BathroomComprising tapware, showers, baths, toilets, basins, mirrors and accessories, the Provincial Collection is a unified, classic, yet modern style for the bathroom. Abey has sourced the range from some of Europe’s finest design houses, including Armando Vicario, Burlington and ClearWater. The stunning Armando Vicario designed Provincial Collection’s tapware, showers and accessories are Italian made and carry the warmth and timelessness that you expect from luxury Italian design. The Provincial Freestanding Bath range from ClearWater further has been designed to create a sense of luxury from an earlier time. The bath should be a place to relax and unwind, and with a diverse and extensive variety of shapes and styles available, the Provincial Collection has you covered. Made from the premium ClearStone Gloss material, these baths will function and retain their beautiful for years to come. To further invoke the charm of yesterday, Burlington’s Edwardian basins are also a part of the Provincial Collection. The basins, stands and mirrors offer a sense of the classical within a contemporary context. Available in a variety of sizes, the basins are manufactured from quality Vitreous China for a quality crafted design. To complete the Provincial Bathroom range, the Provincial Traditional Toilet combines the latest technology with the classic style of yesterday. A rimless wall faced suite, the toilet is made from Viterous China. The rimless flush and wall faced pan provides easy cleaning.
KitchenWith the kitchen being the heart of every home, the elegance and timeless style of the Provincial Collection is the perfect backdrop to your next culinary creations. The stunning Provincial Kitchen Tapware designed by Armando Vicario is inspired by the timeless elegance of a Tuscan Villa. Available in a variety of designs from breech sets to pull out mixers, each Kitchen Mixer is an eye-catching piece of jewellery for your kitchen. To complement the kitchen mixers the Chambord Collection of Traditional Farmhouse Sinks is a must-have for the provincial aesthetic. From an entirely French conception, each of the products in the Chambord Sink range is manufactured using European Fireclay, resulting in a sink that is easy-to-clean, safe for any temperature and always hygienic. The four sinks in the range – Henri, Louis, Phillipe II, and Clotaire – are all timelessly beautiful, and available indifferent bowl sizes and configurations. There is something to be said for tradition. The classic style of the Provincial Collection recalls an easier, bygone era, yet married with the technology and reliability of modernity. Contact Abey today to set the finishing touches on your classic yet evolving home. Abey abey.com.auabc
Merricks House is holiday home in Mornington Peninsula. Completed in 2007, it is still home to the original client, whose brief called for a large, flexible family home with a sense of solidity and materials that age well with minimal upkeep. Wood Marsh designed the house to respond to the organic nature of the surrounding area. Its forms are a continuation of the softly undulating rural landscape, and it has solid, durable natural materials inside and out. “The forms and materiality were specifically developed to look as if the fragmented walls have been on the site for a long time. As the project ages, through its patina and landscaping, the original design intent it is continuously coming to fruition,” says Randal.
“Timelessness is something Wood Marsh is always working to achieve in architecture.”
The abstract form is defined by two tall rammed-earth walls that form a curved spine that sweeps through the house: the steps and ceiling descending at the entrance, and ascending at the other end. The entry between the two walls provides a dramatic thoroughfare to draw people in, while large openings and windows slice through the walls to reveal views across the vines and to the ocean beyond. Living spaces extend to either side of the corridor, as do charcoal-coloured volumes containing six bedrooms and a range of other living spaces. Terraces and courtyards between or within the timber volumes provide outdoor areas with varying degrees of shelter. The natural textures and colours of the material palette contrast with the green manicured vineyard. The warm interior complements the view and offers a neutral backdrop for the client’s art collection, while the exterior is bold charcoal and off-white rammed earth walls. “The earth-wall techniques used in this project, as well as in Port Phillip Estate Winery, informed aspects of our building for RACV Torquay Resort – the largest installation of earth walls in the Southern Hemisphere,” says Randal. More than 10 years since its completion, Merricks House is physically, functionally and aesthetically enduring time, much-loved and used by its owners. “It’s the ultimate compliment that people are still enthused and excited about the originality of their home as when it was built,” says Randal. Wood Marsh woodmarsh.com.au Photography by Jean Luc Laloux We think you might also like Couldrey House by Peter Besley
The forms of Merricks House are a continuation of the softly undulating rural landscape.
Terraces and courtyards provide outdoor areas with varying degrees of shelter.
As with many mid-century buildings the original dwelling was dark, compartmentalised and not conducive to a modern way of living. The design responds to the sloping site through a carefully arranged series of four incremental levels. By setting a subtle vertical and horizontal interplay, the intersecting spaces create an intriguing arrangement of unfolding and connecting pieces – much in the same vein as artwork by M.C. Escher, the namesake of the Escher House. Another key component of the brief was creating a greater connection to the outdoors. “The clients were keen for a better connection, both visually and physically, between the house and backyard,” says Inbetween Architecture’s John Liu. Through this requirement a clever solution was found. Within the new extension to the home, the kitchen has been stepped down a level, providing a connection to the backyard at eye level, while also creating the opportunity for a platform to wrap around the perimeter of the kitchen. In addition, this informal seating arrangement sits lower to the ground inviting the family to take in the views while sitting and dining together. A ‘wet kitchen’, which features a wok burner and heavy exhaust, was then positioned at the back, stepped down again, helping to separate the messy cooking area from the open kitchen and dining space, contributing to a sense of openness and minimalism.
The kitchen has been stepped down a level, providing a connection to the backyard at eye level.
“The split level allowed plenty of storage opportunity and interesting connections,” says John. Space is maximised in every corner with cupboards and storage similarly treated as layered elements, serving as both functional seats and steps. There is even a cheeky pass-through cupboard between the wet kitchen and laundry space, and the main kitchen. On a mezzanine level overhanging the kitchen is a study space, which is flooded with natural light as the window placement captures the best aspect. But not every corner of the project is about the new, there are original details that have been reappointed and maintained, a nod to the building’s history. For instance the formal dining room has maintained the chimney, leadlight windows and cabinets, and intricate cornicing – albeit suitably refreshed with a crisp white paint. Materiality throughout the home plays off the old and the new. On the exterior all of the brickwork has been painted white, while the interior feels fresh and welcoming with natural timbers bringing warmth to the white throughout. Inbetween Architecture’s approach is something of an architectural puzzle, fusing and adapting spaces, ensuring all the pieces come together harmoniously, while working within the constraints of the heritage, the site and a dense programme of functions. Inbetween Architecture inbetweenarchitecture.com.au Photography by Tatjana Plitt We think you might also like Gallery House by Grove Architects abc
By setting a subtle vertical and horizontal interplay, the intersecting spaces create an intriguing arrangement of unfolding and connecting pieces.
Ultimate Design Hunter Package: The Prizes
Euroluce, Atollo MedioThe ATOLLO, over the years, has become an iconic table lamp, winning the Compasso d’Oro in 1979 and completely revolutionising the way we imagine the classic bedside lamp. The geometric shapes that compose it – cylinder, cone and hemisphere – have resulted that has become one of the icons of Italian design. Contributed by Euroluce.
Design By Them, Bow Chair by Tom FeredayNamed after its arching slender backrest, the Bow Chair was designed to accentuate the material and crafting of solid timber. Contributed by Design By Them, each transition of the Bow Chair highlights the elegant, natural grain of shaped timber.
Phoenix Tapware, voucher to the value of $3,000Inspired by innovation and passionate about design since 1989, Phoenix Tapware are market leading pioneers in Australia’s and New Zealand's bathroom and kitchen industry. For Habitus House of the Year, they're giving the prize winner a voucher of $3,000 to spend on Phoenix branded collections including showers, taps and accessories.
The Green Room, Vivenne's Rose Pink Cushion by Vivienne WestwoodThe Green Room is a Sydney-based design group founded by creative duo Olly Adam and Maxine Fielding, and is the distributor for The Rug Company in Australia. Over the past two decades, Olly and Maxine have worked internationally in the art, interior and design industries. The pair have become sought-after advisors and creative collaborators, working across a range of sectors, including fashion, interiors, art & music. For this year's prize, The Green Room have contributed a beautiful cushion by acclaimed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
Stylecraft, Mantiqueira Vase by Domingos Totora for TacchiniMantiqueira is an inspired collection of vases encapsulating art and nature. Offering sustainability in a creative form, Mantiqueira is formulated from recycled cardboard that is reduced to pulp which is then hand moulded to its' sculptural shape before drying and finishing. Contributed by Stylecraft.
Didier, TILLER Lounge ArmchairWith trapezoidal legs elegantly tapered toward the seat, recline in confident, leisurely style with the TILLER Oak Lounge Chair. Designed by Didier, the TILLER offers beautifully upholstered comfort with natural oak finishes.
Savage Design, Pam TableLike your aunty Pam, this table has a knack of being great at many things. Sitting on its own, Pam can be used as a side table. Slide 4 Pams together and you have a larger coffee table configuration. But Pams true potential shines when you use the stacking feature to create a bookshelf or room divider. Thanks to Savage Design, Pam offers an unparalleled ability to adapt to a changing environment and allows the user imagination to decide on its use.
About Space, custom piece from the About Space 2by RangeAbout Space believes that lighting does more than illuminate a room. It's the final touch to bring life to your space, elevating atmosphere, balancing design choices and enhancing your style. For the 2020 Design Hunter Package, About Space have contributed a custom piece from their 2by range, where minimalist style and sleek lines are the name of the game.
Top 3 By Design, Janua Stomp Coffee Table M and Linie Design RugIt may look simple, but looks can be deceiving: The BC 05 Stomp is widely viewed as a leading light in the coffee and side table world. With the confidence and poise of a Buddha, this solid slice of tree trunk sits atop a sophisticated metal frame. The Stomp can perfectly complement seating in a variety of styles — providing a striking symbol of personal taste! Thanks to Top 3 By Design, you'll be able to pair your coffee table with a beautiful rug by Linie Design! A modern, Nordic look is woven into all their designs, though they constantly reshape, redefine, reinvent and recombine in the search of surprising expressions and surfaces.abc
What is Super Design?Super Design is a jam-packed fortnight from 16-27 November that offers you design without limits. Immersive and multi-dimensional, this design festival brings the latest in design directly to you, wherever you are in the world. This is your chance to get up to speed with all of the greatest product launches and tour the newest showrooms. You’ll meet some of the most inspirational designers behind your favorite brands from Australia to Italy and will delve into design discussions that will challenge the way we think about design.
What sets Super Design apart?Super Design puts you in the driver's seat. We’ve created a lineup that is diverse and engaging, allowing you to curate your own schedule and interact with the sessions that appeal to you. You’ll be able to tune in digitally or reserve a space for our physical activations. Can’t make the session you’ve got your eye on? We’ve got you covered with a complete on-demand library that will have sessions available once they’re complete. So choose from over 40 activations spread across 2 weeks, connect with the best local designers or go on a design journey with regional and international content. Our no borders approach means you can join the Super Design community and access our unique content whenever, wherever!
Why should I attend?If you’re working in the architecture or design space and are passionate about design, Super Design is the perfect way to max out your creative inspiration! But don’t take our word for it, here are some killer reasons why you should jump on board
- Connect to a design community and get involved in interactive sessions
- Source the latest in creative inspiration, from products, people and places!
- Expand your horizons and challenge traditional design narrative with specialised learning hubs in our design discussions
- Choose your own adventure and customise your Super Design experience to suit you
- Super Design is your all-access pass to the design world, giving you behind the scenes insights and exclusive content
How do I get involved?Attending Super Design is fun, free and easy! Simply head over to the Super Design website and register your attendance, then select the sessions you wish to join. We will remind you as your selected activations come up, so you don't have to miss a thing!
Ready for more? Here’s our full line up for Super Design 2020All times in AEST
Monday 16 November10:00am - The Latest Kitchen Technologies - presented by Winning Appliances 12:00pm - Out of Office: the New Working Culture - presented by Flokk 1:00pm - Love Local - presented by Tint 2:00pm - The ‘Must-Knows’ of Lighting - presented by About Space Lighting 8:00pm - In Conversation with Carla Sozzani & Christian Andresen - presented by Cult Design
Tuesday 17 November12:00pm - Euroluce Sydney Studio Virtual Tour - presented by Euroluce
Wednesday 18 November10:00am - In Conversation with Adele Locke, Expert in Lighting Design - presented by About Space Lighting 12:00pm - The Winning Process - presented by Sculptform 4:00pm - A Showroom Space to Learn how to Enhance your Kitchen - presented by Sub-Zero and Wolf 6:00pm - Light Bulb Moment - presented by INLITE
Thursday 19 November12:00pm - Kitchen Confidential: New Directions in Products and Design - presented by Winning Appliances 3:30pm - Discover Artisan - Crafted by Hand, Inspired by Nature - Presented by Artisan Furniture Australia 4:00pm - Interior Landscaping with the New Puffalo Universal Group - presented by Didier 6:00pm - Euroluce Showroom Tour - presented by Euroluce
Friday 20 November9:00am - Euroluce Showroom Tour - presented by Euroluce 11:00am - Experience the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom - presented by Sub-Zero Wolf 2:00pm - Experience the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom - presented by Sub-Zero Wolf 4:00pm - Supreme Cooling Global Premiere - presented by V-ZUG 8:00pm - Global Game Changer: In Conversation with Kelly Hoppen - presented by V-ZUG
Monday 23 November12:00pm - The Rebirth of the Kitchen - presented by Sub-Zero Wolf
Tuesday 24 November12:00pm - Well, Designed: Health and Wellbeing in the Post-Pandemic Times - presented by Porta 1:00pm - The Culture of Collaboration - presented by Neolith 4:00pm - The Winning Appliances Kitchens - Specifying the Kitchen for your Customer’s Tastes & Lifestyle - presented by Winning Appliances 6:00pm - Euroluce Showroom Tour - presented by Euroluce
Wednesday 25 November9:00am - Euroluce Showroom Tour - presented by Euroluce 11:00am - How the Right Light can Convert your House to a Home with Nicole Rosenberg - presented by About Space Lighting 12:00pm - Design-Led Appliances for the Kitchen & Laundry - presented by Winning Appliances 1:00pm - Meeting of Minds: John Wardle and Durbach Block Jaggers in Conversation with Jan Henderson - presented by Tilt Industrial Design 2:00pm - Cosh Living - Experience our New Showroom - presented by Cosh Living 3:00pm - A Future-Proofed Approach to Design - presented by Cantilever 4:30pm - The Refresh Butler Experience - presented by V-ZUG
Thursday 26 November10:00am - Experience the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom - presented by Sub-Zero Wolf 1:00pm - How Great Dane Creates - presented by Great Dane Furniture 4:00pm - Experience the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom - presented by Sub-Zero Wolf 7:00pm - Cocktail Hour! Four Pillars Gin x Cult - presented by Cult Design
Friday 27 November10:00am - The Culture of Collaboration - presented by Neolith 12pm - Beyond Carbon Neutral - presented by V-ZUG 3:00PM - The Culture of Collaboration - presented by Neolithabc
Needless to say the brief was comprehensive. The clients wanted to replace the lean-to and extend the second-storey addition to the south-west boundary of the site. They also wanted better opportunities for outdoor living – including a small courtyard on the northern side – and an internal reconfiguration of the floor plan. Relocating the stair to the new side addition was key to Nick’s design solution. It freed space from the original plans to give over to a new fourth bedroom and separate laundry room downstairs. This move also meant there was room enough for a double study on the half landing of the staircase. Upstairs a new geometric floor plate creates interest programmatically and highlights the views – uninterrupted.
Although the lean-to was removed and replaced, the concrete slab was retained and the form of the new roof pays homage to its previous iteration.
Although the lean-to was removed and replaced, the concrete slab was retained and the form of the new roof pays homage to its previous iteration. “Part of the roof follows the traditional form sloping down from front to back whilst the other main section of roof slopes up from front to rear,” says Nick. “Joining these two main roof planes is a third triangular transitional plane. This transitional plane is a large skylight orientated to draw in natural light from the north.” Internally, a new L-shaped plan gently demarcates the kitchen, dining and living zones, making them easier to furnish but also define. The rear glass sliding doors are fully glazed with a minimal frame, this serves to enhance the connection between internal and external spaces, as well as encourage natural light in (complementing the sunlight sourced through the skylight). The concrete slab continues outside to enhance the sense of life indoors spilling outwards. Nick Bell Architects nickbellarchitects.com Photography by Tom Ferguson We think you might also like Bronte House by Nick Bell Architects abc
A new L-shaped plan gently demarcates the kitchen, dining and living zones, making them easier to furnish but also define.