’. It was a radical move given his life in Milan, which was not only steeped in history, but was also at the forefront of technological advances and architectural experimentation. He embraced the very unformed, even embryonic nature of Canberra in the 1950s and he has been a tremendous influence in shaping the aesthetic of public and private buildings alike for the past 60 years. Why do you think Taglietti’s designs have stood the test of time? Taglietti has always followed his own architectural path and his unique vision has created work that is timeless and enduring. There is a certain exuberance of form in his work, which is always married with an intelligent use of space to facilitate the functional. Why is now the right time to re-evaluate his work in the symposium? Taglietti was awarded the RAIA Gold medal in 2007 and so if anything it is well overdue. It is, however, an inspired initiative of DESIGN Canberra Festival to shine a spotlight on his work and create a forum for discussion and renewed appreciation. In the broader community some buildings, such as Flynn Primary School, have been threatened with demolition and this creates discussion about the contribution he has made to the city. I also hear a new generation of architects referencing the impact of his work on their own – there is a wonderful, enduring legacy. How has Taglietti influenced your own practice or appreciation of architecture? Taglietti’s most inspiring attribute – rather like David Attenborough – is an ability to maintain a constant curiosity late into life. His daughter, Tanja, admits to years of coming home from school never quite sure of what she might find – a new void here, an experiment or an alteration there. A new workroom in his own home, off the main living space, was only built a couple of years ago. It is a functional addition lined in hoop pine ply, the geometric window openings framing views of nature, with raw and artisanal desking imparting the experimental vibe of a young architect rather than someone in his ninth decade. This, married with strong opinions, a formidable intellect and acute sense of humour make him a role model for a lifetime of passionate engagement with architecture.  Do you have a favourite Taglietti design or trademark idea? One of his greatest preoccupations is the impact of light and shadow on a space. He is an advocate of architect Louis Khan’s sentiment, ‘The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building’. Taglietti’s phenomenal contribution to the architecture of Australia is predominantly about the manipulation of form – his buildings such as the Dickson Library (1968) and the Australian War Memorial Annex (1974) - are assured, sculptural and emotive - the result of his love of how concrete can be expressively shaped. What else are you personally looking forward to in DESIGN Canberra Festival 2018? I am taking part in the bus tour Enrico Taglietti and the ‘Invisible City’ and I am also doing a talk about my new book ‘The Alchemy of Things: Interiors Shaped by Curious Minds’ which features Taglietti’s home – the first time it has been featured in a publication.
The Enrico Taglietti Symposium takes place Friday, November 16 at the James O Fairfax Theatre. The event is sure to be a sell out highlight on a calendar of highlights for DESIGN Canberra 2018, so if you're interested, get those tickets now!inabc
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Redesigning The Modern Kitchen

Observational studies and research show that the 20th century separation between the kitchen, dining and living areas has progressively been broken down. This is clear in any modern home where the kitchen has evolved to become a space where a wider range of day-to-day tasks and activities takes place. In answer to this, Fisher & Paykel has designed a suite of appliances that can be distributed throughout the kitchen to support different patterns of use. With this, designers and design lovers alike can fully configure and customize their kitchens to perfectly suit the way they work and live.

What if we designed a kitchen around the way we cook?

The modern kitchen is as much about socialising or relaxing as it is cooking or preparing food. For Fisher & Paykel this led to the development of the concept of the distributed kitchen. Essentially, this means separating the basic components of a kitchen, which in turn allows for more flexibility and easy movement within the space. For example, the savvy designer might install a CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawer for drinks near the dining table, and perhaps a DishDrawer™ dishwasher for crockery by the sink, with another one for glasses by the bar.

The Cazadero A-frame

Design-savvy couple Daniel and Brit Epperson redesigned the small, awkward kitchen of their rustic cabin in the woods to better cater to their particular needs and lifestyle. The result is a charming, unconventional design, with two ovens and two separate CoolDrawers in places of a single refrigerator. This designer couple created warmth and intimacy with a striking, minimal all-black kitchen set into a soaring space painted all white. Set among mature redwoods on the bank of the Austin Creek in Cazadero, the cabin is nestled amongst a small, former logging community in western Sonoma County, CA. The timber A-frame cabin is a classic of its kind, combining a small footprint with high, sloping ceilings and large internal spaces. “The redwoods are both wonderful and terrible, because they’re so majestic but they block out the sun,” says Daniel, who is a design director with bicoastal studio Rapt. “The cabin is also built out of redwood timber, which is very porous, so over the years it had soaked up the smell of smoke, dog, and who knows what else from along the Bohemian Highway.” Brit, who founded the architectural studio PLOW, opened up the rear wall of the cabin, which overlooks the deck and river, with large areas of asymmetric glazing to bring in more light. The couple then repainted the entire interior white, effectively creating a blank canvas to bounce the light off. “Having this brilliant white box in the woods allowed us to maximize the effect of any sunlight we could bring in,” says Daniel. “So that became the shell within which we were working, and we could play with contrasts or soft tones of color.”

The Kitchen

Though still modest in size, the kitchen was originally only half its present size. An awkward partition under the mezzanine created an internal hallway to the bathroom along its inner wall, which the couple quickly removed. Structurally, the kitchen was built out of Ikea cabinets that Brit and Daniel hacked by using the framed box and building their own custom front and side panels faced with Valchromat, a recycled engineered wood product. The metal they chose for the visible surfaces within the kitchen was both an economic decision and an aesthetic one, says Daniel. “We wanted to find an inexpensive way of doing a really terrific kitchen. The metal, which is a cold-rolled sheet of blackened steel, is a unique material that will develop a patina over time, but also be super durable, and again very cost effective.” After the dark colour, the most immediately noticeable difference between this and a traditional kitchen is the lack of a standing fridge and the addition of two wall-mounted ovens, a conscious decision on the part of the designers. Being primarily the spot of a weekend away, the appliances are distributed around the kitchen for flexibility. The use of the two separate CoolDrawers™ under the counter in different spots in place of one fridge is a unique and arresting design choice. Wine can be chilled, or weekend food can be stored, while the two ovens allow Daniel and Brit to, for example, bake bread and roast meat at the same time. “It just works really well for us,” says Daniel. “Our counter space is at a premium, and we just didn’t need a giant refrigerator. This way, we can have the L-shaped counter. That was a very strategic decision. It doesn’t need to be more than what it is.” And then, there’s the table. A weighty, sculptural piece made of blush-coloured Rojo Alicante marble, at first glance it could easily be mistaken for part of a contemporary collection from a Bay Area design studio. In fact, it’s another inexpensive kitchen hack. “I bought it off Craigslist for $200,” laughs Daniel. “It was really a diamond in the rough. Originally it was a rectangle shape, in a weird, 90s, Italian kind of style, covered in a thick, resin-like finish that made it look almost orange.” Fisher & Paykel fisherpaykel.com/au abc
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Ricci Bloch Architecture + Interiors

riccibloch.com.au Architect Ricci Bloch only established her eponymous studio in 2016 and has already built a notable portfolio of quietly sophisticated projects. The small practice’s residential work is particularly memorable for capturing a quintessentially Sydney aesthetic that’s bright and breezy, effortless and elegant. Natural light floods interiors, material and colour palettes are tastefully pared back and the connection between inside and outside is always strong. Ricci and her team eschew superfluous detail for clean lines and sharp angles and in delivering their characteristically minimalist style, reveal a knack for making even the most compact of spaces function super efficiently. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="82280,82282"] [gallery columns="4" size="medium" ids="82281,82283,82284,82285"]

Sharp House, Dover Heights Photography by Tom Ferguson


Ritz & Ghougassian

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Highbury Grove House, Prahran Photography by Tom Blachford


Ha Architecture, Product and Environment

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The Kensington Cathedral, Kensington Photography by Dan Hocking

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Yarra Edge’s Apartment, Docklands Photography by Dan Hocking



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Three Piece House, Newcastle Photography by Ben Hosking


Zuzana and Nicholas

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Norman Park House, Norman Park Photography by Toby Scott

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