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Have You Got Your Submissions In For Sustainability Awards 2020?

For the past 14 years, Architecture & Design has hosted the nation’s most respected Sustainability Awards program devoted to Australia’s built environment. Since then, the conversation around and integration of sustainability in design has steadily gained momentum, now widely considered one of our industry's utmost priorities, and the projects are booming in quality and quantity. The Architecture & Design Sustainability Awards serves to reward those who share our desire to curtail and reverse the ecological footprint of our built environment and celebrate those who design, manufacture and construct green buildings, products and materials of all sizes and purposes. To deliver such a distinguished level of award relies on the highest calibre and diversity of entries to ensure that the finalists and winners of each category represent, quite simply, Australia’s best. For the Awards to truly do our industry (and the topic of sustainable design) due justice, receiving the very best entries that our industry has to offer is paramount. So why not show them what you've and help make the 2020 Architecture & Design Sustainability Awards the best yet. Sustainability Awards 2020 sustainablebuildingawards.com.au Featured image: Welcome to the Jungle House by CplusC Architectural Workshopabc
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The Imaginative And Playful World Of Me Too

When Eugenio Perazza, the founder of the renowned Italian furniture brand, Magis, wanted to surprise his granddaughter with a drawing table to work on, there was nothing in the market that was offering him what he was looking for. Eugenio found that there was a lack of furniture specifically designed for kids of her age that met his creative standards, and that was also suitable and inspiring for the younger demographic. So, he wanted to create a special collection that celebrated a similar soul of “grown-up” furniture, while instilling a sense of simplicity and whimsy that was suitable and enjoyable for the younger generation. In 2004, Magis established Me Too: an entire collection that offers fun, intelligent and inspiring furniture and accessories that redefine the way our children live, work and play. For over a decade, Me Too has enabled children to experience the creativity and sensations dreamt up by celebrated names in contemporary design. When it comes to kids furniture, attention to detail and usability are paramount. This product range is curated with specified proportions, vibrant colours and basic functional matters – designed to view the world and the objects in it through the eyes of a child’s imagination and curiosity.

Trotter is half chair, half wheelbarrow and as excitedly mobile as your little ones.

  Designed by Rogier Martens, Trotter is half chair, half wheelbarrow and as excitedly mobile as your little ones. The playful object is defined by its conspicuous wheel structure – an invitation for children to push, pull and stay active. The lightweight structure of steel wire makes it easy to move the chair to every spot in the house and run free, over and over again. The Little Big family features a chair that grows with the children. Designed by studio BIG-GAME, the simple system is height-adjustable, allowing the chair to be configured to three different heights as the years go on. Lightweight and comfortable, the chair combines the sturdy quality of solid ash and plastic shell for easy transport from the playroom to the dining table. As your child’s first chair, Little Big is imbued with a personality your child can connect with – one that is inspired by the sophistication and charm of an “adult” chair.  

The Little Big family features a chair that grows with the children.

  For a more dynamic type of seating, designer Eero Aarnio introduces Trioli: the multipurpose kids chair that will keep the little ones entertained for hours. Trioli is designed with two different seat height options – depending on which side is positioned upwards. Thanks to the chair’s unique form and sideways-tilting facility, the backrest handle can easily transform Trioli into a rocker. Energetic, colourful and exciting, Trioli is the multifaceted chair that you didn’t realise your child needed. Every home needs a good storage system – especially when it comes to the copious amounts of toys that get thrown around the house. The joy of cleanliness can also be brought to the child’s play area or bedroom with Eur. Designed by Giulio Lacchetti, Eur is a modular shelving system that can expand endlessly both upwards and sidewards. Perfect for storing hidden treasures and constructing building blocks, Eur puts the fun back into organisation. “Elements in expanded polypropylene are stacked and adjoined to compose a shelving system, creating a series of superimposed arches,” says Lacchetti. Reminiscent of the famous “Square Colosseum,” in the EUR quarter in Rome, Eur’s sculptural form is a nod to the Rationalistic features of historic Italian architecture. Ladrillos stores your child’s books and toys on a shelf that establishes both a functional and artful relationship with the child. Designed by Javier Mariscal, Ladrillos is built up with eight different geometrical shapes in bold, bright colours. Each unit is designed with an amusing expression that’s playful in tone to brighten up any room. A notable addition to the Me Too collection is Villa Julia: a life-size playhouse to bring your child’s dreams to life. Designed by Mariscal, Villa Julia is crafted from durable cardboard and adorned with illustrations of beautiful flowers and cartoon animals to bring the joy back into “playing house.” This charming abode is built with large windows that span across Villa Julia, with a circular window on the front door to let them see the outside while enjoying their time indoors. The large cardboard structure acts as a canvas for the children’s imagination and creativity to roam free, decorating it however they want – and ultimately, making it their own. “One of a child’s favourite games is to build themselves a house,” says Mariscal. “The most important thing is to have a house in their own scale, a private space made to their measure, where children can hide and play sheltered by walls and a roof. Somewhere only children can be invited in.” Every product in the collection is thoughtfully designed to push the creative boundaries and transport us to a place where rocking horses, building blocks and transformable chairs are an everyday reality. The exciting, colourful and imaginative world of Me Too is filled with magic that your children will cherish for a very long time. Envisioned by the great designers and collaborators of Magis, this unique collection invites adults to explore nostalgia and whimsy; all through the eyes of the children. Magis magisdesign.com dedece dedece.com abc
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The First Word From Habitus #48

When we sent the annual Kitchen & Bathroom special edition off to print, the world was a very different place to what it was when we began putting it together. And while humanity has always moved at a rapid pace, it certainly felt like those six months had seen this accelerate even further. So perhaps it is now more than ever that we retreat to the sanctuaries that are our homes. We look to architects and architecture to provide spaces that protect us from the elements, keep us safe, and promote our wellbeing. We look to designers of technology, furniture and appliances to keep us connected, comfortable and healthy. At Habitus, we often liken the kitchen and bathroom to places of nourishment on both a physical and emotional level. They serve our most primal needs, but it has been in more recent times that, as a society, we’ve cottoned on to just how enjoyable these spaces can be. Tama House Kitchen by Carla Middleton Architecture Sembawang Crescent by Three D Conceptwerke In Sydney, architect Carla Middleton has designed a kitchen with a dedicated coffee nook that caters to her husband’s No.1 hobby. In Singapore, Three D Conceptwerke reorganised a modest HDB apartment to conceal the utilitarian elements of the kitchen whilst flowing the prepping and dining bench out the living area opposite. In Melbourne, Davidov Architects make a return to the family bathroom at the behest of its clients who, with young children, cherish bath time as an occasion for siblings and parents to bond. And as the reality of Artificial Intelligence becomes increasingly prominent, we look at how some of the major household brands incorporating the technology into its main product lines, not just for convenience, but also to afford greater capacity to use and enjoy the kitchen and bathroom regardless of what one’s abilities may be. RSB Residence Bathroom by Davidov Architects Illustration by Julien Posture As always, we have put this issue of Habitus together to show you, our loyal republic of Design Hunters, the architecture, ideas, products, and ways of thinking taking hold across our neck of the woods. We invite you to continue the conversation with us at habitusliving.com   Holly Cunneen Editorabc
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Ten Kitchens For Ten Years

Allen’s Rivulet House By Room 11

For clients seeking a tree-scape, Allen's Rivulet House was conceived as a dark container in 30 hectares of bushland outside Hobart. The couple wanted to create a place in which the kitchen would be at the hearth of the home, and in which nature would play the absolute starring role. The kitchen is open on three sides and between the cabinets and free-hanging cupboards, offers sightlines to the internal courtyard and through to the deck. Photography by Benjamin Hosking. Original article from 2012

Coogee House By Michael Bechara Design

This renovation project in Sydney's coastal eastern suburbs required a new, modernised kitchen and bathroom as well as a superficial update to the colour palette, furniture and soft furnishings. The fit-out demonstrates sensibility to the original palette and understated elegance, as Michael Bechara observed, “the materials, textures and colour schedule reflect the existing structure and complimented my client’s existing furnishings and aesthetic". Photography by Justin Alexander. Original article in 2012  

Happy Haus Pre-Made Homes

An intentional deviation from the term Pre-fab homes, the Happy House company has taken off since Habitus first covered one of its built examples in Queensland. Like the rest of the house the kitchen is designed to be simple, modular, high quality yet low cost. In this Happy Haus in Currumbin, the kitchen takes up little space and is open to the living spaces either side. Original article from 2010  

HOUSE House By Austin Maynard Architects

The first thing you notice about the kitchen within HOUSE House is how connected it is. Opposite the kitchen island, the wall bench extends uninterrupted out to an alfresco kitchen making the indoor-outdoor connection the most prominent. Second most is the way in which the spiral stair intersects the island and bench seating. Finally, the dining room on the other side of the stair is completely open, so resident feel connected whether they are actively engaging or not. House House by Maynard Architects - Habitusliving House House by Maynard Architects - Habitusliving Photography by Peter Bennetts. Original article from 2014  

Drew House By Anthill Constructions

Designed and built for as a holiday retreat for an artist and her brother, Drew House is located south of Gladstone in Queensland. The brief was for a house that felt like semi-luxury camping: safe from the elements but able to enjoy them. Living and sleeping areas are truly separated being housed in different pods to cater to the privacy required when multiple families holiday together. Covered walkways connect the two zones and offer extended eating and living zone inside as well as out. Original article from 2012  

Rosanna House By Nest Architects

The clients of Nest Architect bought this house designed by Alistair Knox and built in 1956 with the idea to retain as much of the modernist features as possible. However, they engaged Nest to subtly expand the house for a growing family. Bright and vibrant splashes of colour are inspired (but not enslaved) by mid-century design and the deep sea-green features on the exteriors are mirrored in the tiled splashback. Photography by Lauren Bamford. Original article from 2016  

Five Yards House By Archier

The configuration of Five Yards House was designed around a desire to be permanently engaged with the garden. Located in Tasmania, such an open build presented interesting challenges to deal with in the climate. Full walls of double-glazing, timber throughout and black painted features allow outdoor connection whilst creating an atmosphere of warmth. Photography by Adam Gibson. Original article from 2017  

Windsor 1 By Design Avenue And Junctions 90

The clients of this residence in Melbourne required a house that was built in a way where the materials would age beautifully whilst requiring almost nil maintenance. As such the project's material palette consists of an eclectic combination of steel, concrete, spotted gum and glass – all of which appear together in the kitchen. Photography by Christine Francis. Original article from 2015  

Boneca Apartment By Brad Swartz Architects

A studio apartment with just 24 square metres to work with, Sydney architect Brad Swartz reworked the floor plan to this studio apartment with the public quarters (living, dining) on one side and the private quarters (sleeping, bathing) on the other. A sliding timber batten conceals the kitchen or bed according to how the occupant would like to use the space at a particular moment. Brad Swartz Architects Boneca Apartment CC Tom Ferguson | Habitus Living Brad Swartz Architects Boneca Apartment CC Tom Ferguson | Habitus Living Photography by Katherine Lu. Original article from 2019  

House A By Whispering Smith

Materials throughout House A in the coastal suburb of Scarborough in Perth were chosen for their ability to age well over time. The kitchen is compact and cleverly organised given the space available. Private rooms have been sectioned off while public zones, like the kitchen, are open and connected to the courtyard. House A Whispering Smith cc Benjamin Hosking kitchen House A Whispering Smith cc Benjamin Hosking indoor outdoor Photography by Benjamin Hosking. Original article from 2018  abc
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Flexible Living Spaces Make A Transformer Apartment In Singapore

The designers from Design by Fifteen have completely transformed this ground floor walk-up apartment for a laid-back young couple in their early 30s who love to chill in the comforts of home. “They love reading, cycling and staying at home. They also don’t watch TV, so there’s no television in this apartment,” shares designer Jasment Wong. “Theirs was an open brief. That said, they did want to have the whole place ripped apart, and for us to give them a large and comfortable bathroom and a standalone tub if possible. They also desired good natural light, and a small garden or open space. The home had to have an airy feel,” he adds. The entrance foyer has been made 70-millimetres lower than the rest of the apartment so that the couple can park their bikes there after use, and wear or remove their footwear with ease. “This ensures that there are no issues of dust or grit flying into their living space. It’s all contained within the foyer,” Jasment explains. This walk-up apartment’s coolest feature is its flexible living spaces. Situated near the foyer and close to the living and dining area, the two movable screens and door can close to form a guest/play room and open up when not in use. “The screen has a motif made of oak strips that has been customised for this project. Also, the screens and door are trackless on the ground to ensure that the micro cement floor is seamless,” says Jasment. A massive reconfiguration sees the dining area, open-plan kitchen and flexible living spaces becoming one single, seamless space. The only division comes in the form of the kitchen island, which houses the sink, cooker and downdraft hob. With this move, the natural light source from the front and back of the apartment (which is admittedly limited) is now also optimised. The newly set up courtyard was originally roofed but the designers have made that opened to the weather so that more light can reach the living area. The exposed brick wall (which emerged after the removal of existing wall tiles) is weather sealed for protection. In the master bedroom, oak timber flooring brings warmth to this place of rest. The en-suite bathroom has a generous tub for ultimate relaxation, and is laid with large format tiles to minimise tile and grout lines. Both enjoy great views of the open yard lined with bamboo trees, which is extraordinary for such an apartment. Design by Fifteen fifteen.com.sg We think you might also like Boneca Apartment by Brad Swartz Architects abc
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World Leading Designers Available Locally

Living Edge is known across Australia for its long history importing and supplying contemporary and iconic designer furniture, accessories and lighting to architects, designers and Design Hunters alike. With expansive, architect-designed showrooms in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne, you’d be hard-pushed to find a more fitting set of venues to house a carefully curated selection of pieces from the best brands and designers across the world. Three of these brands – BassamFellows from America; Muuto based in Denmark; and Established & Sons from the United Kingdom – have recently released new product ranges and additions to existing ranges available through Living Edge. Starting with the Petal collection from BassamFellows, the range of four chairs is suited to both residential and hospitality venues. The Café Chair with arms and without, the Lounge Chair, and the Counter Stool are each available in light, medium and dark timber. The seat takes the form of a continuous, smooth moulded timber shell that offers durability as much as comfort and is visually reminiscent of an unfurled petal. Petal Chair series from BassamFellows From America to Scandinavia, Muuto has likewise released a small array of new lighting and furniture products. The In Situ sofa designed by Anderssen & Voll offers Norwegian design duo’s take on the ever-popular modular sofa. Sculptural and elegant, In Situ offers considered yet subtle detailing such as the stitched cushions while a steel frame and soft seats provide enduring and durable comfort. This modular design is equally suitable for residential, hospitality and workplace settings. Also by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto is the Outline Daybed, a new addition to the Outline series. Simple lines and sophisticated style work together to form the antithesis of overdesign. The Outline Daybed both re-invigorates and modernises assumed knowledge of archetypal Scandinavian design. Outline Daybed and Rime Pendant Lamp from Muuto Rime Pendant Lamp from Muuto To illuminate thoughtfully designed interiors, Taf Studio has designed the Rime Pendant Lamp for Muuto. A semi-transparent glass sphere is finished with etched detailing creating a contemporary form that exudes ambient, atmospheric lighting. The Rime Pendant Lamp is available in four colours and four sizes with a powdercoated top and colour-matched electrical cord. And finally, from the U.K., Established & Sons have released the BLOC table designed by Pauline Deltour; a fun, lively and modern take on the convenience of a storage table. Its squat, rectangular form sits atop four wheeled legs in playful colour combinations with a full sized storage drawer within. The perfect addition to brighten up one’s home, office or home office. BLOC table from Established & Sons Similarly colourful and playful is the pastel-coloured AURA lights designed by Sabine Marcelis for Established & Sons. The tubular form of the light has the appearance of floating care of two barely-there wires on either end. These new pieces are welcome additions at Living Edge, adding to the retailer’s already extensive range of products on offer in store and online, from the most well known and highly regarded industrial designers across the globe. Living Edge livingedge.com.au Cover image: In Situ sofa from Muuto We think you might also like the new and improved Living Edge website AURA lights from Established & Sonsabc
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Three Luxury Kitchens Compose A Host, Not Just A House

At a time in which residential spaces are ceaselessly shrinking, and kitchen spaces increasingly assimilating with those designed for living, a house with three kitchens seems an unprecedented luxury. For the residents of River House however, it is an entertainer’s dream-turned-reality. Forget – at least for the moment – about its three luxury kitchens, and River House by KA Design Studio appears to be but a modest, contemporary single level dwelling. Once inside, however, it expands into a series of volumes, inching closer and closer to the Georges River, as urged by the rocky escarpment in which they are embedded. As the steep topography allows, each level (there are three) is slightly offset forward toward the view, creating a series of staggered, shapeshifting spaces. Contrary to its demure façade, a sense of monumentality pervades River House’s interior. It streams in through windows and skylights in the expression of a calm and immersive connection to outdoors and reverberates off a palette of opulent materiality. Comprising an aesthetic too polished to be described as organic per se, the material palette of River House draws its tones and textures from the natural landscape and reflects them with finesse. Off-form concrete, natural stone and timbers are used in a constant play of rough and smooth textures, warm and cool tones as experienced in the outdoors. “Through the use of a ‘raw-state’ material palette the interiors aim to elevate the sense of nature through the textures and tones harnessed in this rigorous contemporary design,” says architect Sebastian Kaintoch of KA Design Studio. Housed on the first level of descent into River House is a large, open-plan kitchen/living/dining area that flows – visually as well as spatially – seamlessly into a generous balcony and the landscape beyond. Anchored by a monolithic marble island bench and backed by a working wall of dark timber cabinetry, this is just the first of River House’s three luxury kitchens. Designed to be seen and not soiled, its utility is neatly concealed behind the closed doors of dark timber Poliform joinery. Meanwhile while its more pragmatic sibling – a scullery kitchen – resides adjacent. Though profoundly more practical in function, the scullery kitchen is every bit the main kitchen’s equivalent in elegance, many thanks to a meticulous collaboration between client, architect and supplier. “We worked very closely with the architects, the interior designer and the clients over many months, designing the mechanics of the kitchens and how they should function,” says Cathie Noel, assistant manager for Poliform. The benefits of this harmonious collaboration are not lost on River House’s third and final kitchen downstairs. Finished in light terrazzo paired with white cabinetry, the third kitchen embodies the more summery, spontaneous spirit of the entertainer’s kitchen above. The freshness and purity of the aesthetic is fitting for this intentionally more casual entertaining space, which opens out to a covered BBQ, alfresco dining, and pool area. “Time was spent fine tuning the choice of finishes to be sympathetic to the architecture and materials, the spaces they were being designed for, and the client’s sense of elegance and style,” says Cathie. This sensitivity toward materiality and spatial intention is perhaps most profoundly evident upon entering the casual, lowermost level of River House, where it is plain to see past its hard, white austerity and conjure visions of abundant summer memories yet to be made. Having called River House home for at least a few months now, its resident family can attest the inherent harmony between materiality, space and experience. “It’s interesting how the calmness of the materials and openness of the living spaces allow us enjoy our environment more than we have ever experienced before,” they say. And with their penchant for entertaining now serviced by three luxury kitchens, it’s safe to say that they won’t be alone in relishing the splendors of River House. KA Design Studio kadesignstudio.com.au Photography by Tom Ferguson We think you might also like Redfern Warehouse by Ian Moore Architects abc
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Contemporary Comforts

According to the popularly imparted adage, the sole constant in life is change. Contrary to this cliché, there are two bearings perennially present in Australian residential design vernacular: coastal contexts and an affinity toward mid-century design. Having colonised the coastline of Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay since the heydays of modernism, Portsea Beach House boasts the best of both. Blessed it may be in site and heritage, until recently, something about Portsea Beach House was amiss: the aged design and build was ill-suited for contemporary creature comforts. Portsea Beach House hit the desk of Studio Esteta in the form of a well-defined yet not restrictive renovation project brief. Wanting for spatial reconfiguration and some design TLC, the original volume was to be transformed into a light filled, six-bedroom family home. Destined to set the scene of many fond times with family and friends yet to come, the clients’ sought spaces fit for sharing and entertaining more than peace, quiet and respite. Studio Esteta was entrusted to realise this vision with just two reasoned edicts holding the architects’ response shy of carte blanche. First, to keep the redesign within the existing built footprint; and foremost, to cultivate the mid-century charm of Portsea Beach House’s lineage while bringing contemporary sensibilities to its updated design. The resulting residence is modern and casual, yet with a deep sense of nostalgia and soul. Consisting of slatted wall panelling, bagged white walls, warm timbers and accents of natural stone, the tactile palette works to create a cohesive, unpretentious and modern seaside home. The use of Crazy Paving articulates the kind of uninterrupted transition between outdoors and in that is synonymous with antipodean life, promoting a sense of continuity between the previously separate environments. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107497,107496"] Previously a vacuous space, the reimagined entry foyer is defined by a bespoke, mid-century inspired staircase. Studio Esteta has coupled this prominent design feature with views through to the bar and the coastal aspect beyond for an impactful first impression. The existing kitchen, dining and living areas were maintained to the first-floor level maximising the coastal aspect and adjacent spacious terrace. The bar provides a relaxed entertainment area, incorporating a high benchtop and operable window that maximizes views and cultivates a connection with the Portsea Pier. In keeping with the clients’ preferences, Studio Esteta ensured that heritage mid-century details were retained, wherever possible, or used as a point of reference whenever not. This included the reuse of unique wall hooks and existing glazed mosaic tiles that, although couldn’t be salvaged, inspired the palette direct for the five individual wet areas. Meanwhile, the use of Zip HydroTaps in relevant wet areas acts as a refined nod to the contemporary comforts now enjoyed at Portsea Beach House. “Innovative and unique to this project was the commitment from our clients and ourselves, as the designers, to cautiously alter the existing home whilst remaining true to, and enhancing, the stylistic significant of its mid-century undertone,” says Sarah Cosentino, co-director of Studio Esteta. “The resulting home has now become a sanctuary where our clients can find a shared respite in their beloved beachside property with friends and family.” Zip Water zipwater.comabc
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Remembering Ahmad Djuhara

It has not been a long time since I had come to know Ahmad Djuhara, (Djuhara to his friends, and sometimes just Ju for me), just shy of eleven years. It was at an annual conference in Kuala Lumpur, halfway through an intermission over which I had just had a meeting with one of the event speakers that year. Without any warning or preamble, someone I had never seen before approached me like we had known each other for years, and thrust out his hand as he introduced himself with the warmest smile in his eyes and on his face. The first time I met Djuhara was the warmest meeting with a perfect stranger I have ever had in my life. They say that first impressions often tell us how relationships develop. It was the case the more I got to know and understand Djuhara. Warm with people he felt a connection to, and with solemn regard for everyone else, from waitresses and service staff to highly-regarded architects and personalities, Djuhara dignified everyone with his attention in address. He always looked into the eyes of those he spoke with, usually over his spectacles if one got too close, or too far. Ahmad Djuhara was the President of the Indonesian Institute of Architects, a respected architect, a husband, and a father to two children. He was also a friend to many, many people, of whom I was one. Measured by way of how most enduring friendships go, what it seems I know of Djuhara feels so terribly little, in fact, and wrenchingly cut short. However, I have been lucky in retrospect. The two or three times each year we met, the many shared moments in the first five years of our friendship, and the numerous telephone conversations we had over the years - Djuhara was my constant reminder of things that needed to be done, tasks that had to be attended, and small battles to be fought. He was a quiet instigator, and pushed many agendas without ever needing to be contentious about it. He understood my personal predicaments and predilections, and never stopped criticising and questioning them, supporting them, clarifying them, sharing them, and pushing for deeper critical discourse in every instance, private or public. Quick to smile and quicker to laugh, Djuhara's sense of occasion, relevance and appropriateness, sincerity and spontaneity, were those sensibilites that made him the statesman he was, and the individual who would come to lead the Indonesian Institute of Architects. My heart broke for the entire week after Sukendro Priyoso first told me of Djuhara’s passing on the 27th March ­– it was shocking to me for the fact I had not even known he had been admitted to intensive care barely five days earlier. Since then, I have been able to put things to calmer perspective. The first; that the death of a good friend whose funeral I was not able to attend is not the worst thing to possibly happen, if our friendship was already manifest deeply enough to continue in spirit. The second; that life carries on for the people Djuhara was closest to, his family and two children, Fikra and Najda, with whatever bond I had with Djuhara extended by reciprocity, to them. Third; that the initiatives he began with the Indonesian Institute of Architects can live on, in those who understood and continue to believe in his long term goals for bringing greater critical thinking to the field in Indonesia. And lastly, perhaps most importantly, I realised quite quickly that the continuity that binds all three worlds that Djuhara left behind, lives on most directly in Wendy Djuhara, his wife. Those closest to Djuhara will know that he rarely allowed her to leave his side. To most, it might have possibly appeared the other way round, but the truth is that Djuhara himself felt inseparable from her, even when a disagreement arose or if he felt challenged, or perhaps I should say, especially when he felt challenged, by her. For everyone, the sight of one without the other made for very rare occasions ­– Djuhara and Wendy travelled everywhere together, for important meetings or minor events, lectures they presented and others they attended, for work or pleasure, they were always a couple. However, to speak of a mere physical bond would be to miss the more important point – Djuhara and Wendy shared and confided their deepest feelings and ideas with each other, from private arguments to their almost unnoticeable public disagreements; on projects they worked separately, or on occasion, together on; on raising family; the best route or schedule to keep; theories and falsehoods of the profession; the direction of the Institute and its priorities; the most critical discussions on architecture – everything was fair game, and prisoners were never taken. It would not be possible to talk about who Djuhara was, without speaking about who Wendy is. The most intimate insight in coming to acceptance of the death of my closest friend in Indonesia, Ahmad Djuhara, is that it was never possible for me to talk with him without thinking of Wendy, and wondering what she would say or how she would respond. In every bit the same way it was then, as it still is now, that it is impossible for me to talk with Wendy without thinking of Djuhara with us, in discussion. The closure I discovered for myself is one of Djuhara’s reliability and support, living on in Wendy and each time we speak. These words are for all of us who knew Djuhara as I did. Djuhara, our friendship continues in the most vital way with new experiences to share, learn, and teach, through those special relationships that matter the most in life. Thank you for being my friend.abc
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The Long History Of Danish Design

Great design and high quality craftsmanship are synonymous with Danish design. Architects, designers and design consumers alike are quick to lean toward Danish-produced pieces when given a choice. Almost every case or example pulled from the present day to our recent history reinforces a wide acceptance of the superiority of Danish design. VOLA, established in 1968, is one such example that spans multiple time periods. Its very first mixer tap, the iconic 111 mixer, has remained unchanged in the 50-plus years since it was first released. While it was first designed in collaboration with Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen and VOLA owner Verner Overgaard for The National Bank in Copenhagen, the 111 mixer continues to find its place in modern homes in Denmark, Australia, and across the globe. It is a testament to Danish design and VOLA’s commitment to producing tapware that lasts for generations.
Ahm House in Harpenden in Hertfordshire, England
Jørn Utzon is another celebrated Danish architect whose work can be found in Australia. The Sydney Opera House is an icon of modern architecture and takes pride of place in the Sydney skyline. In his time Utzon has designed a few iconic houses, too. The Ahm House in England was designed for Povl Ahm, a structural engineer he met whilst working together on the Opera House. In fact, the tiles on the floor are duplicates of those used for the Opera House. With such a strong emphasis on timeless, enduring and high quality design it’s no surprise to find VOLA tapware dotted throughout the residence. VOLA has a large audience of architects and design lovers and uses this position to act as an ambassador of Danish design, educating interested consumers across the globe on the history of their design heritage, and how it has the potential to inform the future. As part of the brands On Design series, VOLA shares its access to some of the world’s most highly regarded designers and design studios, such as the Utzon studio. https://vimeo.com/362780083 Throughout its long history the VOLA design team has treated their briefs as if they are for functional art pieces or metal sculptures throughout the home. As a result, whether consciously or not, many architects have designed luxury kitchens and bathrooms around these Danish centrepieces. Being designed, made and produced in Denmark, VOLA has complete control over the quality of the products from initial concept to final output. Furthermore, their products offer unrivaled perfection and attention to detail because each and every piece has been through human hands.
Can Lis, Majorca
For this attention to detail Jørn Utzon collaborated frequently with VOLA right through his career. One of his later projects, Can Lis in Mallorca, was designed for his family and embodies his fascination, research, and self-motivated education on different countries’ architectural vernacular. One of the great successes of Can Lis is the poker face of its exterior – giving no clues as to the style of architecture inside. In reality, it is genderless, ageless, and not necessarily a product of its location. In a similar vein VOLA is equally at home in modernist houses of the 1960s as it is in present-day contemporary beach houses or luxury inner-city dwellings. Unsurprisingly, VOLA is found throughout Can Lis. VOLA, On Design vola.com
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Sitting With A True Gentleman

Following the success of the celebrated Mad collection, global furniture brand, Poliform reached out to Marcel Wanders to create a sophisticated, new seating range. The Danish design group is renowned for its ingenuity, daring personality, and thought-provoking products. This year, in collaboration with Poliform, the creative powerhouse brings the art back into lounge seating in the new, Gentleman Collection. Gentleman embodies a revived sense of hospitality and comfort. It is elegant in its form, welcoming in its character and refined in its design. Marcel Wanders envisioned a range of seating options suited not only to residential situations but to any environment or occasion where lounging is essential. The new collection consists of an ottoman, the Gentleman Friends sofa and three armchairs of different sizes – the compact, yet striking Gentleman Single, the soft and cosy Gentleman Relax and the bold Gentleman Reserved. The extroverted, charming personality shines through Gentleman Friends with its design made for socialising. Available as a two or three-seater, it completes a collection that has been developed and refined throughout every detail. Influenced by the human form and its position at rest, every Gentleman is designed with an ergonomic upright, straight high back element that supports correct posture when seated. Each member of this family has its own distinct identity, yet remain strongly linked together to create a perfect harmony in each other’s conviviality. The distinguishing element throughout Gentlemen are the legs that elevate and enhance the contoured seating. Its minimal shape is sculptural and daring, giving it the right amount of definition underneath the completely upholstered surface. The Gentleman collection is available in Poliform’s traditional textile and colour range. It celebrates the talents of Italian craftsmanship and textural beauty, without compromising on function and comfort for the wellbeing of the individual. Designed specifically for the most sophisticated interior spaces, this seating system embraces you in its embrace and charms you from the second you sit back and relax. Evocative in the name itself, Gentleman is an exciting ensemble of elegance and passion. Marcel Wanders and Poliform brings the human touch back into design with a new seating range that creates a living environment all by itself. Poliform. Poliform.com.au abc
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New, Bold And Beautiful Cattelan Italia Keramik Finishes

The allure and craftsmanship of Italian furniture runs rich through the veins of Cattelan Italia. Preceded by a long lineage of furniture designers and makers, the brand was established in 1979 by Giorgio and Silvia Cattelan with a focus on crafting marble-inspired elements. Geared toward the export market, Cattelan Italia Keramik tables and furniture rapidly achieved international success. Giorgio and Silvia went on to expand their collection, infusing luxe living, state of the art design and quality materials, in collaboration with some of Italy’s most iconic architects and designers. Today, with their son Paolo at the helm, materiality, innovation and design remain steadfast at the core of Cattelan Italia – as Arenal, Breccia and Zefiro can attest. The three new ceramic finishes, inspired by precious metals, are characterised by chromatic intensity, monolithic textures and aesthetic decadence. The making of the ceramic used for all Cattelan Italia Keramic pieces is an innovative process. It begins with the wet grinding of natural materials such as clay, granite and ceramic particles that are in powder form, which then are all compacted down together in a process known as ‘firing’.


Featuring a sandy grain and neutral tones, Arenal appears monolithic and iridescent at once.    


Pure white, whipped with deep, dark red, Breccia has a nuanced and organic quality akin to that of marble.  


With a texture reminiscent of onyx, Zefiro is a playful and chromatic addition to the Cattelan Italia Keramik collection of ceramic finishes. Timeless and unique, Arenal, Breccia and Zefiro are available for specification with the extensive Cattelan Italia Keramik collection of tables, sideboards, mantles and more. Cattelan Italia cattelanitalia.com We think you might also like Crystalart by Cattelan Italiaabc