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When Anna-Carin Manifests The Runes In Rugs

Known to revisit her past when designing, Anna-Carin’s second collaboration with Designer Rugs was influenced by the runes. The runes are an ancient alphabet that originated in Germanic and Scandinavian countries and were depicted as an ideographic or pictographic symbol of cosmological powers. This meant that to write a rune, was to invoke and direct the force for which it stood. Growing up on a small farm in the south of Sweden, Anna-Carin’s extensive design work reflects the quality, elegance and details of Swedish design, drawing on the earthy warmth of her rural heritage. Not only does this mean that her design philosophy revolves around simplicity, functionality and sustainability, but it also emphasises and celebrates her past. [caption id="attachment_90749" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]The Norse Collection Anna-Carin Design Designer Rugs The Othala: The rune of ancestral land; hearth, home and family unity.[/caption] The Norse Collection consists of four rugs that hold a special meaning and belief. With colours that are found in nature, each rug invokes a different cosmological force; The Berkano reflects the rune of the great mother or the earth goddess, the Fehu represents the rune of wealth, the Isa derives from the rune of ice or respite, and the Othala indicates the rune of ancestral land and family unity. Thus, placing these rugs in any residence means to summon the energy that it represents. Each rug has been hand-knotted in Nepal using 100 per cent pure wool and is available at Designer Rugs in two different sizes 240 x 300cm and 300 x 400 cm. Anna Carin Design annacarindesign.com.au Designer Rugs designerrugs.com.au  [caption id="attachment_90748" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]The Norse Collection Anna-Carin Design Designer Rugs The Isa: The rune of ice or respite.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_90747" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]The Norse Collection Anna-Carin Design Designer Rugs The Fehu: The rune of wealth.[/caption] We think you might also like Woollahra Residence by Poco Designsabc

Sunrise House Embraces The Horizon

More often than not, architects take advantage of the landscape – if the site permits – by framing views through floor-to-ceiling windows or even the material palette. Doing so creates a strong narrative between the built and natural environment and allows the architecture to nestle in the landscape without any disruption. Sunrise House by MCK Architects, in the same manner, is finely articulated and designed with flexible timber screens that allow the house to open up or completely shut down. Centred between the road and the beach, MCK Architects designed Sunrise House with materials that withstand coastal conditions in order to increase longevity in materials and construction. Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson entrance Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson house pool Generously proportioned, Sunrise House sits within the dunes and embraces the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. Owing to the simple floor plan, the house is efficiently organised to provide the family with as many shared moments as it does private ones. From the street, the architecture stands out within dense foliage and is embraced by the community. Clad with solid recycled timber, the façade opens up for natural light and ventilation while maintaining privacy. Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson pool Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson open living

Owing to the simple floor plan, the house is efficiently organised to provide the family with as many shared moments as it does private ones.

Bedrooms, positioned on the lower level of the house, have views of the ocean while the living spaces are on the upper floor. With floor-to-ceiling glazed sliding doors, living spaces blend in with the landscape and encourage the residents to gaze across the ocean to the horizon. Additionally, the ground floor cabana opens up to the garden and pool – with a timber decking that extends into the interior. With sustainable design strategies such as positioning the building form to allow for ample natural light and ocean breeze, Sunrise House is adorned with a minimal palette of robust materials and detailing. This is used consistently throughout the home and provides a simple backdrop for the landscape – just as spaces flow between the interior and exterior, so do the materials that define them. MCK Architecture & Interiors mckarchitects.com Photography by Michael Nicholson Photography Dissection Information Porcelain bathroom tiles from Artedomus Porcelain wall tiles from Maximum Custom concrete ensuite basins Rena basin from Kast Cube collection from Caroma Yokato tapware from Brodware Eon paper holder and Sfera pans from Rogerseller Custom shower from Robert Plumb Rangehoods from Qasair Induction cooktop, oven, dishwasher and integrated fridges from Miele Integrated fridge and freezer, bar fridge from Liebherr Dishwasher and BBQ from Smeg Concrete benchtops and sinks from Concreative Hinge and pull-out cabinet systems from Blum Sliding glass panels and Turntable Corner sliding glass panel from Vitrocsa Custom brass entry door handles Custom timber batten screen doors from Bakers Joinery Crestron & Dynalite + AV from Smart Home Solutions Laser Blade pendant from Iguzzini Find Me from Flos Mini Skill Square from Simes Custom brass wall lights designed by Electrolight and fabricated by Light Project Custom recessed wall lights Pendant lights from KKDC, Reggiani, Prolicht, JSB, Special LIghts, Erco, and, Megabay Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson corridor Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson balcony Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson beach horizon Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson entrance doorway Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson street Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson greenery outdoor Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson sunrise Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson elevation   We think you might also like House Burch by Those Architectsabc
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Take a seat on these: Sedis Collection by anaca studio

The Sedis seating range by anaca studio is one of a kind. Inspired by Art Deco period architecture, the collection’s form balances sculptural curves with sharp, minimalistic lines, in turn uplifting any interior space. Products are available in six size variations ranging from low stools to chairs, through to low and high barstools – with or without backs. The modest proportions of the collection lend it versatility, making it an ideal fit in a variety of indoor environments. The simple design also succeeds in enhancing the comfort for those seated. anaca studio is highly-renowned for working closely with local manufacturers and relying on sustainable and ethical design practises when creating furniture collections. This philosophy rings true in its design for the Sedis range, with sustainability and environmental awareness informing the makeup of this striking seating collection. Speaking about her design choices, Principal and Designer Anne-Claire Petre says, “I aimed to create a classic design that would elevate any space without being overly dominant. The Sedis range suits both residential and commercial application. When I design new products, versatility is always an important part of the brief.” Overall, the collection makes quite an impression. Designers can pick from a palette of five different colours that reference both the Australian landscape as well as the European summers in the South of France or regions in Italy. The collection also offers flexibility to designers to select finishes based on their project requirements. The Sedis collection marks the first collaboration between the anaca studio and Stylecraft. The collection will be distributed exclusively by Stylecraft. Stylecraft stylecraft.com.au Photography by Martina Gemmola  abc
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The Duality Of Designer Sabine Marcelis

Sabine Marcelis defines her work as “[highlighting] material properties and production processes in a new and interesting way through experimentation,” adding that she hopes to create a “moment of wonder” that provokes a second glance. That sentiment is prevalent all throughout Sabine’s work. Both in its form and intersectionality. The Rotterdam-based designer embracing the conflicting elements of nature and technology throughout a variety of mediums – again uniting traditionally opposing concepts, such as industrial design and contemporary art as well as commerciality and creativity. Her 2016 series “Voie,” alongside her work for Céline and A. Lange & Söhne, strip the unnecessary, creating pieces that are both bold and emphatic, while concurrently simple, nuanced and uniquely hers. “[I’m] equally influenced by natural phenomena as I am with new developments in technology. I know it sounds cliché, but inspiration is everywhere,” says Sabine. “I don’t look at Pinterest or design blogs, because then you have the same input as other designers and will inevitably design similar work.” [caption id="attachment_90198" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Sabine Marcelis Fendi The Shapes Of Water The Shapes of Water / FENDI Fountains, 2018[/caption] Sabine’s background too reflects this marrying of dualities – being raised in rural New Zealand born to a Dutch family, Sabine’s path started at Wellington’s Victoria University, studying industrial design ­– learning “a lot of computer and practical skills”. Two years later, Sabine took a more creative route, transferring to the Design Academy Eindhoven. “In Eindhoven, it was much more about conceptual thinking and how to communicate your work [within] the world. So, in a way, I really feel like I got the best of both worlds by splitting my education this way.” Interestingly, there are similarities between New Zealand and the Netherlands – particularly in Rotterdam, Sabine’s home since 2011, and its people: “[Rotterdam] is a working-class city and people roll up their sleeves to get [their work] done,” she says. “I’ve definitely missed the general warm and hospitable frame of mind in New Zealand – People are very direct here – but this directness is also very handy when collaborating. No time is lost on miscommunication.” As Sabine continues, she mentions how she feels settled with her life and work in Rotterdam (although she does mention she has itchy feet.) But this isn’t because of New Zealand’s creative differences – Sabine admitting she’s only worked in the Netherlands, although she’s aware of its challenges. “[I] have a lot of respect for New Zealand designers who make it work,” says Sabine. “It’s so much more difficult to operate from there than it is from a city like Rotterdam, which is in the centre of Europe.” [caption id="attachment_90201" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Sabine Marcelis Totem Light Totem Light, 2018.[/caption] Sabine’s story and her work’s success is inherently a reflection of uniting opposites, and in turn, challenges the long-standing mentalities that’re prevalent within the creative industries. And its this embracing of both – in the context of commercial and self-commissioned work – that’s something Sabine has no intention of ever stopping: “The two worlds feed off each other and I definitely want to keep doing both.” Sabine Marcelis sabinemarcelis.com Photography courtesy Studio Sabine Marcelis. Portrait photography by Paolo Bramati Sabine Marcelis We think you might also like The Charm Of New Zealand Design According To Alana Broadheadabc

Future-Forward Car Showroom: BMW And MINI Sydney By SJB

Wander into BMW’s state-of-the-art new five-storey car showroom in Sydney’s exclusive Rushcutters Bay and you could be in a boutique hotel. Striking contemporary architecture juxtaposes cantilevered white concrete boxes, steel and transparent glass walls, with a stylish first-floor reception, café and lounge. MINI’s allied two-level space next door works a bold, black gridded aesthetic. The Sydney team arm at SJB designed BMW Group’s 6,930-square-metre combined dealership to celebrate its iconic brands. “The buildings function as a series of luxurious display cases each with their own character and identity,” says SJB’s principal director Adam Haddow. “Where the BMW showroom exposes, the MINI box envelops and encloses, a compelling contrast in form as well as materiality.” BMW MINI Car Showroom by SJB CC Marin Mischkulnig lobby The $65-million renovation of BMW’s 30-year-old showroom creates a larger, updated, consolidated space. A former post office transformed into a BMW dealership in the 1990s, the building was completely demolished in the redesign. SJB responded to the challenge by designing two separate showrooms and a service building, united by a soaring silver metal-clad roof. “The three all connect to a cobbled courtyard like an Italian village. The piazza has shaded overhangs but is open to the sky.” The brief was “to build the alignment of BMW and MINI while maintaining their distinct personalities,” says Adam, “and to raise the level of service in the mechanics space” (an expanded 46-bay workshop offers slick 90-minute vehicle turnarounds). Innovative design enhances patrons’ experience. SJB integrated an engaging large-scale public artwork into the MINI showroom’s black metal façade. Featuring perforated, patterned panels, ‘Journey to My Country’ by Aboriginal sisters Tarisse and Sarrita King shares indigenous stories. BMW MINI Car Showroom by SJB CC Marin Mischkulnig stair entrance A generous skylight and staircases bring daylight into the BMW space’s core. “Car showrooms can be dark or overly lit,” says Adam. “The warmth, colour and texture of sunlight is really beautiful.” This Australian desire for light is supported by German high-tech. Custom-designed M Series grid light pendants and track lights showcase a dynamic line-up of BMWs, inspired by the roadway. Cars are displayed inside – including dedicated areas for specialist, high-performance and top-end models – and outdoors, with windows and overhangs framing the intersection. “We don’t turn our back to the road but embrace it – it’s a part of what it is to drive a car.” BMW MINI Car Showroom by SJB CC Marin Mischkulnig stairs Sustainable architecture reflects BMW Group’s championing of electric vehicles. Collaborating with landscape designers Black Beetle, SJB incorporated eco-friendly greenery, turning the central customer hub into a lush retreat. A wire mesh screen around the naturally ventilated car park acts as a trellis for climber plants, extending foliage to the façade. The practice also utilised recycled grey water, solar panels and roof overhangs to provide cooling. As the cars of the future become cleaner environmentally, car showrooms are changing too, says Adam. ‘They’re becoming a comfortable lounge room where you can drop off your car for a data update, rather than just a dirty mechanics garage.” The result here is an aspirational destination where customers can relax while buying a vehicle or servicing their car, with chic merchandise boutiques and BMW Geniuses on hand for advice. A trendsetting evolution, SJB’s luxurious modern design delivers premium motoring retail. “These brands may make cars, but they also offer a lifestyle.” Photography by Martin Mischkulnig SJB sjb.com.au BMW Sydney bmwsydney.com.au MINI Garage minigaragesydney.com.au BMW MINI Car Showroom by SJB CC Marin Mischkulnig natural light BMW MINI Car Showroom by SJB CC Marin Mischkulnig building BMW MINI Car Showroom by SJB CC Marin Mischkulnig mini tyres BMW MINI Car Showroom by SJB CC Marin Mischkulnig facade BMW MINI Car Showroom by SJB CC Marin Mischkulnig building We think you might also like The New Approach To Showroom Designabc
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The Crate Apartment In Singapore By Upstairs

At Lookbox Design Awards 2017 (LBDA), The Crate Apartment by Upstairs was awarded the coveted title of Home of the Year. The jury citation was: “The Crate Apartment is outstanding because it has gone beyond the boundaries of mere surface decoration or simply creating a liveable space. The ambition to redefine the typology of a five-room flat is brilliant and exciting.” Indeed, the home is strikingly different, being devoid of defined rooms. It breaks out of the confines of a typical HDB flat and embraces a completely unexpected floor plan. While most homes have a linear design (starting from the main entrance, into the living room, past the kitchen and leading into the bedrooms), this five-room resale flat begs you to forget everything you’ve come to expect about interior design in Singapore homes. The Wood Crate Apartment Upstairs In Singapore | Habitus Living Every wall in every room has been torn down, leaving only the structural columns and exposing the capacious 1,400sqft floor area. But what makes this home extra special is that a large wooden crate sits right in the centre of the apartment. Homeowners Keith, Sikin and four-year-old Mika, are clearly open to going against the grain. It all started with a single photograph. “It was a picture of a red shipping container in the middle of a room,” Keith recounts. “We were looking at pictures of many different houses and they all started looking the same. But seeing that particular photo made us realise that we wanted to do something completely unique.” “We wanted something different and bit more ‘out of the box’. Ironically, we achieved that by actually building a box. So, you can say we ‘thought out of the box, with a box’,” he laughs. The Wood Crate Apartment Upstairs In Singapore | Habitus Living Keith and Sikin roped in the help and expertise of family friend Dennis Cheok, from design studio Upstairs. Dennis designed the family’s previous homes and is no stranger to the bold design choices of the couple, who work in the creative arts. “I took their idea of having a shipping container in the house but had to tweak it to make it more practical. The idea was to make use of current resources, which is our strength in carpentry works. So instead of a container, we decided to insert a wooden box, or crate, and make sense of the spatial configuration.” The ‘crate’ is mostly made from plywood, with a raw timber aesthetic. There’s a clear visual difference between the crate and the rest of the room. “I wanted to be sure that the crate looks separate from the home as if it’s a separate structure. So everything within the crate has a timber aesthetic.” Dennis even made sure that the crate sits under the existing ceiling beams, leaving a gap between the top of the box and the ceiling itself. Placing the wooden box in the middle of the room naturally formed passageways that snake around its perimeter. Segregating the passageway formed individual spaces – namely the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom – that line up perfectly around the crate. Within the crate itself is a series of spaces, which can be cordoned off to become its own private room. The Wood Crate Apartment Upstairs In Singapore | Habitus Living Because the home had to go through such a major transformation – ripping out the original walls and flooring, then installing an entirely new structure within its hollowed interior – it drew the attention of the neighbours. “During the renovation, a couple of our neighbours came in to see what was going on. It’s understandable because this was quite a disruptive project that drew the attention of everyone around us,” says Sikin. “In a way, it actually fostered a ‘kampong spirit’ and helped introduced us to the neighbours.” For the family of three, engaging the services of a close friend meant that they had complete trust in what Dennis proposed for the interior design. In fact, one of the biggest benefits is that Dennis could add little touches of their personalities into the home. An example is the vintage iron door that’s attached to the wooden crate. The door is an original piece salvaged from the iconic Capitol Theatre. “I immediately thought of them when I first saw the door,” recalls Dennis. “They both work in the creative industry so it’s the perfect addition to the interior design.” Another nod to the family’s habits is the addition of an authentic popiah board in the kitchen. “Popiah Parties are a staple in this house. I found this board that was used to make popiahs back in the day and I thought that it would be a fun addition to the space.” The Wood Crate Apartment Upstairs In Singapore | Habitus Living It’s these little details that add to the charm of this “out of the box” home. “To think we started out with wanting to take a shipping container and dropping it in the centre of the home,” laughs Keith as he thinks back to the start of the renovation process. “This is a much better idea, with even better results!” Upstairs www.upstairs.sg Lookbox Design Awards lbda.com.sg Photography by Wong Weiliang The Wood Crate Apartment Upstairs In Singapore | Habitus Living The Wood Crate Apartment Upstairs In Singapore | Habitus Living The Wood Crate Apartment Upstairs In Singapore | Habitus Living We think that you might also like Terrace House By Couple Abodeabc
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Silent Rangehoods That Spark Conversation

The reality of kitchen design though, is the rangehoods play a significant role in the overall feeling of the kitchen. Choosing the correct rangehood to suit your cooking needs whilst utilising available space is essential. But, how do you create a sleek and glamorous feature that makes your kitchen stand out from the rest? While increasing in functionality and style, most modern rangehoods are still too loud for practical kitchens. Conversations become impossible and the creative processes of cooking suffer due to distraction. But this doesn’t need to be the case; a silent solution is out there. Schweigen’s innovative silent technology has been changing the way people cook and entertain for over 10 years. Schweigen is the leading German manufactured, Australian owned kitchen appliance brand, designing Australia’s most efficient, stylish and silent rangehoods. The brand has built a reputation in the design world by providing innovative, eye-catching premium appliances for every household. The silent rangehood solution is a revolutionary development for kitchen design. Starting with a German fan and motor, the Isodrive, the rangehood is acknowledged as the most quiet, efficient, powerful domestic rangehood unit on the market. Schweigen’s rangehoods are specifically tailored to complement your kitchen, cooking and lifestyle needs. The variation in styles, from traditional canopies, to modern integrated ceiling rangehoods, means there’s a Schweigen silent solution no matter the kitchen aesthetic. With a combination of innovative silent technology and sleek, modern kitchen styling, it’s easy to see why Schweigen’s industry leading rangehood technology and design is only growing in popularity for both the professional and at-home culinary enthusiast. Whether you're a chef, home entertainer, or just a casual cook with an eye for design, having your kitchen impressing guests with an island bench cooktop and silence ceiling cassette rangehood is a design choice sure to last the test of time. Schweigen’s silent ceiling cassette rangehoods are available finished in either stainless steel or glass with LED downlights – offering a stunning aesthetic and workable functionality. Ceiling cassettes allow your cooking to be illuminated under the spotlight it deserves, while creating an impressive aura for the entertaining area. With added benefits like effortless operation at the touch of a button and a fifteen-minute automatic delay timer, these rangehoods are solution for the modern kitchen, because the only noise you should be hearing in the kitchen is the sizzle of the pan, and the conversation of your guests. Schweigen schweigen.com.au Product: UM4220-12S Photographer: Dion Robeson Architect: Marcus Browne Architectureabc
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Andra Matin Designs A Garden House Of Today

There was a time when the city of Bandung, Indonesia, was called “Paris Van Java”. The northern hilly part of the city, with its lush setting and cool clean air, attracted many people in the early 20th century to come and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. As the tea plantation business grew, new economy in the area became increasingly vibrant by the day and attracted more businesses to the city. Hotels, restaurants, cafés and leisure facilities started to grow, bringing people to come and enjoy a different kind of entertainment in the Dutch Indies. And before long, single-family detached houses started to sprawl.

Throughout the city, there are many Dutch Colonial-style houses with terraces and balconies that overlook the garden. This is an architectural cue Bandung is known and celebrated for: it has always been a city in which one can understand that the relation between indoor and outdoor was created to establish a more relaxing living environment. This motif is what makes Ismail, a tech entrepreneur, want to build a new house with access to more land than his childhood house.

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Ismail has lived in Bandung his whole life. He spent his childhood in one of his parents’ houses in north Bandung. It was a typical Bandung colonial house, with a terrace and garden surrounding the building. As the city grew, and his career progressed comfortably, the opportunity arose to relocate within the city. So he bought a piece of land, feeling the time was right to move to a bigger house on a quieter piece of land.

“Location wise, our old house was much closer to the city centre and other places that we used to visit,” says Ismail. “But here we like it much better. The open spaces are bigger and it’s more relaxing.” This was the trade-off that came with a quieter locale. And it was a friend that introduced Ismail to Andra Matin, another Bandung native. Immediately, Ismail knew he had found the right architect to build his new home.

IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo dining and kitchen IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo stairs

“[Ismail and Andra] share the same interests and tastes in many things. Both of them love the outdoors,” explains Ismail’s wife. On the 5,650-square-metre site, Andra carefully shaped the sloping land to create a 3-level outdoor area. With a simple brief to create a house that is connected to the outdoors, the project team wanted to make sure the landscape could offer spatial experiences as dynamic as the buildings'. The entrance connects the house to the surrounding neighbourhood and the ramp, connecting one level to the next, offers a dramatic entrance to the house’s main quarter, thanks to its long and narrow nature.

At the other end of the ramp, a Trembesi tree welcomes one into a space that reveals the residence’s true size. The main building offers spaces with different degrees of openness: an open space; a space with a roof but without walls; and interior space with definite, but transparent, boundaries. In every part of this house, the residents can always feel connected to nature care of the 200-plus trees that were planted by the owners after construction.

IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo bedroom

In the three children’s bedrooms located on the first floor, the bedside and ensuite features views out to the swimming pool. The entrance to the bedrooms is via an open-air corridor and garden that likewise connects to the living room, dining room and pantry. The kitchen is characterised by a large window with a view to a Thunbergia green-wall. The main bedroom on the second floor has a glass window façade that, on one side, opens up at the residents’ will. In this house, only the bedrooms feature air conditioning. Other zones take advantage of architectural openings that, regardless of size, allow cool air in to circulate freely.

At the highest point of the site, one can enjoy an unobstructed view of the residence. From this height, the full length of the house is apparent and you can see the 6-metre overhang along all sides of the house forming a canopy that shades the balcony and terraces.

IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo masterbed

Clearly, there are many vantage points within this house from which the residents can enjoy their desired connection to nature. This isn’t limited to the static environment, but the tropical weather, too. “A few weeks ago there was a heavy rainstorm,” says Ismail. “It was an amazing sight to see from this house.”

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Photography by Mario Wibowo

Dissection Information Precast concrete and travertine marble floors Custom exposed concrete Double plywood with Teakwood veneer finishes Andy'13 Sofa by Paolo Piva for B&B Italia Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman from Herman Miller Mart Armchair by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia CH07 Shell Chair and CH24 Wishbone Chair designed by Hans J.Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn Verena kitchen system from Poliform Kitchen and living space from Bulthaup Wardrobe from Poliform Custom shelving and cabinets by Saniharto IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo bathroom IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo dining courtyard IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo pool IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo walkway IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo entrance We think that you might also like Mosman Residence by Daniel Boddamabc
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Habitus Loves… Statement Upholstery

Kurrajong In Ash On Oatmeal Upholstery from Ink & Spindle

Habitus Loves Statement Upholstery

Limited edition fabric designed by Lara Cameron and hand screen printed in-house in Ink & Spindle's Kensington studio. All Ink & Spindle textiles are printed with environmentally friendly, solvent free inks.

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European Upholstery Collection from Sunbrella

Habitus Loves Statement Upholstery

Embodying a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces, the Upholstery Fabrics collection is inspired by the founding values of the Sunbrella brand: design and performance. Comprising 226 individual styles, the collection is available in a rich array of colours, patterns and textures. 


Arcos Armchair by Arper from Stylecraft

Minimalist yet heavily influenced by the Art Deco period, the Arcos armchair was designed by Lievore Altherr for Arper. The sled frame and integrated armrest are fabricated from aluminium and can have a polished finish or a powder coated finish in Black, Blue, Ochre, Red Earth or Green. The Arcos armchair may be upholstered in a range of fabrics and leathers from Arper's house range. 


Bright Cube, Bright Angle and Bright Grid from Kvadrat Maharam

Habitus Loves Statement Upholstery Kvadrat Maharam

Drawing upon Scholten & Baijings’ distinct visual language, the three Bright textiles epitomize the designers’ keen sense of colour and singular approach to refined geometric patterning. Bright Grid offers rigorous simplicity, Bright Angle cascades in an endless rhythm of obliquely bisected rectangles, and Bright Cube achieves layered depth through optical perspective. 

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Grand Repos in Dumet Ivory Melange from Living Edge

A synchronised mechanism is concealed beneath the upholstery of the Grand Repos wing chair and can be locked in any position, for optimum back support and utmost comfort at any reclining angle. The characteristic head section invites the user to lean back and creates a sense of shelter and seclusion. The decorative seams in the fabric or leather upholstery lend the armchair an almost artisanal look.

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Cloud LN5-LN7 from CULT

Designed to be spacious and expansive, Italian-born, Swedish-based designer Luca Nichetto wanted to minimise anything voluminous and accentuate the look and feel of lightness. Seen in this new version of Cloud Sofas with a high back. The secret to Cloud’s truly hygge sensation involves feather and foam-filled seat cushions resting on an upholstered solid wood base. CULT  

Crescent Ottoman from King Living

The organic shape and gentle curves of the Crescent Ottoman can add a soft design touch to any room. The Ottoman is ideal as a statement accessory and can be personalised in any favourite fabric colours or patterns.

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What Did We Learn From Habitus Kitchen & Bathroom LIVE?

Each year, we see the annual Habitus Kitchen & Bathroom issue as an opportunity not only to look at and revel in the beauty of some of the most stunning kitchens and bathrooms, but also report on the innovation in these spaces and the changing patterns and behaviours architects and designers are responding to. These issues, insights, concerns and successes are explored in different ways throughout the magazine from the Design Hunters we profile; the regional projects we visit, and of course the feature articles investigated and authored by our returning Kitchen & Bathroom guest feature editor, Leanne Amodeo. So it felt right that this year, to celebrate the issue, we bring these articles to life. Poliform, Australia, was our gracious host on Wednesday 10 July for a live discussion centred around the themes explored in Habitus #44. Habitus editor Holly Cunneen was joined on stage by Andrew Benn, founder and director Benn+Penna Architecture; Jennifer McMaster, co-founder and co-director of TRIAS; and Meredith Ong, NSW Poliform state manager. As a group we looked at Biophilia in the kitchen and bathroom and the comprehensive ways this can be achieved. This lead to a discussion about residents' desire to be connected to the outdoors more than ever before and from where this stems. We explored the difference between a flexible kitchen and a malleable one – and what that difference can mean. We looked at ways to future-proof architecture and design and the rituals of these spaces; traditional and emerging. It was a lively discussion with a lot of interesting points made. Guests were offered 15 per cent off Poliform’s entire kitchen collection and left with a copy of the annual Habitus Kitchen & Bathroom issue and a gift from Leif. Habitus would like to thank our panellists Andrew Benn, Jennifer McMaster and Meredith Ong for their time and insightful contributions. We would also like to thank our friends at Poliform, Australia, and Leif for their support. Holly Cunneen Editor Photography by Derek Bogart [gallery columns="4" type="rectangular" ids="90474,90475,90476,90477,90478,90479,90480,90481,90482,90483,90484,90485,90486,90487,90488,90489,90490,90491,90492,90493,90494,90495,90496,90497,90498,90499,90500,90501,90502,90503,90504,90505,90506,90507,90508,90509,90510,90511,90513,90514,90515,90516,90517,90518,90519,90520,90521,90522,90523,90524,90525,90526,90527,90528,90529,90530,90531,90532,90533,90534,90535,90536,90537,90538,90539,90540,90541,90542,90543,90544,90545,90546,90547,90548,90549,90550,90551,90552,90553,90554,90555,90556,90557,90558,90559,90560,90561,90562,90563,90564,90565,90566,90567,90568,90569,90570,90571,90572,90573,90574,90576,90577,90578,90579,90580,90582,90583,90584,90585,90586,90587,90588,90589,90591,90592,90593,90594,90595,90596,90597,90598,90599,90600,90601,90602,90603,90604,90605,90606,90607,90608,90609,90610,90611,90612,90613,90614,90615,90617,90618"] We think you might also like 5 Kitchens That Connect To The Outdoorsabc
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Tactile And Timeless Simplicity By Richards Stanisich

When Jonathan Richards and Kirsten Stanisich started their own practice (Richards Stanisich) in 2018, the design industry across Australia was eager to see what would come out of former SJB talents. Having just designed the Elizabeth Bay Residences and the Hotel Rose Bay, the studio has recently ventured into product design, launching the Bell Table at Denfair as part of a collaboration with The Wood Room. Known to have an aesthetic that is synonymous with timeless and adaptable designs, The Wood Room is an Australian-made furniture company that handcrafts high quality wooden bespoke products for the interior and exterior. Often featuring oak and rattan in its designs, The Wood Room successfully translates the warm qualities of wood into all environments.  Bell Table Richards Stanisich CC Fiona Sustano Previous collaborations between The Wood Room and Richards Stanisich have been focused on the residential sphere, and the Bell Table was inspired by similar principles; a simple but wonderful pleasure of bringing people together. “We believe in simplicity and craftsmanship,” Jonathan Richards explains. “We like to keep things a little raw and primal – objects so natural that you have an immediate association with the design.” The table has a circular form, mimicking a primal gathering that draws people in to face each other. Handcrafted in solid American Oak with a sculpted base and plinth footing, the Bell Table embodies a simple tactile nature with soft edges, fitting suitably into a minimal or contemporary interior environment.  Bell Table Richards Stanisich CC Fiona Sustano As a first attempt at furniture design, Richards Stanisich proves that it can inject its philosophy of wanting to create spaces that make people feel something in any project; big or small.  Photography by Fiona Sustano The Bell Table is available in Australia from The Wood Room. The Wood Room thewoodroom.com.au Richards Stanisich richardsstanisich.com.au Bell Table Richards Stanisich CC Fiona Sustano We think you might also like Richards Stanisich On Reinvention, Reinvigoration, And Client Relationships abc
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Kelder Architects Adds A Mid-Century Touch To Inner Brisbane

Replacing a heritage brick and tile residence, Auchenflower House was designed by Kelder Architects around a courtyard while retaining one existing feature; a breezeblock screen that faces the street. Not only has this screen been used to inform the new design direction, but it has also inspired the reference to a mid-century palette – a reference often evident in Palm Springs residences. This also aligns with the Traditional Building Character Overlay (8.2.22) classification of the Auchenflower suburb. It states that buildings constructed in 1946 or earlier must retain its original street façade. Auchenflower House Brisbane Kelder Architecture | Habitus Living Auchenflower House Brisbane Kelder Architecture | Habitus Living Located merely four kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, Auchenflower is considered an inner-city, leafy and hilly suburb with architectural character synonymous to Brisbane’s ‘timber and tin’ typology. Aspiring to reconcile the Modernist, Mid-Century aesthetic while preserving the traditional character of the locale, Kelder Architects found it challenging to design a contemporary home appropriate enough to mirror its surroundings. Instead of being hindered by the clash of ideas, however, the studio overcame the challenge with a design approach that distinctively acknowledges its site: a multi-layered Mid-Century reference with a contemporary touch. Auchenflower House Brisbane Kelder Architecture | Habitus Living Auchenflower House Brisbane Kelder Architecture | Habitus Living The upper level of the residence is synonymous with much of Queensland’s residences in the area with painted weatherboards and fibro cladding. Its horizontal structure reflects the topography of the site and cantilevers over half the lower level. Sympathetic to the area, the ground floor exterior of Auchenflower House is made with bricks, clearly demarcating the upper and lower levels – or the public and private floors. Internally, the design team focused on adding a sculptural quality to the home. “We kept it simple,” says Wesley Kelder, co-owner of Kelder Architects. “We made the most of the plasterboard by curving it around corners to create curved coves between walls and ceiling junctions.” Auchenflower House Brisbane Kelder Architecture | Habitus Living Auchenflower House Brisbane Kelder Architecture | Habitus Living During the conceptual and planning stages, Kelder Architects also made it a point to design with a place-specific response. This instantly created numerous meaningful and memorable connections between the interior and exterior, allowing potential residents to enjoy what the Brisbane tropical climate has to offer. Anchored by a courtyard that is enclosed on three sides with a north face opening, the positioning of the courtyard allows natural light to shower into the space. The key living, dining and kitchen area are hence connected to the courtyard, with more passive and interactive access to the outdoors. Kelder Architects kelderarchitects.com.au

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