Rockstar Bar by Buster + Punch from Living EdgeEveryone knows a good Rockstar steals the show and this Buster + Punch Rockstar Bar is no different. Handmade in the UK from solid American Walnut, the Rockstar Bar is perfect to gather around with your guests to celebrate this festive season. Living Edge
Of Muse and Myth Gift Kits from AēsopAesop’s Gift Kits for 2019, collectively titled ‘Of Muse and Myth’, celebrate the ancient Muses of Greek mythology, the goddesses of the arts, honoured since antiquity as inspirations in culture, literature and the arts. The Gift Kits offer a curated range of skin care, body, and home products sought-after for giving during the festive season. The collection comprises five kits in total, including two skin care kits, a trio for the home and basin, a body care twosome, and an exceptional quartet for hands and body. Aēsop
New Volumes Mortar and Pestle by Artedomus from CultUsed in kitchens for thousands of years, there remains a no more satisfyingly primal way to mix dry ingredients than a mortar and pestle. King’s take on the kitchen staple is distinctly sculptural, while the natural heaviness of Elba makes for an extra solid base and pleasingly weighty pestle. Together, they make an extra-effective pairing. Cult
Obelisk from DomoWith a shape evocative of a Christmas tree, the DOMO Homewares Obelisk in Green Marble brings the celebratory spirit to the entertaining space. As a gift the DOMO Homewares Obelisk is perfect for perfect for the person who has everything. Domo
Radiofonografo by Brionvega from Living EdgeCreated in 1965 by designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the Radiofonografo is a superb work of modern industrial design, thanks to both its incomparable style and sound. Exuding retro charm, along with incredible sonic definition and the ability to orient and move the sound modules to best suit the surrounding environment, the Radiofonografo is sure to get kids, family and friends in a dancing mood. Living Edge
Integrated DishDrawer from Fisher & PaykelThe holiday season calls for lots of eating, which means lots of dirty dishes. The Fisher & Paykel Integrated DishDrawer™ Dishwasher is an entertainer's dream. With the ability to use both drawers independently and select different wash programs, the DishDrawer™ Dishwasher can wash everything from fine glass and crystal to heavily soiled pots and pans. Wash modifiers allow specialised cycle settings. Fisher & Paykel
Porthole Infuser from top3 by designA must for every foodie. The Porthole is a simple, beautiful infusion vessel designed by Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail design studio. It can be used to create striking cocktails, oils, teas, dressings, lemonade, coffee, or any other type of cold infusion. Top3 by Design
Omini The Fisherman Napkins Tray by Ghidini 1961 from ArtemestStrikingly elegant in its simplicity, this brass napkin holder boasts a concave silhouette with a shiny finish. A small figurine of a man fishing is seated at the edge of the tray, his curved fishing rod connected to a napkin weight in the shape of a fish about to emerge from the water. A modern take on an ordinary kitchen item, this playful and sophisticated napkin tray will infuse charm and creative design in any modern kitchen. Artemest abc
The following is an extract from the introduction to Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses by Domenic Bradbury published by Phaidon.The mid-century period was, without doubt, a golden age of architecture and design. It was a time of optimism and imagination, full of ideas and ingenuity, which still resonates with us today. A whole series of powerful influences and currents converged, catalyzed by a post-war consumer boom, encouraging architects and designers worldwide to experiment and innovate as never before. House and home were radically reinvented and remade during the Fifties and Sixties, as modern lifestyles evolved to embrace more informal, playful and open-plan living patterns. It is no exaggeration to say that the way we live today is grounded in the ideas formulated and refined during the mid-century era. Many of the key themes that we associate with ‘contemporary living’ were explored and perfected during the post-war period – including inside-outside connectivity; multipurpose living spaces; the rise of the kitchen as a family hub; outdoor rooms; and the adoption of fluid, interconnected rooms rather than ‘landlocked’ dedicated circulation routes. [gallery type="rectangular" size="medium" ids="97137,97138"] Schuchard House, Stan Symonds, Seaforth, Sydney, New South Wales (AU), 1963. Picture credit: Brett Boardman (page 400, top) A whole series of architectural and structural innovations associated with the Fifties and Sixties have had lasting importance for residential architecture. Steel- and concrete-framed structures obviated the need for load-bearing brick and masonry walls, allowing for more fluid layouts within the home, and the use of ‘curtain walls’ offered a greater sense of transparency than ever before. Within these more open and flexible floor plans, architects made increasing use of ‘service cores’ holding bathrooms and utilities. Increasingly, the borders between inside and outside space were eroded, creating a more vibrant sense of connection with the surroundings and encouraging the growth of porches, verandas and terraces. With advances in structural engineering, houses were increasingly raised up on piloti to maximize the light and the views or – alternatively – traditional living patterns were inverted, with bedrooms on the ground floor and a living space above. Tectonic innovations allowed architects to create dramatic cantilevers that pushed out into the landscape, while others explored increasingly complex, sculptural and dynamic forms. Some sought to break the house down into a series of modest, interrelated pavilions rather than building one dominant mansion residence – while the courtyard dwelling offered another way of integrating inside and outside space. Thredbo Ski Lodge, Harry Seidler, Thredbo, New South Wales (AU), 1962. Picture credit: Max Dupain / Estate of Douglas Snelling, courtesy of Davina Jackson (page 395) Yet such exemplary mid-century houses were not only about structural and spatial innovation. One of the reasons they still resonate so deeply is that the great residences of the Fifties and Sixties are also infused with the aesthetics of the age and enriched by warm, playful and characterful interiors. They are populated with the furniture and lighting of the time – in its own way, highly inventive and original. Many of the period’s great architects – Gio Ponti, Alvar Aalto, Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Antonio Bonet Castellana, Carlo Mollino, etc. – were also gifted furniture designers. There is a particularly close relationship between architecture, interiors, furniture and lighting that pervades the period. Many familiar and friendly pieces of iconic mid-century furniture evolved from specific architectural commissions, which carried through into a full design concept embracing almost every detail. It’s so rare to fix on a time when architectural ingenuity and engaging aesthetics combine so completely and expressively. Factor in the richness of the era’s textiles, its glassware and ceramics – as well as the revolutionary quality of mid-century industrial and product design – and one has a synergy that it is unique in the history of design. This was truly a golden age. Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses, published by Phaidon, is out now. Phaidon au.phaidon.com Casa Sotto Una Foglia, Gio Ponti and Nanda Vigo, Malo, Vicenza, Veneto (IT), 1969 (page 342) Space House, Peter Foggo and David Thomas, East Grinstead, West Sussex, England (UK), 1964. Picture credit: Bryant, Richard / Arcaid Images / Alamy Stock Photo (page 275) Kaufmann House, Richard Neutra, Palm Springs, California (US), 1947. Picture credit: Julius Shulman / © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) (pages 96-97) Casa Ugalde, José Antonio Coderch, Caldes D’estrac, Barcelona, Catalonia (ES), 1952. Picture credit: Lluís Casals (pages 304-5) We think you might also like Auchenflower House by Kelder Architectsabc
Artist, architect, or industrial designer; when it comes to identifying a genuine Design Hunter, all disciplines are equal. In their own ways, each of these design contemporaries from across the Indo-Pacific region is decidedly in their prime.
Jade Sarita Arnott
When the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in 2013, killing over 1000 Bangladeshi garment workers, Jade Sarita Arnott felt devastated. It had not been her relatives who’d perished in the disaster, but the event confirmed that she’d made the right choice in disbanding her fashion label, Arnsdorf, the year before.
A trained artist and fashion designer, Jade had stepped away from her business, disillusioned by the endless cycle of seasonal garment releases and the punishing pressure to constantly reinvent and re-launch. She couldn’t see how the fashion industry’s traditional working model could sustain itself. There was some measure of relief there, too, in not being involved in an industry that could so easily ignore human rights.
The question that hung in the balance was this: could she be part of the change?[gallery type="rectangular" size="medium" ids="85342,85341,85339"]
Photography by Benjamin Hosking. Read the full story here.
Director Vanessa Katsanevakis heads Sussex Taps, the Melbourne-based manufacturer her father established in the 1990s. Habitus talks to her about his legacy and her thoughts on the next big trends in tapware.
“We’re a second-generation, family-run business and we operate as a family as well, with a team of 70 people working across three sites in Melbourne. My dad, Nicolaas Johannes van Putten, was a jeweller and watchmaker by trade and he immigrated to Australia from The Netherlands in 1960 and set up a jewellery business. Although it was really successful, he decided to diversify into tapware in the 1990s. From the very beginning, he reinforced the value of craftsmanship and it remains his legacy. Sussex Taps is built around well-crafted products and this is something we’re passionate about.”[gallery type="rectangular" size="medium" ids="89896,89895,89894"]
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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.[gallery type="rectangular" size="medium" ids="90984,90982,90988"]
Photography by David Wheeler. Read the full story here.
Yip Yuen Hong
When it comes to architecture and design, Yip Yuen Hong is the master of distilling complex requirements down to the essentials. The multiple President’s Design Award (Singapore) winner and founding partner of ipli Architects is an advocate and a practitioner of a solutions-driven design approach in which simplicity of form, program, material and space results in soulful and inspiring architecture.
Despite the focus of his practice largely on residential buildings with various-sized footprints, Yuen Hong finds the most comfort in smaller spaces that pose opportunities for exploration and innovation. With his approach to kitchen and bathroom design – for his clients as well as for himself – the architect warns against over-designing and oversizing that can come with an excessive amount of space. The temptation that comes with the luxury of space, in his words, can seduce clients into unnecessary wastefulness of resources, maximising the available footprint instead of focusing on the overall functionality of a space.
Photography by Khoo Guo Jie. Read the full story here.
Nicholas Gurney transforms small compact spaces – always under 100 square metres – and uses his background in industrial design to maximise room. “Compact houses seemed like the sort of thing I could apply design thinking to and make creative solutions to small space problems,” he says.
“I’ve been working in these spaces since 2012. It was a slow burn in the beginning, but thanks to the real estate market in Sydney and Melbourne smaller spaces became a genuine option for a lot of people. It makes sense to spend money on them to improve them, and make them more functional.”[gallery size="medium" type="rectangular" ids="94096,94104,94113"]
Photography by Katherine Lu and Michael Wee. Read the full story here.abc
MAJESTIC MEKONGThe unique installation art produced exclusively for Dear TeaHouse taking inspiration from the image of “lotus pond”, designed and handcrafted from a total of more than 250 lotus-related products from 8 categories from Ecolotus by local artisans under the direct supervision of artisan Thien Nguyen of Saigon-based Dem Trang Studio.
LOTUS FLOWER TEAWith special Lotus Flower Tea from Ecolotus, handmade in Dong Thap, Vietnam for Dear TeaHouse. Accompanying this are four signature teas selected for their artisanal, fragrant, and health-nourishment quality that are extremely beneficial for tea lovers. The intention is that in pausing for the ritual they will see the benefits of pausing – by extension – in daily life, especially given the normalised chaos of modern, urban life. Mekong is the second in a series of installations and interactive experiences planned for Dear TeaHouse. The first, Hanami, took inspiration from the unique ritual of flowering viewing in Japan and was likewise a co-production between Dear TeaHouse and Ariyasa (concept). Dear TeaHouse dearteahouse.com Ecolotus www.ecolotus.vn Photography by Marc Tran Dissection Information Concept: Phu Nguyen Ariyasa Art installation: Thien Nguyen Flower Arrangement: Phat Tran Tray Design: Tap Decor Graphic Design: Danh Le, D4nh Architecture & Furniture: Yen Nguyen, Seven Studio We think you might also like La Chansonnière by GB Spaceabc
Vanities and basins[gallery size="medium" ids="96589,96591,96590"] Available in a variety of styles and sizes, Elvire collection vanities and basins are crafted from sustainable timbers, manufactured locally in Australia. Left unstained, to accentuate their natural beauty, the premium timbers are finished with a satin seal. Distinct thin edged basins are made with enamelled steel and crafted with precision for complete symmetry and a flawless fit.
Showers[gallery size="medium" ids="96584,96583,96582"] A design feature of its own, the enamelled steel shroud of the overhead rain shower might just be the star of the show in the Elvire collection. For those who prefer a more understated luxury, a gunmetal rail shower with overhead and singular gunmetal handheld shower are also available.
BathsConsidered by many as the ultimate in relaxation, a luxurious freestanding bath will undoubtedly turn your bathroom into your sanctuary. Crafted from solid surface material, The Elvire bath is highly durable, non-porous, and smooth and warm to the touch.
Tapware[gallery size="medium" ids="96585,96587,96586"] Striking gunmetal taps come with a variety of handle options including your choice of Tasmanian signature timber; a metal knurled detailed handle; or any Caroma handle of your choosing to create a luxury tapware range like none you’ve seen before. Available in a bench or wall mounted mixer as well as a stunning bath filler to complement your Elvire bath.
Toilet suitesConsidered down to the finest details, the Elvire toilet suite range features gunmetal seat hinges, timber Invisi flush buttons and Caroma’s patented Cleanflush® technology.
Accessories[gallery size="medium" ids="96578,96580,96579"] Designed by Luke Di Michiel as ‘little pieces of furniture’, Elvire accessories include toilet roll holder with shelf, towel rail with shelf, hand towel rail with shelf and robe hook. Incorporating Elvire’s signature sustainable timbers this range of essential accessories are those little details that make a big difference to the holistic look and feel of your bathroom space. Caroma caroma.com.au We think you might also like to see behind the scenes of Luke Di Michiel's design processabc
When it comes to forging meaningful connections between indoors and out, the Indo-Pacific region is home to some of the most inimitable residences in the world. These five projects, each completed over the year 2019, are further testament the local region’s calibre to design for the idyllic, sub-tropical indoor-outdoor way of life.
Four Leaves Villa by Kentaro Ishida Architects Studio (KIAS)
The purpose of architecture is not just to create a building, but also to create an atmosphere that will enmesh itself within a context. It is for this reason that each room within Four Leaves Villa is oriented differently to maximise natural light and scenic views. Specifically, the living and dining space face southeast for increased brightness, while the master bedroom and bathroom face west, fitting cosily into a densely wooded area of the forest. Completed with a central courtyard, the Four Leaves Villa is an exemplary use of “architecture as an aggregate of diverse living spaces,” explains the designer, and is an integration that occurs as a result of blending nature with built context.[gallery type="rectangular" size="medium" ids="85673,85671,85666"] Photography by Norihito Yamauchi. Read the full story here.
Salmon Avenue by FGR Architects
The expansive entertaining area, which flows freely between the kitchen (the home’s “epicentre”), meals, living and alfresco areas, opens directly onto the pool and garden. In contrast to the new residence, the family had previously been living in a small house. “The kids were ecstatic and would literally run laps from the front door and down to the dining table,” recalls Ainsley.[gallery size="medium" type="rectangular" ids="85618,85617,85616"] Photography by Peter Bennetts. Read the full story here.
Crescent House by Matthew Woodward Architecture
Finding the balance between geometry and geography often compels architects to consider the importance of site and question the degree that the built and natural environment intersects. A vision of contemporary architecture and design that blends but also stands out from the environment, Crescent House by Matthew Woodward Architecture is the perfect contrast and meeting of nature with modern conveniences of a temporary aesthetic. Without compromising on one another, the built environment acknowledges the presence of the natural environment, and both are equally important to the clients’ experience.
A building form that coexists harmoniously with its context, Crescent House is positioned as an organic sculpture in Vaucluse. The family home for five has expansive views of Sydney Harbour and Middle Head, with easy access to Sydney Harbour’s foreshore.[gallery type="rectangular" size="medium" ids="86055,86065,86050"] Photography by Murray Fredericks. Read the full story here.
Fraser Hill Estate Residence by ONG&ONG
Setbacks from the highway meant there is more garden area at the back, whilst mature trees planted beside it provided a ready-made verdant backdrop. The fact that the rear 12-metre building setback line did not apply to basement structures also meant that a pool could be built along the back garden and its bottom could be appreciated from the basement via the use of the acrylic panel.
“Naturally, the back garden then became the focal point of the house,” says Tomas “but we had to be careful with the noise.” On the ground floor, the only effective solution was fixed double-glazing and a limitation to the opening panels. But this limitation simplified the design. The garden became a panoramic framed view, the concise exemplification of the Chinese design practice of jiejing or “borrowed scenery” – water in the foreground, lawn and shrubbery in mid-ground, trees in the background.[gallery size="medium" type="rectangular" ids="85089,85092,85085"] Photography Derek Swalwell. Read the full story here.
IH House by Andra Martin
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.[gallery size="medium" type="rectangular" ids="90651,90646,90644"] Photography by Mario Wibowo. Read the full story here.abc