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INDE.Awards 2019: Who Will Take Home Gold?

When the INDE.Awards Shortlist was recently announced, there was no doubt in our minds that the competition for the category winning place would be tight. The INDE.Awards Jury spent many hours over many days adjudicating hundreds of entries – no small task. Jurors were impressed by the boundary-pushing projects and practices present in this year’s awards. “Design across the board, whether public or private, large or small scale, continues to push boundaries and embrace new challenges from upcycling to human engagement,” comments Juror Leone Lorrimer of Lorrimer Consulting (Australia). The Jury also highlighted some of the really exciting moments they experienced while judging. “The workplace category demonstrated very high-quality design, even though workplace requires a prolonged process with extended stakeholder engagement,” says Lorrimer. Meanwhile, Juror Sue Carr of Carr (Australia) highlighted The Multi-Residential Building category as a standout “with the calibre of the project work highly representative of a sector performing at its peak”. [caption id="attachment_89507" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Sue Carr INDE.Awards 2019 INDE.Awards 2019 Juror Sue Carr.[/caption] On Friday 21 June, INDE.Awards will hold its grand gala event at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton. The biggest date on the INDE calendar, the gala brings together our vast region of creatives in a melting pot of celebration and activity. Most exciting of all is the presentation of 13 category winners, 11 honourable mentions, the Best of the Best awards. In 2019 INDE.Awards will also present an inaugural Editors’ Gold Mark, awarded by Indesign Media’s Regional Editorial Board for progressiveness in design. The evening will be led by MC Fenella Kernebone. Kernebone is famed in Australia for her work as an ideas curator, presenter, MC, producer and speaker – particularly within creative industries. She is head of curation for TEDxSydney, host of Lumina – a new podcast for AFTRS, and a new board director of the National Trust (NSW). Kernebone appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International. The gala is the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with the thought-leaders and luminaries within our international design community. In attendance will be esteemed Jurors Shashi Caan (USA/UK), Luke Yeung (Thailand), and Leone Lorrimer, Paul McGillick, Sue Carr and James Calder (Australia). [caption id="attachment_89504" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Fenella Kernebone INDE.Awards | Our 2019 INDE.Awards Gala MC, Fenella Kernebone.[/caption] The event goes beyond simply awarding the region’s best talent, it also offers a dedicated space for engaging with the people who are shaping our regional discourse. Among those select individuals will be INDE.Awards Ambassadors Palinda Kannangara (Sri Lanka), studiomake’s David Schafer (Thailand), Josh Carmody and Andrew Piva of B.E Architecture (Australia). And INDE.Awards’ incredible Partners – all leaders in design in their own right: Zenith, Bosch, Colebrook Bosson Saunders, Cosentino, Cult, Gaggenau, Haworth, Herman Miller, Living Edge, PGH Bricks & Pavers, Wilkhahn, Woven Image, Zip, and Trophy Partner Dinosaur Designs.

Book your tickets now and enter the draw to win an Eames Chair and Ottoman from Herman Miller.

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House Of The Year 2019

Wilderness House

The south-west region of Western Australia is one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world with a rich concentration of flora and fauna species, many of which are endemic to the area. Wilderness House sits on the ridgeline of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, surrounded by coastal woodland and just a stone’s throw to the white sands and famous surf breaks of the Margaret River beaches. Here, Ian and Yvette Keith – keen surfers and early risers – live in tune with nature, waking with the sunrise, relaxing with the sunset, and taking in the sights and sounds of the natural landscape, while disturbing the plants and wildlife as little as possible. They bought the secluded property with an existing two-bedroom cottage 15 years ago. In 2016, they engaged Archterra Architects to design a new house within an established clearing with a brief to elevate the new structure and create the feeling of living in a tent. “The design response is a modernist elevated platform with large areas of glass that can be slid aside to evoke the feeling of being on an open platform up amongst the treetops,” says Paul O’Reilly, principal of Archterra. Archterra designed a glass-and-steel house with a flat roof and simple rectangular plan. Much of it hovers above the ground on galvanized steel piloti, inspired by beach houses on the Mornington Peninsula, with the 3.6-metre grid construction taking its cues from the Case Study Houses to achieve structural and material efficiency. Clad in Colorbond steel and compressed cement sheeting, the exterior requires zero maintenance and is BAL 29 compliant. The house is accessed by a long, galvanized steel mesh ramp to the upper level – inspired by Harry Seidler’s houses and national park gantries in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Rising over the ground plane it provides a gradual transition to the house where a covered entry projects from the side. The floor plan is oriented to suit Ian and Yvette’s lifestyle and circadian rhythm. “We go with nature,” says Ian. “When it’s light we get up, when it’s dark we go to bed, which is also why we have no blinds.” Their bedroom faces east at one end of the house where they wake to the sun as it rises over the treetops. The kitchen, dining and living area are at the other end of the house, with large expanses of glass for views to the north, west and south. The bathroom and services are in the centre, and there is a guest suite and outdoor shower on the ground floor. Archterra met Ian and Yvette’s request for “views all around” with minimal exterior walls along the south elevation and in the northwest corner. There is a single deck, which projects to the north, so as not to impede the view down into the vegetation from the living and sleeping areas. The interior is calm and neutral with white walls and Hoop Pine ceiling to draw focus to the natural landscape. The walls stop short of the ceiling and there are no internal doors in order to enhance the visual flow and amplify the sense of a singular open space. Eaves extend beyond the glass walls of the house, like the awning of a tent, to block summer sun while allowing winter rays to warm the charcoal-pigmented floor slab. Enveloped with louvre windows and sliding glass doors, Wilderness House has the feeling of an open floating platform with eye-level views into the tree canopies and over the woodland, and the chatter and song of the wildlife providing natural ambient noise. “With the birds flying around, lizards crawling through the plants and the kangaroos sitting downstairs, we feel part of nature,” says Ian.abc
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Clear Your Diary For Jardan’s First Warehouse Sale In Sydney

Known to bring softness and warmth into the interior with luxurious products by local artists and craftspeople, Jardan’s first warehouse sale in Sydney is happening on the 15th June at 55 Doody Street in Alexandria from 8 am to 6 pm. Discounting a selection of its most sought-after furniture pieces including sofas, armchairs and dining chairs, the luxe furniture brand is opening their doors for everyone to find the finishing touches to their home or office. As an Australian family-owned furniture business in operation since 1987, the brand has created a design legacy – one of local materials employed in a narrative and conceptual furniture collections. Products found at Jardan are made to be loved, to grow and to change with families over generations.

So, save the date, clear your calendars, and we’ll see you at Jardan on Saturday 15 June.

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The Antique Collecting, Sydney-based Interior Architect, Phoebe Nicol

Sitting down to chat with Phoebe Nicol in Sydney’s Kings Cross, she was buzzing as a 42-foot shipment from France would be arriving next day; full of antiques collected from a recent trip with partner Jeremy Bowker, and mentor: the antique dealer and interior designer Geoffrey Clark. The shipment was heading for Phoebe and Jeremy’s showroom in Rosebery, Sydney, which is the home to The Vault and Phoebe’s interior architect business. The Vault, their curated antique and art business, started in humble beginnings, from their garage in Randwick, only two-and-a-half years ago. It’s pretty amazing that in such a limited time The Vault has grown so much. In part due to the incredible training that Bowker and Nicol have received from industry greats like Martyn Cook and Geoffrey Clark, who mentored their process. Phoebe’s career began in well-placed work experience at 16 years old at Country Trader. “My mum is an interior designer,” she admits, “I’ve been surrounded my decorating and interiors from such a young age.” Phoebe Nicol CC Dave Wheeler Phoebe went on to study design at Enmore College, going back to work at Country Trader for six years once she graduated. “[working directly with Geoffrey Clark] really resonated with me; it threw me into this world of antiques which can become a bit of an obsession,” she says. “I really wanted to push my knowledge of interior design and spatial design, so I decided to study interior architecture at UNSW.” Her degree allowed her to add an architectural push to her practice, and while studying she began working at PopovBass Architects. “I learnt a hand of restraint, and began to consider the whole space of the interiors,” she says. After graduating, Phoebe worked with Sydney-based interior designer Tasmin Johnson for two years, before starting her own design studio in October 2018. Phoebe Nicol CC Dave Wheeler Phoebe often gets custom pieces made and pairs them with one-of antique pieces that become objects to pass down through generations. “Antiques can last for as long as you want them to because they are often high-quality. Too many pieces of furniture are designed today, to simply be replaced.” There is a narrative of reuse and recycle in antiques suggests Phoebe. “You understand the craftsmanship that went into these amazing piece, such as a chest of drawers that's hundreds of years old.” Her design philosophy centres around bringing the old into the new but within a clean architectural shell. She adds, “I really focus on materiality, and a common theme for all my designs is attaching classicism, bringing in a European twist.” Phoebe Nicol phoebenicol.com Photography by Dave Wheeler Phoebe Nicol CC Dave Wheeler Phoebe Nicol CC Dave Wheeler Phoebe Nicol CC Dave Wheeler Phoebe Nicol CC Dave Wheeler Phoebe Nicol CC Dave Wheeler Phoebe Nicol CC Dave Wheeler Phoebe Nicol CC Dave Wheeler We think you might also like Patrick and Tamsin Johnson abc
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5 Reasons Why Saturday Indesign Is A Game-Changer

Taking over the city of Melbourne for one day only – 22 June – Saturday Indesign has a jam-packed program of talks, exhibits, interactive installations and workshops. Set in the best design showrooms right across the city, Saturday Indesign will literally, and figuratively, transport you to the heart of the design industry. And here are some very important reasons to join the festivities. 5 Reasons Why Saturday Indesign Is A Game-Changer
  1. Keep your finger on the pulse

Design sits at the forefront. Designers themselves have the unique positioning of being harbingers of change and leading the direction in which our spaces are going. But how do you make sure you’re always ahead of the curve? It’s about continual learning. And Saturday Indesign is the solution. With the best design brands and suppliers on the ground all showcasing the latest releases and launching brand-spanking new stuff – you will be hard pressed to come away without some serious industry knowledge. Add into the mix that there will be a wide range of talks and workshops hosted in the beautiful showrooms of the best brands across Melbourne, so you can tap into as much learning as you see fit. It’s the perfect opportunity to invest in your own professional development – because no one else is going to push your career forward but yourself. 5 Reasons Why Saturday Indesign Is A Game-Changer
  1. Fuel your creative inspiration

Staying inspired is all par for the course in the design biz. And what Saturday Indesign brings is inspiration in spades. With brands and designers collaborating on showroom installations and the latest product being showcased in ever-imaginative ways (see point 1), there will be creative inspiration at every turn. More than just inspiration, Saturday Indesign offers an immersive and interactive experience – calling for you to make a contribution to the industry. Expect a sensorial overload, Saturday Indesign invites you to get involved by touching, feeling and smelling the creativity. 5 Reasons Why Saturday Indesign Is A Game-Changer
  1. Make the relationships of a lifetime

In an age dominated by email and digital screens, the impact of meeting someone face-to-face, sharing a drink and finding common ground cannot be understated. Sometimes breaking down those barriers is all it can take to meet someone that could end up being a friend, a future colleague, a future employee, even a partner in crime. Saturday Indesign provides the setting, you just need to bring an open mind. Who knows who you might meet and where it might lead. 5 Reasons Why Saturday Indesign Is A Game-Changer
  1. All you have to do is hop on and off

Not sure where to start? Saturday Indesign features several trails across the city, centred around a selection of showrooms. We have walkable maps and free buses in-between so that you can hit up every spot and not miss a thing. For the no brainer, just follow our trail, or you can plan your own adventure. 5 Reasons Why Saturday Indesign Is A Game-Changer
  1. Super design week

If all of that wasn’t enough to tempt you, Saturday Indesign is bang smack in the middle of a super design week. What is that you ask? It just so happens that there are myriad design events all kicking off the same week as Saturday Indesign. What better time to block out your calendar and dive right in. The 2019 INDE.Awards Gala is set for Friday 21 June at the historic Melbourne Museum. It will be a night to celebrate and recognise the exceptional design talent of our region. Ahead of the elegant soirée, a series of breakfast workshops are in the works (more to come on these soon). Plus the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Conference is running from Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 June, and Denfair returns the same week. All of that adds up to an epic design week! Saturday Indesign saturdayindesign.com We think you might also like Movers & Shakers: Saturday Indesign Ambassadors abc
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A Sculptural Teahouse In Shanghai By Spacemen

When coffee giant Starbucks opened its largest store in Shanghai, China in December of 2017, tea bars across the country pulled up their socks (so to speak). Using design as their instrument for reinvention, they set out to start a fresh conversation with their market of trendy tea drinkers. Icha Chateau is an exceptional case in point, elevating its interiors by applying a fringed canopy to its ceilings. Working with Spacemen studio to pull off this impressive overhang, the tea bar and restaurant used 35,000 metres of gold chain in three different shades. Mimicking the shape of Chinese tea plantations, the undulating, sculptural planes form various nooks and niches for patrons seeking privacy, while their soft nature invites people to touch and feel. Icha Chateau Shanghai Spacemen CC Min Chen Xuan Grey mirrors, strategically placed behind the sofas, enhance the narrow site and reflect the gold cloud, creating a sense of dining within a forest. The sculptural piece is used to mask a structural column, turning it into the focal point where all chains are anchored, while its various levels and hues also conceal the store’s technical equipment. Grey terrazzo, matte black stained timber and grey upholstery fabrics compose a muted material palette that provides a sleek background to the gold canopy above. Icha Chateau Shanghai Spacemen CC Min Chen Xuan The dream-like interior is a celebration of Chinese tea culture. Through well-conceived design devices, Spacemen brings history and modernity into play, combatting the dominance of Westernised coffee chains to reignite Shanghai’s love affair with its heritage. Spacemen spacemen-studio.com Photography by Min Chen Xuan Dissection Information Mini Crescent Light from Lee Broom Rudie Double Light from Roll & Hill Lucy Chair from Bend Viel Stool from Bride's Icha Chateau Shanghai Spacemen CC Min Chen Xuan Icha Chateau Shanghai Spacemen CC Min Chen Xuan | Icha Chateau Shanghai Spacemen CC Min Chen Xuan Icha Chateau Shanghai Spacemen CC Min Chen Xuan Icha Chateau Shanghai Spacemen CC Min Chen Xuan Icha Chateau Shanghai Spacemen CC Min Chen Xuan We think you might also like Zero Waste Bistro by Bergrothabc
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A House Designed To Withstand Victorian Bushfires

Responding to its flame-zone locale within the town of Lorne, on the Great Ocean Road, Skyline House protects itself from the threat of bushfires via a robust, fire-rated steel-clad exterior. “By orientating the building away from the direct bushfire threat to the west, this essentially directed the planning to work around a mid-level courtyard, anchoring the space,” says Lachlan Sheperd, director of his eponymous Torquay-based architecture firm. “Everything flows from this zone and the home steps either up or down the site, depending on its position around the courtyard.”

Skyline House protects itself from the threat of bushfires via a robust, fire-rated steel-clad exterior.

However, unlike many other houses faced with similar challenges, Skyline House does not turn its back on its environs, successfully protecting itself from imminent danger whilst exposing the interior to the majestic bush setting. “There are two levels of connection in the home,” explains Lachlan. “One is a physical connection at courtyard level, whereby the owners can reconnect with the site and step onto natural ground level, moving either up or down the hill. The second is also a connection, whereby the living zones sit at the canopy level of surrounding trees. This allows for an ever-present backdrop of a bush landscape context.” Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking The architects were also faced with a heavily sloped site, which presented various construction challenges. They responded by creating a split-level house that is partly anchored into the site, resulting in a fire-rated wall on one side and framed views on the other. “In addition, the central courtyard is north-east facing and the home works to harness winter sun into the living zones, whilst excluding summer sun,” adds Lachlan.

The architects were also faced with a heavily sloped site, which presented various construction challenges.

In addition to the fully expressed, cantilevered steel structure, the remaining materials are few – and intentionally robust and masculine in their aesthetic natural state. “The palette is deliberately restrained to allow the building to harmonise with the site externally and highlight the landscape context internally,” explains Lachlan. Yet, the result is still a home of intimacy and warmth. “Our clients live in the city and have told us that when they travel down to stay, they instantly feel comfortable and relaxed and don’t want to leave,” says Lachlan. Lachlan Sheperd lachlanshepherd.com.au Photography by Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking Skyline House Lachlan Sheperd CC Benjamin Hosking We think you might also like Shou Sugi Ban: The Art Of Charred Cedarabc
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3 Ways Performance Fabrics Positively Impact Design

Glass has become one of the defining factors of modern architectural design, with door-to-ceiling windows now a go-to in residential design. Chosen not only for its sleek and clean appearance, but it also increases the level of natural light within an interior. It’s not a feature expected to diminish in popularity either, with architects incorporating glass into their designs continue to be a growing trend. However, while it may have the desired effect from a design perspective, utilising glass comes with further design considerations for interiors, namely an increase in sun glare, UV radiation and heat coming into the building.
In this sense, while glass may look aesthetically pleasing on the exterior, it can actually have negative effects on an interior, such as excess heat and fabric fading from UV radiation. In a bid to counteract these negative aspects, performance fabrics – specifically when used in window coverings – provide functional qualities such as durability, UV protection, comfort and thermo-regulation. Verosol Performance Fabrics Roller Blind SilverScreen
As well as providing privacy, the use of window coverings is required to reduce sun glare – especially in Australia, with some cities receiving up to 286 days of sunshine a year. However, while the use of window coverings may reduce sun glare, which has an impact on television and computer screens, as well as shiny surfaces within the home and office, it does mean that the original design of a building can be compromised, not to mention the benefits of having large windows are lost.
When in use, traditional window coverings that completely block views to the outdoors can prevent a building’s location from being fully enjoyed from indoors, as well as natural light entering. Studies have shown that access to natural light and outside views in the home are important for our physical and psychological health.
With sunlight and natural light comes UV radiation, which causes damage faster than visible light. Studies have shown that UV radiation is the single largest contributing factor in the fading of fabrics, carpets and other furnishings. When specifying window coverings, choosing a performance fabric that blocks as much UV radiation as possible will ensure that interior furnishings are not compromised. Additionally, heat and light are controlled through the use of performance fabrics, ensuring that residents are not experiencing disruptive heat at the window. Verosol Performance Fabrics Roller Blind SilverScreen
For more than 50 years, Verosol has been the world leader in metallised fabrics, specialising in a unique and innovative metal-backed fabric, SilverScreen, that is used on window coverings to regulate heat and light in buildings. The use of SilverScreen in window coverings reflects up to 85% of solar energy before it turns to heat, allowing the layout of an interior to go uncompromised. What’s more, reduction of heat, light and UV is the same regardless of the colour of the window covering, ensuring specifiers do not compromise on aesthetics for performance. Verosol verosol.com.au Photography courtesy of Verosol Verosol Performance Fabrics Roller Blind SilverScreen We think you might also like How To Cool Down Without A/C With Verosol
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Julep​’s Contemporary And Romantic Allure

Jonas Wagell heads up his eponymous studio and collaborates with furniture manufacturers from all over the world. Focusing primarily on product and furniture design, Jonas Wagell Design + Architecture (JWDA) designed the Julep Collection for Tacchini in 2017. It is a curvaceous addition to the renowned Italian furniture brand, with a simple design that belies its charm. Receiving both the Muuuz International Award and Best Furniture in Archiproducts Design Award in 2018, Julep is a collection of upholstered pieces comprising a sofa, armchair, chaise-lounge and ottoman. Its design derives from a 1950’s Avant-Garde aesthetic with a simple, yet refined feminine appeal. Using different densities of polyurethane foam, the entire collection appears ample and full. Bearing a strong trace of Jonas’s Scandinavian roots. This combines to manifest as a seating collection that seems to be elevated off the floor. With a sense of lightness owing to its recessed base, the generous rounded lines of Julep are subtly juxtaposed by the interplay of proportions between backrest and seat. Manufactured by hand in the Tacchini factory with superior quality and attention to detail, Julep is available in a range of Tacchini’s upholstery fabrics and leathers, making it the ideal choice in residential, commercial and hospitality interiors. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="87987,87986,87984,87983"] StylecraftHOME stylecrafthome.com.au Photography by Andrea Ferrari We think you might also like the 2018 rug collection by Stylecraft.abc
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FMD Architects Integrate The Adult Lives Of A Couple Through Design

The owners of this Victorian cottage in Melbourne’s inner-north were living independently before they got married. She had just finished renovating her house just around the corner with FMD Architects. He was living with his son, now in his early 20s, in a slightly larger home, un-renovated. “We had already presented a scheme to renovate his place before our clients came together. Fortunately, as construction hadn’t started, we could redesign with both in mind, as well as for his son,” says architect Fiona Dunin, director of FMD Architects.

The sculptured ceilings not only flood the house with natural light but also increase the sense of volume in the lounge.

Fiona has worked for this couple on previous commercial projects. “They know my aesthetic so there was a great level of trust,” says Fiona, who understood from the outset that a level of separation was required between this couple and his son. “I was also mindful of future proofing this house, avoiding steps and creating a gentle ramp (linking the main bedroom suite at the rear)…The second bedroom at the front could be used by a career in decades to come,” she adds. His & Hers House FMD Architects CC Derek Swalwell kitchen island bench FMD Architects retained the original front rooms but added a striking open plan kitchen, dining and living area. A separate bathroom for the son was also included, along with an entirely new main bedroom wing. In contrast to the period home, the FMD’s design features angular skylights over the kitchen and living area, along with generous floor-to-ceiling glazing that allows for unimpeded views into the courtyard gardens. “We wanted to maximise the natural light, as well as provide cross-ventilation to all the rooms,” says Fiona, who has provided three bedrooms, one of which is used as a study/guest bedroom.

“Given our history of working with these clients, the brief was fairly loose, with the words ‘privacy’ and ‘flexibility’ included in the initial discussions.”

The sculptured ceilings not only flood the house with natural light, now approximately 160 square metres in area, but also increase the sense of volume in the lounge. The siting of the addition was as important in the scheme of things, with the relatively compact site benefiting from courtyards on all sides. “Given our history of working with these clients, the brief was fairly loose, with the words ‘privacy’ and ‘flexibility’ included in the initial discussions,” adds Fiona, who wasn’t surprised that when it came to designing one house, rather than two individual homes, there was little, if any disagreement. “The main issues came down to the furniture, what to keep and what not to retain,” she notes. FMD Architects fmdarchitects.com.au Photography by Derek Swalwell and Peter Bennetts His & Hers House FMD Architects CC Derek Swalwell open plan dining His & Hers House FMD Architects CC Derek Swalwell open plan living His & Hers House FMD Architects CC Derek Swalwell indoor outdoor dining His & Hers House FMD Architects CC Derek Swalwell study nook His & Hers House FMD Architects CC Derek Swalwell skylight  

“I was mindful of future proofing this house, avoiding steps and creating a gentle ramp.”

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