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Habitus Loves… Maximalism

Fat Tulip Armchair And Sofa from CULT

A modern take on traditional club chair styles, the Fat Tulip Sofa and Fat Tulip Armchair are spectacularly comfortable show-stoppers. Strong intersecting curves create immediate graphic interest – a no-fuss design that needs no embellishment. The generously proportioned seat volumes are made with engineered foam for stability of form and comfort and sit firmly on low-profile timber legs. CULT  

Kimono from Designer Rugs

Kimono Rug Designer Rugs Habitus Loves Maximalism | Habitus Living Designed by Lia Pielli, the Kimono rug is inspired by traditional Japanese Kimono patterns, the irregular colour play of stepping geometric shapes comes forward and steps away. Designer Rugs  

Magazine Bag from Fanuli

Habitus Loves Maximalism Magazine Bag Fanuli The Magazine bag is a unique coloured metal magazine rack in the shape of a traditional Japanese flower basket. Available in various colours with a metal finish, it injects colour into any space. Fanuli  

Everything Is Golden No.2 from VELA

Everything Golden No.2 VELA Habitus Loves Maximalism Everything is Golden sees curved forms unite with silver, gold and champagne mirrored steel to create a graphic piece to adorn walls. VELA  

Adularia Drinks Trolley from Domo

This Art Deco-inspired drinks trolley known as “Adularia” is an ideal piece which is both “stylish and practical”. The structure is in solid Beech, the tops in solid poplar, the wheels are in chromed metal and plastic. Available in a number of different finishes and Made in Italy. Domo  

Bloom Ottoman from Stylecraft

Stylecraft Bloom Ottoman Habitus Loves Maximalism The Bloom ottoman, designed by Keith Melbourne, adds colour and vitality to any workplace, hospitality or domestic environment. Featuring gentle round corners, it is available in single or two-tone upholstery detail. Stylecraft  

Twist Vase from BoConcept

The Twist vase from BoConcept offers an easy pop of colour for your sideboard or dining table, in this blue on-trend shade. This glass-and-aluminium vase is teamed with a touch of brass for a look that’s spot-on this season. BoConcept  

Proust Outdoor Chair from Magis

Manufactured on a commercial scale the design of the new Proust chair is based on the "Poltrona di Proust", designed by Alessandro Mendini in 1978. This new version of the Proust Chair is suitable for outdoor use and comes in various colours to complement any outdoor or indoor space. dedece  abc
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The Hybrid Kitchen

The striking thing about so many of today’s newest Australian kitchen designs is the way they more closely resemble a living or dining room, rather than an actual kitchen. Statement ovens and fridges may still be popular, but the trend for concealing appliances and services is growing, to the point where integration is so seamless no one can tell if the kitchen even has a dishwasher or stovetop. It’s an indication of the scheme’s innovation and ingenuity and also a testament to the craftsmanship of the joiner, whose handiwork is being given centre stage. With joinery being treated as a high-end sculptural insertion, it would appear that form has finally won out over function. However, the exact opposite is true. These built features are working harder than ever and where they used to only serve one purpose, now they’re serving two, three or four. And there’s perhaps no harder working element in the kitchen than the island bench, with its bespoke multi-purpose shape anchoring the space and bringing friends and family together in far more social ways. Plaster Fun House Sans Arc Studio Cc Tash McCammon Hybrid Kitchen entry While long since first doubling as a breakfast bar, it’s also serving as desk space, accommodating the relatively recent increase in personal device usage and growth in remote working practices. Now the island is the place for dining too, with architects and designers integrating a table at one end, giving rise to a new hybrid kitchen typology. The trend was evident at Eurocucina 2018, with manufacturers like Italy’s Cesar presenting the Maxima 2.2, which combines a generously sized dining table with a kitchen island. Closer to home and the concept is taken to the next level by Adelaide-based practice Sans Arc Studio in their recently completed Plaster Fun House. This addition to a family home in Torrensville incorporates a strong curve motif in playful homage to austere Art Deco stylings. In the kitchen, the rounded corners serve to maximise space within a tight footprint and the island not only incorporates a breakfast bar, it also extends into a dining table that comfortably seats up to eight people. Plaster Fun House Sans Arc Studio Cc Tash McCammon Hybrid Kitchen kitchen Certainly, the all-in-one unit brings everyone together in the one place, but it’s also logical, intelligent planning for a long narrow space. As Sans Arc Studio’s Director Matiya Marovich explains, “The trend for treating kitchen islands as a piece of furniture is, in part, a result of smaller living spaces. And it seems that the appropriate design response is a multi-functional island that can serve a much more compact area.” The kitchen as the heart of the home is a concept that may very well never go out of style. And in championing the island bench/breakfast bar/desk/dining table as an integral piece of furniture, it’s safe to say the kitchen’s role as the linchpin for family socialising and gathering will continue to be pivotal. Sans Arc Studio sansarcstudio.com.au Photography by Tash McCammon Plaster Fun House Sans Arc Studio Cc Tash McCammon Hybrid Kitchen kitchen bench Plaster Fun House Sans Arc Studio Cc Tash McCammon Hybrid Kitchen bench curved indoor Plaster Fun House Sans Arc Studio Cc Tash McCammon Hybrid Kitchen kitchen and dining Plaster Fun House Sans Arc Studio Cc Tash McCammon Hybrid Kitchen corridor arched doorway Plaster Fun House Sans Arc Studio Cc Tash McCammon Hybrid Kitchen bathroom We think you might also like Five Australian Kitchen Designs That Connect To The Outdoorsabc
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Luxury Scandinavian Long Format Bricks: Lang Mursten

The Lang Mursten collection exudes luxury. It reimagines a classic material as modern, reworking it to facilitate architects, builders and residents who are sensitive to the historic relevance of clay brick – and who have an aesthetic that is considered, contemporary and luxurious. Sourced exclusively from Denmark, these bricks benefit from the region’s rich heritage and respect for premium quality materials. The Lang Mursten collection benefits from decades of brickmaking excellence and craftsmanship, which, when combined with modern technology and engineering superiority, achieves an aesthetic suited to creative and innovative construction. Lang Mursten Collection PGH Bricks & Pavers The collection bears all the hallmarks of classic Danish design – contemporary and stylish with exquisite artistry and attention to detail. These extraordinary bricks provide quality and individuality. Their style, size and unique colour options provide the opportunity to create a look suitable for the current residential landscape. These extra-long, water-struck clay bricks are defined by their sleek, elongated structure. Rustic, yet contemporary, the bricks add an elevated and distinctive aesthetic to luxury builds, accentuating the raw, authentic beauty of clay. Their long, thin form – 468 mm x 108 mm x 38 mm – accentuates the horizontal and linear aspects of contemporary building design. While the gritty, textured finish offers warmth, personality and authenticity. Each brick features slight variations, delivering an imperfect handcrafted look. This is achieved through a water-struck moulding process where moulds are lubricated with water to keep the clay from sticking. Once filled, excess clay is ‘water-struck’ from the top of the moulds, giving the bricks a unique texture and finish. When fired, the final result is a textural patina not replicated by any other brickmaking process. Lang Mursten Collection PGH Bricks & Pavers Each brick is named according to a renowned Danish architect. They are available in four sophisticated colourways: GEHL — a dramatic charcoal colour that is warm, yet moody, with a matte finish and tonal variations for added depth and interest and a sophisticated and urban result. LUND — dark earthy hues blend with softer sandy tones to create a subtle, rustic finish. LARSEN — for those after something lighter, Larson juxtaposes various shades of pale grey with a roughened, textured finish for a contemporary, natural aesthetic. UTZON — warmer shades of clay are organically interspersed with cooler counterparts to create a stunning tonal variation, coupled with a unique texture for a look that’s extraordinary and timeless.
[gallery columns="2" ids="89781,89783,89780,89782"] The Lang Mursten collection from PGH Bricks & Pavers is designed to meet the demand of architects, builders and homeowners on the hunt for truly unique and distinctive building materials.
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Abin Design Studio Designs With Sweeping Shadows

On a spacious lot of green land in rural Bansberia, approximately 45 kilometres from Kolkata, India, Abin Design Studio recently completed a design intervention on a residence, transforming the entire property into something contemporary and extremely unique. When Abin Design Studio first engaged with the clients on this project, they noticed that the site was split in half: one half of the land was the client’s residence, and the other was primarily bare with a 2-storey structure and a brick-lined pond. House Of Sweeping Shadows Abin Design Studio CC Ravi Kanade Chaudhuri Samya Ghatak Designed as a bold, curved louvred structure, the nondescript existing build was updated with the aim of retaining the space and creating a leisure zone for the family. Aptly named the House Of Sweeping Shadows, the modern façade of the residence encases the form and anchors the building within it by casting a succession of shadows inside. As the sun moves across the horizon throughout the day, the rectilinear punctuations along the new build lend to the idyllic views outside while sheltering the interior from the harsh southwest sun. Internally, to balance with the dark and striking exterior, whitewashed walls and geometric furniture are placed on a vivid epoxy orange-red floor. Inspired by a typical Bengali village, the upper levels of the house are demarcated with a Bamboo threshold, allowing the interiors to be flooded with natural ventilation as well as natural light. House Of Sweeping Shadows Abin Design Studio CC Ravi Kanade Chaudhuri Samya Ghatak The empty structure perpendicular to the house now contains a gym, several changing rooms, and guest entertainment lounges that overlook the pool and lawn. By incorporating a barbeque station, a rendered concrete sunken sit-out lounge and a small aviary, the built environment juxtaposes with the natural one. Far more than simply visually impressive, House Of Sweeping Shadows creates a unique experience for the residents. Between the masses of the structures, verdant landscape and colour palette, Abin Design Studio ensures that the entire site functions as a serene escape. Abin Design Studio abindesignstudio.com Photography by Ravi Kanade and Samya Ghatak House Of Sweeping Shadows Abin Design Studio CC Ravi Kanade Chaudhuri Samya Ghatak House Of Sweeping Shadows Abin Design Studio CC Ravi Kanade Chaudhuri Samya Ghatak House Of Sweeping Shadows Abin Design Studio CC Ravi Kanade Chaudhuri Samya Ghatak We think you might also like Sunrise House by MCK Architectsabc
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A Case For Following Your Curiosity With Tom Reid

After a bit of trial and error, Tom found himself following his curiosity for design, which has led him down the road to where he is today – a senior designer at Melbourne’s DesignOffice. We find out about Tom’s design journey. [caption id="attachment_89511" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Tom Reid DesignOffice Saturday Indesign Oscar Niemeyer’s MAC. Photo by Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre.[/caption]   What inspired you to study design? Tom Reid: I have always had a keen interest in art and design but it took me a few years to settle on design as a career choice. Prior to studying interior architecture at Curtin University (where fellow Saturday Indesign ambassador Jess Humpston also studied), I had tried advertising, mass communications and journalism. Feeling defeated and not knowing what I wanted to do I deferred for a year and worked at a bookshop. I would spend as much time as I could devouring all of the architecture and design books and magazines. An absolute fascination with Oscar Niemeyer started there so the following year I enrolled in interior architecture. Tell us about your life outside of design, is there anything (hobbies, interests) that you’ve stumbled on that feed’s back into your practice? I think when you work in design everything outside of the studio feeds into your practice. Travel, street signs, driving under a bridge, film everything can be a resource for analysis and inspiration. The Bertolucci film the Conformist and Italian cinema was a big influence for Palace Cinemas in Sydney. I do have a particular love for magazines though. I still have all of my Monocle and Wallpaper* magazines since 2007. I love to flick through old back issues – especially the ads. [caption id="attachment_89513" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Tom Reid DesignOffice Saturday Indesign Palace Cinema, Raine Square Perth. Photo by Dion Robeson.[/caption]   What inspires you? I am inspired by multiple sources across architecture, furniture, fashion, art – again I think my inspiration is generally project or client related. Oscar Niemeyer, Joe Colombo, The Bouroullecs, Donald Judd, Raf Simons these people are always inspiring… along with a healthy dose of Pinot! I also have a group of close friends and old colleagues from the design industry who meet for monthly breakfasts, they are also an endless source of inspiration. In your opinion, what makes for an outstanding project? I think the most outstanding projects are usually the simplest and most courageous in their convictions. The boldness of simplicity and being able to have a really considered and thoughtful approach. What’s something you wish you had known when you started your career? That you don’t need to know everything from the start. Sometimes the naivety of being a graduate without experience can be a total asset. [caption id="attachment_89512" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Tom Reid DesignOffice Saturday Indesign Palace Central, Sydney. Photo by Terence Chin.[/caption]   Can you talk through your design process – is it always the same or different, do you hand draw, research, come back to old ideas? I think my process is relatively project and client specific. In the studio, we generally try to define a set of principles that are informed by the client, their brand and the site to create a narrative that becomes compelling and intriguing. Hand drawing is a must. What is your favourite building in the world and why? Tough question, I would either have to say the Stahl House in LA by Pierre Koenig or The Glyptotek in Copenhagen but for very different reasons. The Stahl House represents such an optimistic version of modern design – it is pure Californian modernism, and that view over LA is unrivalled. The Glyptotek is a total study in colour and progression. The series of rooms that lead from one to the next is so simply choreographed through the use of intensely saturated colours, which are the most perfect backdrop for the amazing collection of sculptures. Plus the central courtyard garden and bar are incredibly charming. [caption id="attachment_89514" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Tom Reid DesignOffice Saturday Indesign Stahl House by Pierre Koenig, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Julius Shulman.[/caption]   Which projects are you most proud of and why? I love projects where I feel like we have left a mark on our client and their long term business objectives, like Little Bean in Shanghai. Our client there is amazing, and incredibly supportive and trusting. He is going from strength to strength with his coffee roastery. A significant part of the project was creating the physical design language for his brand, showing how this can be implemented into various sites and formats. I find this kind of work really exciting and rewarding – being able to be a part of a clients journey, in creating a considered and authentic business and brand, and also watching its growth and success. With a firm grip on the design industry, our Saturday Indesign Ambassadors are advising on the most interesting and insightful topics – talks and workshops to be released soon. In the meantime, register for Saturday Indesign now. Make sure 22 June is marked in your calendar! Saturday Indesign saturdayindesign.com We think you might also like 5 Reasons Why Saturday Indesign Is A Game Changerabc
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“The Industry Comes Together As One” At Saturday Indesign And Stylecraft Will Be There For The Ride

Fondly remembered as a hot ticket item in years’ gone by, we’re pleased to announce that Stylecraft Melbourne will be welcoming designers once more for Saturday Indesign – this time into its completely revamped space on Flinders Lane and Russell Street in the CBD. Right from the very beginning, Stylecraft has been involved with Saturday Indesign. “We’ve been represented in every location that the event has been to – Singapore, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne. We’ve always been a strong supporter and we can’t wait to once again show clients, and new faces, the ‘Stylecraft Hospitality’ that we’re known for,” shares Tony Russell, Stylecraft’s brand director. Unfolding over all four floors of the Stylecraft and StylecraftHOME showroom, the space will be curated into a special selection of HOME/WORK/LEARN settings. Among these typologies there will be more than 20 new products to take in, some being brand-new to the Australian market. Stylecraft Joins Saturday Indesign Exhibitors As a showcase of everything that’s newly released, Tony says this is just another reason why Stylecraft didn’t think twice about being involved. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase the newest innovations and freshest products in design – both from Australian designers and abroad,” he says. At its core, Saturday Indesign is about recognising design from here and the world. It’s a true “celebration of design” and as Tony understands from experience, it’s “one of the few times that the industry comes together as one.” Now that is something truly worth celebrating! Register for Saturday Indesign here Saturday Indesign saturdayindesign.com Stylecraft Joins Saturday Indesign Exhibitors We think that you might also like Saturday Indesign Exhibitorsabc
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The Habitus Team’s Top Picks For Saturday Indesign

It’s the weekend we wouldn’t miss for the world. On Saturday 22 June, the design community across Australia unites in Melbourne for the long-awaited Saturday Indesign. Design aficionados and long-standing members of the industry alike will remember 15 years of former incarnations of the nation’s premier design event. Word to the wise from an insider, this year’s event is set to be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever. In true Indesign spirit collaboration headlines the event as associates in the industry become allies. A condensed footprint means the industry’s finest have buddied up to showcase in duos, and it also means it’s easier for us to get from A to B. So who is on our hit list? Scroll and see…  

Who: Stylecraft

Where: Stylecraft, 145 Flinders Lane Why: As if the newly renovated Stylecraft showroom by HASSELL Studio isn’t enough of a drawcard – you may remember the stunning space from the inaugural Habitus House of the Year Cocktail Event last year – Stylecraft’s collection of exclusive collection of international and Australian brands and designers surely gets us over the line. In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD Stylecraft is high on the Habitus hit list. The entire four-levels of Stylecraft and StylecraftHOME will be turned into a special curation of HOME, WORK, LEARN. The downstairs levels playing host to local creatives and the latest in design talent, as styled by Meanwhile in Melbourne blogger Manuela Millan. And adding even more reason to take in the latest offerings, Stylecraft is giving away 2x Libera Armchairs by STUA. [gallery size="large" columns="2" ids="89730,89729"]    

Who: VOLA

Where: VOLA, 94 Wellington St, Collingwood Why: VOLA was established more than half a century ago with the first mixer designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. The brand's 50-plus years in the design industry has seen trends come as well as seeing design theory and material options be completely revolutionised. VOLA remains an iconic brand within the industry and dedicated to design that places equal weight on form and function. Saturday Indesign attendees will be able to experience the Danish hospitality in VOLA's only Australian stand-alone store in Collingwood. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="89731,89732"]  

Who: Gaggenau

Where: Gaggenau, 192-196 Coventry Street, South Melbourne Why: A global leader in the space of home appliances, Gaggenau is a regular – yet completely coincidental – feature in many a Habitus house. Gaggenau champions the use of unfussy materials such as stainless steel and glass, and manages to do so in a way that feels traditional and avant-garde. During Saturday Indesign, guests will be taken on a sumptuous food and art journey, in collaboration with another Habitus top pick exhibitor – Cosentino (see below). The brand new, Carr-designed showroom in South Melbourne will be opening its doors for Saturday Indesign and you just know that every detail and moment is accounted for, as is the quality of such a historic brand. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="89722,89721"]  

Who: Cosentino

Where: Gaggenau, 192-196 Coventry Street, South Melbourne Why: Cosentino began in the 1940s as a small, family-run operation processing marble from the Sierra de los Filabres Mountains in the Spanish province of Almeria. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the company enjoyed global expansion following its commitment to research and development in the area of manufactured stone. Today, Cosentino’s suite of products includes Dekton®, Silestone® and Sensa® available in multiple colours, tones, finishes and applications. During Saturday Indesign, Cosentino will be showcasing its outstanding products in conjunction with Gaggenau. The day is planned around two very special and complementary themes – food and art. Visitors on the day will have the opportunity to draw the next Dekton surface, and for one lucky and artistic Saturday Indesign attendee that could take you on a trip to Milan in 2020 for the Salone! What an incredible treat. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="89717,89718"]  

Who: Next Level Elevators

Where: Next Level Elevators, 456 Smith Street, Collingwood Why: Residential elevators are often seen as a luxury in Australia, and Next Level Elevators is selective with the suppliers the company work with to ensure the functional elevators always exude a certain level of comfort. Luxurious though they may appear, architects designing for ageing clients, or future-proofing for younger generations, can be grateful for practical designs that don’t sacrifice style. Throughout Saturday Indesign Next Level Elevators will be welcoming guests and playing host to some insightful talks. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="89725,89741"]  

Who: King Living

Where: King Living, 569 Church Street, Richmond Why: Established in 1977, on paper King Living may seem like the new kids on the block relatively speaking. But don’t confuse youth with naïveté; the furniture brand has been consistently designing and manufacturing award-winning furniture since conception. This year, at SaturdayIndesign, Habitus and King Living are teaming up to talk about some of their recent design collaborations with local, well-respected faces in the design community Charles Wilson and Neale Whitaker. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="89724,89723"]  

Who: OMVIVO

Where: Sub-Zero + Wolf, Bank House, 11-19 Bank Place Why: Melbourne has been home to Omvivo for more than 28 years since foundation. During which time the company has pushed the boundaries of bathroom design, from what is expected to what is deemed possible. See Omvivo unveil two new ranges at Saturday Indesign – ‘Lune’ designed by Adele Bates, and the resort-inspired ‘Villa’. In addition, Adele Bates is working with Omvivo to create a spell-binding installation that will take up residence in the shared Sub-Zero Wolf space, while Adele will take to the stage with some fellow design luminaries to do a talk on kitchen and bathroom design! [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="89727,89728"]  

Who: A.G.M. Expo 2019

Where: A.G.M. Expo, 2-8 Wreckyn Street, North Melbourne Why: Returning for a second year, Friends & Associates is an exhibition of more than 50 local designers of varying disciplines – furniture, lighting, accessories – and a special installation we’re dying to see unveiled. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="89720,89719"]  

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Narrative-Rich Spatial Experiences By Studio -Gram

Six months after establishing Studio -Gram with Dave Bickmore, Graham Charbonneau was browsing an architecture blog when he came across a post titled “25 Things Not To Do When Starting Your Own Architecture Practice”. Laughing, “We’d already done 23,” he recalls. “And to this day, I don’t know if it was a bad article or if we just got lucky.” Five years later and it’s pretty obvious luck has nothing to do with the small, Adelaide-based architecture practice’s success. Yes, their timing couldn’t have been better and they were certainly in the right place to make the kind of impact they did. But the friends and business partners – who met while studying architecture at the University of South Australia after Graham relocated from a small town near Montreal – simply produce outstanding work, with a freshness that has reinvigorated Adelaide’s design landscape and contributed to the broader dialogue on a national design identity. They decided very early on in the friendship they were going to do something post-graduation and actually began working together before that date. In the fourth year, they developed a series of units for a local caravan park under the name Grad and also designed Norwood House. However, it wasn’t until Graham was engaged to renovate Hotel Harry in Sydney’s Surry Hills in 2014 and he asked Dave (who was working at HASSELL at the time) to join him that they made it official. Their practice is defined by a desire to avoid a one-size-fits-all design approach and they pride themselves on being able to elaborate on a client’s ideas and deliver them with clear resolve. The thought of cultivating a signature style doesn’t appeal to either of them because it’s all about giving people what they want, rather than being prescriptive. “This particularly reassures our Adelaide commercial sector clients in that we’re not repeating the same aesthetic over and over,” says Dave, who grew up in South Australia’s Riverland. “We’re not delivering another Osteria Oggi or Abbots & Kinney and it’s important for them to know that for the sake of the studio’s longevity.” Studio -Gram Dave Bickmor Graham Charbonneau CC David Sievers In many ways, these two projects are the perfect example of what Studio -Gram does. The two eateries sit side by side on Pirie Street in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD and their fit-outs could not be more different. The former is an elegantly refined interpretation of the classic Italian piazza, while the latter is all angles, lines and dynamic configuration. But what’s apparent in both is a high level of craftsmanship and exquisite detailing and this can be found in their residential work too. The practice’s first official residential project as Studio -Gram was a three-year labour of love completed in 2017. It resulted in the Millswood House extension, a bold volume distinct for the ‘cat’s ears’ profile of its roof and a robust material palette comprising timber, concrete and blackened steel. This project also stands as a punctuation mark in the studio’s portfolio; a quietly confident reminder of the diversity of their œuvre. As Graham explains, “I think Millswood House changed people’s perception of our practice because up until that point, we were largely recognised for our hospitality interiors. So this has been an opportunity for us to put our hand up and say we’re architects and these are our capabilities in this space.” They’ve also recently completed the restoration of a 1971 Woods Bagot house in Stonyfell, which allowed them to address a local example of Modernism with both sensitivity and playfulness. And an ambitious new build on a ruggedly challenging site at Port Willunga is currently in progress. Both Graham and Dave believe in using narrative to deliver a design that simultaneously engages and compels. In their hospitality work, they tell stories reflective of the experience they want the end user to have. While their residential work is almost exclusively informed by the narrative of the clients themselves. Shobosho (which translates as firehouse) in Adelaide’s West End is characteristic of their storytelling in the way they took inspiration from elsewhere and used it as the conceptual framework upon which the aesthetic hangs. In this instance, it finds expression through the use of the ancient Japanese technique of shou sugi ban (charring timber with fire), a direct reference to the restaurant’s offering of Asian-inspired ‘fire cooking’. Studio -Gram Dave Bickmor Graham Charbonneau CC David Sievers Indeed, materiality is just as important to them as a narrative. Each tends to favour materials they’ve had a longstanding affinity with; Graham has been building things with timber since he was little and Dave’s father was a panel beater as well as an equestrian showjumper, so steel and leather structures and details are recurring. But at the core of Studio -Gram’s DNA is a vision to create spatial experiences rather than just creating spaces. To this end, their work is evocative, immersive and so tightly resolved there’s a feeling their next project couldn’t get any better (although it invariably does). There’s nothing forced about any of their projects though, and this could have something to do with their laidback personalities or perhaps the practice’s relaxed positioning within the context of a national design industry. “Adelaide is a good place for a young studio like us because it’s allowed us to build our brand quickly,” reflects Dave. “We operate nationally and internationally and we’re able to celebrate the fact our studio is from South Australia.” Certainly, Studio -Gram’s rise has been swift, aided in part by the State’s introduction of the small venue license in late 2012, and their output prodigious, with some 40 projects completed in the five years since establishment. Studio -Gram is one of a number defining the very best in Australian architecture today and Graham and Dave are quick to acknowledge their peers. Both have great respect for Kennedy Nolan’s portfolio and admire the recent residential work coming out of Queensland. Their own studio is currently a team of six and while they don’t have any plans to grow much bigger so everyone still has a hand in each project, they’d like to set up shop in New York one day. But, for now, they’re quite content where they are. Studio -Gram studio-gram.com.au Photography by David Sievers Studio -Gram Dave Bickmor Graham Charbonneau CC David Sievers Studio -Gram Dave Bickmor Graham Charbonneau CC David Sievers Studio -Gram Dave Bickmor Graham Charbonneau CC David Sievers Studio -Gram Dave Bickmor Graham Charbonneau CC David Sievers Studio -Gram Dave Bickmor Graham Charbonneau CC David Sievers Studio -Gram Dave Bickmor Graham Charbonneau CC David Sievers We think you might also like Inside The Home Of Singapore's Studio Jujuabc
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Would You Like To Sit Indoors Or Out?

Salone del Mobile this year was truly a year of refinement. Designers across the globe flocked to one of the world’s most highly regarded design capitals, Milan, Italy, for what is certainly the world’s largest annual design fair. Exhibiting for their third time in Milan, was Australian design brand SP01, whose stand this year contrasted the feel of a underground bar with a relaxed vibe of an outdoor garden, both offering a palette of rich colours and materials The new release designs by Rundle and Fereday focussed on adding further finesse and variations to strong, pre-existing collections. Drawing on the success of SP01’s Jeanette outdoor chair designed by Tom Fereday in 2016 for the Australian-born, Italian-made brand’s first collection, the new pieces includes a lounge chair, sofa and coffee table to complete what is now the Jeanette family, along with a further versatile coffee table named Louie. [caption id="attachment_89371" align="alignnone" width="1170"]SP01 Jeanette Collection. Armchair, Stool, Lounge Sofa and Tables SP01 Jeanette Collection. Armchair, Stool, Lounge Sofa and Tables[/caption] Like the original Jeanette chair, the outdoor lounge is sculpted from wire with soft cushions for a textural contrast, however lounge chair and sofa’s low seat and high back, elude to the fact that one may simply sink in, finding themselves wrapped in the chair’s comfort. SP01 also tapped into one of popular materials that emerged from this year’s fair – terracotta which featured on both their Jeanette and Louie coffee tables. The Jeanette’s machine grooves on the top adds interest aesthetically, but also functions as a clever water drainage. Moving inside, Tim Rundle has likewise added new pieces to his collection of indoor furniture, including a two new dining chair designs and a stool. [caption id="attachment_89368" align="alignnone" width="1170"]SP01 Michelle Table Mirror SP01 Michelle Table Mirror[/caption] The Michelle dining chair, available with a high or low back or as a stool, draws from the iconic figure of Tim’s 2017 Michelle table and wall mirrors for SP01. Viewed by the designer as an exercise in clean architectural geometry, the Michelle chairs are here to offer a simple yet impactful interior statement. Subtler still, the Caristo dining chair is a stackable dining chair of minimal form and a lightness of presence. The crushed tube-form bracket that characterises the back of the backrest takes inspiration from the Caristo lounge chair, from where the design originates. Likewise, the comfort of the lounge is transported to the dining chair. [caption id="attachment_89370" align="alignnone" width="1170"]SP01 Caristo Chairs SP01 Caristo Chairs[/caption] It shows great constraint and self-control when designers resist the urge to design from the ground up where there is opportunity to refine or develop their existing portfolio. Matt Lorrain and the creative team at SP01 have shown that discipline in design can be far more artistic than one might initially expect. SP01 sp01design.com Space Furniture spacefurniture.com.au [caption id="attachment_89372" align="alignnone" width="1170"]SP01 Louie Tables and Jeanette Lounge Chair SP01 Louie Tables and Jeanette Lounge Chair[/caption] [caption id="attachment_89367" align="alignnone" width="1170"]SP01 Jeanette Stools SP01 Jeanette Stools[/caption]abc
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A Shop (But Not) That Rebels Against Convention

Not Just a Shop is a lifestyle concept store renowned in Shenzen, China for its eclectic assortment of fashion, home and lifestyle products, collected from around the world. And so, when the owners – both well-travelled and design-conscious – decided on a new space for their next retail outlet, they decided to tread an unconventional design path. Their idea was to create an authentic brand and in-store experience for visitors and buyers, in turn promoting stronger brand recall. To bring their interior vision to fruition, the duo engaged Yatofu Creatives, a Helsinki-based creative studio working across product and spatial design. Not only does the store’s aesthetic reflect the brand’s core values and philosophy, but there is also an artistic slant that shines through in its interior design. The 64-square metre retail space references a lot of monumental architecture and abstract sculptural forms. Not Just another Store Yatofu Creatives CC Sheen Tao shop front Not Just another Store Yatofu Creatives CC Sheen Tao shelf details Interestingly, the design challenges the density typically seen in many departmental stores. While there is a sense of consistency within the larger context, the interiors present a visible contrast to the polished and uber-finished interiors of the neighbouring stores. “Due to their nature, department stores are usually organised with a strong sense of logic, which can often become very cold and clinical. We wanted to disrupt this sense of artificial perfection by evoking emotions and memories through an artistic and sculptural approach,” adds Angela Lin, Yatofu Creatives. The design also sought local inspiration, specifically designer Jini Chu’s research project on makeshift concrete bases and barriers and the beauty of their necessity. The display fixtures appear both artistic and with a strong sense of proportion, but also with lots of functionality built in. Not Just another Store Yatofu Creatives CC Sheen Tao lighting Not Just another Store Yatofu Creatives CC Sheen Tao LEDTo foster a sense of emotional connectivity, the designers chose to address physicality and tactility in the store’s surface treatments. They’ve covered the surfaces of the sculptural forms with a rock-like stucco material. Neutral earth tones dominate the store’s colour scheme, accentuating the rough appearance of these forms. With a disruptive design approach, this lifestyle store makes for a unique case study in retail design. Yatofu Creatives yatofu.com Photography by Sheen Tao Not Just another STore Yatofu Creatives CC Sheen Tao details Not Just another Store Yatofu Creatives CC Sheen Tao |product details Not Just another Store Yatofu Creatives CC Sheen Tao product display We think you might also like IN BED's Concept Storeabc
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The Elegant Affluence In Flexform’s Sofa’s

Founded in the furniture-manufacturing district of Northern Italy in the 1960s, Flexform was born out of a decade-long family tradition. Renowned for its high quality furniture designs and production, it has since garnered a reputation for combining craftsmanship, tradition, modern design and technology, forming a sense of timeless elegance that is consistent throughout all of its collections. Offering an extensive assortment of sofas, the brand has also expanded to products for the dining and bedroom. The following projects that have featured Flexform sofas draw attention to how the products have been perceived, its expansive compatibility and flexibility.   Mexico City, Mexico [caption id="attachment_89560" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Flexform Sofa Elegance Cestone Sofa, Mexico City. Courtesy of Archetonic. Photography by Rafael Gamo.[/caption] Designed by Jaime Micha Balas + Jacob Micha Mizrahi Studio, this residence in Mexico City is inspired by nature and blends with the surrounding landscape. Apart from a systematic floor plan that fosters an abundance of natural light, the home is also punctuated by luxurious monolithic marble cladding to the walls. Alternating with the marble walls are wood panels that accentuate a contemporary feel. Flexform’s Cestone Sofa is placed in the centre of the living room, displaying a feature that is often overlooked. Designed by one of Flexform’s long-standing designers, Antonio Citterio, the Cestone Sofa comprises upholstered woven checkerboard pattern in cowhide on the back and the sides. With this addition, the sofa adds an elevated layer of sophistication into the living room – contrasting slightly with the soft, upholstered front. Also available to be paired with the Cestone sofas are its eponymous coffee tables, available with a Canaletto to walnut or ash colour, it texturally complements the warmth of the cowhide.   Seville, Spain [caption id="attachment_89561" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Flexform Sofa Elegance Groundpiece Sofa, Seville. Photography by Fernando Alda.[/caption] Intimate and warm with contrasts between dark and light materials, this residence in Seville has been designed by Francesc Rifé Studio to be an elegant, yet simple space. Located on the top floor of a historical building, the brief for the home revolved around achieving a more open space with natural light. Accompanying Calacatta marble and bleached pinewood, evident throughout the living room, are the Groundpiece Sofa and Happy Chaise Lounge from Flexform. Designed in 2001 by Antonio Citterio, Groundpiece revolutionised the form of sectional sofas. Realising early on that people were using sofas for different reasons; resting, reading, or watching television, Antonio ensured that the sofa was low and deep to cater for its multi-functional aspect. Facing the fireplace and the views of the Guadalquivir River in Seville, the Groundpiece Sofa in the living room is paired with a minimalistic and dark bookshelf instead of an armrest. Moreover, the amply sized goose-down cushions merely emphasise the sofa’s guaranteed level of comfort.   Mallorca, Spain [caption id="attachment_89559" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Flexform Sofa Elegance Soft Dream Sofa, Mallorca.[/caption] Located in Mallorca, one of Spain’s Islands in the Mediterranean, this home surrounds an inner courtyard with an olive tree. Spanish-based design studio, Terraza Balear, was tasked with the responsibility of designing the residence in a way that celebrates its location while being elegant. Following a distinctive Mediterranean material palette but differing from stones typical in the region that is earthy with an orange undertone, the home features multiple dry stone feature walls. Using these stones to inform the rest of the interior palette, furniture and textures also remain light. Specifically, the Soft Dream Sofa upholstered in a beige fabric was chosen in two corner compositions within the living room. A metal base – available in seven different finishes – makes the sofa’s silhouette seem as though it is rising off the floor, harmonising with the sophisticated design of the interior.   Ikema Island, Japan [caption id="attachment_89558" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Flexform Sofa Elegance Lifesteel Sectional Sofa, Ikema Island.[/caption] Situated on the edge of a cliff in Ikema Island, Japan, this residence exudes a sense of a meditative retreat from entry. With the goal of maximising views of the East China Sea, New York and Frankfurt-based architects, 1100 Architects, designed this holiday home by blending contemporary and traditional Japanese elements in a modern way. Following that, the interior was furnished in a way to ensure that attention was focused on the views and the surrounding landscape. To complement the exposed concrete, which contrasts with the rich timber, the palette remains simple. In the same manner, the Lifesteel Sectional Sofa is raised off the ground with generous and inviting proportions, making it a light addition to the living room. Voluminous armrests convey a graceful form, while the cowhide-upholstered frame marries the furnishing with its interior. The minimal base is available in satin, chrome, burnished, black chrome or champagne finishes to allow for multiple configurations and functions.   Chicago Tower, Chicago [caption id="attachment_89553" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Flexform Sofa Elegance Wing Sofa, Chicago Tower. Courtesy of Axis Mundi Design, Tony Cragg, Christopher Wool.[/caption] Set to finish construction later in the year, Chicago Towers adorned with expansive views of the Windy City. Bringing attention to the panoramic views, the living room is fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass. Light and airy, the Wing Sofa specified in the living room matches the architectural composition of the residence. Made up of geometric shapes without the sharp corners, the Wing Sofa sits atop a cast-metal base set out of site. Giving the impression that the sofa is floating, the soft goose-down cushions add to the sofa’s lightweight appeal. A sculptural statement, whether in a residential or hospitality project, the Wing Sofa’s slender cast-aluminium supports several deep rectangular cushions.   Coogee, Sydney [caption id="attachment_89554" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Flexform Sofa Elegance Soft Dream Sofa, Coogee House. Courtesy of Fanuli Furniture.[/caption]  This residence located in a dense, beachside suburb boasts views of its surrounds while being mindful of the client’s privacy. Featuring several products from Flexform including the Soft Dream Sofa, Hera ChairsGuscio Armchairs and Happy Chaise Lounge, the entire house remains consistent in materiality and aesthetic. Embodying a sense of warmth, the Guscio Armchair has an enveloping shell structure that is made of structural polyurethane foam. It is also paired with a goose down seat cushion to ensure the utmost comfort. The armchair’s sophisticated base is available in solid wood, Canaletto walnut or ash, or in metal with various finishes. Additionally, the Soft Dream Sofa, in the open plan living room has a low double-depth armrest at 94cm. The lightweight sofa rises generously on top of elegant cast-metal slim legs. The understated yet comfortable form of the Soft Dream Sofa can be enhanced with additional cushions or numerous contrasting colours and Italian fabrics. [caption id="attachment_89555" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Flexform Sofa Elegance Guscio Armchair, Coogee House.[/caption]   Flexform in Australia is available through Fanuli We think you might also Lounging On A Dream with Flexformabc
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A Pleated Roof Unfolds In Highett

Located in a low-lying street in Highett, (two kilometres from Port Phillip Bay in Victoria), Pleated House by Megowan Architectural references “the simple and unpretentious built forms and materials” in the Melbourne neighbourhood. “In our minds, the design straddles the fine line between that casual context, while still making a design statement,” explains Christopher Megowan, director of the Melbourne-based practice. Christopher is referring to a house that strikes a balance between honouring the past and architectural statement-making. “Given that one of the clients was a roof plumber by trade, a simple flat-roofed box out the back just wasn’t going to be an option,” he says when asked about the striking roof form. The folded structure of the roof, which undulates over the extension, makes strong reference to mid-century Modernism. “The house references [the work of] Donald Wexler, Barry Berkus, Pierre Koenig, to name a few and the iconic bathing boxes which dot Port Phillip Bay,” explains Christopher.  

The folded structure of the roof, which undulates over the extension, makes strong reference to mid-century Modernism.

  Pleated House Megowan Architectural cc Tatjana Plitt outdoor deck The folded roof was also utilised to allow for six clerestory windows that draw light deep into the living spaces of the extension, addressing the daylight issues that resulted from having a South-facing rear yard. Structurally, a large box gutter separates old from existing and conceals unattractive elements, whilst the central valley frames a view to the yard.

“The design straddles the fine line between [a] casual context, while still making a design statement.”

The clients – “a design-aware couple with a border collie” ­– requested a relaxed, refined and budget-conscious approach to effectively transforming their “light-starved weatherboard”. “The house was going to be built by one of the client’s himself, and the budget was almost half of what we would normally allow for a house of this size, so it wasn’t going to be a project filled with hundreds of expensive or tricked out details,” says Christopher. “Instead, it was about creating a couple of impactful gestures and working carefully within the existing conditions; and even reusing many items that the client’s already had.” Pleated House Megowan Architectural cc Tatjana Plitt dining bench From a layout perspective, the architects re-worked and re-purposed the front three rooms of the existing house by overhauling the original bathroom and converting the existing living room into a master suite with ensuite and walk-in-robe. A direct connection to the garden and living areas was created by aligning the centre of the rear pavilion with the existing front door and a new garage for roomy storage was created and connected to the house via a new versatile space housing the laundry, storage and a mud room. Megowan Architectural’s extension is predominantly clad in charred and oiled cypress, shiplap, a finish achieved by the client during construction. “Given that the extension is to a weatherboard house, the lightweight nature of the shiplapped timber cladding seemed like a logical and thematic choice from the get-go,” says Christopher. “The charred timber was chosen to relate to, but also contrast with, the existing weatherboard. Elements of the charred cladding were brought into the verandah structure and garage extension at the front of the house to create a link between the front and back yet still differentiate between old and new.” Pleated House Megowan Architectural cc Tatjana Plitt kitchen The material palette and styling (credit here goes to one of the clients Claire Taffe, who is an interior stylist), was carefully considered from a budget and aesthetic point of view. For example, the timber grooved ceilings and kitchen joinery create a connection between the interior and the external cladding and to the Silvertop Ash used for the external decking (which has been allowed to grey to a neutral silver.) The main bathroom was designed around a towel ladder that the client had constructed and offset by sparing use of basic porcelain tiles and penny rounds and a custom cross-laminated vanity and bath caddy. The approach ties in with the architectural restraint and it’s worth noting what can truly be achieved within a tight budget and carefully curated design parameters. Megowan Architectural m-a.com.au Photography by Tom Blachford Dissection Information Belgium Stone tiles from National Tiles Oak flooring from Tongue n Groove Appliances from Smeg Table from Mark Tuckey Roof from Colorbond

“[The project] was about creating a couple of impactful gestures and working carefully within the existing conditions.”

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