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Andrew Benn Prides Himself On Creative Solutions

Architect Andrew Benn isn’t bound by the four walls that form a house. He takes time to reflect on the needs, wants and lifestyle of his clients to fashion sensitive architectural solutions. And although he has numerous built examples of his particular approach, it’s the house he lives in that is perhaps the best illustration.

Located in Balmain, Sydney, not too far from the edge of Sydney Harbour, Andrew lives with his wife Alice and their two young children in a house they own with his wider family. His mother is his neighbour. She downsized from their larger family home when Andrew was studying architecture, and it was understood that, when appropriate, he would work on the house. When Andrew and his family bought the neighbouring property in 2012 the time was right to begin the project.

As has come to be standard practice at Benn+Penna, the studio he founded and directs, the architect and client (in this case the family) sat down to identify the current and future needs of the house. “I think that it’s critically important to any of the work we do to set a long-term vision or master plan,” says Andrew. “So thinking about how a family might grow; how an individual might grow; and how a building might age is a vital aspect of any project.”

Andrew Benn Benn+Penna | Habitus Living

While the interior scope to his mother’s house was relatively typical – a modern update that respected the existing architecture – the structural work across the two semi-detached houses reconnects them after years of growing apart. Living in this manner allows for multi-generational support: Andrew to his mother and his mother to her grandchildren, as well as the sharing of resources that allows the extended family to keep costs, and their footprint, down.

The approach taken to Andrew’s house is also noteworthy. During the design phase, he and Alice didn’t have children but they knew they wanted a family in the future. Recognising their reduced yet elastic need for space, Andrew created a small, self-contained flat in the front half of his house. They’re able to rent space they don’t need for supplementary income.

 

“A lot of people talked about it as this intergenerational living arrangement whereby you share resources within the family, keeping costs down, keeping your footprint down.”

 

When their two children are older, they can reclaim this space. “We’ve designed it so we can easily regain that front room. The dividing wall is there but it’s had its structure designed so that we can cut holes through the wall and reunite them,” says Andrew.

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The kitchen is another example of thoughtful design that takes future needs into serious consideration. There wasn’t a need for a big kitchen so there is currently no island bench, however, plumbing is in place underfloor for if and when this changes. “Services and structure have been thought about in the long-term plan,” notes Andrew.

It was this project that marked the official beginnings of Benn+Penna in 2013 and really propelled it into the spotlight. In 2014 this joint project, dubbed A Balmain Pair, was awarded an Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Architecture Award (Residential Alterations and Additions). “A lot of people were interested in this intergenerational living arrangement whereby you share resources within the family, keeping costs down, keeping your footprint down, et cetera. We’re running two homes under the one roof,” says Andrew.

This initial project connected with the architecture industry as much as with future clients. In the years since, modern additions to old homes have become the Benn+Penna niche, forming the large majority of the practice’s work. “It’s doing sensitive, modern additions to old homes that are not jarringly modern, we spend a great deal of time thinking about how to effectively integrate old and new,” says Andrew. “I’ve got a particular interest in the old architecture of Sydney and I want to make sure that whatever we do makes a very positive and long term contribution to the city’s history.”

Andrew Benn Benn+Penna | Habitus Living

There are a couple of key strategies that he identifies in order to ensure the above. First and foremost, he never mimics the old: Andrew sees his job as an architect to complement or enhance rather than replicate. Secondly, materials that have grain and patina are chosen for their ability to sit well alongside old homes. Proportion, scale and massing are also important in ensuring that modern work doesn’t dominate or visually crush the existing structure.

There are little tricks that Andrew employs to delicately stitch together the old and new. “We’d often demarcate that junction where the old and new cross over; slightly highlighting the building’s parts to make its history more legible.”

There is no “Benn+Penna” visual cue present project-to-project, The studio’s portfolio is quite varied and Andrew attributes that to a client base that is varied along with an attitude in the practice that honours the clients needs rather than an architect’s desires.

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Having said that, European architecture has certainly had a strong impact on Andrew, which can be seen subtly in his work and thought processes. After university Andrew went straight to the Netherlands having been invited to study at The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, and then worked for a further three years in Amsterdam at the internationally acclaimed office of UN Studio before returning to Australia. But this influence started taking shape much earlier in life. “One of my most enduring architectural inspirations is Hugh Buhrich, who was a German architect who arrived here during World War II. My parents were friendly with his family, and as a child, I remember eccentric stories about his legendary house in Castlecrag. His work is incredible, and particularly this house – a brilliant fusion of left and right brain thinking,” he recalls.

Now his is own practice well established, Andrew prides himself on creative solutions: with an emphasis on the word solutions. His approach isn’t wildly fantastical or out of the box for the sake of pushing buttons or inciting a public/professional reaction. It really is solution-driven. “I really enjoy the lateral thinking aspect of design, and finding innovative solutions that are both practical and logical,” he says. So while there can be elements to his work that may not seem like the most obvious response at first glance, they’re typically proven to be creative solutions that make the most sense.

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Photography by David Wheeler

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Small Size, Big Intent From Office AIO

Australia is known around the world for the seriousness with which it takes its coffee. It’s an art, it’s a science, it’s a career – it’s a lifestyle. For clients of the Beijing-based architecture studio, Office AIO, these values are shared. The tiny space in central Beijing (split between a 19m² coffee bar and a 15m² guest room), has become a serious venue for serious artisan coffee. The coffee bar, Big Small Coffee, maybe small in size, but it’s big on intention. That is the sentiment that formed a large part of the brief to Office AIO. The long and narrow space is split down the centre by a Volga Blue granite bar floating atop a mirror-clad body: baristas on one side, patrons on the other. A distinction between these sides of the space is further demarcated by a change in materiality. Big Small Coffee Office AIO shop front occupants Big Small Coffee Office AIO counter Small white butcher tiles on the side of the barista not only create a fresh backdrop for the busy space and introduce an agelessness to the design, but also help the space not feel so confined or limited. A line of magnets provides easy access to tools, coffee orders, and other miscellaneous items. On the patrons’ side of the interiors, stainless steel foldaway plates have been custom- designed and attached to the walls. When flush, they give way to circulation and free movement within the space. One is able and encouraged to unfold these plates that serve as small tables for those want to enjoy their coffee in-house, chatting to their friends and the coffee house staff. Not only do these steel plates provide flexibility to the space but they also empower patrons to use and customise the space to suit themselves. Cork panels on the wall absorb sound, which benefits patrons and neighbours alike. Storage potential here is limited due to obvious spatial constraints. However, the building has a generous ceiling height and thus the architects have incorporated floating shelves above the barista bar. The acrylic sheeting here allows a degree of transparency, without impacting light flow. Beneath this shelf is a singular, 2.4 metre linear light hung by four handcrafted leather straps. The brightness of the light can be adjusted. Big Small Coffee Office AIO barista bar view Big Small Coffee Office AIO bar elevation bench The patio out front of the north-facing site is a place where patrons are encouraged to loiter and mill around, taking time to enjoy their big cup of small coffee. During wet weather, a crystal clear acrylic canopy provides protection without obstructing sunlight or views of the foliage above. Moving through the coffee bar and shared courtyard outback, the owners also have access to a 15-square-metre room, a space they had originally planned to use for staff accommodation and storage. “But why not turn it into a guest room instead?” Office AIO suggested. Initially, the space had been divided and used as living and sleeping quarters for a mother and son. Office AIO made a small extension into the courtyard and merged the interior spaces into one. Double-hinged doors open to form a small internal courtyard further emphasising the illusion of space. Big Small Coffee Office AIO flip board bar Big Small Coffee Office AIO wall Straw mats line the original pitched ceiling and walnut timber floorboards match the existing timber rafters and new timber joinery. These elements work together to create a space that is modern, warm and inviting while simultaneously evoking the traditional Chinese hutong dwellings. Office AIO has utilised every inch of the space without overpopulating it. The essentials for a traveller are here, but nothing that would over-complicate or crowd the space. Beneath the built-nin double bed are drawers to store luggage and extra bedding. There is a shallow, cantilevered desk beside the bed for travellers to work – or reflect on their journey so far – and between the two is a hanging pendant light doubling as a desk and bedside lamp. Alongside the bed is a long and narrow, yet surprisingly luxurious looking, bathroom. Small white butcher tiles mirror the coffee bar in aesthetic and effect. One steps up to a recessed bathtub and shower overhead towards the window where natural light and ventilation is most appreciated. The water heater is elevated along the long side of the room that avoids the overcrowding of space. In the heart of Beijing, a city known for its struggles with over-population and the resulting need to work with compact spaces, Office AIO has been able to use architecture and design to increase the usability, and desirability, of two small spaces. Office AIO office-aio.com Photography by Eric Zhang and Yu Cheng Big Small Coffee Office AIO bnb bed room Big Small Coffee Office AIO bnb Big Small Coffee Office AIO bath tub Big Small Coffee Office AIO sink We think you might also like Wentworth Street Coffee by Folk Studioabc
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A Home To Escape To By Kennedy Nolan

Set in the back block of an inconspicuous laneway on the streets of Fitzroy, Melbourne, is a house that stands strong. It draws the eye down the lane and creates a sense of awe. And that’s just from the outside. Step inside the home of Lucy Feagins and Gordon Johnson and one is transported to a sanctuary for modern living.

“Fitzroy is a very gritty environment, so the requirements for the home needed to offer some sort of refuge from that. It means when you go through the spaces there is always somewhere to look that is peaceful,” shares Kennedy Nolan principal Patrick Kennedy. “It’s amazing how there’s really not much space around this house, it’s a tight block but it doesn’t feel tight, and I think it’s because of the thoughtful little inclusions,” adds Lucy.

The project was a long time coming for Gordon and Lucy, having first acquired what was a “big old tin shed” some 12 years ago. As could be expected, Gordon and Lucy’s life was rapidly changing throughout the design and build process – they welcomed a baby and Lucy’s business (The Design Files) continued to go from strength to strength. “The design adapted to these changes,” says Patrick, making room for the shifting needs of his clients.

Fitzroy Lane House Kennedy Nolan CC Derek Swalwell dining views

Some things that didn’t change over that time were the need for plenty of natural light and outdoor areas. “To get these we gave up lots of space to the void, lightwell, and the upstairs terrace,” says Gordon. Where many people would opt for as many rooms and as much space as possible, Gordon and Lucy chose instead to do the opposite. The resulting sense of spaciousness reveals itself upon traversing the threshold, where stairs lead you both up and down, and a massive void alongside a semi-translucent exterior wall pulls the eye upwards, inviting you to climb the stairs. “[The Ampelite wall] was a really amazing suggestion because if it was all solid it would feel quite dark. Now, it’s just so bright and beautiful even though there are no windows on one whole side of the house,” says Lucy. Patrick elaborates that it was all a matter of “balancing light and aspect”.

The void is a similarly strategic device. What was originally planned as a fourth bedroom was scrapped in favour of a central void space that accentuates the overall height of the building. “The void creates a much more beautiful entrance experience as you come up the stairs. It was more important to us than a room we would never go in,” says Lucy. “Gordon and Lucy were quite happy to carve bits out for outdoor space, vertical space, double-height space, and triple-height space – that’s because they weren’t greedy about the yield. They weren’t trying to max everything out and that means you end up with a much lovelier experience,” notes Patrick.

 

Fitzroy is a very gritty environment, so the requirements for the home needed to offer some sort of refuge.

 
Fitzroy Lane House Kennedy Nolan CC Derek Swalwell sun lounge

The top floor is the hub of the home, housing the living, kitchen and dining spaces, alongside the necessary inclusion of a terrace space. Full-height glass, large sliding doors and semi-operable windows coalesce to make for what Lucy describes as a “well-proportioned but generous-feeling space”. And despite the “postage stamp size” grassy nook, Lucy and Gordon are chuffed to have a veritable green lawn within such a densely urban environment.

Moving down to the second floor, the feeling becomes more intimate, as it should since it holds the bedroom and bathroom spaces. Again, nothing has been blown out of proportion, every room is rather modest while remaining comfortable. A notable inclusion in the main bedroom is a show-stopping bathtub, positioned across a balcony-like threshold looking out to a green void. It is at once private yet connected to the outside. “The bath is one of the best things, our daughter bathes in it every night and it means we’re not stuck in a little bathroom, we can actually just hang in the bedroom and watch her,” says Gordon. The idea came from Gordon and Lucy’s stay in a Shanghai hotel. “It works extremely well because you get an extra threshold and depth rather than it being right on the edge. So you actually get a sense of space,” adds Patrick, from the architect’s standpoint.

Kennedy Nolan has employed many clever considerations that maximise every inch of the home. Other details that may not immediately be noticed but still add to the romance of the whole home include a Juliette balcony that connects the top floor living space to the rest of house by offering a vantage point back down the stairs. “It’s quite an eccentric, tall single space so we wanted to instil a relationship between all the levels,” says Patrick. Likewise a full-height window in the dining room – which extends up above the ceiling and pelmet – creates a dramatic viewpoint to the laneway below. And perhaps the most intriguing thing of all is that when staring at the building’s exterior it is disorientingly hard to decipher which room is which. “There’s a lot of abstraction in this building, particularly in the exterior,” says Patrick. “We were trying to avoid that thing where the house becomes very legible from the exterior. It’s more like an open architectural object in space. You need to create a level of privacy and separation in order to not feel scrutinised as an occupant.”

Ultimately, Kennedy Nolan has created an urban refuge, allowing Gordon and Lucy to stay connected to a suburb they love dearly while simultaneously giving them a home that rejuvenates.

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Photography by Derek Swalwell

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Singapore, Have You Heard? Saturday Indesign Is Back

Searching for an injection of creative inspiration? Saturday Indesign returns to Singapore! Mark 12 October in your calendar with ink.
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Design Conversations at the Curated Space, 2017

You’ll be able to explore one of Singapore’s key design precincts in a one-day format designed to inspire and delight. We’ll get you from A to B so you won’t miss any of the jam-packed, energy-filled design celebrations. Don’t miss it!
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An alternate universe for Magis by ID21 at Xtra, 2014

But what exactly is Saturday Indesign all about? You can expect interactive installations, creative collaborations, and the perfect backdrop to connect with the design and architecture community. Get out of your workspace and into the industry in a festive and fun way.
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‘Balancing Birds’ by WOW Architects for Greenlam, 2015

It’s not just about mingling; while you’re out and about you are also learning and absorbing from the industry’s leading suppliers. Develop your professional knowledge with the latest and greatest from the best brands in the design sphere. And of course, our popular Design Conversations program will return to feed your mind with the latest insights from industry leaders across sectors!
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Design Conversations at Sam and Sara, 2017

At Saturday Indesign you never know who you might meet, or what creative sparks might be lit to fuel your design work.
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Andrew Loh’s northern lights at Scandinavian Business Seating (now Flokk), 2016

Save the date for Saturday Indesign, (re)ignite your passion for the design industry while absorbing valuable design knowledge at the same time. This is an industry event made for you. More info to be released soon… 

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A Marvel in Marble: Dragon Keramik Premium

A fixed rectangular table with gracefully shaped corners, the eye is invariably drawn first to the gleaming surface of the Marmi ceramic stone, which reflects the tones of its surroundings with a subdued grace. The top is available in the new Makalu or Emperador finishes, and depending on the mood of the room, lovers of Italian marble will have a wealth of stone types and finishes – whether matt or gloss – to choose from; from the pureness of Calacatta and Alabastro, to the dark, deeply evocative darkness of Portoro and Sahara Noir. Other options include Ardesia and Golden Calacatta.

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Its powerfully-built steel base is embossed in either black, titanium, or graphite lacquer, and the lower top is painted either black or brushed bronze, embracing the perimeter of the product. This product can seat 8, 10 or 12 comfortably, and the top in available in thicknesses of 5cm and 6cm.

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This product was a starring feature at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano, the world’s largest furniture and design trade fair, a global benchmark event for that sector that showcases over 2,000 companies in its home city of Milan, and launched satellite fairs in Moscow and Shanghai.

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vbo Celebrates Its New Melbourne Showroom With Italian Design Connoisseurs

Just a few doors down from the Pullman hotel on Wellington Parade, the all new vbo showroom is optimally positioned between the city’s popular design hubs of Richmond, the CBD and Collingwood.

Having had a long-established relationship with Italian lighting brand Viabizzuno (for which vbo is the exclusive producer in Australia), the new showroom also celebrates vbo’s close ties with Milanese designer, Henry Timi. His designs are available through vbo exclusively in Australia. 

The combination of sophisticated and refined lighting, alongside the minimalist finesse of Timi’s work is incredibly alluring. And it’s exciting for the Australian design community to finally have a destination where they can view Timi’s work first-hand, alongside the well considered collection of Viabizzuno.

The grand reveal of the the new Melbourne showroom saw it tightly packed from front to back with representatives from Australia’s leading studios. A night memorable for its beautiful design and plenty of familiar faces.

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Bathrooms Via The Golden Age Of Danish Design

Founded in 1968 by the esteemed Overgaard family, Vola serves a key place in the generation of what we now know as the Golden Age of Danish design. The fixtures featuring the trademark Vola style available today have a rich history spanning back to this era. The first ever Vola mixer was designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen for the National Bank of Denmark, lighting the spark for the design fire that burns today. Even in today's world of rapidly evolving and changing trends, Vola’s aesthetic and functionality remain an icon, and a tribute to Danish design. Upon initial launch, the minimalist style of the kitchen and bathroom range was a radical departure from existing, traditional ideas of aesthetics and design. Soon though, this style was popular around the world, and Vola was a quick favourite amongst innovative architects and forward-thinking interior designers. Arne Jacobsen, ever the ground breaking design, thought of the idea of a modular fixture system, that would include all the components necessary to cover all bathroom requirements. Over the years since he had this idea, this system has been developed and refined to enable designers to create individual and unique combinations using handles, spouts, cover plates and accessories. The result is an easy yet powerful tool in any designer’s arsenal. Vola taps are produced in Denmark according to strident green design certification, driven by traditional Scandinavian craftsmanship and the most modern engineering technology. Vola fixtures and fittings are made from the finest materials, using solid brass or stainless steel to craft each product – with 100% of the offcuts from the production process being recycled. One of the first Vola taps, KV1 one-handle mixer, made such an impression that in 1974, it was selected for inclusion in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Drawing on the notions of timeless design aesthetics and the ever-evolving technology that drives new eye-catching designs, Vola’s fixtures and fittings have continuously won international acclaim since their launch over five decades ago. The evolving and growing range of Vola exemplifies the respect Scandinavia commands for its craftsmanship, and honours the history of Danish design. Vola vola.comabc
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A Rammed Earth Home Inspired By Childhood Memories

Rammed earth brings a distinctive identity to this Melbourne home, inspired by the client’s childhood memories of growing up in a rammed earth house in the country. “We have used rammed earth for more than 15 years and it still has mysterious and seductive qualities to me,” says architect Steffen Welsch. “It is a stone material but warm. It is industrial but feels handmade. And I like its raw texture, especially when sunlight hits it.” The clients engaged Steffen Welsch Architects to design an extension to their California bungalow, wanting to create a more sustainable, energy-efficient and comfortable home for their young family. They wanted functional, flexible spaces for everyday life and as well as for overnight guests and for entertaining. “A family home should encourage social interaction,” says Steffen. “This building becomes active with spaces that are connected to allow supervision and stimulate conversation. Bathrooms become social and pockets are inserted to make daily activities enjoyable.”  

The clients wanted to create a more sustainable, energy-efficient and comfortable home for their young family.

  Rammed Down To Earth House Steffen Welsch Architects CC Rhiannon Slater Accommodating the new living, dining and kitchen, the extension has a sweeping floor plan that stretches to the rear of the property and wraps around a side garden. “The extension curls around to capture the sun, creating a communal courtyard and allowing the occupants to look at their own house rather than a paling fence,” says Steffen. Rammed earth walls line the hallway at the entrance to the extension and create a sense of compression before opening to the study, and then the living, dining and kitchen. The walls appear freestanding with high-level windows bringing in additional light beneath the pitched roof. The rammed earth walls enclosing the living area create a sense of shelter and privacy and provide a raw and textured backdrop in the corner of this room. Rammed Down To Earth House Steffen Welsch Architects CC Rhiannon Slater The design team selected rammed earth not only as a reminder of the client’s childhood home but also for the sense of shelter and privacy and insulating qualities. Rammed earth absorbs sound to provide pleasant acoustics and also absorbs heat to moderate internal temperatures, keeping the house cool in summer and warm in winter. The natural texture and colour of the rammed earth are complemented with concrete floors and timber joinery, window and door frames. Joinery is designed to accommodate everyday living and activities with storage for everything from clothes and schoolbags to sports gear and electronic devices. “I have always valued the every day as much as the spectacular, and this is a very comfortable home for the family it is designed for and has an identity without needing to be spectacular,” says Steffen. Steffen Welsch Architects steffenwelsch.com.au Photography by Rhiannon Slater Dissection Information Rammed Earth walls from Olnee Rammed Earth Charred timber from Hurford's Warehouse Kitchen cabinets from MTR Cabinets Curtains and blinds from Clearview Sun Control Door hardware from The Lock and Handle Heating and cooling systems from Call Mercury Landscape design by Peacy Green Rammed Down To Earth House Steffen Welsch Architects CC Rhiannon Slater  

Rammed earth absorbs sound to provide pleasant acoustics and also absorbs heat to moderate internal temperatures.

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Joinery is designed to accommodate everyday living and activities with storage for everything from clothes and schoolbags to sports gear and electronic devices.

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Great Sound, An Even Greater Design: Symfonisk

With the intention of democratising music and sound in the home, Ikea and Sonos collaborated to unveil two products as part of the Symfonisk collection. As part of an exploration to inject smarter design objects in homes at an affordable price, this range is part of the Ikea Home Smart products that can be controlled via the IKEA Home Smart application. “Sound enhances our life at home and the collaboration will enable many more people to create an atmosphere in the home with great design and sound,” says Ikea Australia spokesperson Mark Mitchinson. “Sound can act as a mood booster and is as important for creating the perfect atmosphere at home as any rug, art piece, or sofa. We are thrilled that Ikea has continued to explore the exciting world of audio, in collaboration with Sonos, to blend sound into the home.” Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Speakers | Habitus Living The Symfonisk Table Lamp is equipped with a wifi speaker and combines light and sound into one product in order to de-clutter the home. Challenging the traditional high-tech aesthetic of a lamp, this lamp-speaker spreads warm light and creates a luxurious ambient in either a black or white finish or sleeve. The wifi Bookshelf Speaker, on the other hand, can easily blend into the home whether it is kept on display or tucked away. Doubling as a shelf that withstands weight up to 3 kilograms with a wall-supporting bracket, the Bookshelf Speaker can also be attached to a kitchen rail. The Symfonisk Table Lamp and the Bookshelf Speaker are also compatible with Sonos’ other products. Customers are invited to take part in an immersive demonstration using a bespoke listening box in-store at Ikea Tempe. Here, you will be able to experience how the new Symfonisk speaker range combines high-quality with beautiful design. Ikea ikea.com Sonos sonos.com Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Speakers | Habitus Living Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Speakers | Habitus Living We think you might also like Lexus Nexus abc
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Achieve Resort Style Luxury With Omvivo

As a pioneer in contemporary bathroom product design and manufacturing for almost three decades, Omvivo's entire product portfolio challenges the norm and inspires design narratives. Taking inspiration from exotic locations around the globe, Omvivo’s latest collection Villa evokes a tranquil refined sentiment once reserved for resorts and spas. The organic finishes and sculptural forms inject an ambience of luxuriousness into any residential or hospitality setting. Omvivo Villa Collection Bathroom Products | Habitus Living Consisting of a freestanding bath (The Villa 1725), two above counter basins (The Villa 550 and The Villa 430), as well as one counter basin with a shelf (The Villa 600), all products are available in two colours; White Haven and Cove Grey, developed exclusively by Omvivo.  The freestanding bath is sumptuously deep and features an overflow for peace of mind. Manufactured from solid surfaces with subtle variations in tone, the entire Villa range is hand finished and features a smooth matt surface. The non-porous, durable and stain-resistant nature of the solid surface ensures that scratches can be buffed out and liquids don't penetrate the surface. Villa is now available in Australia through Reece Bathrooms [caption id="attachment_91132" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Omvivo Villa Collection Bathroom Products | Habitus Living Villa 600 Basin with shelf and Villa 1725 Freestanding Bath in Cove Grey.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_91130" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Omvivo Villa Collection Bathroom Products | Habitus Living Villa 600 Basin with shelf in Cove Grey.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_91443" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Villa 550 Oval Basin and Villa 1725 Freestanding Bath in White Haven[/caption] [caption id="attachment_91441" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Villa 550 Oval Basin in White Haven[/caption] Omvivoabc
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Smartstone Quartz Surfaces from Smartstone

Habitus Loves... Going Green | Habitus Living Smartstone is where the beauty of natural stone meets the durability of quartz. Replicating the world’s most beautiful natural stones, Smartstone quartz is the ideal surface for an almost-endless array of interior applications, including kitchen benchtops, splashbacks, vanities, bath surrounds and wall panelling. Smartstone quartz surfaces are meticulously sourced globally to meet our exacting standards of durability, sustainability and innovation. Smartstone  

Echolinear from Elton Group

Habitus Loves... Going Green | Habitus Living Echolinear is a patented sound absorbing system for ceilings and walls, comprising a streamlined, demountable fixing system, E0 and FSC® certified substrate and a seamless linear look. Designed to achieve the highest aesthetic and sound quality levels, Echolinear combines quality materials and superior acoustic capabilities with extremely simple installation. Elton Group  

The Green Chair from KE-ZU

Habitus Loves... Going Green | Habitus Living The Green chair is a project created with the promise to improve quality of life and with a view to planet preservation. Ideally suited for public spaces: be they in hospitality, contract or libraries and education applications, this is one versatile and environmentally responsible program of seating. KE-ZU  

Font Small Table from Fanuli

Habitus Loves... Going Green | Habitus Living The new occasional table. inspired by a typographic character, becomes a service table when positioned next to a sofa or a coffee table. This unique dynamic side table allows for the option of a device with a USB output to be applied that is handy for charging electronic devices. Fanuli  

Lay Bed from JDLee Furniture

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The Lay Bed was designed to accentuate the attributes of its natural materials. Made from sustainably sourced solid American Oak the Lay Bed celebrates the natural imperfections in the timber by putting them on display. The Lay Bed’s large dimensions and natural oil finish enhances its raw beauty and is the perfect piece for every bedroom.

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Sierra Rug from Armadillo&Co

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Sumptuously soft, these inviting rugs are handcrafted from a luxurious wool blend in a jagged peak design reminiscent of a knit.

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Camille Sofa Range from anaca studio

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The Camille range is inspired by a love of Scandinavian style and modernist aesthetics. It has plenty to offer for those searching for a comfortable, elegant and low maintenance sofa. The first sofa from the furniture collection, it is versatile and timeless, with a high focus on comfort and details.

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A Robert Plumb x David Harrison Collaboration Made With Ribbons Of Metal

Known for its durable timber outdoor furniture that is designed and built in Australia, Robert Plumb has expanded its offering by turning to David Harrison of Design Daily. Venturing away from timber furniture that is evident in previous collections, the new Ribbon Collection of outdoor furniture features bent metals. “Robert Plumb wanted something different to what existed, a product that is visually finer and more streamlined, that in turn attracts a different customer,” David explains. Even though the range is designed primarily for the outdoors, its minimal and contemporary form also ensures a suitable indoor application. With a low and uninterrupted profile, the entire range complements any minimalistic or contemporary indoor or outdoor area. Ribbon Range Robert Plumb David Harrison CC Prue Roscoe CC Craig Wall backrest Taking inspiration from the iconic tubular metal furniture from the Bauhaus movement, the entire range embodies a light and sleek appearance. “The benefit of metal is that spans are greater than in timber,” says David. “This enabled me to move to a much lighter framework and create an uncluttered and open range of furniture pieces with an extremely minimal appearance. “For me, the concept of a continuous ribbon of metal – a möbius strip with its loop sled legs and the special feature in the armchair of the twist – works visually but is also where you rest your elbows,” David concludes. Ribbon Range Robert Plumb David Harrison CC Prue Roscoe CC Craig Wall coffee Primarily made of 50-millimetre-wide, powder-coated stainless steel or garnet blasted 316 marine grade steel, the four new products within the Ribbon Range include a three-seat sofa, an armchair, a fixed chaise lounge that reclines and a round, square, or rectangular coffee table. Considering Australia’s extreme climate with the harsh sun and strong UV rays, David paid close attention to material properties in order to increase the product’s lifespan. Each stainless steel base that has been precision bent and hand-welded is finished with an etch-prime paint and a durable polyester powder coat. It is available in 11 different colours with custom options that complement the Linen outdoor fabric collection by Westbury Textiles. Robert Plumb robertplumb.com.au Design Daily designdaily.com.au Photography by Prue Ruscoe and Craig Wall Ribbon Range Robert Plumb David Harrison CC Prue Roscoe CC Craig Wall armchair Ribbon Range Robert Plumb David Harrison CC Prue Roscoe CC Craig Wall armchair outdoor Ribbon Range Robert Plumb David Harrison CC Prue Roscoe CC Craig Wall sofa garden Ribbon Range Robert Plumb David Harrison CC Prue Roscoe CC Craig Wall chaise lounge We think you might also like Radiator House by Hiroshi Nakamura Architectsabc