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Poesia Glass Bricks in Arctic Cyrstal from Austral Bricks

Habitus Loves... Solid Surfaces Austral Bricks With a natural, polished or frosted finish that emits light and projects true brightness in all environments, the Poesia Glass Bricks from Austral Bricks are made from solid poured glass. The Poesia range includes a crystal clear shade, an aquamarine blue, a deep sapphire blue and bright amber. Austral Bricks  

Polished Concrete Overlay by Covet

Habitus Loves... Solid Surfaces Covet Concrete Polished Overlay Covet’s Polished Concrete Overlay is the only 10mm real concrete overlay available in the market and no epoxies or resins are used. Created with 100% real portland cement, our overlay showcases the natural tonal variation and strength of real concrete. Covet  

Dekton by Cosentino

Habitus Loves... Solid Surfaces Cosentino Dekton Dekton has a number of properties that make it unique for indoor applications, but also, thanks to its resistance to the sun’s rays, it is perfect for outdoor surfaces, making it the versatile material par excellence. Cosentino  

Hui Terrazzo Basin by BENTU from Remodern

Habitus Loves... Solid Surfaces Hui Terrazzo Basin Recycled stone and ceramic chips are set in an Ultra-High Performance Concrete, cast in specifically engineered moulds and finely machined to create a refined, smooth finish. With a simple round geometric form, Hui Terrazzo relies on exquisite craftsmanship. Remodern  

Collecta Coffee Table from VELA

Characterised by large pieces of inlaid Terrazzo marble, the Collecta coffee tables resemble polka dots. Designed by Alberto Bellamoli, an Italian industrial designer, the table features a white base with green marble spots. VELA  

Arte Terrazzo Table from Jardan

Habitus Loves... Solid Surfaces Jardan Drawing inspiration from stone-like forms, Arte possesses a distinctly sculptured profile. Defined by its geometric top and intricate leg detail, there is a size and shape for any space. Jardan  

Resin Riverstone Butter Plate from Dinosaur Designs

Habitus Loves... Solid Surfaces dinosuar designs Handmade in resin, this Riverstone Butter Plate with a burgundy swirl is strong and durable. Available in three other colours; Forest, Riverstone and Snow, it will surely add a pop of colour into your kitchen. Dinosaur Designs  

Topus Concrete from Caesarstone

Habitus Loves... Solid Surfaces Caesarstone Topus Concrete Inspired by topological strata, with mineral foundations that are found in nature, the Topus Concrete by Caesarstone has a neutral blush undertone that makes it an ideal selection for use with neutral or off-white walls. Caesarstone  

Rise by WonderGlass from Living Edge

Habitus Loves... Solid Surfaces Wonderglass Living Edge Rise focuses on the organic shapes of water bubbles and the refraction of light. Designed by Yoshimoto, Rise challenges the complex way light transmits and reflects inside different materials, resulting in a mesmerising visual effect. Living Edgeabc
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Mindmapping Milan

Indesign Media’s Milan In Review nights have taken various forms over the last few years. After last year’s trip around the city in 80 slides, this year we tested our grey matter with an exercise in thematic mindmapping. The world’s week of weeks for design is about far more than furniture and lighting these days. But what should we take away from it given its enormous and ever-expanding scope? Analysing the offerings of Milan Design Week in terms of themes that encapsulate the major currents at play in design – this was our way of making sense of things, and opening up a dialogue about the developments and directions that all of us in the design industry should keep front of mind. Guest panellists Priscilla Lui and Timo Wong (Co-Founders of Studio Juju) teamed up with Holly Cunneen (Editor, Habitus and Habitusliving.com) and host by Narelle Yabuka, (Editor, Indesignlive.sg and Cubes, and Asia Co-Editor of Habitus) to investigate the major themes of Milan Design Week 2019 – and what they mean for everyday design practice. Our analysis of the week’s offerings – from the halls of the Salone del Mobile to the Triennale di Milano to the city’s showrooms and the very soil on which they sit – led us to a collection of thematic terms that we investigated over the course of an hour at Xtra (Marina Square) on the evening of Thursday 16 May 2019. We tracked the tendency toward optimisation through brand acquisitions – such as the coming together of multiple brands under the Herman Miller umbrella, and the union of B&B Italia, FLOS and Louis Poulsen as a new entity called ‘Design Holding’. This trend will optimise market reach for the brands, as well as ease of specification for designers. And it may well affect retail habits, said the panel. Optimisation also appeared in some impressively malleable lighting systems from FLOS, which, on top of offering flexibility to meet the needs of any space, can also be packed extremely efficiently for shipping thanks to their soft materiality. It emerged too in the reduced output of some brands that preferred to tweak existing products for better performance or contemporaneity rather than push out expansive catalogues of the new. (And isn’t that a sustainable thing to do!) A discussion of the prominence of history in furniture re-issues from a good number of brands led us easily into the theme of handcrafting and the human touch. Brands ranging from Loewe to Herman Miller to Vitra showed how they value simplicity through pared-back installations or deliberately lo-fi products. The reassuring backdrop of narrative and the presence of human hands in the production process was a striking counterpoint to the ever-intensifying infiltration of technology in our lives. The ultimate antithesis to speed and excess was Typologie’s Fuorisalone exhibition focused purely on the development over time of the simple wine bottle and cork. Its presentation on simple plywood plinths in a white-painted room could not have been more pared back. Simplicity was dominant in a number of – almost reductionist – solid wood furniture pieces presented at the Salone. Compositions of deliberately simple shapes (Kettal’s Band chair), knock-down items (Taut table from Zeitraum), and stools made with the minimum of technology (Mattiazzi’s CUGINO) were all evidence of a tendency to keep things simple. Simplicity and sustainability often go hand-in-hand, and this emerged in the fairly scant emphasis on sustainable design among the brands exhibiting at the Salone. Stalwarts of sustainable design such as Emeco are well placed to continue this important trajectory (the 70-per-cent rPET On & On chair being a great example); but for others, the journey toward sustainability is more of a challenge. Kartell is giving sustainability a good go with a new bioplastic edition of its Componibili of 1967 (although according to some sources, the actual sustainability of bioplastic is still somewhat in question due to the vast amount of farmland needed to produce it). In other cases, designers are taking the lead – for example, Stefan Diez, whose Costume sofa for Magis is a bright light in the development of less resource-intensive construction approaches for an item that’s typically very poorly recycled. Outside the fairground, sustainability concerns seemed stronger. Rossana Orlandi challenged the “abuse and misuse of plastic” with an international design competition and an exhibition of recycled plastic products by some of the design industry’s biggest names. And Carlo Ratti Associati with Eni grew ‘proof of concept’ for vegetal structures with The Circular Garden – an architectural structure grown from the soil with mushrooms (or more specifically, mycelium – the fibrous root of mushrooms). It was returned to the soil after a month – a beautiful union of humans and nature. Anxiety-inducing issues such as rising sea levels and declining insect populations were behind some fascinating presentations at Ventura Future. But the epicentre of both the distress and the spectrum of possibility tied to the ‘natural world’ was the Triennale’s headline exhibition Broken Nature. In a vast and at times confounding display, curator Paola Antonelli pushed for a deeper conception of our relationship with other species, a longer perception of time, and an expansion of design into every realm of human activity. Amidst this pervasive state of anxiousness, it was not surprising that technology companies – and others – promoted softness and emotional resonance with installations that brought human experience and engagement to the fore. But the week also presented cold hard analysis of new realities such as the Design Academy Eindhoven’s GEO-DESIGN exhibition of projects about Alibaba. These investigated the online platform’s capacity as a powerful new agent in the design process. Our discussion concluded with a web of connections drawn between our key themes. But what does it all mean for designers? For one thing, design can be interpreted in many ways. But also, the more linear development of design that dominated in the past has been surpassed by an explosion of influence today. As Lui summarised, “We’re in an age when anything can be an influence, and anything you do may not be wrong. Before the internet, designers were probably most influenced by their culture and context… These days we have so many more things to consider. For designers, it’s about knowing where we are and which influences we want to hold on to.” All the more reason to keep abreast of the offerings of Milan Design Week, and be vigilant about positioning and repositioning oneself in the currents and tides. The relevance of the designer depends on it.

Special thanks to Xtra for hosting Milan In Review for the fourth year running, and to Kith café for fuelling our thematic investigation.


Event photography by Mark Lee.

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Something Blue Arrives In Sydney: Tiffany & Co.’s New Store

Since 1837, there has not been a more recognised jewellery brand than Tiffany & Co. Initially possessing an American-style aesthetic mixed with a sense of Victorian opulence, Tiffany & Co. quickly transformed into the world’s most sought-after symbol of true love.

The Sydney flagship is one of 10 major flagships worldwide and is of great international importance to the brand. Designed by Richard Moore, Tiffany & Co.’s Divisional Vice President of store design and Creative Visual Merchandising, the 1800 square metres of retail space marks the pinnacle of the new Tiffany shopping experience. Constructed over two levels and comprising of luxurious private salons, window and ceiling heights that afford maximum natural light, a gallery foyer and a dramatic façade, this store redefines retail.

Tiffany & Co. Sydney Richard Moore foyer Bespoke white marble walls frame each entry, demarcated by panels of Tiffany & Co.’s signature amazonite stone. The grand staircase with a digital interactive backdrop leads customers to the main salon on the upper level. Here, where the six-metre-high ceilings are fitted with skylights, an abundance of natural light showers onto the exclusive Tiffany diamonds. “There is no better environment to look at a Tiffany diamond than one with an abundance of natural light,” says Richard, “so maximising that was a big part of the design brief.” Having studied theatre design, Richard creates a narrative that resonates directly with customers. From the exterior façade, where the custom wheat leaf pattern is a moulding taken from New York City flagship store to the window display at the entrance that boasts Tiffany and Co.’s commitment to Australia’s coral reef conservation, Richard has broken the formal design barrier that is often associated with jewellery stores.

The Sydney flagship is one of 10 major flagships worldwide and is of great international importance to the brand.

Tiffany & Co. Sydney Richard Moore In terms of how this store is designed for the Australian audience, Richard has a huge affinity with Australia, so much so that he explains how this is one of his favourite places to visit. “Australians have a really good sense of style, particularly in interiors and architecture. Having just spent some time in Sydney, I’ve noticed that it has a great presence and ability to tell fantastic local stories. And it does so in a way that people around the world can understand and respect.” Similar to the way Richard involved local artists for the New York flagship store towards the end of 2018, both up and coming and established artists such as Lisa Cahill, Anna Wili Highfield, Gemma O’Brien and Aboriginal artist Charlotte Phillipus combined the concepts informed by the Australian landscape and Sydney’s skyline with reference to Tiffany & Co. Responsible for the way people perceive the store, Richard deliberately opted for an open floor plan with a discovery zone located at the entrance. The entry point of the Tiffany & Co. store, therefore, transforms into a place where the brand can tell important stories and showcase world-renowned pieces like the 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond recently worn by Lady Gaga. Tiffany & Co. Sydney Richard Moore display “Although we have a global design standard across the Tiffany & Co. brand, our flagship stores allow us to deviate a little bit from that,” Richard explains. “This building [in Sydney] gave us a blank canvas and enabled us to create something unique. It is a big store so it required a lot of spatial programming to drive the business for Tiffany & Co.” “The Australian store represents the latest and greatest for Tiffany & Co.” Richard concludes. Truly marking an evolution of retail spaces, Sydney’s flagship breaks barriers and possesses a sense of fluidity and discovery that gives all passers-by something to dream about. The Tiffany & Co. store is located at 175 Pitt St, Sydney. Tiffany & Co. tiffany.com.au Photography by Tim Kindler from Paperhouse Tiffany & Co. Sydney Richard Moore Tiffany & Co. Sydney Richard Moore Tiffany & Co. Sydney Richard Moore art Tiffany & Co. Sydney Richard Moore Tiffany & Co. Sydney Richard Moore We also think you might like Inspirational and Influential Design By The Stella Collectiveabc
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From A Dysfunctional Townhouse To A Well-Ordered Home That Sparks Joy

A thoughtful, considered design can simply and efficiently transform a space and the lives of the people who live there. That’s certainly the case at what Downie North has affectionately dubbed Kondo Condo. Named for tidying-up guru Marie Kondo, it radiates the sense of calm and beauty that comes from a well-organised space. Kondo Condo is home to a couple who love entertaining but were restricted by their space. They live in a two-storey townhouse developed in the early 1990s, and despite an adequate footprint, it was poorly laid out with constricted or excessive spaces that were dysfunctional and uncomfortable either way. The couple approached Downie North to redesign their kitchen, however, it quickly became clear that a broader scope was needed as the clients discussed their daily routines and use of the space. “Architecture should elevate the every day, and one’s life should be enabled by the space you occupy, not inhibited,” says Daniel North. Kondo Condo Downie North CC Felipe Neves dining kitchen bench While the project had size constraints and budget limitations, Downie North took an economical, minimal and efficient approach with emphasis placed on maximising functionality and the perceived sense of space. Downie North spent time analysing the elements the clients needed to be accommodated; identifying their ideal functions and modes of habitation; and devising the most efficient way to accommodate this. “In creating a place for everything, there is a clear expression and celebration of the every day,” says Catherine Downie. “However, the experience is one of beauty and peace borne from an appreciation of a well-ordered space.” Kondo Condo Downie North CC Felipe Neves living and kitchen open plan This consideration of the clients’ daily habits led to the redesign of the kitchen, dining and living spaces. Downie North removed a central wall that divided the floor plan and reoriented the kitchen across the width of the room. A new sculptural kitchen island fronts the dining table and lounge and has a tapered end propped on a slim column. This open-plan space now connects to courtyards on both sides of the house for light, views and cross ventilation, and helping the 50-square-metre space feel larger than it is. The simplicity and warmth of the palette – birch plywood and white-lacquered joinery – allows the everyday objects and daily activities of cooking, eating and conversing to become the focal point of the space. Sliding joinery doors conceal a walk-in pantry, toilet and new larger laundry behind the kitchen. The television and storage are likewise concealed behind white polyurethane panels along the opposite wall next to the dining and living areas. Kondo Condo Downie North CC Felipe Neves kitchen bench details material structure “The project is an excellent example of how a poorly designed developer box can be transformed into a home that will last for generations,” says Daniel. And into a home that sparks joy. “We were really chuffed to hear from our clients that they no longer wanted to go out, but really enjoyed just being at home, entertaining,” Catherine says. Downie North downienorth.com Photography by Felipe Neves Dissection Information Circular island stainless steel rangehood from Smeg TinkB Sink Mixer in Matte Black pullout from Abey Ice Snow benchtop from Caesarstone Coco Pendant in White Matte from CocoFlip Partridge bar stools from DesignByThem Kondo Condo Downie North CC Felipe Neves cabinet details Kondo Condo Downie North CC Felipe Neves details We think you might also like Boneca Apartment by Brad Swartz Architectsabc
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GrigioLusso: Where Luxury Meets Passion In The Kitchen

Designed to showcase the latest design trends from Italy, the sleek new oven, cooktop and cooker collection from ILVE is here to wow Australian design lovers. The GrigioLusso Serie lives up to its Grey Luxury name, with seductive lines finished in refined tones of grey, ideal for any modern kitchen design. The new GrigioLusso Serie sees six models of built in oven from 60cm through to 76cm and the massive 90cm option. These ovens are not simply eye-catching and minimalist wonders though, with pyrolytic, combination steam and microwave oven optional inclusions, these are designed to service the contemporary kitchen as well as the contemporary style lover. The class leading ovens also feature TFT touch screens with smart control panels with a unique ‘CHEF-assist’ mode, hosting over 35 preset recipe modes and up to 100 saved ‘personalised’ recipes. The GrigioLusso range also includes three models of luxurious grey glass gas cooktops – each featuring an all newly designed iteration of the already renowned ILVE brass burners and statement matt black control knobs. Finishing the new oven range is the classic 90cm ILVE pro-line freestanding cooker, which has only been made more stunning with the use of GrigioLusso tones. This is complemented with a new design dramatic Matt black surface & cooktop burners with new design trivets. Finally there is even a new GrigioLusso island range hood to ensure your passion for grey is fulfilled. As the kitchen continues to evolve in function, design and aesthetics, so must our appliances. The many appliances in the ILVE range are a part of this evolution. Natural tones, matte surfaces and timbers are swiftly becoming the chic choice for the kitchen and the integration of grey tones from ILVE brings luxury on trend. GrigioLusso grigiolusso.com.au abc
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A Tailored Kitchen System For Modern Australia: Tableau

Differing from the three previous Kitchen Systems by Cantilever that were designed internally, Tableau is the first Kitchen System range that was a result of collaborating with designers outside of the brand. Melbourne-based architect and interior design studio, DesignOffice were the ideal designers for the Tableau range because of the studio’s unique approach on conceptual kitchen design. The relationship between Cantilever and DesignOffice started when the two were tasked to design a kitchen system for a multi-residential project. Tableau Kitchen System Cantilever DesignOffice Through materiality, detail and colour, DesignOffice devised Tableau alongside Cantilever to be perceived as a series of versatile components that work both separately and together to meet a whole range of design solutions. Straying away from the myriad of architectural kitchen typologies, the Tableau Kitchen System is designed based on four main components that have been divided as core and complementary elements; The Bench, Block, Shelf and Store. Tableau Kitchen System Cantilever DesignOffice In this context, the Block is a tall component that can either be freestanding or connected to the Bench or a wall. Considered as a ‘core’ element of Tableau, the Block can house primary food and appliance storage. Boasting a similar level of flexibility, the Bench is a counter-height solution that can transform into a workspace, breakfast bar or meeting space. Bench offers both flexibility and function with its integrated appliances, soft-close drawers and essential waste systems. As kitchens require ample storage, Tableau’s Store provides cupboards with an added element of elegant simplicity. As a fixed component, Store can also house overhead range hoods if required. On the other hand, Shelf is an independent wall-mounted shelving system that is available in five different colour-ways and sizes. Providing both slim-line storage and display, it has a modern silhouette that completes the Tableau Kitchen System. Tableau Kitchen System Cantilever DesignOffice As a handcrafted Kitchen System, Tableau is ideal for terraces, apartments, and residential or multi-residential interiors because of its versatility. Cantilever cantileverinteriors.com DesignOffice designoffice.com.au abc
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A New Way To Achieve A Genuine Brick Look: Avante

The Avante brick walling system is perfect for both new construction and re-cladding across the commercial, residential and multi-residential projects and can be used both internally and externally. It is particularly suited to retail and hospitality projects, giving architects and designers the means and flexibility to achieve the natural beauty of real brick and create stunning and truly unique interior spaces or facades. Without the weight, space, and other limitations faced in modern day construction and fit outs using real brick, Avante represents a new way forward for the industry by PGH Bricks & Pavers. Avante PGH Bricks & Pavers WhiteWall Australian made, Avante is a lock-in rail system that is lightweight and has the flexibility and versatility to accommodate for heights, shapes and the conditions that architects, builders and residents come up against on a project. The system can be used to complement traditional brick, or used on elements of a project where full brick just cannot be accommodated. Genuine PGH Brick facings are fixed mechanically to galvanised steel rails, mounted in horizontal rows onto a vertical support system. The brick facings are then ‘clipped’ into place and mortar added. The system allows for both standard and linear brick heights (76mm or 50mm), giving plenty of scope for design. The mechanical ‘clipping’ feature ensures a high strength wall that enables some adjustment of brick facing position during installation. Avante PGH Bricks & Pavers Tribeca Available in the full range of bricks that PGH Bricks & Pavers has on offer, there is a huge selection of textures, styles and colours to choose from. Avante is versatile and can be used with a wide range of substructures, including concrete, timber frame, structural steel, lightweight steel frames, masonry and structurally insulated panels. The Avante brick walling system from PGH Bricks & Pavers offers a new simple, fast and flexible way forward to achieve a genuine brick look. PGH Bricks & Pavers  pghbricks.com.au Avante PGH Bricks & Pavers Multiresidential We think you might also like Rebirth of Retail: An In-Depth Look At The INDE.Awards Shortlistabc
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Inside The Home Of SLOWHOUSE Founder, Bella Koh

This rented 2,000sqft walk-up apartment in Bukit Timah is home to social media influencer and SLOWHOUSE founder Bella Koh, her husband designer/lecturer Terence Yeung, and their three-year-old daughter, Alessandra. Bella shares that the family decided to make the move from their apartment in Tiong Bahru Singapore so as to give their daughter more room to run around. “She’s a hyperactive kid and the layout of our old place was a bit too narrow for her needs. My husband and I also wanted her to be close to nature,” she says. SLOWHOUSE Bella Koh Singapore CC Wong Weiliang open plan living This four-bedroom apartment was perfect for what they were looking for. Bella shares that they were drawn to the “the space, the living experience, the greenery and the architectural presence of the place.” In this home, designer furniture from brands such as Poltrona Frau and Cappellini sit comfortably alongside budget-friendly furnishings. The kitchen cabinetry, for example, is a custom piece featuring IKEA cabinets and a concrete work surface. Says Bella: “IKEA offers a good range of accessories using Blum mechanisms, and at a reasonable price. The countertop had to match the cement plaster kitchen wall, and we wanted a clean aesthetic using minimal materials.” Brass accent pieces were then incorporated to create a refined look on a budget. SLOWHOUSE Bella Koh Singapore CC Wong Weiliang corridor On the subdued colour palette, Bella explains: “The unit is quite bright, hence we muted the brightness by painting it a dove grey. This also matches the colour tone of the raw cement plaster finish in the kitchen and bathrooms. We then allowed the wood flooring in a whitewash oak shade to warm up the house again.” Dusky pink (in the daughter’s room) and a camel shade (in one of the bedrooms) were the only other colours used. In the bathrooms, leftover Volakas marble and travertine from the couple’s Tiong Bahru residence were used on the counters, shower areas and thresholds. These go well with the brass fixtures and walls in raw cement finish to achieve a similar ‘raw luxe’ aesthetic that’s seen in the kitchen. SLOWHOUSE Bella Koh Singapore CC Wong Weiliang bath Like the rest of the apartment, the bedrooms are tranquil in muted tones, with cupboards original to the old apartment standing charmingly alongside contemporary designer furniture. The atmosphere is laidback, and the look effortlessly stylish and liveable. It’s the perfect home for an active kid to make it her playground, and for a family to enjoy the slow life. SLOWHOUSE theslowhouse.co Photography by Wong Weiliang SLOWHOUSE Bella Koh Singapore CC Wong Weiliang master bedroom SLOWHOUSE Bella Koh Singapore CC Wong Weiliang bedroom pink SLOWHOUSE Bella Koh Singapore CC Wong Weiliang kids bedroom We think you might also like Armadale Residence by Flack Studioabc
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MAURI Restaurant Fuses Italian Heritage With Its Bali Locale

A friendship between two Italian chefs who separately came to (and met in) Bali, Indonesia, has evolved into a culinary partnership with the recently opened MAURI restaurant in Seminyak. Happily remaining in the kitchen, they have engaged Bali-based design studio Ushers By Design, led by Caroline Usher and renowned for their work in the hospitality sector, to take the lead on the architecture and interior design. In doing so, Caroline has drawn strongly from the Italian heritage of the chefs, finding inspiration specifically from the iconic coastal town of Puglia. A neutral palette reinforces the minimalist interiors. Soft white stucco, natural beiges and marble create a calming setting: the team carefully avoiding using white in a tone or material too stark or jarring. “We didn’t want just any white – bright white or a cold white – so we had to find the right pigment to match the ambiance, giving texture to the walls and stairway.” MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design stairs MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design dining booths The stucco was an important reference to the Pugliese coast: “The interiors are very light with just the perfect shade of white stucco, which is so iconic to Puglia, with the rows of white houses along the coast bathed in the warm sunlight,” says Caroline. “It’s a very comforting space, with beiges throughout keeping it all very neutral, with little pops in the details, such as the small purple flowers on the tables, or our art installation, created by Michaela at Gaya, of green ceramic cactus leaves that are hung on the back wall.”

MAURI offers an intimate dining experience that weaves in design cues inspired by the iconic Italian Coast in amongst the South East Asian setting.

The ground floor comprises the main dining area, seating up to 40, and a live kitchen enclosed in glass. This allows patrons to witness chefs at work yet protect them from the heat and noise of an industrial kitchen, maintaining the calm ambience created by the rest of the interior. MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design ariel view MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design bar lounge waiting area Upstairs a separate bar and lounge area with an outdoor balcony serves small bites and cocktails: Aperitivo-style. “There is a landing in the middle [of the staircase], where guests have a wonderful vantage point into the kitchen and over the main dining area,” says Carlone. “The stairs are a focal design point of the restaurant.”

The ground floor comprises the main dining area, seating up to 40, and a live kitchen enclosed in glass.

MAURI offers an intimate dining experience that weaves in design cues inspired by the iconic coastal town of Puglia, Italy, in amongst the South East Asian setting. Mauri is also the nickname of one of the chefs, and by using it to name the restaurant he hopes it will help express a desire to be close to his patrons. Ushers By Design ushersbydesign.com MAURI mauri-restaurant.com MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design seating arrangement MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design casual dining MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design seating view MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design kitchen and cooking area MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design sculpture details MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design design art statement MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design reception area MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design windows MAURI Seminyak Bali Ushers By Design facade We think you might also like ISH Restaurant by Annu Bainsabc
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HouseLab And Philip Stejskal Reimagine Suburbia

Put simply, Missing Middle Housing typologies refer to a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types that are able to meet the growing demand for walkable urban living. ‘Missing’ because these types of houses have not previously been allowed to exist under regulations, and ‘Middle’ because the typology sits between detached single-family homes in the outer urban areas and mid-to-high-rise apartments in the city. Today, this is more relevant than ever. The main idea is to create liveable neighbourhoods for diverse demographics, multi-generational living and flexible working behaviours. For urban planners and architects and even the government, this means finding the right balance between density, affordability and community living in suburban locations. ConceptSpace House Lab PSA Understanding the significance and new potential for suburban living across Australia, Perth-based architecture studio, Philip Stejskal Architecture (PSA), has explored what the Local Planning Scheme by the City of Fremantle titled ‘The Freo Alternative – Big Thinking about Small Housing’ policy means for the residential suburbs with missing middle housing typologies. Made possible because of HouseLab’s new digital platform, ConceptSpaces, PSA has generated a vision for the future of urban housing and community living. The theoretical 750 square-metre blocks include three stand-alone dwellings of 120 square-metres each and also incorporates more than 70 per cent of luscious greenery. The three dwellings are organised based around a centralised and easily accessible communal space, with a private garden, first-floor terrace and car park. Considering that space is continuously scarce, this is a rare combination. ConceptSpace House Lab PSA In reference to the Freo Alternative policy, Philip Stejskal, director of his eponymous studio, discusses how offering people choice is a way of introducing them to density living. This means the consideration of privacy and security – both common concerns in traditional apartment living. By addressing these concerns, the hypothetical concept offers residents the feeling of a safe haven. HouseLab co-founder, Marcus Piper explains, “ConceptSpace was created to explore how architectural thinking can inspire other creative, builders and developments. Especially as governments look for new ways to tackle housing accessibility and urban densification.” Shown through multiple hyper-realistic renders, also inclusive of a three-dimensional fly-through video, the concept emphasises how designing micro-communities can provide the infrastructure necessary for communities to flourish – in a way that still engages the residents own terms. HouseLab houselab.com.au Philip Stejskal Architecture architectureps.com ConceptSpace House Lab PSA We think you might also like Portman Street Terraces by CO-APabc
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Queenslander Architecture And A Dream Of Textured Off-Form Concrete

Mermaid Beach Residence by B.E Architecture is the firm’s first dalliance with Queenslander architecture, but you wouldn’t know it. Just like their clients—long-time locals of Mermaid Beach, a quietly picturesque suburb on the Gold Coast—the home has deep roots in the local community by virtue of weathered materials and architectural forms that respond to- and interact with the conditions of the site. The minimalist form of the building is like a well-tailored suit: everything is clean-cut and functional, with the addition of surprising and thoughtful details that simultaneously soften and elevate the experience of the wearer (or, in this case, the family that lives there). B.E Architecture chose off-form concrete as the primary material for the building; not only is it aesthetically timeless, it is also durable: capable of wearing the weathering punches of the coastal climate with resilience and grace. Concrete is capable of softness and personality—or at least in the way that B.E Architecture has applied it to this residence. Mermaid Beach Residence B.E Architecture Queenslander Architecture CC Andy MacPherson living bookshelf “Early in the design process we established that in-situ concrete would be the most suitable material due to its aesthetics and durability,” says Andrew Piva, director at B.E Architecture. “As with all of our projects, we like to celebrate and explore materiality, and in this instance, we created subtle banding of the façade; the lower and upper band were left as smooth off-form concrete and the larger mid-sections were all hand-scabbled to create a more textured finished. This contrast of finishes makes the concrete feel less commercial and allows it to sit more appropriately in a residential setting – especially when offset with soft, weathered timber cladding and screens.”

The minimalist form of the building is like a well-tailored suit: everything is clean-cut and functional.

Although the street-facing façade of this fine example of Queenslander architecture has no fixed windows, thereby protecting the privacy of its residents, there is no denying the openness that defines the interior. Unsurprisingly, both client and architect were keen to capture the sweeping oceanside views, and this they did with great finesse. Although giving little away to passing beach traffic, the home opens up to the beach with direct access for the family. An internal courtyard with overhangs and cantilevers allows the occupants to enjoy this outdoor setting even when the weather isn’t ideal for journeying out onto the sand, protecting residents from sun and wind with operable building screens. Mermaid Beach Residence B.E Architecture Queenslander Architecture CC Andy MacPherson island bench A central staircase – also designed using in-situ concrete – drags light into the home in a playful manner, pulling it through an elevated skylight into its tall and sculptural form and dispersing it through the home. The seaside lifestyle inspires wellness; a slower and more spacious approach to being for which Queenslander architecture can oft be known. The architects wanted to build a home for their clients that reflected their diverse interests: yoga, reading, entertaining and, of course, the beach. As a result, not only does Mermaid Beach Residence comprise the necessary living spaces – such as four bedrooms with amenable touches such as walk-in wardrobes – it also contains a yoga studio, a centrally located swimming pool, open courtyards, gardens and terraces. Through thoughtful nooks, ample light and views, and personable design touches, Mermaid Beach Residence takes the weather and spins it in favour of its occupants. B.E Architecture bearchitecture.com Photography by Andy MacPherson Dissection Information American Oak timber from Market Timbers Blanco White timber flooring from Havwoods Natural Velvet carpets in Palomino from Don Currie Carpets Natural Velvet carpets in Pinto from Don Currie Carpets Porto panels from Ventech Honed tiles in Hasmal from Signorino 20-20 tiles in Toronto from Signorino Sleek concrete from Caesarstone  

Although giving little away to passing beach traffic, the home opens up to the beach with direct access for the family.

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Get Ready! Announcing Our First Exhibitors

They are the brands you know and love and through their creativity and passion for design will be opening their doors to host you for something unexpected at the end of June. These are the 2019 Saturday Indesign exhibitors. Without further ado, here is a look at the people we’re working with in the lead up to the big day. And if it’s not already marked in your calendar, do it now: Saturday 22 June, pre-register here.  


Having recently opened its luxurious new digs in South Melbourne in 2018, Gaggenau is using this lush space as one of our backdrops as part of Saturday Indesign. The moody showroom was designed by local hospitality-design mavens Carr and is a true realisation of Gaggenau’s illustrious history. And we’re stoked to announce that it is also Shortlisted in the 2019 INDE.Awards. “In 2003, Saturday Indesign changed the landscape for exhibiting products and brands to the A&D community. We are very excited to be involved with the latest incarnation of SID and the new format for this event. Having just opened Gaggenau Melbourne in 2018, this is a great opportunity to share our product and brand, to provide visitors with an immersion into the Gaggenau world. Come and experience Gaggenau and Cosentino at Gaggenau Melbourne on 22 June,” says Robert Warner, general manager Gaggenau Australia.


What better way to show the beauty of Cosentino’s Dekton surfaces than in a sumptuous appliance showroom where the company will be sharing with Gaggenau. Although the finer details are yet to be revealed (definitely keep an ear to the ground on this one), you can be rest assured that it will be a day complete with the best in hospitality experiences – in what is an utterly complementary partnership.
[caption id="attachment_1096" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Gaggenau’s new South Melbourne showroom.[/caption]

Arthur G

For those who have experienced the surprise and delight on offer at Saturday Indesign, you may remember a collaboration where Arthur G transformed its Richmond showroom into a trip to the Mad Hatter’s tea party. What’s in store for Saturday Indesign 2019? We’re being rather mum about it, but the bar has been set high, that’s for sure.


Bringing fabrics to life, Mokum joins the fray partnering with Arthur G for Saturday Indesign. Offering style and substance, Mokum textiles are created by bringing together patterns, materials and unique production techniques from around the world. What will we see at Saturday Indesign – whatever it may be, it is sure to be elegant and fresh.

CDK Stone

One of Australia’s leading suppliers of natural stone, CDK Stone sits at the forefront. Long-time exhibitors of Saturday Indesign, we can’t wait to see all the latest from these guys and word on the street it will be an amazing collection of new stones from all around the world. Partnering with Zip Water this year there will be a fusion of the senses in the shape of earth and water.

Zip Water

Joining as Platinum Partner is Zip Water. Water you say? Zip will be popping up all around Melbourne with hydration stations to keep everyone feeling fresh. In addition, you can catch Zip setting up home with CDK Stone. “Zip Water has been working collaboratively with Saturday Indesign for many years and are pleased to again be one of the major partners for such a valued industry event that showcases and supports both local and international brands. We’re looking forward to experiencing the latest in homegrown talent and global trends and we’re excited to showcase some impressive new innovations from Zip Water,” shares Tom Fisher, Marketing Director Zip Water.
[caption id="attachment_1094" align="alignnone" width="1100"] The People’s Choice winning stand from Saturday Indesign 2017 – Zip Water![/caption]

King Living

A definite destination of Richmond, the King Living showroom will be transformed for Saturday Indesign, including the latest from some of the big lights, with Tom Fereday presenting his latest products. And not only that, King Living is our official bag partner – so you know it will be something covetable and design-worthy to tote around.


Located in the heart of the hipster haven that is Collingwood, Ownworld’s showroom will be transformed into an unmissable design destination. Representing some of the favourite brands from Europe like Gubi, Inclass and Bensen, Ownworld has continued to build a reputation for itself through its discernible design offering. Expect a warm welcome and some of the latest out of Europe at Saturday Indesign, as director Peter Beikmanis shares: “For us, Saturday Indesign is all about welcoming people straight into our showroom and offering them a generous and inspiring hospitality experience that’s reflective of our brand.” Which leads into…

Dowel Jones

Having long been the darlings of the Australian design scene, Dowel Jones is now represented at Ownworld and will join the fray in their showroom as part of Saturday Indesign. Colourful, charming, locally-made – the defining characteristics of Dowel Jones will no doubt make a splash.


Integral to the logistics of Saturday Indesign is, of course, the buses and they are back baby, with our bus partner Polytec. AND not only is Polytec our transport partner but will also be sharing and showcasing its endless options for laminate surfaces in Ownworld’s Collingwood base. Polytec always brings it at Saturday Indesign and we can only imagine what cool ideas will be cooked up.
[caption id="attachment_1099" align="alignnone" width="1100"] See how Ownworld’s Melbourne showroom will be transformed at Saturday Indesign in partnership with Polytec and Dowel Jones.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1126" align="alignnone" width="1500"] The buses might be the same, but this year they will be decked out with GPS trackers. It’s like Uber meets private tour.[/caption]


The Danish tapware brand Vola celebrated its 50th birthday in 2018. And alongside such a milestone event it also opened a brand new showroom in Collingwood. The showroom is the first Australian outpost and features original exposed bricks – and most importantly, fully equipped and handcrafted taps. What can we expect to see for Saturday Indesign? More will be revealed.


The absolutely incredible (and brand spanking new) Brickworks showroom in Melbourne’s CBD will be one of the many stages for the festivities of Saturday Indesign. A brick showroom like no other, Brickworks’ new Melbourne is a feast for the eyes and well worth experiencing. Brickworks is also working with SJB for something hush hush that is sure to surprise and inspire.
[caption id="attachment_1100" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Brickworks is an incredible new showroom just opened in the CBD.[/caption]
You may have noticed that we’ve done away with set ‘precincts’. No longer dominated by these set-out hubs, Saturday Indesign will this year be focused on the most engaging showrooms, with only stand-out installations to learn and interact with. And of course, what would a Saturday Indesign be without buses? You can get around easily thanks to our Transport Partner Polytec. Routes, bespoke tours and timetable to come. Keep an eye out for full exhibitors profiles and more exhibitors to be revealed…

What are you waiting for? Don’t miss the boat, pre-register for Saturday Indesign.

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